Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus
Photo by John Shively, all rights reserved.

Mount Elbrus is the highest peak in the Caucasus, and the highest peak in Europe. It is located several miles north of the main crest of the Central Caucasus, in the Russian Republics of Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia, north of Georgia.

Its origin is volcanic, and though it has long been extinct, it still retains its gently sloping, conical shape, with twin cones rising on its summit. The west summit at 5,642 meters (18,510 ft) is slightly higher than the east at 5,621 metres (18,442 ft).

The summit is capped in ice year round, and 22 glaciers sprawl from its slopes. All told, the mountain and its vast glaciers cover 56 square miles. The summit provides spectacular views of the entire Caucasus.

Elevation (feet): 18,510
Elevation (meters): 5,642
Continent: Europe
Country: Russia
Range/Region: Central Caucasus
Latitude: 43.355
Longitude: 42.4392
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1874
First successful climber(s): A. W. Moore, F. Gardiner, F. Cruford Grove, Horace Walker, Pete Knubel
Nearest major airport: Moscow, Russia, Kiev, Ukraine, Tbilisi, Georgia
Convenient Center: Mineral'nye Vody, Russia

Thanks to Johan for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

There are 132 trip reports for Mount Elbrus.

  • Log #14412 - by Simo Ruokolainen on Nov 05, 20043.00 stars
    We were group of four people (my friend, his girlfriend and guide). First we took a train from Finland to St. Petersburg. From there our guide called Kosti (Kostas I think) joined in and we started...
  • Log #14414 - by Dirk Stephan on Oct 20, 20043.00 stars
    Went alone via Munic to Mineralnje Vody. Took a cab to the cable car station. Next day climbed up to 3000m. 2nd day up to the ruins of Priut.
  • Log #14415 - by Artyom Stolpovsky on Oct 08, 20043.00 stars
    I and my wife Elena - both geographers from Moscow State University - have decided to climb Elbrus from its nothern side (it's not so popular like southern, from Terskol and Azau). And, for our...
  • Log #14416 - by Gerry Elias on Sep 27, 20043.00 stars
    Climbed together with Roger Roschnik and John Prosser. To take advantage of perfect conditions, we spent just one day acclimatising in the Baksan valley before moving onto the mountain. We spent...
  • Log #14417 - by Chris Bourne on Sep 20, 20043.00 stars
    Ones of the must cultural climbs that I had done. Thanks to Alpine Ascents International.
  • Log #14418 - by Sissel Smaller on Sep 13, 20043.00 stars
    Beautiful mountain and a great summit day. Lucky to be able to climb the mountain before the horrible stories about the planecrash and when the terrorists took the school in Beslan. My heart goes out...
  • Log #14419 - by Juha Puusti on Sep 03, 20043.00 stars
    We start our summit climbing at 4400m camp at 07.00am and reached the West Peak at midday. Very windy morning when we climb up and sunny afternoon to decend.
  • Log #14420 - by Allister Gerrard on Aug 30, 20043.00 stars
    Summitted with my fellow Irish collegues. Climbed with Pilgrim Tours, our main guide, Yuri was excellent, his 30th time on the summit and the worst weather he had ever summitted on. It was very cold,...
  • Log #14421 - by Jim Ewing on Aug 17, 20043.00 stars
    Three lawyers from Atlanta summited at ~ 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 10, 2004: David Schaeffer, Ken Canfield and Jim Ewing. Weather clear and cold, with some clouds on the way down. Good experience...
  • Log #14422 - by Russell Shaw on Aug 13, 20043.00 stars
    In the preceding week we had no acclimatisation at all due to poor weather. Fortunately by the time we set up camp at 4100m the skies had cleared and we had a great view of the summit. Our summit...
  • Log #14423 - by Darko Hadzic on Aug 12, 20043.00 stars
    I summited on July 31st. Rather difficult for me because of my anaemia. Great weather, just while descending snowy clouds with weak electrical field around me (tiny lightnings on my head, etc.). ...
