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Elbrus climb by Classic route, 8 days


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Regions: Elbrus
Objects: Elbrus (5642m)
Activities: Mountaineering
Program's difficulty: 4.5, mid easy ( technical 2 + altitudinal 2.5 )
Group size: 6-10
Price: 1 490 USD
Deposit for reservations 300 USD
Full payment 30 days before
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Dates ( Days 8 / Nights 7 )
April 28 - May 05
June 02 - June 09
June 09 - June 16
June 16 - June 23
June 23 - June 30
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June 30 - July 07
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July 07 - July 14
July 14 - July 21
July 21 - July 28
July 28 - August 04
August 04 - August 11
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August 11 - August 18
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August 18 - August 25
August 25 - September 01
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September 01 - September 08
September 08 - September 15

Trip overview

Mineralny Vody - Terskol - Elbrus (5642m) - Terskol - Mineralny Vody

Why go there?

 If asked about the highest and most dramatic mountains of Europe nine out of ten Europeans will answer “the Alps”. Yet, the grandest and by far the highest mountain chain of Europe (seven summits over 5000m plus Mt.Elbrus with its two summit: 5642m and 5621m) is the Caucasus stretching between the Black and Caspian seas in the continent’s south-eastern corner.

And undoubtedly, Mt. Elbrus, this white double-headed dormant volcano, is the highest, most beautiful and most alluring mountain in Russia.

The fact that Elbrus is the highest point in Europe suffices for many to go and climb it. Yet, this obvious attraction is not the main one, for Elbrus belongs to a handful of mountains with a very special and irresistible kind of beauty which lies in their shape and setting. Most of them are volcanoes, such as Fujiyama, Ararat and Kilimanjaro, and like all these, this mountain is a world apart. It stands 11km north from the Main Range and exceeds its neighbors in height by 1200-2000m.



Day 1 Today we fly (2hr) from Moscow to Mineralnye Vody, which is the gateway to the Caucasus. From there we go for 3.5-4hr in a private bus on a pretty good asphalted road across plains, through small towns and villages into the Baksan valley. Hotel accommodation. IMPORTANT NOTE: Please plan your arriving to Mineralny Vody before 1pm. The group transfer from the airport to Terskol starts at about 1pm. If you arrive much later, be ready to pay 60-70USD for an individual transfer.
Day 2 In the morning we go for acclimatization to the "Ai" caffe. It is an ease day and we are back to hotel early enough to deal with rental office, try on rented gear. Return to hotel. Hotel.
Day 3 We go by bus to Azau staion (2356m) of Elbrus car-cableway and come to the white open spaces of Elbrus snow fields. We leave our things in the high Refuge where we will stay and go up again. Several refuges standing at different altitudes are passed and in about 1.5hr come to the famous Refuge of 11, 4100m (burnt down in 1998). Here we spend a couple of hours on snow training and go back down to our Refuge. Refuge.
Day 4 Today we go again up the snow fields to Pastukhov Rocks (4750m). Descent to Refuge.
Day 5 Day of rest and preparation. Refuge.
Day 6 The long and hard day of the ascent of both Elbrus Summits. When ascending we can take a lift with a Snow Cat to the top of Pastukhov Rocks (4750m). From the saddle (5300m) between the two summits a snow slope of 30-35degree (about 150m) leads to the summit plateau, from where the stunningly contrasting views to south and north open up. With return to the hut the climb takes 10-14hr. Normally the long descent is even more exhausting that ascent, so as a reasonable time and energy saving option a lift down from Pastukhov Rocks (4750m) to the Refuge with a Snow Cat can be organized too. The night in the refuge.
Day 7 Reserve day and descent to the hotel in the valley/Full day in hotel if the successful ascent done on Day 6. Party in the evening. Hotel.
Day 8 Bus drive to Mineralny Vody and fly to Moscow. End of trip. IMPORTANT NOTE: Our group transfer from the hotel to the airport starts early, so please plan your flight back to Moscow not earlier than 11am.

