Elbrus - Seven Summit - Europe

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The highest mountain in Europe  is located in the Caucasus (Russia) and is an inactive, strongly glaciated volcano. Together with very experienced Russian mountain guides and local organizers we offer different climb of Elbrus, at 5,642 meters (18,510 feet) height the highest mountain in the Caucasus as well as the highest mountain in Russia. The mountain is recognized  as the highest mountain in Europe by most mountaineers and thereby one of the 7 summits. The adventure of mountaineering in Russia and the fascinating landscape are definitely worth the trip. In a small group one of our SummitClimb experts will accompany you to the summit. Welcome to SummitClimb Elbrus.

Trek, hike, ski, climb - Europe's highest mountain, COVID-19 update, tours 2020 and 2021:

SummitClimb Elbrus

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.

Important News: COVID-19 Location - Elbrus

Status: July 6th, 2020

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 assessmentSince 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.

The way to climb Elbrus

Elbrus, one of the Seven Summits, is climbed to over 90% from the south. The infrastructure on the normal route is accordingly well developed. On the northern route (Djilissu) you will mainly meet Russian climbers. However, the northern ascent over the Balkbashi Pass is becoming more and more popular because of the more beautiful remote landscape. The mountain can also be climbed from the east or west. The west ascent over high rocky outcrops and walls is by far the most demanding.

Elbrus routes and tours

Which routes do you offer to climb Elbrus? What is the best way to climb Elbrus?

I. Elbrus - Ascent

Climb Elbrus by the standard route from the South, the easiest and shortest route to the top of Europe  (9 days).

Elbrus ascent - normal route to the "roof of Europe
Sunrise on summit day

II. Elbrus - North to South traverse

Climb Elbrus by the remote northern route and descend to the South for a bit more adventure (12 days).

Elbrus north side, ascent of the Elbrus lonely and exclusive route with SummitClimb, your mountain experts.
Elbrus: View from the North.

III. Elbrus - Ski Mountaineering

Climb Elbrus with ski and enjoy the ride from the highest mountain in Europe (10 days).

Elbrus Ski Mountaineering - Climb and Ski Elbrus, 2 members on skis.
Ski Ascent of Elbrus

IV. Elbrus - Special Tour

Program as desired: Possibilities are the ascent from the east or west, the crossing or a combination of an Elbrus ascent with Kasbek (5054m, Georgia) or mountaineering in the Bezingi valley. Do you have a special wish for your Elbrus ascent?
We will help you. Please get in touch!

Elbrus Impressions

Elbrus Climb, stormy weather, an iced-up face.Sunrise on Elbrus, 3 mountaineers climbing to the top of Europe.
Elbrus can be cold and stormy, sunrise on summit day.

Elbrus Summit - Team mit Felix Berg auf dem Gipfel. Summit of Europe.

Team on Elbrus - Top of Europe, Seven Summit