Australia Canada Deutschland España France India New Zeland Österreich South Africa Schweiz United Kingdom USA Another country
A leading inbound travel agency for Russia
World travel awards winner
Discover the unknown with the true experts
Vote for Go Russia Vote for Go Russia Vote for Go Russia
+1 (914) 296-12-75
info@justgorussia.com
Chat Online Call me back
Home Holiday Planner Adventure and Discovery Climbing to the Highest Mountain in Europe - Elbrus (EL-01)

Climbing to the Highest Mountain in Europe - Elbrus (EL-01)

from $1,495
10 days

Choose your date
Select a date
  • Select a date
  • 27 June 2019
  • 04 July 2019
  • 11 July 2019
  • 18 July 2019
  • 25 July 2019
  • 01 August 2019
  • 08 August 2019
  • 15 August 2019
  • 22 August 2019
  • 29 August 2019
or
Choose your own date
  • Quick facts
  • Group size —   2-12 people
  • Season —   Summer
  • Tour grade —  
Book now Inquire Compare tours

Climbing to the Highest Mountain in Europe - Elbrus (EL-01)

We invite you to join our tour to climb the legendary Mount Elbrus (5,642m) - one of the World’s Seven Summits and an essential ascent for those who can meet the challenge and reach the roof of Europe! Travelling amongst the four- and five thousand meter peaks you can’t miss the highest one of all. You’ll be stunned by the view of the double-capped Elbrus, towering in its majestic grandeur over lower ranges of snowy mountains, and inviting you to scale it.
The breathtaking scenery of the Caucasian mountains and this ultimate climbing challenge will make this trekking trip unforgettable for anyone looking for some holiday adrenaline! Climbing Mount Elbrus by the classic route from the South, which is the most popular, is a splendid, long, high-altitude ascent over a moderate incline, that requires good acclimatisation but has no technical difficulties.

Please read important information about Climbing Elbrus tour

Day 1
Moscow
Arrival Transfer to the Hotel
Arrival in Moscow. Our driver will meet you in the arrival sector with a Go Russia sign board. Transfer to the hotel.
Day 2
Moscow - Elbrus
Departure to Elbrus. Transfer to Terskol Village
Transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Mineralnye Vody where you will be met by our representative. On the way from the airport we pass local cities and villages and in approximately 4 hours, arrive in the valley of the Baksan River. Here we can already see the snow-capped summits. Check-in at the hotel.
Day 3
Elbrus
Acclimatisation Hike to Cheget Peak (3,050m)
A day to acclimatise. After breakfast we hike up to the Cheget peak (3,050m) for approximately 5 hours, stopping to relax at the “Ai” café (2,750m), from where you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Baksan valley and the twin summits of Mt. Elbrus. The route is not technically difficult, and the degree of the slope is approx. 15-25°. Return to the hotel.
Day 4
Elbrus
Acclimatisation Hike up to the Former Refuge “Prijut 11” (4,200m)
Breakfast. Check out from the hotel. Drive to the cable-car station "Azau" and then up to the "MIR"/Garibashi station (3,750 m) by two lift trams. Begin an acclimatisation hike to 4,200m. Up to the former refuge “Prijut 11”. Overnight at Barrels hut (Bochki).
Day 5
Elbrus
Acclimatisation Hike up to the Pastukhova Rocks (4,700m)
Breakfast. Acclimatisation hike higher up to the Pastukhova rocks (4,700m). The route is not too steep with the last part being the steepest at 20 to 25 degrees, but it is tough going at this high altitude. Be prepared for hard walking. Overnight stay at Bochki camp.
Day 6
Elbrus
Rest day. Training on the Glacier. Overnight at the Bochki Camp
Rest day. Overnight at the Bochki camp.
Day 7
Elbrus
Summit Attempt. Celebration Dinner at the Bochki Camp
Today we attempt to reach the main target of our trip – the summit of Mt.Elbrus. We will wake up very early, at 3 a.m., to start our climbing. Using the headtorches we make our way to the Pastukhova rocks where we stop for a short rest and have some drinks. From Pastukhova rocks the slope is not more than 20-25 degrees, but the high altitude starts to affect your stamina. Over 5,000 m the route turns to the left and we start traverse the slope in the direction of the small flat “saddle” plateau, which we will reach in 2-3 hours. A final big effort is needed to reach the top, which we can do by going either to the East or West Summit.

