Climb the giant dormant volcano of Elbrus

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 wonders of enigmatic Russia.

With short 10, 11 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 10, 11 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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Enjoy a hearty lunch at Islam Hut - 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 06 to Jul 19, 2020
Departs from St Petersburg, Russia, finishes Moscow, Russia (14 days)
€4,950 EUR
From Jul 20 to Jul 30, 2020
Departs from Moscow, Russia, finishes Mineralnye Vody, Russia (11 days)
€4,300 EUR
From Aug 08 to Aug 17, 2020
Departs from and returns to Mineralnye Vody, Russia (10 days)
€4,100 EUR
  • Overview

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


    Adventure Consultants offers three options for climbing Elbrus. For those who wish to explore some of Russia's most beautiful cultural cities, Trip 1 is 14 days in duration and starts in St Petersburg and finishes in Moscow. Our shorter Trip 2 is 11 days long and starts in Moscow and finishes in Mineralnye Vody. If you wish to save all your sightseeing for another occasion, Trip 3 is 10 days and starts and finishes in Mineralnye Vody in the Caucasus region.

    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 we 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.

  • Dates & Prices

    Dates 2020

    Trip 1: July 6 - 19, 2020
    Trip 2: July 20 - 30, 2020
    Trip 3: August 8 - 17, 2020

    Pricing Schedule 2020

    The cost of Trip 1 ex St Petersburg, Russia, is 4,950 per person
    The cost of Trip 2 ex Moscow, Russia, is 4,300 per person
    The cost of Trip 3 ex Mineralnye Vody, Russia, is €4,100 per person

  • Payment Conditions

    Trip 1

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants mountain guides
    • All expedition organisational 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 Mount 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 snowcat lift up fees


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Airport transfer from international airport to hotel and return
    • Lunch and dinner while in St Petersburg and Moscow
    • 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.
    • Snowcat 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

    Trip 2

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants mountain guides
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • Hotel in Moscow, one night at the beginning of the trip
    • Breakfast in Moscow
    • All hotels, lodging and food while on the expedition after departing Moscow until after breakfast on final day departing Baksan Valley for Mineralnye Vody, according to the itinerary
    • Group climbing equipment, food and fuel in Elbrus region
    • Transfers from hotel to airport for Mineralnye Vody flight
    • Flight from Moscow to Mineralnye Vody
    • Return transport Mineralnye Vody to Elbrus region
    • Snowcat lift up and chairlift transport fees


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Airport transfer from international airport to hotel
    • Lunch and dinner while in Moscow
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Entry visa for Russia
    • Climbing/travel/trip cancellation insurance or rescue costs
    • International travel costs into Moscow, Russia and out of Mineralnye Vody, Russia
    • Excess baggage charges over 20kg allowance on domestic flights
    • Spending on personal items such as gifts, alcohol/bottled drinks and laundry, etc.
    • Snowcat 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
    • Meals in Mineralnye Vody upon return from the Elbrus region
    • Gratuities for guides

    Trip 3

    Inclusions

    The price of your trip includes the following:

    • Adventure Consultants mountain guides
    • All expedition organisational requirements
    • One night hotel in Pyatigorsk
    • Breakfast in Pyatigorsk
    • All hotel, lodging and food while on the expedition including breakfast before return to Mineralnye Vody for departure flights on Day 10, according to the itinerary
    • Group climbing equipment
    • Transfers from airport on arrival into Mineralnye Vody to Pyatigorsk and Elbrus region and back to Mineralnye Vody airport for return flight, as per the itinerary
    • Snowcat lift up and chairlift transport fees


    Exclusions

    The price of your trip does not include:

    • Airfares to Mineralnye Vody, Russia
    • Entry visa for Russia
    • Lunch and dinner while in Pyatigorsk, Day 1
    • Meals after breakfast departure day
    • Personal clothing and equipment
    • Climbing/travel/trip cancellation insurance or rescue costs
    • Spending on personal items such as gifts, alcohol/bottled drinks, laundry etc.
    • Snowcat or skidoo lift down fees (if you choose not to walk down)
    • Hotel costs and meals 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
    42 Willis Street
    Spark Central
    Wellington
    New Zealand

    for the account of Adventure Consultants Limited

    Swift Address: BKNZNZ22
    Beneficiary’s Account Number: 1000-594771-0002
    Beneficiary’s Account Name: Adventure Consultants Limited
    Account Type: EURO

    Note: All bank transfer charges are for the remitter's account.

