The climb of Mt. Elbrus is long and strenuous. It is not technically difficult but usually requires
crampons, and sometimes ice-axes. No previous experience or climbing skills required - our guides provide
necessary basic crampons, rope and ice-axe technique lessons during acclimatization hikes.
Scheduled public 10 day (9 night) Mt. Elbrus tours in 2013 year:
These standard tours are regular guaranteed departure tours. No matter if you come with a group
of friends or travel alone - everybody is welcome to join a tour and a tour will be run for the same
price if at least one person singes up.
Standard itinerary starts from Mineralnye Vody airport and ends in Mineralnye Vody airport (MinVody).
You can come to MinVody independently In this case you have to inform us about your
arrival in Mineralnye Vody flight details. Our guide will meet you at the airport.
If you come via Moscow you can order services in Moscow from us. We offer hotel accommodations, transportation, excursions and in some cases flight tickets Moscow-MinVody-Moscow.
The dates of departure and prices are GUARANTEED. The tour will be run if at least one person signed up for the period.
The 'high' (more expensive) period is NOT the better period for visiting regarding chances for better weather but only the period of higher demand.
Dates (season 2013)
Package cost - from Mineralnye Vody airport to Mineralnye Vody airport.
in group / tried / success
The prices are fixed in Russian Rubles. May be paid in US dollars or in Euro according to the Central Bank of Russia current exchange rate on the date of payment.
The prices in Euro and USD below are calculated according to
March 25th, 2017
official exchange rates and may be different on the date you pay. USD/RUB: 57.4247
May 15 - May 24, 2013
May 22 - May 31, 2013
1 / 1 / 1 clear, windy
May 29- June 07, 2013
June 05 - June 14, 2013
7 / 7 / 7 visibility 150 m, wind
June 12 - June 21, 2013
5 / 4 / 4 bad weather, strong wind, snow, visibility 10 m
June 19 - June 28, 2013
2 / 0 / 0
June 26 - July 05, 2013
8 / 8 / 8 snowfall, wind
July 03 - July 12, 2013
8 / 8 / 8 clear, windy
July 10 - July 19, 2013
2 / 2 / 1 very bad weather gale-force wind visibility 10 meters
Day 1. Arrival day. Meeting in Minerlanye Vody airport (MinVody), transportation (4 hours) to our hotel (2100 m above sea level) at the foothills of Elbrus. (more info) Day 2. Acclimatization ascent (using ski lifts if possible) of Cheget Mountain,
3450 m. Stunning view of Mt. Elbrus and Mt. Donguzorun. Overnight
stay in the hotel. (more info) Day 3. Ride ski lifts. Acclimatization hike on Elbrus slopes up to 4100 m. Descent to the
valley. Overnight stay in the hotel. (more
info) Day 4. Ride ski lifts. Set up base camp at Barrels huts (3800 m.) Acclimatization hike up to 4500 m. Basic ice/snow/rope/self-belay course.
Overnight stay in the hut on the slopes of Elbrus. (more
info) Day 5. Acclimatization hike up to 5000 m. Overnight stay at the hut. (more
info) Day 6. Relax day. Overnight stay at the hut. (more info) Day 7. Summit day. Leave base camp about 3 am for the climb
of Elbrus' west summit, 5642 m (18,498 feet). Descend to base camp. Overnight stay at the hut.(more info) Day 8. Reserve day for climbing Elbrus (in case of bad weather)
or descent to the Baksan valley if we climb the summit on day 7. (more info) Day 9. Reserve day for climb and descend to the Baksan valley or a hiking/relax day if a group have already descended. (more info) Day 10. Transportation (3 hrs.) to Mineralnye Vody. (more info)
Land cost of the tour includes:
Baksan valley, Caucasus - 'Semerka' hotel or similar - shared
twin or triple room.
Base camp - The Barrels huts.
Transfers mentioned in the itinerary, by bus and lifts.
All meals. (if you like to cook your own meals our guide will provide you with hot, boiled water
and necessary assistance.)
All necessary permits and registrations.
Guide(s). One guide for the group throughout the tour. One mountain guide for three people for the
summit attempt (1/3 guide/client ratio).
One summit attempt with guides (more about this)
Group equipment (ropes, ice screws etc)
Land cost of the tour does not include.
Transfers not included in the program.
Riding snow-cat (Ratrak, a vehicle transporting people along the snow slopes).
Single occupancy supplement (on request).
Personal equipment (such as sleeping bag, boots, crampons etc)
Service (guide, cook) in case of additional climb (more about this)
Conditions, deposit, cancellations and refund policy:
There are two parts. The Elbrus part and additional service part (if you ordered that).
For the Elbrus part (MinVody-MinVody program).
- We require a deposit of 5000 Rubles per person (Currency Calculator) before we actually accept your booking and send visa support to you.
Normally we send visa support shortly after receiving a deposit but we can delay visa support sending if you ask for this. After visa support was sent the cancellation fee is 5000 Rubles per person
i.e. the deposit for the Caucasus (Elbrus) tour is non refundable. However you can use these money as a prepayment in case you order any tour from us in future.
remaining amount must be paid before the tour starts either in advance
by bank or cash transfer or in cash to our rep in the Caucasus right upon arrival in the mountain hotel.
- After the tour starts there will be no refund for any unutilized service.
We do not cancel a tour if at least one person signs up and the price will stay same even if you are the only one customer on the tour. If you sign up and pay you can be sure that you go. That is our real advantage over competitors.
- You do not really loose your deposit if you cancel. If you order a tour from us one day even in a couple of years we will count these money as your prepayment.
For city services and airtickets if you order additional service.
- Normally we do not require full payment for additional services and airtickets in advance. You can pay for them when you pay the balance for the entire tour. However sometimes some services (such as airtickets) may require payment soon after the confirmation to keep their cost. In that case we will inform you about terms of payment.
- You can cancel hotel reservations 3 business days in advance without
penalty. There will be no refund you you cancel later than 3 business
days in advance.
- You can cancel excursions and transportation in Moscow 1 business day
in advance without penalty. There will be no refund you you cancel later
than 1 business day in advance.
- The refund for airtickets if you cancel the flight will be according to
the airline rules, depending on the airline which runs that flight. They
retain from 5 to 25 percent iif you cancel in advance and up to 50% in case
you miss the flight.