Standing at an impressive 5642m (18,481’), Elbrus is Europe’s highest mountain and one of the ‘Seven Summits’. Elbrus is in the Caucasus Mountains which separate Europe and Asia stretching almost 1000km from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. This beautiful mountain range has some fantastic scenery with vast mountain views, alpine meadows and dense forest.
Our 14-day Elbrus climb allows plenty of time for acclimatisation and flexibility in the event of bad weather. Weather plays a huge part in a successful summit attempt with winds, blizzards, thunderstorms and mist common even in summer. Elbrus is covered in snow 365 days of the year and crampons and ice axes are required to reach the summit. However, the route we take on the Elbrus climb is not technical and we provide all training on the expedition. Climbing Elbrus from the North side is much more beautiful and less crowded than the classic south side. However, summit day is much tougher and it is essential that participants have previous experience on mountains above 5,000m. As well as camping throughout the itinerary the summit day involves a 1,900m ascent which can take over 16 hours.
Please note the following itinerary is very much subject to change based on weather conditions and the health and fitness of all expedition members. Our itinerary allows a fantastic opportunity to climb Elbrus without using any lifts or snowcats. You should be aware there is no guarantee in reaching the summit. The nature of high altitude peaks such as Elbrus means that sometimes we don’t get a window of good weather which allows us to attempt the summit.
We held a talk in the Great Outdoors in Dublin about both Elbrus and Aconcagua recently. We cover Elbrus first and then Aconcagua afterwards. We also have some general information from around 21 minutes in about fitness and our pre-departure weekends.