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Mount Elbrus Summit Climb

Scale Europe's highest peak

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!

Summary

DURATION

8 days

LOCATION

Russia

START & ENDS

Mineralnye Vody Airport

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • Summit Europe's highest peak, Mt Elbrus, using the classic South Side route.
  • Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the Great Caucasus Range throughout the entire climb
  • Ability to use a snowcat and snowmobiles up to 5,100 meters on the summit day to save 4 extra hours and a lot of energy
  • Excellent acclimatisation profile for high summit success rates + a reserve day for weather

Itinerary

Important: 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

ARRIVAL DAY

FOOD

Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

RMH Lodge

ACTIVITY

Van transfer

ELEVATION

Terskol (2,125m)

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.

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.


What's Included

Included

  • Official Invitation letter for a Russian Tourist Visa. The local operator will email it to you immediately after we get your deposit payment and a scanned copy of your passport
  • National park and local registration fees, along with climbing permit
  • All transportation. MRV airport — RMH Lodge — MRV airport + All local transfers in Terskol
  • Accommodation in Terskol village at the RMH Lodge + High Camp accommodation at the new comfortable fully heated and fully electric mountain lodge at 3,850 m. Mixed dorm with 8 separate beds in every room.
  • Ski Passes for all cable cars throughout the trip
  • Snowcat on the Summit Day. From the High Camp lodge (3850m) to the Pastukhova Rocks (4700m). Snowmobiles (in case of emergency only)
  • High-Quality Meals. All meals during the entire trip, except days in Pyatigorsk city, if spending a Reserve Day there
  • RMH Lead Guide for the entire trip.RMH Second Guide for the summit day only
  • 2 Summit Attempts. Above 5000 meters is one attempt. In case of poor weather conditions during the summit day, we try again the next day if possible
  • Completion Certificates + Festive Dinner + sightseeing in Pyatigorsk city (if spending a Reserve Day there)

Not Included

  • Flights and visas
  • Rental of personal climbing equipment
  • Alcohol drinks
  • International Medical & Evacuation Insurance for Alpine Climbing
  • Additional or individual transfers from /or to Mineralnye Vody Airport. You might need it in case your flight arrives later than the time when our transfer van departs from the MRV airport on the first day of the trip, or if your return flight out of MRV departs much earlier or much later than the time to which our transfer goes to the airport on the final day of the trip
  • Accommodation and meals in Pyatigorsk city. If a group decides to spend a Reserve day in Pyatigorsk city after the climb, the meals and accommodation are not included

FAQ

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How fit do I need to be?

Do I need a visa for Russia?

Are vegetarian and other special dietary needs available?

How big are the groups?

Can I do the climb privately?

Is there a minimum age requirement?

How much should I tip the crew?

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Packing List

Rental Equipment: 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.

Clothing

  • 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

Headwear

  • Sun hat + 100% UV protection sunglasses
  • Beanie for the nights
  • Neck warmer

Footwear

  • Mid-weight hiking boots
  • High-mountain (insulated) boots for use with crampons
  • Crampons
  • 3-4 x hiking socks
  • 2 x warm thermal socks
  • Trainers for camp

Bags

  • 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.

Sleeping

  • 4-season sleeping bags
  • Sleeping mat

Other Essentials

  • Hiking poles
  • Headlamp with new batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream

Climbing equipment

  • Ice axe
  • Climbing helmet
  • Ski goggles
  • Climbing harness
  • 2 Locking and 2 non-locking carabiners
  • Self-belay leash

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting specialist travel insurance for your trip. If you're based in the UK then we recommend insurance via the British Mountaineering Council (BMC). Alternatively, we recommend Global Rescue.

Accommodation

rmh terskol

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.


Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

5.0 rating
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

5.0 rating
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

5.0 rating
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

5.0 rating
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

5.0 rating
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

5.0 rating
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

James Roux

A great experience all round!

5.0 rating
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

5.0 rating
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

5.0 rating
February 15, 2020

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.

Nick Swanson

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LOCAL TOUR OPERATOR

RUSSIAN MOUNTAIN HOLIDAYS

rmh elbrus

This tour is operated by RMH, a team of local guides who are 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.

We work with local guides to offer great value adventures at unbeatable prices