Depending on your experience, training and level of comfort moving at altitude these are just some elements that will determine your success. If you are used to hiking up and down hill weekly and used to carrying weighted backpack and training 5 days a week then climbing Mount Elbrus will be challenging but doable.
If you decide to climb Mount 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 7 times to date. We have extensive experience climbing Mount Elbrus and happy to chat with you directly.
Picking the Right Itinerary
The challenges on Mount Elbrus are a few things. We have attempted to alleviate most of the key challenges in our tried and tested itinerary. We have run many different itineraries over the years but this itinerary linked above gives you the safest and best chance at reaching the summit.
How Hard is it to Climb Mount Elbrus
– 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? 6,757m/ 22,167 feet
– How much descent to I have to walk? 7,617m/ 24,990 feet
– What sort of training should I be doing? Training advice for climbing Mount 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 and September
– How much should I be training per week? This depends, 6 to 10 hours per week
– What height to I start at? 2,500m/ 8,202 feet
– How high is Mt. Elbrus? 5,642m/ 18,510 feet
Best Months to Climb Mount Elbrus
I have climbed Mount Elbrus in four different months. I highly recommend climbing in June, July, August or September. They are the better months to climb the mountain. Check out our UPCOMING TRIPS.
Different people will have different opinions on how hard the Mount Elbrus climb actually is. This will depend on their personal experience, weather conditioning at the time of their climb, how many times they have climbed, 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.
Mount Elbrus is Demanding
The summit night on Mount Elbrus is hard if you decide to start from the huts at 3,900m/ 12,795 feet. and hike all the way to the top and back. You would be climbing up 1,742m/ 5,715 feet. of ascent at high into extreme altitude above 5,500m/ 18,000 feet. It can take up to 9 hours to reach the summit and in variable weather conditions you push safety limits to the maximum. Once you reach the summit, you then have to return back to the Huts at 3,900m / 12,795 feet. This is an additional 4/5 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. So the learning over years and years of running Elbrus trips is follow this ITINERARY if you want to cover the elevation, minimize risk, have a great experience and enjoy the Journey. Learn from our mistakes.
How Hard Should you be Training for Your Elbrus Climb
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. The most effective way to train for mountain is to walk up and down hills with weight. If you can also get to a gym you need to build strength and endurance. Carry weight in your back pack day, after day building up the weight you will carry to around 15kg/ 33lbs to give you the best physical conditioning possible. 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. If not to really need to focus load carrying as a major part of your preparation.
There is no One Size Fits all for Training
If you are climbing Mount Elbrus look at your itinerary, examine the route, elevation gains up and down, distances and then develop a training plan based off this information. Not everyone has hills to train on so CONTACT US and we can help you understand how you should be preparing for this mountaineering adventure. We know the mountain, terrain and what it takes to enjoy this amazing experience on Mount Elbrus.
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. Read some REVIEWS from our trips. We have the team, the success rates: 85% and set up to give you the best possible chance at success making it up and down Mount Elbrus.