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Mountaineering in Summit of Mount Elbrus, Mount Elbrus, Republic of Kabardino-Balkariya Russia

Summit altitude:
5642 m/18510 ft
Best season for highest peaks:
Easter, May, Early June
Duration:
14 days
Mount Elbrus or Adyge 'Waschhemaxwe' or Karachay-Balkar is a dormant volcano situated in the western Caucasus mountain range, in the Republics of Karachayevo-Cherkesiya and Kabardino-Balkariya, Russia, near the Georgian borders.

Mount Elbrus, the dormant, double-coned volcano is the highest point in Europe and accepts a big amount of ambitious mountaineers every year, who want to conquer its summit.

While climbing Mount Elbrus, daring mountaineers will experience one of the famed Seven Summits. Mount Elbrus climb, having 22 glaciers on the mountain, is the ideal introductory experience for anyone, who has strong fitness level and wants to build glacier travel skills.

If you are an advanced skier with off piste skiing experience, you can also build an Elbrus ski experience into the trip. Climbing on the mountain is long and strenuous, but totally worth it.

You wake up at 3 am, have a quick breakfast and board the snowcat, which takes you to the previous high point of the mountain at 4572 m/15000 ft. From there the climb begins with crampons, ice axe and ropes.

The sun will be high on the mountain, giving energy for the final push. From the summit you will enjoy well deserved views of the peaks that surround the area, before making a quick descent back to the hut.

Before and after the mountaineering experience, a guide to St. Petersburg and Moscow will make you forget everything and focus on the sight seeings! All these combined make a perfect mountaineering experience, so if you are capable or daring enough you should definitely try it!

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Sochi
454.4 miles/731 km, 10 hours 54 minutes
Head southwest toward ул. Несербская. Turn left onto ул. Несербская. Take the 1st left onto ул. Советская. Turn left onto пр. Курортный/М27. Continue to follow М27. Turn right onto ул. Виноградная/М27. Continue to follow М27. Slight right toward ул. Б. Хмельницкого/Р254. Slight right onto ул. Б. Хмельницкого/Р254. Continue to follow Р254. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on Р254. Go through 1 roundabout. Turn right onto ул. Партизанская/Р254. Continue to follow Р254. Turn right onto ул. Ворошилова/Р254. Continue to follow Р254. Continue onto ул. Шоссейная. Continue onto ул. Гагарина. Turn right onto ул. Пушкина. Turn left onto ул. Железнодорожная. Turn right onto ул. Хакурате. Continue onto M29/М29. Turn left onto Кавказ/M29/М29. Turn right to stay on Кавказ/M29/М29. Continue to follow M29/М29. Turn right to stay on M29/М29. Make a U-turn. Continue to follow M29/М29. Slight right toward Кавказ/M29/М29. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Кавказ/M29/М29. Turn right to stay on Кавказ/M29/М29. Continue to follow M29/М29. Go through 2 roundabouts. Slight left to stay on M29/М29. Go through 1 roundabout. Slight left to stay on M29/М29. Go through 1 roundabout. Continue straight onto А158.
BY CAR FROM Moscow
1.076 miles/1.732 km, 19 hours 30 minutes
Head northeast toward пл. Революции. Restricted usage road. Turn right onto пл. Революции. Restricted usage road. Take the 1st left to stay on пл. Революции. Restricted usage road. Continue onto пл. Театральная. Restricted usage road. Turn right onto Театральный пр-д. Slight right onto пл. Лубянская. Continue onto пл. Новая. Continue onto пл. Старая. Turn right onto ул. Варварка. Continue onto ул. Большой Москворецкий мост. Continue onto ул. Большая Ордынка. Continue onto ул. Люсиновская. Continue onto ул. Большая Тульская. Continue onto М2/М4. Continue to follow М4. Turn right onto пр. Пролетарский/М4. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Кавказский б-р/М4. Turn left onto ул. Бакинская/М4. Continue to follow М4. Partial toll road. Continue onto автодорога Дон/М4. Partial toll road. Take the ramp onto автодорога Дон/М4. Slight left onto the ramp to автодорога Дон/E38/А144/Е115/М4. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for РОСТОВ and merge onto автодорога Дон/E38/А144/Е115/М4. Continue to follow М4. Go through 1 roundabout. Take the ramp onto М4. Go through 1 roundabout. Continue onto Кавказ/M29/М29. Continue to follow M29/М29. Slight left to stay on M29/М29. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit. Continue straight onto А158.
BY AIR
Nalchik Airport,
78.1 miles/127 km
BY TRAIN

Russian Railways serve almost the entire Russia. The nearest train stations in Elbrus are Минеральные воды, Нальчик, Пятигорск, Прохладный (Mineral water, Nalchik, Pyatigorsk, Cool). The most convenient ones are Nalchik and Mineral water. Check the website for train schedule.

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