Mt. Elbrus Climb from South, Russia

Mt. Elbrus Climb from South, Russia 905 , 8 Days

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


Day 1. Arrival to Mineralnye Vody
Meeting in Mineralnye Vody airport at 14:30. Bus ride (4 hrs.) to a mountain hotel in the Baksan valley near the foothills of Mt. Elbrus. Overnight in a hotel. (2300 m/7546 ft).

Day 2. Terskol peak
Today we have an acclimatization hike up to Terskol peak (3100 m a.s.l.), providing very close and magnificient view of Mt. EIbrus. Highlight of the route is the waterfall, called the “Virgin hairs” and observatory of the Rassian Academy of sciences. Overnight stay in the hotel.

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 self 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 already awaiting you at the hut preparing light lunch. After having tea or coffee with sandwiches and sweeties we put on all mountain equipment and go for acclimatization hike up to 4300 m/14107 ft. Overnight at the refuge.

Day 4. Pastuchkov Rocks, 4800 m
Hike up to the Pastuckhov rocks and probably higher (4800 m/ 15,748 ft)

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 when you've never tried it before. Overnight at the refuge.

Day 6. Summit day
Summit day. We leave the refuge about 3 a.m. for the climb of Elbrus' west summit, 5642 m (18,510 ft). It is possible to hire a snow-cat (Ratrak) for a group. This vehicle carries climbers (12 people) up to Pastuckhov rocks and saves 4 hours and a lot of energy. Generally, for an average group, it takes about 9 hours to reach the top and 5 hours to come back to the hut.
Generally we stay at the refuge this night. If a group comes back from the top before 2 p.m. we can discuss the possibility to descend to the valley and have overnight at the mountain hotel. However this will require additional payment for hotel, because this night is paid for the huts.

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. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8. Mineralnye Vody - departure
Drive to Mineralnye Vody airport early in the morning to be in time for the flight which departs at 12:35. If you need to be at the airport earlier or your flight departs much later than 12:35, you can order an individual transfer.

Good to know: Meeting at the airport on day 1 is at 14:00 h. In case of later arrival, additional transfer is necessary (95 euro). The departure transfer leaves Terskol in connection with the flight departing from Mineralnye Vody at 12:40 h. The journey between Min. Vody and Terskol takes 3,5 hours.

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 - October

Checklist and Equipment Hire

Price Includes:
group transfers to/from Mineralnye Vody airport to Baxan Valley
lift tickets for ascend and descend as per itinerary
standart hotel shared twin or triple room in the foot of Elbrus - Mountain refuge at 3800 m
mixed dorm
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:
meals during hotel stay
flight tickets to/from Mineralnye Vody
Russian visa
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:
Single supplement 110 EUR (valid only for the overnights at the hotel)
rent of snow cat about 100 EUR per person from the mountain hut to the Pastuhov Rocks
individual mountain guide for the summit day 350 EUR per one guide


Mt. Elbrus Climb from South, Russia (Rated 4.85 / 5 Based on 265 Reviews.)
905 EUR
8 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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