Elbrus (18,481′)

Mt. Elbrus (18,481)

(14 days)

So close to the Elbrus summit! -Nic Cunningham

Climb Europe’s highest mountain!

Mt Elbrus (18,481 ft) is located in the heart of the Caucus Mountains in Russia. It is a spectacular area, and Mt. Elbrus is one of the famous “Seven Summits”.

Our climb begins in the Baksan Valley located at the base of Mt Elbrus. It is a stunning valley that is home to a quaint group of hotels. We will spend two days here hiking and acclimatizing.

From the Baksan Valley we will ascend via ski lift to an elevation of 11,400′. From here it is approximately a two-hour hike to the Priutt Hut at 13,800′. We will take two days at the hut to become better acclimated.

Summit day begins with an early 1:00 AM start, it will take us approximately 10-12 hours to reach the summit and return to the hut. Although the climb is not technical it does require the use of crampons and an ice axe. We will do a review of these skills before the climb at the hut. Snow cats may be used for part of the approach. We may also choose to use one additional camp, depending on conditions.

If you choose not to climb to the summit there are a variety of other outstanding hiking options in the surrounding mountains and valleys.

In addition to being one of the Seven Summits Mt Elbrus is also an outstanding first climb at altitude. It provides a solid base of experience for bigger future climbs such as Denali or Aconcagua! Consider combining an ascent of Elbrus with Kilimanjaro; climb two of the seven summits in one incredible trip!

Please contact us if you have any questions, or, if you would like to receive more detailed trip information including trip equipment lists.


ST PETERSBURG: St Petersburg is the beginning and ending place for this trip. It is a beautiful and fascinating city with a tremendous amount of intriguing history, architecture, and culture. We will have the opportunity to explore the city before and after our climb.

THE MOUNTAINS: The Caucus Range is a stunning mountain range that connects the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea, and forms a natural boundary between the steppes of Russia and the southern states of Azerbaydzhani, Georgia and Armenia. At 18,513 ft., Mt. Elbrus is the highest point in this 700-mile long range of mountains. For many decades it has been a distinguished climbing area for European and Russian climbers.

The two snowy summits of Elbrus.

OUR GUIDES: Mountain Guides International instructors and guides are professionals. They are special individuals who have a passion for being in the mountain environment. They have a wealth of experience from guiding throughout Alaska and the world, and they genuinely enjoy sharing their knowledge. Their skill and positive attitudes help our guests to have the best possible experience during their trip. Your safety and enjoyment are their primary goals.

LENGTH: 14 days total, including travel time.

LAND COSTS INCLUDE: Transportation to and from St. Petersburg to Elbrus region, transportation within Elbrus region, Lodging in St. Petersburg, all group camp supplies, such as tents, stoves, etc., all meals and lodging on the mountain, all group climbing gear, all meals while trekking, all hut fees, park fees, trekking permits and all tour fees, and American guides.

LAND COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE: International airfare USA- St. Petersburg-USA, non-scheduled airport shuttles, Food in St. Petersburg, Russian visas, personal gear, excess baggage charges and airport taxes. Excess baggage in Russia can be very expensive. You are allowed only 20kg (44lb) of gear and personal items for the internal R/T flights in Russia. Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of Mountain Guides International.

ADDITIONAL TRAVEL OPTIONS: Mt Elbrus climbs can easily be combined with a number of other outstanding trip extension options. Please contact us if you would like more information on opportunities for further travel while you are in Russia.

DATES/PRICES: Please see our schedule for current dates and prices information.

Summit day on Mt. Elbrus.