Climb Elbrus with SummitClimb, the leading international guiding service to reach the highest summit in Europe. You can choose the Southern standard route (the Elbrus Ascent) or Northern route (Elbrus Traverse) or climb with ski (earlier in the season) or request your own special program with us.
Russia opens: On 8th of June 2020, Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin announced that international travel restrictions would be relaxed. A gradual easing was already announced on 12 May 2020. Nationwide restrictions were lifted and regional measures came into force.
Entry into Russia: On 30 March all national borders were closed. The opening was announced for 15th of July 2020.
Rules on the Elbrus: Currently, guided tours on the Elbrus are prohibited. The skiing area around Elbrus is closed
Assessment: With about 4,254 confirmed cases (of which 60 deaths) per 1 million inhabitants, Russia is similary affected as Western countries, but especially the death rate is questionable and likely underestimated.
Restrictions in Russia: Already at the beginning of March restrictions for South Korea and since mid-March restrictions for flights from the EU were in place. Since March 18th foreign travellers were not allowed into the country, valid until 1st of May 2020. From March 28th to April 30th there is a nationwide "holiday" and only food shops and pharmacies remain open. A strict quarantine began in Moscow on March 30th. From March 30th until May 1st all borders are closed.
Travel: From 8th of June onwards lots of these restrictions will be eased: Moscow city will roll back curbs impossed and international travel will be allowed step by step. From mid July 2020 the regulations for EU citizens / Schengen are likely to be relaxed again and a trip to Elbrus should be possible. Regulations for US-citizens will probably last longer and might be relaxed for Aug./Sept. 2020.
Coronavirus in Russia:
- 667,883 infections
- 9,859 deaths / 437,893 recovered
- about 21.5 million tests carried out.
Specific for the journey to Elbrus:
Stavropol Krai province (Minerale Vody):
5,141 cases (97 deaths, 2,963 recovered)
Kabardino Balkarvia province (Elbrus):
5,010 cases (53 death, 3,386 recovered)
Current assessment: Since 11th of May (11,656 cases), new infections have fallen, but are still at a high level of around 6,000 to 7,000 new daily cases. The overall number of active cases is stable.
Trips to Elbrus: All Elbrus climbs 2020 for April and May had been cancelled in early March already. Currently we look at August and September for reopening on Elbrus. The situation in Russia is difficult.
Which routes do you offer to climb Elbrus? What is the best way to climb Elbrus?
Climb Elbrus by the standard route from the South, the easiest and shortest route to the top of Europe (9 days).
Climb Elbrus by the remote northern route and descend to the South for a bit more adventure (12 days).
Climb Elbrus with ski and enjoy the ride from the highest mountain in Europe (10 days).