Overview
Overview

Mount Elbrus Expedition: Scale Europe's Highest Peak with TrekNomads

Mount Elbrus, the highest and most prominent peak in Russia and Europe, awaits adventurers seeking the ultimate mountaineering challenge. Situated in the western part of the Caucasus Mountains, this dormant volcano is at an altitude of 5,642 meters (18,510 ft). Join TrekNomads on an unforgettable Mount Elbrus expedition, where you'll climb this majestic stratovolcano and create lasting memories in one of the world's most breathtaking landscapes. Mount Elbrus is also a part of the Seven Summits challenge. 

With its two prominent summits—the western summit reaching 5,642 meters (18,510 ft) and the eastern summit standing at 5,621 meters (18,442 ft)—Mount Elbrus offers a remarkable adventure for mountaineers of all levels.

The best time to climb Mount Elbrus expedition is during the summer months, from June to September. These months offer relatively stable weather conditions, longer daylight hours, and easier access to the mountain. However, it's important to remain flexible, as weather patterns in mountainous regions can be unpredictable.

 

8 Nights 9 Days 25 Jul, 03 Aug, 12 Aug, and more Mineralnye Vody
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Itinerary
Short Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrival at Mineralnye Vody (MRV).
  • Day 2: Acclimatization
  • Day 3: Arrival at Azau cable car station by bus. Ascend to the Base Camp
  • Day 4: Acclimatization
  • Day 5: Training Day and Rest
  • Day 6: Summit Day
  • Day 7: Reserve Day
  • Day 8: Reserve Day
  • Day 9: Transfer to the Mineralny Vody airport

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival at Mineralnye Vody (MRV)

Arrival at Mineralnye Vody (MRV). Transfer to the hotel at the Baksan Valley (3, 5-4h).

(IMPORTANT NOTE: *Please plan your arrival to Mineralny Vody before 2 PM local time.)

DAY 2: Acclimatization

Acclimatization, climb to 3,000m. Return to the hotel. Visit the rental gear office to organize and try on rented gear.

DAY 3: Arrival at Azau cable car station by bus. Ascend to the Base Camp

Arrival at Azau cable car station (2,356m) by bus. Ascend (4,000m) to the Base Camp. We leave our belongings at the mountain hut where we will stay later that night. From there we will climb a bit higher to acclimatize. We will pass several huts and in about 1,5h we will arrive at the famous Priyut 11 (the shelter of 11) 4100m. We will climb around an altitude of 4400m and then we will descend to our hut for the night.

DAY 4: Acclimatization

Acclimatization, climb to 4,600-4,800m, a night stay in the Base Camp up in the mountain hut.

DAY 5: Training Day and Rest

We will do basic climbing training for a few hours and rest for the day and prepare our minds for the summit push. Dinner and night stay in the hut.

DAY 6: Summit Day

Elbrus summit day starts at 2 AM while ascending we can take a ride with a Snow Cat to ~4700m - 5100m (not included). Ascend duration takes approximately 8- 12h. Normally we descend the same day to the valley so we can enjoy ourselves at our hotel. In case of late arrival at the cable car station, we can stay in the hut.

Day 7-8: Reserve Days

Reserve days {in case if summit attempt (Day 6) was interrupted by the bad weather}. Return to the hotel (if we stayed in the hut). Full day resting at the hotel (if the Elbrus was climbed on Day 6). Party in the evening! Optionally we can leave for Mineralnye vody this day.

Day 9: Transfer to the Mineralny Vody airport

Transfer to the Mineralny Vody airport.

(IMPORTANT NOTE: *Our group transfer from the hotel to the airport starts early, please; plan your flight to Moscow from 12PM afternoon onwards)

Inclusions
Inclusions & Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Transfers Min Vody to Terskol, Terskol to Min Vody
  • Accommodations: Hotel in Terskol 3 nights with breakfast
  • English-Russian speaking guide for all expedition periods
  • Accommodation in Gara Bashi hut (depending on the weather)
  • All meals in Huts during the climbing period
  • Immigration Registrations in Terskol
  • Cook
  • Group equipment (ropes, Ices crews),
  • All transfers, Taxis, Ski lift
  • Invitation Letter for Russian Visa         
  • Peak permit for Elbrus
  • Registration in Russian Rescue Service,
  • Garbage management,
  • One professional climbing guide for 4 members for summit day
  • Walkie-Talkie
  • Summit Certificate of Russian Mountaineering Federation
  • TrekNomads Fee, Trek Captain support and expertise
  • 10% discount coupon on Fast&Up products
  • 25% discount coupon on HappyBars products
  • Personalized Dri-Fit T-shirt
  • TrekNomads goodies

 

What is NOT included in the tour

  • International airfare and domestic flight ticket Moscow- Minvody
  • Russia Visa fee
  • Early check-in and late check-out at all hotels
  • Meals in Terskol
  • Personal equipment
  • Any personal expenses (laundry, telephone, shopping...)
  • Personal Adventure Insurance
  • Emergency evacuation & medical expenses
  • Excess baggage charge(s)
  • Travel Insurance Fee
  • Mineral water or any type of soft/alcoholic drinks
  • Beverages and other meals do not indicate in the program
  • Extra meals apart from inclusions
  • Tips to porters (calculated per person at 10$ per day per person)
  • Summit bonus for the Guides 
  • Snow track Or Snow Cat for summit day if need from the hut to Pastukhova Rock

(5100m - 300$ per person at Night time) (after summit return from 5100m at daytime 200$)

*Note: If less than 10 pax the cost for the Snow Truck will be different.

  • Any other expenses incurred apart from inclusions
  • All personal, medical, evacuation and emergency expenses like extra day stay out of itinerary, helicopter services and vehicle charges due to delays, landslides, evacuation
  • Expenses incurred for guide or porter during extra days stay, transport, flight, helicopter service, etc (divided amongst the group which utilises the services of guides/porters on extra days
  • *IMP Note: In case of a date change or group cancellation after you receive the Invitation Letter, you will be charged an extra USD 100 per person

Type of Trek
International Treks
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Location
Mineralnye Vody, Stavropol Krai, Russia View on Map