Climbing Mount Elbrus – route options
Most first time visitors to Caucasus are keen to ascend Mount Elbrus, 5642m, Europe’s highest mountain. Elbrus lies just north of the main Caucasus Chain – a range almost 1000 miles long with a heavily glaciated central section containing several summits rising well above 5000m. Many of the remote side valleys are seldom visited except in summer by shepherds. Pine forests, alpine meadows, mineral springs, glacial rivers and periods of settled weather complete the picture.
Elbrus may be attempted by any strong mountain walker who is familiar with the use of an ice axe and crampons. Nevertheless it is important to remember that it is a mountain of almost Himalayan proportions and good acclimatisation is essential. In bad weather conditions may become Arctic.
We operate the following trips:
8 DAY CLASSIC This is the shortest programme we have for Elbrus. This trip is only suitable for the partly acclimatised or those who acclimatise well and who wish just to climb Elbrus.
10 DAY ROUTE This is trip combines an Elbrus climb with a short acclimatisation period in the beautiful valleys and glaciers neighbouring Elbrus on a two day camping trip.
13 DAY EXTENDED This 13 day trip is designed to give training in using an ice axe and crampons and to have a good number of acclimatization walks. As with any ascent of Elbrus it is still a tough trip.