Mt. Elbrus is the highest mountain in the European continent.
Mt. Elbrus (18510’/5642m) is located in the Caucasus Mountains in Russia next to the border with Georgia. This mountain range stretches over 700 miles between the Black and Caspian Seas along the border of the European and Asian continents. At the pinnacle of this fabled mountain range is Mt. Elbrus situated above the quaint, rustic village of Terskol in the Baksan Valley. The foothills of the Caucasus are decorated with high grasslands, wildflowers and rolling mountains offering spectacular views of Mt. Elbrus. Called “Ash-Gamakho” by the local people, which means “Happiness Bringing Mountain” this dormant volcano is heavily glaciated and requires crampon, ice axe, and rope travel skills. It is the highest mountain in the European continent making it one of the “Seven Summits” and an absolutely classic climb!
We begin the trip by flying in to Saint Petersburg. For those interested in seeing some of the rich history of this beautiful city we offer professionally run extensions to many of the major attractions. Highlights include the Peterhof Palace (Peter the Great’s former summer palace) and the Hermitage Museum. This museum is famous for housing some of the most precious art in the world. We then fly to Mineralnye Vody where land transportation will be waiting to bring us to the Baksan Valley. This area was once a vacation spot for the Soviet elite. We will stay in a hotel at 7000 feet and spend several days taking hikes acclimatizing ourselves to the high altitude we will soon be climbing in. We will then move higher to a hut that puts us within a days climb from the summit. The climbing is over glaciated terrain and will require us to use ice axes and crampons while being roped up. We include time in the itinerary to practice and review essential skills and efficient climbing techniques.
Upon finishing our climb we return to Mineralnye Vody and take a flight to Moscow. For those interested in seeing some of the major attractions in Moscow we offer professionally run extensions. Highlights include the Kremlin, Gorky Park, Red Square, and Victory Park.
May 20-28, 2020
June 18-26, 2020 with an option to ski
June 17-25, 2021 with an option to ski