Elbrus Expedition

Trip Duration

8 Days

Trip Grade

Challenging

Highest Altitude

5642m

Accommodation

Teahouse/Lodge, Tented Camp

Transportation

Bus/Car

Group Size

2-10

Best Season

Autumn, Spring

Elbrus Expedition Overview

Elbrus Expedition takes you to one of the seven summits. Mount Elbrus stands tall as the highest peak in Europe with a height of 5,642m ( 5.642km). Mt. Elbrus is a conical volcano with two volcanic summits: the western summit being the taller one with a height of 5,642m and the eastern summit with a height of 5,621m. Both of these are dormant volcanoes that still have the chance to erupt.

Mt.Elbrus was named after a great mountain from the Iranian myth. It lies in the southern region of Russia within the Prielbrusye National Park. The National Park is home to the diverse natural forests, vegetation and animals. The climbers get to experience various vegetation as well as climatic conditions during Mount Elbrus Expedition. They can also experience the magnificent views of the 22 glaciers. The glaciers have also given rise to other 77 sub glaciers. These glaciers and sub glaciers combine and source the Malka and Kuban rivers which add more beauty to the expedition. There are also many deep yet small lakes that the climbers have to pass. The climb to Mt.Elbrus is a great chance to connect with nature and to gather adventurous experience of climbing one of the seven summits.

Highlights of Elbrus Expedition

Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain peak in Europe, located in the Caucasus Mountains on the border between Russia and Georgia. It is a popular destination for climbers and hikers, and reaching the summit is a challenging and rewarding experience. Here are some highlights of an Elbrus expedition:

  • Acclimatization:
  • Elbrus is a high-altitude mountain, and it is important to properly acclimatize to the altitude in order to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. Most climbing routes allow for gradual acclimatization by starting at lower elevations and gradually ascending to higher elevations.
  • The route:
  • There are several routes to the summit of Elbrus, each with its own unique features and challenges. The most popular route is the South Route, which is known for its relatively gentle slope and well-established campsites. Other routes include the North Route and the West Route.
  • The landscape
  • : The Caucasus Mountains are home to a variety of flora and fauna, including alpine meadows, rocky cliffs, and snow-capped peaks. As climbers ascend Elbrus, they will pass through a series of distinct landscape zones, each with its own unique features.
  • The summit:
  • The summit of Elbrus stands at an elevation of 5,642 meters (18,510 feet) and offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. The final push to the summit is a challenging climb, but the sense of accomplishment and the views from the top make it all worth it.

Climbing Elbrus is a physically demanding but rewarding experience. It requires a good level of physical fitness and determination, as well as proper preparation and the guidance of experienced guides. The harsh weather conditions and the remote location of the mountain add to the challenge, but the sense of accomplishment and the stunning views make it a truly unforgettable experience

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Difficulty to climb

Climbing Mt.Elbrus is a lot easier than climbing other peaks of the seven summits when it comes to technical difficulties. There are no or fewer technical climbing requirements for one to climb this mountain. However, they do need to have basic skills for mountaineering. The biggest challenge that one has to face while attempting to ascend this mountain is its weather due to which the visibility can drop in an instant. Even in the summers, the wind can turn violent which can cause an extreme drop in temperature and poor visibility. Winds blowing at a speed of 100km\hr are common to this mountain and can even result in zero visibility for the climbers.

The mountain itself does not have hard or dangerous crevasses but many of the times climbers die by falling through them because of the low visibility. Mt. Elbrus also faces the extreme arctic conditions due to which there is permanent ice everywhere and even the ground gets frozen permanently. This frozen ground and the permanent ice makes climbing more difficult.

Mount Elbrus with the best Expedition company

Climbing Mount Elbrus is refreshing as well as once in a lifetime experience. However, it has its own set of challenges that one has to go through to reach the summit. The strong winds, temperature drops and the instant poor visibility are always there to challenge the climbers. Besides these, one also needs experience and proper guidance to reach the summit successfully and safely.

This is where Marvel Treks come into the picture. The entire team of Marvel Treks deliberately works to provide the best services and facilities to you and makes sure that you will have a once in a lifetime experience.

