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 8-day (7-night) Mt. Elbrus tours in 2017 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 according to published dates, itinerary, services and price even for one person. If you sign up you can be sure you go.
Dates (season 2017)
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
20 September, 2017 exchange rates. USD/RUB: 57.7706
(RUB) fixed permanent price
(USD) calculated today's price
(EUR) calculated today's price
May 19 - May 26, 2017
7 / 7 / 0 heavy snowfalls
May 26 - June 02, 2017
6 / 6 / 3 snowfall, thunderstorm, wind, no visibility
16 / 16 / 0 bad weather, thunderstorm forced the group to return from the Saddle
Sept. 01 - Sept. 08, 2017
6 / 6 / 5 clear, windy
Sept. 08 - Sept. 15, 2017
6 / 6 / 6 clear
Sept. 15 - Sept. 22, 2017
2 / 2 / 2 clear
Itinerary of Standard 8-day Mt. Elbrus climb.
Day 1. (Friday):
Meeting in Mineralnye Vody airport.
Group transportation (4 hrs. by bus)
to our mountain hotel in the Elbrus area.
Dinner at hotel.
stay in the hotel, 2100 m. above sea level. (more
info about day 1)
Day 2. (Saturday):
Breakfast at hotel.
Acclimatization ascent of Cheget Mountain, 3450 m.
Lifts, lunch and dinner are included.
Overnight stay in the hotel. (more
info about day 2)
Day 3. (Sunday):
Breakfast at hotel (Full board from now until we are back to hotel after summit).
Transportation to lifts.
Overnight stay in the Pilgrim huts (3800 m) on the slopes of Elbrus. (more
info about day 3)
Day 5. (Tuesday):
Summit day. Leave base camp about 3 am for
the climb of Elbrus' west summit, 5642 m.
Descend to base camp.
Full board. Overnight stay at the huts. (more
info about day 5)
Day 6. (Wednesday):
Reserve day for climbing Elbrus (in case
of bad weather) or descent to the Baksan valley.
Overnight either at hotel or huts.
- Full board if we stay at huts. Breakfast at huts if we descend.
- At hotel then - lunch, dinner (a party at local cafe) are included. (more
info about day 6)
Day 7. (Thursday):
- If we are at huts: Breakfast at huts. Descend to the Baksan valley.
- If we returned on day 6: Breakfast at hotel, a hike or shopping around or any activity on your own.
Overnight stay in the hotel. (more
info about day 7)
Cost of the tour package includes:
Baksan valley: 'Semerka' hotel or similar, shared
twin or triple room. - Full board.
Base camp: Pilgrim huts - Full board.
Group transportation from airport to hotel.
Group transportation from hotel to airport.
Transfer in Elbrus area from hotel to lifts and back.
Lifts: for Mt. Cheget hike and for Elbrus
All necessary paperwork: visa support, permits and registrations.
Guide(s). One guide for the group throughout the tour. One mountain guide for 2-3 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 (+3000 Rubles, 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.