After years of experience of wearing a lot of different trekking boots, we have compiled a lost of some of the best options for you. Here are the trekking boots we recommend for your Mount Elbrus trip with us. We have developed a 12 day itinerary on Elbrus, which gives you a better trekking experience prior to your summit attempt. We trek around the North and Eastern sides of the Mountain, which sows you more sides of the mountain as well as more time to trek and explore this beautiful region. Check out our UPCOMING TRIPS.
In addition to your trekking boots, you will also need a quality pair of double mountaineering boots for your ascent up Mount Elbrus. Visit this page to see our recommendation on what Mountaineering Boots you need for the journey. These are very important to your comfort levels on the climbing portion of your trip, so make sure that you take the time to break in your mountaineering boot to make sure that it fits your foot correctly.
I am going to present 5 different options on trekking boots that we have had personal experience with and know that they will work for your trekking portion of the trip to Mount Elbrus. The most important things to consider when choosing your boots are making sure that they are waterproof, have good ankle support, and provide you with enough arch support and the right fit! When you are picking your boots, we recommend spending a lot of time in your outdoor store to try on many options, finding which brand/type of boot fits you best.
This is definitely not a one size fits all, every foot is different and while one brand may fit me very well, it may not fit your foot correctly. So before you make the purchase, try on a LOT of options and spend enough time walking around the store in the boot before you decide! If you have not broken in your trekking boots adequately before the trip, it could ruin your whole experience, so please do not come on a trip with a pair of boots you have not broken in!
1). La Sportiva Trango Tech GTX
In our opinion, La Sportiva have great footwear options at the moment. Finding a boot that will last a long time, be comfortable, waterproof and have good support, is always our goal. This option is both a great trekking boot as well as a light mountaineering boot for alpine climbs. They are crampon compatible, however still a lightweight option good for the trekking portion of the Elbrus trip. Having the slightly more rigid sole helps keep your foot sturdy and protected on the trails on Mount Elbrus. These boots would be a great option for the trekking portions on Aconcagua as well as for a Kilimanjaro climb.
2). Salomon Quest 4 GTX
The Salomon Quest 4 D GTX trekking boots are another great option for your trip to Mount Elbrus. More and more people are using these trekking boots on all of our trekking adventures and especially on Kilimanjaro and Elbrus as well as other cold weather trips around the world. They are comfortable, sturdy, waterproof and a very resilient trekking boot with excellent ankle support. These are definitely another one of the best trekking boots on the market in our opinion!
3). Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
Scarpa has come out with a new lighter weight option in the Zodiac. These boots are Gore-Tex, so a waterproof boot to keep you dry if you experience moisture on the trail. They also have good ankle support and lacing system. These boots have a more rigid sole, which is ideal for the terrain on Mount Elbrus. Scarpa are always re-inventing trekking boots and if they fit your foot correctly, then they may be the right boot for you. They work great and last a long time. We would also recommend these boots for a Kilimanjaro climb, Everest Base Camp trip, or the Inca Trail.
4). Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
The Lowa Renegade GTX Mid boot has been around for a long time and worn by many trekkers around the world! These boots would be a great trek for the way into Elbrus. They are waterproof, have good ankle support, and also have a semi-rigid sole. The grip of these boots and the more rigid sole is ideal for the terrain you will encounter on Elburs. The negative of these boots is that they do have a lot of stitching on them, making them more susceptible to wearing out faster than other options. However, if you treat this boot well, you could wear this option for many other treks around the world!
5). Meindl Vakuum
You could also consider using the Meindl Vakuum trekking boots for your trek into Elbrus. These are also a good option a wide range of trekking peaks and multi-day trekking adventures. These are a very popular boot and we see a lot of clients arriving to Russia in this option. They are an excellent choice for mixed rocky terrain and long distance hiking. These boots will be with you for many miles as they are an extremely durable boot. Also, this could be a good option for you if you feel the cold in your feet as they will be a warmer option.
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Just so you know most of these boots will work on other trekking trips we offer. They are great for climbing Kilimanjaro and walking into Mera peak, Island peak, Elbrus, or Aconcagua. Do remember that every foot is different and while one boot may fit you well, the other may not. Try on as many boots as possible before you make your decision. Hopefully, that way, you will find a pair of boots that you love! All of these boots also come in Men’s or Women’s styles. Therefore, they should work for anyone coming on one of our Elbrus trips!
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