Mount Elbrus South Expedition 2018

Mount Elbrus South Expedition 2018




Mount Elbrus South Expedition 2018





Mount Elbrus (5642 meter) is the highest peak in Europe Continent and one of the most famous Seven Summits. Mount Elbrus is located in the western Caucasus of Russia, near the border of Georgia. Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642m, the east summit is slightly lower at 5,621m. The mountain has a twin domed summit which contains a permanent icecap feeding many glaciers that forming 3 main rivers in the valley. GEC have 2 expedition schedule on 28th June and 26th August for year 2018.  The South route is the most common ascent route offering more infrastructure and access to ski lifts for carrying equipment and more developed mountain hut accommodation.





Mt Elbrus is very challenging and requires basic mountaineering skills, although altitude and unpredictable weather make for a challenging and adventurous trip. Beside guiding people for Seven Summit achievements, GEC will use Mount Elbrus as Alpine Mountaineering Training Program for members who wish to climb all Seven Summit Peaks including Mount Everest. All climbers will need to be proficient in the use of crampons and ice axes for an ascent. The major difficulties are in its bad weather: strong winds and generally colder temperatures. 




Ascending on South Route



The climb is not a very technical climb but we have seen many people get into trouble on this mountain. Most of the mistakes are due to carelessness and forgetting basic mountaineering principles of going to high altitude. GEC have planned very good schedule giving enough time for climbers to acclimatise with 2 days of trekking to nearby peaks.  

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Climbing Itinerary



The team will arrive in Russia and head straight to Mineralnye Vody and transfer to Terskol. If have time, explore the town and get our last minute supply for the climb. In the evening we meet up for a full briefing. On Day 2, we will ascent of Cheget Peak (3,460m) or Mir. 
An early start takes you up the chairlifts from Azau to around 3,000m from where we will start an acclimatisation climb to the shoulder of Cheget (3,460m) offering panoramic views of Elbrus. The climb ascends through rocky ridges and descends via the southern snow slopes allowing you to get a feel for the higher climbs to come. That evening you will be debriefed.
On DAY 3, the team will move from Azau station to Diezelhut (4,055m) via cable car to Mir, then chairlifts ferry us to Garabashi (3,750m) where we walk the final 50m to the Barrel Huts – converted fuel tanks that form our accommodation. From here we’ll begin an acclimatisation trek to the Diesel Hut (4,055m) practicing moving on snowy and icy slopes as a team. 
DAY 4 Acclimatisation climb to Pastuchov’s Rocks(4,650m)
As a team we’ll use the skills and techniques we’ve practiced over the last couple of days on the mountain to climb up to Pastuchov’s Rocks (4,650m) which will take several hours affording us views that will quite literally take our breath away. Overnight at the Barrel huts with a briefing on our summit bid and discussion on what kit to take.
Day 5   Acclimatisation Day
Day 6   Acclimatisation Day
Day 7   Summit Day
An early start (at 3 o’clock) from the Barrel huts will take you up the saddle via Pastuchov’s Rocks and up to the western summit (5,642m). You’ll be using crampons the whole time as some sections are completely solid ice while other areas can have deep snow covering hidden crevasses. On very clear days it is possible to see both the Caspian and Black seas! It will be a long an exhausting day taking around 14 hrs to return to the Barrels but it will be well worth the effort.
DAY  8   Contingency day
Overnight at the Barrels (3,900 m) if we need to use this day due to an unsuccessful summit attempt the night before, or return to our hotel if we made it (at additional cost for one night).
DAY 9   Descent to Terskol.
We descend back down the mountain to Azau and from there to our hotel to shower and find some clean clothes. The rest of the day is yours to explore the area or chance to relax.  We regroup in the evening for dinner and to celebrate our achievements.
DAY 10   Departure Home
Breakfast in hotel. Transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport for your day flight home.





Ravichandran (Ravi Everest)





  1. Transfers from Mineral Vody to Terskol, Terskol to Mineral Vody.
  2. Accommodations:    Hotel in Terskol 3 night & Huts 6 nights.
  3. All  meals, first day Dinner & Brekfast on the last day.
  4. All needed permits & Registrations In Terskol.
  5. Guide : Group equipment (ropes, Ices crews)
  6. All transfers:  Taxi, Cabel Car. 




1.   Personal equipment.

2.   Personal health & climbing Insurance.

3.   Emergency evacuation (held rescue can purchase from GEC) & medical expense.

4.   Alcoholic & bottled beverage mineral.

Rara truck Or Snow Cat for summit day if need.

     80$ each person if need·  USD80.00 per person.    Extra cost: flight Moscow- Mineralnye Vody- Moscow.





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