Elbrus

  • Difficulty: 2 Scrambling on low angled terrain of a low technical nature, on snow or rock. Ropes may occasionally be used. Climbers do not need previous experience but do need an ability to move over rough ground. Short steep sections that will require a rope. Basic snow/ice/rock climbing. We recommend that climbers are familiar with ice axe and crampon techniques and/or basic rock climbing techniques although this can often be taught during the trip. Steep terrain that requires moderate level climbing skills on snow/ice/rock. Emphasis on good cramponing skills. Will need experience with rope techniques including rappelling/abseiling and snow camping techniques. Extensive steep terrain. Climber to be capable of following multi pitch climbs and have rope management skills, belay techniques, climbing calls, rappelling/abseiling skills and alpine bivouac and snow camping techniques. Extreme terrain. Climber will have extensive experience on rock or ice and a complete understanding of anchors and protection techniques and a high degree of comfort following longer difficult sections of ice and/or rock in alpine gear with a pack.

    Fitness: B A level of fitness sufficient to carry a light pack (10kg/22lb) and be capable of moving for several hours at a stretch with short stops every hour. Training would include regular walking on hills and gym work to develop strength: light running, swimming and biking. Defined as one who exercises regularly although not necessarily to a really high level, capable of carrying a pack weighing 18kg/40lb for several hours. Regular cardiovascular exercise (3-4 times a week gym/bike/stairs) and include pack carrying on rough ground once a week. A high standard of fitness. Capable of climbing with a heavy pack (25kg/55lb) for extended periods in mountain conditions. High level of training specific to climbing that would include heavy pack carrying over rough terrain and other preparation such as regular gym/pool/bike training. Excellent level of fitness from participants who would have an ongoing commitment to training and maintaining fitness specific to climbing. Expect long days in extreme conditions. Preparation would include heavy pack carrying, specific conditioning through rock and/or ice climbing and habitual cardio vascular exercise.

    Duration

    12 & 14 Days

    Elevation

    5,642m / 18,510ft

 © Andrew Wexler
Elbrus Summit
© Andrew Wexler
17 June 2014
  • Get a taste of high-mountain adventure on one of the Seven Summits
  • Discover the wonders of St Petersburg and Moscow
  • Experience non-technical moderate-altitude mountaineering


Elbrus is a giant dormant volcano separating Europe from Asia. It is the highest peak in Europe and is an appropriate objective as your first or second of the Seven Summits.

We begin the expedition in St Petersburg where we visit the art galleries, museums and architecture of this magical city. A travel day delivers us to the Elbrus region where we climb the local hills to aid our acclimatisation.

Being relatively high, Elbrus demands respect and we approach this by climbing higher each day during our acclimatisation phase whilst sleeping at lower elevations at night. A cable car takes us up to accommodation at the base of the climb where you can learn basic snow and ice techniques from the guides prior to the ascent. The summit day entails climbing long snow slopes with views over the wooded valleys to the surrounding peaks.

After climbing Elbrus, we travel to Moscow, an iconic European city steeped in history.

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"As soon as I climbed Elbrus with AC there was no returning to anyone else. AC are definitely the best operator out there, you should be justly proud of the operation that you have developed." 
Phil Drowley, UK

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 Mount Elbrus, 5633m  © Mark Sedon

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