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Mount Elbrus, Russia, 11 Day Guided Ascent

Climb the highest mountain in Europe, Mount Elbrus in Russia, with IFMGA certified mountain guide Edward on this 11 day adventure.

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration11 days
Offer periodJul, Aug
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


Located in the Caucasus mountains near the Russian and Georgian border, Mount Elbrus (5,642m) is an amazing peak. As a matter of fact, this dormant volcano is the highest mountain in all of Europe, and the tenth highest mountain in the world! Yet, despite its mammoth size, reaching its summit is actually not a feat reserved just for experts.

I have organized and guided this trip every year since the nineties, so I know that, as a result of the peak’s high altitude, the best way to approach it is spending some time getting you properly acclimatized. Thus the reason why this trip is 11 days. So for the first few days, we will be climbing smaller mountains in the area, such as Little Kogutay (3,850m), or another peak depending on weather conditions, and other factors. This climb will not be arduous, and will act as a perfect precursor to Mount Elbrus. It is also worth mentioning that during the climb of Little Kogutay, you will get to enjoy some great views as well.

When we are finally ready to ascend Mount Elbrus, we will be taking the classic route. This route is not very technical, and is a long route. Hence giving you a lot of time to enjoy the climb. Throughout the climb we will be staying in various camps. We will focus on climbing Elbrus west summit and those who are exceptionally fit will get a chance to go on the East summit. However, regardless of which summit we reach, when we get there you will have all the time you need to appreciate the glorious view from the highest point in all of Europe!

Climbing to the top of the highest mountain in any continent is an incredible opportunity. And on this well proven 11 day adventure, that is exactly what you will be able to do. So send us a request, and let me guide you to the top of Mount Elbrus, I would love to take you up there!

I can also lead you on another mountaineering adventure through the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland on this 6 day trip.


Camping during the climb

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Mineralnye Vody



About the guide

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In 1987 I became a certified mountain guide after an intense four-year training program at the Technical University of Munich, thus becoming the first guide from the Netherlands to be IFMGA-certified and probably worldwide one of the first guides not originating from an alpine country. As a guide, I do everything from beginner courses in the Alps to worldwide climbing expeditions to the Seven Summits.

Based in Switzerland, just a few kilometers from the French town of Chamonix, I offer customized programs, tailor-made for each of my clients. As an alpinist and mountain guide, I’ve participated in many succesful expeditions, including Mt. Everest (north and south sides), Cho Oyu and Shisha Pangma (Tibet), Aconcagua (Argentina), Yerupaja South Face and Huascaran (Peru), Ojos del Salado (Chile), Mt Hunter and Denali (Alaska), Elbrus (Russia) Carstensz Pyramid (West Papoua) and Kilimanjaro (Tanzania). I’ve led two UIAA expeditions for talented young climbers: one in China and one in Pakistan. Both were very successful and led to the opening of some new (and sometimes difficult) routes. I’m always looking for new and challenging ski areas and, in recent years, have specialized in ski safaris and ski touring in the Alps, Morocco, Canada, Chile and Scandinavia. Adventure skiing is my passion since a long time and the challenge is to find the best snow and safe skiing and have fun with the group in a remote location. A father of 2, in my spare time, I like to go skiing, mountain biking and climbing with friends and family.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 18887 each

Group of 2

EUR 9444 each

Group of 3

EUR 6296 each

Group of 4

EUR 4722 each

Group of 5

EUR 3778 each

Group of 6

EUR 3148 each

Group of 7

EUR 2698 each

Group of 8

EUR 2361 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

• Along with the guiding fee, the price also includes food, camping gear, all climbing permits, local transfers, but does not include any flights.

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