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9-day Elbrus (North Face) ski mountaineering expedition

Join Konstantin, an aspirant guide, on this 9-day Elbrus North Face ski mountaineering expedition. Climb the highest mountain in Europe and enjoy an unforgettable descent!

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration9 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


This 9-day Elbrus (North Face) ski mountaineering expedition will take you up to the highest peak in Europe!

Mount Elbrus (5642 m) is 800m higher than Mont Blanc (4810 m) and it is located in the Caucasus. This mountain range is traditionally accepted as Europe’s Eastern border with Asia. This makes the Elbrus one of the Seven Summits (the highest peak in each continent) and a popular goal among climbers.

Although there are many routes to climb Elbrus, this program will take you via its North Face, which is the most challenging as there is no infrastructure. It’s the wildest way to climb it and the descent is just as unforgettable!

Despite its great attitude which makes proper acclimatization a requirement, it’s technically much easier to climb Elbrus than to climb Mont Blanc. We’ll stay at mountain huts at 2500 m and 3800 m.

Finally, let me remind you that climbing in this corner of the world includes getting to know a different culture. So you’ll have time, at the end of the trip, to visit Piatigorsk, a north Caucasus traditional city.

Please contact me if you wish to experience this 9-day Elbrus North Face ski mountaineering expedition. You’ll be able to tick this wonderful mountain off your list! 

And if you want to check some other adventures in the Caucasus please take a look of my Ski touring exploration in Central Caucasus and my 9-day Arhyz-Dombay ski tour in Russia.



Day 1: Arrival

Arrival Mineralnie Vody. 30 km drive to the hotel in Piatigorsk.

Day 2: Transfer

100 km drive to Hathansu meadow (2500 m). The transfer will leave us as close as snow condition allows (it may be happen that we’ll have to walk 4 to 6).

Day 3: Acclimatization climb

Acclimatization climb to the North Hut (3760 m).

Day 4: Climb to North Hut

Climb to the North Hut (3760 m). setting of the the hut.

Day 5: Acclimatization hike

Acclimatization climb along Mt. Elbrus slopes. Night in the hut.

Day 6: Summit day

Climb to Mt. Elbrus summit 5642m. Night in the hut.

Day 7: Extra day

Extra day in case of bad weather.

Day 8: Descent

Descent to Hathansu meadow 2500m. 100 km transfer to Piatigorsk hotel. Piatigorsk visits.

Day 9: Departure

Transfer toMineralnie Vody airport.

About the guide

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Originally I'm from Altai, a little-known Siberian mountain region. I grew up and developed as a sportsmen and guide in Altai and the Tian-Shan mountains. Since 2010, I live in St. Petersburg and work a lot in the Caucasus region.

Since 2011 I am learning in the Rus­si­an Moun­tain Guides As­so­ci­ation (RMGA), under auspices of the As­so­ci­ation of Ca­na­dian Moun­tain Guides (ACMG). In 2015 I passed the Ap­pren­tice Ski Guide exam.

My main work des­tin­a­tions are Russian and CIS mountain regions as Altai, Khibiny, Tian-Shan, Kamchatka and all Caucasus. I specialize in ski tour and climbing projects in uncommon mountain regions of Russia and CIS.

Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 945 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

The price is to join a group. This program includes 1 guide during the program and 1 more guide at summit day. Porter service is available at the place. But this is an optional service. This year they take 200-250 Rub per 1kg from base camp at 2500m to High Camp at 3750m. Renting equipment is possible in Pyatigorsk. Set of harness, ice axe and crampons will cost about 50 euro per person per week.

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