East Summit (5,624 m) - it is an easier option because the icy slope from the saddle is not so steep (maximum 30 degree). The route leads to the top without any technical difficulties. However this route takes some time.

West Summit (5,642 m) - this is a more difficult choice because a steep clear ice slope (30-35 degrees) leads to the summit plateau. We will need to use crampons, ropes and in some cases ice-screws here. But after hard work we will arrive at the long (approx. 1 km) flat top plateau, leading us directly to the peak.

Return to the Bochki camp and prepare for a celebration dinner for the winners in the evening. You will also receive your certificate confirming you’ve been on the top of Mt. Elbrus once you are down in the valley. Overnight stay at Bochki camp.
Day 8
Elbrus
Descend Down to Terskol
Descend down to Terskol and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9
Elbrus
Hike in Baksan Valley
Relaxation day. After breakfast we go trekking in Baksan valley which offers magnificent views of Mt.Elbrus. Return to the hotel. Free time.
Day 10
Elbrus - Moscow
Transfer to the Airport Mineralnyje Vody. Departure to Moscow
Breakfast in the hotel. Free time. In the afternoon transfer to the airport Mineralnyje Vody for your flight back to Moscow.

Tour Dates & Prices Book Now
When you choose to travel with Go Russia, you are assured of the highest standards of service for every element of your holiday including accommodation. In Moscow we use a central 4* hotel, in Elbrus area - a 3* hotel and on the way up to the summit of Elbrus it is easier to stay overnight in the huts. So we use the well-known Bochki camp situated at the end of the last chair lift. Please view hotels details below.

You can also arrive earlier in Moscow or extend your tour after return from Elbrus. Please view prices for extending your stay in Russia.
Hotel Katerina City Moscow 4*
Katerina City is located in the picturesque district of the Russian capital, on the bank of the Moscow River, just two metro stations to the Red Square. A wide range of facilities makes the guests' stay comfortable and pleasant and modern European architecture and fresh interiors in a Scandinavian style combined with the home-like atmosphere make this hotel a perfect holiday retreat. The hotel rooms feature elegant and modern design, comfortable furniture and superb amenities. Your accommodation also includes free drinking water and tea / coffee making facilities. Sauna and fitness center are free of charge: 07:00 – 23:00.Learn more
Barrels Hut Camp (Bochki Camp) Elbrus
The camp is placed on Garabashi hill on the slopes of Elbrus at approximately 3,800 m. There are 10 large comfortable barrels here (in Russian – “Bochki”) with wooden shelves inside for approx. 6-8 people and some space at the entry for equipment. There is also a canteen with kitchen facilities in the separate hut. There are no showers, toilets are located in a separate hut. Bochki camp became the main accommodation place for climbers.Learn more
Please read notes at the bottom of the table to learn more about the meaning of each pricing section.

Choose your travel package

Comfort package
Important: arranging your own flights. Please note if you are arranging your own flights to Elbrus (airport Mineralnye Vody, airport code MRV) please aim to arrive not later than 15:00 and depart not earlier than 11:30. If your flight is later / earlier than specified above (arrival flight – not later than 15:00 and departure flight not earlier than 11:30), a private transfer will be arranged at an extra cost (around $100-150 / one way).
Travel dates Excluding flights Single supplement Book
06/27/2019 - 07/06/2019 $1,495 $175 book now
07/04/2019 - 07/13/2019 $1,495 $175 book now
07/11/2019 - 07/20/2019 $1,495 $175 book now
07/18/2019 - 07/27/2019 $1,495 $175 book now
07/25/2019 - 08/03/2019 $1,495 $175 book now
08/01/2019 - 08/10/2019 $1,495 $175 book now
08/08/2019 - 08/17/2019 $1,495 $175 book now
08/15/2019 - 08/24/2019 $1,495 $175 book now
08/22/2019 - 08/31/2019 $1,495 $175 book now
08/29/2019 - 09/07/2019 $1,495 $175 book now

