RUSSIAN
MOUNTAIN
MAJESTY

Elbrus

Climbers rugged up against the cold on Elbrus
An AC Climber celebrates on the summit of Mount Elbrus. The vast Caucasus mountains below.
Climbers with Teddy on summit of Elbrus

Elbrus, Europe's highest peak, is a giant dormant volcano that separates Europe from Asia. The straightforward yet spectacular climb is contrasted by the cultural wonders of enigmatic Russia.

With short 12 or 14 day options, the Elbrus Expedition is an ideal objective as your first or second of the Seven Summits. 

Adventure Consultants offers two options for climbing Elbrus. For those who wish to explore some of Russia's most beautiful cultural cities, Trip 1 is 14 days in duration and starts in St Petersburg and finishes in Moscow. Our shorter Trip 2 is 12 days long and starts and finishes in Moscow.

Being relatively high, Elbrus demands respect and we approach this by climbing higher each day during our acclimatisation phase whilst sleeping at lower elevations at night. A cable car takes us up to accommodation at the base of the climb where we learn basic snow and ice techniques from the guides prior to the ascent. The summit day entails climbing long snow slopes with views over the wooded valleys to the surrounding peaks.

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  • Get a taste of high-mountain adventure on one of the Seven Summits
  • Also one of the Volcanic Seven Summits, comprised of the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents
  • Opportunity to discover the wonders of St Petersburg or Moscow
  • Experience non-technical moderate-altitude mountaineering

Expedition Level

Expedition Level

Beginner

Elevation

Elevation

5,642m/18,510ft

Duration

Duration

12 or 14 days

Location

Location

Russia

ELBRUS ITINERARY
DAY 1

Arrive St Petersburg, Russia. Team meeting, welcome meal and gear check

DAY 2

St Petersburg tour. View the incredible architecture, visit the Hermitage Museum with its art classics and the remarkable Peter and Paul Fortress

DAY 3

Depart St Petersburg and fly to Mineralnye Vody. Travel by coach to Terskol in Baksan Valley

DAY 4

Acclimatisation ascent (using ski lifts) of Cheget Mountain 3,600m/11,800ft. Stay in a local hotel

DAY 5

4WD to a waterfall 2,700m/ 8,850ft, acclimatisation hike to Ice Camp 3,700m/12,100ft. Return to the hotel

DAY 6

Ride ski lifts. Acclimatisation hike. Overnight stay in the newly renovated Heart of Elbrus Hut 3,900m/12,800ft on the slopes of Elbrus

DAY 7

Acclimatisation hike to the Obelisk 4,100m/13,450ft

DAY 8

Acclimatisation hike to Pastukhov Rocks 4,600m/15,100ft, return to the hut

DAY 9

Summit day. Leave hut about 3am for the climb of Elbrus’ west summit 5,642m/18,510ft. Overnight in the hut 

DAY 10

Spare summit day. Overnight in hut

DAY 11

Spare summit day, descend to the valley and return to hotel

DAY 12

Drive to Mineralnye Vody. Fly to Moscow, stay at a hotel

DAY 13

City tour in Moscow, visit famous Russian landmarks like the Kremlin, Red Square and enjoy the modern Russian culture in this entertaining city

DAY 14
Depart hotel for the airport. Fly home
Interactive map of Mount Elbrus

Departures and Pricing

Note: Dates are subject to change due to many factors out of our control
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PREPARE

Fitness

The ascent of Elbrus is a physically challenging ascent involving around 1,500m of elevation gain. A high level of fitness is important for a successful ascent, as summit day is often 12-hours in length. Be sure to include some long, endurance training into your fitness regimen.

Technical Experience

No technical climbing experience required. We do recommend that you join an introductory mountaineering instruction course such as our Chamonix Introductory Mountaineering Course or Europe Private Instruction Course prior to the expedition if you have time, but it is not essential, as there are opportunities to practice and review basic snowcraft skills prior to the summit attempt, which makes an ascent of Elbrus a great option for any fit mountain enthusiast.

Altitude Experience

No prior altitude experience required.

Climber celebrating on top of Mt Elbrus
Why Adventure Consultants?

Adventure Consultants is renowned for the quality of its service and strategy applied to high altitude expedition climbing. Our reputation is attributed to meticulous planning and experienced logistics coordination. We have a philosophy of investing in every expedition to offer our climbers the best possible chance of success.

We employ strong and specialised Expedition leaders and support staff, who are some of the most pre-eminent in the industry. We pride ourselves on operating with small teams, the best back-up and support available. This includes nutritious and ample quantities of food, comfortable base camp facilities, reliable communications systems and the necessary medical back up.

Many of our expedition members come to us because they have seen us in action on a previous trip and decide to opt for our level of service and proven experience. Others return because they know we do our very best to make expeditions safe and successful.

Climbers high up on Mt Elbrus
Inclusions

The price of your trip includes the following:

  • Qualified and experienced guides
  • Quality hotels and transport
  • Expert logistics
  • Regular dispatches for families and friends to follow your expedition
  • Comprehensive support from our New Zealand office team.
Climbers with Teddy on summit of Elbrus

An ascent of Elbrus provides a good stepping stone to higher peaks.

GALLERY
Climbers on Elbrus in early morning

Learn how you perform at moderate altitudes using crampons on Elbrus.

Interior in St Petersburg

Enjoy the cultural tour in St Peterburg on museums and gallery's.

Mt Elbrus from the vally

Beware, an ascent of Elbrus is a gateway to the higher peaks in the 7 Summits!

Our Team
Mike Roberts
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Elbrus Expedition Leader
Dean Staples
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Elbrus Expedition Leader
Kelly McLaren
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Expedition Liaison
Beautiful towers in St Petersburg

"I would recommend Adventure Consultants to anyone that had an interest in climbing. I have first-hand experience with the organization and would say that it lives up to its expectations."

Jon Blinstrub, USA
Climbers and snow cats on Elbrus

"Great staff, great trip and I can’t wait to join you guys for the next adventure."

Neil Beard, UK
Climbers rugged up against the cold on Elbrus

"The high level of professionalism, the expertise of the guides and the years of experience accumulated (with all the inevitable lessons learned)... I don’t believe in economising on the mountain."

Ed Butchart, UK

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