- Full service:
- 2.750,00 €
Elbrus traverse - 5642m
Elbrus ascent the adventurous way:
+ Elbrus traverse from north to south
+ Exciting and diverse route
+ Ascents of east and west summits
+ Caucasus adventure with professionals
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).
Easy treks to EBC or on top of Kilimanjaro. You should be an active person.
More demanding treks, simple climbs, like the climb of Elbrus. You should be a sportive person regularly exercising (at least 2-3x per week).
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.
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 Traverse - Seven Summits Europe
- Full service:
- 2.750,00 €
Airport of departure:
Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, München oder Wien.
Tour takes place with a min of 3 participants:
- Local mountain guide for 3-5 pax
- Expedition leader for 6-12 pax
- Maximum 12 participants in the group.
Elbrus traverse - services
- Organization of the entire trip
- SummitClimb expedition leader (from 6 participants)
- One additional local Russian mountain guide per 6 participants
- Scheduled flights with Aeroflot to Mineralyne Vody (MRV) from a European airport
- All transfers (airport, to the north side, back on the south side, airport)
- 2x overnight stays in a hostel (double room) in MRV with half board
- All overnight stays with full board on the north side
- 1x overnight stay in a hut with full board on the south side
- 2x nights in a hostel (double room) in Azau / Treskol with half board
- Satellite phone
- Full first-aid kit, pulse oximeter
- Personal equipment
- Private expenses, such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, snacks, gifts etc.
- Travel insurance (health, accident, travel cancellation)
- Visa fees for Russia
Elbrus Traverse - North to South
Day 1 • Flight via Moscow to Mineralnye Vody (MRV)
Check of the equipment in preparation for the mountain tour, dinner. Overnight stay in a hotel (double room), half board.
Day 2 • Drive to Elbrus north side
Last shopping and drive (about 4 hours) with 4×4 via Pyatigorsk to Dyily-Su / Dzhylysu (2640m) to the north side base camp. Exploration and hiking day, walk to the nearby hot springs. Many Russian tourists make a pilgrimage to this region as they believe in the healing power of water. At the foot of the mountain there is a permanent camp with small simple huts and tents. Overnight in tent / hut. Full board.
Day 3 • Acclimatization tour
Ascent to the north side camp at the edge of the glacier tongues of Elbrus to deposit the first gear. On request we can make a detour to the stone-shaped mushrooms. Tour: approx. 7h +/- 1100m. Overnight in tent / hut. Full board.
Day 4 • Camp Nicolja / Severnyi Hut (3720m)
A relatively straight ascent leads us to our next camp. Tour: approx. 4h +1100m. Overnight in tent / hut. Full board.
Day 5 • Training day
We practice climbing with crampons, roping up on the glacier and crevasse recovery near the hut. Depending on the weather and conditions we will climb to over 4000m altitude, which will help further acclimatization. Tour/training: approx. 6h +/-300m. Overnight in tent / hut. Full board.
Day 6 • Lenz Rocks (4600m)
We ascend to Lenz Rocks to further acclimatize. The option to set up a high camp with tents at Lenz Rocks is not included in our plans: The disadvantages of a cold night and a more difficult start than from the hut are not worth it. Depending on your well-being, the middle Lenz Rocks (4850m), the upper Lenz Rocks (5100m) or even the east summit (5620m) can be reached. Then we descend to the hut. Tour: approx. 5h (ascent 4h, descent 1h) +/-850m. Overnight in tent / hut. Full board.
Day 7 • Rest day for acclimatisation
A complete rest day is very important to allow the body to recover and get used to the altitude. Overnight in tent / hut. Full board.
Day 8 • Elbrus ascent
Early start (approx. 0 o'clock)! We have breakfast in the hut and leave it at about 1 am to experience the sunrise high on the glacier. A long traverse into the Elbrus saddle (5300m) follows. There we deposit our equipment and continue to the west summit - with 5642m the highest point on Elbrus. The summit of Europe.
Descent to the south side over the Pastuchov rocks to Prijut Odinnadtzati / Priju Maria (4200m), then further down to our private Go-Elbrus hut (3800m) with a well-maintained and comfortable accommodation. The last part of the descent can be arranged with snowmobiles or a snow groomer for an extra charge. Tour: Ascent approx. 10-12h, descent approx. 4h, +1200 m /-1850m. Overnight in hut. Full board.
Day 9 • Reserve day
Reserve day for summiting Elbrus. Overnight in hut. Full board.
Day 10 • Descent via the southern route
We descend via the southern route (see the program of the normal route for details) into the Baksan Valley. Overnight in hotel. Full board.
Day 11 • Reserve day
Reserve day / if necessary further tours / sightseeing in the Caucasus. Drive to Mineralnye Vody. Overnight in hotel B&B.
Day 12 • Flight home
Return flight home from Mineralnye Vody (MRV).
For the participation in the SummitClimb Elbrus trip every participant needs the personal equipment recommended by us.
down to - 15°C
with wind chill factor down to - 25°C
General conditions of the climb:
5000m, challenging glacier tour, cold, windy, difficult trekking.
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.
Participation - Elbrus traverse
Requirements: For the participation in the Elbrus traverse, you need experience with hiking on glaciers, for example previously carried out, easy alpine tours. Good physical condition, team spirit and the willingness to do without comfort on the mountain are required. All equipment must be carried by the participants themselves when crossing the glacier. A carefully packed rucksack with an economical choice of gear is extremely important - the weight is then approx. 12 kg.
Technical requirements: Russian difficulty level 2B, corresponds to UIAA scale PD+ / alpine snow and ice ascent in 30° of steepness - some passages steeper. Safe walking with crampons up to 40° of steepness must be mastered. Glacier ascent with rope, knowledge of crevasse rescue.
Physical requirements: For the traverse, physical condition for the approx. 8-10 hour ascent into the saddle is absolutely necessary (1700 m altitude difference, with luggage). The following summit ascent* (west summit, 5642m) requires another 150 metres of altitude difference, approx. 1 hour ascent.
*Note: Depending on the condition of the group and external conditions, it is also possible to cross from east summit (5621m) to west summit (5642m). Camping at the middle Lenz Rocks (4600m) can shorten the ascent by about 800 meters - this is "only" about 2 hours at normal speed.
Danger note: Besides the altitude, storm, cold and wind at Elbrus are serious dangers.