Climbing Mount Elbrus (5642 m), a 9-day mountaineering adventure in the Caucasus together with Ivan, a KMGA certified mountain guide.
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.
You can rent equipment on site.
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.
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.
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”.
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).
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”.
Return to Terskol. Overnight in the hotel.
Transfer to the airport, flight home.
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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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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• Guiding fee
• Lifts tickets
• Transport during the trip
• Permit and entrance fees
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• 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
MICHAEL B YORMARK
Ivan is a master of his craft. His knowledge, instincts and skills are of the highest quality. He is the best guide I\'ve ever climbed with and when I return to Russia, I\'ll be climbing with him again. Also, his character is also of the highest quality, he is responsible, smart, and incredibly professional in every aspect. When you\'re doing something risky (like climbing a mountain), he\'s the exact person you need with you. I\'d climb with him anywhere, any weather any time of year.
Petur og Inga
Thank you for a great tour and a big adventure to reach Elbrus! You did a great job, leading us all the days!
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 :)
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.
I had the pleasure of having Ivan as a guide on Elbrus this year and he is first class. I would highly recommend using him on any mountain
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.