Mountain IQ are delighted to partner with the premier climbing outfitter on Elbrus, RMH, to bring you this epic 7 Summit adventure. Summit Mt Elbrus using the classic South Side route!
START & ENDS
Mineralnye Vody Airport
Easy Moderate Challenge Hard
Alpine climbing or mountaineering comes certain risks that can’t completely be controlled and are dangerous. By joining this trip you need to first understand and be aware of the seriousness of climbing Mount Elbrus and the possibility of injury or even death. Upon arrival at the RMH lodge on the first day of the trip, every guest will be asked to read and sign the local operator's release of liability, waiver of claims, assumption of risks and indemnity agreement.
- DAY 1
- day 2
- day 3
- Day 4
- DAY 5
- Day 6
- Day 7
- Day 8
Group meeting at Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) at 13:00 / 1 PM Moscow time, and transfer to the RMH Lodge in Terskol village by the RMH van. Accommodation at the RMH lodge. Welcome briefing and orientation. Signing Waivers and required documentation. Gear check. Overnight stay at the RMH lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hike 6 km
Terskol (2,125m) to Cheget Peak (3,600m)
Acclimatization hike to Cheget Peak – 3,600 m. Overnight stay at the RMH lodge.
ASCENT TO HIGH CAMP
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hike 3 km
Terskol (2,125m) to Priyut Hut № 11 (4,100m) to High Camp (3,850m)
Ascent to the High Camp by cable car. Accommodation at the mountain lodge at 3,850m. Acclimatization hike to Priyut Hut № 11 – 4100 m. Overnight stay at the mountain lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Hike 5 km
High Camp (3,850m) to Pastukhova Rocks (4,800m)
Acclimatization hike to the Pastukhova Rocks – 4,800 m. Walking in crampons training. Overnight stay at the mountain lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Snow and Ice Training
Pastukhova Rocks (4,800m)
Rest day. Snow & ice training with level 1 self-arrest course. Guides meeting with a group and client briefing. Overnight stay at the mountain lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hike 8 km
Pastukhova Rocks (4,800m) to Western Summit (5,642m) and back to Terskol (2,125m)
Summit day. Mount Elbrus Western Summit climb – 5,642 m. Same day descent all the way back down to the RMH Lodge in Terskol by cable car. Overnight stay at the RMH lodge.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Reserve day in case of bad weather on the previous day / or light hiking to Terskol Creek waterfall. Festive dinner. Certificates presentation. Overnight stay at the RMH lodge.
Morning transfer at 09:00 / 9 AM from the RMH lodge to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV).
Dates & Prices
Below are our open group dates for this adventure. The best time to climb Mount Elbrus is during the Summer months from May to September. Prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplements apply.
When is the best time to complete this adventure?
The best time to climb Mount Elbrus is during the Summer months from May to September.
Please keep in mind, in the mountains the weather is unpredictable and changes very fast. Depending on the snow and the weather conditions the trip itinerary may be changed in consultation with the group. We want to see all our guests reaching the summit, however, when the conditions become dangerous for climbing we don’t take any risks. It is important to understand that before booking this trip.
When should I arrive at Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) prior to this adventure?
On the first day of the trip, you will be metat the Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) at 12:30 Moscow time. The RMH team will wait for you outside the arrival hall of the MRV airport in RMH t-shirts and greet you with smiles.
The RMH van departs from the main parking of Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) at 13.00 (1 PM). All guests are requested to arrive according to this time. If you arrive later, or much earlier, RMH can order you a taxi or organize a private transfer for you. Approximate price to get from the airport to the RMH lodge in Terskol village by taxi is about 70-100 EURO.
On the final day of the trip, the RMH van departs from the RMH lodge to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) in the morning at 09.00 (9 AM) Moscow time. RMH can also order you a taxi or organize a private transfer for you from the lodge if your return flight departs earlier or much later.
How fit do I need to be?
You need to be medically fit and physically trained for alpine climbing at high altitudes.
Do I need a visa for Russia?
Most country nationals need a visa to enter Russia. Before arrival in Russia, please carefully check all the necessary information for foreign citizens entering the country. This information could be found on the website of the Russian Federation embassy of your country. For example, if you are a Canadian citizen, you have to check the website of the Russian Federation embassy in Canada, etc. Some laws are very new and constantly changing and may differ for citizens of certain countries! Please keep in mind, it is your responsibility to be aware of the necessary requirements for entering the country.
Are vegetarian and other special dietary needs available?
Of course! And without any additional cost! When you make your reservation, please inform us of any dietary needs or requirements, including allergies!
Vegetarian foods will not include any meats, chicken, or fish. But we will assume that eggs and cheese or other lactose products are OK.
We can not accept individuals with severe allergic or life-threatening reactions.
How big are the groups?
Group size is limited to 8 people.
Can I do the climb privately?
Yes, if you would like a private climb just contact us and we can arrange this. There may be a single supplement charge.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes, the minimum age to join this adventure is 18. And maximum age is 55.
How much should I tip the crew?
Tipping is discretionary. But as a rough guideline you should budget 10% of your climb cost.
What are your cancellation terms?
Should you need to cancel the following terms apply.
- Less than 4 weeks from departure: No refund
- Between 4-8 weeks from departure: 100% refund less full deposit
- More than 8 weeks before departure: 100% refund less 3% refund transaction fee.
Cancellation fees are set our in our Terms and Conditions. You may be able to reclaim refund charges if your reason for cancellation is covered by your travel insurance policy.
We recommend that all guests bring their personal climbing equipment to ensure the best possible experience. However, it is possible to rent all heavy technical equipment such as boots, crampons, harness, and ice-axe from the RMH lodge on arrival.
- 2-3 x hiking shirts + 1-2 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
- 2 x pairs of trekking trousers - one fleeced lined
- 1-2 x Base layers (top and bottom)
- Mid-weight fleece jacket
- Hard shell rain jacket
- Insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet
- Light gloves and warm insulating gloves
- Sun hat + 100% UV protection sunglasses
- Beanie for the nights
- Neck warmer
- Mid-weight hiking boots
- High-mountain (insulated) boots for use with crampons
- 3-4 x hiking socks
- 2 x warm thermal socks
- Trainers for camp
- 20-25L daypack
- 50-60L Backpack (carried by porters, needs to be no heavier than 22 lbs)
- Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain
- Optional: 90L duffel to carry all gear to and from Kenya. This bag can be left at your hotel in Nairobi for collection after the trek.
- 4-season sleeping bags
- Sleeping mat
- Hiking poles
- Headlamp with new batteries
- Water bottle / hydration bladder
- Water treatment tablets
- Sun cream
- Ice axe
- Climbing helmet
- Ski goggles
- Climbing harness
- 2 Locking and 2 non-locking carabiners
- Self-belay leash
The RMH Lodge is located in Terskol Village. The lodge is owned and run by RMH's CEO, Vitaly Stegno, and his wonderful family.
The lodge provides comfortable accommodation, authentic Caucasian cuisine and great vibes.
High Camp accommodation is at the new and comfortable fully heated and fully electric mountain lodge at 3,850 m. Mixed dorm with 8 separate beds in every room.
LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR
RUSSIAN MOUNTAIN HOLIDAYS
RMH is in our opinion the best local outfitter on Elbrus. The company is run by Vitaly Stegno, an International Mountain & Ski Guide with more than 10 years of guiding experience on Elbrus and over 65 successful guided summit ascents. Over the past decade Vitaly has built an amazing company with a highly respected and experienced local guiding team.
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Elbrus Normal Route
Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.
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