MOUNT ELBRUS EXPEDITION

As an experienced operator on Mt Elbrus, Summit Expeditions are renowned for combining the highest quality guiding, luxury mountain infrastructure and pre-climb training & support. Together this provides our climbers with the foundation for a safe, comfortable and successful trek to the summit of Europe’s highest mountain.

Mt Elbrus is a beautiful and challenging mountain for all avid adventurers and a logical next step after Kilimanjaro for those attempting the Seven Summits or Volcanic Seven Summits mountaineering challenges. Join Summit Expeditions on our next Mount Elbrus expedition and discover why we are the top expedition company on the mountain.

UPCOMING EXPEDITIONS
Jun 17 - Jun 24, 2023
Available
Jun 24 - Jul 1, 2023
FULL
EXPEDITION COST
USD 3,390 / AED 12,450 per person
Discounts are available for under 16s and groups of 5 or more

EXPEDITION Profile

Duration
8 Days
Grade
CHALLENGING
EXPERIENCE
ALL LEVELS
Max Altitude
5,642 m
group size
4-11
Arrival
Mineralnye Vody
AIRPORT
Departure
Mineralnye Vody
AIRPORT
accomodation
MOUNTAIN HUTS
meals
all inclusive
season
SUMMER

Overview

Located just north of the Russian border with Georgia, Mt Elbrus is the highest peak in the Caucasus mountain range at 5,642m. It is also the highest mountain in Europe, which makes it a member of the Seven Summits and Volcanic Seven Summits mountaineering challenges.

A dormant volcano, Mt Elbrus has a distinct outline with its two summits, the Eastern summit sitting only 21m lower than the Western summit.

A trekking destination during the summer months, Mt Elbrus is also a ski resort in the winter. This means the infrastructure on the mountain is relatively new, high quality and well-maintained. The newest feature is the luxury LeapRus huts, which is our luxury mountain refuge for our pre-summit attempt.

Itinerary OF OUR MOUNT ELBRUS GUIDED CLIMB

Your Summit Expeditions representative will meet you at Mineralnye Vody airport and we will have a 3-hour drive to the hotel in the Baksan Valley.

After checking in, the group will have a short briefing and an extensive kit check, where we will assess if any additional equipment needs to be hired.

We will have dinner and overnight at the valley hotel.

Today we will hike up to 3,000m on a neighbouring mountain called Mt. Cheget. This hike will take 2-3 hours and on the way, we will have the opportunity to take breathtaking photos of Mt Elbrus.

At the top, we will have lunch before starting our descent, which will take about 1 hour.

We will have dinner and overnight at the valley hotel.

SleepingValley Hotel

Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Max altitude: 3,000m

Today we move to the mountain hotel Cheeper Azau, located at an altitude of 3,000 meters and close to the Old Horizon cable car station.

After lunch at the hotel, we will do a 2-3 hour acclimatization hike to the scenic Sarykaya-Su waterfall.

We will have dinner and overnight at the hotel Cheeper Azau.

SleepingMountain Hotel

Trekking time: 2-3 hours

Max altitude: 3,000m

Today we climb the cable car to the comfortable and modern LeapRus mountain huts at an altitude of 4,000m.

After checking into the hut and leaving our duffel bags, we will do an acclimatization hike to the Pastukhov Rocks at 4,800m.

We will return to the LeapRus Huts for dinner.

SleepingMountain Hut

Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Max altitude: 4,800m

Today you will attend a technical glacial climbing course.

Our instructor will teach you how to put on the crampons and how to walk properly in them. You will also be shown the techniques of self-arrest with an ice axe, including practising sliding down the slope and fixing yourself using your ice- axe and the crampons.

In the afternoon, you will rest at the mountain huts before having an early dinner and rest before the summit day.

Overnight: Mountain Hut

Trekking time: N/A

Max altitude: 4,000m

Today is our Summit Day!

We will start at around 3am and take the Snowcat up to an altitude of 4,800m, which will leave us around 9 hours to reach the western summit at a height of 5,642m.

We will reach the summit at around midday, where we will have some time to take photos, and videos and celebrate reaching the highest point in Europe.

By 1pm, we would have started descending towards the mountain huts, which will take 4-5hrs.

We will have a well-earned dinner and rest at the mountain hut.

Overnight: Mountain Hut

Trekking time: 12+ hours

Max altitude: 5,642m

This is a reserve day in case of bad weather on the previous day.

If we summit today, then we will descend to the mountain huts at the base of the mountain for a celebratory meal.

If we summited the previous day, then we will descend the mountain early and spend the afternoon sightseeing. Lake Gizhgit, Chegem Waterfalls, and the Thermal complexes Geduko and Aushigeare are all well worth seeing.

