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 and the Caucasus! - (
Once you arrive to Mineralnye Vody airport (MRV), you will be met with your driver. We travel by bus to Terskol in the Baksan Valley at c.2,000m. Overnight stay in town.
Day 2: Acclimatize on Cheget Peak (3,600m) - (B/L/D)
After breakfast and a brief team meeting with our local guides, we perform a final gear check and organize rentals for those who need it. Today’s plan is an acclimatization hike up Cheget Peak to c.3,600m. Overnight stay in town
Day 3: Going for The Obelisk (4,100m) - (B/L/D)
Today we take a series of cable cars up on Mount Elbrus itself then once we’re there we take a short snowy hike up near the Barrel Huts to gain a bit more elevation. Overnight stay back at the hotel in town
Day 4: Climbing Higher (4,400m) - (B/L/D)
We take the cable cars back up again, settle our things at the hut then climb a little higher than the day before, gaining more altitude in preparation for the final acclimatization push. Overnight on the mountain
Day 5: Touching The Rocks (4,750m) - (B/L/D)
This is the final acclimatization day before the final push for the summit. Ascent to the infamous rocks will take between 3 to 5 hours and descent 1 to 2 hours. Today we will also discuss the summit plan and tactics. Overnight on the mountain
Day 6: Rest Day - (B/L/D)
We take a rest day before the final summit push and also go over some necessary mountains and safety skills for the summit climb ahead. Rest is also great for more acclimatization.
Day 7: Summit Day (5,642m – 4,200m) - (B/L/D)
We leave base camp using the rat-rack at around 3 am for the climb of Elbrus’ west summit, 5642m, then descend back to the huts. Some teams choose to go back down to town on the same day and this depends on how quickly we can get back down.
Day 8: Reserve Day - (B/L/D)
Buffer summit day in case of bad weather (or a possible ascent of the East summit 5,621m).
Day 9: Getting off the mountain (B/L/D)
Descend to Terskol valley and return to your hotel for a well-deserved shower and rest. Celebration time!
Day 10: Back Home (B)
Drive to MRV for flight home.
- 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