Ivan, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, takes you to an amazing 8-day ski touring in the top of Europe: Mount Elbrus at 5642 m.
Enjoy skiing in one of the best mountains in Russia.
Come with an experienced guide and discover the best spots.
Learn about the local culture and history.
Customize the trip according to your preferences.
This is a unique opportunity of skiing in Mount Elbrus (5642 m), also known as the top of Europe. An 8-day guided ski touring program in Cheget and Elbrus, that will allow you to prepare and maximize your chances to summit this renowned peak.
Mount Elbrus is in the Caucasus region in Russia, at the border with Georgia.
I’m a mountain guide from the Elbrus region. I will be glad to guide you around this place and help you organize the trip. Actually, this might be tough when you don’t speak the local language.
Besides guiding on the mountain, I enjoy very much telling my friends and clients about this region, its mountains, culture and history. I consider them important details that will make your time here very special!
The best period to climb Mount Elbrus by ski is from March till April. It is still possible to ascent skiing in May and June, although we may not be able to ski down till the bottom of the mountain in this part of the year. Luckily, this is not really a problem because there are ski lifts.
As for the level of difficulty of this trip, Mount Elbrus is not a technical mountain. Our challenge, on the other hand, might be the weather and snow conditions and the acclimatization.
By doing this trip with a local certified mountain guide, you will solve some important issues like visa, logistics, communication and catering. By the way, you’ll have the chance to ski into some secrets spots, where only very few people go!
For further details about this trip, you can check the itinerary below.
Please contact me if you want to ascend Mount Elbrus by ski. I can help you design a suitable program according to your ski level and the time you’re in Russia.
I work together with a group of guides, so if I’m not available, one of my colleagues will guide you!
Mineralnye Vody airport.
Hotels in the valley and mountain hut (barrels) in the mountains. There are several options in Terskol, such as Esen Hotel and Cheget pension.
- Group size: 4 to 8, depending on the level of the clients - Difficulty level: PD, but there's high altitude. - Equipment: Ski tour equipment (skis, self-adhesive skins, avalanche beacon, double plastic boots, ski poles, shovel, probe, ski-crampons), headlamp, warm clothing, climbing ice crampons, ice axe, harness, helmet, sleeping bag. - The temperatures near the top could be around -25C with wind chill. Warm clothing, gloves, cap, etc., will be really necessary! -It is possible to rent part of the equipment (not ski touring gear). You can rent: double plastic boots, crampons, ice axe, gaiters, waterproof winter gloves, face mask, rope, harness, ski poles, sleeping bag, backpack, gas stove, carabiners, waterproof pants and jackets, helmet, glasses, headtorch and thermos. -It is also possible to rent a snowcat to make the ascent less difficult. For this trip, a special permit must be attained that requires participants to submit personal data 60 days prior to arriving in the region.
Arrival at Mineralnye Vody airport and transfer to Terskol, at 4 hours drive.
We will be staying at the Esen hotel, have a rest, check the equipment before leaving for the great adventure!
Skiing on Mount Kogutay or Mount Cheget for acclimatization.
This day will enable your body to get used to the altitude and let you enjoy beautiful landscapes on Mount Elbrus in wild places where nobody goes skiing.
We will go up with different lifts to the base camp and leave our equipment into the barrel where we will be sleeping during the next days.
In the afternoon, we will keep on acclimatizing and go up to 4200 meters by ski.
Ski touring day up to 4600-4800 meters.
Depending on the weather and your physical condition, we will either try the ascent, either have a day of rest.
Ascent day and last night at base camp.
Transfer to Mineralnye Vody and if times allow it, visit of Pyatigorsk, a great way to finish your trip here.
I'm an IFMGA-certified guide and have been guiding for the past 15 years.
I got the chance to do beautiful ascents like the Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Mont Cook, McKinley, 7000m Peaks in ex-USSR, technical climbing In the Caucasus, new climbing routes in the USA, ski-touring in Alps, Russia etc.
I'm an expert in the Elbrus region. I know every corner of it and will be happy to guide you to the summit, at 5.642m high, skiing or walking.
Please get in touch with me and let's leave together for a wonderful adventure in the incredible Caucasus mountain range!
I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available, one of my colleagues will guide you!
My favorite saying: "We will either find a way, or make one".
Have any doubts? Talk directly with an Explore Share assistant.
The Concierge service is a great tool for when you still haven't decided what kind of Adventure you're looking for and you're open to suggestions
Group of 1
|EUR 1748 each|
Group of 2
|EUR 1490 each|
Group of 3
|EUR 1274 each|
Group of 4
|EUR 1109 each|
Group of 5
|EUR 1006 each|
Group of 6
|EUR 1006 each|
Group of 7
|EUR 923 each|
Group of 8
|EUR 923 each|
Want a different number of travellers?
• Guiding fee
• Lifts tickets
• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
• Transport during the trip
• Permit and entrance fees
• Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Price for Group of 9: € 855 Price for Group of 10: € 845 Price for Group of 11: € 835 Price for Group of 12: € 825 Price for Group of 13: €815 Price for Group of 14: € 805 Price for Group of 15: € 795
We went to Mt Elbrus ski touring in May and did not summit due to bad weather. If you want to be sure to summit I would suggest you book about 8 days as it takes at least 4 days to get altitude acclimatised to the point you can make an attempt ) and it seems the bad weather systems last about 3 days.... groups submitted the two days prior to us but no one summited for the next three due to 80 kmh winds. In regard to CetNeva, I had some trouble with communications and replies (partly caused at my end) but once that was sorted things went well. Lisa runs the admin side and is good. We did not have Ivan as a guide we had Roman - but Roman was over qualified for us but patient and pleasant despite our lack of skills and never being ready on time.
No info from travel agent essential information about imigration cards, That mens no info that taht cards important ( No Info dont loose them). About transfer from airport was very good. Food excelent. No additional guide for ascenting Elbruss. I had different habit for ascenting. The Guide doesnt like. TIn the Summit ascenting he said that i should keep same style climbing as them. And put all responsibility on me if i wpould refuse contnues ascent to summit. So i this result bad sleep. And did not feel well to make summit ascent. I refuses to go. So that day i am ski touring myself due to arriving Caucasus. Rest was ok. Please return 250 euros . So incomplete mission
Hi Ivan, Thank you so much for this expedition! Everyone went home safely. We succeeded with your help. Next time, please come and go to Hokkaido powder!!!!! I am looking forward to seeing you again. Best regards, Aki
I spent an outstanding week in the region of Elbrus with Ivan. I am ski instructor and came with a mountain guide friend, we enjoyed so much the professionalism, attention, good humor, enthusiasm of Ivan. From the first email exchanges, Ivan was very responsive and answered all my questions. The very good choice of ski touring itineraries for the preparation and acclimatization before the successfully climb of the Elbruz made this trip even more memorable. I will keep this week with Ivan a memory of the first order and eternal. Thank you so much Ivan.