CLIMBING THE EASTERN PEAK (5 621)
Mt.Elbrus - northern route
If you read these lines, you saw the large mountains and sincerely fell in love with them forever. You see dreams of distant peaks, deep blue color of the sky and frosty breath of the glacier.

It's time to experience your love.
Welcome to the Elbrus's northern route!


If you read these lines, you saw the large mountains and sincerely fell in love with them forever. You see dreams of distant peaks, deep blue color of the sky and frosty breath of the glacier.

It's time to experience your love.
Welcome to the Elbrus's northern route!

PECULIARITIES AND ADVANTAGES
Climbing Elbrus from the north
PECULIARITIES AND ADVANTAGES
Climbing Elbrus from the north
It's a fair play
The load during the ascent can be compared with Himalayan "six-thousanders". There are no snowcats, cableway and electricity. The difference in elevation during the ascent - a seriouse 1 840 meters.
The best time
The most stable weather in Caucasus is in July and August. Most likely the succesfull ascent happens during these months.
Comfort
Places for mountaineering camps are prepared in advance - at the beginning of the season. There are clean toilets everywhere. At the bottom there are a shower and a russian sauna. You need to get only clothing and personal equipment to the top. Food and group-equipment are carry over by the guides and porters in advance.
LOCAL PRICE
38 000
russian rubles (RUB)

Discount!
4 000 RUB in case of 50% payment before the 1st of March, 2017
LOCAL PRICE
38 000
russian rubles (RUB)

Included:

  • all documents for russian visa;
  • "Elbrus" National Park permit;
  • work of two experienced Mountain Guides;
  • accommodation in a guest house in Pyatigorsk;
  • accommodation in tent in base camp and medium camp;
  • accommodation in winterized houses in high camp;
  • transfer to Elbrus by an offroader 4х4;
  • breakfasts and dinners in the base camp, medium and high camp;
  • hot water for personal thermos no limit;
  • climbing equipment (if you need - harness, carabiners, ice ax, ice screw, safety rope);
  • photo and video during the trip
Pay extra:

  • tourist visa to Russia (40 EUR)
  • climbing insurance obligatory (only for 5-9th days)
  • flight to Mineralnye vody (MRV), Russia
  • airport taxi (800 RUB one way)
  • personal pick up at the airport (if you need, 3 000 RUB, taxi included)
  • dinners in Pyatigorsk (about 4 000 RUB in total)
  • rent of climbing plastic shoes (if you need, 3 500 RUB)
  • personal porter (if you need, 3 000 RUB per day)
  • personal snacks (chocolate, nuts, energy gels)
  • local souvenirs and alcohol

Included:
  • all documents for russian visa;
  • "Elbrus" National Park permit;
  • work of two experienced Mountain Guides;
  • accommodation in a guest house in Pyatigorsk;
  • accommodation in tent in base camp and medium camp;
  • accommodation in winterized houses in high camp;
  • transfer to Elbrus by an offroader 4х4;
  • breakfasts and dinners in the base camp, medium and high camp;
  • hot water for personal thermos no limit;
  • climbing equipment (if you need - harness, carabiners, ice ax, ice screw, safety rope);
  • photo and video during the trip
Pay extra:
  • tourist visa to Russia (40 EUR)
  • climbing insurance obligatory (only for 5-9th days)
  • flight to Mineralnye vody (MRV), Russia
  • airport taxi (800 RUB one way)
  • personal pick up at the airport (if you need, 3 000 RUB, taxi included)
  • dinners in Pyatigorsk (about 4 000 RUB in total)
  • rent of climbing plastic shoes (if you need, 3 500 RUB)
  • personal porter (if you need, 3 000 RUB per day)
  • personal snacks (chocolate, nuts, energy gels)
  • local souvenirs and alcohol
Seven reasons why with elbrus.guide
1
We are in the mountains for a long time
The first commercial trip in the Himalayas was organized in 2006! Today the mountains are our major (and only) work.
2
Safety on the route
If the weather doesn't allow to climb the peak before the time allowed - we go down. We have three more attempts to climb.
3
Care and attention
Experience it right after the sending of your request and up to the mountain top. Two guide-climbers lead the group along the route.
4
Result-oriented work
Acclimatization is the key to success. That's why during the tour we climb slowly, walk a lot and have plenty of rest. It's important for us to bring the whole group to the Elbrus!
5
Reasonable necessity
Alternation of loads furing the climbing is based on this principle. We don't save money on rest and health of the group. Our price is fair.
6
The Himalayas
They are the highest mountains on Earth. In autumn and winter we work in Nepal. We will be glad to share with you something we sincerely love!
7
Same price for all
We have not another cost and service for foreigners or local russian citizens. In mountain all people are equal.
IT IS NECESSARY TO KNOW
5 621 meters

