The giant dormant volcano of Elbrus


Elbrus, Europe's highest peak is a giant dormant volcano that separates Europe from Asia. The straightforward yet spectacular climb is contrasted by the cultural exploration of architectural wonders in Moscow and St Petersburg.

With short 12 or 14 day options, the Elbrus Expedition is an ideal objective as your first or second of the Seven Summits.

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Difficulty Level Medium ?
Fitness Level Medium ?
Duration 12 or 14 days
Elevation 5,642M / 18,510FT
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Summit celebrations - Mike Roberts

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Historic St Petersburg - Mike Roberts

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The incredible architecture of St Basil's Cathedral, Moscow - Mike Roberts

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Acclimatising on the lower slopes of Mt Elbrus - Mike Roberts

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Scenic hikes help acclimatisation prior to the summit climb - Mike Roberts

From Jul 16 to Jul 29, 2018
Departs from St Petersburg, Russia
€4,500 EUR
From Jul 30 to Aug 10, 2018
Departs from Moscow, Russia
€4,100 EUR
From Aug 11 to Aug 22, 2018
Departs from Moscow, Russia
€4,100 EUR
  • Overview

    • Get a taste of high-mountain adventure on one of the Seven Summit
    • Also one of the Volcanic Seven Summits, comprised of the highest volcanoes on each of the seven continents
    • Discover the wonders of St Petersburg and Moscow
    • Experience non-technical moderate-altitude mountaineering

    We begin our Elbrus expeditions 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.

  • Payment Conditions

    Trip 1


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants mountain guides
    • All expedition organizational requirements
    • Hotel in St Petersburg and Moscow, two nights each city, twin share
    • Breakfasts in St Petersburg and Moscow
    • City tours in St Petersburg and Moscow
    • All lodging and food while on the expedition after departing St Petersburg until arriving Moscow, according to the itinerary
    • Group climbing equipment, food and fuel when on Mt Elbrus
    • Transfers from Hotel to airport for Mineralnye Vody flight and return
    • Flights from St Petersburg to Mineralnye Vody to Moscow
    • Transport Mineralnye Vody to Elbrus region
    • Chairlift transport and Snow Cat lift up fees


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Airport Transfer from International airport to Hotel and return - EUR55 per car (up to 2 pax)
    • Lunch and dinner while in St Petersburg and Moscow EUR40-EUR80 a meal
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Entry Visa for Russia
    • Climbing/ travel/ trip cancellation insurance or rescue costs
    • International round-trip travel costs into St Petersburg and out from Moscow, Russia
    • Excess baggage charges over 20kg allowance on domestic flights.
    • Spending on personal items such as gifts, alcohol/bottled drinks, laundry etc
    • Snow Cat or skidoo lift down fees (if you choose not to walk down)
    • Hotel costs and meals in the Baksan Valley if you descend early from the mountain
    • Gratuity to guides

    Trips 2 and 3


    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants mountain guides
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • Hotel in Moscow, one night either end of trip
    • Breakfasts in Moscow
    • All lodging and food while on the expedition after departing Moscow until arriving back in Moscow, according to the itinerary
    • Group climbing equipment, food and fuel in Elbrus region
    • Transfers from Hotel to airport for Mineralnye Vody flight and return
    • Flights from Moscow to Mineralnye Vody to Moscow
    • Transport Mineralnye Vody to Elbrus region
    • Snow Cat lift up and chairlift transport fees


    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Airport Transfer from International airport to Hotel and return - EUR55 per car (up to 2 people)
    • Lunch and dinner while in Moscow EUR40-EUR80 a meal
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Entry Visa for Russia
    • Climbing/ travel/ trip cancellation insurance or rescue costs
    • International round-trip travel costs into/out from Moscow, Russia
    • Excess baggage charges over 20kg allowance on domestic flights.
    • Spending on personal items such as gifts, alcohol/bottled drinks, laundry etc
    • Snow Cat or skidoo lift down fees (if you choose not to walk down)
    • Hotel costs and meals in the Baksan Valley if you descend early from the mountain
    • Gratuities for guides

    Account Information

    All payments should be made by bank transfer to the following bank and account:

    Bank of New Zealand
    Offshore Branch
    1 Willis Street
    Wellington, New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Swift Address:
    Beneficiary’s Account Number:
    Beneficiary’s Account Name:
    Account Type:
    Adventure Consultants Limited

    We can accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card – Visa, Mastercard or Amex with a 3% surcharge, or by bank transfer as per the details above.


