Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe and is one of the 7 summits of the world. It lies in the Caucasus ranges in Russia with a height of 5642m/18510 ft. It is a notorious mountain, the thin air and the extreme cold makes it challenging. It is a test of the mental strength, toughness and physical fitness. Since the route is more taxing it is recommended that trekkers should be physically fit.
What is included in the tour
- Hotel, shared double/triple room (by the program)
- Accommodation in the huts (by the program)
- Transfers by the program - buses and lifts
- Meals three times a day. Dinner on the first day, breakfast on the last day.
- All needed permits and registrations
- Guides. Leader guide through the tour and assistant guides on the summit day (1 guide for 3-4 people). Only one summit attempt for guides is included.
- Group equipment (ropes, ice screws, radios)
What is NOT included in the tour
- Air ticket,
- visa fees, visa processing charges,
- Riding snow cat on the summit day
- Single accommodation
- Personal equipment and gears, accessories
- Equipment hire charges. No equipment will be provided by BMC. However BMC can guide/help you to hire equipments on rent.
- Service (guide, cook) in case of additional climbs
- any additional delays due to weather or local situations
DAY 0 [flight]
Take Mineralnye Vody,Russia flight from your preferred destination. Delhi International Airport is recommended to avail better deals.
DAY 1 [hotel]
Arrive at Moscow airport. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 2 [Trek: 5 to 7 hours]
Arrive at Mineralnye Vody airport. You will be transported the hotel, drive to the hotel will be around 3 to 3.5 hrs. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 3 [Trek: 5 to 7 hours]
Acclimatization hike to Maid's Braids waterfall
(at 2700m) and further on to the observatory
DAY 4 [Trek: 5 to 7 hours]
Taking a ski lift to Mir station (at 3500m) and making an acclimatization hike to an elevation of 4200m. Descent to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
DAY 5 [Summit day]
Taking a ski lift to the refuge and setting up there. After a snack, making an acclimatization hike to an elevation of 4400m, till the end of the ridge. Overnight stay in the huts.
An acclimatization hike to Pastukhov's Rocks (at 4700m).
DAY 7 [Trek: 3 to 4 hours]
Rest day and Ice crafting, Snow crafting training Final preparations for summiting Elbrus.
DAY 8 [return]
Summiting Mt. Elbrus (5642m), with an early start (at 2-4 AM) and possible use of a Snowcat*. The proportion of guides and clients is strictly 1:3.
Reserve day if Day 7 summit attempt fails. Descent to the hotel. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Transfer to the airport at 7 AM. Probably there will be some time for a walk in Pyatigorsk
after you reach the airport. Stay overnight in hotel.
Spend your own time in Moscow, city visit. Stay overnight in hotel.
Veg and Non Veg European style Food (chicken, Mutton, Egg) will be served during the trek.
Vegetarians need to mention their food preferences during booking and the same will be arranged.
We advise you to purchase travel insurance after arranging a trip to cover yourself against any unforeseen circumstances. Basic recommended insurance coverage:
- Medical expenses
- Trip cancellation/interruption/delays
- Accidental injury/accident
- Lost, stolen or damaged baggage, personal effects or travel documents
- Coverage of high risk activity like trekking & mountaineering.
[BMC can help you get such insurance. Check with us for more details]
Please see the Equipment section for full recommendations for what you should bring and what is available to rent. Everything we provide is as a guide and you should decide on what's necessary and not.
Things to carry for Elbrus Trek:
Clothing and shoes:
Though Mt Elbrus is a steady climb, it should not be taken lightly. You should consult your doctor to check you are medically fit to endure a strenuous activity and able to acclimatize without injury. It is mandatory that you are physically fit for the trek. Prior hiking to higher altitudes will be beneficial, not must, for acclimatization during the actual climb. Please do some cardio exercises like swimming, jogging, cycling. Walking/running up the stairs with a back pack improves the Muscles and stamina. BMC will organize some warm up treks before the Elbrus Climb.
Altitude Sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is particularly an important consideration while trekking in high altitudes. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly above elevations of 3000m. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Loss of appetite
- Insomnia / sleeplessness
- Persistent headache
- Dizziness, light headache, confusion
- Disorientation, drunken gait
- Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs
- Slight swelling of hands and face
- Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
- Reduced urine output
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of appearance of any of the above symptoms any further ascend should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious problems may occur which can even cause death sometimes within a few hours. The only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to a lower elevation immediately.
Read more about AMS, HAPE and HACE and Diamox usage from the internet and consult your physician for the same.
We suggest you to meet us at office, understand all nitty-gritty and signup the form. We require copy of following documents:
- 2 Passport size photographs.
- Photocopy of your Passport front and back page.
- Medical Fitness Certificate, certified by Doctor.
- Blood group, Emergency contact numbers.
- Trekking is an activity where there are more than 50% chances of facing uncertainty, as you see we always write "Tentative Schedule", on treks its very difficult to make people walk with the speed we want.
- Weather conditions, permission changes are not in our hand, many times we are forced to change the itinerary, distance or place. But if for some reason we cancel the event we offer 100% refund to all the participants. In case of damage or lose of any of the BMC equipment or property, responsible member has to bear the cost.
- Transactions fees collected towards Card payments will not be refunded.
- Due to delay in schedule, extension of the trek, participant have to bear the cost of stay, food, flights, transportation has to be bear by participants as actual.
- BMC take responsibility to make your expedition safe and memorable but BMC does not take any responsibility of any mishap during the trek due to health issues, accident, wildlife movement, weather conditions.