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Mount Elbrus, 9 Day Guided North Side Ascent

IFMGA certified guide Aleksandr wants to guide you on a 9 day expedition to the summit of the incredible Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus mountains of Russia via its North side.

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration9 days
Offer periodMay, Jun
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Mount Elbrus is one of the most impressive peaks in the world. It is also the highest mountain in all of Europe (5,642m).

There are different ways to scale Mount Elbrus. And on this 9 day adventure, you will get to ascend it by way of it’s North side.

The north side of Mount Elbrus is very different from the south side. There is an absence of forests and there are less people on the north side. Meanwhile, the climb on the north side can be, at times, more challenging. Furthermore, the area appears more open, yet more isolated. However, because of the isolation of the north side, there is a peace that cannot be matched.

During the trip, we will take several treks to various altitudes before the summit climb. Hence giving you the time necessary to properly acclimatize. It will also give you a chance to admire the spectacular views from the mountain. Moreover, we will be practising several important climbing techniques leading up to the summit climb as well. A few examples include how to use an ice axe and rope work.

Throughout this climb, we will be staying in comfortable mountain huts. However, you also have the option to stay in tents if you choose the expedition package.

Participants on this trip should have prior mountaineering experience. They should also be in good physical condition.

Climbing Mount Elbrus is an unforgettable experience. And climbing it along the north side is so unique, it’s like climbing a different mountain. To experience it for yourself, just send me a request, and join me on this 9 day adventure.

I can also guide you to the summit of Mount Elbrus on it’s south side on this 8 day adventure.


Depending on the program you choose, tents during the trip, or mountain huts, along with a hotel in Kislovodsk.

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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: Mineralnye Vody

After your arrival, you will be picked up at the airport in Mineralnye Vody and taken to Jili-Su via Kislovodsk. At Jili-Su we will make our way to base camp on the Emmanuel’s Glade by foot. Once there, you will get to relax and sleep in your mountain hut.

Day 2: Acclimatization trek to Camp 1 (3,800m)

Today we will trek for approximately 4-6 hours to Camp 1 (3,800m) and back to base camp for acclimatization purposes.

Day 3: Trek to Camp 1

Today we will make our way back to Camp 1, where we will gain even more proper acclimatization, and rest for the night in a mountain hut.

Day 4: Lenz Rocks (4,600m)

Today we will trek to an altitude of 4,600 metres at the bottom of the Lenz Rocks. If possible, we will venture further up to an altitude of 4,800 metres, for more acclimatization before returning to Camp 1 for the night. The total trekking time for the day will take approximately 4-7 hours.

Day 5: Rest day and recreations

Today you will get to sleep longer than usual, enjoy breakfast and participate in a 2-3 hour preparation class on the nearby glacier.

Day 6: Summit of Mount Elbrus (5,642m)

Today we will wake up at midnight, and head out at 1:00 am. The total climbing time for the ascent to the summit and return to Camp 1 where we will spend the night is approximately 9-12 hours.

Day 7: Reserve Day

Day 8: Descend to base camp and return to Kislovodsk

Today we will eat breakfast at 7:00 am and depart Camp 1 at 8:00 am and make our way down to base camp. Afterwards, we will take a transfer to Kislovodsk where you will spend a night in a comfortable hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport where you will catch your flight home.

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 1547 each

Group of 4

EUR 1341 each

Group of 5

EUR 1341 each

Group of 6

EUR 1341 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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