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Elbrus

Elbrus is a wild, remote mountain, one of the 7 summits and perfectly suited for expedition style mountaineering. Climbing Elbrus is a great of experiencing what it's like mountaineering at a significantly higher altitude than the Alps.

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    Duration

    11 Days

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    Start Location

    Mineralnye Vody Airport, Russia

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    Date(s)

    June - September

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    Price

    €2393

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CLIMB THE HIGHEST PEAK IN EUROPE

Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe and is perfectly suited for expedition style mountaineering. It stands incredibly tall at 5642m altitude, rising high above its neighbouring peaks, located in the Caucasus mountains of Russia between the Caspian and Black Sea. Elbrus has two summits, both of which are dormant volcanic domes. The taller, western summit is 5,642 metres, and the eastern summit is 5,621 metres.

This is a multi camp experience and an opportunity to tick off one of the seven summits. You'll experience every type of environments have to offer from flowery meadows, to volcanic rock, topped off with Europes highest glaciers. If you're looking to dip your toe into expedition mountaineering this is is the trip for you. Ypa!

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YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Ideally you will have some previous experience mountaineering using crampons. Previous experience at altitudes over 4000m helps and our Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa climbs are ideal preparation for this. That said It is a relatively straight forward climb so can be achieved with limited experience however we will be using axe, crampons and ropes for glacier and slope security.

Not sure whether you're ready? No sweat! Drop us a note and we'll be happy to talk it through with you. 

    Adventure Overview

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    Duration

    11 Days

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    Start Location

    Mineralnye Vody Airport, Russia

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    Date(s)

    June - September

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    Guide Ratio

    3:1 summit days

  • Ability

    Level B

    Level B

    You have some previous experience in the outdoors, whether that’s hiking, skiing or climbing. You will either be starting to venture into more technical terrain or slightly more 'aggressive' environments. Let's dial it up!

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    Price

    €2393

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Great news! Your place on this adventure is carbon offset along with our footprint in creating it. To learn more about what we're doing head to our 'about us' page.

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LIVE THE ADVENTURE

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Adventure Base: Through our clients eyes.

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EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR THIS CLIMB

Please note this is a guide and you may be required to rent or purchase last minute equipment on arrival dependent on the weather and changes in itinerary.

You can find a full kit breakdown here

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FINER DETAILS

YOUR ADVENTURE PACKAGE 

On arrival day you meet with your guides and fellow climbers at the accommodation for a welcome briefing in the evening. Here you will have an opportunity to ask any last minute questions as well as share your pre trip excitement with your group.

What's Included?

  • Created with Sketch. All accommodation
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What's not Included?

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  • Created with Sketch. Tips for our local guides (We recommend €10-€20 per day)

This trip is running on the following dates

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OUR ELBRUS ACCOMMODATION

We know the importance of having a comfortable base on this trip. That's why we stay in a lovely 3* hotel on arrival and departure day. During the ascent we stay in our local suppliers' camps, including their very own Mountain Hut built in July 2018. It can hold 16-18 guests and is the best choice on the north route. They provide 3 meals a day with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menus available, pure drinking water, free recharge of electronics devices, and Wi-Fi (for a supplement). Supplemental oxygen is available in emergencies.

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Hotel Accommodation

Our Elbrus expedition is spent predominantly in camps on the route, with an overnight in a lovely 3* hotel at either side of the trip in Kislovodsk. The hotel is well located close to restaurants and shops and is a comfortable stay for the group. The camps go from base camp at 2500m up to high camp at 3800m where we spend the most time.

Single occupancy is available at a supplement.

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    Duration

    2 nights

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    Internet

    Wifi included

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    Beds

    Single and double available

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    Food

    Breakfast, dinner included

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Camp Accommodation

Base Camp: We have proper tents set up on wooden frames on a Twin / triple share basis. There are toilets, a dining area and hot showers available. All meals are cooked by the expedition staff.

High Camp: You sleep in cabins on a twin or triple share basis. There are toilets and a dining area but no showers. All meals are cooked by the expedition staff.

Single occupancy is available at a supplement.

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    Duration

    8 nights

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    Internet

    Not included

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    Beds

    twin / triple share

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    Food

    Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

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WHAT TO EXPECT

HERE'S YOUR ITINERARY 

While we try and stick to the tried and tested itinerary below, the mountain and the weather sometimes has other ideas. We will always remain as flexible as possible, which is why we only work with experienced and knowledgable guides, to make sure we can change any plans if required.

  • Day 1:
    Arrival Day

    Arrival at Mineralnye Vody airport ideally on a morning flight. Meet the rest of the expedition team and guides outside the arrival hall. Once everyone has arrived, our transfer leaves from the airport heading to the city of Kislovodsk (1hr). When we arrive at the hotel we will have a guides meeting and check all the equipment. When necessary, you can hire missing items from a rental shop. After sorting out equipment, you will have free time to explore the town and have dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in our hotel in Kislovodsk.

