Elbrus

from $3,949

Not only is Elbrus the ideal introductory glacier climb, but our time in Moscow also provides a fascinating glimpse into the unique culture, climate and history of this iconic country.

 

  • Price
    $3,949
  • Duration
    14 Days Door to Door
  • Activity Level Challenging
    5/8
  • Elevation
    5642m | 18,510 ft.

Overview:

Climbing Mount Elbrus is an experience like no other. Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano in Southern Russia and is considered to be one of the technically easiest of the seven summits.

Elbrus is a popular choice for those wanting to gain ice and snow experience, or as an early stepping-stone to the remaining seven summits. En route to the mountain, we spend time in Moscow, immersing ourselves in Russia’s intriguing culture and history.

Skill Level

Climbing Elbrus is strenuous but does not require that you have any previous technical mountaineering experience; only that you be in good physical condition and be able to hike for 4 – 9 hours over hilly terrain with a light daypack. Although crampons and an ice axe will be used, full training will be giving on site before setting off. The summit push is a long day and the ascent and decent can take as long as 16 hours.

The adventure package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included?Items that are included in the cost of package price.
  • All climbing fees and permits
  • Two hotel nights in Moscow on a bed and breakfast basis (twin beds sharing)
  • Welcome dinner in Moscow
  • All airport/hotel/airport transfers
  • Domestic airfares (Moscow to Mineral Vody and back to Moscow a
  • All lodge nights in Terskol (twin beds sharing)
  • Three meals a day in Terskol
  • All accommodation and meals whilst on the climb
  • Hot drinks with meals
  • Western leader/facilitator
  • Local Head Guide and Assistant Guides when necessary
  • General first aid kit
  • Celebration meal after the climb
What is not included?Items that are not included in the cost of package price.
  • International airfare and departure taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Items of a personal nature – personal gear, telephone calls, laundry etc.
  • Staff/guide gratuities
  • Alcohol, soft drinks, mineral water and boiled water
  • Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Use of the snow cat on the ascent or the descent
  • Any costs arising from flight cancellation/delays, political disturbance or natural disaster
  • Personal medical expenses, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Any costs arising from flight cancellation/ delays, political disturbance or natural disasters.
  1. Day 1 Moscow

    We arrive in Moscow and transfer to our hotel near the city centre. If time permits, we will do some sight-seeing.

    Overnight: Hotel in Moscow

  2. Day 2 Terskol (2300m)

    After breakfast, we travel back to the domestic airport and fly to Mineralnye Vody, where we meet our local logistics team. We travel in a private vehicle up the Baksan Valley to the village of Terskol at the foot of Mt Elbrus.

    Drive time: 4 hours

    Overnight: Lodge in Terskol

  3. Day 3 Mt Cheget hike (3600m)

    We ascend Cheget Mountain (using ski lifts, if we can) as part of our acclimatization.

    Time: 4 hours

    Overnight: Lodge in Terskol

  4. Day 4 Adyr-su hike (3800m)

    We ascend the Adyr-su Valley as part of our acclimatization.

    Time: 4 hours

    Overnight: Lodge in Terskol

  5. Day 5 The Barrels hike (4100m

    We take the ski lifts up to The Barrels (3900 meters), explore the area and then go back down again.

    Time: 4 hours

    Overnight: Lodge in Terskol

     

  6. Day 6 Barrels Base Camp (3900m)

    We ride the ski lifts again up to The Barrels (3900 meters).We settle into The Barrels and then after lunch, climb up to Pastukhov Rocks (4500 meters) and then descend again in time for dinner.

    Time: 4 hours

    Overnight: The Barrels

  7. Day 7 Acclimatization hike (5000m)

    We hike up to about 5000 meters and descend again in time for lunch. After lunch we do a basic snow, ice, rope and self-arrest course, so that we are more prepared for our summit push.

    Time: 6 hours in total

    Overnight: The Barrels

  8. Day 8 Rest day

    We go on a short hike, sharpen up on the snow and ice skills we learnt the day before and then rest and prepare for the summit push.

    Overnight: The Barrels

  9. Day 9 The Summit (5642m)

    Leaving at about 3am, we meet the sun at Pastukhov Rocks and continue to the Sedlowina Saddle, where, if the weather is good, we leave our daypacks and ascend the rising traverse to the summit.

    Time: About 9 hours ascent and 4 hours descent.

    Overnight: The Barrels

  10. Day 10 Spare day

    In case the weather did not allow for summiting yesterday, this is what we do today; otherwise, we descend back down to Terskol, using the ski lifts, before enjoying a well-deserved Celebration Dinner.

    Overnight: Lodge in Terskol

  11. Day 11 Spare day

    If not needed for summiting, this is another rest and exploration day.

    Overnight: Lodge in Terskol

  12. Day 12 MinVody Airport

    After breakfast, we travel back down the Baksan Valley to Mineralnye Airport and fly back to Moscow. We transfer to our hotel and, if time permits, do some sight-seeing.

    Overnight: Hotel in Moscow

  13. Day 13 International Departures.

    We begin our journey home after an inspiring and life-changing experience.

