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Elbrus Climbing Expeditions

 Maybe you want to climb Elbrus as a stand alone achievement, and experience the thrill of standing on the highest point in Europe. Or maybe you want to climb Elbrus as part of the Seven Summits. Whatever you reasons for climbing, we always have the best options for you! Thank’s to our network of local contacts all around the Elbrus region, we offer you the best accommodation and cuisine, and our local guides will take you to the best places that other companies don’t.
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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided Tours, Trekking
  • Activity Level Extreme
  • Group Size Large Group

The classic route from the South is the most popular and technically the easiest way up to the summit. Every year thousands of climbers reach the top of Mount Elbrus from the South side. The main advantage of this program is comfort, which includes the ability of using the ski-lifts up to 3880 meters, accommodation in brand new and comfortable mountain shelter with electricity and intermittent WiFi, and also the opportunity of using the snowcats and snowmobiles up to 5100 meters!

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
    • Invitation letter for Russian Visa. We will email it to you immediately after we will get your deposit payment and a scanned copy of your passport ID.

    • Local registration fees. For foreigners according to the Russian law.

    • National Park fees. 

    • Climbing Permit.

    • Business Class transportation by Mercedes-Benz. MRV airport — Terskol — MRV airport.

    • Accommodation 1.  3-Star level hotel accommodation in Terskol village. Double and triple rooms.

    • Accommodation 2.  Brand new mountain shelter at 3880 m. Mixed dorm.

    • Ski Passes. For the ascent up to 3880 m., and descent down according to the tour itinerary.

    • Local transfers. Hotel — The beginning of the ski-lift — Hotel.

    • High-Quality Meals. All meals during the entire trip, except days in Pyatigorsk city.

    • RMH Lead Guide. For the entire trip.

    • RMH Second Guide. For the summit day only.

    • Professional Cook. For the entire stay in the mountain shelter.

    • Rescue Service Check-in.

    • Completion Certificates.

    • One Summit Attempt. Above 5000 meters is one attempt.

    • Authentic Caucasian experience
    • Awesome atmosphere and a lot of fun:)
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
    • Additional Summit attempts.

    • Single occupancy supplement. Available on prior request.

    • Snowcats and snowmobiles.

    • Rental of personal equipment.

    • An extra nights at the hotel that were not planned by the program: 

     For example, if you decide to descend down earlier than planned.

    • Porters. Available for a small fee.

    • Additional Mountain Guides.

    • Additional and individual transfers from /or to the airport:  

    You might need it in case if your flight arrives later than the time when our group transfer departs from the airport,

    or if your return flight departs later than the time to which our group transfer goes to the airport.

    • Additional use of the ski-lifts.

    • Alcohol drinks.

    • Meals in Pyatigorsk city and outside of the Terskol village. 

    For example, if you decide to spend one day in the Pyatigorsk city after climbing. You can always choose a convenient time and the right menu for yourself.

    • Any changes in the standard program which lead to additional expenses.
  1. Day 1 | Arrival day.

    Group transfer at 13:00 (1 PM) from Mineralnye Vody (MRV) airport to Terskol village. Guides meeting with a group. Overnight stay at the hotel.

  2. Day 2 | Acclimatization day

    Mount Terskol, “Devechie Kosy” waterfall (2800 m.) Overnight stay at the hotel.

  3. Day 3 | Ascent to the new mountain shelter at 3880 m.

    Acclimatization hike up to 4200 m. – hut № 11. Overnight stay at the mountain shelter.

  4. Day 4 | Acclimatization day: Pastukhova Rocks (4800 m.).

    Overnight stay at the mountain shelter.

  5. Day 5 | Rest day.

    Snow & Ice training with basic level self-arrest course. Guides meeting with a group. Overnight stay at the mountain shelter.

  6. Day 6 | Summit day.

    Descent to the valley. Overnight stay at the hotel in Terskol.

  7. Day 7 | Reserve day

    Light hiking (Terskol Creek). Certificates presentation. Overnight stay at the hotel. Extra option: Paragliding in Chegem Gorge

  8. Day 8 | Departure day.

    Transfer early in the morning from Terskol village to Mineralnye Vody (MRV) airport.

International Certified Mountain Guides!

An incredible panorama of the Great Caucasus Range during the entire trip!

It is the fastest way up to the summit!

The possibility of using the ski-lifts up to 3880 meters!

Authentic Cuisine of the Caucasus people!

All mountain huts are new and equipped with Power for your convenience!

All high camps are equipped with toilets and comfortable amenities for your dinning and relaxing experience!

Mixed groups from around the world! During the expedition you will have an opportunity to practice your foreign language and meet interesting people from many different countries.