    A non-refundable deposit of EUR500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.


    The balance of funds is payable 90 days prior to trip start date.

    Cancellation & Refund Policy

    Once you have paid your deposit your trip is confirmed, subject to payment of the balance of fees owing 90 days prior to your trip commencement date. An expedition member may then cancel his/her participation on the following basis:

    • Cancellations outside of 90 days will result in the loss of the trip deposit.
    • For cancellations made within 89 - 60 days of the trip commencement date, we reserve the right to retain 50% of the balance payment fee.
    • For cancellations within 59 days of the departure date, a cancellation fee of 100% of the full fee applies.

    Trip Cancellation Insurance

    Team members should take out private insurance if they wish to be covered against cancellation due to medical or personal reasons. This is called Trip Cancellation insurance and can be obtained through your normal travel agent.

  • Trip Notes

    Elbrus Trip 1Elbrus Trips 2 3The Expedition Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants' Elbrus Expeditions.

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the images or download a pdf by clicking the following links:

    Elbrus Trip 1 Trip Notes

    Elbrus Trips 2 & 3 Trip Notes

    Team Membership

    The team will have a minimum size of 6 members and 2 guides and a maximum size of 12 members and 3 guides.

    Our Guides

    The expedition leader will be scheduled approximately six months out from the trip start. All of our expedition leaders have extensive experience at high altitude and a proven record of safety, success and compatibility.

    Mike Roberts croppedMike Roberts
    Lead Guide Elbrus 2017

    Mike Roberts has been guiding for nearly 30 years and during his career has climbed many of the world’s highest mountains including 8 ascents of Everest including back to back ascents of Everest and Lhotse.

    He has also managed to fit in 15 seasons mountain and ski guiding in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, 19 seasons in Antarctica as a Field Leader / Guide to the USA and NZ Antarctic Programs, SAR Leader for the Joint Antarctic Search and Rescue team, has worked as a Professional Ski Patroller / Avalanche Forecaster and is a qualified Physiotherapist. Mike is also a fully qualified IFMGA Mountain & Ski Guide.

    Head Office Support Team

    Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.

    Kelly MclarenKelly McLaren, Client Liaison

    Kelly brings a vast knowledge of AC expeditioning to her role as 'Rest of the World' Client Liaison. Having worked for AC since 2004 Kelly oversees those trips outside of New Zealand, Europe or the Himalaya.

    AC Team 2016 Landscape

    Your Health

    Expedition members will be provided with pre-trip medical advice and a medical questionnaire and asked to visit their family physician and receive a full medical examination. This information will be sighted only by the expedition leader and our medical adviser and treated with full confidentiality. Please also enquire about our Fitness Training Programs.


    Food will be of the highest standard possible, given the remoteness of the location. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. For special diets such as vegan and gluten/dairy free we will call you to discuss your needs and how this will work on the expedition in Russia.

    Clothing & Equipment

    Adventure Consultants will supply all group gear (e.g. ropes, stoves, food) whilst expedition members are to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. A comprehensive equipment list will be provided to expedition members upon confirmation of your participation.

  • Itinerary

    Trip 1 initiates in St Petersburg and finishes in Moscow where we get to sample a lot of the local culture along the way.

