Elbrus sunrises

General characteristics of the tour


Type of tour: Treking
Region Elbrus region, KBR, Russian Federation
Level of service Semi-sport 
Total duration: 9 days/8 nights
Maximum height: 4 050 m.
Group members: Formed group of 2 persons

“The view from Mont Blanc to the Alps is negligible compared to the view from Elbrus ...”
(English climber Douglas Freshfield)

Travel round Elbrus is planned for 11 days, including reserved day in case of bad weather and one day of rest on a route. The route begins from the South, goes round from the West massif of the East top of Elbrus, passes below Northern slopes of mount, continues round the Estern massif of the West top of Elbrus and, again comes to the southern slopes of this enormous mountain. The route is laid through five passes, crosses some glaciers and it is necessary to overcome the mountain
rivers in two places. Except well-known South side, (The Baksan valley and Azau's glade), the route is laid in the low-known, wild places with the beautiful Caucasian nature. Travelers will meet some obstacles in this route. Overcoming of these obstacles will bring them a lot of new impressions. The route is possible for the healthy people who lead a healthy lifestyle and who don't have special climbing and tourist skills. Each tourist carries their personal thing. Special porters carry products, tents, group and kitchen equipment, they help guide with safety and cooking on bivouacs. Depending on weather conditions program of tour can be changed but it won't make quality of a route worse.

Professional guides, proper equipment and the optimized program of acclimatization make this tour successful and safety.

     Route of trekking.

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ATTENTION!!! Due to the fact that part of the route passes in the border zone, applications must be submitted no later than 30 days for Russian citizens and no less than 60 days for foreigners and citizens of the CIS.

Tour strongly is'nt recommended to the people having medical contra-indications!!!

The route doesn't represent technical difficulty but it’s required to use special climbing equipment: crampons, ice axe and etc. You can receive skills of use of that equipment as a result of classes technic of movement on snow and ice.
Natural factors such as altitude, an air sparseness, cold, frequent winds, lack of visibility in bad weather, allocation of sulfuric gases, hyperactivity of sunlight will demand from climbers good physical form, endurance and proper equipment.

Due to the increased danger of tour the guide’s instructions are obligatory for execution by all members of tour.
Controversial questions can be solved BEFORE an exit to an ascension to Elbrus or AFTER descent to a shelter.
!!!!The guide and travel company have the rights to terminate for certain participants or all group without compensation of payment in cases:

Autocratic actions of the tourists breaking safety rules;
Non-observance of rules of a public order and excessive use of alcohol drinks;

Day 1. Arrival in the airport of Mineralnye Vody. Meeting with guide. Transfer to a village Terskol (Kabardino-Balkaria). It takes about 3-4 hours. Hotel accommodation in standard two bedroom lodgings (DBL, BB).

Day 2. Transfer to the village Elbrus. It takes 1hour. Start of trek to the pass Irikchat. Ascent under the pass Irikchat. It takes about 7-8 hours. Overnigth in the tents (3200m).

Day 3. Descent to snow valley Dzhikaugenkez, over the pass Irikchat (1B*, 3643m). The route follows to the lake (3100m). It takes 6-7 hours.

Day 4. Descent along the moraine and then along table “Irahitsyrt”. Ascent to 3500m. It takes 6-7 hours. Overnigth under the pass Balkbashi.

Day 5. Ascent on the pass “Balkbashi” (2A*, 3689m). Descent to a rive. Uphill to 3300m. It takes 5-6 hours.

Day 6. The ruote follows over the pass “Letchik Mashkov” (1A*, 3600m). Continue trek to the snowy and grassy slopes. Spending a night under the pass “North Kukurtlu” (3600m). It takes 6-7 hours.

Day 7. Rest day: drying outdoor, walk to the lake, bathing, fire at night.

Day 8. Descent over the pass “North Kukurtlu” (3200m). It takes about 8-10 hours. Spending a night.

Day 9. Continue route to a pass “North Hotutau” ( 1A*-1B*, 3600m). Uphill on the table “Hotutau” and downhill to the station “Mir”. Descent to the valley. Accomodation in the hotel.

Day 10. Reserve day for bad weather. The additional excursion is possible in this day:

  • Optional excursion of Chegem valley;
  • Walking to the waterfall;
  • Riding on the horses.

Day 11. Transfer to the airport Mineralnye Vody.

* Russian classification of acsent has some category of complexity:

  • 1A- the simple category of complexity.
  • 3B- the most complexity category of acsent.

** Program of a tour depend on conditional relief on the moment of it realization.

  • visa support;
  • All the transfers on the program;
  • Accommodation in the hotel;
  • Breakfast, dinner, supper at the camp-site and packed-lunch;
  • Rent of the public equipment;
  • Qualified guide and the cook at the camp-site;
  • Additional guides (one guides for five tourists);.
  • Porter (one porter for two tourists):
  • All necessary registration and permits.
  • international and domestic flight tj airport Mineralnye Vody;
  • dinner and supper in the hotel;
  • official fees for visit in National Park “Prielbrusie” (300 publes).


  •  Mountaineering boots - very important position. Boots have to be warm and not blown. We recommend leather or plastic boots. The size of boots has to be corresponding. Using of ski-tour boots isn't recommended - they are constructed for walking by skis and are very inconvenient at the usual walking. Before buying consult with the expert.
  • Socks - woolen 2 couples and cotton 2-3 couples. It is better to choose special socks for tracking. Thermo socks not always are suitable for mountain conditions;
  • Sleeping bag - down or with a synthetic filler with a comfortable temperature not less than -5 C for summer and not less than-15 for winter;
  • Mattress - usual tourist mattress. We not recommended inflatable mattresses – because you should carry it yourselves to a shelter;
  • Sunglasses - it is possible to use the usual city sunglasses. In the winter and in the spring - the mountain-ski mask is recommended;
  • The isolated down jacket with a hood
  • Windproof suit. It’s possible to use mountain-skiing overalls. Also we recommended pants (side-leg zippers are helpful) and snow gaiters, knee-length , which protected boots of snow.
  • Boot covers
  • Warm suit - woolen or from Polartec fabric with protection of a throat;
  • Underwear - thermo linen, t-shirts (couple) , a jumpsuit for a dream;
  • Warm and wind proof hat
  • Wind proof mask
  • Fleece windproof gloves, with elastic bands for a garter to sleeves. In the winter down gloves are recommended.
  • Rucksack – it’s recommended to have two rucksacks. One –for your personal thing, the second backpack for hikes and summit climb.
  • Ice axe - it is obligatory with a self-safety loop 80-90 cm long.
  • Trekking ski poles telescoped - very convenient thing during acclimatization tracks and an ascent in case of good condition of a route. However it is necessary to remember that ski poles can’t be means of a belay.
  • Crampons. From our point of view GRIVEL’ s crampons (G10 or G12 models) are very good for Elbrus
  • Harness –it is enough to have only lower part of harness;.
  • 2 -3 carabiners
  • Rope for selfbelay
  • Headlamp
  • Sneakers or slippers - for stay in a shelter or on a bivouac;
  • City clothing (casual);
  • Thermos;
  • Tent. The tent has to be rather strong and wind-resistant;

Means of hygiene and protection

  •  Sunblock and lip balm.


  • Passport
  • Medical insurance policy