Climbing to Elbrus 5642 m
Elbrus is the highest point of Russia and Europe. The mountain has two peaks, western – 5642 m. And eastern – 5621 m. Climbing Elbrus does not present technical difficulties, but will require physical and moral endurance from climbers.
Elbrus – the dream of many climbers and travelers. Not everyone can boast of climbing the highest peak not only in Russia, but also in Europe. Our campaign is divided into two parts: the preparatory, which passes through the region of Prielbrusie and allows the body to acclimatize to great heights, and, in fact, the ascent to Elbrus. During the program, you should be trained in the basics of mountaineering equipment needed to climb the southern peak. The whole route is very rich and interesting, because the paths pass through the most picturesque and amazing places of the Caucasus. Join now!
Day 1: Minvody – Terskol (1900m)
Meeting participants at the airport Mineralnye Vody. After receiving the luggage transfer to a comfortable bus to the village Terskol. The distance is 183 km, the journey takes about 3 hours. In Terskol begins the route of climbing Elbrus. After check-in at the hotel, a welcome dinner in a cafe with national cuisine: ayran, kebabs and khichins. Overnight in the village Terskol.
Day 2: Terskol – Observatory (3150 m)
On the second day we will have access to the picturesque mountain trail to the “Maiden Spit” waterfall (2800 m.), And further to the Observatory (3150 m). The route is accessible to any healthy person, so if you come with your family, then your family can join you.
Some of the participants swim in a waterfall, which gives them strength to climb Elbrus. After the ascent to the Observatory of (3150 m). We return to the Hotel in the village of Terskol. Overnight in Terskol at an altitude of 1900 m.
Day 3: Cheget (3770 m)
Today we will make a radial exit (round-trip on one route) to the top of “Cheget”, which height is 3770 meters. We are waiting for the ascent along a picturesque mountain trail, the steepness of which is slightly more than on the waterfall “Maiden Spit”.
At the intermediate parking lot we will visit the legendary cafe “Ai” (translated as Moon), built in the 60s at an altitude of 2750 meters. Cafe “Ai” was the first and only alpine cafe in the USSR, and subsequently became the hallmark of the Elbrus region. In the 90s, the cafe served as a film set for the film “Breakfast overlooking Elbrus”.
From the observation deck on a sunny day, it is nice to admire Elbrus and the Baksan Valley.
The route of climbing Cheget does not present technical difficulties. You can take your family and friends with you, but only to the upper cable car station (altitude 3100 m).
After the cable station, the route becomes more complex. We are waiting for the stone-shale slope, which leads to the top of Cheget (3770 m). After a successful ascent we return to Terskol or spend the night in tents in the area of the upper station Cheget (3100 m).
Day 4: Garabashi (3850 m)
The preparatory stage was successful, you got used to the height and got acquainted with the technique of movement in different types of mountain relief. Today we are waiting for a transfer to the Shelter Garabashi 3850 m.
We leave from the glade Azau (2350 m). And climb along the cable car, through the station Krugozor (3150 m). To the station Mir (3500 m). At the station Mir (3500 m). There is a small cafe where you can relax, eat and gaze at the surrounding views.
After the rest we go up to the shelter Garabashi (3850 m). At this altitude we have to establish an intermediate camp. You will see climbers descending from the top, happy or not so – a real climbing life.
After setting up tents or settling in small shelters, after which we will have a little rest, and already lightly make a radial ascent to the beginning of the rock ridge just above Shelter 11 (4500m). On the way we enjoy the landscapes of the Caucasian peaks and return to our camp. Overnight in the area of the Garabashi shelter (3850m).
Day 5: Pastukhov Rocks (4800 m.)
Early ascent, collect equipment and go to the assault camp to Shelter 11 (4150m). It is from here that our team will storm the top on a crucial day. After setting up tents or settling in a mountain shelter, we are waiting for a planned acclimatization on the Pastukhov Rocks (4800m).
In secret, the best views on Elbrus are opened from the Pastukhov and the Saddle Rocks. Even at the top is not as beautiful as during the climb. We sincerely advise you to appreciate these moments, to take more pictures and look around.
Overnight in the area of Priyut 11 (4150m).
Day 6: Shelter 11 – Beginning of Scythe (5100 m.)
By the sixth day, many participants have already acclimatized well and are ready to climb to the top. But the mountains do not forgive mistakes and inattention to themselves. Therefore, to better adapt to the height, we rise to the beginning of the Oblique shelf to a height of (5100 m).
The slanting shelf is a thin path, no more than 50 cm wide, where on one side rises the Eastern peak of Elbrus, 5621m, and on the other there are vast ice fields, which are called “dead bodies”.
Movement on the Slanting shelf requires attentiveness and skill. Therefore, before going on an ascent, our group will take a snow-ice course, where they will learn how to move on snow and ice in cats, the rules of handling rope and ice ax, as well as actions in emergency situations.
Overnight in the area of Priyut 11 (4150m).
Day 7: Rest Day
In order for all participants to feel rested and have a chance to climb to the top, we will organize a one-day break.
On this day, you can do whatever you want: go down to Azau and “get oxygen”, take pictures against the backdrop of mountain landscapes, or just sit in a tent, thinking about something pleasant over the clouds passing by. We go to bed very early, somewhere in the 17-18 hours, tomorrow we are waiting for the ascent to Elbrus.
Day 8: Ascent of the western peak of Elbrus (5642 m).
Then came the long-awaited day, or rather the night, when we, having gathered all the strength, knowledge and desires, went to our treasured summit. Getting up at 01.00, another hour for fees – and move forward. At night, snow cover is more suitable for climbing. Therefore, the main part of today’s route will be overcome precisely at night. You will see a string of lanterns on the mountain – these are climbers who came out before us or used the services of a snowcat to save strength. We can also order a ratrak on the day of ascent, but this is not quite sporty, and the cost of lifting from one climber starts from $ 100 for a group of at least 10 people.