  • Log #14424 - by Ivo Minkov on Aug 09, 20043.00 stars
    Truly a great climb! The mountain and the valley are one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited. We climbed in a perfect weather, no wind. The sunrise left us without breath and at 9am...
  • Log #14425 - by Rod & Gail Crawford on Aug 08, 20043.00 stars
    My wife Gail & 1 got to the top just after mid-day. Great help from guide Sergei- good acclimitisation programme from EWP/ Sherpa. Nothing technical but knackered just the same. Lots of elation...
  • Log #14426 - by Michal Benes on Aug 05, 20043.00 stars
    On skialp skies.
  • Log #14427 - by Mattias on Aug 04, 20043.00 stars
    Does anyone know the emergency radio frequency for the rescue service in the Elbrus region? Please drop me an email if you do! Thanks Mattias
  • Log #14428 - by Krist0f on July 21, 20043.00 stars
    Quite easy climb, however be sure to get proper acclimatisation before, watch out for sudden weather change. Easy mountain in good weather conditions, can be deadly when weathers gets worse though....
  • Log #14429 - by Morten Johansen on July 19, 20043.00 stars
    After helping my friends who got sick in the saddel, I summited alone, fine day, some strong vinds during the traverse to the saddel, but clear weather, only low clouds. A very nice summit indeed,...
  • Log #14430 - by Richard Tremellen on July 17, 20043.00 stars
    Fantastic trip with Pilgrim Tours. Well organised and co-ordinated. Reached summit at midday with Yuri, our guide. What a fantastic man he is.
  • Log #14432 - by irfans on June 12, 20043.00 stars
    i have aplan to visit mount elbrus soon. Does anybody got any informations about it,guys(esp, how can i get there,what should i prepare related about the birocration, accomodation n...
  • Log #14433 - by RAVANELLI IVAN E LUIGI on June 03, 20043.00 stars
  • Log #14434 - by Klaus Tscherrig on May 30, 20043.00 stars
    The hole team, 8 members, did summit after a good preparation!
  • Log #14435 - by christi masi on May 06, 20043.00 stars
    awesome climb and ski with Mountain Madness!
  • Log #14436 - by Ronnie Shroff on May 05, 20043.00 stars
    "I climbed Elbrus in 2002 with an excellent company based in Moscow. You may be interested in securing the services of a small personalized local company based in Moscow, owner and premier guide...
  • Log #14437 - by Mikolaj Orzechowski on Mar 10, 20043.00 stars
    A good place to start high mountaineering adventure. Altitude and weather make it a challenge though the normal route is VERY easy. Prepare well and GO! On the website cited you'll find a very...
  • Log #14438 - by Chris Bernard on Jan 28, 20043.00 stars
    I suggest not clibing Mount Elbrus. I lost Eight friends climbing it andit is a very dangerous mountain. STAY AWAY.
  • Log #14439 - by Matthew on Jan 28, 20043.00 stars
    It was quite difficult scaling the peaks but with the proper equiptment you can do it easily. My advise for first timers is be perpared for a challenge
  • Log #14440 - by Vladimir Kopylov on Jan 07, 20043.00 stars
    I climbed Mt. Elbrus more then 100 times. First time - in 1985. I met New year Millenium 31.
  • Log #14441 - by Kristof Kontermann on Dec 24, 20033.00 stars
    The 01. of September 2003 was a great day! Very good conditions (no ice), clear weather, no clouds, no wind at Elbrus-West. We summited at 9.15. Perhaps it was the best day of the year!!!
  • Log #14442 - by Dusan on Nov 21, 20033.00 stars
    Hello! I climbed Elbrus after enjoyable 3 days spent on its glaciers skiing and trekking around, waiting for good weather. The best part was to ski Elbrus all way down. It took 8hrs up (with...
