Mount Elbrus

Climb Mount Elbrus in 2021!

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Climb Mt Elbrus

Climb Mt Elbrus with EDGE Travel Worldwide. To Climb Mount Elbrus, you will need a high level of fitness, setting goals to test, achieve and a strong desire to continuously develop yourself and your kit in tough environments with a brilliant sense of satisfaction. 

Experience driven and doesn’t mind experiencing fatigue and identifying new personal strengths. 8-9hrs of walking each day.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION   

Departure is usually London Heathrow, this may vary and the specific location will be provided upon booking.

All international and connecting return flights are not included in the EDGE Travel Worldwide trip price per person. If you would like EDGE Travel Worldwide to book your flights, please note there will be a £100 administration fee applied.

Day 1 ARRIVAL TO NORTH CAUCASUS

After flying into the Caucasus Mineral Waters airport (MRV), settle in for the scenic, 3-hour drive to Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain in Europe. Your guide will brief you on the history of the Balkar people along the way, among whom you will be spending the next week. Upon completion of the breath taking drive to the foot of Mount Elbrus at 7,500 ft (2,300 m) you will check into your hotel and enjoy some free time to explore the area and take in the views around you. You will meet with your guide tonight and go over the plan for the next 6 days, and a successful Elbrus ascent!

DAY 2 ACCLIMATISATION HIKE

Your acclimatization to the Caucasus Mountain heights starts today! Most of today is focused on preparing for your Elbrus ascent. Cheget is a neighboring mountain to Elbrus with a beautiful view if the weather allows. You will spend several hours hiking up Cheget to reach an elevation of 10,000 ft (3,000m,) getting your body used to the elevation and conditions. After a tasty lunch on the mountain, all gear will be doublechecked (and rented as necessary,) for your upcoming ascent. Be sure to try some of the tasty local cuisine at dinner tonight!

DAY 3 ACCLIMATISATION HIKE

Today you will do another hike up a nearby mountain and do some group training in preparation for the icy conditions of Elbrus. You will be awed by the jagged mountains around you. Do not be surprised if you start planning for a return trip right now! Rest up tonight, as tomorrow you are moving up to base camp!

 DAY 4 BASE CAMP

Today you get to meet Mount Elbrus up close and personal. You will take the famous cable car system up three levels to the climbers’ base camp at 12,500 ft (3,800 m). This will be your home over the next 4 days for your Elbrus ascent. As riveting as you will find Elbrus itself, perhaps the surrounding Caucasus range, stretching into Georgia and beyond is even more so. Once you have are settled into you lodging, (one of the famous “barrel huts”,) you will go on another brief acclimatisation climb combined with some self-arrest training. Your body will continue to adjust today, as the elevation has doubled, not to mention the significantly colder weather (there is snow here at base camp year-round.) Your mountain guide will on a daily basis be walking you through practical precautions for summiting Elbrus safely and successfully. Your private cook on Elbrus will make sure you are getting the nourishment your body needs.

DAY 5 ACCLIMATISATION/TRAINING

During your second day on the mountain you will get a good feel for the ascent day route, as you do an acclimatisation climb up to the Pastukhov Rocks, around 15,400 ft (4,700 m). Spend some time getting used to your gear with some ice axe training. If you have a chance today, make sure to check out Elbrus’s infamous “World’s worst outhouse”; now you can mark that off your bucket list!

DAY 6 REST DAY

Wake up with excitement today, as it is your final day before your Elbrus ascent. Today is a day to rest up before the big summit attempt tomorrow and to allow your body one more day to adjust to the altitude. Get to know some of the other climbers on the mountain, play some board games or just get extra sleep. If there are more than 3 people in your group, you will meet your second summit guide today, who will team with you and your guide on your ascent tomorrow. Turn in to bed early after dinner, as an early wake-up call awaits!

DAY 7 SUMMIT DAY

It’s Summit Day! You have got an 8 to 12 hour ascent ahead of you, so you will start your climb in the dark between 2:00 and 3:00 am. Team is a beautiful thing as you work together with your group up the mountain. The early morning hours of your climb is quite surreal with a long line of climbers ascending Elbrus, lit up by a highway of head torches. Your climb will not be easy by any stretch of the imagination, with altitude sickness, extreme cold temperatures, and unpredictable weather as real possibilities, but it will all be worth it when you reach the top. Take in the view from the roof of Europe at 18,510 ft (5,642 m). Once you have a quick celebration of your success, prepare for your 3 to 4-hour descent back to base camp. Dinner never tasted better than it will tonight.

