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Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe, and the tenth most prominent peak in the world. A dormant volcano, Elbrus is in the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia, near the border with Georgia and Abkhazia.
  • Elevation: 5 642 m
  • Last eruption: 50 CE ± 50 years
  • Mountain range: Caucasus Mountains
  • First ascenders: Horace Walker, Florence Crauford Grove, Ahiya Sottaiev, Khillar Khachirov

Why to climb Elbrus via the North Route?

  • Hikers Edge in Partnership with RMH
  • Elbrus North Route is much wilder than the South Route. There are no any ski lifts, restaurants, snowcats, and snowmobiles. It is pure wilderness and untouched nature.
  • North Route is the route of the first ascenders. In 1829 on July 22nd, local Kabardian – Khillar Khachirov became the first human to climb Mt. Elbrus. It was the first ever scientific expedition to Mt. Elbrus organized and financed by the Imperial Russian army led by General Emmanuel.
  • North Route is more challenging and beautiful.
  • It is a real adventure expedition in clean alpine style.

DEPARTURE TIME Please check your airline ticket for information.
Official Invitation letter for the Russian Tourist Visa
All local registration fees
National Park fees.
Climbing Permit.
All transportation by shuttle.
Accommodation in Pyatigorsk.
Base Camp accommodation. (mixed Dorm)
High Camp accommodation. (mixed Dorm)
Russian Banya (Russian Sauna)
All Ski Passes.
Snowcat on the Summit day.
All local transfers.
High-Quality Meals.
Lead Guide.
Second Guide.
Our fantastic high mountain Chef.
Rescue Service Check-in.
Completion Certificates.
2 Summit Attempts.
Lots of fun
Guide gratuity
Rental of personal equipment.
Personal porters.
Additional (Private) Mountain Guides.
Additional and individual transfers from /or to the airport.
Alcohol drinks.
Meals in Pyatigorsk city. 
Any changes in the trip program released on our website which lead to additional expenses.

Please, keep in mind:

Depending on snow and weather conditions the trip itinerary may be changed in consultation with the group. Our RMH shuttle departs from Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) at 13.00 (1 PM). If you arrive later, we can order you a taxi. Approximate price to get from the airport to Pyatigorsk city by taxi is about 30 EURO. We will meet you upon arrival at the hotel in Pyatigorsk.

For the North Route climbing you need to have a complete set of your own personal climbing gear! Some technical equipment like boots, crampons, climbing harness and ice-axe can be rented in Pyatigorsk on the first day of the trip.

Required Gear List for this Trip:

We always strongly recommend you to have your own personal climbing equipment. It helps you feel more comfortable during the entire climbing and to get the most out of it! Below we have listed the full list of all necessary equipment for your climbing. Please, check it out and make sure that you already have it or let us know the list of items you need to hire in advance.

Important! Special requirements for participants:

  • Medically fit for Alpine climbing on high altitudes. We need to look at your medical examinations, which should indicate that you have no contraindications to engage in this type of activity in the mountains and that you are completely healthy and in an adequate mental state.
  • Before arrival in Russia, please carefully check all the necessary information for foreign citizens entering the country. This information could be found on the website of the Russian Federation embassy of your country. For example, if you are a Canadian citizen, you have to check the website of the Russian Federation embassy in Canada, etc. Some laws are very new and constantly changing and may differ for citizens of certain countries! Please keep in mind, it is your responsibility to be aware of the necessary requirements for entering the country! Russian Mountain Holidays (RMH Ltd.) will not be responsible for ANY problems that may arise from the violation of customs laws of the Russian Federation.
  •  Age limit — not less than 18 years old, and not older than 50 years old.

Mandatory! Required documents:

  • International Medical & Evacuation Insurance for Alpine Climbing which includes helicopter evacuation in case of emergency. PLEASE, KEEP IN MIND, IN CASE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO INJURY WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF THE HELICOPTER EVACUATION EVEN IF THE GUEST DOES NOT HAVE EVACUATION INSURANCE.
  • Passport.
  • Russian Tourist Visa.
  • A Medical Examination Certificate which indicates that you have no contraindications to engage in this type of activity in the mountains at high altitudes and that you are completely healthy and in an adequate mental state. We need to look at your Medical Examination Certificate at least 3 months before your arrival. The results should be fresh. We accept the usual medical certificate from your family doctor for an overall health check + cardiologist check. Please, take it seriously! WITHOUT MEDICAL EXAMINATION WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE YOUR BOOKING AND SELL YOUR SPOT IN THE GROUP TO THE NEXT PERSON ON THE WAITING LIST.


Alpine climbing or mountaineering always comes with a certain risk and is dangerous. Our job is to reduce this risk to a minimum as much as possible, but it’s still there. Buying this Tour you have to understand and be aware of the seriousness of this program and the possibility of the risk. Upon arrival on the first day of the trip, every guest will be asked to read and sign the RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS, ASSUMPTION OF RISKS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.



Day 1:

Arrival day. Group transfer at 13:00 (1 PM) from Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) to Pyatigorsk city (20-30 min.). Hotel check-in. Welcome briefing and orientation. Signing Waivers and required documentation. City sights tour. Gear check. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2:

Transfer from Pyatigorsk to the North Side base camp — 2500 m. (4-5 hours drive). Light acclimatization hike through the valley to the base camp (1 hour).Overnight stay at the shelter at the base camp.