    We can also accept your deposit and balance payment by credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Amex) plus a 3% card fee.

    Deposit

    A non-refundable deposit of 500 is payable to secure a place on the expedition.

    Balance

    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 1Elbrus Trip 2Elbrus Trip 3

    The 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 2020

    Elbrus Trip 2 Trip Notes 2020

    Elbrus Trip 3 Trip Notes 2020

    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 Trip 1 & 2, 2019

    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.

    JB Chandesris Web ProfileJB Chandesris

    Lead Guide Elbrus Trip 3, 2019

    Having begun his association with AC in our New Zealand guiding team, JB has fast become one of our most popular guides. Quickly progressing to bigger and bolder projects, JB has already gathered impressive high altitude experience, having summitted 8,167m/26,794ft Dhaulagiri without oxygen in 2017. JB has also led three expeditions to Antarctica’s highest peak, Vinson Massif (4,892m/16,050ft), and was Elbrus Lead Guide for AC in 2018.

    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.

    Amelia Crofut-BrittinghamAmelia Crofut-Brittingham, Client Liaison

    Amelia has been with Adventure Consultants since October 2017 in the role of Client Liaison. Having spent many years working in the ski industry, Amelia brings a wealth of experience to her role.


    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.

    Difficulty Rating

    Each of our trips is individually rated according to its physical and technical difficulty, displayed in the icons towards the top of each trip page. You can click on the accompanying question mark for additional descriptions and the full run-down of our grading system is available on our Difficulty Ratings page.

    Food

    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, etc.) 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

    Elbrus map labelled

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

    Day  
    Arrive St Petersburg, Russia. Team meeting, welcome meal and gear check.
    2 St Petersburg tour. View the incredible architecture, visit the Hermitage Museum with its art classics and the remarkable Peter and Paul Fortress.
    3 Depart St Petersburg and fly to Mineralnye Vody. Travel by coach to Terskol in Baksan Valley.
    4 Acclimatisation ascent (using ski lifts) of Cheget Mountain (3,600m/11,800ft). Stay in a local hotel.
    5 4WD to a waterfall (2,700m/ 8,850ft), acclimatisation hike to Ice Camp (3,700m/12,100ft). Return to the hotel.
    6 Ride ski lifts. Acclimatisation hike. Overnight stay in the newly renovated Heart of Elbrus Hut (3,900m/12,800ft) on the slopes of Elbrus.
    7 Acclimatisation hike to the Obelisk (4,100m/13,450ft).
    8 Acclimatisation hike to Pastukhov Rocks (4,600m/15,100ft), return to the hut.
    9 Summit day. Leave hut about 3am for the climb of Elbrus’ west summit (5,642m/18,510ft). Overnight in the hut.
    10 Spare summit day. Overnight in hut.
    11 Spare summit day, descend to the valley and return to hotel.
    12 Drive to Mineralnye Vody. Fly to Moscow, stay at a hotel.
    13 City tour in Moscow, visit famous Russian landmarks like the Kremlin, Red Square and enjoy the modern Russian culture in this entertaining city
    14 Depart hotel for the airport. Fly home.

    Trip 2 starts in Moscow and finishes in Mineralnye Vody and is thus three days shorter, although the time on the mountain is the same as Trip 1.

