the highest summit of Europe
Povorot is located at the base of Cheget in the
popular ski area. This hotel provides the best combination of
quality versus price. It is avalanche safe.
(also known as Bochki) is name of hotel situated just at the
"Garabashi" station. Here a dozen of big metallic
cylinders lying horizontally provides a comfortable and warm
enough refuge with electric light for some 50 persons. This
hotel is the base for Elbrus ascents.
of the 11 (Shelter of the Eleven), used to be
the most elevated mountain hotel in the world. Constructed
in 1932 on altitude of 4160m, this three floor streamline
shaped building on the concrete substructure used to accommodate
some one and half hundreds climbers and skiers simultaneously.
On the 16th of August 1998, a group of climbers were cooking
up a meal there. Although it could house some 150 visitors
the hut only had a tiny cramped kitchen with one gas cooker
with four rings. As a result the climbers were using their
own stove. As luck would have it this went out of control
and in the ensuing panic someone grabbed a nearby container
of what was thought to be water and poured it onto the stove.
The liquid in the container was not water but fuel. In the
resulting fire several people suffered slight injuries but
one person, abseiling from an upper window after breaking
the glass, fell and was seriously injured. Thus the Priut's
fifty nine years of service came to an end. All that remained
was a skeleton of the main metal structure. Now this is just
a big landmark.
Diesel Hut appeared next to Priut
some time after the fire. At present it is used for the accommodation
of climbers as well.
Russia / Neizvedanny Mir Company
Saint Petersburg, Fontanka embankment, 59