On average, ascent and descent take 12-14 hours. The first point of rest on Shepherd’s Rocks is 4800 meters, where you can drink tea and relax before the upcoming climb. The total time of the halt is 10-15 minutes. You can not rest more, because we should be at the top by 12 o’clock. After 12 on the Elbrus, the weather, as a rule, deteriorates, which can lead to dire consequences if we do not have time to go down. The second halt at the start of the Oblique regiment is 5100 meters. Despite a small gap in height – only 300 meters, the ascent from the Pastukhov rocks to the top. The spit has a rather steep angle, therefore it is better to go snake. Such tactics will save the forces that will be needed ahead.
On the slanting shelf you need to be very careful! The width of the braid is only 50 centimeters and it passes under the Eastern summit of Elbrus. Any wrong move, and you risk falling into a place that the locals call a corpse collection. On the Saddle of 5300 m. We will meet the dawn. It will be cold enough in the shade and warmer in the sun. Here we will have a rest – 30 minutes, which will allow us to stock up on energy for a decisive assault. You can change clothes or eat. Some participants in the Saddle become ill, so a break is necessary for them to rest and be able to continue the ascent. On the saddle there is a Rescue Station, which you can view. Also in this paragraph will be decided on further ascent. The weather on Elbrus is always unstable. With a strong wind, climbers can easily blow off the pre-peak ridge.
After a positive decision and checking the status of all participants, the most difficult part of our journey begins, which will require a lot of stamina and willpower from you. It will be hard for everyone, so you have to put all your character into a fist. But your efforts will be rewarded with a sense of satisfaction when you reach the top. There is a railing on the summit ridge, but you should not relax – this is a very dangerous place where you can easily part with life.
The last 100 meters to the top you will walk like in the water. The steps are very hard, you will often stop and take deep breaths, but this will not last long.
And so, you are standing on the top, You are happy and mute, and only a little jealous of those who have the top yet to come!
From the summit there is a wonderful view of the surroundings – Georgia, Balkaria, Cherkessia, the neighboring summit of Elbrus and the highest peaks of the Main Caucasian ridge.
After the photo session – at the top we will spend about 30 minutes, our group will begin to descend down. Most accidents occur on the descent, so we can not relax until the camp. We will make stops depending on the condition of the participants, and in about 4-5 hours we will reach Shelter 11. Here we will congratulate each other on the ascent! Your guide will open the champagne or something stronger, we will note, and then we will go to rest. On this day, you will no longer have the strength to do something else.
Day 9: Reserve Day
We leave this day in case of bad weather or other unforeseen situations. Therefore, if yesterday the ascent failed, we can try today. If everything went well, we return to the village of Terskol, where we are waiting for a gala dinner, a bathhouse and buying souvenirs.
Day 10: Departure home
After a successful ascent we needed to collect equipment and go to the airport at the airport “Mineralnye Vody”.
Tickets for the return journey take after 15.00.
This is included
- all transfers according to the program;
- accommodation in the village Terskol in the hotel;
- accommodation in mountain shelters without amenities;
- meals – hot breakfast and dinner, lunch for lunch;
- group climbing equipment;
- medical support from the guide + first aid kit;
- an ascent preparation program;
- photography on professional equipment;
- kitchen equipment: gas burners, boilers;
- the services of an instructor-guide (an average of 1 to 5 people);
- walkie-talkies and GPS.
- registration in the EMERCOM of Russia.
This is not included
- registration of a Russian visa;
- flight to the airport “Mineralnye Vody” and back;
- improved living conditions;
- rental of personal equipment (backpack, sleeping bag, tent, clothing, boots, glasses, etc.);
- hire of personal special equipment (cats, ice ax, system, carbines, etc.);
- mountaineering insurance;
- souvenirs and other expenses not specified in the program;
- participation in seminars and field gathering before climbing.
All expenses not included in the program, including emergency situations, are paid by group members on their own.
Good to know
Weather conditions are one of the most important factors of a successful ascent. The weather in the mountains is changing very rapidly. To summarize, it is usually good in the morning, and in the evening it spoils – this is another reason for the early ascent. It is very cold at night and at night, temperatures of -10 and even -15 in the middle of summer are not uncommon. Therefore, be sure to take warm and good clothes! During the daytime the sun is often, at such heights it is especially dangerous. The sun’s rays are reflected from the snow and you burn instantly. Do not forget to take a sunscreen with a protection factor of at least 50.
Citizens of Ukraine and Belarus to visit Russia need only an internal passport. Citizens of the EU, US and other countries need a Russian visa. All participants must have a climbing insurance.
Why do you need to climb Elbrus
- the opportunity to visit the highest point of Russia and Europe;
- comfortable accommodation in hotels and shelters before climbing;
- the possibility of obtaining the first experience of climbing a real big mountain, under the guidance of experienced guides;
- obtaining the first climbing skills that will be useful in the future;
- a unique opportunity from a great height to see in the sky the shadow of the massif of Elbrus;
- acquaintance with real Caucasian cuisine.
Payment takes place on the first day of the trip in rubles or in dollars / euros at the office. the rate of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. To reserve a place in a group, you need to make a prepayment of 500 euros to the current account of the Bureau, no later than 30 days before the start of the ascent. The remaining amount is paid for 3 days before the start of the program to the account of the Bureau.
Our Office has a system of discounts for earlier booking: 6 months before the start of the tour – 10%, 3 months – 5%.
Depending on the weather conditions, the condition of the participants and the general wishes of the group, the Guide has the right to make changes to the route. Guide’s decisions are binding and not negotiable.