We have a wide range of convenient dates in every month!

All the dates are guaranteed!

All the trip packages we offer are all inclusive!

You always get the highest level of service and an individual approach!

We can film your adventure!

  • Highmountain boots for use with crampons (double or insulated)

  • Crampons (Crampons must check fit with climbing boots prior to trip)

  • Ice axe (Ice axe with a leash. Light weight)

  • Climbing harness (Alpine climbing harness. Should have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing)

  • Sunglasses (Glacier glasses 100% UV protection with side shields or very good sunglasses with wrap around coverage)

  • Ski goggles (For wind and snow during the bad weather conditions and summit day)

  • Headlamp with new batteries

  • Extra batteries

  • 2 Locking and 2 non-locking carabiners. Larger is better for harness (pear shaped carabiner is the best, screw gate type recommended)

  • Self-belay leash (2 meter sling or prusik cord)

  • Trekking poles (Adjustable)

  • Comfortable backpack for climbing (a minimum of 30 liters)

  • Warm sleeping bag (down or synthetic sleeping bag rated to 0 F or -15 to C.)

  • Bottle for water (1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene)

  • Thermos (1 liter small stainless steel thermos)

  • Personal crockery (knife, fork, spoon, mug)

  • Small personal first aid kit (with your personal doctor recommended medications)

  • Several various pairs of warm thermal socks

1-2 pair of liner socks (polypropylene or wool)

2-3 pair light weight trekking socks (polypropylene or wool)

2 pair medium to heavy wool socks for the upper mountain, check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.

  • Thermal underwear 

2 long sleeve polypropylene or wool shirts lightweight, we highly recommend light colors for base layers.

2 pair lightweight to mid-weight long underwear bottoms.

  • Trekking / Hiking pants. 2 pair pants. At least one pair should be simple nylon trekking pants for the walking on acclimatization days and relaxing.

The second pair can also be nylon or light weight soft shell climbing pants for on the mountain.

  • Shorts. 1 pair nylon shorts for city days and base camp.
  • Sandals. 1 pair sandals (Optional but nice on warm days in Pyatigorsk and at the base of the mountain lodge)
  • Fleece jackets. 1 Soft Shell or intermediate thickness fleece jacket or windshirt.

  • Fleece pants. 1 pair fleece pants or light synthetic insulated pants.

This is OPTIONAL for extra warmth on summit day and also on the lower mountain for Base Camp evenings.

  • Down jacket. Down or Synthetic Sweater or Jacket or 300/400 weight Fleece Jacket.

    Essentially an additional mid-weight warm layer for cold days in your layering system.

  • Usual warm clothes, in which you feel comfortable

  • Gore-Tex Jacket (an effective waterproof and breathable fabric. The uppermost layer of your clothing) – Check out this link to see how it works!

  • Gore-Tex Pants

  • Several pairs of gloves (A minimum 1 pair of very warm gloves)

  • Buff (bandana that protects you neck and face from the wind and snow)

  • Several hats (A minimum 1 warm wool or synthetic hat, that cover your ears)

  • Cap

  • Sunscreen with at least SPF 40. SPF 50 is better
  • Lip care with at least SPF 30, 1 stick. A string to hang around neck is helpful.
  • Extra batteries for your headlamp
  • Toiletry kit
  • Small supply of personal toilet paper in ziploc for emergency. We provide paper while at huts.
  • 3 large plastic bags for keeping your gear dry
  • Extra ziplocs for keeping small things protected
  • Ear plugs. Highly Recommended! We sleep in a mountain shelter with other climbers!
  • Hand wipes for personal hygiene
  • Favorite snacks, combination of salty and sweet. Candy bars like snickers are available at the base of the mountain in shops.

Bring about 1.5 kilos or 2+ pounds. For summit day and walking days.

  • Paperback books and some magazines for travel within Russia and for stay at the mountain shelters
  • Ipod or MP3 with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra batteries or charging cords
  • Waterproof wallet for travel documents, money & passport, Russia Visa
  • Highmountain climbing boots (insulated or double) - 1500 RUB
  • Crampons - 300 RUB
  • Ice axe - 300 RUB
  • Climbing harness - 250 RUB
  • Carabine - 100 RUB
  • Self-belay leash (sling or prusik cord) - 100 RUB
  • Trekking poles - 250 RUB
  • Sleeping bag - 500 RUB
  • Thermos - 100 RUB
  • Headlamp - 200 RUB
  • Warm mittens - 250 RUB
  • Warm down jacket - 500 RUB
  • Ski goggles - 250 RUB



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