During a long time the 5.642 meters Elbrus peak has been forgotten although its the highest peak in Europe. It’s easier now to fly to this area, and with the opening policy to active tourism, the Elbrus has been an objective for a lot of climbers.
In a 9-day expedition we’ll attempt to reach the west Elbrus peak massif. If the group’s acclimatisation is good, the climbing speed correct and if the weather is with us, we’ll have the opportunity of reaching the 5.626 meters east peak during the same day.
Technically easy, you need a big resistance in order to succeed this expedition. Another important element is the personal equipment: appropriate clothing, climbing shoes, gloves and sleeping bag. The temperatures can go down to -25ºC.
Here is the day by day program and itinerary.
Day 1: Flight from home country to Moscow and then Mineralnye Vody.
Four hours transfer to Terksol village in Baksam valley. Stay in hotel at 2.300 meters.
Day 2: Acclimatise at Cheget summit of 3.600m high or observatory area.
Today we will hike up to the summit of Mt. Cheget, 3.600 meters high, with 1.100 meters difference in 4 hours approximately. From here you will have your first wonderful view of Mount Elbrus. We will spend the night in the same hotel as day 1.
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 other 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 descent again to Barrels Camp for stay in a comfortable cabin.
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.
Day 5: Resting day
Relax day in the camp to get a good acclimatisation.
Day 6: Elbrus summit day.
Summit day! We will have breakfast at 3 am and leave at 4 am.
Time to summit the European highest mountain is normally 6 to 10 hours, and the descent to the hut takes another 4 to 6 hours.
Reaching the hut between
15:00 to 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!
Day 7: Reserve day.
Reserve day. If the weather in the area is not good, will be a reserve day for the summit.
Day 8: Descent.
In the morning we descend to Terskol and stay overnight in Hotel. Or we’ll go to Pyatigorsk.
Day 9: Fly back home.
Trip to Mineralnye Vody and flight to Moscow and Barcelona or your destination.
The itinerary and the program may vary based on the weather conditions but also on your wishes. A different route could be taken.
Please get in touch with me if Mount Elbrus is on your climbing list 😉 We can discuss together about the details. It will be my pleasure to guide your there and enjoy with you the view from the summit !
Not included in the price
– Russian Visa (approximately 90€)
– Personal equipment (sleeping bag, mountain boots, crampons, ice axe, harness, etc).
– Activity (is recommended be in Mountain Federation) and travel insurance mandatory for Russian entry.
– Meals not mentioned in the program
– Expenses incurred by the abandonment of the trip to your home and repatriation for any reason.
– The expenses not mentioned above.
Included in the price
– All transportation by private car from arrival airports and back
– The service of a High Mountain Guide UIAGM and local guide speaking english.
– Lift in the area when it is required.
– Meals and hotels as detailed in the Route (B=breakfast, L=Lunch, D=dinner).
Price per person
– 4 pax. 1.700,00 €
– 5 pax. 1.600,00 €
– 6 pax. 1.600,00 €
– 7 pax. 1.500,00 €
– 8 pax. 1.500,00 €
– 9 pax. 1.400,00 €
– 10 pax. 1.300,00 €
For 3 clients or less, ask for a budget.
Price per person in double room; extra charge for single room: 300€.
The final price could change depending of €, US$ and the country’s currency quotation.
Minimum 4 people, maximum 10 people.