THE WEST SUMMIT CLIMB (5,642m)
Mount Elbrus South Route
Don’t miss the chance to have the time of your life, to feel the moment of overwhelming happiness when the whole world is at your feet, when everything’s been done at the right time… It’s your time to climb to "the roof of Europe".

It’s time to climb Mount Elbrus!
Perfect for beginners
No need for special skills or equipment. The only requirement is physical stamina and a strong will to reach the top. An experienced group leader will teach you the basic mountaineering skills and will help you get acclimatized to the altitude
Reliable
2 guides accompany the group on the summit push. Using the ski-lift saves a lot of energy. Smooth acclimatization reduces the risk of altitude sickness. Snowmobiles allow speedy evacuation down the slope in case of medical issues.
Comfortable
Accommodation at a cosy hotel and in a mountain hut, excellent rental companies for equipment and clothes, delicious Caucasian food and a special alpine atmosphere. Cheap flights via Istanbul (IST) or Moscow (MOW) to Mineralnye Vody (MRV)
Pricing info

€ 700
€ 600 — special price if payment occurs before January 31, 2018
€ 1,600 — private tours, for 1 person minimum (May, June — July)
Special price for groups (4-people minimum) on request
Price includes

  • all the required documents and guarantees for obtaining a Russian visa
  • pick-ups and transfers from/to Mineralnye Vody (MRV) airport
  • climbing permit from the Prielbrusye National Park
  • 2 experienced mountain guides
  • accommodation at a family guest house in Pyatigorsk
  • accommodation at a family hotel in Terskol
  • accommodation at the heated Garabashi huts
  • electricity
  • Pyatigorsk airport transfers
  • transfers from Pyatigorsk to Terskol and back
  • ski-lift tickets in Azau
  • breakfasts in Terskol
  • breakfast and dinner at the Garabashi mountain huts
  • unlimited access to hot water for personal vacuum flasks
  • climbing equipment (helmet, harness, carabiners, ice axes,ice screw, safety leash)
  • photo and video footage
  • arrangement of extra days in St. Petersburg or Moscow
Price does not include

  • Russian visa
  • flight to Mineralnye Vody (MRV) through Istanbul (IST), Moscow or St. Petersburg (LED, €350 - 400)
  • compulsory climbing insurance
  • dinners in Pyatigorsk and Terskol (about €50-80 in total)
  • rental mountaineering boots and crampons (€50 - 70, as necessary)
  • rental clothing and sleeping bag (€50 - 70, as necessary)
  • snowcat transport fees to the upper Pastukhov Rocks (€50 - 70, as necessary)
  • snowcat transportation fees to "kosaya polka" (steep climb) (€120, as necessary)
  • snowmobile evacuation fees from the upper Pastukhov Rocks (€50, as necessary)
  • snacks (chocolate, nuts, energy gels - €20)
  • souvenirs and alcoholic beverages (€50 - 80)
3 reasons to choose elbrus.guide
It is very important that everyone reaches the Elbrus summit, which is why our groups walk a lot, acclimatize gradually, eat well and rest well.
We are goal-oriented.
1
Group safety
We always register with Russian Emergency Ministry outposts. 1 mountain guide works with 4 people on the summit push. The group is provided with a satellite phone and a GPS tracking unit, and is always in touch with snowmobiles and snowcats
2
Equipment is included
Each participant gets a helmet, an ice axe, a harness, a safety leash, carabiners and an ice screw + safety training is carried out on the slope
3
Recommendations
Most often people come to us on a recommendation from their friends. This is the best proof that we love our job and we do it well
Guaranteed dates
for spring and autumn 2018
We will climb Mt. Elbrus with any number of participants, 10 people per group maximum. Only a hurricane can stop us!
April 28 — May 8
May, June and July — private group tours, on request
August 1 — August 11
August 14 — August 24
The route
Day 1, Wednesday
Pick-up at Mineralnye Vody airport (MRV). Group meeting point: Zelenaya hotel, Sobornaya Str. 20, Pyatigorsk
Day 2, Thursday
Moving to Terskol. Slow ascent to Ai cafe
2,730m
Day 3, Friday
Acclimatization at the Observatory
3,100m
Day 4, Saturday
The first serious altitude challenge. It's a training day of walking in rope teams and in crampons
4,100m
Day 5, Sunday
A ski-lift ride to Garabashi mountain huts, rest
3,900m
Day 6, Monday
Acclimatization hike to "kosaya polka"
5,000m
Day 7, Tuesday
Rest day. Rest and a good night's sleep are necessary before the summit push
Day 8, Wednesday
First attempt to ascend to the Western summit
5,642m
Day 9, Thursday
Second attempt / travel to Pyatigorsk
Day 10, Friday
The final day. Free time in Pyatigorsk and dinner at a restaurant
Day 11, Saturday
Flights home
Acclimatization
Smooth acclimatization is a prerequisite for success. That’s why our Elbrus climb lasts 11 days and we have two attempts to reach the Western summit
Gear list
There are excellent mountaineering clothing and gear rental companies both in Terskol and Azau. Almost everyone can get fully equipped thanks to a great range of sizes. But it’s better to have your own clothing and boots!
You'll need
  • Passport, insurance policy
  • money for personal expenses in Pyatigorsk
  • wide brimmed hat
  • lightweight trekking trousers (basic)
  • midlayer top and bottom (Polartec or fleece)
  • thermal underwear, 1 set
  • quality hiking socks, 4 pairs
  • casual socks, 4 pairs
  • fleece hat without a pompom and fleece or Lycra liner gloves (should fit inside the mitten system)
  • synthetic balaclava or neoprene ski mask (good wind protection)
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • high-ankled hiking boots
  • lightweight CROCKS-style footwear for rest and day-to-day wear
  • UV 400 protection sunglasses with a strap and in a hard case
  • 1 litre vacuum flask
  • 50 SPF sun cream in a compact tube
  • moisturizing hand cream in a compact tube and toilet articles (compactly packed)
  • Shoe deodorant spray
  • electric shoe dryer
  • headlamp with an additional set of batteries
Rentals available
  • hiking backpack for personal belongings (35 - 40 liters) with a waterproof rucksack cover
  • synthetic sleeping bag with comfort rating 0°C
  • down jacket with a hood, must fit comfortably over other layers of clothing
  • breathable Gore-tex shell-type parka with a hood and adjustable Velcro cuffs
  • breathable softshell windproof trousers with side zippers, big enough to fit over other layers
  • plastic mountaineering boots and crampons
  • ski goggles (to use at night and for wind protection)
  • trekking poles
You'll need

