Join us on the quieter Northern route, cross glaciers and camp in a beautiful remote landscape on this Russian mountain adventure.
Max team size 8
Mount Elbrus is an inactive volcano located in the Western Caucasus mountain range. It is the highest mountain in Russia and one of the Seven Summits. The East summit is 5621m and the West Summit is 5642m. Elbrus is among the top ten most prominent peaks in the world.
The Northern route is more remote and more committing than the Southern route. It has less infrastructure on the lower reaches of the mountain and there is little in the way of mechanical support. This is a tough trek with some technical sections on the summit day. We will provide all the necessary training to help you safely reach the peak of Europe's highest mountain. Our local guides have over 30 years of experience on Elbrus. They take great care to plan the small details, which give you an excellent chance of reaching the summit and taking home some incredible memories.
Trekking at altitude can be more difficult than at sea level because the air pressure is lower. Altitude affects people in different ways for example you might feel shortness of breath, occasional dizziness or loss of appetite. Our route is specifically designed to give you time to acclimatize and for most people trekking under 6000 metres, the symptoms are mild and manageable. However, if symptoms get worse AMS can be very dangerous. Our expedition and local guides are trained to spot the symptoms of AMS. We may have to instruct a client to descend or take a different route if we feel their health is at risk. Some people choose to take medication to help with acclimatization, we recommend that all clients consult their doctor for advice. You can also find some great info on the NHS Fit For Travel website.
Arrive Mineralnye Vody in the morning and transfer to your hotel in Pyatigorsk. You will meet your guides, check kit and make final preparations.
Our road transfer to the beautiful foothills of Elbrus takes four hours. We'll then trek to our base camp at Emanuil’s Glade, 2600m.
Acclimatization trek to 3100m where we will see giant stone 'mushrooms'. We return to base camp for the night.
Today we carry supplies up to the high camp at 3750m. After leaving the cache and enjoying the incredible views we return to base camp.
With an early start, we trek to the high camp in the alpine zone passing through moraine on the final approach.
Today we trek to Lenz Rocks at 4600m, we'll rope up as a group to safely cross the glacier. We return to the high camp for the night.
Rest day. Enjoy the views!
Summit day. With an alpine start, we cross the Mikelchiran Glacier to the saddle at 5300m. Depending on progress, we will summit the east or west peak. All climbers on Elbrus must begin their return to high camp at 1pm at the latest.
We break up camp and descend to our base camp at Emanuil’s Glade.
We'll return by road to our hotel in Pyatigorsk and enjoy a hot shower and a well-deserverd celebration.
After breakfast, we'll drop you back at the airport for your flight home. If you require a different transfer time, we can arrange for €25 per person.
Scheduled return transfers from Mineralnye Vody
Expert local guide for the duration of the trek
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the trek
Breakfast in the hotel
Hotel accommodation for 2 nights in Pyatigorsk
Camp accommodation for 8 nights on the mountain
Use of group kit (tents, kitchen, ropes)
Flights to/from Mineralnye Vody
Suitable travel insurance (this is obligatory)
Lunch and dinner in Pyatigorsk
Transport or accommodation in the event of an early descent
Personal and technical kit (can be rented in Russia)
Seven Summits with inversion
We reserve the right to cancel a trip if we do not receive sufficient bookings. Trips marked confirmed will definitely run.
We will give you as much notice of a cancellation as possible, allowing you to consider alternative trips or dates.