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 acclimatise more exploring other peaks as well.
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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.
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.
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”.
and Day 7. Reserve days for bad weather.
Return to Terskol. Overnight in the hotel.
Transfer to the airport, flight home.
Price per person
|Group of 4||1055EUR|
|Group of 5||955EUR|
|Group of 6||955EUR|
|Group of 7||895EUR|
|Group of 8||895EUR|
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Permit and entrance fees
Skill level required
Fitness level required
Hotel when in the valley, mountain huts when in the mountains.