Gear List:

CLIMBING EQUIPMENT:

  • Climbing Harness
  • Ice axe with leash and rubber protectors
  • Crampons
  • Anti-balling plates
  • Crampon rubber protectors
  • Walking sticks
  • Screwgate Carabiners x2
  • Sling x1

 

FOOTWEAR:

  • Plastic boots or double-layered mountaineering boots
  • Trekking boots
  • Running shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Spare bootlaces for trekking boots (optional)
  • Expedition socks x2
  • Trekking socks x2
  • Liner socks x4
  • Toe warmers (optional)
  • Booties (optional)

TECHNICAL CLOTHING:

  • Down jacket
  • Gortex longs
  • Gortex shell
  • Salopets (optional)
  • Trekking pants x2
  • Thermal underwear – tops & bottoms x2
  • Normal underwear
  • Long-sleeved trekking shirts x2
  • Short-sleeved technical shirts x2
  • Soft shell jacket
  • Polartec longs x1
  • Polartec long-sleeved tops x1

 

HANDWEAR:

  • Mitts x1
  • Polartec gloves x1
  • Silk glove liners x1
  • Hand warmers (optional)

 

HEADWEAR:

  • Balaclava
  • Neoprene facemask (optional)
  • Woollen hat / beanie
  • Woollen scarf / buff
  • Head torch – plus spare batteries
  • Sun hat
  • Goggles – 100% UV & IR
  • Sunglasses – with side covers
  • Nose guard (optional)

 

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Expedition backpack – 80 litre
  • Trekking backpack – 50 litre
  • Sleeping bag – minus 15˚C
  • Sleeping bag liner x1 (optional)
  • Compression bags
  • Pillow / cushion
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Thermos flask x1
  • Leatherman multi-tool
  • Pocket knife
  • Water bottles with insulation x2
  • Large plastic bags x2
  • Medium sized plastic bags x4
  • Pee bottle / funnel
  • Duct tape
  • Baby wipes
  • Zip-lock bags x10
  • Sunscreen – maximum SPF
  • Protective cream for lips – maximum SPF
  • Whistle
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Rubber Plug for hotels in Russia
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Drugs / Medication / Prescriptions
  • Energy drinks

 

PRE & POST TREK:

  • Large waterproof duffel bag x1
  • Locks
  • Shorts and t-shirts
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Books
  • Passport and travel documents
  • Passport photos x4
  • Certified copies of all travel documentation
  • Currency / credit cards
  • Pens and pencils
  • Journal
  • Reading glasses (optional)
  • Camera equipment
  • Battery chargers
  • International adaptors
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Playing cards (optional)
  • Clean clothes for travelling home

 

Visas and Training.
Visas & Vaccinations:

Visas

Visas are required by everyone ahead of time. Please consult your nearest Consulate or Embassy for details.

 

Vaccinations

No immunizations are currently required to enter Russia. That being said, the following vaccinations are recommended:

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A&B Vaccine
Training Guide:

This training information is intended as a guideline and should be used as such. If you are unsure about anything, please chat to us!

Most importantly, before you embark on any exercise program, please consult your doctor or exercise physiologist to make sure that you are ready for the increased workload.

A focused training program should begin 3 – 4 months before the expedition, but working on your base fitness before that is important as it lays a good foundation for the harder work that will follow.

 

Physical Conditioning

Climbing big mountains requires cardiovascular endurance (via aerobic training), strength endurance (through strength conditioning) and climbing-specific training (i.e. hiking with a pack).

Being in strong physical shape is one of the most important aspects for a successful climb of Aconcagua. You should be planning to progressively increase your aerobic training and speed of weekly training hikes to give you climbing-specific conditioning that cannot be matched by any other sort of training.

 

Cardiovascular Conditioning

Suggested activities include running, cycling, mountain biking, swimming, walking on an inclined treadmill, doing stair stepping or stepmill training, trail running, walking up and down hills, or participating in step aerobic classes.

When first beginning a cardiovascular training program, begin with three workouts (i.e. Monday, Wednesday and Friday) of 30 minutes of sustained activity at a moderate intensity, and build up to 4-5 aerobic sessions of sustained effort for at least 45 – 60 minutes (taking Wednesday and Sunday as rest days, for example).

Be sure to include a 5-10 minute gentle warm-up before working at your target heart rate for the day. For most workouts, choose a level of exertion that allows you to connect a few words together in a phrase, but leaves you feeling comfortably tired at the end of the workout.

Remember to cool down with 5-10 minutes of appropriate stretching of the muscles you used most in your activity, including lower back, calves, hamstrings, hips and quadriceps.

 

Strength Conditioning

Training with weights, backpacks and gym machines will help you build overall strength, particularly in the lower back, abdominals, upper back, shoulders and legs. Developing strength in your upper back and shoulders will help with carrying a pack and using trekking poles.

The calves, hips, quads, hamstrings and glutes are all involved in ascending and descending steep sections and scree slopes, which will be encountered on Elbrus.

Before embarking on any weight training, please consult with a qualified gym instructor so that you are well briefed in terms of using the equipment. Most important in strength training is to be sure that you maintain proper form at all times in order to prevent injury or strain.

 

Climbing Conditioning

This involves hiking steep outdoor trails, going up and down stairs or training on an inclined treadmill. In the months leading up to the expedition, it is important to do some long walks in the mountains.

Remember: All of your training is geared towards giving you the strength and endurance to summit the tallest mountain in Europe.

 

May – September is the best time to attempt to summit Elbrus. Bear in mind that you will still be climbing in snow and that it will be incredibly cold and windy.

Overall Rating
5/5
Neil, Perth, Australia
Reviewed On 18/04/2019
5/5

What a wonderful 10 days out in the mountains. Polishing up on my snow and ice skills added to my confidence on that final traverse just before the summit. I have never felt so cold before, but the views on summit day took my breath away. Thank you Adventures Global for a truly remarkable experience.

John, Johannesburg, South Africa
Reviewed On 18/04/2019
5/5

Climbing Elbrus is a unique experience and one that I will never forget. I would not have achieved success if I did not have Ronnie and his team at my side. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me get to the summit and safely back down again.

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