How to be successful on Mt. Elbrus

There are few things you need to know about how to be successful on Mt. Elbrus. The right acclimatization, prior training and the right gear all need to be part of your preparation. We just had 8 out of 8 people on the summit of Mt. Elbrus. All of them picked our itinerary to give them the best acclimatization, available of our training and continual advice.  The biggest factor in their success was themselves and their ability to get out hiking long distances with heavy back packs. They committed to the training and getting the right gear for the climb.

Camp 2 on your Elbrus acclimaatizationYou will be out on the hills for 6 days straight trekking up and down hills some days over 1,000m up in one day. You need to have the conditioning in body for this. Elbrus is often underestimated by a lot of people and lots of prior training is essential. You make it easier on yourself by picking the best itinerary and more days acclimatizing but you need to make sure you can hike up and down hills with a weighted back pack for 6 – 9 hours before coming to climb Mt. Elbrus. Your safety and safety of everyone around you should be your number 1 concern. If you fail to prepare you will fail to climb Mt. Elbrus.

Steep trek up on the north side of Mt. Elbrus

After arriving in the Caucasus mountains we will get straight into the acclimatization process. As you will see in our Itinerary we have an excellent but challenging schedule. Climbing high and sleeping lower. This process will help you adapt better to the lack of oxygen and enjoy the hiking our itinerary provides. We take to the less traveled north side of Elbrus with stunning hikes, views and less people. Our Itinerary will prepare you fully for your Elbrus ascent and add to the training you where doing at home.

Hiking up to the Irikchat pass

 

As you can see in these pictures It can be warm and wearing Merino wool layers and protecting yourself from the sun is needed. It can also rain or snow so you have to be prepared for temperatures of +20c to -20c (70f to -4f) There is nothing we can do about the weather on Elbrus. You do want to give yourself the best chance at success so coming to Elbrus with prior mountaineering experience and having tested your gear prior to arrival will be essential for success. The terrain while acclimatizing is sometimes steep with mixed rock and trails. By hiking prior to an ascent on similar terrain you are giving yourself the best chance to being prepared. Your legs, back and body will thank you.

Heading towards the Kyrtykaush pass

As you can see in the pictures the hiking is a mix of gradients so you need to training on easier and steeper terrain to get the conditioning and muscle memory needed for this trip and climb. We can help you train properly and advice you on the best way to prepare for this climb of Mt. Elbrus.

Irikchat pass with glacier view.

 

With a lack of oxygen, weighted back pack, extreme weather and real climbing conditions. This might draw you to an Elbrus climb. I would suggest getting in touch with us well in advance and start preparing for this climb. We can help you prepare and give you a great chance to standing on the summit of Europe’s highest peak. We look forward to working with you as you aim to stand on top of Europe.

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