Elbrus Classical Climb from South Side (8 days)
Most climbers intend to ascend the West summit of Elbrus - it is considered the highest point in Europe. People less often climb the East summit, even though, in our opinion, it is more beautiful and interesting then the West summit. The ascent of both summits starts from the saddle, ascending time is approximately the same. It is possible to climb both summits in one push, but this without doubt requires very good acclimatization and excellent physical shape.
Best time: mid April - October
from EUR 950
See our equipment list for this program.
||Travel to Mineralnye Vody and Azau
||After your arrival in Mineralnye Vody, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Azau. The ride takes approximately 3-4 hours. You will stay overnight in our hotel in the valley at 2400 m.
||Acclimatization hike to Peak Terskol
||Today we will take a local transfer to Terskol village at 2100 m. From here we will hike up to Peak Terskol 3100 m, where we will rest for some hour and take lunch. After coming down, we will go back to our hotel, where you will stay overnight again.
||Hike to Prijut Hut
||After breakfast, we leave the hotel for a few days and take a lift ride up to 3700 m. Here is our small, comfortable mountaineering camp. After having had some lunch, we take a walk to Prijut-11 hut (Diesel hut) at 4100 m. Overnight in the camp.
||Acclimatization hike to Pastukhov Rocks
||After an early breakfast, we leave our camp at around 9 a.m. for an acclimatization hike up to Pastukhov Rocks (4600 m). After coming back down to the camp, we will have lunch, then rest until dinner.
||Today we will provide you some technical training: use of crampons, ice-axe, self-arrest, rope techniques. In the afternoon you will have time to relax, which will give you power for an extra push on summit day. We will have an early dinner, as we will have to get up early for the summit. Overnight at the camp at 3700 m.
||On a normal summit day, we will have breakfast at 1 a.m. and leave at 2 a.m. It is possible to take the snowcat up to Pastukhov Rocks which makes the ascent 3-4 hours shorter (1000 vertical meters). This is an extra service, which can be booked in advance or on spot. Time from the camp to the West summit of Mt. Elbrus (5642 m) is normally 10-12 hours (1959 vertical meters from the camp, 1150 vertical meters from Pastukhov Rocks). The descent to the camp takes another 4 – 5 hours, bringing us back at 3 to 6 p.m. Overnight at the camp at 3700 m.
||Reserve day and descent to the valley
||In the morning, after breakfast, we descend to Terskol. If today we use as a reserve day for getting to the summit (in case, if the weather was bad on day 6) we will have to go down to Terskol in the late afternoon. In the evening we will have a small celebration party during which you will get your climbing certificate. Overnight in our hotel in the valley (2400 m).
||Departure to Mineralnye Vody
||In the morning, our driver will bring you to the airport in Mineralnye Vody for your flight back home.
Elbrus climb gallery
8 August 2009