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Mt. Elbrus climb

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Mount Elbrus south route, 10 days

This 10-days itinerary is recommended for those people who hadn't have any high-altitude experience and for those who wants to get better acclimatized before the summit day. Besides, this program provides an additional reserve day in case of bad weather.

South Route, 10 days: Standard - $ 1550, Comfort - $ 1950, VIP - $ 2090

3% discount when booking a tour for one participant and 5% discount for two or more people!

 Citizens of 55 countries can obtain an e-visa to Russia for $ 52 within 5 days. Don't miss out on your benefits! 

Change and cancellation policies. Changing the date of the tour no later than 30 days before its start is carried out without penalty, cancellation of the tour 30+ days in advance - with a penalty of $ 50,0; change of the tour date in 15-29 days - with a penalty of $ 50,0; cancellation of the tour 1-29 days in advance or change of the tour date in 1-14 days - with a penalty of $ 100,0. Tour participant change - no penalty. Cancellation of the tour in case of the inability to obtain a Russian visa is carried out without a penalty.  

                    Dates of ascensions on Elbrus in 2024

02.05 - 11.05
16.06 - 25.06
30.06 - 09.07
14.07 - 23.07
28.07 - 06.08
25.08 - 03.09
08.09 - 17.09

** - in addition to the services provided by the Standard tours, Comfort tours also includes:

- single rooms accommodation at Standard rooms or double accommodation at Lux rooms at the hotel Snezhny Bars in Cheget or similar, on your choice (days 1-4, 9),
- 3-4 people in room at hotel Cheeper Azau instead of 5-7 people (day 5,6),
- 4 people in room instead of 8 people or 2 people in room instead of 4 people at the mountain refuge (days 7-8).

What is included into tour cost

10 days
Terskol (Cheget) – hotel (DBL & TPL), full board 
Low camp - Cheeper Azau hotel, full board
High camp –  Heart of Elbrus hut or similar (dormitory)
Guide-to-client ratio:
1 - 3 clients – 1 guide
4 - 6 clients – 2 guides
7 – 9 clients – 3 guides
10 – 12 clients – 4 guides

Itinerary of 10-days Mt. Elbrus climb from South side

Day 1. Meeting at Mineralnye Vody airport at 14:00. Our English-speaking guide will be awaiting you outside of the arrival hall at the airport. Bus ride (185 km, 3,0 hours) to mountain hotel Snow Leopard («Snezhny Bars») in Baksan valley near the foothills of Mt. Elbrus. There are twin and triple rooms at hotel, with toilet and shower. Single accommodation may be available for additional cost in case there are vacant rooms at hotel or if you ordered that in advance. On this day you can hire equipment which will be necessary during next few days: trekking boots, telescopic poles, glasses, jacket, thermos, etc. Overnight at hotel (2100 m).

Day 2. Acclimatization walk along the Terskol gorge to the Terskol waterfall (2500 m). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3. Acclimatization hike up to cable car stations Cheget-2 (2750 m / 8,860 ft) or Cheget-3 (3000 m / 9,840 ft) depending on a physical condition of participants and weather (the decision is made by the guide in coordination with participants). Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4. Acclimatization hike up to Waterfall Devichi Kosy (2800 m / 9,190 ft) and Terskol Peak Observatory (3127 m / 10,260 ft). This is the last day before you leave the valley and after hike you can visit equipment store in order to hire something. Your guide will assist you by choosing right equipment. Overnight at the hotel. 

Day 5. This is the day when you move to the mountain hotel Cheeper Azau, located at an altitude of 3000 meters (9,840 ft) near the cable car station Old Horizon (“Staryy Krugozor”). You can leave all not necessary stuff at hotel. It will not be necessary to carry your backpacks self because the group will reach the hotel using ski lifts. There will be only a short distance 30 m to walk from the cable cars to the hotel.

An intermediate overnight stay at this altitude is very important because it ensures smooth acclimatization of the body, while using the abrupt change in the overnight height from 2100 m (Cheget glade) to 3800-4100 m (the height of all assault huts), which is common in many programs headache and insomnia, but also serious disorders in the body.

After lunch, we will make an acclimatization climb to the the highest cable car station in Europe Gara-Bashi (3847 m / 12,620 ft) or to the Mir station (3455 m / 11,340 ft), depending on weather conditions and the physical condition of the group members, visiting the scenic Sarykaya-Su waterfall along the way. Overnight in the hotel. 

Day 6. Today we go up the cable car to the Gara-Bashi station, located at an altitude of 3847 m / 12 560 ft, there we put on climbing equipment and make an acclimatization hike to the Pastukhov rocks (4800 m). Overnight at Chiper Azau hut.

Day 7. Day of relaxation. Tomorrow is a difficult day, so today, after so many days of hard work, you can finally get some sleep. After a late breakfast, we collect everything we need to storm the summit and climb to the "Heart of Elbrus" shelter or the "Leaprus" eco-hotel, where we will have additional snow and ice activities (subject to satisfactory weather conditions), lunch, board games, dinner, briefing with a discussion of tomorrow's plans and an early lights out.

Day 8. Summit day. More than 90% of participants in climbing Elbrus from the south use a snowcat for an additional fee in summer. This vehicle transports climbers (maximum 12 people including 3 non-paying guides) to an altitude of 4700-5000 meters and saves 3-4 hours and a lot of energy. In the case of using a snowcat or snowmobiles, groups leave the hut around 03:00-04:00 (03:00-04:00). For most groups, climbing the western summit of Elbrus, 5,642 m (18,510 ft), takes 7-9 hours.

At the request of the group members (in the amount of at least 3 people) it is possible to refuse to use the snowcat and, without any additional fee, make an attempt to climb with one or more guide assistants. Access to the route of participants on foot in this case is 3-4 hours earlier than the main group. At the same time, participants on foot should be aware that if one of the participants in this mini-group feels unwell or has other reasons to refuse to continue climbing by one of the participants, the remaining 1-2 participants are also obliged to descend to the hut. In the event of a forced descent to the hut before reaching the top of the main group, participants who are in good physical shape can make a second attempt to climb the same day when using a snowcat. If the number of people wishing to climb without using a snowcat is less than 3 people, it is necessary to use the services of an individual guide for an additional fee about 400 $.

The summit is usually reached at 10:00-13:00 (10 a.m – 1 p.m), depending on the rate of climb of the group. From 14:00 (2 p.m.) the movement of all members of the group is carried out only down. Descent from the top to the hut takes 4-6 hours, after which you will have dinner and overnight.

Generally we stay at the hut this night. If all members of the group come back from the top before 15:00 (3 p.m.) we can discuss the possibility to descend to the valley and have overnight at the hotel. However this will require additional payment for hotel accommodation and meals, because this night is paid for the hut.

Day 9. This is a reserve day in case of bad weather on the previous day. When the group takes an attempt of reaching the summit on this day, it is necessary to descend to the valley same evening by all means, though it may be hard because the ski lifts stop working at 4 p.m. Solemn dinner with delivery of certificates on climbing Elbrus. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10. Drive to Mineralnye Vody airport early in the morning to be in time for cheking-in for the flight departing at 11:25. If you need to be at the airport earlier or your flight departs much later than 11:25, you can order an individual transfer.

What is included or not included into tour cost

Itinerary of 8-days Mt. Elbrus climb from south

How to book your Elbrus climb

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