Taking care of the basic needs, safety measures and legal formalities to provide satisfactory and convenient services in the best interest of the clients are the main goals of Marvel Trek.

If you want to live your dream of adding adventure to your life with full safety and if you want to take a break from your day-to-day hustle in the most exciting way with trustworthy help, Marvel Treks is there in your service.

We take care of all the arrangements that are needed for your trip at a reasonable cost. Contact us to book a trip and let’s get going in fulfilling your dream of adventure.

Client requirements

  • The clients should be healthy enough to make the expedition.
  • They should have some prior experiences in mountaineering.
  • They should be fit and should be trained a bit prior to the actual departure

Why should Marvel Treks be chosen for climbing?

Marvel Treks has been providing its clients with excellent and satisfactory services since 1998 at a reasonable price.

Also the team of Marvel Treks has skilled professional climbers who have years of experiences in mountaineering and are familiar with the geography and weather conditions of the mountains.

You can trust them to guide you with proper instructions and full safety without compromising your wish to enjoy the trip.

Marvel Treks keeps its client’s satisfaction,safety and comfort as its priorities.

When is Mount Elbrus usually climbed?

The best season for an expedition to Mount Elbrus is during summer when the weather is somewhat less harsh and comparatively warm. Also, the weather in summer is stable, so climbers can be prepared and be ready to face the predictable challenges. However, the winter is not much recommended as the climate is harsh and unpredictable. During winter, the temperature drops below -50 degrees and even the lands on the lower altitude get snow falls heavily.

How hard is it to climb Mount Elbrus?

Climbing Mount Elbrus is easier than climbing other mountains among the seven summits as not much or very less technical climbing is required. However, the strong winds leading to extreme temperature drop and poor visibility are the biggest challenges for the climbers. Many times the wind can blow at a speed of 100km/hr leading to zero visibility. Due to this poor or zero visibility, many climbers have fallen from the crevasses even though the crevasses aren’t that difficult or dangerous. Also, the arctic condition of this mountain results in the ground to freeze permanently with permanent ices and snow everywhere. These hard frozen grounds and ices make climbing more difficult.

However, with proper experienced guidance, one can climb the mountain with ease.

How long does it take to climb Mount Elbrus?

Climbing Mount Elbrus might be an adventurous, thrilling and self-refreshing activity yet it is dangerous too so making a rush might not be the best thing to do considering your safety. But due to the expensive national park fees and the availability of only huts to spend the many long nights, the expedition can’t be prolonged for a longer time. So, the overall adventure of climbing Mount Elbrus is scheduled for a span of 8 days.

