Climb Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus is one of the Seven Summits and the highest mountain on the European continental plate and one of the most famous climbs in Russia. When you climb Mt Elbrus you can do so by two different routes and we offer climbs on both as well as a traverse of the mountain from North to South.

All of the expeditions include several days acclimatisation hikes in the region, mountain training plus a suitable climbing period to get to the summit. The trip totals eleven days for the South route and twelve days for the North and both routes requires you to fly into and out of Mineralynye Vody in southern Russia.

Since we are an international mountain company you will find proper itineraries, with good acclimatisation and excellent full time guides and staff - we run our own company in Russia and don't outsource our clients. Only too often you find short itineraries and overworked / underpaid staff on Mt Elbrus. This is one of the reasons why we don't run hundreds of trips on the peak. We also have an office in Moscow and our manager there, Andrey, can organise any tours, hotels, show tickets etc for you. He can also do the same for St Petersberg.

Mt Elbrus has two routes being the North and South. In summary the South Route has good infrastructure in terms of accommodation and access. It is the more popular of the routes and reflects the majority of our expeditions. The North route is deemed a purer mountaineering experience due to climbers having to be a lot more self-sufficient. Additionally there is not as strong an infrastructure in terms of chair-lifts and snow machines which can be found on the South side. This and the fact that the summit day is longer than on the south side means that only people with good climbing experience and good fitness should attempt this route. In addition we run a North – South Traverse which is a big mountain trip involving commitment and self-sufficiency. 

If you would like to chat about route choice, the best times to climb Mt Elbrus, kits options for the climb or have any other questions please feel free to call us or drop us an email. We can send you an info email and also check out our Blog which has covered many climb Mt Elbrus topics and on each route page below you will find a 'More Information' button on the lower right hand side of the page with lots of interesting and handy details.