Mountain Climbing trips – Mount Elbrus

Reach the top of Europe's highest peak and conquer the Caucasus!

Climb to the top of Mt. Elbrus (5,642m) and see the beautiful Prielbrusye National Park of southern Russia. This dormant volcano is the tenth most prominent mountain on Earth, making for a rewarding and all-around fulfilling ascent.

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Located in the Caucasus mountain range in southern Russia, Mt. Elbrus (5,642m) is the highest mountain in Europe. The area around it is one of the most beautiful in the Caucasus, featuring several other 5,000-meter mountains in the range. A multi-day expedition that usually involves acclimatization hikes throughout the region, climbing to the top of Elbrus is a serious challenge that shouldn’t be taken lightly. The south route is the most popular among climbers because it is both technically easier and has a better infrastructure. The north route requires more advanced mountaineering skills and is more remote, which may be a point of interest for intrepid mountain climbers.



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What is the Weather Like:

The weather on Mt. Elbrus is severe and known to change without notice. Because of the need for acclimatization, there is a chance of exposure to this adverse climate. Weather during the winter is cold and unaccommodating, reserving the season for only the most veteran of mountaineers.




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How to Get There:

Mineralnye Vody has an airport to accommodate traffic to Elbrus. Roughly 200 kilometers away from the mountain area, and private transportation is the only surefire way to get there. Nalchik is about 120 kilometers away, and it does have a bus service to the foot of Elbrus.

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Best Time to Visit:

The best time to climb Mt. Elbrus is during the summer, from May to September. The ascent can be attempted outside of the peak season, though winter ascents should be reserved for expert mountaineers. Plan accordingly for your desired expedition.




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  • (5)

I had a great time with Ivan at Dychtau! I can definitely recommend this to every climber who wants to experience something different to the alps. You can find yourself in a wonderful place with barely any western tourist and enjoy the astonishing nature and the welcoming local culture. It somehow felt like I was climbing my first REAL mountain… and I loved it!
10/10 would carry 20kg backpacks, play cards with Russian soldiers and go to sauna again 🙂 thanks,

Maximilian Siller for Climbing Dychtau with a guide
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Thank you for a great tour and a big adventure to reach Elbrus! You did a great job, leading us all the days!

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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!

  • (5)

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)
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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.

  • (5)

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.