Elbrus is a dormant two-summit volcano in the central Caucasus. As the highest peak in Russia and Europe, it is one of The Seven Summits, the list of the planet’s highest mountains. The two summits are two separate volcanos. The “young cone” – the eastern summit – is 5621m high, while the highest point – the western summit – is 5642 m. Elbrus’s slopes generally are not steep but the average slope angle reaches 35 degrees after 4000m altitude. Northern and western slopes feature numerous vertical cliffs as high as 700m. Eastern and southern slopes are low-pitched.
The classic southern route leads to Elbrus’ western summit (5642 m). The route is not technically difficult but requires good physical form, acclimatization and skills in using some alpinist equipment. Our qualified guides will train and help you.
Arrival to Mineralnye Vody
Meeting at the airport.
Transfer to the Terskol village (3-3.5 hours)
Check-in to the hotel.
Acclimatization trek to the Cheget mountain (3100m, 4-5 hours)
Return to the hotel, equipment check
Ascent by cabin ski-lift to the Mir station, then by seat ski-lift to the Gara-bashi station (3800m)
Check-in to the hut
Acclimatization trek to the Refuge of the 11 (4100m)
Night in the hut
Acclimatization trek to the Pastukhov cliffs (4600m, 5-6 hours).
Night in the hut
Rest day, Equipment check.
Summit day. Early start at 1 am. The length of the climb is 10-17 hours (ascent 8-12 hours, descend 4-5 hours).
Ascent to the summit is possible only in good weather.
Ascent to summit, photo opportunity, return to the hut.
Night in the hut.
Return to Terskol.
Check-in into the hotel.
Departure to the Mineralnye Vody airport.