Mt. Elbrus Climb from South, Russia

Mt. Elbrus Climb from South, Russia 910 , 8 Days
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The highest European point – Mount Elbrus is a dream for many mountaineers all over the world.

It is a crater of an extinct volcano on a side ridge of the Russian Caucasus Mountains. Its double-headed snow covered peak and its glaciers (the longest of them is 8,2 km) are traditional targets for many climbers. The high altitude (835 meters higher than Mont Blanc), accompanied by lack of oxygen and strong wind are the main difficulties climbers face on the way to the Elbrus top. Yet those whoreached the top enjoy the right to be considered true climbers - which is one reason this route is so popular.  

You can climb up to Elkbrus from either the south side (this itinerary) or the north side (you may see our other offer).

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


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival to Mineralnye Vody
Arrival at the Mineralnye Vody airport (MRV) before 2 p.m. There are several domestic flights from Moscow and St. Petersburg and international flights arriving from Istanbul and Dubai. Our guide will be awaiting you outside the arrival hall. Once everyone has arrived, the bus leaves the airport heading to the town of Terskol. The drive will take 3 - 3.5 hours. Upon arrival at the hotel you will have some free time for resting and taking a shower, then dinner and first briefing with the guide.-/-/-

Day 2. Terskol peak
After breakfast, the group will go for its first acclimatization day. Today you'll ascend the peak Terskol (3100 m) or Mt. Cheget (3100 m), this depends on weather conditions. The hike will take 4-5 hours. Overnight at the hotel. B/-/-

Day 3. Moving to a refuge at 3800 m
This is the day when we move to the mountain refuge at 3800 m. You can leave all not necessary stuff at hotel. It will not be necessary to carry your backpacks yourself because the group will reach the refuge using ski lifts. There will be only a short distance to walk from the cable cars last station to the hut. You will be kindly asked to help the guide to load the boxes with food onto the ski lifts and then to unload it. The cook will either ascend with you or  will be already awaiting you at the hut preparing light lunch. After having tea or coffee with sandwiches and sweets we put on all mountain equipment and go for acclimatization hike up to 4300 m/14107 ft. Overnight at the refuge. B/L/D

Day 4. Pastukhov Rocks, 4800 m
Hike up to the Pastukhov rocks and probably higher (4800 m/ 15,748 ft). Overnight at hut. B/L/D

Day 5. Rest day
Day for rest. On this day you will have ice- and snow courses with your guide not far from the refuge. The guide will teach you how to put on the crampons and how to walk in it; he will show you techniques of self-arrest with an ice-axe and you will try to slide down the slope and then fix yourself on the snow using your ice-axe and the crampons. Don't worry if you've never tried it before. Overnight at the refuge. B/L/D

Day 6. Summit day
Summit day. After early breakfast at 2 a.m. the group will be picked up by a snow-cat and taken up to 4800 m or even higher. The further way to the summit takes on average 4-6 hours. Overnight at hut. It is possible to descend to the hotel, if the group comes back from the summit early, but this will cause extra expenditure for accommodation and meals at the hotel, because this night is already paid for the hut. B/L/D

Day 7. An extra day
This is a reserve day in case of bad weather on the previous day. When the group takes an attempt of reaching the summit on this day, it is necessary to descend to the valley same evening by all means, though it may be hard because the ski lifts stop working at 4 p.m. Celebration dinner and overnight at hotel.B/L/-

Day 8. Mineralnye Vody - departure
Depart to the airport at 06.30 a.m. in order to be there by 09.30 a.m. If this time doesn't suit you, it is possible to order a private airport transfer. B/-/-

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.

♦ Riding the snow-cat on summit day is obligatory, unless there are 3 people who want to avoid it. If there are 3 such climbers, we provide them with a guide free of charge. Otherwise they have to pay for a private guide on the summit day (€350).The exact cost depends on number of passengers: up to 4400 m it costs €500 and up to 4800-4900 m - €1000 per vehicle (max 12-14 people). You also can hire a snow-cat on your way down and this will be cheaper than on the way up.

♦ 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.

Checklist and Equipment Hire


Price Includes:
group transfers to/from Mineralnye Vody airport
lift tickets for ascend and descend as per itinerary
standard hotel shared twin or triple room in the foot of Elbrus
overnights in mountain refuge at 3800 m - mixed dorm
breakfast at the hotels
all meals during living in the hut
English-speaking mountain guide throughout the trip (1 guide for 4-5 tourists during the summit day)
cook at the Barrels
Caucasus National Park permit
Russian visa support

Not Included:
other meals during hotel stay
flight tickets to/from Mineralnye Vody
Russian visa
insurance
rental of equipment
hire of snow cat
alcohol drinks
extra snacks and beverages
personal expenses
unexpected preliminary evacuation cost
extra lift and transfers.

Additional Services:
rent of snowcat: on the spot
individual transfer from or to the airport - €80


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910 EUR
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8 Days
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Price
910 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
135 EUR
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Price
910 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
135 EUR
Status
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Price
910 EUR
Duration
8 Days
Single Supplement
135 EUR
Status
Closed

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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.

Group Size
Min. 1 person
Reservation System Code
RUCaucasus
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