Detailed Itinerary

Day 01

  • Arrival at Mineralnye Vody

    After your arrival in Mineralnye Vody our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you via minibus to Terskol. The ride takes about 3-4 hours. You will stay overnight in our hotel in the valley (2100 m)

Day 02

  • Acclimatization hike to Barrel Camp

    Today we will take the gondola up to the Mir station (3000 m). From here, we will hike up to the barrel camp (3600 m) and a little higher on the glaciers of Elbrus, appr. 800 vertical m, 2 h). You will stay overnight in the hotel (2300 m) again.

Day 03

  • Hike to Prijut Hut (Diesel Hut)

    After breakfast we will leave the hotel for a few days and take the gondola and chair lift up to the top station Gara-Bashi at 3600 m, where we will stay overnight in a simple mountaineering camp for the next 4 days.
    After a light lunch we will hike up to Prijut Hut (4050 m, 450 vm, 2 h) and practice ice techniques.
    After a little rest there we will descend to the camp and have lunch and dinner.
    Overnight at the camp at 3600 m.

Day 04

  • Acclimatization hike to Pastukhov Rocks

    After breakfast, we will hike up to the Pastukhov Rocks (4700 m, 1000 vm, 4 hours) and stay overnight at the camp at 3700 m again.

Day 05

  • Rest Day (B, L, D)

    Today we will provide you some technical training: use of crampons, ice-axe, self-arrest, rope techniques. In the afternoon you will have time to relax, which will give you power for an extra push on summit day. We will have an early dinner, as we will have to get up early for the summit.

    Overnight at the camp at 3700 m.

Day 06

  • Summit day (B, L, D)

    On a normal summit day, we will have breakfast at 2 a.m. and leave at 3 a.m. It is possible to take the snowcat or skidoo up to Pastukhov Rocks which makes the ascent 3 hours shorter (this is an extra service, which can be booked in advance). Time to the West summit of Mt. Elbrus (5642 m) is normally 8 to 10 hours (1959 vm from the camp, 1150 vm from Pastukhov Rocks), the descent to the camp takes another 4 – 5 hours, bringing us back at 3 to 6 p.m. Overnight at the camp at 3600 m.

Day 07

  • Reserve day and descent to the valley (B, L, D)

    In the morning we descend to Terskol. If today is used as reserve summit day (in case of bad weather on day 6) we will have to go down to Terskol in the evening (with lifts or walking). In the evening we will have a celebration dinner. Overnight in our hotel in the valley (2100 m).

Day 08

  • Departure (B)

    In the morning our driver will bring you to the airport in Mineralnye Vody for your flight back home.