MAX. ALTITUDE: 5642m
Climb Elbrus the highest mountain in Europe. We reach the summit of Mount Elbrus via the pristine North-South traverse adhering to the climbing principles of tackling the mountain on its own terms. The satisfaction that comes from climbing with a small team of equally focused and dedicated mountaineers is extremely rewarding.
The summit is always a bonus but having gained it through your own “blood, sweat and tears” is much more satisfying and memorable than taking the chairlift to the top! Mount Elbrus is a huge double-domed dormant volcano located in the spectacular Caucasus Mountains of Russia. Starting on the Northern side of the mountain we begin a gradual ascent of the mountain, carrying our personal gear and a share of the teams’ camping equipment.
Taking our time to acclimatise we eventually reach our high camp where we refresh our glacier training, we trek to the summit col before heading up to the Western Summit where an amazing panorama awaits. Finally taking advantage of the aging ski infrastructure on the southern side we have a much faster descent to the distinctly Russian flavoured alpine village where we can relax after the climb. Elbrus is not a technical climb but the physical effort required to reach the summit on the traverse route can make it a tough few days in the mountains.
7 Great reasons to climb Elbrus with 360 Expeditions.
1. Itinerary; At 360 Expeditions we always try to deliver unique mountaineering experiences and climbing Elbrus is no exception. This expedition takes us on a traverse from North to South. We have selected a complete traverse of the highest mountain in Europe as our way to tick off another of the coveted Seven Summits. This ascent fits in well with the time frame offered by the standard route (and for a similar price) but offers a dimension of climbing not experienced when following the normal route, adding a fantastic taste to an area which few climbers get to experience. We have taken a new approach to climbing the mountain blending elements of ascending a high Himalayan peak with modern techniques of Alpinism to create a mountaineering experience that retains a pure exploratory element.
2. Our guiding team on Elbrus consists of both a 360 Expedition leader and several Russian guides. This assures you that the expedition is not only a lot of fun but professionally run and that on summit day every individual is well cared for.
3. Weather and Security: We only do the Elbrus traverse in the optimal summer months of late June to late August. This time frame provides the most reliable weather. In regards to regional security we closely work with several local sources for on-the-ground security information.
4. Accommodation on trek. For most climbers the way up the mountain is via the infamous “Barrels” a camp described either as an industrial wasteland or a filthy pit. A UK trekking magazine voted the toilet facilities as the most awful found on any mountain in the world. And that’s saying something! We stay away from the normal route and speedily pass by this camp on our descent. Instead you’ll be in big 3 man tents used by 2 people to give you a bit more personal space and more room for your belongings, in idyllic mountain pastures and directly under a huge glacier from which the twin summits of this majestic peak are clearly visible.
5. Meals on the trek. We bring a qualified camp cook on all our Elbrus traverses. These maestros ensure you are well fed, use fresh ingredients and serve delicious local meals. No boil in the bag boredom for us.
6. Hotel top and tailing expedition. You will be staying in the best hotel in a quiet mountain village at the end of this expedition. After your ascent you have the time to relax over a beer or head up the local hills in a cable car or a guided walk to get more amazing views. No need for taxies to and from the fun, it’s all on your door-step!
7. Travel to Russia. 360 Expeditions is ATOL bonded for your peace of mind and use reputable airlines and safe air routes to get you to Russia, with sensible departure times.