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Mount Elbrus, 8 Day Guided South Side Ascent

Come and enjoy an 8 day ascent of the breathtaking Mount Elbrus via the south side in the Caucasus mountains of southern Russia with Aleksandr, an IFMGA certified guide.

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration8 days
Offer periodMay, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Mount Elbrus (5,642m) is an amazing peak. And for 8 exciting days, I would like to guide you to its summit and back!

Located in the Caucasus mountains of Russia, Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in the entire continent of Europe. It is a majestic peak, and the climb to its summit is an experience you will never forget.

We will scale the mountain from the south side, which is the most popular route. By taking this route you will have access to lifts and well tracked paths that will make the ascent much easier. However, despite the advantages, climbing to the top of this mountain is still a challenging feat. The weather is unpredictable, and there are a number of steep sections that require a great deal of care and concentration. As a result, I will see to it that you are properly and safely guided the entire time. Hence ensuring you have a fun and comfortable climbing experience.

Due to the high altitude of Mount Elbrus, we will spend several days acclimatizing. This will fend off altitude sickness. During these days, you will get to explore the amazing mountain on different hikes. One of those hikes will even take you to the gorgeous rocks of Pastuhov (4,700m). You will also get time to practice skills necessary to reach the summit at a nearby glacier. The views you will get during these excursions are incredible, and are only bested by the truly unforgettable views you will get to enjoy from Mount Elbrus’ summit.

Are you looking for an amazing climbing adventure? Then send me a request and join me on this 8 day adventure to the top of Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus mountains of Russia.


A hotel in Cheget or the village of Azau, as well as mountain huts during the climb of Mount Elbrus.

More info

Participants should bring the following items with them: Backpack (60L), sleeping bag, trekking poles, helmet, crampons, ice axe, harness, carabiners, short rope, headlamp, sunglasses, ski mask, thermos, personal dishes for eating, sunscreen, personal first aid kit, chapstick, warm double boots, trekking shoes, trekking pants, goretex jacket, fleece jacket, thermal underwear, down jacket, warm mittens, over mittens, fleece gloves, buff, warm hat, thermal socks.

Meeting point

Mineralnye Vody




Day 1: Arrival in Mineralnye Vody

After arriving at the airport at Mineralnye Vody, you will be picked up and transferred to a hotel in either the village of Azau or Cheget. After settling in, we will have a meeting where we will check equipment and discuss the plan for the next day.

Day 2: Acclimatization Day

Today we will take an acclimatization hike to the Terskol or Cheget mountain, where you can enjoy some great views. For Cheget, you will need a border permit.

Day 3: Elbrus Base Camp

Today we will transfer to the village of Azau. From there we will take a ski lift to the base camp. We will take an acclimatization hike to the Priyut (4,100m) before returning to the mountain hut (3,800m) where we will spend the night.

Day 4: Rocks of Pastuhov (4,700m)

After breakfast, we will take a 4-6 hour acclimatization hike to the beautiful rocks of Pastuhov before returning to the mountain hut where we will spend the night.

Day 5: Rest Day

Today we will train at a nearby glacier before spending the night in the mountain hut.

Day 6: Summit Day

Today we will wake up at 1:00 am and start the summit ascent at 2:00 am. The climb to the summit and return to the mountain hut will take approximately 9-12 hours. We can possibly return to the hotel after the descent.

Day 7: Extra day for acclimatization or bad weather

Day 8: Transfer to airport

After breakfast we will transfer you to the airport at Mineralnye Vody where you will depart.

About the guide

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Mountains and work in the mountains are major part of my life. I am an IFMGA mountain guide as well as a member of the Kyrgyzstan Mountain Guides Association (KMGA). I started my career in 2006 and it was a logical extension of my mountaineering activities. I organize ascents, ski-touring and free ride programs for my clients in the Caucasus
(including Krasnaya Polyana), Pamir, Tien-Shan, Siberia, Ural, Kola Peninsula. I have climbing experience in the Alps, Alaska and the Chinese Pamirs.

I am a certified mountain rescuer. My priorities are the client's safety along with the success of the ascent.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1856 each

Group of 2

EUR 1547 each

Group of 3

EUR 1083 each

Group of 4

EUR 1083 each

Group of 5

EUR 928 each

Group of 6

EUR 928 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Lifts tickets

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes accommodation, all meals, lifts, transport during the trip, and an extra guide for the summit day with groups of more than 3 people.

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