Elbrus Expedition

This is an amazing expedition to Europe’s highest peak: Mount Elbrus (5,642 meters), and probably your first experience in the mythical Caucasus mountain range.
In order to participate in this expedition, you should have experience in mountains higher than 4,000 meters, and you must be in good physical condition.


 Arrival in Mineralnye Vody, on a direct flight from Moscow. Private transportation by bus to our hotel, near the village of Terskol, in the Baksan valley (it is a four-hour drive). 

We drive to the Cheget Glade, and hike up the Cheget Mount (2,750 meters), starting our acclimatization process. There is bar just there, where we will have our first “altitude beer”. We’ve earned it!! Descent by cable car to the valley.

We take the cable-car to the Mir station (3,500 meters), and up again by chair lift to the Garabashi huts (3,750 meters), where the famous Barrels (Bochki) stand. New acclimatization hike to the Dizel hut (4,040 meters).

We climb to the Pastukhov Rocks (4,750 meters), in our final preparatory trek. It is a test to our response to altitude. Free afternoon to read, play chess, or mingle with alpinists from all over the world.

A rest day. We are now rested and fully acclimatized for our summit day. If not needed, we use Day 5 as a reserve day, in case the weather forces us to miss one day in our schedule.

Summit day: we wake up at midnight, have breakfast and start walking towards the Pastukhov Rocks, which we pass shortly before sunrise. The view is breathtaking (and you will need to catch your breath, the hardest is yet to come!). We reach the summit around 11 o’clock. We take pictures, and start the descent. We are back in the hut by 3pm, and we descend to our hotel in Terskol. Time to enjoy a warm shower buy some souvenirs (“I climbed Elbrus” in Cyrillic characters is a must!), and have our celebration dinner.

We are driven back to Mineralnye Vody, in time to catch our flight to Moscow.

They take us back to Mineralnye Vody, in time to catch our flight to Moscow.

(Optional, but highly recommended) Tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg, two wonderful cities.

We fly back to our country, congratulations!

Equipment list

  • Plastic Double boots (or equivalent)
  • Trail running shoes
  • Sock Liners
  • Wool or synthetic thick mountaineering socks
  • Gaiters
  • Lightweight underwear, tops and bottom
  • Expedition weight underwear, tops and bottom
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Insulating layers, i.e. fleece vest and fleece jacket
  • Fleece pants or wind proof climbing pants
  • Pants windproof, waterproof and breathable (preferably Gore Tex)
  • Gore Tex parka
  • Hooded down jacket
  • Balaclava
  • Sun Hat
  • Mountaineering gloves
  • Mittens
  • Glacier Glasses or sunglasses with side shields
  • Storm Goggles
  • Down boots for high altitude camps
  • Clothes for wearing off the mountain (4 days)
  • Mountaineering Ice Axe
  • Crampons
  • Trekking Poles
  • Head lamp and replacement batteries
  • Sunscreen and Lip balm (SPF 30 as a minimum)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Reading material, and/or small portable chess set
  • Camera and extra battery
  • Backpack (80 litres minimum)
  • Duffel bags (with locks)
  • 3 Bottles of water of a liter
  • toothbrush/toothpaste and toiletries, including hand sanitizer
  • sleeping bag rated –5º C or lower
  • 2 One-litter wide mouth water bottles-VERY IMPORTANT! Make sure to bring bottles for our hikes above base camp)
  • Cup, bowl and spoon
  • Plastic bags of various sizes (some ziplocks and others garbage)
  • Drinking tablets
  • "Bottle of urine" (highly recommended)