Climb Elbrus Description
This trip combines an Elbrus climb with a short acclimatisation period in the beautiful valleys and glaciers neighbouring Elbrus. This route allows time for acclimatisation and is an alternative to the 13 day trek for those that cannot afford the extra time.
You will be met at Mineralny Vody airport to transfer by minibus to your hotel in the Baksan Valley. The next few days are designed to provide acclimatization for your forthcoming ascent to Elbrus summit. The ascent day is chosen by the guide depending on weather forecasts and group readiness. The ascent involves is a long day, taking between 12-16 hours to complete and descend. The following itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change due to local weather condition and government restrictions.
Climb Elbrus Itinerary
- Day 1 Arrive in Mineralny Vody airport. You will be met and transferred to hotel for overnight – free time during day. Your guide will meet you at the hotel to discuss equipment and the itinerary for your trek.
- Day 2 Acclimatisation walk in the Terskol Valley up to the Observatory, 3100m, ca. 4hrs walking up, providing very close and magnificent view of Mt. Elbrus. On the way we pass the wonderful waterfall, called “The virgin’s hair”. Return back to the hotel.
- Day 3 Walk to the Mount Cheget, 3404m – a magnificent viewpoint over Elbrus. About 4 hours walking up. Return to the hotel (it is possible to use a chair lift for descent).
- Day 4 15 min drive to the cable car station. We take the cable car up to the Old Krugozor station (3000m). We leave our equipment at the Chiper Azau lodge just next door to the cable car station and go for the acclimatisation walk up to Garabashi huts, 3800m, 3 hrs. Return back to the lodge for dinner and overnight (it is possible to use ski lifts for the descent)
- Day 5 We take the cable car up to the Mir station, 3500m, then the chair lift up to Garabashi station, 3800m, and walk to the Priut hut at 4100m, 1,5 hrs walk. After lunch about 1.5 hrs acclimatisation walk up to 4400m. Return back to the hut.
- Day 6 Acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks up to 4700m, 3 hours walking up. Return to the hut.
- Day 7 Summit day. We begin in the early morning hours to ascend the highest of Elbrus’ twin peaks – the West Summit. You carry your day pack with the day’s requirements. We return to spend the night at the Priut hut.
- Day 8 Reserve day in case of bad weather
- Day 9 Reserve day – descent to base camp at 2250m
- Day 10 Breakfast. Transfer by road to Mineralny Vody for your return flight.
Climb Elbrus Prices
COST – €1150 pp – GROUP SIZE 6-15
The treks will run for smaller groups at an additional cost per person – please enquire
€1150 pp – Group size 6+
For smaller group sizes please enquire for pricing
Included in the cost:
- Hotel accommodation based on double occupancy (single supplement will be applicable)
- Mountain hut
- Group transfers as per itinerary
- English-speaking guide
- Assistant guides on Elbrus Summit day. Our guide/client ratio on the Summit day is 1/3;
- All meals during the trek
- Cook (in the mountain huts)
- Group cooking equipment
- Group climbing equipment
- Elbrus cable ways
- All the necessary permits
- OVIR registration
- Russian entry visa support
Not included in the cost:
- visa fee
- personal equipment
- additional transport, accommodation
- international flights
Please note: only one summit attempt on Elbrus is included, if you descend to hotel valley early, the extra hotel night is not included
Further Information about Climb Elbrus
It is customary that each climber makes a contribution towards tips for the mountain staff on completion of the trip. Tips are to be paid locally not in advance to EWP. The following are daily rates the group as a whole is recommended to pay per staff member: Porters €5; Mountain Guide €11; Cook / Assistant Guide €7
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT LIST:
The key to dressing in the mountains is to use the removable layer principle; a base layer of wicking material, a mid layer with fleece or duvet and outer waterproof shell. There is, however, no one way to dress when you are in the mountains. You should bring the kit you usually wear when hill-walking at home and bear in mind that the weather can vary from extremely cold, especially on Mt Elbrus, storms, rain and wind to very hot burning sun. You might not need to use all the foul weather protection listed below. However it is of course imperative that you bring it all.