Note on pricing:

  1. All prices are per person, in US Dollars. All included services are listed in the tour dossier and the right-hand side column, section “Included”.
  2. Price “Excluding flight” does not cover airfare, you are free to book your own flights. Alternatively we can quote an airfare for you. We advise not to delay with booking your tour as airfares may go up.
  3. Single supplement goes towards single room (cabin for cruises) accommodation.
  4. “Train upgrade” supplement means an upgrade for a compartment for 2 people and refers to overnight trains only. Advisable to book if you prefer more privacy and comfort during your overnight train journeys. Read more about train upgrade.
We thrive on feedback! We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us. Please browse our guestbook below, read our clients' feedback on Tripadvisor and also watch a short customer's interview sharing her travel experience with Go Russia. To respect our clients' privacy all names are encoded.
The service was excellent. All transfers went smoothly and the hotel accommodation was very good. The base camp hut at Elbrus was a bit cramped.
Claude Stanley
I have completed the feedback form and thank you for your excellent service – we had a fantastic time and all members of our team reached the summit of Mt Elbrus and returned safely.
Vannessa Dent
The programme as a whole was excellent, such the acclimatisation days, hotels and food. The guide, Vladamir was excellent, I can say so many good things about him.
Kiara Frederick
The tour itself lasted twelve days, the acclimatization hikes where set out perfectly and time on the mountain was also arranged perfectly. The food was adequate and accommodation was suitable. Summit day the weather was fantastic with extra guides brought in for the group. The guides were professional well organised and methodical, knew the mountain well and that reflected on the day.
Candice Hudson
Just back home from a wonderful 10 day trip to Elbrus. I would like to thank you for your assistance in organising the trip, which was well planned in every detail. It was without a doubt an experience of a lifetime. Please pass on my thanks to Roxana and Igor for their kindness and professionalism, with guides like those you cannot go wrong.
Norma Paul
The guides used on Elbrus were exceptional and made the trip very very special, specifically Lena and Eugene.
Richard Bryant
Just a quick mail to say thank you for all your help in organising Kenneth and Kevin's trip to Elbrus. They arrived back home on Saturday, shattered but overwhelmed. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience having reached the summit on Wednesday last. Everyone they met through Go-Russia was so professional and pleasant.
Virginia Hughes
Sitting outside the hut waiting for the others to arrive after reaching the top of Europe and exchanging congratulations as they stumble back into camp is for me possibly the most satisfying time. It's when you see your own struggle reflected in the condition of the people around you. it marks the real culmination of the 14 hour summit slog, the 5 days of climbing before it, the months of training before that, and the years that you've been wanting to do this.
Wayne Ross
Trip was awesome, very satisfying if somewat painful....I think a bit more time acclimatising would be better, but aprt from that it was amazing. Thank you so much.
Ann Evans
Please note all prices are per person based on a minimum of two people travelling together. Read more about prices for solo travellers.

Choose your additional travel program

Moscow
Moscow
Moscow City Centre Walking Tour A guided walking tour around major cultural and historical points in Moscow. We will visit Lubyanka Square – the world-famous KGB centre of the Soviet epoch, Teatralnaya Square next to Bolshoi Theatre. Then we will continue our walk through the small central streets and lanes where every building has its own unique and interesting story. Most of them currently represent Russian theatres, hotels, museums or state institutions. We will also visit Tverskaya Street – the main and the busiest street in Moscow – with lots of shops, restaurants and unique combination of old, Stalin and modern architecture. After the guided tour you will have some free time to take a stroll along the pedestraian zone, browse among the shops selling merchandise and enjoy various cafes or restaurants.

$65

per person
4 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Moscow City Tour by Car A city as great as the Russian capital requires your undivided attention. Our guided city tour by car affords the opportunity for you to sightsee without concerning yourself with getting around, as well as enabling you to cover sufficient ground to get a sense of place. Here in Moscow, more than anywhere else in Russia, you’ll sense the presence of the Russian Renaissance; the city, like the country as a whole, has altered immensely over the past two decades. 