Day 3:

Acclimatization day. Transfer of personal equipment to the high camp at 3800 m. The trail goes through «Mushroom Stones» at 3100 meters above sea level. This place is considered to be a historical and religious spot of ancient monks. Descend to the base camp. Overnight stay at the shelter at the base camp.

Day 4:

Ascent to the high camp at 3800 m. Overnight stay at the high camp.

Day 5:

Acclimatization hike to Lenz Rocks — 4800 m. Basic level self-arrest & rope courses. Snow and ice training. Descend to the high camp. Overnight stay at the high camp.

Day 6:

Rest day. Snow and ice training. Evening guides meeting with a group. Overnight stay at the high camp.

Day 7:

 Summit day. Descend to the high camp. Overnight stay at the high camp.

Day 8:

Reserve day / Descend to the base camp. Overnight stay at the shelter at the base camp.

Day 9:

Transfer from the base camp to Pyatigorsk city (4-5 hours drive). Hotel check-in. Cultural program. Certificates presentation. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 10:

Departure day. Morning transfer at 10:00 (10 AM) from the hotel to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV).


Before you pack your gear please acquire a standard travel bag for general clothing before and after the climb. We will make provision at the respected hotel to keep your bag safe until your return. The list provided here will be sufficient for the climb, however feel free to add items as you desire as every individual’s needs and taste differ.

NOTE: It is possible to rent items such as Boots, Crampons, Ice Axe and Harness in our rental. Also, if climbing from the South side, there is a good gear shop with many top brands for sale.

** For Women    >> To Keep In Back Pack Pack


  • 1 x Waterproof Rain Jacket with Hood >>
  • 1 x Insulated Jacket (down or synthetic)
  • 1 x Expedition Down Jacket with Hood
  • 1 x Core-Tex Jacket
  • 1 x (100) Fleece Jacket
  • 1 x (200) Fleece Jacket
  • 2 x Long Sleeve Shirts (moisture wicking) ##
  • 2 x Short Sleeve Shirts (moisture wicking) ##
  • 2 x T-Shirts
  • 1 x Waterproof Pants >>
  • 2 x Hiking Utility Pants (zip off legs) ##
  • 1 x Comfortable Shorts
  • 2 Pairs Soft Shell Pants
  • 1 x Fleece Trail Pants
  • 1 x Core-Tex Pants
  • 2 x Thermal Long Sleeve Base Layer Tops
  • 2 x Thermal Long Base Layer Bottoms
  • 2 x Sports Bra **
  • 4 x Pairs Moisture Wicking Underwear ##


  • 1 x Brimmed Hat
  • 1 x Beanie or Peruvian Hat
  • 1 x Buff (face and mouth cover) >>
  • 1 x Expedition Shell Gloves
  • 1 x Glove Liners
  • 1 x Warm Mittens
  • 1 x Pair High Mountain Boots (Warn In)
  • 1 x Set Crampons
  • 1 x Ice Axe – Light Weight
  • 1 x Climbing Harness
  • 1 x Climbing Harness with adjustable leg loops
  • 2 x 1m Slings Self-belay leash
  • 1 x 2m Sling Self-belay leash
  • 3 x Large Locking carabiners
  • 1 x Pair Trainers (to wear at camp)
  • 7 x Pairs Sock Liners (thin moisture wicking, seamless) ##
  • 7 x Pairs Wool Socks (seamless) ##
  • 1 x Set Gaiters Knee High (waterproof)


  • Passport
  • Medical Certificate
  • Travel Insurance (include – hazardous activity cover)
  • Visa
  • Trip Receipt


  • 1 x Down Sleeping Bag (-15 Raring
  • 1 x Sleeping Mat
  • 1 x Head Lamp (with spare batteries)
  • 1 x Duffel Bag Large or XL
  • 1 x Back Pack 30 to 35L (with rain cover) >>
  • 1 x Set Adjustable Trekking Poles
  • 1 x Camera (with spare batteries) >>
  • 1 x Personal crockery (knife, fork, spoon, mug)


  • 1 x Pair Glacier Sunglasses (with UV protection) >>
  • 1 x Ski Goggles
  • 3 x 1L Stainless Steel Water Bottles (double wall,) >>
  • 4 x Dry bags or Zip Lock-bags various sizes


  • 1 x 50ml body wash bio-degradable
  • 1 x Face Cloth and Travel towel (light weight and compact)
  • 1 x Small Toothpaste and Toothbrush
  • 1 x Lip Balm with SPF >>
  • 1 x Toilet Paper / Wet Wipes >>
  • 1 x Hand Sanitizer NB! >>
  • 1 x Sunblock SPF50 >>
  • 1 x Basic First Aid Kit (include blister plasters) >>
  • General pain medication
  • Prescription and chronic meds >>
  • 1 x Anti Chafing Cream (optional)
  • 1 x Fungal Cream (optional)
  • 1 x Pain Relief Cream (optional)


  • Rehydrate / Electrolyte Powder >>
  • Snacks >>

For bookings please see the booking calendar or email bookings@hikersedge.co.za. For information sessions for South Africa please see the info session calendar or request more info here.

Available tour dates:

  • 1 June 2018 – 10 June 2018,
  • 21 June 2018 – 31 June 2018,
  • 1 July 2018 – 10 July 2018,
  • 21 July 2018 – 30 July 2018
  • 1 August 2018 – 10 August 2018,
  • 21 August 2018 – 30 August 2018
  • 1 September 2018 – 10 September 2018,
  • 21 September 2018 – 30 September 2018

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