  • Log #14443 - by brian scantamburlo on Nov 19, 20033.00 stars
    wonderful weather on summit day for the long hike. even had a chance to catch a quick nap in "the saddle". surrounding caucaus mountains were truely an amazing sight to see. people of...
  • Log #14444 - by Walter Stockinger on Nov 18, 20033.00 stars
    We left the barrels at 2am and summited shortly before 8am; three days later I climbed the east summit - it is absolutely worth the climb - despite some metal-debris on the summit. if you start early...
  • Log #14445 - by Fraser Smith on Nov 17, 20033.00 stars
    Forgot to mention that I climbed with Pilgrim Tours, and would recommend them.
  • Log #14446 - by Fraser Smith on Nov 17, 20033.00 stars
    Left the barrels (3800m) at about 2 am, and caught the snowcat up to the Pushtakova Rocks. Weather was terrible, strong winds and whiteout conditions. Summited at 9.45 am with Scott (Oz), Simon (UK),...
  • Log #14447 - by Ronnie Shroff on Nov 17, 20033.00 stars
    "I climbed Elbrus last year end of July/August with an excellent company based in Moscow. You may be interested in securing the services of a small personalized local company based in Moscow,...
  • Log #14448 - by ashley jones on Oct 24, 20033.00 stars
    stay strong breath deep
  • Log #14449 - by Dan Lochner on Oct 06, 20033.00 stars
    Do not underestimate this mountain! In poor weather, it can be very dangerous as I personally found out during a blizzard on summit day.
  • Log #14450 - by raúl vicedo máiquez on Oct 04, 20033.00 stars
    El Elbrus es fácil (en verdad, ninguna montaña lo es), es fr'o , y es una estupenda manera de conocer alpinistas de todo el mundo. Lo ideal ser'a complementarlo con el Uschba o el Shkara. subimos 4...
  • Log #14451 - by Sam S on Oct 01, 20033.00 stars
    Me and my mate Ben summitted both peaks of Elbrus in very cold wind - clear conditions made routefinding simple. Apart from that, a fairly easy snow plod, got to the top from diesel hut in about 6...
  • Log #14452 - by Scott Patterson on Sep 29, 20033.00 stars
    I went to Mt. Elbrus with Pligrim Tours, Sept 10-22. I have climbed peaks all over the world, and this is the first time I have gone with a guided tour. Russia is a difficult country to travel...
  • Log #14453 - by Richard Patterson on Sep 10, 20033.00 stars
    Summitted via the normal route with our Ukrainian guide and survived OK without much acclimatisation. Day 1 in the Baksan Valley, Day 2 to Pastukhova rocks, Day 3 below Pastukhova rocks, Day 4 to the...
  • Log #14454 - by Mikael Lypinski on Sep 09, 20033.00 stars
    Take time to acclimatize properly. There are many shortcuts on the way to the summit (chair lifts, snow cats), but take your time - ascend slowly. Despite an overall long ascent, I had to take Diamox...
  • Log #14455 - by James Coleridge on Sep 03, 20033.00 stars
    What a great adventure off to Russia and one of the Seven Summits of the World. Elbrus is an incredible journey through a country filled with change. Landed in Moscow, flew to Mineral Nye Vody and...
  • Log #14456 - by Robert Ulph on Aug 25, 20033.00 stars
    Took the snow cat to 4700m (!) and walked to the top in clear, but windy conditions. Not very hard if you are well acclimatised and the weather is good. For several days beforehand the weather had...
  • Log #14457 - by Zeddy Al-Refai on July 29, 20033.00 stars
    Iwas delighted to make it to the top of Elbrus with Pilgrim Tours ,they were very great and good value for money. I'm after the seven summits and i have 2 left Aconcagua & Vinson I was the FIRST...
  • Log #14458 - by Marcin Aslanowicz on July 29, 20033.00 stars
    Despite of making probably the slowest ascent of the day (approx. 11 hours from Prijut 11 to the summit), I am extremely happy that I have finally made it. This is an experience you would never...
