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Climbing Mount Elbrus (5642 m)

Climbing Mount Elbrus (5642 m), a 9-day mountaineering adventure in the Caucasus together with Ivan, a KMGA certified mountain guide.

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration9 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate and Group


The Main Caucasian Ridge, which includes Mt Elbrus, has a West-East extension of 1200 km. The Black Sea is on one end and the Caspian on the other. Its barriers are not only geographical, they are also politic and ethnic. It separates Russia from the Caucasus with its range of nationalities.

The traditional division of Greater Caucasus is into 3 regions: West, Central and East Caucasus. The Main Ridge over Mt. Elbrus to the West and the Kazbek (5033 m) to the East mark the limits.

There are dozens of peaks over 4000 m. Furthermore, there are five 5000 m peaks in the area. Each one of them is special and beautiful.

The Elbrus region is a true gem of Central Caucasus. Nowadays it is an extremely popular region of the Caucasus for sports and recreation.

In this region there are many famous peaks, for example, Donguz-Orun (4492 m), Shkhelda (4300 m), Tchatyn (4368 m), Ushba (4710 m) and of course Mt. Elbrus (5642 m), the highest peak in Europe.

There are different routes to ascend Mont Elbrus. Here I propose following the South Route. Please note that we can also decide on a longer trip (12 days), and acclimatize more exploring other peaks as well.

Do you find this trip interesting? Then please contact me so we can discuss your ideal program! 

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


Hotel when in the valley, mountain huts when in the mountains.

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You can rent equipment on site.

Meeting point

Mineralnye airport




Day 1: Arrival

Arrival to Mineralnye Vody airport. 4-hour bus transfer to Terskol village in the Baksan valley (about 2000 m above the sea). Accommodation in a hotel for two nights.

Day 2: Observatory - Glacial base

Acclimatisation ascent to an observatory of Elbrus (3000 m). Then we continue up to an altitude above 3400-3500 m – Glacial Base. Excursion party to the local bazaar (souvenirs and handmade woollen things). Night in the hotel.

Day 3: Gara-Bashi station

Check-out from the hotel. 4 km transfer up to “Azau” (2250 m). It’s the lowest station of the Elbrus cable-way. Lifting by the cable-way up to the highest point: “Gara-Bashi” station (3750 m), which includes 2 lower cabin spans, and the upper part – chair-lift. The latter one does not operate sometimes depending on the weather conditions.

Accommodation in the “Bochki” (“Barrels”) high mountain hotel or in some other huts hereabouts. 1.5 hour acclimatisation walk up to another hotel – “Priut odinnadtsati” (“Shelter of the 11”, 4050 m), return down to “Barrels”.

Day 4: Pastukhovs Rocks

Acclimatisation ascent up to Pastukhovs Rocks (4700-4800 m) or higher. Return down to “Barrels” (3-4 hours up and 1-1.5 hour down).

Day 5: Summit day

Summit day. Ascent of Elbrus West (5642 m) or Elbrus East (5621m). Leaving for the ascent at 2-3 A.M., 10-12 hours totally. Night in “Barrels”.

Day 6: and Day 7. Reserve days for bad weather.

Day 8: Terskol

Return to Terskol. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 9: Return

Transfer to the 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 1851 each

Group of 2

EUR 1604 each

Group of 3

EUR 1377 each

Group of 4

EUR 1191 each

Group of 5

EUR 1088 each

Group of 6

EUR 1088 each

Group of 7

EUR 1026 each

Group of 8

EUR 1026 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: € 955 Price for Group of 10: € 935 Price for Group of 11: € 925 Price for Group of 12: € 915 Price for Group of 13: €910 Price for Group of 14: € 905 Price for Group of 15: € 895

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