Mountain Ascent trips – Mount Elbrus

The tallest mountain in Europe is a challenging but rewarding milestone for mountaineers

Mount Elbrus (5642 m) lies in the Caucasus Mountains, near the border with Georgia. This majestic mountain is the highest summit in Europe and a great opportunity to climb one of the Seven Summits. The standard route by the South Face to the top is demanding and long but not technically difficult. You also have the option of doing part of the ascent with a snowcat. Climbing Elbrus by the West side is technically challenging and you have to do it entirely by your own means. Check out all our options below and set out on an unforgettable trip! Explore-Share only promotes trips led by certified mountain guides.


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Due to its location on the northern side of the Caucasus watershed, Mount Elbrus is technically on the European side of the continental divide, therefore making it the continent’s tallest mountain over Mont Blanc (sorry France). The dormant volcano towers more than 5.000 meters above sea level and is covered in a permanent ice cap, which feeds 22 glaciers and is the starting point of three rivers. Not only is the peak a natural wonder, but it also provides an excellent opportunity for intermediate-level mountaineers to use a variety of different climbing techniques to get to the top. It is an ideal peak for mountaineers training for taller conquests in the Andes or Himalayas.  



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What’s the weather like?

During the summer, the weather around and on Mount Elbrus is usually good. There is plenty of sun and clear skies, which makes for ideal climbing conditions. However, precipitation in the form of rain and snow is not uncommon. Neither are cloudy days. Temperatures at the base of the mountain reach about 10ºC to 15ºC during the day. Toward the summit, however, temperatures can drop to below 0ºC.




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How long should I stay?

Most expeditions to climb Mount Elbrus last a week or two. This is because it is quite remote and takes a couple days to get there and back. It is also imperative to properly acclimatize for a few days before making your ascent of the summit. During two week expeditions, you also get the chance to see some of the surrounding area and summit another peak in the Caucasus Range.

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Best time to visit

June to September are when most guides offer mountaineering trips to the summit of Mount Elbrus. This is generally when the weather is warmest and there is a lower probability of snow storms on the mountain.




What People Say

  • 7 reviews


Thank you for a great tour and a big adventure to reach Elbrus! You did a great job, leading us
all the days!
Petur og Inga for Climbing Mount Elbrus (5642 m)
We loved our experience at Mt Elbrus with our Guide Denis. He was an awesome Guide very knowledgable and skilled.
We would use him again. We were greatful for his translation as English was not spoken by many! Mt Elbrus was an amazing place. All lift passes and accommodation excellent. Food was really good. Training days on the mountain was a wonderful experience and my partner made it to the summit with Denis. Sadly I did not but will plan another trip to attempt it myself. I would recommend Denis to anyone wanting to climb Mt Elbrus. Great guy and Guide! Thank you for putting us in touch with him and helping arrange a well organised trip. Very happy customer experience all round!
Fantastic mountain guide with an incredible singing voice!
Our guide was Nikolay (a colleague of Ivan’s), a wonderful gentle soul whose exploits include Everest and K2…without oxygen! I
cannot recommend this trip enough. We went late season and although at times a tad frosty, the mountains made for a spectacular backdrop to all those golden autumnal colours. Massive thumbs up 🙂
Tanya Glanville-Wallis for Climbing Mount Elbrus (5642 m)
My trip to Mountain Elbrus took place ending October 2016 so the mountain season was ended and the probability of
Bad and cold weather was high, anyway I took the risk considering the experience of my guide Nikolay (from Ivan’s team). The first 2 days on the mountain the weather was sunny and great so we did a great acclimatization, but on the 3rd day the weather change, starting to be very windy and cold and on the following days got worst, specially due to the strong wind it was impossible to try to reach the summit, finally the days were ended and we had to return home leaving Elbrus Summit for another time, you know the mountain phrase: “The mountain always will be waiting there for you as an impassive colossus”. Nikolay logistics was great, all the mountain food was very good, he share with me a lot of his great mountain experience so I learn a lot of very valuable things, and even Nikolay help me on the airport on my trip back to home because on the Mineralnye vody airport nothing is in english. Also the hotel in Terskol was very simple but very nice and the woman owner of the hotel was very gently and nice.
I had the pleasure of having Ivan as a guide on Elbrus this year and he is first class. I
would highly recommend using him on any mountain
Ivan simply… “GUIDED” us. A beautiful word full of hidden meanings that are discovered while the mountain is revealing its
splendor and strength. “Guiding” means knowing when to talk and be quiet. When to encourage and warn, when to look into the eyes and convey confidence. In conclusion, “guiding” is accompanying with an almost undetectable softness, with an invisible and effective confidence that made us feel safe all the time.

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