  • Log #14459 - by André Imboden on July 28, 20033.00 stars
    With professional swiss mountainguide to the highest summits in the world. Elbrus, Kilimanjaro, Denali, Aconcagua....
  • Log #14460 - by Brad Alsoren on July 10, 20033.00 stars
    Not much to report about the climb itself. Really just a hike on snow at altitude.
  • Log #14461 - by Stuart Warmington on July 01, 20033.00 stars
    A supplement to the "Irish Party" is of course that Scabba (Australian) is an honourary Irishman. Thanks team, one of the experiences of a lifetime.
  • Log #14462 - by Eamonn on July 01, 20033.00 stars
    The Irish party of Deego, Eamo, Mickey Joe, Diarmuid, Enda , Scabba and our guides Sasha, Max and Sergie summitted 1119 hours on 15/06/03, having left the Rocks c. 0600 hours. Conditions and...
  • Log #14463 - by Klaus Tscherrig on June 08, 20033.00 stars
    Elbrus,Aconcagua,Kilimajaro, or 4000 meter peaks in Switzerland. We climb it all with you. See you soon!
  • Log #14464 - by James Wilde on May 12, 20033.00 stars
    Lots of snow, but beautiful days on the mountain. Next stop Aconcagua...
  • Log #14465 - by Slate Stern on Mar 15, 20033.00 stars
    Russia is a fascinating place!
  • Log #14466 - by Mike Hood on Jan 29, 20033.00 stars
    I have the GPS cordinates for Pastorile Rocks, the saddle, and the summit. On the web page above check out the pics and the story. I an going for Aconcagua Jan 30, 2003.
  • Log #14467 - by Anatolian Adventures on Jan 02, 20033.00 stars
    Mt.Elbruz Expedition - Classic Route (5642m) The most recommended programme, well balanced and combining the acclimatising period (3 days, easy climbs and walks going gradually in height from 3200m...
  • Log #14468 - by Ronnie Shroff on Jan 01, 20033.00 stars
    I climbed Elbrus this year end of July/August with an excellent company based in Moscow. You may be interested in securing the services of a small personalized local company based in Moscow, owner...
  • Log #14469 - by Francisco Figueroa & Jorge Salazar on Jan 01, 20033.00 stars
    Great mountain, great people and country,we summit with bad weather, no swoncat, no the end this was a great trip
  • Log #14470 - by Richard Pattison on Sep 27, 20023.00 stars
    Summitted via the normal route with Eugene our Ukrainian guide and survived OK without much acclimatisation. Day 1 in the Baksan Valley, Day 2 to Pastukhova rocks, Day 3 below Pastukhova rocks, Day 4...
  • Log #14471 - by Ray Kopcinski, Sr. and Ray Kopcinski, II on Sep 11, 20023.00 stars
    Weather was clear and cold. Pilgrim Tours and guides were terrific. The entire "spider team" made the top!
  • Log #14472 - by George and Nancy Kierspe on Sep 03, 20023.00 stars
    Pilgrim Tours was great!
  • Log #14473 - by Emmy Allgood on Aug 30, 20023.00 stars
    Bring a thermos and keep it in your down jacket. Water freezes solid, if the temps drop to minus 20F, like in our case. Start at 3:00 a.m. from Pastuchov Rocks and the summit can be yours in 7-9...
  • Log #14474 - by Howard Jones on Aug 15, 20023.00 stars
    Interesting country . . . interesting people . . . beautiful area. Just climb the mountain.
  • Log #14475 - by Piet Rosenhart on Aug 14, 20023.00 stars
    The ascent was very strenuous ! About 8 hrs on the frozen snow. Started at 02.15 and at 10.15 on the top.
  • Log #14476 - by Erik Verheul on Aug 14, 20023.00 stars
    Started with an 8 day backpack trek around the mountain for acclimatisation. 6 people, (Hello Maarten, (see below))our guide from HT and a local guide. Beautiful tour, didn't see a single tourist,...
