Hike Europe's Highest Mountain

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One of the world's seven summits - Mt Elbrus sits in the great geographical and cultural divide between Asia and Europe. 

This heavily glaciated mountain is the highest in Europe and the tenth most prominent peak in the world. An inactive volcano which will push your mountaineering skills to the next level.

A must for any mountain enthusiasts!

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5 things to know when climbing Mt Elbrus

  1. Mt Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe. This mountain is famously known as one of the seven summits. It shares this title with little known names such as Everest and Kilimanjaro.
  2. "Mingi-Tau" is the name given Elbrus by the Balkars, the Turkic people of the Caucasus region. This translates to "resembling a thousand mountains," as a homage to the mountain’s size.
  3. Allow 20 working days (4 weeks) to get your visa. You will be provided with your official invitation letter which is needed to obtain a visa.
  4. The summit of Elbrus can see temperatures of -30 ℃ in the winter and -18℃ in the summer. It is essential that you ensure you have the right kit
  5. Ensure you allow 2 summit days. Mountainous weather can be unpredictable and the extra day will allow you a 2nd chance at the summit
Day 1: Arrive in Mineralnye Vody Airport 

Arrival day. Group transfer at 13:00 (1 PM) from Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) to Terskol village. Accommodation at the RMH lodge. Welcome briefing and orientation. Signing Waivers and required documentation. Gear check

Day 2: Cheget Peak (3000m)

Acclimatisation hike to Cheget peak (3000m) will take us about 5 hours. It is so nice to relax at the "Ai" cafe (2750m.) where you can appreciate a panoramic view of the Baksan valley and the twin summits of Mt.Elbrus. Ascent of Mt.Cheget and then return to the lodge.

Day 3: Acclimatisation Hike to Priutt Refuge (4100m) 

After breakfast you vacate your rooms. Check-out. Transfer to the cable-car station Azau. You take two trams and a chairlift up to the Garabashi lift station (3750m). Check into the Mountain hut (3750m). An acclimatisation hike to 4100m. (where Priutt 11 Refuge was situated).

Day 4: Acclimatisation Hike to Pastukhov Rocks (4700m)

After breakfast you’ll do an hike to 4700m to the top of the Pastukhov Rocks. From everywhere on the slopes of Elbrus a panorama of the Central Caucasus spreads out.

Day 5: Skills refresher day

Rest day. Snow & Ice training with basic level self-arrest course. This is to prepare for your big summit day. Guides meeting with a group.

Day 6: Summit day

Today is the big day! An early start of 2am – 3am will follow an 8 hour ascent of Mt Elbrus. It is time to put all your skills into practice as you scale Europe’s highest peak. Don’t worry if the weather does not allow us to attempt the summit today. You will have a spare day tomorrow to give you another opportunity. The day will end with a 4 – 6 hour hike back to the lodge, or another evening in the mountain hut if you didn’t have our summit chance today.

Day 7: Spare Day

Reserve day: This is an extra day to allow us to attempt the summit, if the weather did not allow the previous day. Back to the lodge for refreshments and certificate presentation.

Day 8: Departure Day

Departure day. Morning transfer at 10:00 (10 AM) from Terskol village to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV).


1. Requirements

Fitness: Hard. You'll need to be fit enough to hike for a 10 hour day. To train we recommend running or playing sport, 2-3 times a week. It's also great to do a few practice hikes with a 5kg rucksack before you head out.

Skill Level: Intermediate. Ice axe and crampon use is essential. Basic rope skills will be required

2. Logistics

 included are all airport transfers, accommodation, food and other logistics. All you need to do is provide your flight details.

3. Equipment

You will need clothing suitable to -18C and appropriate mountaineering equipment (Crampons, Ice Axe, B3 mountaineering boots etc). You can rent these in Russia if needed. A full kit list is provided within the course PDF.

Availability & Prices

1 May 1pm
Wed 8 May 2pm
Based on 1,527 EUR
3 May 1pm
Fri 10 May 2pm
Based on 1,527 EUR
13 Jun 1pm
Thu 20 Jun 2pm
Based on 1,527 EUR
12 Jul 1pm
Fri 19 Jul 2pm
Based on 1,527 EUR
23 Aug 1pm
Fri 30 Aug 2pm
Based on 1,527 EUR

1. What is included?


  • Guides
  • Official invitation letter for Russian Visa
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Climbing permit/ National Park fees/ Registration fees
  • Russian Banya (Sauna) access
  • Unlimited free bottled water

The course excludes:

  • International flights
  • Technical equipment (Can be rented)
  • Any visa fees
  • Personal travel and rescue insurance
  • Snowcat on summit day

2. What are the visa requirements?

To enter Russia you’ll need to get a visa before you travel. Make sure you allow enough time to get your visa. The Russian Embassy advised in March 2018 that it takes around 20 business days (4 weeks) to process most visa applications. For further information, see the Russian embassy website and the website of VFS Global who manage Russian visa applications.

3. Do I need immunisations?

We can't advise you on this, but we recommend you check at http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home.aspx  .

4. Am I fit enough?

Mt Elbrus requires you to trek at altitude for sometimes up to 14 hours per day, with a small 10kg rucksack on. We recommend you train with long hikes and/or a sport of your choice (e.g. running).

5. How old do I need to be?

The minimum age for this trek is 18.

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