  • Day 2:
    On the road to base camp

    After breakfast we load the backpacks onto our off-road vehicle and head towards the north side of Elbrus, having visited the rental shop on the way for any last minute needs. The journey takes around 2.5 hours as we leave the town behind and head into the wilderness. Upon arrival at the base camp (2500 m), there will be lunch and a walk around the surroundings, which include waterfalls and mineral springs. Dinner and briefing at the camp.

  • Day 3:
    Acclimatisation to 3100m

    Acclimatization hike to the valley of stone mushrooms (3100 m). This is a foggy mystic place where the first symptoms of altitude sickness can already be felt. The way up and down will take approximately four hours. Lunch and dinner at camp.

  • Day 4:
    Acclimatisation hike to high camp

    Carry equipment to the High Camp (3800 m). Today we carry our climbing gear to the next camp – crampons, ice axes, high-mountain boots, etc. Altogether this will make up around 10 – 15 kilos. The hike will take four hours up and two hours down. We then overnight at the Base Camp feeling the positive effects of acclimatisation.

  • Day 5:
    Move to High Camp

    Time to move to the High Camp and reunite with our climbing equipment. Lunch at the High Camp and some free time to relax and enjoy the views of our new surroundings before dinner time.

  • Day 6:
    Acclimatisation to Lenz Rocks (4800m)

    Acclimatization hike up to the Lenz rocks (4800 m). This is a challenging day. The way up will take 5 – 6 hours and another two hours for the way down. We’ll reach the height of Mont Blanc today, with some amazing views. Back down for dinner and overnight at High Camp.

  • Day 7:
    Rest day

    Day of rest. Today there will be no hikes as we rest and recover from yesterday's push. The guide team will refresh your knowledge how to use an ice axe when you are sliding down the slope and some other key skills. Dinner and overnight at High Camp.

  • Day 8:
    Summit Push

    The summit day. We normally start with an ‘Alpine Start’ at 02:00 am. We fuel up at breakfast before setting off for our objective. Climbing from the north side, the east summit (5621 m) is closer than the west one (5642 m). So, on the summit day a group can split, and those participants who are better acclimatized go to the west summit and others climb to the east one. The decision is made by the guide team. Descent to the hut by 4 – 5 p.m. and overnight there, after a much needed dinner. 

  • Day 9:
    Reserve summit day / Start descent

    This is the reserve day for summit attempt if the weather was bad on the previous day. Otherwise, we will slowly make our descent to the base camp (2500 m).

  • Day 10:
    More time to descend

    Another reserve day for the summit attempt and to facilitate any slight changes in itinerary to maximise your chances of reaching the summit with us. Transfer back to Kislovodsk. In the evening there will be a celebration dinner at a restaurant with the guides and we can toast to our achievements.

  • Day 11:
    Departure Day

    Departure. Transfer to the airport after breakfast. Arrival at the airport by 09.30 in the morning for your flight home.

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FAQs

Elbrus: How does it work with getting a visa?

We assist with the whole process, from providing the initial invitation letter to offering advice throughout the process. You can Read more

We assist with the whole process, from providing the initial invitation letter to offering advice throughout the process. You can find all the information here.

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What Insurance Do I Need?

Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments Read more

Let’s face it, these types of trips don’t come risk free. We’re putting ourselves in amazing environments but also environments that carry an element of risk with them. In order to protect yourself adequately you will need a specialist travel insurance that caters for the types of activities you will be undertaking. It is a condition of our agreement that you are covered by adequate travel insurance for your arrangements. Click here to understand which one is for you.

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Elbrus: What are the camps like?

Base Camp: We have proper tents set up on wooden frames on a Twin / triple share basis. There are toilets, Read more

Base Camp: We have proper tents set up on wooden frames on a Twin / triple share basis. There are toilets, a dining area and hot showers available. All meals are cooked by the expedition staff.

High Camp: You sleep in cabins on a twin or triple share basis. There are toilets and a dining area but no showers. All meals are cooked by the expedition staff.

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Elbrus: Can I store baggage at the hotel whilst I’m on Elbrus?

Yes you can. The hotel we use is located in the city centre of Kislovodsk. You can leave any unrequired Read more

Yes you can. The hotel we use is located in the city centre of Kislovodsk. You can leave any unrequired belongings in a special storage room at the hotel when you leave for the mountain.

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Elbrus: How do I get to Mineralnye Vody?

Most major European airports fly to Moscow and from there it is one stop over. Websites such as skyscanner allow Read more

Most major European airports fly to Moscow and from there it is one stop over. Websites such as skyscanner allow you to book a package flight including the stop over. Some clients like to stop off in Moscow either on the way in or the way out for a couple of days to go sightseeing. Let us know if you need assistance with your flights, we’d be more than happy to help.

