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9 Days Nature tour itinerary for Caucasus Mountains & Mount Elbrus: Reach The Summit Of This Frozen Volcano

Caucasus Mountains, Mount Elbrus

Mountaineering Tour
Nature Tour
Trekking Tour

Come away for this mountain trekking trip with multiple acclimatisation hikes. Watch out for snowy summits of the Greater Caucasus Mountain ranges and also the meadows on this mountain’s northern slopes. 

DAY 01


  • Meet your Russian mountain guides at Mineralnye Vody airport or railway station followed by transfers to Emanuel glade point with your guide. 

DAY 02

Acclimatization to 3700m

  • Begin with an acclimatization hike with the necessary equipment to the Refuge at 3,700 m, followed by a descent.

Overnight stay and rest will be in tents or huts at Emanuel glade point. 

DAY 03


  • Spend this day hiking up to the Refuge with your Elbrus trekking guide. 

DAY 04

acclimatization to 4700m

  • Today, you will do acclimatization hikes to Lents Rocks (4,700 m).

Overnight stay will be at the hunts in the Refuge.

DAY 05

Rest day

  • Today will be the day for rest and relaxation, and also for making final preparations for climbing Mount Elbrus, on the next day.

Overnight stay will be at the hunts in the Refuge.

DAY 06

Mount elbrus

  • Climb up to reach the summit of Mt. Elbrus (5,642 m). Begin early, between 2 – 4 am. The timings will be decided by the guide based on local weather conditions. 

DAY 07

Reserve day

  • Today will be a reserve day, in case a need arises during the climb up to Mount Elbrus (bad weather conditions).

DAY 08

Mineralnye Vody

  • Descent and transfer to Mineralnye Vody for an overnight stay at a local hotel. This Russian town is located along the Kuma River and the main rail line between Rostov-on-Don in Russia and Baku in Azerbaijan.

DAY 09

Transfer to airport

  • Transfer to Mineralnye Vody Airport.

  • 987 EUR Per Adult (* price is as given only if you join the regular dates. Private dates will counted by request.)
  • Hotel with accommodation in double and triple rooms. Duration of stay depends on the schedule.

  • Accommodation in huts. Duration of stay according to the climb schedule.

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Meals three times a day throughout the trip. Dinner on the first day, breakfast – on the last.

  • All required permits and registrations.

  • Russian mountain guides: one leading Elbrus trekking guide for the program of Elbrus South to North traverse and several assistants for the day of summiting, with a strict proportion of 1 guide per three climbers. This means that if there are four clients in a group, there will be two guides for them. There is no limitation on attempts for the group to summit.

  • Equipment for the group (ropes, ice screws, radios, first-aid set, satellite navigators/GPS).

  • Single accommodation.

  • Personal equipment.

  • Services of guides and cooks in case of any deviations to the original schedule.

  • Please note that unlike other guiding companies, these guides always climb Elbrus’s higher West summit (5,642m) and not the lower East one (5,621m) – in order to avoid possible disaccord between group members. 

  • Elbrus North to South traverse is little different from an Elbrus climb from the North. And the little difference is in a bit heavier backpack and more comfortable accommodation during descent. This climbing route allows seeing both sides of Mt. Elbrus along with ridges and snowy summits of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range, in addition to the fields and meadows on Elbrus’s northern slopes.

  • When climbing Elbrus from the North, you wouldn’t see any hotels, highways or restaurants. Instead, you will be able to enjoy night views of some Caucasian towns and ancient moraines decorated with amazing lava sculptures. And towering over this incredible beauty is Mt. Elbrus.

  • Located in this area, at an elevation of 3000 m, is a vast plateau – a natural landing field. During WWII, the Nazi were using it for the landing of troops. Those climbers who choose to climb Elbrus from the South cannot see all this.

  • These guides offer you a true mountaineering experience when climbing Elbrus from the North, with sleeping in tents, with mountain brooks – all of that full of romantic appeal.

  • You will hear or see no sign of civilization on this route – only mountains and nature.

Caucasus Mountains, Mount Elbrus

Mountaineering Tour
Nature Tour
Trekking Tour

Contributed By

Sergey Baranov

starting from
EUR 987
Type of Tour

Private Tour

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