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11-day Mount Elbrus ski ascent

Reach the summit of Mount Elbrus (5642 m), the highest peak in Europe, on this challenging guided ski ascent, along with certified local mountain guide Ivan.

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration11 days
Offer periodApr, May
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group

Highlights

  • Reach the summit of the highest mountain in Europe.

  • Enjoy ski climbing in different peaks and slopes.

  • Spend the nights in comfortable hotels and mountain huts.

Description

Join me on this fantastic 11-day ski touring adventure and reach the summit of Mount Elbrus (5642 m)!

Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in Europe. It lies in the middle of the Central Caucasus area in the Russian Federation, near the border with Georgia. It offers breathtaking landscapes and a challenging ascent.

I will take you to the summit after a high altitude acclimatization on different peaks and slopes. We will travel in the lateral valleys of Adyl-su and Adyr-su. On the eighth day, we will get to the top of Mount Elbrus on our skis. Then, we will descend for 25 kilometres, with 2500 m of altitude difference. You can find the day-by-day itinerary at the bottom of this text.

We will meet at the Mineralnye Vody airport, in Stavropol Krai. It’s located in the North Caucasus region in Southern Russian Federation. During these days, we will stay in comfortable hotels in the Terskol village and also in mountain huts.

Please note in order to join this tour you need to have experience on the use of special ski touring and randonneé equipment. This means light special skis, bindings that allow you to fix or unfix the heel and boots, letting the ankle-joint to be flexible.

These type of skis are the best for those who normally ski alpine style. They allow your heel to be free for climbing and fixed for downhill.  Also, skins are necessary to allow traction while climbing.

If you want to join me and get to the summit of Mount Elbrus, just send me a request! You can book your date and we will start planning this great adventure.

Also, if you don’t have much time, you can check my Mount Elbrus 8-day ski tour. And I also offer a challenging guided climb to Mount Elbrus West and South sides.

I work together with a group of guides, so if I’m not available, one of my colleagues will guide you.

Accommodation

In hotels, Barrels refuge or in mountain huts according to the program

Disclaimer

The programs may change depending on weather and slope conditions. Reaching the top of the peaks depends on slope condition and not always can be achieved.

More info

For this program we need to receive all personal data & copy of Russian Visa 45 days before arrival to Min. Vody airport.

Meeting point

Mineralnye Vody airport, Stavropol Krai

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival - Transfer to the mountain

Arrival to Mineralnye Vody (Mineral Waters) airport. 4.5-hour bus transfer to mountain.

Day 2: Chot Chat Pass-Peak Chot Chat (3737m)-Ullutau Camp

Ski climbing to Chot-chat pass (4-5 h.), 1-hour ascent of Peak Chot-chat (3737 m), downhill to the Ullu-tau camp.

Day 3: Chegetsky bivouac or Mt. Treugol’nik (3830 m)

Ski climbing to the Chegetsky bivouac before Garvash pass (3710 m, 4-5 h. totally) or ascent of Mt. Treugol’nik (3830 m). Downhill to the Ullu-tau camp (2 h.).

Day 4: Granovski Pass (3950 m)

Ski climbing to Granovski pass (3950 m), 6 hours. Skiing down to the Ullu-tau camp (2.5 hours).

Day 5: Gumachy col (3540m)-Adyl-su Valley-Terskol village

Ascent to and passage through Gumachy col (3540 m) by ski (5-6 h.). Skiing down into Adyl-su valley (2-2.5 h.). Bus transfer to Terskol village (about 2100 m above the sea level). Acommodation and overnight in hotel.

Day 6: Azau - Gara-bashi station (3720m)-Ski touring up to 4300m

Bus transfer to Azau, lower station of the Elbrus aerial cableway. Lifting up to Gara-bashi station (3720 m) at upper end of the cableway. Accomodation in “Barrels” hotel at the station. A ski touring up to altitudes of 4200-4300 m.

Day 7: Pastukhov rocks (4650m)

Climbing on skis to Pastukhov rocks (4650 m, about 3 hours) and possibly higher, up to 5000 m, and then skiing downhill back.

Day 8: Ascent of West (5642m) or East (5621m) summits of Elbrus

Ski ascent of West (5642 m) or East (5621 m) summits of Elbrus. Back down to the night lodging (in total, about 10-12 hours).

Day 9: Reserve day in case of bad weather

Day 10: Azau-Terskol

Descent to Azau by the cable lift and further, down to Terskol. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 11: Transfer to Airport - End of trip

Bus transfer to Mineralnye Vody (Mineral Waters) airport, flight home.


About the guide

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I'm an IFMGA-certified guide and have been guiding for the past 15 years.

I got the chance to do beautiful ascents like the Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Mont Cook, McKinley, 7000m Peaks in ex-USSR, technical climbing In the Caucasus, new climbing routes in the USA, ski-touring in Alps, Russia etc.

I'm an expert in the Elbrus region. I know every corner of it and will be happy to guide you to the summit, at 5.642m high, skiing or walking.
Please get in touch with me and let's leave together for a wonderful adventure in the incredible Caucasus mountain range!

I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available, one of my colleagues will guide you!

My favorite saying: "We will either find a way, or make one".


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2057 each

Group of 2

EUR 1820 each

Group of 3

EUR 1552 each

Group of 4

EUR 1336 each

Group of 5

EUR 1202 each

Group of 6

EUR 1202 each

Group of 7

EUR 1088 each

Group of 8

EUR 1088 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price for Group of 9: € 1025 Price for Group of 10: € 995 Price for Group of 11: € 985 Price for Group of 12: € 980 Price for Group of 13: €965 Price for Group of 14: € 960 Price for Group of 15: € 945


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