    Arrive St Petersburg, Russia. Team meeting, gear check and welcome meal.
    2 St Petersburg tour. We tour around this remarkable city to view the incredible architecture and visit the Hermitage Museum; famous for its array of art classics. Later we explore the remarkable Peter and Paul Fortress.
    3 Depart St Petersburg for the flight to Mineralnye Vody. Travel by coach to Terskol in the Baksan Valley.
    4 Acclimatisation ascent (using ski lifts) of Cheget Mountain, 3,600m. Stay in a local hotel.
    5 4WD to a waterfall (2,700m), acclimatisation hike to Ice Camp (3,700m). Return to hotel.
    6 Ride ski lifts and head out for an acclimatisation hike. Overnight stay in the newly renovated Islam Hut (3,900 m) on the slopes of Elbrus.
    7 Acclimatisation hike to the Obelisk.
    8 Acclimatisation hike to Pastukhov Rocks, return to hut.
    9 Summit day. Leave hut about 3 am for the climb of Elbrus’ west summit, 5,642 m. Overnight in hut.
    10 Contingency summit day. Overnight in hut.
    11 Spare summit day, descend to the valley and return to the hotel.
    12 Drive to Mineralnye Vody. Fly to Moscow, stay at hotel.
    13 City tour in Moscow, visit famous Russian landmarks like the Kremlin, Red Square and enjoy the modern Russian culture to be found in this entertaining city.
    14 Depart hotel for the airport. Fly home

    Trips 2 and 3 start and finish in Moscow and are thus two days shorter, although the time on the mountain is the same as Trip 1.

    1 Arrive Moscow and transfer to the hotel. Team meeting, gear check and welcome meal.
    2 Two-hour flight to Mineralnye Vody (Caucasus). Travel by coach to Terskol in the Baksan Valley.
    3 Acclimatisation ascent (using ski lifts) of Cheget Mountain, 3,600m. Stay in a local hotel.
    4 4WD to a waterfall (2,700m), acclimatisation hike to Ice Camp (3,700m). Return to hotel.
    5 Ride ski lifts and head out for an acclimatisation hike. Overnight stay in the newly renovated Islam Hut (3,900m) on the slopes of Elbrus.
    6 Acclimatisation hike to the Obelisk.
    7 Acclimatisation hike to Pastukhov Rocks, return to hut.
    8 Summit day. Leave hut about 3 am for the climb of Elbrus' west summit, 5,642m. Overnight stay in hut .
    9 Reserve day for climbing Elbrus. Overnight in hut.
    10 Spare Summit Day. Descend to the valley and return to the hotel.
    11 Drive to Mineralnye Vody and fly back to Moscow. Overnight in hotel.
    12 Trip ends, depart Moscow.
  • Add Ons

    If you are planning on having extra time to explore Russia, we are happy to assist with arranging additional city tours in Moscow and St Petersburg, tickets to the Russian ballet, a river cruise and for the more adventurous, train tickets between the major cities.

    KilimanjaroIf you're looking to complete the Seven Summits or would like to climb two contrasting mountains in different parts of the world in one trip, then our Kili - Elbrus Combos are ideal. The combos begin with the easier Kilimanjaro Expedition, then moves across to join one of our Elbrus expeditions.

    Dates and Expedition details are as follows; please contact us for more details.

    Kilimanjaro #4 July 1 - 13, followed by Elbrus #1, July 16 - 29, 2018
    Kilimanjaro #5 July 15 - 27, followed by Elbrus #2, July 30 - August 10, 2018

    You can view the trip notes online by clicking the image or download a pdf by clicking the following link:

    Kilimanjaro Trip Notes

    We offer Privately Guided Expeditions where you have the services of a top AC western guide as well as the support of Russian guides and cooks who work together on the expedition to ensure your needs are best met. AC have been fortunate enough to work with many private Elbrus groups over the years with exceptional results.