  • Log #14477 - by Maarten de Ruiter on Aug 08, 20023.00 stars
    Priut was verry crowded due to the Elbrusiade festival. Great weather on summit day: no wind, lots of sun. Made a sleigh-ride from the Pastuchov-rocks back to Priut.
  • Log #14478 - by Jeanne Stawiecki on Aug 02, 20023.00 stars
    great feeling to summit!!!!
  • Log #14479 - by Leto on July 23, 20023.00 stars
    Perfect weather (after the storms:> ), easy peak, friendly local people. Hey Wlodek, we made the same pictures! :)
  • Log #14480 - by Matej Pavlansky on July 22, 20023.00 stars
    Hi, I was on the peak. From Prijut at about 7 hours up. down 30 min with snowboard. It was great.
  • Log #14481 - by Wlodek Kierus on July 08, 20023.00 stars
    Great weather, but still we had 1800 m up to go! From Prijut11 it tooks 6,5 h up, and 2,5 down. Good idea is spent a night on pass between E and W summit.
  • Log #14482 - by Roman Piskernik on June 19, 20023.00 stars
    We started at 2:45 am. at the barrels (also the new Prijut 11 ready to stay in) and did the summit at approx 10:30 am. The weather- and snow conditions were excellent, no wind, no clouds. After going...
  • Log #14483 - by Dave Newell on June 13, 20023.00 stars
    We left the barrels at 3:15 AM and did not summit until just after 4:00 PM. Heavy new snow and winds kept the pace slow. Just as well, I was breathing pretty heavy. Went with Pilgrim Tours.
  • Log #14484 - by Ben Francis on June 11, 20023.00 stars
    Don't underestimate this mountain at the extremes of the season. Took us 13hrs up, 5 down starting from the Barrels. Deep snow and strong winds. If you want to have a stroll, go in July or August.
  • Log #14485 - by Boris Krielen on Apr 20, 20023.00 stars
    Climbed ormal route and reached the West Peak summit together with Peter-Arjen Boers and Ramon Sijmons. Nice climb, not difficult, but pretty long. Weather was not very nice. Find lots of information...
  • Log #14486 - by Susana on Apr 15, 20023.00 stars
    thank you. Gracias
  • Log #14487 - by Christian Walter on Feb 18, 20023.00 stars
    After waiting for 4 days at Prijut 11 for reasonable weather we climbed both summits in clear but cold weather. 6 hours from Prijut 11 to West summit.
  • Log #14488 - by Gert De Meutter on Feb 14, 20023.00 stars
    The Elbrus is a beautifull climb, technicaly not so difficult, but a long long steep walk (+/-8h) in the snow on the glacier. Be carefull for quick change of weather conditions! Watch some of our...
  • Log #14489 - by Steve Vasel on Jan 24, 20023.00 stars
    Great time had by all!
  • Log #14490 - by Tue Mantoni on Jan 24, 20023.00 stars
    After a couple of days with bad weather and cloudy skies we found ourselves on the way to the summit enjoying a totally clear sky with stars all over. We summitted early in the morning without seing...
  • Log #14491 - by Jim Diorio on Dec 29, 20013.00 stars
    We Four Americans, (2 expert climbers and 2 average climbers) left Boston on September 5, summited Elbrus on September 12, and returned to Boston on September 20. We used Pilgrim Tours for our Guide...
  • Log #14492 - by Nick Swinhart on Dec 15, 20013.00 stars
    My wife and I summited Elbrus in August on a 17.5 hour (roundtrip) summit day. We left from the Barrel Huts at approx 3:00 am. The weather was wonderful, no problems to speak of.
  • Log #14493 - by Nikolai on Nov 08, 20013.00 stars
    Let's climb Mt. Elbrus together. Nikolai.
  • Log #14494 - by Juan Carlos Alarcon Suecun on Sep 26, 20013.00 stars
    Gora Elbrus es una de las montañas mas enigmatica que he escalado, a pesar de contar con un clima idela durante dos dias, una tormenta, nos oblico a Rocio mi esposa, Arthur nuestro guia y a mi, a...
