Itinerary Details

Upon your arrival at Mineralnye Vody, a Rahhalah representative will greet you and transfer you via minibus to Terskol. The ride takes about 3-4 hours. You will stay overnight in a hotel in the valley (2100 m).

Today you will take the gondola up to the Mir station (3000 m). From there, you will hike up to the barrel camp (3600 m) and a little higher on the glaciers of Elbrus, appr. 800 vertical m, 2 hrs). You will stay again overnight in the hotel (2100 m).

After breakfast, you 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 you will stay for the next 4 days in a simple mountaineering camp.
After a light lunch, you will hike up to Prijut Hut (4050 m, 450 vm, 2 hrs) and practice ice techniques.
After a little rest there, you will descend to the camp for lunch, relaxation, and dinner.

Overnight at the camp at 3700 m.

After breakfast, you will hike up to the Pastukhov Rocks (4700 m, 1000 vm, 4 hrs).

Overnight again at the camp at 3700 m.

Today, you will go through 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 the upcoming summit day. You will have an early dinner, as you will have to get up very early the next day.

Overnight at the camp at 3700 m.

On a typical summit day, you will have breakfast at 2 am. and leave at 3 am. 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). The hike to the West summit of Mt. Elbrus (5642 m) normally takes 8 to 10 hours (1959 vm from the camp, 1150 vm from Pastukhov Rocks), the descent to the camp takes another 4 – 5 hours, so you should expect to arrive at the camp between 3 to 6 p.m.

Overnight at the camp at 3700 m.

In the morning, you will descend to Terskol. If today is used as a reserve summit day (in case of bad weather on day 6), you will have to go down to Terskol in the evening (with lifts or on foot). In the evening, you will have a well-deserved celebration dinner.

Overnight in the hotel in the valley (2100 m).

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in Mineralnye Vody for your flight back home.