Aventuras Patagonicas on Mt Elbrus

Aventuras Patagonicas on Mt Elbrus

International Expeditions and Climbing Guide Service


Mt Elbrus

One of the seven summits having the distinction of being the highest point of the European Continent located in the heart of the Caucasus, Mount Elbrus, at 18,510’, is not only a great climb, but also a cultural experience.

We meet in the fascinating city of Moscow, to begin this expedition. There we will visit the Kremlin, Red Square, and more, as we stroll along the banks of the Moscow River. Then we head to the Caucasus Mountains. Enroute, we will have the chance to appreciate the local culture and countryside.

We have designed this program with several days built in for acclimatization. We believe it is the best way to accomplish, in good style, Elbrus’s long & strenuous summit day. Once we are well acclimatized, after several days, we move to our high camp. An alpine start for the summit, fun, classic snow climbing will take us to Elbrus’s western summit, which is the highest of the two peaks. From the summit plateau of this double-coned volcano, the views are truly amazing.

Elbrus, although a non-technical climb, is a serious high altitude climb. You need to be comfortable climbing 4-8 hours per day. Summit day is a long strenuous day, where we climb approximately 5,000’, which involves about 8 hours for the ascent, and 4-6 hours for the descent. You should ideally be familiar with the use of crampons and ice axe, and have glacier travel experience. High winds and cold temperatures at high altitude are to be expected, as on any big mountain.

After the climb, we return to Moscow, our departure point for the trip home.


  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 01 - 02

    Arrive to Moscow. We begin our journey with a tour of Moscow. Amazing city with so much history, we will visit the Kremlin, Red Square, and more, as we stroll along the banks of the Moscow River

  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 03

    Flight to Mineral Vody. After breakfast we fly south to Mineral Vody (mineral water), and travel by bus to our hotel in the Baksan Valley. The Baksan is known for its Russian climbing camps. Mountaineers from all over the New Commonwealth of Independent States come here to train in hopes of becoming a guide. It is also a great location for them to develop the technical skills necessary to climb great peaks around the world

  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 04

    The acclimatization process begins by hiking in the beautiful Baksan Valley. The trails wind delicately throughout the foothills and offer exquisite views of Mt. Elbrus’ twin peaks. We take the ski tram to 11,000’, and lodge at a very nice hotel

  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 05

    Acclimatization hike to local observatory. This is a long day of walking with slight altitude increases. By the end of this day, most climbers are feeling strong and accustomed to the altitude

  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 06

    Move gear to “barrels” where we lodge at about 11,000’. We use the tram and ski lift to help move our gear. Here we put on crampons and hike up to the old Pruitt Hut. Sleep in Barrels. (Lodging conditions such as the “barrels” and Pruitt Hut change from year to year depending on maintenance. Our schedule may be adjusted to utilize the best available shelters, we actually often get a Private Barrel, located at about 100 feet higher than regular Barrels)

  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 07

    Hike to Pastukov Rocks (15,416 feet) Acclimatization hike on snow and back to the Barrels to sleep.

  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 08

    Move to hut, spend afternoon readying ourselves for the summit attempt. Lodge in Hut

  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 09 - 10 - 11

    Summit day. Weather permitting. We allow a window for our Summit Day in case of poor weather. Depart camp via Snow-Cat at 3:00am and ride to Pastukov Rocks area. From the rocks we begin our summit ascent. It is a long summit day. Expect a 10-12 hour round trip climb. From the summit, we have excellent views of the Caucuses, including Ushba, the Matterhorn of the region. Descend to lodging

  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 12

    Hiking, celebration

  • Mt Elbrus
    Day 13

    Return flight from Mineral Vody to Moscow. Dinner, spend the night in Moscow

  • Mt Elbrus

    Depart Moscow. Fly back home or continue traveling

Note: This itinerary is intended to be a guideline only. Weather days, rest days and some flexibility on the itinerary are always a possibility while on a climbing expedition.

Cost Includes

  • Professional Mountain Guides
  • All Hotels (Except Moscow)
  • 3-4 nights hotel accommodation in Terskol
  • climbing Huts
  • trams
  • Private ground transportation and Airport pick-up
  • All expedition food (breakfast and dinner while climbing)
  • All community gear
  • Cooking gear
  • Medical kits
  • Satellite phones
  • Radios
  • Pulse-oximeters
  • Park Permit Fee



You are responsible for

  • Airfare to, from, and within Russia
  • Hotels and meals in Moscow or any restaurant
  • Visa fees
  • Personal climbing equipment
  • Airport Drop off
  • Any items of a personal nature (laundry, snacks, drinks, tips, etc.)
  • Expenses incurred in the case of a rescue or early departure from the expedition
  • SAT phone charges.



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