$95

per person
5 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Moscow City and Novodevichy Convent Tour by Car Start your discovery of Moscow with a guided city tour by car. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Sparrow Hills observation platform, visit Poklonnaya Hills a monument in honour of a Russian victory in the Great War (World War II), see the famous Red Square and the Bolshoi (Big) theatre or explore modern Moscow’s busy streets and discover the rich history of this magnificent city. Visit one of the oldest convents in Russia, the Novodevichy Convent.

$100

per person
4 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Moscow by Night City Tour by Car Moscow combines the best of old and modern architecture. It is a city of long avenues and majestic squares, leafy boulevards, parks and gardens, new luxury housing, bridges, the granite embankments of Moscow River, and the unique cultural and historical sites. Discover Moscow by night with a guided city tour by car.

$85

per person
3 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Red Square, St. Basil`s & Lenin Mausoleum Guided Tour Guided tour to the Red Square arguably one of the most famous squares in the world. It's got its name from the Russian word for "red", which many centuries ago meant "beautiful". Each building here is a legend: you will see brightly-domed St. Basil's cathedral, the world - renowned Lenin Mausoleum, expansive facade of the GUM department store, Kazan Cathedral and Kremlin towers. Today, Red Square is a popular tourist attraction and it is often used for rock and pop concerts including high-profile participants like Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd and others.

$65

per person
4 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Kremlin Grounds & the Armoury Guided Tour You will discover the interior of the Kremlin - the former residence of the Tsars and now the residence of the Russian president. You will also visit the Kremlin’s beautiful orthodox cathedrals. The Cathedral Square still retains the aura of early Tsarist Russia, where the spirits of Ivan the Terrible, Boris Godunov, and the early Romanovs loom large. We will also visit the Armoury to see a unique collection of ancient state regalia: the ceremonial vestments and coronation dress of the Tsars, gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, and ceremonial weapons and arms (optional).

$90

per person
5 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Diamond Fund Guided Tour The Diamond Fund is located in the Kremlin Armoury containing the most valuable gems of Russia - a collection of masterpieces of jewellery of the 18th-20th centuries, rare precious stones, gold and platinum nuggets of great artistic, historic and scientific importance. It is one of the few treasuries in the world that house unique crown jewels. The exhibition features such treasures as diamond encrusted Coronation Crown of Catherine the Great, the world-famous 190-carat Orlov Diamond among other stunning examples.
Price
by request
2 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Moscow Underground Guided Tour Explore one of the masterpieces of the Soviet era created in the Socialist Realism style. Moscow Metro with its stations decorated with marble, mosaics, stained glass panels and bronze sculptures looks like a vast art museum. It was one of the proudest achievements of the Soviet era and it’s still beating many other European underground system with its extremely reliable services. During our guided tour we will explore the most sensational underground stations where the guide will show architectural masterpieces and also explain the history of metro construction.

$65

per person
2 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Tretiakov Gallery Guided Tour A guided tour of the Tretiakov Gallery, the biggest collection of Russian fine art in the world. The core of the museum's collection was assembled in the middle of the nineteenth century by Pavel Tretiakov, a wealthy Moscow merchant whose passion for collecting included violins, birds, and milk cows as well as Russian art. The museum represents the whole history of Russian art from the ancient period until now. There are more than 130 000 unique examples of painting, sculpture and graphics, created throughout the centuries by talented Russian artists.

$75

per person
4 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Old Arbat Street Guided Tour Your guide will take you to the Old Arbat street, famous for its architectural masterpieces and souvenirs. This street became a favorite place of walk of the Muscovites. You will see many improvised shows, poets and entertainers. After the guided tour you will have some free time to browse among the shops selling merchandise and enjoy various Arbat cafes or restaurants.

$65

per person
3 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Guided Tour This temple was originally constructed on a vow given when banners and keys from conquered cities were brought to the temple. The height of the temple was 103 meters. In December 1931, the temple was blown up. Subsequently, the foundation ditch was used for the construction of a swimming pool. In 1994, the pool was closed and in January 1995 the reconstruction of the temple took place. Today the construction is completed and features both a working church and a museum, where excursions are regularly held.