Peak climbing Equipment List

Travel Documents  Hands
Valid Passport Thin Fleece Gloves (2 Pairs)
Credit/Debit Card Wind Stopper / Screen Tap Gloves (2 Pairs)
pP Size Photo (4 Pieces) Heavy Gloves (Guide Gloves)
Insurance Paper And Contact Address Summit Gloves – 8000m.
Foot Wear Sleeping Bags
Summit Boot – 8000m. (Kailas / Lasportiva / Millet ) Sleeping Bag -20OC to -30OC
Climbing Boot – 6000m. (Kailas / Lasportiva / Millet) Down Sleeping Bag -40OC (Extreme Comfort)
Normal Socks (5-8 Pairs) Thermarest Mattress (Cell Foam)
Summit Socks/6000 m. Socks (2 Pairs) Down Mattress (Inflatable)
Trekking Shoes (Gore Tex) Sleeping Bag Liner
Light Trekking/Sports Shoes Inflatable Pillow
Camp Booties (1 Pair) Climbing Equipment
Slipper (1 Pair) Climbing Helmet
Upper Body Summit Down Suit – 8000m.
Thermal Top Base Layer (2-3 Pcs) Ice Axe with Spike & Axe Protector Harness
Fleece Jacket (1-2 Pcs) Belay Devices/ Figure of 8/ ATC Guide Jumar / Ascender
Gore Tex Jacket (1 Pcs) Lock Carabiner (3 Pcs) Unlock Carabiner (2 Pcs) Tape Slings/240 cm
Wind Proof Jacket (1-2 Pcs) Snow Goggle (Summit Purpose, Antifog, Polarized, UV Protection)
Down Jacket (1-2 Pcs) Head Light 500-700 Lumens Spare
Cotton T-Shirt (3-5 Pcs) Battery (Energizer Ultimate Lithium)
Lower Body Satellite Phone With Credit (Optional)
Thermal Bottom Base Layer (2-3 Pcs) Walking Stick/ Trekking Pole
Fleece Trouser (1-2 pcs) Pocket Knife (Swiss)
Gore Tex Pant (1 pcs) Altimeter Watch
Light Weight Quick Dry Trekking Pants (2-3 Pairs) Pee Bottle
Gaiters for trekking boots Power Bank
Down Pants (1pcs) Crampons (Fit with Boot)/Packing Cover
Under Wear (4-6 Pcs) Bag Packs
Sun Stuffs Rucksacks 35 L – 50 L
Banana Boat/ Nivea Sun Cream (up to -50 Spf) Duffle Bag 120 L-150 L (2 Pcs)
Lip Guard -30 to -50 (Spf) Lundry/Garbage Bag (Large)
Sun Glasses (Uv Protection) Water Proof Stuff Sacks/Dry Bag- Small/ Medium/ Large (3-4 Pcs)
Glaciers Glasses (Uv Protection) Medical/First Aid 
Moisturiser / Lotion Brufen / Ibuprofens
Eating & Drinking Antibiotic
1 Ltr. Water Bottle Diamox
1/ 1.5 Ltr. Thermos Paracetamol
Mug (Opt.) Handy Plaster
Spoon/ Fork (Opt.) Crack Bandage
Bowl (Opt.) Tincture Iodine
Miscellaneous Ondem
Nail Cutter Cetirizine
Umbrella / Rain Coat Electrolyte
Hot Water Bag Minil 10mg (Palpitation, anxiety)
Camera Codopar (Headache & chest pain)
GPS Tracker (Recommended) Salbetol 4mg (Breathless)
Hand & Toe Warmer Azithromycin 500mg (chronic tonsillitis, fever, nose, throat infection-must take 5 days)
Toiletries (Personal)  Flupen 250mg (prevent wound infection)
Toilet Paper / Wet Tissue Allegra 120/180mg (Allergic tonsil)
Toothpaste Menstrual Products
Toothbrush Head
Soap Sun Cap
Shampoo Balaclava
Towel Fleece Hat/ Warm Hat (1-2 Pcs)
Garbage Bag Neck Gaiter (2-3 Pcs)

Requirement

  • The climbers should get themselves tested to make sure they are healthy enough to climb the mountains.
  • A visit to the dentist is also recommended as there are chances of acute dental problems at high altitudes.
  • It is also highly recommended that the climbers should have some previous experiences with mountaineering and with high altitudes.
  • It is also requested that the climbers should workout a bit months prior to ascending the mountain.

Payment and cancellation

Policy regarding Payment and Cancellation Payment:

Payment:
1) To confirm a reservation, a deposit equal to 30% of the total price is required.
2) If the payment is made online, the remaining balance is due 10 days before the Tour, Trekking, Peak Climbing, or Expedition begins. If the payment is made in cash, it can be made after arrival. 3) If the booking is made within 30 days of the expedition beginning, full payment must be made at the time of booking.

Cancellation:
1)A full refund of the deposit will be given if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled more than 60 days before the start date.
2)The deposit will not be refunded if a Tour, Trek, Peak Climbing, or Expedition is canceled within 30 days of its start date.
3)A tour, trek, peak climbing, or expedition will not be refunded if it is canceled prior to or on the start date.
4)All participants should strongly consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations or other occurrences.

Note: We reserve the right to modify or cancel any trek in the event of a natural disaster, political unrest, or any other unforeseen circumstances beyond our control. In such cases, a full refund or an alternative option will be provided.

