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9 Days Glacier tour itinerary for Mount Elbrus: Scale Heights Of Two Summits On Elbrus

Mount Elbrus

Mountaineering Tour
Climbing Tour
Glacier Tour

Mountaineering to two summits of Elbrus is an adventure worthy of most strong climbers. Never think about what you didn't see - see everything at once!

DAY 01


  • Land at Mineralnye Vody airport – preferably before 3 PM.

  • Take a 200 km (3-hour) ride to the hotel, situated at the beginning of the 100 km Baksan Valley, almost on the slope of Mt. Elbrus. 

  • Meet and have dinner with the guide.

DAY 02

climb to the observatory 3100m

  • Embark on a morning acclimatization hike to Cheget.

DAY 03


  • Go for a morning acclimatization hike to Maid’s Braids Waterfall (at 2700 m) and further on, to the observatory (at 3100 m).

DAY 04

move to the huts

  •  Take a lift to the refuge and setting up there.

  • After a snack, making an acclimatization hike to an elevation of 4400 m, till the end of the ridge. 

  • Overnight stay in the huts.

DAY 05

climb 4700m

  • Embark on an acclimatization hike to Pastukhov’s Rocks (at 4700 m).

DAY 06

Rest day

  • Rest day. Final preparations for summiting Elbrus.

DAY 07

summit day

  • Climb Mount Elbrus’s West summit (5642m) and East summit (5621m). This succession of summits can be changed with the guide’s and other group members' consent. The day begins with an early start (at 2–4 AM). It is possible to use a Snowcat. The proportion of Russian guides and clients is strictly 1:3.

DAY 08

reserve day

  • Reserve day. Descent to hotel.

DAY 09

Transfer from Terskol

  • Transfer from Terskol to the airport at 7 AM (plan your flight with this in mind!). Probably there will be some time for a walk in Pyatigorsk after you reach the airport and leave your luggage there. On your own, you can visit also the well-known Russian poet Lermontov’s duel site.

  • 1060 EUR Per Adult (* price is as given only if you join our regular dates. Private dates will counted by request.)
  • Mountain guides: one leading Russian guide for the program of Elbrus South to North traverse and several assistants for the day of summiting, with a strict proportion of one guide per three climbers. This means that if there are four clients in a group, there will be two guides for them. We have no limitation of attempts for the group to summit. However, if part of the group made it to the summit while some members failed to, summiting is considered successful, and any additional attempts are made for additional payment.

  • Services of a cook.

  • Hotel with accommodation in double and triple rooms. Duration of stay depends on the schedule.

  • Accommodation in huts. Duration of stay depends on the schedule of Elbrus climb.

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary (including lifts) – from and to airport/station.

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

  • All required permits and registrations.

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

  • Snowcat on summiting day

  • Single accommodation

  • Personal equipment

  • Any deviations to the original schedule.

  • An Elbrus climb to both of its summits is usually preferred by people who strive to accomplish all their endeavors in order to eliminate any understatement, or by people eager to experience as much of the world as possible. Indeed, East and West summits of Elbrus differ substantially, and both of them offer quite different views from their tops. However, this is not a reason to overestimate oneself: standing on one of the summits’ top rare climbers can find psychological and physical recourses to venture for the other summit right away. Most climbers think only about getting back to the refuge as soon as possible to get some hot soup and the internet. Anyway, it makes more sense to spend another 2–3 hours to climb the other summit right away, from the Saddle (with an altitude gain of as little as 300 m) than from the refuge at the distance of 2000m. This way you will avoid the feeling of understated accomplishment.

Mount Elbrus

Mountaineering Tour
Climbing Tour
Glacier Tour

Contributed By

Sergey Baranov

starting from
EUR 1060
Type of Tour

Private Tour

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