$65

per person
3 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Izmailovo Kremlin - Wooden Architecture Complex, Arts & Crafts Centre Kremlin in Izmailovo was created on the basis of the world famous “Vernisage in Izmailovo” souvenir market. Here you will have a unique opportunity to broaden your perception of Russian national traditions and artistic crafts and see unique examples of wooden architecture.  You can visit Museum of Bells, Russian Toys, Russian Costume and Way of Life, Museum of Russian Fairytales and Vodka History Museum (entrance fees are not included). You can also take part in various master-classes on Russian dolls painting, pottery, toy making, cooking and much more.

$75

per person
4 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Kolomenskoye Estate - UNESCO Heritage Site and Former Tsar Residence Guided Tour Guided tour to Kolomenskoye - a former royal estate and one of the most picturesque and enjoyable of Moscow’s out-of-town attractions. This 15-17th century Tsarist estate is preserved in its original layout and comprises of unique architectural monuments, including the Church of the Ascension (1532). We will also visit the stunning, recently reconstructed Wooden Palace of the Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich Romanov (17th century) often referred to as ‘an eighth wonder of the world’. Here, you will have a unique chance to see the way of life of the Russian Tsars. Famous for its fairytale roofs, the Wooden Palace was constructed without using saws, nails, or hooks.  Kolomenskoye Estate’s large parkland is open to the public for you to enjoy.

$85

per person
4 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Half Day Guided Tour to Sergiev Posad Monastery - the Heart of Russian Orthodox Religion The town located in the suburbs of Moscow grew up in the 15th century around one of the greatest Russian monasteries - the Holy Trinity – St. Sergius Lavra (Troitse-Sergiyeva Lavra) established by St. Sergius of Radonezh. The town also claims to be the birthplace of the Russian nesting doll, or matryoshka. On our way to Sergiev Posad we will enjoy the charming Russian countryside as the highway runs through huge birch forests, hills, as well as past beautifully decorated country homes.

$115

per person
7 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Poklonnaya Hill and WWII Victory Park Guided Tour Poklonnaya Hill is the most significant monument constructed in honour of victory in the Great Patriotic War. The solemn opening of the Victory Memorial in Moscow was held on May, 9, 1995. On February 23, 1958 on this site, a memorable granite sign was established with the inscription: "Here there will be a monument to the Victory of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War." The Victory Park and the Square of Victors are important parts of the outdoor museum with many tanks and other vehicles used in the Second World War.

$75

per person
4 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Museum of the Cold War - Former Top Secret Command Center We invite you to visit the former top secret command centre of the Russian Armed Forces recently converted into museum of the Cold War period. It is the newest museum opened in Moscow. After entering a regular building in a quite central street of the city and a ride on a rapid elevator 65 meters under the ground you will see a real top secret military facility of the USSR. During a short guided tour you will pass through the secret tunnels, see samples of communication equipment and fire arms.

$95

per person
3 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia Guided Tour Guided visit to the Central Museum of the Armed Forces of Russia which contains 24 exhibition halls. The strength of the Museum’s historical collection is in its collection of banners of Soviet and Third Reich Army and personal belongings of Soviet and Nazi leaders (including the General Zhukov and Adolf Hitler). The Museum has a wide range of weapons, military uniforms and decorations. The outside exposition of the Museum presents many armoured vehicles, artillery, antiaircraft systems and battle aircrafts.

$75

per person
4 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Memorial Museum of Astronautics Memorial Museum of Astronautics in Moscow is a unique museum devoted to space exploration and development of rocket science. It is located in the basement of the monument "Conquerors of Space" erected in honor of the launch of Sputnik by architects M. Barshch, A. Kolchin and sculptor A. Faydysh - Krandievskiy and opened on 4 November 1964. The monument is made of polished titanium, used in rocket production, its height is 110 meters, and the angle is 77 degrees.

$75

per person
4 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino Guided Tour Guided tour to the Central Museum of the Air Forces at Monino - one of the world's largest aviation museums, and the largest for Russian aircraft. You will see the famous "Ilya Muromets", Soviet "Concorde" (Tupolev-144), Ivan Kozhedub’ s La-7 (during the WWII he brought down 62 German airplanes), Tupolev-95 Bomber (NATO classification - Bear), Tupolev-22Ě (Backfire) and other legendary aircraft... The museum also features collections of weapons, uniforms and air-related artwork.