  • Log #14495 - by DAVE YATES on Aug 31, 20013.00 stars
  • Log #14496 - by Brande Wulff on Aug 17, 20013.00 stars
    Left the Barrel Huts at 0115 AM (ca.3600 m) and summited at noon. Bring plenty of water (I drank 3 litres). The New Diesel hut (built next to the ruins of the old Priut hut which burnt down) is now...
  • Log #14497 - by Daniel Spits on Aug 08, 20013.00 stars
    Don't ever underestimate the rapid weatherchanges on this one !
  • Log #14498 - by reini on July 26, 20013.00 stars
    3 austrians reached the top on ski on the 14th of july 2001!
  • Log #14499 - by Matt Kowalczyk on July 21, 20013.00 stars
    During the week up to our summit day, the weather was spectacular. Cold clear nights, magnificent sunrises, but valley storms in the late afternoon. The conditions have been perfect for climbing....
  • Log #14500 - by Tom Riederer on June 27, 20013.00 stars
    Never underestimate the mountains. Elbrus was much colder (below 0 F) snowier and longer than I anticipated. Summit day was 15 hrs. We lucked out with the weather - clear, sunny and nice at the...
  • Log #14501 - by knut landstad on June 26, 20013.00 stars
    On 'snes telemark skies to the top. Nice and sunny, powder snow. We needed 4 days totally without acclimatisation. Would have been nicer though with some days on Ushba twins or similar to...
  • Log #14502 - by Thea-Mari du Rand on June 23, 20013.00 stars
    I summited as part of the Adventure Dynamics Group, with Sean Disney and Alex Harris. Small beginnings but I learned a lot not only about mountainneering but also about myself
  • Log #14504 - by Jan van Velzen on June 17, 20013.00 stars
    Wayne, we (the dutch group) summitted two days after you guys did. Unfortunately we missed you at the Azau lodge. We all stood on the top at 12:00. Good wheather & clear sky.
  • Log #14505 - by Wayne Morris on June 15, 20013.00 stars
    A hell of a long day but well worth it. From the Barrels at 3700m to the summit at 5642m takes some determination. Had a fantastic time from Moscow through to the summit, people were friendly and...
  • Log #14506 - by james doherty on Apr 25, 20013.00 stars
    A long hard slog this mountain but the warmth of the Georgians and Russians in our party made up for it.
  • Log #14507 - by Hamid salamat, Ali reza varza harasati on Feb 12, 20013.00 stars
    We were the first group of climber's who ever climded this peak. total jurny duration was 10 days, and climbing duritation was 9 hours... wish you success climbing this peak,...
  • Log #14508 - by Valeriy Lumelskiy on Dec 22, 20003.00 stars
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS! May God bless each of you richly in this new year, May your lives be fulfilling, your hearts full of cheer, And may love, joy, and happiness always be near.
  • Log #14509 - by Tobias Todt on Oct 29, 20003.00 stars
    Me ( Tobias Todt ) and Tomas Gauffin decided to extend our experience from the Scandinavian mountains and the French Alps and give Caucasus a shot. We reached the summit under excellent fall...
  • Log #14510 - by Robert Wallis on Oct 10, 20003.00 stars
    A fantastic experience! - Summiteers were; Guides Gia and Sasha with porter Peter (thanks for going back for those crampons Peter!); TROGS (The Real Outdoor Group of Brunel University, UK)= Neil...
  • Log #14511 - by Jose Manuel Gonzalez Diaz on Sep 19, 20003.00 stars
    We climbed this beautiful Volcano (5,642 Mts) with guides Anatoly and Andrey form, whish provides excellent services at a very accesible price. People that choose this outlifter...
  • Log #14512 - by Marius Flygind on Aug 30, 20003.00 stars
    We got caught in a storm at the summit.
