Extreme Elbrus – Climb the Highest Mountain in Europe

from 1,240.00 $

ALL INCLUSIVE

Available July 1 through August 31 = 8 days/ 8 nights

Pricing Structure

$1,550/person for 3-6 passengers
$1,395/person for 7-14 passengers
$1,240/person for 15+ passengers

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  • Holiday Type
    Alpine Climbing
  • Activity Level Extreme
    6/8
Extreme Elbrus – Climb the Highest Mountain in Europe

Our signature excursion offers nothing less than the summit of Mt. Elbrus as its reward. Over a period of eight days, you’ll acclimate, ascend and descend Mt. Elbrus.

Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano with a western and eastern summit at 5642 meters (18,510 feet) and 5621 meters (18,442 feet), respectively. Stand on top of Europe, and you’ll be able to see several countries on clear days! This trip takes the standard south route (typically rated as category 2a) up to the summit during the summer season (July through August) when it’s the best time to climb Elbrus.

Previous summit experience is not required, but this adventure is for those in good physical condition and who enjoy a challenge. If you successfully summit, it means you’ve conquered one of the world’s Seven Summits!

* Except for travel days, meals are included in the expense of this tour package.

** Tips are expected for servers, guides and drivers.  Guides usually receive approximately $10 per day.

*** Drivers and servers according to the quality of service provided.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Planning Consultation
Including, but not limited to, recommended flight schedules, airport information, step-by-step visa application guide, seasonal advice, and local expertise
Airport Transfer
All Tour Transportation
Meals (x3/day)
Unlimited Water
All Accommodations
Registration in Russia
Experienced Guide/Translator
Cultural Exchange Talent Costs (when applicable)
Gondola fee (when applicable)
Gift bags (including snacks and gifts)

What is not included in this tour package:Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Not Included:

RU Visa & Processing – $430/tourist (3-year, multi-entry)

Travel Insurance – $30 ($3/day)

Airfare – $1,600

Not Included Total – $2,060

15+ Pax. Tour Cost – $1,240

Estimated Total Cost – $3,300

  1. Night 1 Afternoon arrival (fly into MinVody airport, transfer to Terskol for accommodations)

    Moscow is the gateway city for passengers entering Russia.  From any of Moscow’s airports you can find connections to your destination airport – Mineral Waters (MRV).  You will transfer from MRV to Terskol Village and accommodate at Black Point Hostel.

  2. Day 1 Equipment rental, altitude adjustment hike (Terskol accommodations)

    After sleeping off jet lag, rent your climbing equipment (ice ax, boots, crampons, poles) and then test them out with a short hike at Terskol altitude (2,000+ meters).  After that, shop in Terskol for any additional clothing or amenities you may need on the mountain.

  3. Day 2 Gondola up to base camp, altitude adjustment hike (on mountain accommodations)

    Take the Gondola/lift up to base camp.  You’ll have a chance to test your fitness at a much higher altitude with an acclimatization hike.  Experienced English-speaking mountain guides will be with you to advise on the best summit preparations tips.

  4. Day 3 Altitude adjustment hike (on mountain accommodations)

    During full days on the mountain, guides will use acclimatization hikes to determine how climbers are adjusting to the higher altitude.  Technical skills/tips, such as arresting a slide or making appropriate equipment adjustments, will be shared with each climber.

  5. Day 4 Altitude adjustment hike (on mountain accommodations)

    During full days on the mountain, guides will use acclimatization hikes to determine how climbers are adjusting to the higher altitude.  Technical skills/tips, such as arresting a slide or making appropriate equipment adjustments, will be shared with each climber.

  6. Day 5 Altitude adjustment hike (on mountain accommodations)

    Although this day is scheduled as an altitude adjustment day, guides will be evaluating the weather to see if an attempt to reach the summit is possible should the group have already adapted well during previous hikes.  If not, then day six will remain summit day.

  7. Day 6 Summit/Descent, gondola down the mountain (Terskol accommodations)

    Weather permitting, climbers will leave early (2:00 – 3:00 a.m.) in an attempt to summit.  If climbers move at different paces, then the guides may split into two or more groups.  After summiting, descend off the mountain to Terskol for much deserved rest.

  8. Day 7 Rest/Relaxation Day (Terskol accommodations)

    After a much-needed sleep and a lazy morning, climbing equipment will be returned and shopping for souvenirs at Azau and Cheget will be possible.  Of course, a celebration meal for all climbers can be expected for either lunch or dinner.  Way to go!

  9. Day 8 Morning check out, afternoon departure (fly out of MinVody airport)

    After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, you’ll transfer from Terskol to Mineral Waters (MRV) airport for a late afternoon or early evening departure.  Sight-seeing along the way will be possible at various points before arriving at the airport.