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Climbing Elbrus from the north. Russia

Climbing Elbrus from the North

Elbrus is the dream of many mountain climbers, the dominant peak in the North Caucasus, the height of the highest point of the mountain is 5642m. The volcano has two peaks - East and West.

After climbing Mount Elbrus, many participants choose a tour - climbing Mount Kazbek, and you can also go to Mount Elbrus in winter

Tour type:
Expeditions and ascents
From North
Number of participants:
From 4 to 12 people
Maximum height:
5642 м
June - August
Start of the program:
Finish program:
10 days
600 USD
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Day 1
Check-in at the Sportivnaya Hotel in the city of Kislovodsk. Accommodation in 2-3-bed rooms. Acquaintance with the instructor, receiving group equipment and all sorts of delicacies. Evening walk in Kislovodsk.

Day 2
Transfer to the North Elbrus region, Gily-Su valley. Go to the clearing of Emmanuel. Setting up a base camp at an altitude of 2500 m. Visiting the stone of Emmanuel. Walk to the "Silver Source". Water treatments. We enjoy the mineral waters and the beauty of the surrounding mountains. We cook dinner on our own in a tourist primus. Briefing on the rules of conduct in the mountains. Lunch (snack).

Day 3
Breakfast. We begin acclimatization. Exit to the city of Surkh (3100 m.). Visit the canyon of the Malka River. Acquaintance with the nature of the Northern Elbrus region: the Sultan waterfall and the famous Kalinov bridge on which the warriors defended the Russian land from the Serpent Gorynych. Lunch is a snack. Dinner at the base camp in the clearing of Emmanuel.

Day 4
Acclimatization day. Breakfast. Throwing equipment into the assault camp to an altitude of 3700 m. Lunch (snack). Inspection of exotic landscapes of volcanic origin. Glade with stone "mushrooms" and sculptures created by nature as a result of geological processes. Descent to the base camp. Dinner.

Day 5
We leave the base camp and climb to the starting point to the top - base camp No. 2 at around 3,700 meters above sea level. Lunch (snack). We set up the tents of the base camp. We carry out the adjustment of equipment. Ice classes. Cats, ice axes, ice drills. Ligaments. Technique of movement on ice and snow. Practicing self-restraint techniques, etc. Dinner is prepared on duty by gas dummies.

Day 6
Breakfast .. Acclimatization exit to the rocks of Lenz (4800 m). Exit to the closed glacier. Work in bundles. We practice self-retention techniques on open ice. The duration of the rise is 4-5 hours. Lunch (snack). Descent to the assault camp. Recreation. Dinner.

Day 7
Early rise. We leave dark at 3 o’clock in the morning. We make an attempt to climb the Eastern Peak (5621 m). The path to the top of Elbrus under favorable conditions takes 8-10 hours. Lunch (snack). The deadline for reaching the summit is 14 hours, after which the whole group is obliged to start the descent. For any result, we return in a good mood. Recreation. Dinner. Celebrating the victory, or maybe making plans for the future ...

Day 8
A spare day in case of unforeseen circumstances, bad weather, etc.
Day 9
Breakfast. We get down to the clearing of Emmanuel. Lunch (snack). Dinner. Overnight at the base camp.

Day 10
Departure. The bathhouse. Kislovodsk.

Kislovodsk - valley of Dzhily-Su - glade of Emmanuel - Surkh (3100 m.) - throwing equipment into the assault camp to an altitude of 3700 m - base camp at around 3700 m - Acclimatization exit to the Lenza rocks (4800 m) - climbing Elbrus, Eastern Peak (5621 m) - Glade of Emmanuel - Kislovodsk

The cost of a package of services - from 600 US dollars *

* Payment is made in Russian rubles !!!
• hotel accommodation, rooms with private facilities or an additional acclimatization day in Elbrus
• 3 meals a day
• rental of group equipment
• instructor's work
• transfers according to the tour program
• tickets to specially protected natural areas
• bathhouse
• insurance

What is included in group public equipment
Tents, main ropes, communications, gas cylinders or gasoline, burners, first-aid kit, cooking utensils, etc.

Not included:
• additional excursions,
• transfers outside the program


Brief information on the area
Elbrus is a stratovolcano in the Caucasus (5642 meters above sea level) - the highest mountain peak in Russia and Europe (when drawing the border of Europe and Asia along the Main Caucasus Range or to the south), which is included in the list of the highest peaks of the planet "Seven Peaks". Glaciers flowing from its slopes feed the largest rivers of the Caucasus and Stavropol Territory: the Kuban, Malku and Baksan. Due to the well-developed transport and related infrastructure, Elbrus and the surrounding areas are very popular in recreational, sports, tourist and mountaineering. On the saddle of Elbrus (5416 m), dividing its Eastern (5621 m) and Western (5642 m) peaks, the highest mountain shelter in Europe is located.

