Elbrus climb, traverse, from North to South side, 10 days


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Elbrus Traverse from North to South (11 days)

Climbing Elbrus via its North side gives you a good impression of the beautiful and wild nature of the Caucasian mountains. Until today there is almost no touristic infrastructure, and your climb will be a real adventure.

The North-South traverse is expedition style and demanding in terms of physical exercise (long summit day, heavier backpacks to carry for longer time), and camps at the North side are very simple, tents or metal huts or containers. For this climb, you already should have altitude and snow camping experience and should do a lot training before the climb.

Best time: June - mid September

Dates 2020:





from EUR 1300

See our equipment list for this program.

DayProgram breakdown
1Travel to Mineralnye Vody and PyatigorskAfter your arrival in Mineralnye Vody we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to Pyatigorsk. The ride takes about 30 minutes. You will stay overnight in a hotel in town.
2Drive to the North side of ElbrusAfter breakfast we will drive to the North side right to the hot springs of Dhzylysu, the drive takes about 4 hours. After a walk of 1 hour, we settle in base camp at 2600 m. If we have some time left before dinner we can stroll around in the area. Overnight in base camp.
3Acclimatization hike to 3400 mToday we will do an easy acclimatization hike to discover the area and will not go higher then 3400 m, for getting acclimatized slowly. Overnight in base camp.
4Ascent to high camp (3700 m)Today we have a long way up to high camp (5-6 hours). We will take it really slow, considering the weight of our backpacks, and will arrive at the camp only in the afternoon. Overnight in high camp.
5Acclimatization up to 4200 mAfter breakfast we will go on a small acclimatization hike up to 4200 m, we will use crampons and rope for the first time and will do some training to get more familiar. Overnight in high camp.
6Acclimatization hike to Lenz RocksAfter breakfast we will do our hardest acclimatization hike up to Lenz Rocks (4800 m). After a short brake up there we descent back to our camp. Overnight at high camp.
7Rest dayToday we will rest to get new energy after the last hard days. Overnight at high camp.
8Summit dayAround midnight we will have a light breakfast, then we pack all our equipment and start our climb towords the summit. Up to the saddle it will take us around 6-8 hours, here we deposit our back packs and climb the last 1-2 hours up to the summit. After summit we will descend on the normal route towards the South, in 3-4 hours we reach the our camp at 3700 m, where we will stay overnight.
9Reserve day or descend to TerskolWe may use today as a reserve day, if our program needed to be changed because of bad weather on day 8. If we managed to climb the summit on day 8, we will descend to Azau using lifts. Overnight in our hotel in Azau.
10Recreation day or reserve dayToday we can sleep in, and after a big breakfast we will discover the valley and the surroundings of the local Balqar village. Overnight in our hotel in Azau.
11Departure to Mineralnye VodyEarly in the morning we will bring you to the airport in Mineralnye Vody for your flight back home.
20 October 2016