$115

per person
6 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Trip to Cosmonaut Training Centre - Star City Star City is situated to the North-West of Moscow in a beautiful pine and birch forest. See the hall where real space vehicles are used to train astronauts, the hydro laboratory, in which future astronauts learn to live and work in conditions of weightlessness, and the largest centrifuge in the world. You will see unique equipment where cosmonauts train for flight, including the MIR simulator. All the crews on the Vostok and Voskhod missions and the various models of manned “Soyuz” spacecraft, as well as those who worked on the MIR orbiting station, were trained here.

$205

per person
6 hours

Add to EL-01 tour Send request
Please read this section in conjunction with Go Russia General Info on Adventure ToursFAQ Adventure Trips and view a suggested complete First-Aid Kit Checklist for your trip. Please contact us to obtain information on the medications available from your guide on site. Please also note to guarantee professional service level and first-hand experience we have personally inspected the area and a member of our staff participated on a Elbrus climbing tour.
 
SECURITY
CLIMBING CONDITIONS
PERSONAL SAFETY
HEALTH ISSUES
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
ACCOMMODATION
TRAVEL INSURANCE
GUIDES PROFILES

SECURITY
Please be aware that Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK advises against all but essential travel to the Elbrus area. For more details please visit the FCO website: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/russia. Elbrus being one of the seven summits is a very popular mountain and attracts different climbers from all over the world. To the best of our knowledge no foreign tourists climbing the mountain have been a victim of terrorist attacks in that particular region. 

CLIMBING CONDITIONS
Elbrus is a volcanic massif to the north of the Caucasus Main Ridge. The best time for climbing Elbrus is from May through to August, with the best month normally being July. Normally the ascent begins from the Baksan Valley and is led on the south slope of Mount Elbrus. The standard route we use: Bochki camp – Pastukhov rocks – saddle – West summit does not require any advanced mountaineering experience and it is generally accepted that Mt. Elbrus climb on the normal route is non-technical and suitable for beginners. There are other routes to the summit which are considered more technically challenging.

For guiding this climb we always use experienced top-skilled Russian mountaineers. Systematic acclimatisation is essential prior to making the ascent. The climb itself may take between 6-10 hours; the descent another 4-6 hours. The main obstacles are high altitude, fog, wind and the cold. This is a fine ascent which is more a test of stamina rather than a technical task, although high altitude and unpredictable weather make for a challenging and adventurous trip. Although the climb is not technically difficult but requires crampons and an ice axe. It is a very achievable challenge which requires proper cold weather clothing and basic mountaineering skills which you can develop during the trip.

And our guides explain use of the ice ax on your free acclimatisation day on the Bochki camp or any other day depending on weather conditions and other factors on a trip. Any necessary climbing skills will be taught during this trip so mountaineering experience is not required. IMPORTANT: climbers are expected to be in good physical condition.

PERSONAL SAFETY
Your safety is very important to us. As stated in our booking conditions your booking is accepted on the understanding that (1) you realize and accept the risks and hazards potentially involved in adventure holidays and that (2) you are mentally and physically capable of undertaking your chosen trip. You must tell us if you have an existing medical condition or disability that might affect your travel arrangements before your booking. If you suffer from hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, brain disease - you will not be allowed to participate in this tour.

During the tour you must fully abide by the authority and decisions of our employees, tour leaders, and suppliers. The decision of these people as to the conduct, itinerary and objectives of the tour is final and if, in their opinion your behavior or physical condition is detrimental to the safety, welfare and well-being of the group as a whole (which are the paramount considerations), or they consider that your general well-being will be put at risk by continuing with the trip, you may be asked to leave the tour without the right to any refund for unused services.

Upon your arrival in Elbrus area you will have a safety briefing at your hotel with your guide and other group members. The guide will explain your day-to-day itinerary, time schedule, how to prepare for the ascent, safety rules and also check your personal equipment. At this stage you will be required to sign the paperwork that you have read and understood “The Safety Rules” which you must follow during your tour and you consider yourself to be in a good physical condition and capable of taking part in the ascent. Download “The Safety Rules Declaration”.

