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Elbrus South Side Ascent for Acclimatized Climbers


If you already have prior acclimatization, you can join this 5-day Express Elbrus ascent via the south side to the summit of the highest mountain in Europe! Join an IFMGA certified local guide and make it to the top with the help of an expert.


5 Days

May - Sep




* Join a special Elbrus ascent designed for acclimatized mountaineers.

* Reach the summit of the highest mountain in Europe.

* Spend 5 days in the Russian Caucasus mountains led by a local certified guide.

* Save time and money on a fast and straightforward climb.


Are you looking for a short and straightforward Elbrus ascent? Then this 5-day program to climb Elbrus via the south side (5642m) is ideal for your purpose. The only requirement is that you are properly acclimatized.

In order to join this Express Elbrus ascent, you will need to meet the following parameters:

  • You climbed a 7000+mountain 3 weeks before your Elbrus ascent.

  • You climbed a 5000+ mountain 10 days before your Elbrus ascent.

If you meet these requirements, then you will be sufficiently fit and acclimatized for this straightforward Elbrus climb. You can find a detailed itinerary below.

If you do not have the necessary prior acclimatization, then you can still tackle Elbrus! We offer a 9-day program with all the acclimatization climbs you need to ensure a safe ascent.

Ready to take on this amazing mountaineering challenge? Then contact us today and we will begin planning this exciting expedition together!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Transportation start and back

- Transport during the trip

Price details


 Transfer in a comfortable car\bus: airport – Mineralnye Vody Airport – Elbrus - Mineral Waters

 Transfer to Elbrus valley

 Hotel accommodation in Cheget village and in Barrels (total 4 nights)

 Breakfast in hotel

 Ascent and descend by cableway

 Accommodation in Elbrus Shelter 3800m

 Food in Elbrus shelter

 One climb attempt on mount Elbrus Western Summit

 Rescue Service Registration before climbing Elbrus


 Flight to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV)

 Personal equipment and cloth rental

 Lunches and dinners in Cheget village

 Additional nights in hotel and shelter

 Second attempt to climb Elbrus

 Snow Cat service

 Insurance (required)

 National Park fees (if the authorities decide to introduce such fees- it is usually 5 EUR or free)

 the Eastern Summit Climbing program


Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Mineralnye Vody airport (MRV). Transfer to Elbrus valley. You can arrive at any time, our driver will be waiting for you with your name on a tablet. Check-in at the hotel (usually check-in after 14.00). Meeting with guide. Dinner.
You meet your guide, then have lunch and dinner in one of the restaurants, Caucasus cuisine.

Day 2: First climbing day

Ascent to the shelter on Elbrus slope. Departure from the hotel to Azau glade. You can leave your spare luggage in the hotel.
We will ascend to the “Bochki” station or Gara-Bashi (3800 m.) in a gondola cable car, then check-in at the shelter, and go on an acclimatization trek to “Priut 11” (4100 m, 2 hours).

On the way, we can refresh basic
mountaineering skills if needed (how to use crampons and Ice-axe, self-arrest skills).

Dinner and
overnight in shelter.

Another option:

Climb to the shelter on foot, without using the cable car. In this case, you will have to carry your equipment yourself. We can also drop your backpack at the shelter, so that you can go light
(additional 30 EURO is paid to pass your belongings to the shelter).

Day 3: Elbrus summit

Ascent to Elbrus summit (5642m.)
Early breakfast. You can use Snow cat service to go up to 4300, 4800 or 5000m. Either way, you will follow the classic path through the Saddle. We will see the stunning scenery of the Caucasus Mountains at dawn. From the top of Elbrus, you will catch breathtaking views of the main Caucasus Mountain Range and even the Black Sea! Descent.
If you manage get to the shelter by 1PM, it is possible to descend to Cheget village on the same day (the
cable car stops working around 3PM). If you get to the shelter after 1.30PM, you will have to stay for
dinner and spend the night there.

Day 4: Reserve day

Day 5: Departure

Transfer to the airport. You will have breakfast at your hotel. Departure to the airport.

Keep in mind that if the reserve day was used, and you did not have time to reach Cheget village on the
summit day, then you will have to spend the night in the shelter and finish the descent on the last program day. The cable starts working at 9AM. This is our PLAN B. That is why we recommend you to buy air tickets with a departure time that is no earlier than 4PM!



More info

NUTRITION Hotel breakfast is included. You will have your meals in Elbrus slopes shelter in equipped canteens. There will be a professional cook for our group who will be glad to make some delicious meals for you! Please inform us about your food requirements: vegan, vegetarian etc. Additional costs: lunches and dinners in Cheget village restaurants (around 10-15 EUR)

SERVICE PERSONNEL If you choose joined fixed days, the rate is 1 guide per 2-3 clients. Private is 1 guide per 1 climber. Cook in Shelter.

WEATHER In the summer season, it is quite hot in the valley. The air can be up to +25-30°C. On Elbrus, the minimum temperatures can drop to --20°C in the morning and at night time, at altitudes up to 5000 m.

MEDICINE AND INSURANCE If you take any medicine in your everyday life, you should have it with you. The guide will have a first aid kit. IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE AN INSURANCE COVERING THE RISK OF MOUNTAINEERING UP TO 6000m). We can also arrange such insurance for you.

Meeting point

Mineralnye Vody airport (MRV)

Equipment you will need to bring

CLOTHES  warm thermal underwear. It is better to have 2 sets;  fleece pants, but better WindBlock or Windstopper;  wind- and waterproof pants and jacket of Gore-Tex or similar  sweater made of fleece or SoftShel;  jacket made of Windblock or Windstopper, or Softshel material;  down jacket for -15C or colder;  balaclava;  several pairs of gloves;  warm mittens;  warm hat;  warm trekking socks 3 pairs. SHOES  double Climbing boots  trekking shoes for everyday wear.  sandals \ slippers MOUNTAINEERING AND HIKING EQUIPMENT  trekking poles  ice axe (long)  crampons  3 carbines  ski mask  sleeping bag  safety system - no damage;  climbing helmet – with no damage. Attention! Don't put your helmet in your luggage! Carry it in your hand luggage to avoid damage.  head lamp  thermos for 1-2 liters  sunglasses with a UF-factor of at least 3  sunscreen cream, with not less than 50 UF-factor RENTAL OF EQUIPMENT, SHOES, CRAMPONS, AND OUTERWEAR IS AVAILABLE IN TERSKOL VILLAGE

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Grigory is a passionate and experienced KMGA/IFMGA/UIAGM guide with plenty of mountaineering under his belt. He has a Russian sports master which he acquired in 2006, he was the 2007 Moscow Mountaineering Champion and has guided since 2008 in Nepal, the Caucasus, Tien Shen range, Alps, and more. He is also a Certified Alpine Ski instructor since 2014 and has an Avalanche Rescue certificate from the Russian Association of Mountain Guides.


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What people are saying about Grigory



Excellent trip well planned with superb guides Have already recommended to friends who want to climb Elbrus



I climbed with Anton and Maksim; both really great guys. The trip was fully private with just myself climbing. This was a very fast trip beginning in Terskol; not the huts/barrels. Maksim and I climbed up the barrels from Terskol where we met Anton. Anton and I rested about 6 hours until midnight then made a single push to the summit and back down to barrels. The entire round trip was about 23 hours. The weather was cold, snowing/sleet, lots of wind and little to no visibility. We made good time in challenging conditions. Planning and coordination of the trip was smooth and easy. Great job and great company all the way around. Thanks!



Excellent trip well planned with superb guides Have already recommended to friends who want to climb Elbrus

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