Elbrus, the top of Europe
of difficulty: IFAS PD-
RUS 2A; 35-40°; 1540m)
July to September
cost: $1490 per
a group of 6 .
The price includes: hotel accommodation
in the valley, based on two persons in room, 4 persons in
the "Barrels"; dinners and breakfasts in the Valley and all
meals in the Barrels; professional English speaking guides
on the ascent; OVIR registration in the valley; airport transfers
and all transportation in the valley; all the cable way lifts
according to the itinerary; local mountain rescue team support
during the ascent; mt.Elbrus national park fee; Russian visa
Accommodation in Moscow/St.Petersburg; flight
Moscow/St.Petersburg - Mineralnyie Vody; single supplement;
mountaineering gear for ascent are not included.
time immemorial the majestic Elbrus attracts many people.
Locals named it Mangitau - the mount of thousand mount heights.
As an extinct volcano, it is built up from granits, gneisses
and volcano rocks - tuffs and diabases. Western Summit is
5642 m height and Eastern Summit is 5626 m. Mainly the slopes
of Elbrus under 4000 m are gentle and become steep higher,
up to 35 degrees in average. It provides a great opportunity
for climbing in Russia.
temperature change during a day is pretty high in valleys
- 19-20 C. The humidity is about 67-70%. Usually weather
below 3000 m is calm and it is very windy up the hills (sometime
the wind reaches 15 m/s at the "Prijut Of 11").
the first time Mt. Elbrus was conquered by a Caucasian in
1829. The first Europeans reached the summit were English
- Duglas Freshfield and his friends. It has happened in
1868. Since that time it became a very popular destination
for mountaineering as well as hiking in Russia.
is the special itinerary that allows to ascent mt. Elbrus
with the best possible acclimatization. The base for the
ascent is the Barrals mountain hotel.
days, 9 nights
1. Arrival to Mineralnyie Vody airport. Coach
transfer to Baksan Valley ( 2 hours). Check in hotel
"Povorot". The hotel is located at the elevation of 2000
m close to the Cheget meadow. Welcome dinner with the
2. Easy walk up to the top of mt.Cheget (3800
m). Return to hotel.
3. Minibus lift up to Azau Glacier. Cable
lift up to the "Mir" station and walk to the "Barrels" huts
at 3800 m. Acclimatization exercises on the snow. Return back
4. Again minibus lift to the bottom of the
"Mir" and then lift by a funiculor up to the top of the "Mir"
station ( 3700 m). Hike up to Priut Of 11th mountain shelter
place (4200 m) - 2.5 hours. Overnight in the "Barrels" hut at
5. Climb to the Pastukhov's Rocks ( 4.800
m). Return to the "Barrels". Overnight.
6. Climb mt.Elbrus ( 5.642 m). Return to
the "Barrels". Overnight.
There is a special snowcat track, which can bring ascenders
to Pastukhov Rocks. That allows to save time for the climb,
but can be dangerous for acclimatization process.
7. Reserve day for the second attempt.
down to the "Mir" station. Return to hotel.
9. Free time. Farewell dinner.
transfer to Mineralnyie Vody. Departure.
Saint Petersburg, Fontanka embankment, 59