How hard is it to climb Mt. Elbrus

How hard is it to climb Mt. Elbrus ? Let’s have a look. If you decide to climb Mt. Elbrus you need to think about a range of different things. I have been lucky enough to climb Everest to the top and Mt. Elbrus 5 times to date. I have extensive experience climbing Mt. Elbrus and happy to chat with you directly.

How many days should I take to climb? 12 day climbs are the way to go

How far do I walk on the 12 day trip? You will walk over 60 miles

How much ascent do I have to walk up? 5,800m/ 19,028 feet

How much descent to I have to walk? 5,800m/ 19,028 feet

What sort of training should I be doing? Training advice for climbing Mt. Elbrus

What gear to I need? We send one out on signing up to one of our trips

Is it steep? Most of the terrain is 20 to 30 degree angle climbing

When is the best time to climb Mt. Elbrus? June, July, August

How much should I be training per week? This depends, 6 to 10 hours per week

– What height to I start at? 2,350m/ 7,709 feet

– How high is Mt. Elbrus? 5,642m/ 18,510 feet

I have climbed Mt. Elbrus in four different months. I highly recommend climbing in June, July, August or September. They are the better months to climb the mountain.

Different people will have different opinions on how hard the Mt. Elbrus climb actually is. This will depend on their personal experience, weather conditioning at the time of their climb, itinerary, acclimatization schedule and how well they adapt to the lack of oxygen. Two keys factors you can control are having the best acclimatization for your climb and coming with specific strength, endurance and conditioning needed in the body to manage this serious challenge.

The summit night on Mt. Elbrus is hard 1,592m/ 5,223ft. of ascent at high into extreme altitude above 5,500m/ 18,000ft. It can take up to 9 hours to reach the summit. Climbing one of the 7 summits (highest mountains on each continent) is an amazing challenge and achievement.  You have to return back to the Diesel Hut at 4,050m / 13,288 ft. and walk down hill 1,592m/ 5,223ft. This is an additional 4 hours of hiking down hill.  You will be on your feet for 12 / 14 hours with no sleep. This is hard no matter how fit you are.

The days leading up to the summit day are hard because your body is being over worked trying to adapt to the lower levels of oxygen. Do you walk 6, 7, 8, 9 hours on a multi-day basis at home. Well if you do you should be in good shape.

Most of us sit on a computer 5, 6, 7, 8 hours a day and don’t have the physical conditioning in our legs, back, calf’s, quads. You have to get this physical strength in order to limit fatigue, enable fast recovery on the mountain and be fit enough to endure this challenging climb.

There is no one size fits all when it comes to training. Not everyone has hills to train on. You need to talk to us or professional who know the mountain, terrain and what it takes to enjoy this amazing experience.

How hard is it to climb Mt. Elbrus? It can be as hard or easy, this depends on you and your level of commitment to your training and preparation. You need to get the right answers, training, information and mentally get to a place where you can climb. We have the team, the success rates: 90% and set up to give you the best possible chance at success making it up and down Mt. Elbrus.

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