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Mount Elbrus Rapid Ascent™

A group of clients hiking up Mount Elbrus during a guided Expedition
43.3499° N, 42.4453° E
Clients on the summit of Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus Rapid Ascent™ Expedition

Intermediate 6 days Russia
Unfortunately, we are canceling our Elbrus Expeditions until further notice. Climb Mount Elbrus in six days with Alpenglow’s cutting-edge Rapid Ascent™ style. Pre-acclimatize for 4 weeks at home and arrive on the mountain within 2 days of leaving home.
Unfortunately, we have cancelled our 2023 Elbrus Season
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A guide climbing up Mount Elbrus at sunrise during a guided Expedition

Elbrus is the highest point in all of Europe, making this climb one of the renowned ‘Seven Summits’.

Mt. Elbrus, a dormant, double-coned volcano, rises to 18,510 feet. (5,642 meters) Its double peaks tower over the stunning western Caucasus Region of Russia, near the border of Georgia. Boasting 22 glaciers on the peak, this is the perfect climb for anyone with a strong fitness level who wishes to build on basic glacier climbing skills, climb a moderate high altitude peak, and explore the fascinating and diverse Russian culture in the Caucasus mountains and the famed city of Moscow.

FITNESS

Climbers must be in excellent physical shape to join this expedition. This is perhaps the most important aspect of high altitude climbing, and cannot be stressed enough. Regular, challenging exercise for many months in advance of departure is the only way to gain the necessary level of fitness that is needed on big peaks. We highly recommend a structured training regime with a gym or personal trainer to assist you in preparing for climbing at altitude. Please contact us for more information on physical training.

TECHNICAL

No technical climbing experience required.

ALTITUDE

Rapid Ascent™ expeditions require a minimum altitude experience of 16,400ft/5000m. If you do not have this experience we recommend joining us on one of our traditional expeditions to gain the necessary experience required for Rapid Ascent™.
Clients on the summit of Mount Elbrus during a guided Mount Elbrus Expedition

Mount Elbrus Rapid Ascent™ Itinerary

Client on the summit of Mount Elbrus during a guided Mount Elbrus Expedition
Day 1
Arrive in Mineral Vody

Arrive in Mineral Vody, where you will meet your guides. The bus ride is 3-4 hours but will pass quickly with the stunning views. Our hotel in Terskol is new, next to the ski lifts, and has excellent local and international food. Once we arrive we will have our first team meeting, check equipment and prepare to climb!

Day 2
Move up to Mount Elbrus

Today we begin our climb of Mt. Elbrus. Thanks to our Rapid Ascent preparation and pre-acclimatization with Hypoxico tents, we can move to altitude immediately. Through a combination of ski lifts and hiking we arrive at The Barrels, cozy mountain huts at 12,300 feet (3,750 meters) on Elbrus. To ensure we stay well fed and healthy, we will have a Russian cook with us at the huts preparing mountain food and making our stay more comfortable. We spend the afternoon near the Barrels reviewing glacier travel skills – roped travel, crampon and ice axe technique

Day 3
Acclimatize Hike to Pastukhov Rocks

Climb to Pastukhov Rocks at approximately 15,000 feet (4,572 meters). As well as a chance to practice our glacier and crampon skills, this is also an important climb for acclimatization and a great time to see the route on the mountain in daylight. We return to the Barrels by midday, and rest and hydrate for our summit climb.

Day 4
Summit Day

Summit Day! We wake around 3 AM for a quick breakfast and hot drink. An optional snow-cat (weather dependent) takes us to our previous highpoint at Pastukhov Rocks, just below 15,000 feet (4,572 meters). From there it is almost 4,000 vertical feet (1,220 meters) to the summit of Elbrus, primarily on open moderately angled glaciers. We should reach the summit mid-morning and have stunning views of the Caucuses from Europe’s highest summit. The round-trip climb back to the Barrels takes around twelve hours.

Day 5
Weather Day

An extra summit day. If we have already climbed Elbrus, we descend to the Baksan Valley in the morning for a celebration. Night in Hotel.

Day 6
Depart

Drive back to Mineral Voldy where you catch your flights home, onto Moscow or perhaps elsewhere in Russia! Flights should not depart before noon local time.

Our Guides

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Mount Elbrus Rapid Ascent™ FAQ’s

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