In the South-Eastern corner of Europe, a range of mountains stretches between the Black and the Caspian Seas. Known as the Caucasus, they are topped by one of the world’s most beautiful volcanoes, Mount Elbrus. At 5642m, Elbrus is Europe’s highest mountain, but it is also one of the world’s “seven summits”.
A journey to Elbrus is not only a mountain adventure, it is a trip through time where the mysteriousness of Russian history can be experienced alongside the richness of its mountains and valleys.
Climbing Elbrus has the same physiological effects as climbing Kilimanjaro, except it is all ice and snow. The ascent is not technical and difficulties are normally altitude related. Being mostly snow however, Elbrus can be quite cold necessitating warm gear, and the use of ice axe and crampons.
Elbrus is more than just climbing the highest mountain in Europe. It’s about an adventure with a group of people putting aside their differences to achieve a common goal and dream. It’s about pushing your mind and body to new limits in a strange and exciting place.
The climbing season is from July to late August. Give or take a day or two on either side to fit in with the best connecting flights to Moscow.
Note: The Russian visa formalities are intricate and take time – you are therefore urged to book as early as possible.
Airport transfers in Russia.
Two night’s accommodation in Moscow.
Russian internal flights to mountain – Moscow – Mineralye Vody – Moscow.
Airport tax at all airports.
Hotel accommodation and meals for 6 days at foot of mountain. (double rooms).
Permission to enter border region.
Visit to Baksan Valley.
You are accompanied by an Adventure Dynamics experienced high altitude Guide on the entire trip.
Discounts on the purchase of personal equipment can be arranged.
A slide show of the mountain will be shown to all candidates who are available.
A training program will be sent to you.
Communal gear on mountain, tents, stoves, pots, food and fuel.
Snow Cat UP on summit night.
All International airfares.
Tips, soft drinks, bottled water or alcoholic beverages, items of personal nature.
Health requirements, hospitalisation and evacuation if required.
Any additional expenses.
Fees for changes to flights and excess baggage payments. Delay expenses outside itinerary.
All tours including Red Square and the Kremlin.
Snow Cat DOWN after summit attempt.
Your Adventure Day by Day
Day 1 – Arrive in Moscow, Night by Moscow Airport – transfer to hotel.
Day 2 – Flight to Mineralnye Vody. 3 hour transfer to 3 star hotel New Azau Hotel at base of Elbrus cableway. Overnight.
Day 3 – Acclimatisation day and climbing of Mt Cheget (3,410m).
Day 4 – Ascend cableway on Elbrus to Garabashi, acclimatise with walk to Priyut ruins (4,000m), night in barrels.
Day 5 – Climb from barrels at 3,800m to 4,700m, Pastukhov Rocks, return and sleep at barrels.
Day 6 – Rest day at barrels.
Day 7 – Take snow-cat from barrels to rocks at midnight – ascend western summit of Elbrus (5,642m).
Day 8 – Contingency day for bad weather.
Day 9 – Return to New Azau Hotel.
Day 10 – Fly from Mineralnye Vody to Moscow. Night in hotel close to Red Square.
Day 11 – Transfer to Moscow airport and departure.
*Itinerary subject to change due to weather and logistics.