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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!

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration10 days
Offer periodApr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • 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.


2 nights hotel in Pyatigorsk and camping during the ascent

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




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.

About the guide

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2057 each

Group of 2

EUR 1748 each

Group of 3

EUR 1542 each

Group of 4

EUR 1336 each

Group of 5

EUR 1274 each

Group of 6

EUR 1171 each

Group of 7

EUR 1098 each

Group of 8

EUR 1078 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• 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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