Climb Elbrus - 8 Day

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Climb Elbrus – 8 Day

The Elbrus Classic

          • Russia
          • 8 Days
          •  24/6/17, 29/7/17, 26/8/2017
          •  €795 per person


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Climb Elbrus – 8 Day trek

This is the shortest programme we have for Elbrus. Primarily this is for the well-acclimatised and those with previous mountain trekking experience.

You will be met at Mineralny Vody airport to transfer by minibus to your hotel the Baksan Valley. The next 3/4 days are designed to provide acclimatization to prepare for the ascent to Elbrus summit. The program also includes an outing to the slopes of Cheget (3452m) from which in good weather there are fine views of Mt. Elbrus, Donguz-Orun, Nakra and many other Caucasian giants. After this the group transfers to the Garabashi Huts on the slopes of Elbrus for further acclimatisation days. The ascent day is chosen by the guide depending on weather forecasts and group readiness. The main ascent is a long day, taking between 12-16 hours to complete and descend.

Further Information

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


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.

  • Passport
  • Entrance visa
  • Medical insurance 


  • Gloves/mittens
  • 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
  • Trainers
  • Underwear
  • 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
  • Rucksack
  • Binoculars (Lightweight)
  • Writing material/notebook
  • Whistle
  • Torch batteries
  • Sunglasses
  • 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.

First aid/medical

  • Aspirin
  • Assorted plasters
  • Sun protection cream
  • Lip salve
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Bandages
  • 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.


The Elbrus Trek Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Mineralny Vody airport. Transfer to Terskol (4hrs) for overnight hotel. Evening briefing with guide.  An overnight flight from London connects with the Mineralny Vody flight, others may consider staying overnight in Moscow with an optional city tour.

Day 2 Acclimatisation walk from hotel to Cheget Karabashi summit, 3460m – a magnificent viewpoint over Elbrus. Chairlift to 3000m (30mins) further ascent on foot. Return to hotel for overnight

Day 3 Drive to Azau station. Cable ways up to 3800m.where we will overnight. Acclimatisation walk up to 4400m. Night in the mountain hut at 3800m.

Day 4 Acclimatisation walk to Pastukhova Rocks at 4650m. Descend to overnight at Barrels

Day 5 3am start for first summit attempt. Descend to Barrels for overnight

Day 6 Reserve day (in the event of bad weather conditions) Overnight Barrels

Day 7 Descend to Azau. Lunch. Transfer to your hotel where you will collect your certificate and hopefully celebrate your success!

Day 8 Breakfast. Drive back to Mineralny Vody airport


Climb Elbrus Prices

COST – €1050 pp  – GROUP SIZE 5-15

The treks will run for smaller groups at an additional cost per person – please enquire

€1050 pp  – Group size 5+

For smaller group sizes please enquire for pricing.

Included in the cost:

  • Russian visa support documents
  • all permits and official registration
  • accommodation as per the program
  • food – full board on mountain and half board in hotel
  • English speaking guide throughout the trip (1 guide for 3 clients, assistant guides for larger groups)
  • part-portered and fully guided
  • land transport as per above program from MRV return
  • One summit attempt

Not included in the cost:

  • visa issue
  • tips
  • insurance
  • snow cat – if used for Elbrus (optional)
  • additional transport, accommodation
  • international flights – see above for cost and below for other details

Please note: only one summit attempt on Elbrus is included, if you descend to hotel valley early, the extra hotel night is not included

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