  • Travel & Rescue Insurance

    Adventure Consultants recommends the following travel insurance and rescue insurance options, although this is only just a start! Once you book on a trip with AC, your Client Liaison will help you by sending through advice on your options;

    • Travel insurance
    • Trip interruption
    • Trip cancellation
    • Rescue / Evacuation / Medical insurance


    CoverMore LogoIndulge your spirit of adventure, but protect yourself against all of those unforeseen events that can occur prior to or whilst on your trip with Adventure Consultants. Together with CoverMore Insurance, Adventure Consultants are now offering advice and assistance in purchasing CoverMore policies. With quality travel insurance cover, comes peace of mind and the freedom to venture around the world with confidence, in the knowledge that you will have the support and assistance of CoverMore, if you need it.

    Adventure Consultants highly recommends the Options Plan as this gives you the highest level of cover and benefits available. This includes cover for trip cancellation and amendment which protects your travel investment, medical and dental emergencies, lost luggage/personal belongings and travel delay, amongst other things.

    You can tailor your cover further by adding on winter sports, annual multi-trip cover, scooter riding and working holidays to name a few.

    Why CoverMore?

    • They provide cover where others won’t. e.g. terrorism scares, natural disasters, civil unrest and redundancy.
    • Protect your travel investment by choosing cancellation/interruption cover that meets your needs.
    • The option to increase your cover on valuable luggage items such as cameras and laptops.
    • Adventure Sports Cover for a variety of activities. Trekking is automatically covered, provided that reasonable care is taken, and you are not using ropes or other mountaineering equipment.
    • Free Global SIM card.
    • 24 hour emergency medical and travel assistance centre that is staffed by specialist doctors, nurses and case managers. This now includes the new Travel GP service, allowing you to talk in person to an Australia-based GP.

    Who and what trips is the policy suitable for?

    • Non-New Zealand residents travelling inbound to New Zealand – suitable for cover when travelling around New Zealand, but mountaineering or climbing is excluded.
    • New Zealander's travelling outbound on a trekking adventure e.g. Everest Base Camp Trek, Khumbu Trek, Kilimanjaro, Tour du Mont Blanc Trek and Mustang Horse Trek.

    For more information or assistance, please contact your Client Liaison at Adventure Consultants. Policies can also be purchased directly at CoverMore.


    Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance Logo webRipCord is the leading medical evacuation program offering elite evacuation and rescue services. With their new partnership with TravelEx, they can also now provide the benefits of a traditional travel insurance product with their just released, RipCord Rescue Travel Insurance™. This is specifically designed for the adventure enthusiast with unique trip cancellation/interruption, medical expense, sporting equipment and other coverage benefits to protect your financial investment.

    RipCord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, an elite team of special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliate physicians, paramedics, nurses, former intelligence officers and other medical/security experts comprising the most experienced team in the industry. They will rescue you from the field wherever your emergency occurs and evacuate you to your home country hospital of choice.

    RipCord rescues you from the field if you have an emergent medical condition that will result in significant permanent injury and/or death, but does not require hospitalisation.

    Tusker Trail founder, Eddie Frank, describes his experience with Redpoint Resolutions’ RipCord Travel Protection:

    “We [Tusker Trail] only have one or two evacuations a year and they occur because of life-threatening emergencies. Emergencies that are immediate and now. There is zero room for hesitation or error. Redpoint Resolutions founders Ted Muhlner and Tom Bochnowski are two guys who understand commitment. When they say they’re going to do something, they do it. I chose their Ripcord Travel Protection program for my climbers and trekkers because Tom and Ted come from the military, where your word and your handshake mean everything. Tom Bochnowski joined me on our recent Kilimanjaro Climb for Valor. During this climb two of our climbers suffered high altitude emergencies. Tom worked hand in hand with me to ensure the successful helicopter evacuation of the two climbers. Redpoint’s Stanford Medicine-affiliated physician Avi Patil, who was also climbing with us, assisted me with critical medical decisions that helped prevent a bad outcome. The teamwork and the level of care and commitment provided to my climbers and me during these recent evacuations has only further cemented my team’s partnership with Redpoint and their RipCord Travel Protection program. After more than 39 years and 51 successful climbs, recommending RipCord for my climbers is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.” - Eddie Frank, Tusker Trail

    RipCord are proud to partner with Adventure Consultants to provide RipCord’s industry leading rescue, evacuation and travel insurance coverages to its clients.

