We are the only company in the world who send an International guide and doctor on our Elbrus (5,642m) expeditions while keeping group sizes sustainably small. Sending an international guide and doctor on all our Elbrus treks allows us to deliver an unrivalled level of safety and service for each and every one of our clients. Having smaller group sizes allows us to minimise our environmental impact and foster a stronger team dynamic.
Elbrus (5,642m) is Europe’s highest peak and one of the ‘Seven Summits’. Unlike most companies we ascend the mountain from the Northside which has a lot of advantages when compared to the South side. The South side of Elbrus is essentially a ski resort. Ascending the mountain from this side sees climbers use cable cars, car lifts and piste machines to reach 4,700m and then walk the last 942 metres to reach the summit.
The Northside is far more remote and so feels like a proper adventure! There is only a fraction of climbers on this side, however the highest place we can sleep on the mountain is at 3,700m which makes the summit day extremely tough with 1,900m elevation gain.
Located on the stunning Caucasus range the scenery on Elbrus is second to none. These beautiful mountains, which separate the Black Sea and Caspian Sea, are almost 1,000km across. The weather in the region is notoriously fickle and getting a clear window is the key to a successful summit attempt. Our 14-day itinerary allows us time to adjust the summit day by a day or two to take advantage of those windows when possible. The route from Camp 1 to the summit is completely covered in snow and ice but it is not technical. We would recommend you have experience on snow and ice but it is not essential as we will provide training on the expedition.
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.