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What kind of boots do I need?

Double leather mountaineering B3 boots suitable for 6000m. Such as scarpa phantom 6000 or la sportive G2 SM, or La Sportiva Read more

Double leather mountaineering B3 boots suitable for 6000m. Such as scarpa phantom 6000 or la sportive G2 SM, or La Sportiva Baruntse.

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What’s the difference between the North and South route?

Both are good routes to the summit of Elbrus but we prefer the North route due to its remoteness and Read more

Both are good routes to the summit of Elbrus but we prefer the North route due to its remoteness and increased difficulty. To summarise, the North route on Elbrus is tougher than the South route but both are very rewarding and challenging climbs. We need to be more self-sufficient on the North route and it provides a more genuine ‘expedition’ environment.

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What’s the mobile connection like?

Mobile connection on the north side will not be available on all days. Please inform your relatives that you could Read more

Mobile connection on the north side will not be available on all days. Please inform your relatives that you could be out of touch for several days, but this doesn’t mean that something bad has happened to you. In Kislovodsk the 3G signal is good, and there will be free Wi-Fi at hotel and restaurants. There will be several spots on the way to the base camp where you can catch a signal, then on the way up from the base camp to the high camp and on the summit. There is no mobile signal at the camps but you can buy a WiFi connection there.

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What’s the water situation on Elbrus?

At the base camp at 2500 m, we use water from a mountain river to cook food and fill the thermoses. Read more

At the base camp at 2500 m, we use water from a mountain river to cook food and fill the thermoses. We boil it, so it is safe to drink. Also, there are several mineral springs around the camp. At the high camp at 3800 m, we take water from a mountain lake or from glacier streams. We use 3-stage filters there, which eliminate any solid and bacterial contamination. Feel free to use your personal water disinfectants if you consider this to be necessary.

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Elbrus: Electricity / Phone signal?

There aren’t electric sockets for use at base camp or high camp. You will need to bring your own Read more

There aren’t electric sockets for use at base camp or high camp. You will need to bring your own battery powered charging devices. The phone signal is also quite bad at both camps. However, 3G is picked up on the way to base camp and in-between base camp and high camp and on the summit in good weather.

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Meet your guides for this adventure

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Fabio

IFMGA Guide

Fabio has guided with us for close to ten years now and has summited Mont Blanc more times than we can remember. He's even helped Sir Richard Branson get to the top of Western Europe. When asked what his favourite mountain was his response was 'It's the mountain not known to many, in a remote country that provides opportunity for adventure. That said, I do love Cordillera Blanca (Peru) to guide in, Montserrat (Barcelona) because it's where it all started for me and Main De Fatima (Mali) because it's special to me!"

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Miha

IFMGA Guide

Miha is an IFMGA guide from Slovenia based between the beautiful Julian Alps and Chamonix. He has been climbing for over 20 years all over the world, including expeditions to Nepal, Tibet, India, Pakistan, USA, Mexico and Peru. He summited an 8000er on his first expedition to the Himalaya, did a first ascent on the previously unclimbed Lasher peak in the Himalaya and climbed El Capitan and many routes over the Alps.

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Lars

IFMGA Guide

Lars is a IFMGA Guide originally from Belgium, with over 20 years of experience climbing and splitboarding in the Mont Blanc massif, the Alps and the greater ranges of the world. Having lived in Chamonix for over a decade he has enjoyed the unique and unlimited climbing possibilities in and around the valley. Lars is also one of the most recognised and experienced splitboard guides leading expeditions to Kamchatka, Greenland, Iceland and more.

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Ben

Mountain Leader

Ben is a fully qualified British UIMLA International Mountain Leader with Swiss and French equivalence and he is also a fully-qualified Swiss Brevet Fédéral Ski Instructor and an ISIA card holder and an accomplished outdoor educator and a qualified Outdoor Education and Geography teacher. He has been based in the Alps for a long time and has extensive knowledge on a whole variety of treks and adventures. Ben brings a whole bunch of experience to our guiding team, having worked as an Expedition Leader in challenging environments around the world in countries such as Borneo, Mongolia, Morocco and Costa Rica and at home in the European Alps, responsible for the safety and success of expeditions for many years. His passion for the mountains is infectious and he loves sharing a summit photo or long-distance trek with our community.

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Pablo

IFMGA Guide

Pablo is originally from a small mountain village in Spain and came to Chamonix with only one dream to become a mountain guide. Based in Chamonix since 2013, Pablo made the Alps his playground as a guide and as an alpinist and has climbed many of the classic alpine routes. He combines mountain guiding with helicopter rescue work in Spain during the off seasons.

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