trip duration TRIP DURATION
12 days
mountain range MOUNTAIN RANGE
max people per fuide MAX PEOPLE PER GUIDE
6 people
trip level TRIP LEVEL
best period OFFER PERIOD
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
type of trip TYPE OF TRIP


Join me for this 12-day adventure in Mount Elbrus (5,642 m). The route from the West side will require us to climb by our own means, and that is without lift, snow cat, hotel and shelter.

We are going to be alone in the mountain! Nevertheless, I can assure you’ll see an entire different side of Elbrus. Rock walls and stunning ice formations will be part of the reward.

After the descent, we will have the chance to visit Djily-Suu, a small resort which has mineral water springs. We will enjoy warm baths.

The climbing route goes mainly through the glacier and moraine. We will climb a snow-ice slope to a rock ground on 4,400 m. If the weather is good, you’ll enjoy this place. From there, an inclined slope leads to the summit.

Climbing Mount Elbrus through the West Side route is technically challenging. In fact, it is more difficult than going through the North and South parts of the mountain. Because of this, it’s important that you have a technical preparation.

This means:

  • Being able to walk with crampons in steep slopes,
  • Traversing the glacier using crevasses,
  • Spending nights in tents in altitude.
  • Clients must also have previous experience in altitude ascent and be able to carry heavy weight.

In case we cannot do the traverse from the West to South part (due to bad weather or any another reason), we’ll descend by the ascent route.

For further details, you can find a day-by-day itinerary below this description.

If you want to be a part of this wonderful adventure, please get in touch with me. It will be a pleasure to let you discover my region and bring you on top of this giant mountain!

I also have some winter programs around Mount Elbrus, like heliski and ski touring.


Day 1

Airport - Pyatigorsk

Arrival to Mineralnye Vody (Mineral Waters) airport. 1-hour transfer to Pyatigorsk city.

Accommodation in a hotel. Briefing and check of the equipment.

Day 2

Djilisu base camp (2,500 m)

5-6 hours transfer to Pyatigorsk – Cherkessk – Karachaevsk – Uchkulan – Churzuk.

Setting tents in Djilisu base camp (2,500 m) in the Ullu-Churzuk Valley. Overnight in tents.

Day 3

Acclimatization day - Base camp

Acclimatization ascent to Camp 1 (3,600 m) on the moraine of Bityuk- Tyube glacier. Return to BC, 4 h up, 2 h down.

Day 4

Base camp - Camp 1

Ascent to Camp 1. Setting tents. Overnight there.

Day 5

Acclimatization day - Camp 1

Acclimatization day. Training in fix-rope. Return to Camp 1.

Day 6

Camp 1 - Camp 2

Ascent to Camp 2 (4,200 m). Going 400 m on moraine and then snow-ice slope (3 ropes). Night in the Camp 2.

Day 7

Camp 2- Camp 3

Ascent to Camp 3 (4,600 m). Up on snow-ice slope, 8 ropes, (2 ropes about 70 º), then traverse to the Western plateau. Night in Camp 3.

Day 8

Summit day!

Ascent of Elbrus West (5,642 m) 5-6 h. Descent to the Barrels Refuge (3780 m) 3-4 h. Night in the Barrels Refuge.

Day 9

Extra day

Reserved day in case of bad weather.

Day 10

Terskol village

Descent in cable-lift to Terskol village. Night in the hotel.

Day 11

Pyatigorsk city

Return to Pyatigorsk city. Stay in the hotel.

Day 12

End of the trip

Transfer to the Mineralnye Vody airport. Flight home.

Price per person

Group of 41265EUR
Group of 51125EUR
Group of 61125EUR
Group of 71035EUR
Group of 81035EUR

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • All meals during trip
  • Lifts
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment
  • Permit and entrance fees
The price in Euros per person for groups of 9 is 965, for groups of 10 it is 955, for groups of 11 it is 945, for groups of 12 it is 935, for groups of 13 it is 925, for groups of 14 is 915, for groups of 15 is 895.The price for climbing the mountain from the West in Euros, per person is 1875 for 2-3 people, and 1825 for 4-6 people.The price for an additional guide is 400 Euros per guide.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required


Meeting point

Mineralnye Airport


- DBL accommodation in «Intourist» hotel in Pyatigorsk (2 nights with breakfast);
- 1 night in the hotel in Terskol DBL accommodation with breakfast & dinner;
- 1 night in the Barrells Refuge full board;
- Camp in tents.