  • Log #14513 - by Arnoud ten Haaft on Aug 29, 20003.00 stars
    On the 16th of august 1995 a small Dutch group of 5 persons climbed Mt. Elbrus east summit (5643m) from the village Elbrus at 1660m. Two of our group also climbed the West summit. For this climb we...
  • Log #14514 - by Michael A. Otnisky on Aug 29, 20003.00 stars
    Great mountain to gain the skills needed for other adventures. Summit team made up of ROBERT BOWMAN, BOB BOWMAN, MICHAEL A. OTNISKY--U.S.A.- PER SILLASSEN, TRINE AHLBURG, STIG NIELSEN--DENMARK...
  • Log #14515 - by Michael A. Otnisky on Aug 29, 20003.00 stars
    Great mountain to gain the skills needed for other adventures. Summit team made up of Robert Bowman, Bob Bowman, Michael A. Otinsky--U.S.A.- Per Sillassen, Trine Ahlburg, Stig...
  • Log #14516 - by Ramon Sijmons on Aug 09, 20003.00 stars
    On Thursday, July 27 our team of three, reached the west summit. It was our second attemped. During the first attempt, we got caught in a snowstorm at 5400m. Our team consisted of: Boris...
  • Log #14517 - by Hannes on Aug 04, 20003.00 stars
    Hello, first a little correction - the height of western summit of Elbrus is 5642 metres (18510 feet), not 5633. So, I get to the point. Climbing Elbrus was my very first summit. Our ascent started...
  • Log #14518 - by Peter Markusse on May 04, 20003.00 stars
    Of our group of 5, 3 made it to the top: Ton van den Berg, Boris Habets and myself. The weather was quite good, apart from the strong wind. Incredible view of the Caucasus main range. We think we...
  • Log #14519 - by Harry Kikstra on Feb 16, 20003.00 stars
    Elbrus is a great peak: not too difficult, but not to be underestimated! Anyone who will just use the Cable cars won't enjoy the summit as you will need a few days to acclimatize. The burning of...
  • Log #14520 - by Sture Stolen on Feb 05, 20003.00 stars
    Elbrus may look easier than it is. Even if you start from the Refugee 11 camp at 4200 m be well acclimatized at 4000-4200m before the attempt. I used 8 hours to the peak and 5 hours...
  • Log #14521 - by Sean Disney on Jan 13, 20003.00 stars
    Adventure Dynamics guided ascent which placed 10 clients on top, excellent trip, summitted in a white out on Western summit.
  • Log #14522 - by Tobias Skog on Jan 10, 20003.00 stars
    A Team from Sweden and Norway. West Summit. Perfect conditions except for some ice on the last slope.
  • Log #21686 - by Vik Sahney on June 01, 20093.00 stars
    Dirty mountain. Boring routes. Lots of people. Would not recommend it to anyone.
  • Log #18736 - by Krist0f on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Hardly any difficulties except for the altitude sickness (get proper acclimatization) and low temperatures. Walking poles useful, I used my ice axe only once while climbing up the pass at 5200 m....
  • Log #18796 - by michael graf on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    I climbed to the eastern top (5621 meters) from the north side
  • Log #18813 - by Mike Lakotish on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Summited Elbrus on my 34th birthday, doesn't get any better than that. My second perfect trip with IMG and Phil Ershler. Elbrus isn't as steep as Orizaba, but it's LONG. 10 hours from our hut to the...
  • Log #18834 - by michael on June 27, 20053.00 stars
    I went to the eastern top of this mountain from the north side. The only organizer of this in the whole western world is Alexios Passalidis (,all the others are going from the south...
  • Log #18985 - by Ruben F Medina on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Great experience to be in that remote part of the world in Russia Caucasus mountain range. What a climb and culture. Great Job Alpine Ascents!
  • Log #19265 - by Justin Williamson on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    Team of 8 all summited successfully. Not very difficult but our summit day had excpetionally high winds which made the temperature drop to around minus 40 with the wind chill. Used a local Russian...