HEALTH ISSUES
Lack of oxygen at high altitudes (over 2500m.) affects most people to some extent. The effect may be mild or severe and occurs because the air pressure is reduced and the heart and lungs must work harder to oxygenate the body. While mild AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) does not interfere with normal activity, the persistent and worsening symptoms can lead to the severe AMS and even to two very serious conditions such as High Altitude Pulmonary Edema and Cerebral Edema which could be fatal. Unfortunately youth, good fitness and previous experience at high elevations do not necessarily mean that you will be less likely to have problems with altitude.

The symptoms of AMS include: Headache, Dizziness and nausea , Loss of appetite, Disturbed sleep, Shortness of breath. The best medicine is prevention and there are some things that climbers can do to to minimize their risks of illness and improve their performance:

  • The mountaineer’s dictum “Climb high, sleep low” is the best method to prevent AMS;
  • Stay properly hydrated (drink at least 4-6 liters of liquids per day). Urine output schould be copious and clear to pale yellow;
  • Eat a high calorie diet while at altitude;
  • Take it easy and don’t push yourself when you get at altitude;- A slow and steady pace will carry you much higher and easier;
  • Avoid tobacco, alcohol and any depressant drugs.

If the symptoms increse go down! These are guidelines only! For more detailed and professional information regarding the AMS please refer to the following links: www.traveldoctor.co.uk, www.thebmc.co.uk, www.ismmed.org

SPECIAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
Climbing equipment
  • Double plastic boots
  • Crampons: step-ins or strap-on (10-12 point), check that the boots fit beforehand. Point protectors are also useful for storage and adjusting tool
  • Ice axe: general mountaineering – normally 65cm. – preferable to have rubber end protectors
  • Climbing harness with carabiners
  • Trekking poles
  • Gaiters
Clothing
The key to clothing is the layering system. Layers can be added or discarded with temperature fluctuations. The first layer is a form of synthetic underwear that draws moisture away from the skin and dries quickly. This is followed by two or more insulating layers, also preferably of synthetic pile and a windproof outer layer. This system applies not only to the torso but also to extremities.
  • Hiking boots
  • Socks: liners - medium weight and heavy, at least few pairs of each
  • Lightweight long underwear, top and bottom
  • “Expedition-weight” long underwear, top and bottom
  • Pile jacket
  • Pile trousers
  • Windbreaker, waterproof/breathable
  • Wind pants, waterproof/breathable
  • Synthetic or down parka with hood. If you cannot provide this you must be sure of providing an extra warm fleece to compensate and a windproof outer jacket. This is seldom worn whilst climbing but most appreciated during meals, in camp and in pre-dawn hours of cold summit days
  • Balaclava or something to cover the face like a neck warmer or even a scarf
  • Sunhat, wool or fleece hat (warm with ear flaps)
  • Mitts with gore-Tex or waterproof shells or one pair of very warm gloves with inners
Camping equipment
  • Rucksack (min. 65 liters)
  • Day pack (around 35-40 liters) used for valley hikes and summit mornings
  • Sleeping bag 3 seasons (rated to -10 - -5 degrees C). The huts are relatively warm
  • Water bottles - 2 x 1 liters capacity. (Platypus, Nalgene bottles or thermos)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Headlamp
  • Sunglasses (100% UV)
  • Goggles - optional (useful for contact lens wearers)
Other Equipment rented locally
You can rent locally some of the necessary climbing equipment, which includes (prices are in EUR per day):
  • Plastic climbing boots - EUR 8 (max size - 48, min size - 35)
  • Crampons - EUR 5
  • Ice Axe - EUR 5
  • Harness - EUR 2
  • Trekking poles - EUR 5
  • Warm jacket - EUR 7
  • Sleeping bag - EUR 7
  • Torch - EUR 2
  • Goggles - EUR 4
  • Thermal bottles - EUR 2
Snow cat / rat rack - approx. 500 EUR per one drive for a group of 2-10 persons. From barrels hut to the Pastukhov Rocks.

Note: Please consult us about climbing gear and renting possibilities. Please note that Go Russia does not guarantee rental prices! While we aim to provide the most updated and accurate information on all services including rental possibilities it is not always possible due to various reasons. All hire companies are privately owned and operate their business independently. We do apologise for this, but this is not what we can control or influence.

