Elbrus Mountain Summit (alt. 5621 m). North route.

Dates:  22 June - 31 June;  6 - 14 July;   3 - 11 August, 19 - 27  August,  15 - 23 September, 2019

Эльбрус С СевераType of activity: mountaineering, mountain trekking
Area: Caucasus
Duration: 9 days
Tour cost (all inclusive): 35 900 RUB (per person, if the final group is 4 people or more), 42 500 RUB (per person if in final group will be 3 persons), 55 600 RUB (per person if in final group will be 2 persons).
Price includes: guides (one guide + one assistant for the group more than 4 persons, two guides for the group 8 persons and more); three meals food for active part of the tour (hot breakfast, lunch box and hot dinner); living in tents at Emmanuel's meadow, living in the mountain refugee at the highcamp at 3800 m, tents and common gear for the summit (fireburners, ropes, ice srews); registration of the group in Ministry of Emergency situation; first aid kit; transfers (Mineralnye Vody or Kislovodsk - Polyana Emanuelya - Mineralnye Vody or Kislovodsk), permit for the summit on Elbrus.
Price doesn't include: flight to Mineralnye Vody or Kislovodsk and back; food while transfer; gear  rent  (sleeping bag, sleeping pad, backpack); rent of alpine gear (crampons, ice axe, carabiners, helmet, harness); insurance (outdoor + medical).

Oshkhamakho or Mountain of the happiness - in Kabardian language is the title of Elbrus Mountain. Once there was a volcano Elbrus, but long since extinct, and covered with glaciers.

Elbrus Summit Tour with professional guides - the ascent to the highest peak not only in Russia but also in Europe. Elbrus Mountain is located on the border of Kabardino-Balkaria Region and Karachay-Cherkessia Region. The West Peak altitude is 5642 meters, an altitude of East Peak is 5621 m.

The classic summit of Elbrus Mountain is from the South, and goes to the West Peak (5642 m). We do summit of Elbrus Mountain on the other hand - by the northern slope. The North route is going to the East Peak of Elbrus, 5621 m.

The northern slope of Elbrus is less frequently visited by tourists and climbers. The route technically is a bit more difficult than southern route, however, is more interesting. There is no cableway and snow mobiles which can ride almost to the top, as from the south. You will walk through the picturesque landscape all the way from Polyana Emanuelya (alt. 2500 m.). The nature and landscapes of the northern slope of the Elbrus Mountainare is not similar to any part of the North Caucasus. There are mineral springs Djyly-Su on Emanuel Meadow (Polyana Emanuelya in Russian). And an old German airfield from the times of 2nd World War on the way to the camp, at 3800 m altitude. And beautiful creation of wind - stone mushrooms will be also on our way.

All routes to Elbrus:

- South

- East

- West

Important details


  • Mountain trekking experience is desirable, but not necessarily.

  • The group from 4 to 12 people.

  • The program begins and ends in Mineralnye Vody or in Kislovodsk.

  • The program is not final and can be adjusted depending on weather conditions, status of members and other circumstances. 

  • 12.jpgWeather: on the northern slopes of Elbrus Mountain (alt. 2500 m.) during summer air temperature from +10°C to +25°C, Spring and Autumn from -5°C to +10°C. In the base camp (alt. 3800 m.) summer air temperature from -15ºС to +5+10°C.
  • You should make a booking of the tour by remittance of 15% of cost of the whole program. In case of refusal to travel no later than one month before the start of the tour, no refund, but remains in your «account» to pay for future adventures throughout the year.

  • Three times meals a day for the period of staying alpine zone: breakfast, dinner, and lunch box for the daytime (sandwiches, dried fruit, biscuits, chocolates). On the summit day we will give you special assault kit supply.

  • In case of life danger of the participants, the guide have the right to stop the ascension and cancel the summit.

  • According to the program guide and assisting guides work with groups of 4 or more people.

  • This program is potentially dangerous to the health and life of any of the participants. Guides will provide necessary security, and you should comply the safety regulations.

  • Before summit Elbrus the group will be registered in the Ministry of Emergency Situations. We can contact with rescue team all over the route.

    Tickets  information:

    The group meets in Mineralnye Vody before 10.00 a.m. You can take your back ticket on the last day after 19:00 local time. 

Day by day description

Day 1. Meeting of the group in Mineralnye Vody or in Kislovodsk (in Kislovodsk we will use off road transport). Transfer to the Polyana Emanuelya (Emmanuel's meadow, alt. 2500 m.). Walking to the mineral springs Djyly-Su. Night in a tents on Polyana Emanuelya.


Day 2. Acclimatization hike to Lakkolit refugee, alt. 3800 m. Carrying part of the food and gear to the base camp. Night in the tents at Emmanuel's meadow.

Day 3. Hiking to high camp (alt. 3800 m.) with rest of the gear. This is the place, where our summit will begin later.

Day 4. Acclimatization hike  to Lentz Rocks (alt. 4500-4700 m.). Night in a high camp in the Lakkolit refugee hut (alt. 3800 m.). Climbing skills training: self-fall-arresting on snow and ice slopes with an ice axe, movement on snow and ice slopes, belaying. Location: Ice fields of Elbrus Mountain. Night in a base camp in tents (alt. 3800 m.).

Day 5. Hiking to Lentz Rocks (alt. 4700-4900 m.) with all equipment and tents. Rest time. Preparation for the summit. The early bed time.

Day 6. Rest day. Preparing to the summit. Going to sleep early.

Day 7. Summit day. It's a special day. You will need to get ready to be active during 12-14 hours (average time for the summit). It is important to remember that you will need energy not only for ascent but also for descent.

Day 8. Extra day for bad weather. Descent to the Emanuel's Meadow (alt. 2500 m.). Rest time. Celebration of the successful summit.

Day 9.  Transfer to Kislovodsk and Mineralnie Vody. Arriving to Kislovodsk before 13:00. Arriving to Mineralnye Vody before 15:00.


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