Climbing Mount Elbrus
Why take this trip?
- We provide personalized and dedicated support pre-trip to make sure your every question is answered and you're fully prepared to climb one of the Seven Summits!
- Your guide will be among the most qualified in the world today, ready to deal with every eventuality and with patience to teach you along the way
- We have built in sufficient days for acclimatization and bad weather; we give flexibility if you want to extend your trip and make different travel arrangements
- The majority of our Elbrus teams have enjoyed 100% success on the mountain; we've never had more than one team member not summit on any expedition
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1: Hello Mother Russia! - (B)
Arrive to Mineral Vody (MRV). You will be met with your driver at the airport. Travel by bus to Terskol in the Baksan Valley at 2,000m. Overnight stay in town.
Day 2: Acclimatize on Cheget Peak (3,600m) - (B/L/D)
In the morning we go on an acclimatisation hike into the Terskol valley. It is an ease day and we are back to hotel early enough to have a gear check and make sure everyone is set. Overnight stay back at the hotel.
Day 3: Acclimatize on Terskol Peak - (B/L/D)
After a good breakfast, we go by bus to Azau staion (2356m) of Elbrus car-cableway and in about 40 min, reach the white open spaces of Elbrus snow fields. We pass several refuges standing at different altitudes and after about 1.5 hours of hiking, we reach the famous refuge of 11 at 4100m (burnt down in 1998). Here we spend a couple of hours on snow training and go back down to hotel.
Day 4: Reaching the Barrel Huts (3,900m) - (B/L/D)
We go again by bus to Azau staion (2356m) and by Elbrus car-cableways to our Refuge. Here we leave our things and go up towards Pastukhov Rocks (4750m). Tonight we stay on the slopes of Elbrus for the first time!
Day 5: Going For The Obelisk (4,150m) - (B/L/D)
This is the final acclimatisation day before the summit push. Ascent to the Obelisk and come back for an overnight back at the barrels.
Day 6: Rest Day (3,900) - (B/L/D)
Today will be a rest day in preparation for the summit push!
Day 7: Summit Day (5,642m – 4,200m) - (B/L/D)
Summit day! Leave base camp at about 3:00 a.m. for the climb of Elbrus’ west summit, 5,642m! When ascending we can take a lift with a Snow Cat to the top of Pastukhov Rocks (4750m). From the saddle (5300m) between the two summits a snow slope of 30-35degree (about 150m) leads to the summit plateau, from where the stunningly contrasting views to south and north open up. After reaching the summit and taking some awesome pictures, we will head back to the refuge for lunch and a short rest and head back down to the valley with an overnight stay at the hotel where you will get to enjoy a hot shower and warm bed for the night.
Day 8: Reserve Day - (B/L/D)
Reserve day and descent to the hotel in the valley/Full day in hotel if the successful ascent done on Day 7. Party in the evening.
Day 9: Homebound (B)
Drive to MRV for flight out.
- This price is based on a minimum of 6 people
- Professional and certified Russian guides (Ratio 1:4)
- All expedition organizational requirements
- All meals as mentioned above (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Group climbing and first aid equipment
- All car transfers
- Ski lift and mountain climbing permits and fees
- Snow Cat vehicle fees for the summit attempt (not for descent)
- All international and domestic flights to Mineral Vody
- Travel and medical insurance (we can recommend a provider)
- Personal climbing equipment as per the gear list
- Excess baggage charges
- Russian entry visa cost
- Spending of personal nature like telephone calls, drinks, gifts and laundry
- Additional costs associated with an early descent off the mountain
- Tips and gratuity to expedition staff