Mount Elbrus

Ski Mt Elbrus – April 27th – May 6th 2014


Standing at 18,513 feet, Mount Elbrus is the highest peak on the European continent and one of the “Seven Summits”. Located in the heart of the Caucasus mountains, this extinct volcano offers moderate climbing with spectacular views of one of the most rugged mountain ranges in the world.

Day 1: Arrive in Moscow
Day 2: Fly to Mineralnye Vody followed by a 4 hour private bus ride to Terskol village.  Where we will stay for two nights,
Day 3: Acclimatization hike to Cheghet Massif assisted by a chair lift up to 3000 meters.  Visit local Bazar.
Day 4: Check out of Hotel, 15 min bus to Elbrus cableway and up to Gara Bashi station 3700 m.  Short acclimatization hike to Priut Odinnadtsatti 4050 m and then return to Bachki high mountain hotel “Barrels” to spend the night.
Day 5: Acclimatization hike to Pastukhov’s Rocks 4800 m. Return to Barrels for the night.
Day 6: Summit day! return to Barrels for the night.
Day 7: descend to Baksan Valley and spend the night in Hotel. Reserve day in case of bad weather.
Day 8: Reserve Day in case of bad weather
Day 9: Transfer to Airport and fly to Moscow
Day 10:Fly home
We put 2 days at the end in case of bad weather or someone is not acclimatized enough to make a summit attempt on the 6th day.
If everyone is fit and healthy and weather cooperates we can shorten the program.  So you may want to purchase a plane ticket that can be changed…Or you can just plan on spending the extra days enjoying Russia!
Some comments about the program:
1. Accommodation are only at the hotels and mountain huts. No camping equipment needed.
2. Program will include full board. Meals at the restaurants in the valley and private cook in the mountains
3.  There will be one English speaking Russian guide with us on the mountain.
4. On a summit day, depending on group size, I will add  an additional Russian guide. Our normal guide to client ratio is 1:3, so even with just 4 there will be two guides on summit day.  This gives us options if say someone gets sick



Deposit of 50% by March 15th and payment in full 30 days before the start of the trip.


  • 1st and last night hotel in Moscow
  • All hotels and lodging in Baksan
  • All huts
  • All dinners and breakfast during the climb
  • Trams, lifts and snow cat transport
  • Private transportation and airport pick up
  • Guide fees
  • Liability insurance
  • Permits and fees
  • Group gear (including sat phone)

Does not include:

  • Airfare to and from Russia
  • Visa fees
  • Alcoholic or bottled beverages
  • extra nights in hotels
  • single room supplements
  • expenses incurred in rescue or early departure
  • Sat phone charges