Price includes

1. All land group transfers according to the program

2. Accommodation in a hotel in Terskol (3-4 nights)

3. Accommodation in the Barrels on Elbrus (3-4 nights)

4. Meals: full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8

5. One English speaking guide and extra guides for the day of ascent of Elbrus (3 clients to one guide)

6. Elbrus cable-ways return tickets

7. Ropes for climbing



Price does not include

1. Moscow services

2. Return air fare to Mineralny Vody

3. Single accommodation supplement

4. Individual car transfers

5. Personal equipment rentals

6. Extra (personal) guides and porters

7. National Park fees

8. Insurance (medical and other)

9. Any changes in the program entailing extra expenses

10. Snow Cat service on day of ascent

11. Services of guides-assistants on reserve day (Day 7) if the first climbing attempt on previous day (Day 6) took place but aborted due to any reason. In this case the work of the guides-assistants on Day 7 should be paid for in cash on the spot.

Good advice

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Group tranfers are included in price. Please plan your arriving to Mineralny Vody before 1pm. The group transfer from the airport to Terskol starts at about 1pm. If you arrive much later, be ready to pay 60-70USD for an individual transfer.

For the same reason please do not plan your flight back from Mineralny Vody to Moscow on the last day of the trip earlier that 11am.



Necessary travel papers (documents)

Passport with a valid Russian visa, immigration card, voucher from the Russian tour operator (a part of an invitation letter)

By air and by land

From Moscow to Mineralny Vody we fly with a Russian air company. Normally it is "Aeroflot". Please plan your arriving to Mineralny Vody before 1PM for organizing group tranfer. Group transfer from Airport to Terskol start at 1AM. If you arrive much later, be ready to pay extra for individual transfer 60-70USD and more.
For land transfers we have comfortable private buses or minivans. To get to our Refuge we use Elbrus Cable-way; from 3750m to 4600m on the day of ascent we take a Snow Cat (not included in the price!)


A hotel in the Baksan Valley.
On Elbrus: the Barrels refuge.


Full board from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 8.


An English speaking guide from 7 Summit Club for the whole program and extra guides for the ascent day (2-3 clients to one guide); cook at Refuge.

Health and medical insurance

Health-care on the mountain is limited to the first-aid kit the guide carries. Down in the valley in case of serious health problems the local hospital and your insurance policy are to take over. Your policy must cover climbing to 6000m .


As on any high mountain a wide range of weather conditions and temperatures should be expected: from freezing-cold nights (down to -5-10ºC), to sizzling hot noons if still and sunny (especially on snow); from a delicious calm under a blue sky to a hurricane slashing your face like a whip. The higher you go, the harsher the conditions. So, the range of your clothes and footwear must comply with any of such turns. For details see our gear list.

Extra expenses

In Caucasus meals are relatively cheap: you can have a decent meal with meat and beer for 8-10USD.

Internet, phone

Wi-fi access to Internet in each room in our hotel; cell phone works in the Baksan Valley and on Elbrus up to 5000m

Possibility of renting personal equipment

Any climbing gear you can rent in our office in Terskol.

Personal gear

Heavy-weight fleece / pile jacket
Light/medium-weight, synthetic long underwear shirt (polypropylene/capilene)
Water proof / breathable jacket with hood (Gore Tex is strongly recommended)
Long sleeve, light weight shirt for sun protection (preferably synthetic)
Down or synthetic fill jacket with hood, must fit comfortably over your fleece jacket
Fleece pants (full side zips allow ventilation)
Thermal under wear
Wind- waterproof and breathable pants with full length zips

Liner socks - 2-3 pairs
Wool or poly socks (medium-heavy thickness) - 3 pairs
Light weight trekking boots, or strong shoes
Climbing boots, plastic of leather must be right for step-in crampons

Liner gloves - 2 pairs
Medium weight fleece gloves
Wool or fleece mittens
Wind-stop shell overmittens

Wool or fleece hat
Glacier glasses with side flaps
Extra pair of your normal glasses, or lenses

Climbing gear:
Double climbing boots
Crampons (must fit your climbing boots)
Collapsible ski poles
Down or synthetic sleeping bag good for -10ºC
Sleeping closed cell foam pad
Rucksack (40-50liters)
Karabiners with screwgate lockers - 3 items
1-1.5liters thermos
Personal first aid kit
Head torch
Water bottle
Lip balm (spf 25+) and glacier cream (spf 40)
Pocket knife
Favorite snacks
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