Dates of Trip

PRICE
DEPARTURE DATE
TRIP STATUS

Group Discount Prices

No. of Persons
Price per Person
1 Persons
2 Persons
3-5 Persons
6-9 Persons
10-14 Persons
15-17 Persons
17-25 Persons

Frequently Asked Questions

Expedition documentation
- Passports - Visa for foreigners - Expedition permits
Choosing a provider
Marvel Trek is one of the best companies to choose for turning your dream adventures into reality.
Food, Accommodation & Facilities
Quality food will be served 3 times a day along with warm and comfortable accommodation throughout the 8 days long trip. Additional tea and coffee will also be served for you to enjoy the trip even more. Other facilities will also be provided upto your comfort and satisfaction. What sort of hotels do we stay at in the city? Ans :- A well facilitated accommodation will be provided in the famous 3-star hotel. Will I be sharing a tent or room with other climbers?Is there a single room option on this trip? Ans:- Yes,you have to share a room as well as a tent with one more climber but there will be two beds in both the room and in the tent, so that both of you will be able to sleep comfortably. What showers and laundry facilities will be available? Ans:- Shower facility will be arranged however,in case of a hot bath additional fee has to be paid.Also,you have to wash your laundry yourself.In case you want someone else to wash your laundry ,you have to pay extra. What food will be available? Ans :-You will have options to choose between the local foods or the western foods or any other MREs(meals-ready-to-eat).Occasional teas and coffees will be served with the food.Also,the base camp will have a bar and a bakery too.
Travel
The travel will be 8 days long with occasional driving,trekking, camping and few rest days in between.All the travelling cost during the trip will be included in the trip’s cost. Do I need to arrive the day before the trip starts?When should I need to book my flight to leave? Ans :-It’s recommended that you arrive two days prior to the trip and for the return flight,you can book tickets depending on the days you will be spending with us which will be a minimum of 8 days or we can book one for you. What is the best way to get to Russia? Ans:-The best way to arrive in Russia would be through Mineralnye Vody International Airport.You can fly directly to Mineralnye Vody International Airport or can have transit flights. When should I book my tickets? Ans :-You can book your tickets as early as 3 months before the trip starts.In case the trip gets cancelled,you will get full refund. Can I get a cheap ticket online? Ans:- Usually the online tickets cost as much as the ones that are arranged by any travel agencies.However, sometimes the airlines provide less expensive tickets,maybe you can search for those. Where do we meet?Will I be picked up? Ans :- We will be meeting you at Mineralnye Vody International Airport and yes,we will be picking you up directly from the airport.We will also be dropping you off to the airport during your return. Can I arrive early and return late? Ans:-Yes,we are more than happy to welcome you early and bid farewell to you a bit late.You can explore Russia if you wish. However, you have to do that at your own expense. Do I need a VISA? Ans:- Yes,if you are a foreigner in Russia,you need to have a VISA before arriving in Russia.
Clothing & Equipment
The company won't be providing personal items, so you have to carry your own warm clothes and other necessary items. Clients should also bear their own trekking or climbing gear. Do you have a recommendation list of clothing that we should bring? Ans:-Yes,we have a recommendation list of the clothing that you should bring for the trip which you can find on the website. Do I need to bring all the equipment in the list? Ans :-Yes,it's highly recommended that you equip yourself with the equipment that we have included in the list. Can I bring food and other gears that's not in the list? Ans:-Sure.In case you need some other foods or gears or any other stuff,you can bring it with yourself. How heavy will my pack be? Ans :-You are allowed to have up to 25 kgs of your luggage.Your luggage will be transported through land and even the porters will carry it for you. How warm do you need our sleeping bags to be?Will there be extra blankets available if required? Ans:-Normally a sleeping bag upto -50 degree would work.And yes,in case you want more blankets,it will be provided.
Acclimatization and oxygen
Rest day as well as light hikings will be managed to acclimatize ourselves. What altitude medicine will be available?Do we need to take tablets before\during the expedition? Ans:-Our guide uses diamox for the trip.We can also provide it to you if you will need it.In case you are in any regular medication,you should carry them and take them on time. What sort of Oxygen mask do we use? Ans:- We use high quality topout oxygen masks.We also carry oxygen regulators and cylinders with us. What is the oxygen bottle size? Ans:- Few bottles of oxygen bottles will be given to every client which will measure 4liters each. Oxygen will be given in Poisk bottles.
