Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe and perfectly suited to relatively easy mountaineering (in the summer) or an exhilarating ski mountaineering trip (in May). It is 5642m high and located in the Caucasus mountains of Russia between the Caspian and Black Seas and is definitely quite remote.
We do not run fixed date expeditions to Elbrus, rather we put together expeditions at clients requests. This means that we can usually organise a trip to go when you want to go, and the cost of the trip is split between the participants.
Who is it for?
Ideally you will have some previous experience climbing/easy mountaineering using crampons. It is a relatively straight forward climb but we will be using axe, crampons and ropes for glacier and slope security.
Our Mont Blanc, Alpine Essentials or Swiss 4000ers courses are ideal preparation for climbing Elbrus.
As a skier, you should be an experienced multi-day ski mountaineer.
We usually recommend a 15 day itinerary as this allows plenty of time for acclimatisation and 4 potential summit days (in case of bad weather etc). Shorter itineraries are possible but reduce your chances of success.
The past few years the Foreign Office has advised against travelling to the Elbrus region due to activities of the nearby Chechuan population. Consequently valid travel insurance has been difficult to organise (but possible) and safety cannot be guaranteed. Having said this, expeditions continue to go there without problems.
Get in touch to register your or your groups interest in skiing or climbing Elbrus and we can get the ball rolling!