Climb Mount Elbrus in 2021!
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 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 Backpack (25-30 liters)
Head lamp (with extra batteries)
3 locking carabiners
Sleeping bag (-10 deg C)
Insulated water bottle
Sunglasses (100% UV protection)
Ski Goggles (100% UV protection)
Hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or equivalent)
Expedition Parka (heavy insulated “puffy”)
Light/Mid-weight insulated “puffy” jacket
Synthetic base layer
Hard shell pants
Synthetic trekking pants
Insulated pants (fleece sweatpants)
Synthetic/wool thermal long underwear
Hands and Feet:
Synthetic/wool hiking socks
Synthetic/wool expedition weight socks
Expedition weight mittens
Personal first-aid kit
Prescription meds (inhaler, EpiPen, etc.)
Personal toiletries & sunscreen