The true altitude of the eastern Elbrus peak.
2 000 people

Ascent Elbrus from the north every year (unofficial data).
1 840 meters

The elevation changes on the day of the outgo to the peak.
5 621 meters

The true altitude of the eastern Elbrus peak.
2 000 people

Ascent Elbrus from the north every year (unofficial data).
1 840 meters

The elevation changes on the day of the outgo to the peak.
Move coursor to the image to watch 3D

DETAILS
Mt.Elbrus - northern route
DETAILS
Mt.Elbrus - northern route
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Day 1, Wednesday
Pyatigorsk, group gathering
The preferred way to get through Moscow or through St.Petersburg is by plane to the airport of Mineralnye Vody (MRV).
The group gathers in the family hotel "Green", located at the following address: Pyatigorsk, Sobornaya street, 20. You can jointly take a taxi from the airport (or personal pick up).
During the day guide-leader leading the group meets the arriving people and accommodates them in the hotel. It's great to devote free time to Pyatigorsk city - to drink Narzan-water (it is free!), to walk to the historical cave "Proval". Or visit the city market where you can buy lots of tasty local things: cheese "braid", sudjuk (dried meat), nuts and dried fruits. Everything is high-quality and inexpensive!
In the afternoon the group gathers for acquaintance, getting introductory information from the leading guide about the trip.
Day 2, Thursday
Transfer to the "Zelenaya polyana" (green meadow), acclimatization climbing the Crown peak (3 100m)
Early in the morning there's a transfer by an offroader "Patriot" (russian 4x4) to the "Emmanuel meadow". On the historic site where the general Emmanuel's expedition was located, there's a memorial tablet.
Tented camps are set up on the opposite bank of the river on the "Zelenaya polyana" (green meadow). There is also situated an goverment's emergency post, "Donkey" camp, "Oleinikov's camping site", a camp of the "Elbrus tours" travel agency and a our base camp - camping of the "Laccolite" tourist club. Also you can find a Narzan-water spring nearby.
After lunch a radial acclimatization climbing to the Crown peak (3 100m) takes place. In the evening there's dinner and discussion of the plan for the following day.

Day 3, Friday
Radial climbing to the "Lunna'ya dolina"(moon valley, 3 500m)
That day the group will climb up to six hundred meters upper. After the registration in the goverment's emergency post, the group goes to the route.
The trail passes through the picturesque "hanging valley" (3 100m) and the amazing natural buildups - "pedestal boulders"( we call it - "stone mushrooms", 3 200m). "The Moon Valley" (3 500 m) is a flat lifeless terrain with small stones and beautiful view of the white north slope of Elbrus.
Overnight accommodation at the base camp - at the "Laccolite" camping (2 580m).
Day 4, Saturday
Move to the medium camp (3 500m), acclimatization climbing to the glacier at 3 780m
That day the group will climb up to nine hundred meters upper. After breakfast the tourists pack backpacks and the group goes to the medium camp "The Moon Valley" (3 500m). Accommodation in a mountaineering tents. Before dinner the group goes for a walk up to the glacier at 3 780m. The tremendous panorama of the Mount Elbrus will become the deserved reward of the hard day!
Going down will take an hour. Overnight in the medium camp "The Moon Valley" (3 500 m)