    Check out their latest promotional video or click here to learn more.


    Global Rescue SnipAdventure Consultants also recommends the rescue evacuation and security membership/services provided by Global Rescue, which provides transport from the point of illness/injury back to your home countries hospital of your choice. TotalCare provides real-time access to medical information and coming soon, this includes urgent card and speciality consultations from some of the world’s health physicians at the Elite Medical Group and John Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore.

    Recently Global Rescue has released a new travel insurance product, the Signature Travel Insurance option. This has no height limitation and gives comprehensive cover for trip cancellation/interruption, medical and dental expenses, delays, lost luggage as well as optional add-ons to ‘cancel or interrupt for any reason. This is currently only available to US Residents.

    Click here to find out more about this insurance cover which covers climbing and is thus suitable for many of our expeditions.

  • FAQ

    • Expedition Documentation

      Please note you will be emailed out a set of Team Reference Notes upon registration. This extensive booklet includes detailed information to assist in the planning of your trip; from travel and medical advice to equipment lists and photography tips. The following is to serve as a helpful guideline but please feel free to call or e-mail, if you have any further questions as our team is here to help!

    • The Climb

      Do we really ride snowcats and skidoos on the mountain? Isn’t this cheating?
      We do ride snowcats or skidoos during our climb, but it is far from cheating! Any ground on which we use “mechanical assistance” to climb, we already will have walked to that height on foot. For example on summit morning, we will ride the snowcat to Pastukhov Rocks; while 1 or 2 days prior, we will have walked there during our final acclimatisation climb.

      Can I bring my skis?
      While it is possible to ski from the summit, we only offer a ski trip on Elbrus as a private trip. Contact our office for details.

    • Food, Accommodation & Facilities

      I hear that Moscow is the most expensive city in the world! Is this true?
      It is one of the most expensive cities in the world. A simple cappuccino can sometimes cost USD$7! We work hard to try to find the most comfortable and affordable restaurants and hotels. It is the classic case of tourists always paying more, but if you are diligent and follow your guides advice, usually you can avoid the worst of it.

      What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city?
      Excellent ones! Both the hotels in St Petersburg and Moscow will either be the Holiday Inn, rated 4 star or a comparable centrally located property. We always utilise modern hotels with world class facilities including various restaurants, heated pools and a convenient central location making it is easy to get out to explore the city.

      What is the accommodation like?
      We stay in the newly renovated Islam Hut, which provides basic bunk style hut accommodation. It is reached by ski lift. Our expedition cook caters for us here.

      Will I be sharing a room with other climbers? Is there a single room option on this trip?
      Yes, the bunk rooms in Islam Hut on the mountain are shared facilities. In the hotels, typically you will share with one other team member as, the expedition cost is based on a twin-share basis. There is a single room option available for both of the city hotels as well as the valley hotel, so please contact out office for the single supplement prices.

      What kind of food do you have on the mountain?
      Food is provided by our expedition cook at the hut and we also provide plenty of snacks, fruit and of course, fresh coffee! If you have any specific dietary requirements, please do let our office know in advance so that we can arrange suitable alternatives.

    • Travel

      One of your trips goes to St. Petersburg; the others do not, why?
      We wanted to offer a variety of options for those that want to climb Elbrus, but don’t have the time to visit both of Russia’s majestic cities. The longer trip allows for one full day of sightseeing in St. Petersburg (often called the Venice of Russia) prior to the expedition and one day in Moscow at the end.

      The second and third trips are direct to/from Moscow and allow for no city tours. This is for the climber who just wants to climb the mountain and who plans on coming back to “see the sights” another time.

