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Climbing Mount Elbrus west route in 9 days

9 days for climbing Mount Elbrus, the highest peak of Europe, going through the west route, with Xavi, IFMGA certified mountain guide.

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration9 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


For a long time, Europe’s highest mountain, Mt Elbrus, was forgotten. But recently an opening of tourism in this area has encouraged more adventurers to seek out its 5642 m peak. Now you have the opportunity to climb this majestic mountain on a 9-day Elbrus expedition. 

Over the course of 9 days, we’ll attempt to reach the west peak of Mt Elbrus. We’ll start by completing several different acclimatization ascents in the surrounding area, and then we’ll go for our goal. During the trek, you’ll be led by me, an IFMGA certified guide, and another local english-speaking guide. You’ll also stay comfortably in hotels and mountain huts. I’ll take care of all the details, so you can stay focused on the climb!

Though the climb is technically easy, you need a lot of endurance to succeed on this expedition. On the summit day we will be climbing for 6-10 hours and descending for 4-6 hours. There’s also the option to do some of the ascent via Snowcat (not included in the price). Another crucial element is the quality of your own equipment. You must have appropriate climbing shoes, clothing, gloves, and sleeping bag because the temperatures can drop to -25 degrees C.

However, if the group is highly skilled and we have good weather, we might even be able to summit the 5626 m west peak of Elbrus as well. The itinerary and program depend on the weather conditions and your personal desires.

If you dream about climbing the 7 summits, Elbrus is a great place to start (or continue!) your goal. This 9-day expedition will give you a great shot at the peak in a safe environment.

Please get in touch with me if Mount Elbrus is on your climbing list. We can discuss the details together. It will be my pleasure to guide you there and enjoy the view from the summit with you!

I also lead expeditions to the summit of Mont Blanc.


Hotels and mountain huts

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Minimum 4 people, maximum 10 people. 9 people: 1400 €, 10 people: 1300 € (per person). For 3 clients or less, ask for an estimate.

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Day 1: Flight from home country to Moscow and then Mineralnye Vody

Four hour transfer to Terksol village in Baksam valley. Stay in 2-star hotel at 2.300 meters. (Dinner included)

Day 2: Acclimatize at Cheget summit of 3.600 m or observatory area

We will hike up to the summit of Mt. Cheget, 3.600 meters high, with 1.100 meters difference in 4 hours approximately. From there you will have your first wonderful view of Mount Elbrus. We will spend the night in the same hotel as day 1. (B,L,D included)

Day 3: Acclimatize at Prijut Hut at 4.150m

After breakfast we will go to the Elbrus Cable Car Station and take the lift up to the Mir Station at 3.500m and another small lift till Gara Bashi or Barrels Camp at 3780m.
From here we will hike to 4.200m, to the site of the Prijut hut. We’ll go up 320 meters in 3 hours. We’ll descend again to Barrels Camp to stay in a comfortable cabin.
Night at mountain hut. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Acclimatize at Pastukhov rocks

After breakfast, we will hike up to the Pastukhov Rocks at 4.800 meters. We’ll go up 1000 meters in 5 hours approximately, and again will spend the night at the Barrels Camp hut. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Resting day

Relax day in the camp to get a good acclimatization.
Hut (B,L,D).

Day 6: Elbrus summit day

Summit day! We will have breakfast at 3 am and leave at 4 am.
Time needed to summit Europe’s highest mountain is normally 6 to 10 hours, and the descent to the hut takes another 4 to 6 hours.
We’ll reach the hut between
15:00 and 18:00. The night we will spend at the Prijut hut. It is advisable to take a “snow cat” to do the first part of the climb (not included in price).
1.100 meters up and 1850 down!
Hut (B,L,D).

Day 7: Reserve day

Reserve day. If the weather in the area is not good,this will be another opportunity for the summit.
Hut (B,L,D).

Day 8: Descent

In the morning we descend to Terskol and stay overnight in Hotel. Or we’ll go to Pyatigorsk.
Hotel (B,L,D).

Day 9: Fly back home

Trip to Mineralnye Vody and flight to Moscow and your destination.

About the guide

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Xavi (Terrassa, Catalonia, 1963). Actually I’m living in Prullans.
During several years I have been practicing my two big passions, mountaineering and photography as hobbies. Actually I’m a High Mountain Guide and photographer in outdoor BTT races, mountaineering marathons or climbing competitions.
In 1982 I did became a member of Servei General d'Informació de Muntanya, a specialized mountain library. And from 1998 I’m working as High Mountain Guide for NKBV (Alpine dutch team).
After working 6 winters as a lifeguard patrol in a Catalan ski resort, I spent a few seasons of the southern summer working as a High Mountain Guide for Azimut 360 and Chilemontaña, two agencies located in Chile, leading clients through the Patagonia and into America's highest peak, the Aconcagua.
Since 2005 I lead my own clients around the world as a freelancer Mountain Guide. From September 2007 I manage the Companhia de Guies de Montanha web, bound to Carros de Foc. I have take part in many expeditions to Andes in South America and Himalaya, Karakorum and Hindu Kush in Asia.
I’ll like to show you “my” mountains, “my” Pyrenees and of course, other mountains around the world. I’ll like to guide you till de top of Aconcagua, Ararat, skiing down from Elbrus, or Kola’s peninsula in Russia.
I propose here few activities, but not all what I can show you!
Contact with me and go together to your dream!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 3609 each

Group of 4

EUR 1753 each

Group of 5

EUR 1650 each

Group of 6

EUR 1650 each

Group of 7

EUR 1547 each

Group of 8

EUR 1547 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Price per person in double room; extra charge for single room: 200€. The final price could change depending of € to US$ exchange rate. INCLUDED: Private transfer from and back to airport are included. My services and local guide for the summit day. Lift in the area when required. Meals/hotels as the program show. Rope and safety material. Not included: the flight ticket. Russian Visa (approximately 90€). Personal equipment. Activity and travel insurance (is recommended be in Mountain Federation). Meals not mentioned in the program, expenses incurred by the abandonment of the trip to your home

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