Day 5, Sunday
Radial climbing to the Rocks of Lenz (4 600 m)
That day the group will climb up to one thousand and one hundred meters high to the Rocks of Lenz. The path goes throught a glacier. Before the outgo to the ice, guide will teach a lesson of the technique of movement in conjunction. Who guides lead the conjunction in couple. This day the speed of the group (according to the weakest member) and every member's physical preparedness for the ascent.
Overnight in the medium camp "The Moon Valley" (3 500m)

Day 6, Monday
High camp (3 780m), day of rest
After breakfast the group packs backpacks and move to the high camp (3 780m) Accommodation in winterized houses and early going to bed. Getting up for the ascent to the top at 23:00.
Day 7, Tuesday
The first attempt of ascent
Getting up at 23:00 The group drinks hot tea and then goes to the glacier. Journey to the top takes from 12 to 14 hours. The first stop for a short rest is at the familiar Rocks of Lenz. The leading guide sets the pace of movement depending on the physical condition of the group.

Important notes:
- Elbrus is the mountain with the fast-changing weather conditions. Each participant should be ready to turn back whether the top is close or not;
- in case if a group member feels bad the night before the ascent, the leading guide has the right to prohibit him to effect an ascent of the mountain. Disregard of this prohibition means rejection to implement leading guide's decision and expulsion from the group
- in case of a serious disease during the ascent, such group member goes under command of the second guide and goes 100 meters of altitude down. If the condition gets better, only the accompanying guide can decide to allow continue the ascent;
-individual movement on a glacier poses hazard to life even in case of favourable weather conditions;
- it's necessary to reach the top by 13:00. After that the group must start going down regardless of the closeness of the top.

