Climb Elbrus South Route


Climb Elbrus South Route is an 8-day expedition to the top of Europe’s highest peak! Our local professional mountain guides will train you in technical skills and lead you safely up Mt. Elbrus, one of the world’s 7 summits. This trip is designed for both novice and serious climbers, with both 3-star and 4-star level accommodations available. Accept the Elbrus challenge and climb to the roof of Europe!

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After flying into the Caucasus Mineral Waters airport (MRV), settle in for the scenic, 3-hr. drive to Mt. 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. Once you have completed the breathtaking drive to Mt. Elbrus, check into your hotel and enjoy some free time to explore the area and take in the views around you. Don’t blink, because you will have risen 7,000 feet above sea level on this 3-hour drive without even noticing! You will meet with your guide tonight and go over the plan for the next 6 days, and a successful Elbrus ascent!


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. As you spend several hours hiking up Cheget, getting your body used to the elevation and conditions, you will realize why the Caucasus is such a coveted destination. After a tasty lunch on the mountain, all gear will be double-checked (and rented as necessary), for your upcoming ascent. Rest up tonight, as tomorrow you are moving up to 14,000 feet, base camp!


Today you get to meet Mt. Elbrus up close and personal. You’ll take the famous cable car system up three levels to the climbers’ base camp. This will be your home the next 4 days for your Elbrus encounter. As riveting as you’ll find Elbrus itself is, even more so is the surrounding Caucasus range, stretching into Georgia and beyond. Your guide will first get you settled into your lodging at basecamp (Classic / mid-range private tours include accommodation in the new Italian made Leaprus Barrel Huts). Following, you’ll do another brief acclimatization climb combined with some ice climbing/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). Daily your mountain guide will be walking you through practical precautions for summiting Elbrus safely and successfully.


During your second day on the mountain you’ll get a good feel for tomorrow’s route, as you do an acclimatization/practice climb up to the Pastukhov Rocks, around 16,500 feet. Spend some time getting used to the gear you’ll be using with some training using your ice axe. 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.


Wake up with excitement today, as it’s your final day before your Elbrus ascent. Today is a day to rest up before the big hike 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’ll 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!


It’s Summit Day! You’ve got an 8-12 hour ascent ahead of you, and so will start your climb in the dark between 2:00-3:00 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 the sight with a long line of climbers ascending Elbrus, lit up by a highway of head lamps. You may have never experienced quite the sunrise as you do on your ascent, as you leave the rest of the Caucasus range behind to Elbrus’s gentle summit. Your climb won’t be easy by any stretch of the imagination, with altitude sickness, extreme cold temperatures, and unpredictable weather all real possibilities, but it will all be worth it when you reach the top. Once you have a quick celebration on the top, prepare for your 3-4 hour descent back to base camp. Dinner will have never tasted better than it does tonight.


Rest day! You’ve earned it. Sleep in as long as you want. Today you’ll 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’re up for it, go on a local horseback excursion, see a beautiful waterfall, or try out a 4-wheeler on the local trails. Enjoy re-living and re-telling your Elbrus encounter with your fellow climbers and guides at your celebration dinner tonight. In case there was inclement weather on Day 6 (yesterday’s planned ascent), today will be your summit day up Elbrus.


Pack your bags and say goodbye for now to the North Caucasus, a place we hope you will come back to for another adventure very soon. Fly out of the local Mineral Waters airport (MRV), through Moscow, and back to wherever you call home.