      Where do I meet and will I be picked up?
      For trip one, please fly into St Petersburg's Pulkovo International Airport (LED) and for trips two and three, either into Moscow's Sheremetyevo (SVO) or Domodedovo (DME) International Airport's. As the airports are located outside the city centre, we will assist in arranging airport transfers. Your guide will usually meet you on your arrival at the hotel.

      A month or so before the trip, you will receive a final details letter outlining the hotel and agent contact details, the team member list, airport transfer information as well as other last minute tips.

      What if I arrive early or depart late?
      Due to the excessive amount of bureaucracy in Russia (and the pedantic nature of their officials), the planning of this expedition is very time consuming as every detail must be confirmed well in advance to meet our obligations with visa and travel documentation. Changes from the plan can become very expensive and flexibility is not an option like it is in the west. For this reason, we request that expedition members ensure their travel arrangements in and out of the country are as close to our itinerary as possible. You cannot arrive earlier into Russia than the date stamped on your Russian visa. If you do have plans for extra days in Russia on either side of the itinerary, please do let your client liaison know so that they can assist with this as per the visa requirements.

      I hear getting to the mountain involves a long travel day, is this true?
      If you have ever seen the Steve Martin movie “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” that is sort of what it feels like. The valley where the mountain is located is in a remote part of the country. So typically we spend a day travelling to get there. This will involve a domestic flight, which is always exciting in Russia, followed by a bus ride. While it sounds simple, travel inside of Russia can be somewhat slow, so expect to plug into your music, move some duffel bags around between the flight and bus, and enjoy the countryside.

      Are there any entry or visa requirements?
      Yes, one of the biggest issues with travel in Russia is the visa! Almost all foreign travellers to Russia require a visa. Once your trip has been paid for and confirmed, and we have your flight arrival/departure details, we will provide the invitation letter and support documentation necessary to procure your visa to visit Russia. We usually like to do this approximately 6 weeks prior to the trip start date and you must submit your visa application as soon as we have sent you the appropriate invitation and support documents. The visa process normally takes up to 2 weeks, although you can opt for a speedier service by paying a higher fee. You will have to send your passport into your nearest Russian embassy along with the necessary paperwork. Your travel agent or a visa processing service should be able to assist you with this process.

    • Clothing & Equipment

      How heavy will my pack be?
      Due to the use of the chairlifts up to the hut, you will never have to carry a pack heavier than 15-20lbs/ 6-10kg. You will however, have to move your heavier backpack onto and off of cable cars and chairlifts up to the hut.

      Do you have a recommended list of clothing we should bring?
      Yes, you will be sent a personal clothing and equipment list once our office has received your trip registration form and deposit. We do also have a dedicated equipment coordinator that is happy to provide advice and answers to any questions you may have.

      Do I really need all the equipment on the equipment list?
      Yes, these lists have been carefully prepared and you must bring everything on the list. Please do not hesitate to contact our equipment coordinator, if you have any questions about purchasing gear. We can also arrange the rental of certain items, so if interested please check with our office.

      How warm do we need our sleeping bags to be?
      You will require a sleeping bag warm enough for you in conditions that can be between -5oC and -10oC. We cannot recommend enough as to buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear some clothes in, if it is especially cold.

    • Guides & Team Members

      How many climbers will be on this expedition?
      Typically 6 to 12 members will be on the trip with you.

      Can I contact other climbers or guides for this expedition?
      Sure! If you contact us before the trip, we will send out your request to other members and then it is up to them to contact you. We will never send you other members contact information due to our privacy policies. We do find that most team members are very keen to be in touch with each other prior to the expedition start date.

      How much should I tip my guide staff?
      We recommend approximately RB100-500 (EUR1.70 - EUR8.50) per person for the city tour guides and bus driver, and RB500-750 (EUR8.50 - EUR12.50 ) for the cook staff, and RB2000 (EUR34) per person for the local mountain guide. If you wish to acknowledge a particular staff member who has helped you a lot, then this can be done as a separate tip.