Elbrus region is a world-famous tourist and mountaineering region, and the Cheget and Elbrus ski slopes, snow-covered even in summer, will compete with any ski resort.
Requirements for Participants

  • The route is designed for the good physical shape of the participants
  • Group size from 4 to 12 people
  • Children are not allowed on the route

Additional information

  • The receiving party has the right to change the route according to weather conditions and the condition of the group
  • Tourists prepare meals on the route themselves on gas burners - stoves under the guidance of an instructor
  • The price does not include: additional excursions, transfers outside the program, environmental fees, etc.
  • It is possible to provide additional services by prior arrangement: transfer: airport (railway station) - hotel; rental of personal equipment; hotel reservation; recreation organization on the Black Sea
  • How to get to the beginning of the route?
  • You can get to Elbrus region: by train or plane, to the city of Nalchik or the town of Mineralnye Vody, then by bus or minibus in the direction of: Tyrnyauz, pos. Elbrus, Hotel "House for Friends". It is most convenient to order a transfer.

We recommend taking with you:
It is necessary to prepare especially carefully for ascent to Elbrus. You should not relate to the selection of equipment through the sleeves, even if you plan to climb the simplest route - from the south. Below is a basic list of equipment for climbing Mount Elbrus in the summer:

  • a backpack of 80-120 liters for carrying personal equipment on the approaches to the base camp. If you take a smaller backpack, you will have to carry some of the equipment in your hands, which is not permissible for safety reasons;
  • for your comfort, an additional 30-40 liter assault backpack is recommended for climbing to the top;
  • sleeping bag (comfort - 15C) - the temperature in the base camp can drop at night to -15C;
  • the main warm puff with a hood and an additional thin one for the base camp and climbing;
  • thermal underwear designed for low temperatures and average activity (for the base camp and climbing), some tourists climb to the top in two sets of thermal underwear;
  • waterproof windproof jacket and trousers. Attention! When buying a windproof kit, check with the seller - does the material withstand negative temperatures;
  • a protective mask from wind and frost (balaclava, warm buff) - there is rarely calm on climbing, the mask will save your face from weathering and burns;
  • tracksuit - running gear on the approaches and during climbing;
  • winter mountain boots for climbing (summer boots with warm boot covers and an extra warm toe). Boots should be adapted for mounting climbing cats. Shoes are bought 1-1.5 sizes larger than you wear in the city;
  • sneakers or trekking boots for the base camp and approaches;
  • light flip flops for base camp (must be worn on warm socks);
  • warm mittens (-25С), warm gloves - fleece;
  • climbing mittens for climbing;
  • warm and ski hat for camp and climbing;
  • cap or panama from the sun on the approaches and on the ascent in the afternoon;
  • climbing cats, the design of cats must match the type of mountain boot;
  • ice ax;
  • climbing helmet;
  • climbing safety system (top and bottom);
  • carbines with couplings - 3 pieces;
  • trekking sticks on the approaches;
  • polyurethane foam or an inflatable rug, choosing a rug remember - overnight stays on the glacier are possible;
  • "Seat";
  • rain cover on itself;
  • rain cover on a backpack;
  • warm shoe covers on your feet - attention! Shoe covers are special “socks” that are worn on the legs and create additional comfort (warmth) for the leg when climbing;
  • lanterns on the legs - protective leggings made of cloth, worn on the lower leg of the leg on the approaches;
  • sunglasses with non-breakable glasses to protect the eyes from wind, snow, solar radiation. Often, two pairs of glasses or two ski masks with white (for the night) and black (for the day) glasses are taken for climbing;
  • UV tanning cream at least 30, and preferably a full block;
  • fat hygienic lipstick with a UV factor of at least 30;
  • headlamp (spare batteries - 2 sets);
  • mug, spoon, bowl, knife (KLMN) - the optimal use of thermo dishes, since in high altitude conditions (low temperatures) the products quickly cool;
  • thermos for climbing, with a volume of at least 1 liter;
  • a flask for water, with a volume of at least 1 liter - when climbing, an increased amount of moisture is required;
  • an individual first-aid kit where you put in addition to the medicines that you usually use and an additional 2 sterile bandages, 1 sterile cotton, 1 plate of citramone, a tape of a band-aid - an ordinary, non-bactericidal, 1 plate of mezim;
  • personal hygiene products: toilet paper, wet wipes (if necessary), personal hygiene products for women (mandatory for women!), a toothbrush and toothpaste, a hairbrush.
  • 120 liter garbage bags - 4 pieces for sealing things on approaches and storing the throw.
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