In case of a succesfull ascent the descend will take at least 3-4 hours. Overnight in the high camp (3 780m).
Day 8, Wednesday
The second attempt of ascent
Important note:
This day is used as the SECOND attempt of ascent. If the first day was successful, the group goes down to the "Laccolite" base camp for the overnight stop (2 580m).
In case if the group uses the second attempt of ascend, they spend night in the high camp.
Day 9, Thursday
Base camp, "Laccolite" camping (2 580m), day of rest
Important note:
This day can be used as the THIRD attempt of ascent. In this case, the group goes down to "The Moon Valley" camp for the overnight. Next day tourists leave to Pyatigorsk.
After waking up in the morning, look back for our way and sincerely say: "Thank Elbrus for the indulgence and hospitality!"
Overnight accommodation at the base camp - camping "Laccolite" (2 580m)
Day 10, Friday
Transfer to Pyatigorsk
The final day.
After the transfer to Pyatigorsk and accommodation at the guest house there is some free time for sightseeing in Pyatigorsk and shopping for souvenirs. In the afternoon there's a friendly dinner at a restaurant.
Day 11, Saturday
Departure
The participants leave Pyatigorsk individually according to their tickets. Check out before 12:00 pm. It is possible to leave luggage in a luggage room for some time. You may order a taxi to the airport of Mineralnye Vody in advance in reception.
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Elbrus gear list
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT
Elbrus gear list
The success of the ascent depends on the right clothing and comfortable shoes. There are clothes you shouldn't save on: mountaineering boots, puffer-jacket, gloves and thermal underwear. You can rent it all in Pyatigorsk. Special mountaineering equipment is included into the price
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  • passport;
  • certificate of insurance (for Alpine climbing);
  • money for personal expenses in Pyatigorsk;
  • a large backpack for personal belongings (60-80 litres) with a rain wrap;
  • backpack for climbing (35-40 litres) with a rain wrap;
  • sleeping bag with the "comfort" temperature equal 5° and synthetic filler - you can rent it in Pyatigorsk;
  • camping mattress, preferably inflatable;
  • personal trekking poles
  • headlamp + new batteries (2 kits)
  • sunglasses in a hard case with at least 4 units of UV-protection and with tethered cord;
  • ski goggles
  • spare sunglasses in a hard case (can be cheap);
  • 0,5 - 1 L thermos flask;
  • personal crockery (knife, fork, spoon, mug, bowl);
  • suncream with at least 50 units of UV-protection in a compact tube;
  • softening hand cream in a compact tube and hygienic things (compactly packed);
  • a product preventing smell in shoes;
  • personal medicines (placed into plastic bags and packed in tight pouch);
  • flash drive or hard disc drive (at least 64GB) to copy captured videos and photos.
  • a wide-brimmed bucket-hat or a cap;
  • a down-jacket with a hood (it's size should allow to wear it after the basic clothes) which you can rent in Pyatigorsk;
  • a transpiring mountaineering jacket with tight zipping sleeves, "skirt" and hood;
  • a down-trousers, with a side zip (the size should allow to wear them on the basic trousers) - you can rent in Pyatigorsk;
  • light trekking microfiber trousers (basic trousers);
  • microfiber shorts;
  • fleece or polartec costume (pants and sweater);
  • thermal underwear "for movement", one set;
  • light sandals like CROCS - for rest and everyday use;
  • trekking shoes with hard sole "vibram" or its equivalent - one or two sizes bigger than usually;
  • high-quality trekking socks, four pairs;
  • usual socks - four pairs;
  • fleece hat and think fleece or lycra gloves (worn under the mountaineering gloves);
  • synthetic balaclava or neoprene ski mask (protects from the wind very well);
  • ski mask (to use at night and in case of high wind);
  • four T-shirts;
  • five sets of underwear and a swimsuit for the narzan-water spring.
TOUR-LEADER
Max Ivanov
TOUR-LEADER
Max Ivanov
Hello!
My name is Maxim. I am 38 years old. I am your leading guide.
For eleven days I will take care of your accommodation, daily routine, health and nutrition of those who will take part in climbing. We will meet in Pyatigorsk, experience mountain acclimatization, successfully ascent to the top of the Elbrus (!) and sincerely part ways in Pyatigorsk.
My personal experience is mountain skiing trips of the 4th and the 5th difficulty category in Sayan mountains, rafting in rapid rivers of Karelia and five mountain expeditions to the Western Himalayas.

See you in Caucasus!
CLIMBING GUIDE
Dima Klimenko
CLUMBING GUIDE
Dima Klimenko
Hello!
My name is Dima, I am 30 years old and I am a guide on the northern slope of Elbrus. I've got professional experience in mountains since 2011. There were succesfull ascents to Kailas (Tibet), three asents to the Island Peak and the Mera Peak (Himalayas), highland Norway and mountain trips at the Everest, Annapurna and Langtang (Himalayas).
I prefer to ascend slowly, safely acclimatizing the group. We've got enough days in reserve for successful ascend and I'll be glad to bring you to the Eastern peak! I will be in Himalayas until the 8th of January, 2017.

See you on Elbrus!
CLIMBING GUIDE
Denis Alimov
CLUMBING GUIDE
Denis Alimov
Hello!
My name is Denis, I am 45 years old. I am a guide on Elbrus.
I started working in mountains in 2006 – in Himalayas. Every autumn I participate in mountain trekking and ascents in Nepal. Five times I went round the Kailas in Tibet and more than ten times I was on the base camp of Everest.

I'll be glad to show you the real Elbrus!
Good planning is important. I've also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you're in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you're depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.

Edmund Hillary
GUARANTEED DATES
Summer 2017
GUARANTEED DATES
Summer 2017
July 5 - 15
July 12 - 22
July 19 - 29
July 26 - August 5
July 5 - 15
July 12 - 22
July 19 - 29
July 26 - August 5
The group gathers in Pyatigorsk - Mineralniye Vody (MNR), Russia on Wednesdays. The maximum number of participants - 10 people. Departure after eleven days, on Saturdays.

Ascend to Elbrus will be held with any number of participants - only hurricane can prevent us do it!

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