Overnight: Mountain Hut or Hotel

Trekking time: 5-6 hours

Max altitude: 5,642m or 4,730m

Today you will be driven back to Mineralnye Vody airport early in the morning, where we will say farewell. . . until the next expedition!

What's Included IN OUR MOUNT ELBRUS EXPEDITION

Reviews

Farah Mehdi
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Summit Expeditions is great. I climbed Kilimanjaro with them in October 2022 and they were organized and efficient in both preparing for the trip and on the trip itself. Our team leader, Sean, was knowledgeable and did a great job with keeping everyone motivated. I would definitely go on one of their trips again. Also, I strongly recommend the luxury tent option they have for Kilimanjaro - totally worth it.
Chloe Evans
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Summit Expeditions and Sean made our trip to summiting Kilimanjaro easy and enjoyable! We had the best support team on the mountain, we were safe, well cared for, well fed and in the trusting hands of knowledgeable guides and leaders. I cannot recommend summit expeditions enough for any of your mountain adventures! Thank you for a life-changing trip, full of good memories, fun and very high success rates!
Tala Shtayyeh
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I recently climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with Summit Expeditions. I cannot recommend Summit Expeditions enough. Their professionalism and care ensured that the whole team was able to summit safely. A special thank you to Sean, as he was super patient and motivating with me the whole way up! Thank you!!
Jess Broad
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Would highly recommend booking a mountain trip with Summit Expeditions! I went with a group of teachers to Kilimanjaro last month with this company and everything from start to finish was fantastic. We had meetings beforehand to prepare us on what to pack and the outline of the trip. Sean, Caroline and Keith all shared their experiences and offered advice before the trip. Caroline was our guide from Summit Expeditions on our trip to Kili and was beyond friendly, helpful and supportive. The team they work with in Tanzania are the best. The food is unreal too. The week ended with us all reaching the summit! Thank you for everything!
Keven C.
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Sean and the support staff were amazing. They were extremely patient and supportive and it's thanks to them that my group had a 100% success rate to summit. I highly recommend Summit Expedition who are extremely professional and who prioritize the health and safety of the entire team. We already planning our next summit with them😀
Daniel Watson
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Summit Exped went the extra mile from start to finish to ensure a safe, well prepared and amazing experience while summiting mt. Kilimanjaro. The ground team they have assembled in Tanzania is second to none. They are dedicated to the team and to the teams success while ensuring everybody is safe, warm and well fed. Highly recommended! I'll be seeking my next adventure through them for sure.
Zoe Irvine
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I climbed Kilimanjaro with Summit Ex and had the most amazing experience. Sean is proffessional and a constant support. The team where all more than fantastic, and our food/tents/planning was all completely flawless. I would highly recommend- impeccable service from start to finish.
Scott G
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I recently went to Kilimanjaro with Summit Expeditions and I couldn't recommend them highly enough. A very organised trip and even though the hike was tough, the team were very supportive throughout (seeing as this is my first mountain)
Andrea Janjua
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I highly recommend Summit Expeditions to achieve your mountaineering dreams. Sean and his team were amazing, taking care of us every step of the way with great tips, clear guidance and catering to all our needs sometimes in very tough conditions. If you are looking for a company that will give you premium support on your mountain journey, look no further, you found them. Giving a 5+ star.
Keith O'Malley-Farrell
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We had an amazingly successful trip to the top of Kilimanjaro. Right from the beginning Caroline and Sean were amazingly helpful from pre trip advice, to packing tips and kit days. Once we arrived in Kilimanjaro they filled us with so much confidence and made everything really easy. Their professionalism and strategy to get a group of 26 of us to the summit was incredible and I don't think anybody else could have done so well with the variety of fitness levels that were in our group. I can't recommend Summit Expeditions enough.
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Faqs

The best time to climb Mt Elbrus is during the summer months, from June-September. The weather is usually more stable during this period, and there's less snow and ice on the route, which makes it easier for trekkers/climbers.

Mt Elbrus is a challenging mountain, but with our experienced guide team and pre-climb training & support, you'll have the best chance of success while staying safe. Our Mount Elbrus expedition leaders are certified professionals who will make sure you're well-prepared for your Elbrus guided climb attempt.

Yes, Mt Elbrus is open year-round. However, it's best to climb during the summer months as conditions are usually more favorable then.

Yes, you'll need a certain degree of fitness and stamina as there is a significant amount of trekking involved with Mt Elbrus. We recommend training in advance for our Mount Elbrus expedition to ensure the best chance of success and safety.