The Savvy Way to Experience Mt. Elbrus & the Caucasus
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Do you want to safely and successfully summit Mt. Elbrus?
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ELBRUS CLIMBING TOURS
CLIMB ELBRUS SOUTH ROUTE
– 8 DAYS –
Climb Elbrus South Route is an adventure trip that features climbing Mt. Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe! Our local professional climbing experts will help you ascend this stunning peak, one of the world’s 7 summits. This trip is designed for both novice and serious climbers, all of whom will descend Elbrus with a newfound awe for the Caucasus Mountains. Come and climb the Caucasus on this adventure of a lifetime!
CLIMB ELBRUS NORTH ROUTE
– 11 DAYS –
Climb Elbrus North Route is an 11-day expedition to the top of Europe’s highest peak via the wild and beautiful North Route! Prepare to backpack through pristine mountain steppe and ascend open glaciers as our local professional mountain guides lead you to the lofty summit of Mount Elbrus. Your guides will teach you everything you need to know for a safe and successful ascent. The North Route ascent is 100% on foot!
CLIMB ELBRUS & THE CAUCASUS
– 13 DAYS –
This trip has it all: adventure, history, culture, and more! Spend your first 8 days in Russia summiting Mt. Elbrus, the jewel of the Caucasus Mountains. Then travel deeper into the Caucasus, experiencing its ancient cultures and their history in little-known places like North Ossetia, Ingushetia, and Chechnya. You may not want to leave after 13 days of Caucasus hospitality and beautiful nature!
CLIMB ELBRUS & THE CAPITALS
– 13 DAYS –
This trip will satisfy both your adventure and intellectual appetites. You’ll begin your time in Russia with local professional experts climbing Mt. Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe! After your successful ascent, you’ll head north to Russia’s two “must-see” cities: St. Petersburg and Moscow. Beautiful nature, physical challenges, cultural experiences, rich history. Climb Elbrus & the Capitals has it all!
RUSSIA CULTURAL TOURS
CAPITALS OF RUSSIA
– 10 DAYS –
This trip is Russia 101, as you visit the two top destinations in the country, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Many travelers prefer St. Petersburg with its European feel and Imperial-era Palaces, while others love Moscow with its classic destinations such as Red Square and the Kremlin. Which will be your favorite?
LAKE BAIKAL ON ICE
– 10 DAYS –
This trip takes you WAY beyond Red Square to Siberia and the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Baikal! This is a whole different world within Russia, especially in the winter: dog-sled rides, 4-wheeling on the ice, ice caves, and more! It’s a haul to get here but well worth the effort!
– 9 DAYS –
You won’t be able to catch your breath during this 9-day whirlwind tour of Dagestan, Russia’s most diverse republic! Dagestan is home to over 35 different nationalities and languages, many of whom live deep in the Caucasus Mountains. Experience ancient cities, unique hand-made products, breathtaking mountain passes, waterfalls, and genuine mountain hospitality!
HEART OF THE CAUCASUS
– 9 DAYS –
Experience the rich diversity of Caucasus culture on this tour. Spend time among 5 distinct Caucasus nations in beautiful mountains, old and new cities, and even in local homes. Learn the Lezginka national dance and taste the filling Caucasus foods. You may not want to leave after experiencing the heart of the Caucasus!
Best Time to CLIMB ELBRUS
Your weather guide to pick the best season for your tour.
Mid-June – Late August – This is high season at Mt. Elbrus! These are the months that tend to give the best chance for groups to summit: warm and sunny days, with less chance of long thunderstorm.
Late July into August especially can produce warm summit days with very slushy snow at base camp and on the first few hundreds of feet to climb. We can’t guarantee good weather on your summit day, but it’s worth scheduling your climb in this time period, to give yourself the best chance of success!
May-June & September-October – May tends to be one of the rainier months of the year at the bottom of Elbrus, although at base camp this tends to be a different story (i.e. snow in May, not rain).
September often has pretty clear skies. October’s weather is a bit more unpredictable but there are still climbers heading to the summit then. May, September, and October are climbing months in that the weather is warm enough, but they are still significantly colder than June-August, so be prepared for this.
We schedule most of our Elbrus Climbs between June and August. The reason for this is having the best chance of summit success for our climbers, in regards to warmer weather and lower chance of thunderstorms/blizzards. While this doesn’t always hold true at such a high elevation, be aware of this if planning a summit in the shoulder season.
November – April – These are the coldest months of the year at Elbrus and except for the most extreme winter climbers, very few are climbing Elbrus at this time of year.
If you’re looking to experience the ski slopes of Elbrus, this is the time for you to do it. If you want to climb Elbrus, plan your trip during the summer months.