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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 South Route?

  • Hikers Edge in Partnership with RMH
  • Only from the South Side you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic s of the Great Caucasus Range throughout the entire trip.
  • Climbing from the South Side you connect with the Caucasian culture deeper.
  • South Route is technically easier than the North Route and it is the fastest way up to the summit.
  • On the South Side we use the cable car to transfer gear from the foot of the mountain up to our high camp hut at 3840 meters, to save time and energy.
  • On the South Side, our high camp hut is new, more comfortable and equipped with Power for your convenience.

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 Terskol.
High Camp accommodation.
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. The 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 Terskol village by taxi is about 70 EURO. We will meet you upon arrival in Terskol.

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 Terskol village. Accommodation at the RMH lodge. Welcome briefing and orientation. Signing Waivers and required documentation. Gear check. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 2:

Acclimatization hike to Mount Terskol, Devechie Kosy waterfall — 2800 m. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 3:

Ascent to the high camp. Accommodation at the mountain hut at 3840 m. Acclimatization hike up to 4100 m. (Hut № 11). Overnight stay in the mountain hut.

Day 4:

Acclimatization hike up to Pastukhova Rocks — 4800 m. Overnight stay in the mountain hut.

Day 5:

Rest day. Snow & Ice training with basic level self-arrest course. Guides meeting with a group. Overnight stay in the mountain hut.

Day 6:

Summit day. Descent to the valley. Overnight stay at the lodge.

Day 7:

Reserve day / Light hiking (Terskol Creek). Certificates presentation. Overnight stay at the lodge

Day 8:

Departure day. Morning transfer at 10:00 (10 AM) from Terskol village 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:

  • 3 May 2018 – 10 May 2018, 
  • 13 May 2018 – 20 May 2018,
  • 23 May 2018 – 30 May 2018
  • 3 June 2018 – 10 June 2018,
  • 13 June 2018 – 20 June 2018,
  • 23 June 2018 – 30 June 2018
  • 3 July 2018 – 10 July 2018,
  • 13 July 2018 – 20 July 2018,
  • 23 July 2018 – 30 July 2018
  • 3 August 2018 – 10 August 2018,
  • 13 August 2018 – 20 August 2018,
  • 23 August 2018 – 30 August 2018
  • 3 September 2018 – 10 September 2018,
  • 13 September 2018 – 20 September 2018,
  • 23 September 2018 – 30 September 2018
  • 3 October 2018 – 10 October 2018,
  • 13 October 2018 – 20 October 2018

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