  • Passport, insurance policy
  • money for personal expenses in Pyatigorsk
  • wide brimmed hat
  • lightweight trekking trousers (basic)
  • midlayer top and bottom (Polartec or fleece)
  • thermal underwear, 1 set
  • quality hiking socks, 4 pairs
  • casual socks, 4 pairs
  • fleece hat without a pompom and fleece or Lycra liner gloves (should fit inside the mitten system)
  • synthetic balaclava or neoprene ski mask (good wind protection)
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 5 pairs of underwear
  • high-ankled hiking boots
  • lightweight CROCKS-style footwear for rest and day-to-day wear
  • UV 400 protection sunglasses with a strap and in a hard case
  • 1 litre vacuum flask
  • 50 SPF sun cream in a compact tube
  • moisturizing hand cream in a compact tube and toilet articles (compactly packed)
  • Shoe deodorant spray
  • electric shoe dryer
  • headlamp with an additional set of batteries
Rentals available

  • hiking backpack for personal belongings (35 - 40 liters) with a waterproof rucksack cover
  • synthetic sleeping bag with comfort rating 0°C
  • down jacket with a hood, must fit comfortably over other layers of clothing
  • breathable Gore-tex shell-type parka with a hood and adjustable Velcro cuffs
  • breathable softshell windproof trousers with side zippers, big enough to fit over other layers
  • plastic mountaineering boots and crampons
  • ski goggles (to use at night and for wind protection)
  • trekking poles
Clothing and footwear
1
Thermal underwear
It’s the first line of defense against the cold and wicks away moisture. It’s better to take lightweight underwear to move freely. Comfortable to sleep in. Two sets are necessary. Fits perfectly with athletic style underwear.
2
Casual clothing
Lightweight microfibre trousers, fleece or Climashield coat. Your clothes should be comfortable and allow you to move freely.
3
Wind protection
Worn over your casual clothes at high altitudes, during rain and strong winds. Made of expensive breathable GoreTex-type fabrics. Jacket is required, trousers are optional (for those sensitive to cold). Should fit well over your casual clothes.
4
Outer insulated layer
Down jacket, down pants or down shorts. Effectively protects you against cold and wind, lightweight and compact when packed. Sensitive to water. Down trousers are a full substitute to wind protection trousers. Outer layer should fit well over your wind protection layer.
5
Footwear and warm accessories
There are two types of footwear for Mt. Elbrus: everyday boots and mountaineering boots. If it’s your first climb, the mountaineering boots can be rented. It definitely pays to buy them if you are going to climb after Elbrus. You need to have your own everyday boots. These are hiking boots with a hard sole. Should be high-ankled and 1.5 — 2 sizes bigger + CROCS-style footwear with a closed toe. Lightweight and waterproof, they are used during rest and in the shower.