      Whilst we all want to acknowledge the valuable contribution of the Russian staff, it is also worth recognising the efforts of your western guide who will be very thankful of your appreciation. Feel free to discuss this topic with your guide.

    • Health & Fitness

      What are the skills/prior experience required for this climb?
      Elbrus is a glacier climb, so it would be good if you came to this trip having some snow experience under your belt. This would include having worn crampons and used an ice axe before. That said, we do provide a refresher on these skills when first arriving on the mountain and we are also happy to provide some additional training, prior to the expedition. Please talk to our team about this.

      What is the conditioning level needed for this climb?
      As the altitude is over 18,000ft / 5,000m, it is good to be in excellent cardiovascular shape, and be able to carry a moderate weight pack (6-10kg / 15-20lbs).

      How long is a typical day on the mountain?
      Days where we are acclimatising can be between 5-7 hours long. Summit day can be up to 15 hours, with the average summit day being 7-8 hours. The benefit of a long summit day is that we start and finish at the huts, rather than having to camp higher to shorten the summit day.

    • Communication & Electronic Devices

      What type of communication is available on the climb?
      Believe it or not, your mobile phone from home will work all the way to the hut and there is also 3G available. Please check to make sure you understand the roaming rates as it can be quite expensive to call from Russia. Your guide will also carry a satellite phone as a backup and for emergencies.

    • Insurance

      What insurance do we need to get?
      On all of our international expeditions, there is a requirement for each expedition member to have insurance to cover any personal or medical mishaps that may occur before or during the expedition. This should cover you for any costs incurred in the event of any illness, medical emergency or evacuation that occurs while on expedition as well as trip cancellation, baggage loss, damage or theft, or any other such mishap that may occur.

      Do I need evacuation insurance?
      Yes, it is very important. Many of our expeditions are in remote places with no roads and third world medical services. In the unlikely event you get sick, you want to get to good medical care ASAP.

      Who do you recommend for insurance?
      Coverage varies based on your nationality and the trip that you are taking with us. When you have booked on for a trip with us, we will send you comprehensive information on various insurance options which will serve as a good starting point for obtaining the best coverage available for yourself.

      What is Trip Cancellation Insurance?
      Trip cancellation insurance is an option that may allow you to cancel your trip without losing the total cost of the trip. Adventure Consultants highly recommends cancellation insurance for all of our trips. If circumstances cause us to cancel a trip (minimum numbers are not reached or travel to a country becomes too dangerous), then we refund your fees paid but trip cancellation insurance covers your airfare and any other costs you may have incurred.

    • Fees & Payments

      How much should I budget for this expedition? How much cash should I plan to bring?
      Seeing as Russia is an expensive country, it is difficult to plan and budget how much cash to bring. Fortunately, there are plenty of cash machines all over the big cities and several ATMs in the Terskol and Cheget area. You should budget for EUR40-80 per meal, whilst in St Petersburg and Moscow. Whilst in the Terskol Valley, we recommend approximately EUR400 to cover tips for the local staff, potential snowcat rides and other incidentals, with perhaps a little more for gifts and additional tips.

    • Photography

      I love the photographs in your brochure and on your website, are they for sale?
      Yes, our images are available for licensing or purchase.

    • Employment

      I want to become a mountain guide, where do I start?
      Those with limited experience generally start by taking an alpine climbing course and then go out and climb for a few years. You generally should have at least 5 years of climbing and/or teaching/guiding experience. You need avalanche and medical training and then you can apply to do a NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA. Check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association web pages for a complete description.

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Jon Blinstrub

I would recommend AC to anyone that had an interest in climbing. I have first-hand experience with the organization and would say that it lives up to its expectations.
Elbrus, 2017

Jon Blinstrub
1 8 Snow Cat descending

Great staff, great trip and I can’t wait to join you guys for the next adventure.
Elbrus 2017

Neil Beard