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Destinations: Mount Elbrus
Type of adventure: icon-11.png Climbing & Mountaineering
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2906
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  • Overview
  • Date & prices
  • Itinerary
  • Kit list
A dormant volcano, Elbrus is undoubtedly the best known and most alluring mountain in Russia and one of the famous “Seven Summits”. The fact that it is the highest point in Europe makes it an obvious milestone and a popular trek for those looking for a challenge. Mount Elbrus is located in the western Caucasus of Russia, near the border of Georgia. This 880 km range forms an effective barrier between Europe and Asia. The region is certainly one of the less travelled areas of the globe and often takes experienced mountain travellers by surprise by virtue of its unique blend of Eastern and Western culture . Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642m, the east summit is slightly lower at 5,621m. The mountain has a twin domed summit which contains a permanent icecap feeding 22 glaciers, these in turn give rise to the 3 main rivers in the valley. Furthermore Elbrus sits on a moving tectonic area, and although the mountain has been technically termed dormant it sits on top of highly active, deeply sourced magma. The approach from the south is an efficient way of tackling the mountain for those with limited time, allowing us to make the summit and return to the UK in just 9 days. Although this ascent uses some of the chairlifts situated on the mountain to accelerate our altitude gains, Elbrus remains a challenging mountain to all that attempt it. Its relatively easy glaciated terrain allows for mostly trouble-free ascents. However climbers will need to be proficient in the use of crampons and ice axes (or ski-poles) for an ascent of the route outlined below. The major ascent difficulties lie in its notoriously bad weather: strong winds and generally colder temperatures than experienced on mountains of similar altitude.
Departure & ReturnDurationPrice (incl. flight)Price (excl. flight)

• International flights
• Scheduled hotel nights.
• Food while on the mountain
• Scheduled restaurant meals
• Group climbing and cooking gear
• Airport transfer to hotel
• National park, and other permit fees
• Local guides and a 360 guide when group size is over 6 people
• All accommodation based on two people sharing
• All food whilst on trek and breakfast when city based
• Professionally edited highlights video of your trip!
• Personal equipment and excess baggage
• Additional single accommodation. Optional snow-cat ride to Pastukov rocks on the summit day. (1hr for Euro 300 for 3 pax.)
• Lunch and dinner when city based except where indicated
• Staff/guide gratuities
• Items of a personal nature: phone calls, laundry, room service, etc.
• Alcoholic beverages
• Visas

Depart UK
Meet your 360 guide at Heathrow for your evening flight to Russia.
Mineralnye Vody
Today we arrive in Mineralnye Vody. We will spend the night in our hotel allowing some time free to sightseeing in town. In the evening we meet up for a full 360 brief about the nuts and bolts of the itinerary. At this point we also meet our local Russian mountain guides. Overnight in hotel.
Ascent of Cheget Peak (3,460m)
An early start takes you up the chairlifts from Azau to around 3,000m from where we will start an acclimatisation climb to the shoulder of Cheget (3,460m) offering panoramic views of Elbrus. The climb ascends through rocky ridges and descends via the southern snow slopes allowing you to get a feel for the higher climbs to come. That evening you will be debriefed on
Azau station to Diezelhut (4,055m)
We take the cable car to Mir, then chairlifts ferry us to Garabashi (3,750m) where we walk the final 50m to the Barrel Huts - converted fuel tanks that form our accommodation. From here we’ll begin an acclimatisation trek to the Diesel Hut (4,055m) practicing moving on snowy and icy slopes as a team. Descending later that day to the hotel, you’ll have the standard debrief and look at kit for the following day.
Acclimatisation climb to Pastuchov’s Rocks(4,650m)
As a team we’ll use the skills and techniques we’ve practiced over the last couple of days on the mountain to climb up to Pastuchov’s Rocks (4,650m) which will take several hours affording us views that will quite literally take our breath away. Overnight at the Barrel huts with a briefing on our summit bid and discussion on what kit to take.
Summit day - Elbrus (5,642m)
An early start (at 3 o’clock) from the Barrel huts will take you up the saddle via Pastuchov’s Rocks and up to the western summit (5,642m). You’ll be using crampons the whole time as some sections are completely solid ice while other areas can have deep snow covering hidden crevasses. On very clear days it is possible to see both the Caspian and Black seas! It will be a long an exhausting day taking around 14 hrs to return to the Barrels but it will be well worth the effort.
Contingency day
Overnight at the Barrels (3,900 m) if we need to use this day due to an unsuccessful summit attempt the night before, or return to our hotel if we made it (at additional cost for one night).
Descent to Azau, on to Mineralnye Vody
We descend back down the mountain to Azau and from there to our hotel to shower and find some clean clothes. The rest of the day is yours to explore the area or chance to relax at the Agua Centre before we regroup in the evening for dinner and to celebrate our achievements.
Return to UK
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport for your day flight home.
1 * 4 Season Sleeping Bag
1 * Backpack
1 * Dry Sacks
1 * Kit Bag
1 * Sleeping Bag Liner
1 * Sleeping Matt
1 * Small Bag
1 * Waterproof Rucksack Cover
1 * Balaclava
2 * Buff Or Scarf
1 * Ski Goggles
1 * Sunglasses
1 * Wide Brimmed Hat
2 * Woolly Hat
2 * Base Layers
1 * Down Jacket
1 * Expedition Mitts
1 * Gilet
1 * Gloves
1 * Light Insulated Jacket
2 * Mid Layer
1 * Outer Layer
1 * Long Johns
1 * Softshell Trousers
1 * Trekking Trousers
1 * Underwear
1 * Waterproof Trousers
1 * 3- 4 Season Walking Boots
1 * High Altitude Plastic Boots
1 * High Altitude Socks
1 * Trainers
3 * Trekking Socks
1 * Alcohol Rub
1 * Dental Check Up
1 * Nappy Bags
1 * Toilet Paper
1 * Wash Kit
1 * Water Bottles
1 * Wet Wipes
1 * Spare Clothing
1 * Crampons
1 * Harness
1 * Ice Axe
2 * Locking HMS Karabiners
2 * Prusiks
1 * Sling (120cm)
2 * Snap Gate Karabiner
1 * Personal First Aid Kit
1 * Personal Medication
1 * Camera
1 * Credit Card
1 * Headtorch
1 * Lipsalve
1 * Money [Elbrus Traverse]
2 * Padlocks
1 * Penknife
1 * Snacks
2 * Sunblock
1 * Trekking Poles
1 * Copy Of Passport
1 * Passport
1 * Passport Photos X4
1 * Travel Insurance
1 * Visa
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of 360 Expeditions
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Who of us, when reading the Greek myths, would not dream to see the mountain awing the ancient Greeks? Even these days Mytikas’s (Mount Olympus’s modern name) peak can be rarely seen as it is almost always hidden behind the dense clouds. Due to this reason, the ancient people believed Mount Olympus to be the place of residence of Gods, unreachable and invisible to human. Mytikas means "nose" and takes the name from its shape reminding of a human’s nose. Every proud-hearted Greek should at least once ascend the mountain; it is almost a duty, an unwritten rule, so to say, and numerous Greeks, sometimes in big groups, often ascend the mountains without wearing any special shoes or helmets.