Third day of acclimatisation with full packs was a hike up the VCSP pass to about 3600m. However, the high terrorist alert again forced us to change plans, which meant starting our hike from a valley at 1600m.
Heading to the trail, Gennadi pointed out a small bridge, where Russian military had recently shot two people, so we were all happy to get onto the mountain, which felt safer than driving amongst the military posts on high alert.
There was no trekking route and we needed to for example build a bridge to cross a river, so progress was slow and we eventually decided to make camp at approx. 3400m.
During the night it rained and we heard what sounded like thunder, but it turned out to be massive rock fall not too far from where we had camped.