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Climbing Mount Elbrus, North Side Route (10 days)

Join Ivan, an IFMGA-certified guide, on this 10-day Mount Elbrus (5642m) ascent in Russia, via the challenging North Side Route. Check the dates below and join a group!






10 Days


Apr - Sep






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  • Reach the top of the highest peak in Europe and one of the Seven Summits!
  • Climb through the more challenging North Side Route!
  • Discover the breathtaking landscapes of the majestic Caucasus Mountains


Mount Elbrus is a majestic peak lying in the spectacular Caucasus Mountains in Russia. It is the highest peak in Europe and one of the Seven Summits. I invite you to join me on this Mount Elbrus 10-day ascent via the North side, a tougher and less traveled route than the classical southern route.

Elbrus is not a technically difficult mountain to climb, but it may have a hard weather, including freezing temperatures and strong winds. The mountain has two almost identical peaks, the east summit at 5,621m and the west summit at 5,642m.

The North side route has a reputation of being more adventurous than other routes to the summit and it is a more isolated area. However, because of this, the peace and quietness of this region cannot be matched.

From the Mineralnye Vody Airport, we will head towards the city of Pyatigorsk, and from there to Emmanuel Glade, where we will begin our ascent to Base Camp. You can check below the day-by-day itinerary. 

During our ascent, we will make some accclimatization ascents, in order to be prepared for the altitude change. It will also give us the chance to admire  spectacular landscapes along the way.

So if you are looking to challenge yourself with a unique ascent, send me a request! Check the dates below and join a group for an amazing Elbrus climb. You could also check out my profile and see other ascent options for Mount Elbrus.

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

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

THE PRICE INCLUDES: invitation; accommodation in hotel in Pyatigorsk (2 nights with breakfast); accommodation in BC & Camp 1; full board BC - BC; all transfers in the Elbrus region according to the program; certified mountain guide; cook in the Base Camp and in Camp 1; necessary permits and registration; administrative fees in Kabardino-Balkaria. THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE: insurance; internal regular flights to Min. Vody airport and back; luggage air transportation; unexpected premature evacuation; cost of Russian visa; porters; rent of mountaineering equipment; drinks and personal expenses; extra pay due to change of the appointed departure time. EXTRA COSTS: 1) Additional Mountain Guide for the Summit Day: 500 Euros per 1 attempt. 2) The early descent to the hotel to Pyatigorsk costs 55 EUR€ per person per night in DBL/TWIN. Accommodation with breakfast board for groups 4 persons and more; 3) SNGL supplement per person per day - 25 EUR€.

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48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Mineralnye Vody - Pyatigorsk

Arrival to Mineralnye Vody Airport. Transfer to Pyatigorsk city. (1/2 hour, 25 km bus drive). Accomodation in hotel.

Day 2: Emmanuel Glade - Base Camp (2570m)

Transfer to the Emmanuel Glade. (3 to 4 hours, 100 km bus.  Accommodation in Base Camp
(2570 m).

Day 3: Base Camp (2570m) -Camp 1 (3730m)- Base Camp

Acclimatization ascent up to Camp 1 (3730 m) on the moraine at the end of the Mikelchiran Glacier.
We carry part of our personal equipment for Camp 1. Return down to Base Camp ( 7-8 hours in total).

Day 4: Base Camp - Camp 1

Ascent up to Camp 1 (3730 m). Accommodation in the refuge.

Day 5: Acclimatization ascent - Camp 1- Lentz Rocks (4650m)

Acclimatization ascent from Camp 1 up to the Lentz Rocks (4650 m or higher). Return down to Camp 1 (5-6 hours in total).

Day 6: Summit Day - Camp 1

Summit day. Ascent of Elbrus West (5642 m) or Elbrus East (5621m). We start the ascent at 2-3 a.m.,( 14 to 16 hours in total). Night in Camp 1.

Day 7: Reserve Day

Day 8: Descent to Base Camp (3-4 hours)

Day 9: Base Camp - Pyatigorsk

Return to Pyatigorsk. Accommodation in hotel.

Day 10: Pyatyigorsk - Mineralnye Vody Airport

Bus transfer to the Mineralnye Vody airport. Flight back home.


More info

Price per person: Group of 9: 1030 EUR Group of 10: 1020 EUR Group of 11: 1010 EUR Group of 12: 995 EUR Group of 13: 985 EUR Group of 14: 975 EUR Group of 15: 955 EUR

Meeting point

Mineralnye Vody Airport

About the guide: Ivan

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Mountain Guide

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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What people are saying about Ivan



This was my second trip together with Ivan Moshnikov. It's safe to say that everbody in our group absolutely loved it. We had a great time in Russia and it was an absolut blast. Even though we were not able to experience "true Mamay snorking powder" we still skied perfect snow for 7 days in a row. I threw my mobile in a corner in the first day and did not pick it up until 8 wonderfull days filled with skiing, amazing food, going to sauna and enyoing wonderfull company. However, if you a looking for a super lonely place, Mamay is probably not the right choice. The valley gets visited frequently by locals and other tourists. Still, there is enough place for everybody I think. 10/10 I will definitly come again. Many thanks to Yulia, Roma and Stepan!



No info from travel agent essential information about imigration cards, That mens no info that taht cards important ( No Info dont loose them). About transfer from airport was very good. Food excelent. No additional guide for ascenting Elbruss. I had different habit for ascenting. The Guide doesnt like. TIn the Summit ascenting he said that i should keep same style climbing as them. And put all responsibility on me if i wpould refuse contnues ascent to summit. So i this result bad sleep. And did not feel well to make summit ascent. I refuses to go. So that day i am ski touring myself due to arriving Caucasus. Rest was ok. Please return 250 euros . So incomplete mission



We went to Mt Elbrus ski touring in May and did not summit due to bad weather. If you want to be sure to summit I would suggest you book about 8 days as it takes at least 4 days to get altitude acclimatised to the point you can make an attempt ) and it seems the bad weather systems last about 3 days.... groups submitted the two days prior to us but no one summited for the next three due to 80 kmh winds. In regard to CetNeva, I had some trouble with communications and replies (partly caused at my end) but once that was sorted things went well. Lisa runs the admin side and is good. We did not have Ivan as a guide we had Roman - but Roman was over qualified for us but patient and pleasant despite our lack of skills and never being ready on time.


The guide was actually not Ivan Mishnikov but Denis who was a Junior guide with CetNeva. Overall the guide company is really good. Cook and the barrels where I stayed were excellent. Lisa, manager of CetNeva, were attentive and always present to help out. Guide was excellent in skills, just a little shy. Would recommend 100%. Thanks!


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

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