ACCOMMODATION
We generally use local 3* hotels. In the Elbrus area we stay in one of the best local hotels in twin rooms with showers (en-suite).

On the way up to the summit of Elbrus it is easier to stay overnight in the huts. So we use the well-known Bochki camp situated at the end of the last chair lift. The camp is placed on Garabashi hill on the slopes of Elbrus at approx. 3,800 m. There are 10 large comfortable barrels here (in Russian – “Bochki”) with wooden shelves inside for approx. 6-8 people and some space at the entry for equipment. View bochki camp photos. There is also a canteen with kitchen facilities in the separate hut. There are no showers, toilets in a separate hut. They are quite comfortable and became the main accommodation place for climbers.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
It is a condition of joining our climbing tours that you have adequate travel insurance for the complete duration of your trip to cover at least medical expenses, injury, death and cost of repatriation. For all our customers traveling to Elbrus we will arrange insurance through one of the leading Russian providers “T.I.T Insurance” covering medical expenses for the sum up to USD30,000, as the British insurers are reluctant to deal with the area due to FCO advice. The cost of this insurance is included in the package price of the tour. Please ensure that any travel insurance arranged through the Company is what you require and you should arrange supplementary insurance if need to be. Please view the insurance policy terms and conditions.

Insurance cover
Please note your insurance cover is valid only for the dates you are in Elbrus area where you receive your insurance policy and sign the insurance contract. The insurance policy includes two parts:
  • Mountaineering insurance covering days 4 – 8 of the tour when the group is traveling in the mountains, the insurance covers medical and transportation costs.
  • Standard travel insurance covering days 2 – 3 and days 9 – 10 of the tour when the group is not doing any climbing activities in the mountains, the insurance covers medical and transportation costs.
We include in the tour price insurance policies for all travelers not older than 65 years. Unfortunately we cannot provide cover if you are older than 65 years. 

Please note you are covered for medical, transportation and repatriation expenses but not for search and rescue services. All rescue operations in the mountains are performed by the Ministry of Emergencies of the Russian Federation. For more details of what is covered please view the insurance terms and conditions, article 11.

Operational issues
Upon your arrival in Elbrus area your insurance policy will be completed and you will need to sign it to validate your cover.

GUIDES PROFILES
   Name: Pavel
Occupation: Qualified Teacher of the Russian Federation 
Education: MSc 
Achievements: Mountaineer, referee, international rank C in skiing 
Home: Piatigorsk
Pavel’s interest in mountaineering started 27 years ago and since then he’s been successfully combining his full-time teaching job with his lifelong passion for mountains. He’s been leading expeditions to Elbrus since 1984 and also working as a ski instructor on Elbrus since 1988.
   Name: Igor
Occupation: climbing guide and skiing instructor, specialist in industrial mountaineering 
Education: MSc 
Achievements: candidate for Master of Mountaineering, world class rock and ice climber, winner of numerous Ukrainian Rock and Ice Climbing Championships 
Home: Ukraine 
Igor has been attracted to this adventurous profession from the age of 28. He has devoted his spare time to conquering mountains in different seasons and - as often happens – his hobby became a profession. Guide on Elbrus since 1989 and ski instructor since 2002.
   Name: Elena
Occupation: climbing guide, tour leader, manager 
Education: MSc 
Achievements: candidate for Master of Mountaineering, 10 ascents of peaks over 7,000m (former USSR) 
Home: St. Petersburg
She has got it all! Impressive achievements and an exciting life! Elena’s experience in mountaineering is vast – 27 years of climbing, 17 years as an instructor, more that 20 years leading groups (including schools) on Mt Elbrus.

Starts Ends Moscow Moscow Departs Duration As per schedule 10 days
Create travel brochure online Download tour dossier in PDF Discuss on Facebook Book now
Included
Not included
Optional extras and upgrades
Practical information
More reviews Video Travel Guide

Tour Route
Moscow Moscow
Moscow is most populous city in the world... Read more
Elbrus Elbrus
Elbrus is most populous city in the world... Read more
Alternative Tours