DAY 8 RESERVE/ REST DAY

Rest day! You have earned it. Gather your things and jump on the cable car to head back down to Cheget this morning. Today you will want to peruse the charming local souvenir markets, full of tempting local goods, including Caucasus Papakha hats, beautiful hand-knit slippers, shawls, and tasty local jams. Or, if you are up for it, go on a local horseback excursion, see a beautiful waterfall, or try out a 4-wheeler on the local trails. In case there was inclement weather on Day 6 (yesterday’s planned ascent), today will be your summit day up Elbrus.

DAY 9 DEPARTURE HOME

Pack your bags and say goodbye for now to the North Caucasus. Fly out of the local Mineral Waters airport (MRV), through Moscow and back to wherever you call home.

EDGE clients are required to bring or rent the following gear:

Climbing Gear:

Climbing Backpack (25-30 liters) 

Head lamp (with extra batteries)

Climbing harness

Nylon slings/runners

3 locking carabiners 

Ice axe 

Crampons 

Mountaineering boots

Trekking poles 

Sleeping bag (-10 deg C) 

Insulated water bottle

Head Ware:

Balaclava/buff

Beanie

Sunglasses (100% UV protection) 

Ski Goggles (100% UV protection)

Upper Body:

Hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or equivalent)

Expedition Parka (heavy insulated “puffy”) 

Light/Mid-weight insulated “puffy” jacket

Fleece hoodie/pullover

Synthetic base layer

Synthetic t-shirts

Lower Body:

Hard shell pants 

Synthetic trekking pants

Insulated pants (fleece sweatpants)

Synthetic/wool thermal long underwear

Synthetic/wool underwear

Hands and Feet:

Synthetic/wool hiking socks

Synthetic/wool expedition weight socks

Gaiters 

Hiking boots/shoes

Heavyweight gloves

Mid/lightweight gloves

Expedition weight mittens 

Other:

Personal first-aid kit

Prescription meds (inhaler, EpiPen, etc.)

Personal toiletries & sunscreen

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Customer Reviews

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Customer Reviews

Chris, Frodsham

What can I say, this was the experience of a lifetime and was fantastic! Every aspect of the trip for me was handled with professionalism and care with everyone’s safety and enjoyment paramount. The local guides and contacts were fantastic, plainly experienced and some of the loveliest people I have met. Walking at high altitude (19,500 ft at the top) comes with its own risks but I felt that every step of the way our wellbeing and health was being looked after and I am happy to say I would trust my life to Dave and his teams on any of his trips. I got so many things form this trip, meeting new people, walking at altitude, spending so much time laughing and being able to mentally unwind. The achievement of reaching the top of the highest free-standing mountain in the world, seeing the sunrise over Africa, has and will stay with me forever. It has given me the mental strength to do other things in life and when things have got tough afterwards I have been able to say to myself “You walked to the top of the highest free standing mountain in the world, you have got this” and it has inevitably got me through. A massive thank you to Dave and all at EDGE Travel Worldwide for this life changing experience and I can’t wait to go on the next one.

Jayne, Shrewsbury

It has been a privilege to walk with the people I have met. Many of them, friends for life. On my first EDGE Travel Worldwide trip I took my daughter to Machu Picchu. To share such an adventure with her was incredible and we will treasure the memories forever . It changes your mindset seeing the culture and a view if life in a different way .
It’s hard to put into words how much Edge Travel worldwide has changed our lives as a family for the better . Through meeting Sarah and then Dave I have travelled to Machu Picchu and Kilimanjaro & I have now reserved my third adventure

This was my second EDGE trip, this time I took my son , we loved it every second of it . Kilimanjaro is so much more than just the summit it’s the journey before and after . The people that care for you, the guides the trek the adventure folds out in pages like a chapter in front of you you can’t wait to turn the next page . The joy of this experience is you take it home with you and the feeling of such an achievement stays with you . I feel healthier, fitter and addicted to altitude. At the time it’s a tough challenge but to push yourself out of normal daily life and out if your comfort zone its an experience I will never forget . For me it’s about making the most of the time we are here and trying to stay fit as long as I can and share these incredible accomplishments in the knowledge the next adventure is out there. Without Dave none of this would have been possible. The encouragement, guidance and kindness extends far beyond a trip. I have seen Dave show my children how to overcome fear of heights, learn about weather conditions, believe in themselves and succeed without any limits. These are priceless travel experiences and we want to thank you for making our dreams come true for me and my family.