We have divided our equipment list into two categories, essential and optional. If you are coming with a companion, some of the list below can be shared between you. If you have considerable experience of mountain walking or backpacking you will probably have your own list and will make additions or deletions to this one. The list is of what you will need to bring for walking. It does not include the smarter clothes you will need when not in the mountains.
Being suitably equipped is perhaps the most important ingredient contributing towards your safety, comfort and enjoyment of the trek. Reflect carefully as to what you will need. Taking too much gear just in case is not recommended, but neither is taking too little. If you have any hesitation, questions, or need advice, please ask.
- Entrance visa
- Medical insurance
- Good waterproofs, (cagoule & trousers) not heavyweight
- Strong mountain boots + walking boots
- Thin shirt (long sleeved)
- Thick shirt (long sleeved)
- Trousers/track suit bottoms + Long Johns
- Fleece or Duvet Jacket
- 1 thick sweater
- Heavy socks
- Cotton socks
- Pair of shorts
- Sun hat
- Something to wear in bed – accommodation is shared
- Sleeping bag (3 season) and sleeping mat
- Eating and drinking utensils for camping
- Sheet liner (warm)
- Water Bottle and small unbreakable thermos flask
- Toilet paper/tissues
- Wash kit
- Binoculars (Lightweight)
- Writing material/notebook
- Torch batteries
- Personal first aid/sewing kit
- Camera and film
- Swiss army knife
- Universal plug for wash basins
- Trekking poles
- Ice-Axe and walking crampons
- A lightweight harness or sling + one karabiner are essential items to take in case of bad weather/emergencies.
- Assorted plasters
- Sun protection cream
- Lip salve
- Antiseptic cream
- Adhesive tape
- Throat lozenges
A more detailed equipment information will be sent to you once you have booked.
A full passport and visa are required when visiting Russia. We provide the official tourist visa support documents from Russia which you will need when you apply for your visa. We cannot apply for your visa and Russian Consulates as different countries have different procedures for obtaining the visa. Further details will be sent to you at the time of booking.
A trek can be physically demanding at times, and some days on the trail can be exacting. The route in general is within the capabilities of any normally healthy and fit individual used to hill walking. However, it is best to get in shape before you go: jogging in the park, using stairs not lifts, swimming, games and exercises that expand the lungs and toughens the feet and legs. The best exercise for trekking is hill walking, starting with short easy walks.
You should be familiar and at ease with the use of crampons and ice axe. Although the route is non- technical you will need to be competent on Mt Elbrus with putting them on and walking in them. You will use them during the camping sections.
No vaccinations are required to visit Eastern Europe. You should consult your GP for further advice on recommended vaccinations. There are some recommended vaccinations but these vary from time to time; tetanus at least should be updated.
Mountaineering above 5000m requires good physical fitness and health. It is advisable to consult your doctor prior to making your booking if you have any doubts. Do NOT climb higher than 9000ft (2700m) if you have: a respiratory infection, sore throat, cold, cough, high temperature, nose bleed.
Terrorism and your Security
The Caucasus have recently been on some countries’ Office of Foreign Affairs “not recommended to travel to lists” (eg UK).Many countries have no restrictions and the area remains a popular international tourist destination. The Elbrus area has so far been hardly affected by terrorist activities and at present we expect to continue running trips here as we have done for the last fifteen years. We do monitor the situation and do appreciate insurance complications may arise if you are travelling to the area details . After making your booking, should the situation in the area deteriorate to the extent that we have to cancel, alter or curtail the trip at short notice, we will refund all monies paid other than those associated with non-refundable expenses such as flight deposits or payments.
UK citizens, and others, may wish to discuss insurance implications and solutions with us.
SAFETY: Our guides will provide the necessary level of safety and you must follow the his safety instructions at all times. The guide is equipped with a radio, GPS, mobile telephone, all necessary group equipment. There will be sections when the group will be roped together when crossing some of the iced areas. Should your guide make a decision to stop the program due to weather conditions being dangerous and a threat to your safety, we request that you respect this decision. All clients should have medical insurance which can cover medical and other expenses in any emergency incidents.
Please note: We retail maps for Mt Elbrus (main map and routes to summit on one side, information of the area, terrain, climate, vegetation, etc on the reverse). Please visit our BUY MAPS webpage for more details and costs.