The wild side of Elbruz
Days 1 to 2 Moscou - Piatigorsk
Departure from Paris to Moscow. We then continue our journey to Mineralnye Vody. From there, we hop on a minibus to get transferred to Piatigorsk in an hour, where we'll spend the night at the hotel.
Accommodation : Hotel
Day 3 Piatigorsk - Hathansu (2500 m)
125km separate Piatigorsk from Hathansu. Thus, we leave early in the morning for a 5h drive. Then count 2h of walking to join the base camp at 2500m high.
Positive difference in altitude : around 200m | Negative difference in altitude : around 200m | Accommodation : base camp
Day 4 Acclimatization day
Today is dedicated to acclimatization, photography and contemplation of the immense North side of Elbruz. Walks are possible around the camp, especially near the Pré de Stone Mushroom at 3000m.
We prepare ourselves for the next day : sorting out our belongings that have to be transferred to he next camp.
Positive difference in altitude : around 500m | Negative difference in altitude : around 500m | Altitude Max : 3000m | Accommodation : base camp
Day 5 Acclimatization
Acclimatization day where we'll climb up to the 'Uncle Nik' refuge, at 3760m, which is the advanced camp. We drop of our technical equipment that we carried up there.
In order to have a good night sleep, we get back down to Hathansu.
Positive difference in altitude : around 1200m | Negative difference in altitude : around 1200m | Altitude Max : 3760m | Accommodation : Base camp
Day 6 Hathansu - "Uncle Nik" refuge
Today is the great start : we join the 'Uncle Nik' refuge at 3760m on a good path. It will be our base from now on, surrounded by ice : confort is basic in the huts, be prepared for that !
Our bags are loaded because we carry all of our personal belongings for 5 days. The afternoon is dedicated to rest and to acclimatize our body to the altitude.
Positive difference in altitude : around 1200m | Altitude Max : 3760m | Accommodation : 'Uncle Nik' Refuge
Day 7 Acclimatization in altitude
Today, we'll finalize our acclimatization by doing a hike up to around 4400m : early morning start to have some time to rest in the afternoon.
Positive difference in altitude : around 600m | Negative difference in altitude : around 600m | Altitude Max : 4400m | Accommodation : 'Uncle Nik' refuge
Day 8 Elbruz ascent (5641 m)
We wake up at midnight to leave around 1am in order to get going towards the summits on gentle slopes. First, we join 'Lens Rock' (stone camp). Once we arrive at Sedlov (5400m) in the middle of East and West summits, we meet the mountain climbers arriving from the Normal Route.
We have to get our strengths together to get up the last 200m separating us from the West peak at 5641m. Finally, here we are, standing open mouthed and agog in front of the amazing view.
Then starts the long descent back to the refuge. The wind and the cold are our enemies in this ascent, and we have to be ready to put up with it during a few hours. If conditions are too difficult to reach the West summit, the guide can decide to try ascending the East summit.
Positive difference in altitude : 1900m | Negative difference in altitude : 1900m | Altitude Max : 5641m | Accommodation : 'Uncle Nik' Refuge
Day 9 Spare day
If weather conditions aren't good, the ascent of Elbrouz can be done on this spare day. It can also be used as a rest day. The knowledge and experience of your guide will optimize our chances to reach the top according to the weather and to the physical conditions of the group.
Accommodation : Refuge
Day 10 "Uncle Nik" refuge - Hathansu
Today, we descend to Hathansu. This day can also be used as a safety day if weather isn't on point the day before.
Negative difference in altitude : around 1200m | Altitude Max : 3760m | Accommodation : Tent
Day 11 Hathansu - Piatigorsk
We hop on a car to get to Malka to then join the city of Piatigorsk, and spend the night at the hotel.
Accommodation : Hotel
Day 12 Piatigorsk - Paris
Around noon, we'll join the airport 30km away and fly back to Moscow before Paris. once we arrive at night, we'll say goodbye to each other after a wonderful adventure together, full of unforgettable memories.
Dates & prices
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Trip code: VELBN
- The technical organization of the trip
- Mountaineering with high-mountain guides
- International and domestic flights, flight taxes
- Planned transfers
- Accommodation in hotels, refuges or tents
- Meals except in Piatigorsk and Moscow
- Collective equipment
- Services from a local team
- The Russian visa
- Individual technical equipment
- Meals in town (Piatigorsk, Moscow)
- Drinks and personal expenses
- Sightseeing and activities non included in the program
- Luggage supplement (ski cover)
- Insurance / assistance : research fees and helicopter rescue, hospitalisation and repatriation mandatory
- Registration fees : 18€/person
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt.
Changes to travel contract
- Very good quality and tasty local food, meals are prepared by chefs : they are excellent !
- Take some snacks according to your own tastes (cereals bars, chocolate bars, dry fruits,…).
- We advise you to bring some water purification tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur) in order to drink tap water.
- Personal drinks are not included in the trip's price
- Bring cash for coffees, fruit juices, coke or beers during breaks…
- We advise you to bring protection against noise (ear plugs).
- A few electrical plugs are available in refuges, but plan to bring an external battery to charge your camera and switch off your phone during the day.
- Technical equipment
- 1 pair of alpinism boots
- 1 pair of gaiters
- 1 harness + 2 carabiners
- 1 ice axe
- 1 pair of crampons with antibott system
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
- 1 sleeping bag (double layers)
- 1 foam mattress or self inflating
- 1 safety cover
- 1 head lamp + long lasting batteries
- 1 pair of glacier sunglasses category 4 with nose protector + 1 extra pair
- 1 ski mask for the summit
- 1 1.5L thermos
- Hand heaters
- Sun cream + after sun cream (face and lips)
- 2 plastic bin bags (100L) to keep your bags waterproof
- 1 waterproof pouch in which you will put your identity papers, your phone, your money and your insurance/assistance contract with all of your emergency phone number
- Windstopper bonnet
- Hat or cap
- Neck scarf
- Sunscreen (high protection) for skin and lips
- Sunglasses for glacier category 4 + ski goggles
- 2 technical breathable long sleeve underwear type "Carline" (no coton which dries too slowly)
- 1 technical and breathable shirt to put under your jumper
- 1 thick fleece jacket
- 1 fuzz jacket
- 1 wind stopper and waterproof jacket type Goretex
- 1 pair of wind stopper mittens (fleece or wool)
- 1 pair of undergloves
- 1 technical and breathable pair of tights type "Carline"
- 1 pair of comfortable mountain trousers
- 1 pair of wind stopper and waterproof trousers type Goretex
- 2 pairs of socks : 1 thin and 1 thick
- 1 bed sheet for refuges
- 1 small toiletry bag with 1 fast drying towel
- Cream for sunburns (Biafine)
- Biodegradable toilet paper
- 1 or 2 100L plastic bags and an overbag to protect your belongings and your bag
- 1 waterproof pouch in which you will put your identity paper, your phone, your money and your insurance/assistance contract with all of your emergency numbers
- 1 heavy and compact bag (50/60L backpack) with the minimum necessary for your arrival : leave with your alpinism boots at your feet
- 1 other backpack (under 20kg)
- Personal medicine
- Pain reliever (preferably paracetamol)
- Double skin
- Local disinfectant
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Light sleeping pills
- Broad spectrum antibiotic
- Vitamins C
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.