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Elbrus Expedition

Ascent of Mt. Elbrus (5642m), Caucasus, Russia





Meeting point

Mineralnye vody

Group size


Activiry level

Challenging / Previous experience in mountain climbing above 3000m in summer and winter conditions is required. On average, expect about 6-8 hours of activity every day, except on days when rest, acclimatization or transfer are planned. In addition to hiking fitness, you also need technical knowledge in using ice axes, crampons, and walking on a trail.

What will you experience?

Caucasus is a region found at the border of Europe and Asia, situated around Russia to the north, the Black sea to the east, Turkey to the southwest and Iran to the south. The Caucasus includes the Caucasus Mountains along with plains which surround the former. The Caucasus Mountains are often used as the dividing line between Europe and Asia; territories which occupy the Caucasus are considered to belong to both continents. The northern part of the Caucasus is known as Ciscaucasia, while the southern as Transcaucasia.

Elbrus (5642m) is the highest peak in the Caucasus, found in west Ciscaucasia, territorially belonging to Russia. It is also considered to be the highest point in Europe. ‘’The normal route’’ is considered to be the easiest and most accessible climbing route. Most groups utilize the gondola lift from the Azau station in order to get to Mir station, from where they would usually proceed on foot towards camp Garabashi (3800m). Above Garabashi, it is possible to rent a snowcat and reach Priut 11 or the Pastukhov rocks. If a group decides to proceed from Garabashi on foot, it would take 90 minutes to get to Priut 11 and an additional 2 hours to reach the Pastuhov rocks. From there, it would take around 3 to 4 hours of walking in order to get to the Saddle, and another 4 to 5 hours to reach the summit.

West summit is the highest point of this massive, two-peaked volcanic cone known as Elbrus. Asia, along with the border between Russia and Georgia, lies down the main Caucasian reef which is around 10 kilometers south from the summit of Elbrus. East summit (5621m) is around 1.5 kilometers away from its western counterpart, separated by ‘’the Saddle’’ (5416m). Over 70 glaciers are to be found sliding down the frozen cone of Elbrus whose icy surface covers around 130 square kilometers.


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Day 1

Arrival in Mineralny Vody. Transfer from Mineralny Vody to Terskol. Arrival in Terskol. Accommodation in a hotel. Regulation of permits necessary for the ascent with the local authorities. Rest in a hotel, in Terskol.

Day 2

Ascent to the observatory Elbrus at 3380m in the vicinity of Terskol, for acclimatization purposes. Accommodation at a camp found at an elevation of 3380m. Rest.

Day 3

Return to Terskol in the early morning. This day is primarily designated for rest and preparation for the expedition to come. Dinner and rest in a hotel, in Terskol.

Day 4

Transfer from Terskol to Azau. Arrival in Azau and transfer by gondola to the Garabashi camp at 3800m. Climb to Diesel Hut (4157m), where we’ll spend the night.

Day 5

Day for acclimatization to the top of the Pashtuhova rock at 4600m. Return to our accommodation in Diesel Hut. Overnight stay.

Day 6

Departure for the climb to the top of West Elbrus (5642m) at around 3 am in the morning. Return to Diesel Hut. Overnight stay.

Day 7

Spare day in case of bad weather.

Day 8

Spare day in case of bad weather.

Day 9

Departure from Diesel Hut to the gondola on Garabashi. Gondola descent to Azau. Transfer to Terskol. Dinner.

Day 10

In the early morning transfer from Terskol to Mineralne Vode airport, just in time for your flight home.

What`s included?

    Transfer from Mineralny Vody to Terskol, and back
    Transfer from Terskol to Azau, and back
    4 night stay in a hotel in Terskol, double room, (half-board)
    3-night accommodation in Diesel Hut
    Entrance fee for national park Elbrus
    Use of the gondola lift in Mir
    All necessary permits
    OVIR registration
    UIAA professional guide

What`s not included?

    Water & beverages
    Food during the climb
    International travel & health insurance
    Visa expenses (for those who need a visa to enter Russia)
    Voucher necessary to gain a Russian visa and enter Russia
    Personal expenses such as the use of telephone, internet access, souvenirs, etc.
    Ratrack services

    You will need to cover flights; insurance and extra personal costs. You’ll need to book your flights to and from Mineralny Vody, travel insurance and cover other personal expenses.


Dates & Prices




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