Mt. Elbrus Climb from North, Russia

Mt. Elbrus Climb from North, Russia 1450

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. Arrival at the Mineralnye Vody airport (MRV) with any flight before 2 p.m.

Our guide will be awaiting you outside the arrival hall. Once everyone has arrived, the bus leaves from the airport heading to the city of Kislovodsk. The ride will take around one hour. Upon arrival at the hotel, the guide will check the participants' equipment to make sure that everyone is properly equipped for the climb. When necessary, you can hire missing items in our rental shop next morning. After sorting out equipment, you will have free time to see this beautiful resort place and have dinner at a restaurant.


Day 2. After breakfast we load the backpacks onto an off-road vehicle and head towards Mt. Elbrus north side, having visited the rental shop on the way. The ride will take around 2.5 hours. Upon arrival at the base camp (2500 m), there will be lunch and a walk in the surroundings, which include waterfalls, mineral springs and green hills. Dinner and briefing at the camp.


Day 3. Carry to the High Camp (3800 m). On this day participants will carry their climbing gear to the next camp - crampons, ice axes, high-mountain boots, etc. Altogether this will make 10 -15 kilos. The hike will take four hours up and two hours down. Overnight at the Base Camp.


Day 4. Move to the High Camp with the rest of personal belongings. It is possible to use porter services at a rate of 3.5 €/1kg. Lunch at the High Camp and free time.


Day 5. Acclimatization hike up to the Lenz rocks (4800 m). This is a challenging day. The way up will take 5 - 6 hours and another two hours for the way down. Overnight at the hut.


Day 6. Day of rest. Today there will be no hikes, only a snow- and ice course near the camp. The guide will show you how to use an ice axe when you are sliding down the slope. Every participant will be trained in the technique of stopping the slide with an ice-axe. Overnight at the hut.


Day 7. The summit day. You will start at 2 a.m. after having breakfast early in the morning.When you climb from the north side, the east summit (5621 m) is closer than the west one (5642 m). So, on the summit day a group can split, and those participants who are better acclimatized go to the west summit and others climb to the east one. The decision is made by the guide. Descent to the hut by 4 - 5 p.m. and overnight there.


Day 8. This is the reserve day for summit attempt if the weather was bad on the previous day. Otherwise, descent to the base camp (2500 m).


Day 9. Another reserve day for the summit attempt. Transfer to Kislovodsk. In the afternoon there will be a celebration dinner at a restaurant with handing over certificates of completion.


Day 10. Transfer to the airport after breakfast. You will be there by 09.30 in the morning

Good to know:

♦ The arrival transfer on day 1 is scheduled according to the flight arriving at Mineralnye Vody before 14 h. While the departure transfer is scheduled according flights departing after 9.30am.

♦ Food, gas and public equipment will be carried by our porters. You will have to carry your personal belongings from the base camp up to the high camp. This will be done in two carries. Normally, active acclimatization is very helpfull and enhances your chances to reach the summit. But if you feel tired you can hire a porter for 3,5 euros per 1 kilogram. You can make a decision on the spot and ask your guide to find a porter before you leave the base camp.

♦ Mountaineering insurance is highly recommended for climbing Mount Elbrus.

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
all food on the mountain (cook services included)
English-speaking mountain guide throughout the trip (1 guide for 3-4 tourists during the summit day)
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)
lunches and dinners in Kislovodsk
alcohol drinks
extra snacks and beverages
personal expenses
unexpected preliminary evacuation cost
porter services for personal belongings

Additional Services:
single tent supplement (45 EUR)
private transportation from/to airport MRV. An individual transfer on the last day costs 25 EUR for 1 - 3 people by day time.

Vacation Extensions:
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Mt. Elbrus Climb from North, Russia (Rated 4.75 / 5 Based on 373 Reviews.)
1450 EUR
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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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