    Day  
    1 Arrive Moscow, Russia. Team meeting, welcome dinner and gear check.
    2 2-hour flight to Mineralnye Vody (Caucasus). 3-hour bus ride to a hotel in the Baksan Valley. Overnight stay in hotel.
    3 Acclimatisation ascent (using ski lifts) of Cheget Mountain (3,600m/11,800ft). Overnight stay in the hotel.
    4 4WD outing to a local waterfall (2,700m/ 8,850ft), acclimatisation hike to Ice Camp (3,700m/12,100ft). Return to the hotel.
    5 Ride ski lifts for an acclimatisation hike. Overnight stay in the newly renovated Heart of Elbrus Hut (3,900m/12,800ft) on the slopes of Elbrus.
    6 Acclimatisation hike to the Obelisk (4,100m/13,450ft), return to the hut.
    7 Acclimatisation hike to Pastukhov Rocks (4,600m/15,100ft), return to the hut.
    8 Summit day. Leave the hut about 3am for the climb of Elbrus’ west summit (5,642m/18,510ft). Overnight in the 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, trip ends, depart for home.

    Trip 3 starts and finishes in Mineralnye Vody and is the shortest of our three expedition offerings. This itinerary still incorporates a reserve summit day.

    Day  
    1 Arrive Mineralnye Vody airport and transfer to Pyatigorsk. Team meeting, welcome dinner and gear check.
    2 Drive to Elbrus region (Caucasus). 3-hour bus ride to a hotel in the Baksan Valley. Overnight stay in hotel.
    3 Acclimatisation ascent (using ski lifts) of Cheget Mountain (3,600m/11,800ft). Overnight stay in the hotel.
    4 4WD outing to a local waterfall (2,700m/ 8,860ft), acclimatisation hike to Ice Camp (3,700m/12,100ft). Return to the hotel.
    5 Ride ski lifts for an acclimatisation hike. Overnight stay in the newly-renovated Heart of Elbrus Hut (3,900m/12,800ft) on the slopes of Elbrus.
    6 Acclimatisation hike to the Obelisk (4,100m/13,450ft), return to the hut.
    7 Acclimatisation hike to Pastukhov Rocks (4,800m/15,750ft), return to the hut.
    8 Summit day. Leave the hut about 3am for the climb of Elbrus’ west summit (5,642m/18,510ft). Overnight in the hut.
    9 Reserve day for climbing Elbrus, descend to the valley and return to the hotel.
    10 Drive to Mineralnye Vody, trip ends, depart for home.
  • Add Ons

    St PetersburgIf 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.

    Kilimanjaro Shira BarafuIf 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 move across to join one of our Elbrus expeditions.

    2020 Dates

    Kilimanjaro #4 (June 21-July 3) followed by Elbrus #1 (July 6-19)
    Kilimanjaro #5 (July 5-17) followed by Elbrus #2 (July 20-30)

    Please click on the image to download the trip notes, visit our Kilimanjaro page or contact us for more information.

    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

    Finding the right travel and rescue insurance for your mountaineering adventure can be tricky! Rest assured when you book with the expedition specialists here at Adventure Consultants we'll help by sending through advice on what you'll need, including:

    • Travel insurance including trip interruption and cancellation cover
    • Medical Evacuation and Rescue Insurance


    For further information check out our Travel and Rescue Insurance page or contact us.

  • 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 contact us if you have any further questions as our team is here to help!

      info@adventure.co.nz
      US: +1 866 757 8722 (Freephone from North America)
      NZ: +64 3 443 8711 (Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm PST + 19 hours)

    • 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?
      It is possible to ski from the summit of Elbrus on one of our specialised expeditions, please see our dedicated Elbrus Ski page for more information.

    • 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 cities?
      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 in the Elbrus region?
      For climbers on Trip 3, Pyatigorsk is a spa town with modern and comfortable facilities. Hotels in the Baksan Valley are also well-appointed and convenient. On the mountain, we stay in the newly renovated Heart of Elbrus hut (also known as Islam Hut after the name of its owner). The hut provides basic bunk-style accommodation and the ground floor communal area is spacious and comfortable with a diner/booth layout and bar. The hut itself is accessed by ski lift.

