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11-day Mount Elbrus ski ascent

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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.

Private and Group


11 Days

Apr, May




* 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.


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.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Lift tickets

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

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


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.



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

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

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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What people are saying about this trip



Ivan is a more than competent guide and a cool guy to know. He is thoughtful about his guests needs and treats their limitations with tact by ever providing both helpful feedback and encouragement. Last but not least his mashed potato recipe is to die for!

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