Hat (buff), hiking socks, light gloves, down mittens, gaiters. A buff is a universal and convenient accessory, it’s better to have two (for head and neck). Hiking socks effectively wick sweat from the feet and provide cushion, but can be expensive. Lightweight synthetic gloves for everyday usage protect hands from wind exposure. Down mittens are essential during the summit push and at high altitudes. Gaiters are worn over hiking boots and they protect the lower part of your trousers from dirt, dust, water and wind.
Thermal underwear
It’s the first line of defense against the cold and wicks away moisture. It’s better to take lightweight underwear to move freely. Comfortable to sleep in. Two sets are necessary. Fits perfectly with athletic style underwear.
Casual clothing
Lightweight microfibre trousers, fleece or Climashield coat. Your clothes should be comfortable and allow you to move freely.
Wind protection
Worn over your casual clothes at high altitudes, during rain and strong winds. Made of expensive breathable GoreTex-type fabrics. Jacket is required, trousers are optional (for those sensitive to cold). Should fit well over your casual clothes.
Outer insulated layer
Down jacket, down pants or down shorts. Effectively protects you against cold and wind, lightweight and compact when packed. Sensitive to water. Down trousers are a full substitute to wind protection trousers. Outer layer should fit well over your wind protection layer.
Footwear
There are two types of footwear for Mt. Elbrus: everyday boots and mountaineering boots. If it’s your first climb, the mountaineering boots can be rented. It definitely pays to buy them if you are going to climb after Elbrus. You need to have your own everyday boots. These are hiking boots with a hard sole. Should be high-ankled and 1.5 — 2 sizes bigger + CROCS-style footwear with a closed toe. Lightweight and waterproof, they are used during rest and in the shower.
Warm accessories
Hat (buff), hiking socks, light gloves, down mittens, gaiters. A buff is a universal and convenient accessory, it’s better to have two (for head and neck). Hiking socks effectively wick sweat from the feet and provide cushion, but can be expensive. Lightweight synthetic gloves for everyday usage protect hands from wind exposure. Down mittens are essential during the summit push and at high altitudes. Gaiters are worn over hiking boots and they protect the lower part of your trousers from dirt, dust, water and wind.
How to get to Mt. Elbrus?
The schedule lists the days with the best weather for a successful climb
Call or email us with any questions and to check availability
Flights to Istanbul (IST), Moscow (MOW) or St. Petersburg (LED). And domestic flight to Mineralnye Vody (MRV). The sooner you do this, the cheaper the cost
Take advantage of the early booking discount or the discount for groups of at least 4 people!
5,642 metres

The height of the Elbrus West summit
3,000 people

Climb Elbrus via South route every year (unofficial figure)
1,842 metres

Deference in elevation between the Garabashi huts and the summit
Our guides
Dmitri Klimenko
Guide
  • Age: 31 y.o.
  • Climbing experience: Elbrus, Kazbek, 3 Tibetan expeditions to Kailash, 5 Himalayan climbs to Island Peak, Mera Peak and Lobuche Peak, the mountainous part of Norway and trekking at Mount Everest, Annapurna and Langtanga (the Himalayas)
  • Preferences: slow ascent with gradual group acclimatization
Maxim Ivanov
Lead guide
  • Age: 39 y.o.
  • Climbing experience: Elbrus, 4 and 5 grade skiing expeditions in the Sayan mountains, whitewater rafting along Karelian rivers and 5 high-altitude expeditions in the Western Himalayas
  • Preferences: taking care of accommodations, camp living conditions, health of the group and tasty food:-)
Denis Alimov
Guide
  • Age: 46 y.o.
  • Climbing experience: Mount Elbrus, the Himalayas since 2006, mountain trekking and climbing in Nepal, circling around Kailash in Tibet 5 times, has been to the foot of Mount Everest more than 10 times and led the groups to the Himalayan 6000-high giants, including Island Peak, Mera Peak and Lobuche Peak 7 times
  • Preferences: creating a friendly environment for an unforgettable journey
Honestly, I don’t remember being afraid in the mountains. On the contrary, I feel like a bird spreading its wings before flying.
— Anatoly Bukreev
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Ask a question or choose the dates in 2018:
April 28 - May 8
Any dates in June and July for private group tours
August 1 - August 11
August 14 - August 24

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© elbrus.guide 2006-2017
Adventure Time tour club
TIN 7805394946