Toni, Leicester

IF you’ve seen and have been inspired by the Comic Relief Killimanjaro climb and are interested in finding out how you too could get close to this amazing mountain and have a wonderful adventure!
IF you wish to challenge and grow yourself in the company of other wonderful inspiring people then you need to meet Dave Pickles from EDGE Travel Worldwide.
We had the most amazing time. We were all from different backgrounds ,different age groups , different fitness levels , and Dave brought us together as a TEAM!
We laughed , cried , sang , stumbled , hugged and shared this amazing experience together .
What you can’t see in the Comic Relief film are the amazing porters who carry the provisions , care for the climbers , encourage every step of the way and who make the journey so special .
I reached the summit holding hands with Hilary – he sang softly for hours as we climbed the mountain in the moonlight and this was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life so far .

Yvonne, Kingsmead

Kilimanjaro, wow – I wanted a challenge and that is what I got!

I absolutely loved this trip; the itinerary was well put together with Dave Pickles coordinating every day seamlessly. The local crew of Porters and Guides were so incredibly funny, friendly, humble and kind, I felt that I was always in safe hands.

I was travelling alone, but within minutes of meeting people at the airport, friendships were made and a lovely group was born. Two thirds of the group knew each other previously but this did not really impact on the group dynamics, everyone integrated well.

This trek took me way out of my comfort zone…I have reasonable fitness level, but I found this so hard, particularly the summit night when altitude sickness descended. But it made the success all the sweeter when I reached the very top of highest freestanding mountain in the world. Ages in our group ranged from 19-74, young and young at heart got to the top, so it really is achievable for all with the right mindset and support.

Dave gave clear guidelines to follow from the outset, rest is best, hydration, pace and relaxation…his support, enthusiasm and vast experience gave me so much confidence in my ability to succeed. Dave constantly encourages, jokes, entertains and manages people in a fun and positive way, striving to give each individual person such an epic experience. He balances that comedic, approachable charm with military organisation and calm professionalism – it is most certainly Dave and his ethos that gives Edge Travel the ‘edge’ above other similar operators.

I could have booked this trip directly with any tour guide in Tanzania, but to be able to draw on Dave’s expertise and knowledge leading up to the trip as well as whilst we were away was invaluable.

Only one small flaw in the itinerary, it would have been wonderful to have an additional day by the pool in our hotel at the end with our group to digest our achievements and raise a toast with a few Kilimanjaro beers! That was just the luck of the draw with the flights and not a complaint, I guess I should have just booked that extra week in Zanzibar after all.

I am rather proud to achieved what I have with the help of Edge Travel, it is all still sinking in and already I can’t wait to plan the next adventure…

Paul, Sandbach

I went on the 2019 trek and what an incredible trip! Certainly tougher than I expected especially on the final ascent but well worth it to have the experience of standing on the roof of Africa. The diversity of landscapes that are experienced throughout the trek is amazing. I would like to highlight that throughout the trip Dave and the team in Tanzania were incredible and the whole trip was made easier knowing that I was in completely safe hands and would thank everyone for their professionalism, care and attention. One of the many memorable moments for me was on the final ascent walk the Tanzania team could see that people were flagging and began singing which I know had an inspirational impact on me and certainly helped get me to the top and speaking to others it had a similar effect. I would not hesitate to recommend Edge Travel to others and also am looking forward to going on another Edge trek.

Angela, Sheffield

I did this trip with Dave in 2017. From start to finish it was the most emotional experience of my life. It was bloody hard, testing and satisfying. I choose the right company for my experience that goes without saying. I didn’t know anyone on the trip but from the end of day 1 I made friends for life and I genuinely mean that. I adore everyone of the team I walked with.
If your looking for a challenge I would defo recommend this one.

Paulina, Spalding

Tanzania and Kilimanjaro was my first trip I did with EDGE. I remember I kept asking myself before the trip if it was really happening. So it did happen and even that until today it’s still the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life I feel I found myself on that mountain. Believe or not I actually did it again for the second time six months later! And want to go again.. Am I addicted? 😀
Tanzania feels like another home to me with kind people, tasty food and great scenery. You won’t be disappointed!

Wendy, Llangollen

This was my first EDGE trek with Dave in September 2016. I am 100% certain I wouldn’t have submitted without Dave. He has summited Kilimanjaro over 50 times and his vast experience is very evident. His understanding of every emotion a trekker on this mountain is going through is uncanny. His ability to feed you enough information for a successful trek is invaluable. The pace is slow to allow safe acclimatising. Up until the summit attempt this feels like a trek that only gradually gets more challenging. Summit night was a whole level tougher but reaching the crater rim with sunrise felt like I was on a film set. Summiting was surreal (take plenty of photos) I descended quickly and enjoyed feeling the air thickening again at about the same pace the enormity of what I’d achieved really did start sinking in. I definitely have to do this one again as it still feels like a dream!

Phil, Leeds 20/07/2020

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Mandy, Bury St. Edmunds 20/07/2020

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A great experience from start to finish! Thank you ☺️
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