  • Log #20133 - by Nick B. Comande on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    My climb was a wonderful one as I was with a small group of people. I climbed Elbrus as a Fund Raiser for the American Diabetes Association. The mountain was climbed starting at the top of the first...
  • Log #20864 - by T Janson on July 09, 20073.00 stars
    Great climb on a beautiful sunny day with limitless views. Dave Morton from Alpine Ascents, together with our Russian guides, did a fantastic job.
  • Log #20992 - by Wayne Curtis on Aug 30, 20073.00 stars
    Best Summit Day ever!
  • Log #21023 - by AlpinAntalya on Sep 11, 20073.00 stars
    That was a great experience. We were 4 people and one of them turned back from 5400 because of headache... We did not use axe but also use crampones. The weather was changing to bad every afternoon.
  • Log #21193 - by Francois Langlois on Feb 18, 20083.00 stars
    I climbed it in winter: minus 50 Celsius with winds of 70 km/h. 13 hours round trip from the barrels at 2,000 feet. Reminded me of my Everest summit bid!
  • Log #21235 - by Valeriy Lumelskiy on Mar 31, 20083.00 stars
    One time I done a climb in 4 hrs 20 mins from Prijut 11. I went both from South and North. It is a very long way from the North(moreover, we hand the expedition backpacks that time). Nice Mountain!
  • Log #21291 - by Erhard Zeising on May 25, 20083.00 stars
    Fantastic climb, and harder than advertised. With a final day summit climb of 7000 feet or nearly 2000 meters from barrel huts to summit. Extremely cold weather mountain. One week before our arrival,...
  • Log #21300 - by Michel Beauchemin on June 04, 20083.00 stars
    Account of a solo ski ascent: May 29. Hiked from Azau (2350m) to 3100m where I had to put my skis on. Then, skinned up to Garabashi a.k.a. the Barrels (3700m) where I got snowed in by a huge...
  • Log #21337 - by Brett Studholme on July 08, 20083.00 stars
    The hike was relatively simple and straightforward. We encountered some rough weather from "the saddle" to the summit. The mountain and surrounding area are beautiful. The Barrels Camp is very...
  • Log #21453 - by Jeroen Messing on Sep 30, 20083.00 stars
    Reached west summit with very bad weather.
  • Log #21593 - by ortwin volcke on Feb 14, 20093.00 stars
    Nice peak. We waited 6 days in bad weather to climb the summit (very hard wind >100km/hr). Then the weather changed and in 1 very long day we went up to the summit& back down to the valley.
  • Log #22054 - by Shirish Bhide on Aug 21, 20103.00 stars
    Left the Barrels at 2.30 am on the 27th of July 2010. Group of 9 plus guides. Encountered possibly 100+ people who were going to the top on that day.
  • Log #22055 - by Shirish Bhide on Aug 22, 20103.00 stars
    Departed the barrels at 2.30am on the 27th for a crack at the summit. once acclimatized, I recommend taking the snow cat up to the rocks as this helps preserve your energy and increases chances of...
  • Log #22074 - by Martin Friedrich on Sep 15, 20103.00 stars
    The Caucasus range is a wonderful mountain range with impressive summits, rocks and glaciers, enough water for green and forrested valleys and thus is a very beautiful place to be. From the ascent to...
  • Log #22083 - by Alek Niemczyk on Sep 23, 20103.00 stars
    Classical route from Azau
  • Log #22159 - by Caj E Svensson on Apr 12, 20113.00 stars
    We camped in the Western rock band at about 4200 m for a few days, making acclimatizing hikes and waiting out the weather. Group was Caj and Eva in one tent and Rasmus, Emelie and Anders in another...
  • Log #22440 - by Sven Bugarski on Oct 16, 20133.00 stars
    To facilitate visa and permit issues concerning the Caucasus area in southern Russia, I have climbed Elbrus with an organized tour group. The provider of that tour was a professional agency in...