Mt. Elbrus Climb

 

Our Mt. Elbrus climb is different,  Europe’s highest peak is daunting and rewarding. You will be challenging yourself on the one seven summits.  Our itinerary is unique as we acclimatize on the less traveled north side of the mountain and climb from the South side.  Mt. Elbrus is found deep in the Baskan Valley and in the Caucasus mountain range running along the Russian Georgia border and east of the Black sea. We have refined our Elbrus climbs over the years giving you the best chance at success. We want you to be successful so we only run twelve day climbing programs with proper acclimatization which is the key to success on high altitude mountains.  Our programs will give you a 90% chance of making a safe and successful ascent of Mt. Elbrus. Check out our dates for 2018. CONTACT US.
On the summit of Mt. Elbrus 2006
High on Mt. Elbrus Elbrus on the classic route

A little bit more about the Mt. Elbrus Climb

This trip is a very unique experience; travelling into Russia can be quite daunting, and it can be a difficult place to negotiate.  Our service brings you straight into the mountain region.  You will fly from your home country to Mineralnye Vody or Nalchik, where you will be picked up and driven into the mountains. On arrival there are no mountains to be seen, which leaves you wondering if you are in the right place. After and hour or so the foot hills appear and we turn right into the Baskan Valley, passing by over loaded trucks, small farming villages some animals on the road. The mountains around us are bare, but beautiful as we move closer to the end of the valley and then snow capped peaks appear. Read more: How hard it is to climb Mt. Elbrus.

Mt. Elbrus Climb

If you opt to climb from the south, the village area of Terskol has a large old hotel and some nice Chalets and this will be your base. The area is a sleepy market village, peaceful and quiet, but not all the time. This area can frequently be closed to tourist due to military action in the region, which can make it impossible to enter the area during volatile times. The price starts from $3,000. Check out our quality itinerary below.

Heading over the Irikchat pass Training climb on Mt. Elbrus

Mt. Elbrus Climb

Once in the region we will spend plenty of days acclimatizing, trekking around the surrounding valleys and peaks. Before we move up on the cable car to the Barrels at 3,750m/ 12,303 ft. and acclimatize up to the Pastukhov Rocks at 4,800m/ 15,748 ft. at the higher end. We will then make our attempt on the summit. Climbing on the North side will be done by tents and different Itinerary. No matter what side of Elbrus you want to climb on, the weather and cold temperatures can come into play on this mountain.  What we have done is built in extra days to give you every chance in making the top of one of the world’s 7 summits. We want to give you the best chance at making the summit of Elbrus. Read more: How to be successful climbing on Mt. Elbrus.

Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive into Mineralyne Vody airport. We would pick you up at the airport and you would be transferred to Hathansu Meadow 2,500m/ 8,202 ft. This is 62m/ 100km drive. You will go to Hathansu Base Camp. We will be sleeping 4 people per tent. We will have a toilet tent and shower. Hathansu means ‘silver springs’. There are some mineral water springs with famous Narzan (mineral water in the Caucasus mountains). You will stay at Hathansu Camp.

Day 2

We will make an acclimatization hike. This will be 4-5 hours. We pass above a narrow gorge and then through the high meadows. This hike will offer spectacular view of the glaciers and northern slopes of Elbrus. We continue through the rock moraine and reach an altitude of 3,250m/ 10,662 ft. We will then descend back to our base camp for the night.

Day 3

We leave this area today. We have a 7.4m/ 12km hike with a small altitude different to allow for more acclimatization. Today we will hike for 4 hours with 580m/1,902 ft of incline and 390m/ 1,279 ft of descent. We will be staying at Shaukom Camp.

Day 4

We will follow the famous route that was established after world war II. The route from the Caspian Sea to the Black sea was never finished. We will hike along part of this trail through limestone foothills.  We will hike over the Kyrtykasush pass 3,250m/ 10,662 ft, from where we will have a great view of the beautiful islamchat gorge, which leads to the northern foothills of Mount Elbrus. We will descend down to Kyrtyk camp. This is a 9.3m/ 15km hike covering 970m/ 3,182 ft. of ascent and 1,070m/ 3,510 ft. of descent. 

Day 5

Today we have another 9.9m/16km hike which will be 6 or 7 hours. We will follow the ancient route to the Balyk pass at 3,700m/ 12,139 ft. From this pass we will get amazing views of the Eastern slopes of Mount Elbrus and the Dzhikaukins glacier.  We will cover 1,000m/ 3,280 ft. up and 1,000m/ 3,280 ft. down again.

Day 6

Today we will trek to Syltran lake 3,200m/ 10,498 ft. This lake is a beautiful high altitude lake in the Mount Elbrus region. We will hike 9.9m/ 16km today. Once we have enjoyed the lake we will descend along the nice valley to the Verkny Baksan village. From here we will be transferred to your Laguna hotel in Terskol. We will stay in a hotel tonight. We will cover 730m/ 2,395 ft. up and 1,800m/ 5,905 ft. downhill today.

Day 7

After some good rest and breakfast we will make the 15-minute drive to the Azau station. We will take the cable car/chair life system up Mount Elbrus and stay and the refuge 3,900m/ 12,795 ft. where we will stay for the night.

Day 8

Today we will do an acclimatization walk up to the Pastikhov Rocks at 4,800m/ 15,748 ft. and return the refuge 3,900m/ 12,795 ft.

Day 9

Weather permitting today is summit day. We will make an early start and ascend to the highest point on Mount Elbrus at 5,642m/ 18,510 ft. Our goal is the west summit of this twin peaked mountain. You will carry your day pack with a full day’s requirements. There is a possible option to get a snow cat to the Pastukhov Rocks at 4,800m/ 15,748 ft. and continue the climb to the summit from here. After hopefully reaching the summit you will return all the way back to the refuge 3,900m/ 12,795 ft. This is a long day. We will take our time and descend back to the hut. This is a long but rewarding day. You have just completed your Mt. Elbrus Climb and stood on the summit of Europe’s highest peak.

Day 10

Today is a spare summit day for climbing Mount Elbrus. The weather can be challenging and having this additional day gives you the best possible chance of making the summit. If the weather was good and you made your summit attempt you will return back to the valley and stay in the hotel.

Day 11

We will be transferred to the town of Piatigosk and stay in a hotel. You are relax and tour this unique town in southern Russia. You will stay at the intourist hotel in Piatigosk.

Day 12

Your Mt. Elbrus Climb is over. We will drive to Mineralyne Vody for your flight home.

If you want to successful, join our Mt. Elbrus climb and stand of the top of Europe at 5,642m/ 18,510 ft. you need the right acclimatization program, and the right team to back it up. We have that team that will prepare you and help you gather the knowledge and experience to take on Europe’s highest peak. You need to be ready for an amazing adventure and we can get you there. Get in touch today and take the first step on route to your Elbrus journey.