      Will I be sharing a room with other climbers? Is there a single room option on this trip?
      Yes, the bunk rooms in the hut on the mountain are shared facilities. In the hotels, typically you will share with one other team member. There is a single room option available for the hotel nights, so please contact our office for prices.

      What kind of food do you have on the mountain?
      The Heart of Elbrus hut is fully catered and provides three hearty meals during set hours each day. 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

      Your Elbrus expeditions originate in different locations, why is this?
      We offer a variety of options for those that want to climb Elbrus. The longest trip, Trip 1, allows for a full day of sightseeing in St Petersburg (often called the Venice of Russia) at the start of the expedition and one day in Moscow at the end. Trip 2 departs directly from Moscow but without time for city tours and Trip 3 starts and ends in Mineralnye Vody, 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 1, please fly into St Petersburg's Pulkovo International Airport (LED). For Trip 2, fly into either Moscow's Sheremetyevo (SVO), Domodedovo (DME) or Vnukovo (KVO) International Airports. For Trip 3, please fly into Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV). We will assist in arranging airport transfers and your guide will usually meet you on your arrival at the hotel. A few weeks 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, the planning of this expedition is very time-consuming as every detail must be confirmed well in advance to meet our obligations with visa support 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 Russia are as close to our itinerary as possible. If you do plan to have extra days in Russia on either side of the itinerary, please let your client liaison know so that they can assist with this as per the visa support documents.

      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. Elbrus is located in the Baskan Valley, a remote part of Russia's Caucasus mountains. Trips 1 and 2 typically spend a full day travelling to get there, starting with a domestic flight to Mineralnye Vody, which is always exciting, followed by a bus ride to Terskol. Trip 3 buses direct from Pyatigorsk to Terskol. 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. At the balance payment date for your expedition, once the trip has been confirmed and we have your flight details, we will provide the invitation letter and support documentation necessary to procure your Russian visa. The visa process normally takes up to 4 weeks, although may take longer (sometimes up to 10 weeks!). You can begin the visa process up to three months in advance so we advise you to submit your visa application as soon as you have received the relevant documentation from our office. 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 duffel 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 or check out our Gear Store. 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 rated to about 0˚C. As you will be sleeping inside the hut, there is no need for any waterproof coatings. We recommend buying a sleeping bag big enough to allow you to wear extra clothes 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 (€1.70-€8.50) per person for the city tour guides and bus driver and RB2,000 (€34) 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 for 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 5,000m/16,500ft, it is good to be in excellent cardiovascular shape, and be able to carry a moderate weight pack (6-10kg/15-20lbs). Please also see our Fitness Training Programs page.

      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.

      How do I know this is the right trip for me?
      We offer trips to suit all levels of ability and ambition, from your first mountain experience to extreme ascents and everything in between. To help you navigate the choices available, our trips are graded by both the level of physical exertion and the level of skill required, allowing you to find your perfect expedition match. These ratings are displayed in the icons at the top of each expedition page, with a further explanation available by clicking on the accompanying question mark. A full run-down of the categories can be found on our Difficulty Ratings page and our team is more than happy to discuss your experience to find the right trip for you.

    • 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 developing 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. Please also visit our Expedition Insurance page.

      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 trip cancellation insurance for all of our treks and expeditions. 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?
      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 ATMs in Mineralnye Vody, the Terskol Village and Cheget area.

      You should budget for 40-80 per meal in St Petersburg, Moscow and Pyatigorsk. In the Baskan Valley, we recommend approximately 400 EUR 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. Please contact us for more information.

    • 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 an NZ Mountain Guides Course or the equivalent in your country, aligned with the IFMGA.

      Please see Adventure Consultants Mountain Guide Scholarships on our Career Opportunities page and check the New Zealand Mountain Guides Association for more information.

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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
USA
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
UK


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