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Mt. Elbrus Climb from North, Russia

Mt. Elbrus Climb from North, Russia 1055 , 10 Days
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Elbrus from the north is a route for lovers of the untouched nature.

There are no hotels, restaurants, cable cars and snow cats, so the climbers reach the summit by walking - from the beginning to the end. It is this very route that people used to climb Elbrus for the first time. That was 181 years ago.

We offer also a climb from the southern side, which you can see here. The south side is concidered to be a bit easier.

Tour Highlights

Caucasus Mountains range, stretching about 1,127 kilometers (about 700 miles) between Black and Caspian seas
♦ The highest point of Europe - Mt. Elbrus
Moscow - the capital of Russia


Day 1. Mineralnye Vody- Kislovodsk
Flight from Moscow to Mineralnye Vody. From the airport the group transfer leaves at 14:30 and we drive to the town of Kislovodsk, the last town before the lower steppes of the Caucasus. Overnight in Kislovodsk.

Day 2. Kislovodsk – Base camp
Today we depart for Base camp (2200 m/ 8,300'). Once we establish our Base camp, we take a short acclimatization hike to explore the remote valley and stretch our legs after the many long hours of travel.

Day 3. Base camp - acclimatization
We pack up a portion of our supplies and take a tour to High Camp (3800 m/ 12,300'). After depositing our cache and enjoying the views, we descend back to Base Camp for the night.

Day 4. Base camp - High camp
The route from Base camp takes us above a narrow gorge and out of the high grasslands into the alpine zone, affording stunning views of the glaciers of Mt. Elbrus and the lower steppes of the Caucasus to the north. The last stretch of the climb leads through the jumbled rock moraine alongside the Mikelchiran Glacier before cresting a steep pitch and putting us in camp.

Day 5. High camp – acclimatization
Acclimatization hike to the Lenz Rocks (4800 m/ 15,200'). We will rope up in order to protect ourselves from the several crevasses we must cross.

Day 6. High camp – acclimatization
Relax day. Final preparations are made for Summit Day.

Day 7. Summit Day
After an alpine start we climb from the High Camp across the upper portion of the Mikelchiran Glacier until we reach the Saddle at 5300 m/ 17,700'. Mount Elbrus has two large summit domes and the Saddle separates the East Summit from the West Summit. Both are comparable in size and height. After enjoying the summit and its impressive views of the Caucasus mountain range, we descend back to our High Camp.

Day 8. High camp – Base camp
Today we breakdown our High camp and descend back to Base camp for the night. This day can also be used as an extra summit day in case we encounter bad weather or need additional time for acclimatization.

Day 9. Base camp - Kislovodsk
Transportation from Dzhily-Su to Kislovodsk where we will enjoy hot showers and a good night's sleep.

Day 10. Departure
Transfer from Kislovodsk to Mineralnye Vody airport for flight departure at 12.35 to Moscow.

Good to know: The arrival transfer on day 1 is scheduled according to the flight arriving at Mineralnye Vody at 14:30 h. While the departure transfer leaves Kislovodsk in connection with the earliest flight departing from Mineralnye Vody.

How to get there: Please, contact us if you would like us to help you find suitable flights at the best price. When helping you to find flights we always try to find the best price for you according to the departure and arrival times. Prices vary depending on the airline and current availability. However, remember that the cheap airfares are often difficult or impossible to reschedule or cancel. Payment of the ticket is with your own credit card directly to the airline or travel agent airline, which also sends out confirmation of booking. A service charge (non-refundable) will be added if you want us to help you find the appropriate plane ticket.

Visa: ►All nationals need visa to enter Russia. Please, check at the Russian embassy in your country about visa regulations ►we provide visa support while you have to take care of applying for your Russian visa

Recommended travel period of the year: June - September

Checklist and Equipment Hire

Price Includes:
group transfers to/from Mineralnye Vody airport to Kislovodsk
accommodation in a standart hotel in Kislovodsk in double or triple rooms (days 1 and 9) with breakfast
overnights in tents in Base camp and in huts at High camp with full board (breakfast lunch and dinner from dinner on day 2 to breakfast on day 9)
English-speaking mountain guide throughout the trip (1 guide for 3-4 tourists during the summit day)
cook at the Base camp and High camp
Caucasus National Park permit
one summit attempt
group equipment (ropes; ice screws)
Russian visa support

Not Included:
flight tickets to/from Mineralnye Vody
Russian visa
personal equipment (such as sleeping bag; boots; crampons)
alcohol drinks
extra snacks and beverages
personal expenses
unexpected preliminary evacuation cost
extra lift and transfers

Additional Services:
single supplement 130 EUR (in a hotel and a tent)

Vacation Extensions:
Mt. Elbrus Climb from South, Russia


Mt. Elbrus Climb from North, Russia (Rated 4.75 / 5 Based on 298 Reviews.)
1055 EUR
10 Days
Guaranteed departure

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

Tours of this level demand that you be really in good shape. The paths are not always in the best condition and the marking can be scarce. There are day-treks with big ascents and descents. Changing weather conditions /even in midsummer/ play an important role when trekking/cycling at a very high altitude and may cause changes of the preliminary route. This is to be decided by the mountain guide on the spot. Normally, the treks are 6/8h per day, but some can be longer. Preliminary hiking experience is an advantage, but not necessary if you are really in a good shape. Note that during some of the days, you should personally carry your baggage, which is naturally an additional difficulty. No rock/ice climbing experience is needed.

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