+ The highest mountain in Europe
+ Easy glacier tour
+ Magnificent Caucasus
+ Highly-experienced mountain guides

Technical skills: Hiking

Stamina - Endurance

A mountain athlete needs endurance above any other specific fitness skill. Cardiovascular fitness is of course always subject to the movement (as climbing rocks or steep ice, you will not be able to transfer your triathlete or running fitness to mountains without being solid in the required mountaineering skills).

1 - Active Tour
Easy treks to EBC or on top of Kilimanjaro. You should be an active person.
 
2 - Sportive Tour
More demanding treks, simple climbs, like the climb of Elbrus. You should be a sportive person regularly exercising (at least 2-3x per week).
 
3 - Demanding Trek / Expedition
Very demanding treks like to the top of Aconcagua, or expeditions at the physical lower level like Ama Dablam. You should be an endurance athlete wit mountaineering experience. You should train endurance at least 3x/week.
 
4 - High Endurance - Expedition
To climb Everest (with oxygen-support) or some of the "easier" 8000m peaks you need a strong endurance. You should train specifically at least 4-5x per week.
 
5 - Very high Endurance - Expedition
Some of our special self-supported 8000m+ peak climbs as on Makalu, or to climb Everest (without oxygen-support) fit into this category. Your endurance should be near the level of a professional mountain athlete. 

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Elbrus - Seven Summit Europe - Easy Climb

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Full service:
2.250,00 €

Airport of departure:

Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, München oder Wien.


Services - Elbrus climb from South (Normal route)

  • Organization of the entire trip
  • Detailed briefings for your preparation
  • International economy flight from one of the European airports to Mineralnye Vody (MRV)
  • Invitation letter for the Russian visa
Services in Russia:
  • Local English- and German-speaking mountain guide
  • Airport transfers from/to Mineralyne Vody
  • Transfers from Mineralyne Vody to Azau and back
  • 1 x overnight stay in ***Hotel in Mineralyne Vody with breakfast
  • 3 x overnight stays in ***hotel in Azau
  • 3 x meals in Azau (breakfast, dinner)
  • Cable car rides from Azau
  • 4 x overnight stays in a mountain hut
  • 4 x meals, three meals a day (breakfast, lunch or packed lunch and dinner)
  • Medical emergency set
For groups with 8 to max. 12 participants: 
  • SummitClimb expedition leader
  • Satellite phone and solar panel
  • Pulse oximeter

Not included: travel insurance, visa fees, personal equipment and medication, snacks, alcoholic beverages, tips.

If necessary, snowmobiles can be used to facilitate the ascent or descent. These are not included in the costs (cost approx. US$ 100.- per person).

Planned itinerary - Elbrus from South (Normal route)

Day 1 • Flight to Mineralnye Vody: most probably flight via Moscow (stopover and entry to Russia controls).

Day 2 • Minvody (Mineralnye Vody): SummitClimb meeting with other participants who will arrive individually in the Caucasus today. Transfer (approx. 4h) to the Baksan valley to Azau (2300m), stop for shopping if desired. Overnight stay in hotel, double room B&B/HP.

Day 3 • Tscheget: Acclimatization hike. If the weather is good we will admire the magnificent panorama. On one side, the two Elbrus domes lie gently and on the other, the mighty Dongus-Orun rises. ÜN/HP at the hotel.
Tour: approx. 7 h, +/-1400 m / 4500 ft - max. height: 3,600 m / 11,800 ft
 
Team 2019 at Mir Station with the view at the Caucasus. Inside the hut: the kitchen.
Photos: Team 2019 at Mir Station (3500m). Inside the hut, our starting point for the ascent.
 
Day 4 •  Ascent Botschki /Garabashi: Additional baggage can be deposited in the hotel. The ski lift takes you up to the Garabashi mountain station. Passing the Botschki ("tons") we walk to our private Go-Elbrus mountain hut. Shared room ÜN/VP.
Hiking time: approx. 10 min. - max. height - overnight at: 3,800 m / 12,460 ft
 
Day 5 • Pastuchov Rocks: Today we ascend in the direction of the Pastuchov Rocks for acclimatization and check the equipment again, descent to the hut.
Hiking time: approx. 5h - max. height: 4800 m / 15,750 ft (overnight at 3,800 m / 12,460 ft) 
 
Day 6 • rest day/reserve day - Elbrus ascent
 
Day 7 • Elbrus ascent: Early rise (approx. 1:00 am) for summit day: We leave the accommodation at about 2:00 a.m. to watch the sunrise at about the height of the Pastuchov rocks. After the ascent to the western peak, the highest point (7 Summit Europa, 5642 m) we descend to our hut via the ascent route. ÜN/VP tour: Ascent approx. 9 h, descent approx. 6 h, +1900 m / - 1900 m.
 
  Elbrus: Team on the summit in 2019 with Magdalena Wilczek. Elbrus: Team on the summit in 2013 with IVBV-mountain-guide Julian Beermann.
Summit: Team 2019 with our expedition leader Magdalena, Team 2013 with our expedition leader Julian.
 
Notice: It is possible to take the snow tractors or snowcat to shorten the ascent distance.
 
Day 8 • reserve day: Descent with ski lift to Azau (this may also be possible directly after the ascent). Common summit celebration and handing over of the certificate of the Elbrus ascent.
Hotel ÜN/HP.
 
Day 8 • Departure
Transfer to Mineralnye Vody, return flight home.
Elbrus: going up at the ski resort. Elbrus climb. Sunrise and the view on Caucasus.
Photos: Going up at the ski resort. Sunrise view of the Caucasus.

For the participation in the SummitClimb Elbrus trip every participant needs the personal equipment recommended by us.

Temperatures

down to - 15°C

with wind chill factor down to - 25°C

General conditions of the climb: 

5000m, technically easy, glacier tour, cold, windy.

Travel documents/visa:

You need a visa to enter the Russian Federation.
No express visa can be obtained to travel to the North Caucasus.
Therefore, we kindly ask you to register in time for the invitation process.

 

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What it takes to climb Elbrus

Requirements: Previous knowledge of glacier walking is advantageous and increases the chances of reaching the summit. A good physical fitness, an average physical condition and the willingness to do without comfort during the trip are required.
 
Technical difficulty: Russian difficulty level 2B, corresponds to PD+ (french scale) alpine snow and ice ascent in 30° steepness. Short passages are somewhat steeper and very tricky in black hard ice. At the beginning of the crossing, there may be short sections with block terrain (I/II) depending on the snow conditions.
 
Physical requirements: Obligatory ascent from about 4800m (until then you can drive with a snowmobile as an option) - to the summit of Elbrus (5642m) is physically demanding, but not too far. There are 800 meters of altitude difference, or from the hut 1600 meters of altitude difference, corresponding to about 4-6 hours or 6-8 hours of ascent, which you have to master.
 
Danger note: Besides the altitude, storm, fog, cold and wind at Elbrus are serious dangers.

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