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What you’ll experience on “Climb Elbrus South Route” tour

  • All transportation, including airport pick-ups/drop-offs
  • Full Board at Elbrus – All Meals included
  • Unlimited Coffee/Tea at Elbrus
  • Elbrus Lodging – 3 nights in hotels and 4 nights in barrel huts during acclimatization
  • Tickets for Mountain Chair Lifts
  • Rental of group climbing equipment
  • Professional English-speaking Mountain Guide (one ascent attempt included in cost)
  • Additional Mountain Guide on day of ascent (1 guide per 3 climbers)
  • Safety precautions (registration with Russian emergency services, walkie-talkie system, first-aid kit)
  • Extensive Pre-Trip Pre, Planning, Customization, Customer Service
  • International and domestic airfare
  • Russian tourist visa
  • Rental of personal climbing gear
  • Additional services requested at hotel (spa/banya, etc.)
  • Use of “Snow Cat” tractors/snowmobiles on acclimatization climbs or day of climb
  • Any change to the program that requires extra expense
  • Additional beverages at meals (non-alcoholic and alcoholic)
  • Professional photo/video services
  • Personal Insurance for climber

Items marked “Rental” are available for rent at Mount Elbrus.

Climbing Gear:

  • Climbing Backpack (25-30 liters) – Rental
  • Head lamp (with extra batteries) – Rental
  • Climbing harness – Rental
  • Nylon slings/runners – Rental
  • 3 locking carabiners – Rental
  • Ice axe – Rental
  • Crampons – Rental
  • Mountaineering boots – Rental
  • Trekking poles – Rental
  • Sleeping bag (-10 deg C) – Rental
  • Insulated water bottle – Rental

Upper Body:

  • Hard shell jacket (Gore-Tex or equivalent) – Rental
  • Expedition Parka (heavy insulated “puffy”) – Rental
  • Light/Mid-weight insulated “puffy” jacket
  • Fleece hoodie/pullover
  • Synthetic base layer
  • Synthetic t-shirts

Lower Body:

  • Hard shell pants – Rental
  • 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 – Rental
  • Hiking boots/shoes
  • Heavyweight gloves
  • Mid/lightweight gloves
  • Expedition weight mittens – Rental

Head Ware:

  • Balaclava/buff
  • Beanie
  • Sunglasses (100% UV protection) – Rental
  • Ski Goggles (100% UV protection) – Rental


  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Prescription meds (inhaler, EpiPen, etc.)
  • Personal toiletries & sunscreen



Years Guiding: 16

Successful Elbrus Summits: Over 200
Certification & Medical Training:
- Russian Mountain Guide Level 2
- First Aid/ First Responder
Other Experience:
- Backcountry Skiing
- Ski Instruction in Sochii
- Paragliding
Languages: Russian, English, Italian


Years Guiding: 15

Successful Elbrus Summits: Over 100
Certification & Medical Training:
- Russian Mountain Guide Level 3
- Avalanche Safety Training
- Professional Search and Rescue
- Paramedic
Other Experience:
- International Guiding and Ski Instruction
- Mountain Biking
Languages: Russian, English


Years Guiding: 19

Successful Elbrus Summits: Over 200
Certification & Medical Training:
- Professional Search and Rescue
- First Aid/ First Responder
Other Experience:
- International Mountaineering
- High Altitude Mountaineering
Languages: Russian, English


Years Guiding: 7

Successful Elbrus Summits: Over 100
Certification & Medical Training:
- First Aid/ First Responder
Other Experience:
- International Guiding
- Backcountry Skiing
- Ice Climbing
Languages: Russian, English

Eugene "Johnny"

Years Guiding: 20

Successful Elbrus Summits: 193
Certification & Medical Training:
- Russian Mountain Guide
- First Aid/ First Responder
Other Experience:
- Extensive International Mountaineering
- High Altitude mountaineering in the Himalaya and elsewhere - Ski Mountaineering
Languages: Russian, English


Years Guiding: 15

Successful Elbrus Summits: 183
Certification & Medical Training:
- Russian Mountain Guide
- First Aid/ First Responder
- Certified Rock Climbing Instructor
Other Experience:
- Extensive International Mountaineering
- Backcountry Skiing - Ski Mountaineering
Languages: Russian, English

Climb Elbrus South Route Pricing

Tour Level 2 People 3-4 People 5-6 People
Classic / Mid-range
Affordable Luxury

*Leaprus reservations subject to availability.
*All prices are in US Dollars, per person. For single rooms, a single supplement fee will be applied.
Contact us for larger group pricing.

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