Guide & Team members
The entire team of Marvel Trek comprises experts and professional mountaineers who have been climbing mountains for ages and know the mountains well. Clients will be facilitated with one experienced and licensed guide. Also,there are experienced and skilled cooks who will be making sure that you get a healthy warm meal every day. Who goes on your trips? Ans :-We mainly get clients from America and Japan but we have also planned trips with people of other nationality who were fit to carry on with the expedition. Can we contact other climbers or guides for this expedition? Ans :-You can leave the trouble of finding climbers or guides to us.We have our own team of skilled and experienced Sherpas and guides who won't give you any chance to complain. How many guys\Sherpas will be assigned to our group? Ans :- We will make sure that every client gets one guide\Sherpa each to guide them through the expedition. How much should I tip my guide staff? Ans:-Since,climbing mountains is hard as well as dangerous and your guide staff are the ones who will help you throughout the expedition, so it is requested to give them some tips after the completion of the expedition for their hardship. What about the Sherpa staff tips? Ans :- You can tip them as much as you want but do consider their hard work that they have done for you. Can my friends and family join me in the trek into the base camp? Ans:-Yes,we will be happy to include your friends and family in the trek but we will have to do extra preparation. I would like to arrange a private trip,is this possible? Ans:- Yes,we will be happy to arrange private trips for you.
Health and fitness
The trip to Mount Elbrus is itself a dangerous one so,the company will make sure that all of its clients are in good health.So,their health will checked twice before attempting to climb the summit.Also, the clients will be taught some of the basics that will be required for a smooth and safe climb. What kind of physical condition should I be in for a climb at high altitude? Ans :-You should be fit enough to make an ascent of 1000m for several hours in a day.This might be difficult at first so,in order to make you able to do this,our company will be giving some basic training prior to the actual climb in Russia. How do I know this is the right trip for me? Ans :-You can go through our website and look into the information that we have provided and decide for yourself if this trip is for you or not.And even after going through these materials, you still can't decide then maybe you can consult us so, that we might assist you in some way to come to a decision.
Communication & electronics
Walkie-Talkie and satellite phones will be given to every member to communicate to and fro between base camp and mountain.the members will also be facilitated with internet services. Will there be any power source for charging batteries and electronic equipment throughout the expedition? What are the voltage requirements? Ans:- Arrangement for power will be done in every camps.The base camp will have power through generators while the other camps will be powered through solar panels. Will there be any access to a satellite phone? If so, what are the charges for usage? Ans:-Yes,in case of emergency we will be providing you with a satellite phone without any cost.However, if you want to use it other times too then you have to pay additional fees.
Weather forecasts
Direct forecasts will be received and followed from the reliable Meteotest that is located in Bern, Switzerland. What weather report service do you use? Ans:-Weather condition is extremely essential for trekking as well as for mountaineering, so we make sure we have accurate weather forecast.For this,we follow the reports that are broadcasted by Meteotest which is located in Bern, Switzerland.
Insurance
Insurance will be provided to all the team members and will be covered by the prepaid cost of the trip. What insurance do we need to get? Ans:-As much as the climbing is thrilling,it's equally dangerous too so, it's always better to have insurance.For this trip,you need to have a high altitude insurance along with a travel insurance.You also need to insure yourself for emergency helicopter evacuation.
Fees & payment
The fees and daily wages of the team members will be paid from the prepaid fees.
Photography
Additional fees have to be paid for taking photographs or filming as permit charges.
Safety
Safety is one of the major priorities of our team, so everything will be checked and instructed by the group of professionals.Our team will also arrange for rope fixing to pave the way. In case of emergency,helicopters ride as well as other needed measures will be taken.However,it won't be covered by the costs that you had paid at the beginning of the trip.
Employment
Many experienced and licensed guides will be hired to make the trip easy.Also,many skilled cooks and kitchen helpers will also be heird.We will also hire high porters who will help to carry the luggage in the trip.

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