Mount Elbrus South route
Elbrus belonging to Caucasus range of mountains has been mentioned in Russian and Caucasian literature since Middle Ages.
Mount Elbrus – one of the 7 summits, the highest mountain of European continent. Its West summit is 5642 m high, the East one is 21 m shorter - 5621 m.
Mt. Elbrus is situated between the Black and the Caspian sea on territory of the Russian Federation, only 20 km from the Georgian border. Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano. The last explosion occured about 2000 years ago. The two summits of Elbrus are in fact two craters of volcano. Everywhere on its slopes you can see debris of solidified lava.
$1400 per person in a group of 4-6 tourists.
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
2 guides accompany the group on the summit day. 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.
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)
Pick-up at Mineralnye Vody airport (MRV). If you take a trai to Pyatigorsk directly we meet you at the train station, Group meeting point: Zelenaya hotel, Sobornaya Str. 20, Pyatigorsk. Getting to know each other. Introduction informtaion from a guide. Overnight in a hotel.
Travel to Terskol. Acclimatisation slow ascent along Cheget rigde to Ai cafe. Overnight in a guset house.
Acclimatization walk to a view point through Devichy Kosy waterfall and the Observatory. Lunch at the view point. Dinner at Terskol cafe. Overnight in a guest house.
The first serious altitude challenge. It's a training day of walking in rope teams and in crampons. From Mir station we reach “upper rocks”. Then we go back to Terskol. Dinner, Overnight at the guest house.
A ski-lift ride to Garabashi mountain huts, rest . Training the stop skill on a slope. Overnight at Natspark shelter heated rooms.
This is a very important day. Waking up early in the morning. Acclimatization hike to "kosaya polka" - with all our equipment and tied to each other by ropes in a line. Overnight at Natspark shelter.
Rest day. A good night's rest is necessary before the summit day
First summit attempt of the Western peak of Elbrus5,642m
This is an extra day in case we fail to summit on the previous day. Second attempt. Or we travel to Pyatigorsk and on the way we stop at Narzan valley where we eat lunch and can buy souvenirs and we can take a bath at Geduko hot spring. Overnight at Zelenaya hotel in Pyatigorsk
The final day. Free time in Pyatigorsk and dinner at a restaurant. You will also receice a Certificate of summit. In case we have summited on day 9, it is the day of driving back to Pyatigorsk.
Departure from either Mineralnye Vody airport or Pyatigorsk railway staion.
documents for obtaining a Russian visa and visa registartion
pick-ups and transfers from/to Mineralnye Vody airport (MRV)
transfers from Pyatigorsk to Terskol and back
accommodation at a family guest house in Pyatigorsk (2 nights)
accommodation in a cottage with a hot shower in Terskol (4 nights)
accommodation in "National Park" heated mountain huts (4 nights)
climbing equipment - individual set (helmet, harness, carabiners, ice axes, ice screw, safety leash)
ski-lift tickets in Azau, 2 lifts
breakfasts in Terskol
full board in the "National Park" mountain huts
climbing permit from the Prielbrusye National Park
2 experienced mountain guides (1 guide per 4 participants)
lead guide's satellite phone
photo and video footage
high-altitude mountaineering basic training
Price does not include
Flights to Mineralnye Vody airport (MRV).
rental down jacket, mountaineering boots and crampons (€150-200, as necessary)
dinners in Terskol and Pyatigorsk (€150-200 in total)
snacks (chocolate, nuts, energy gels)