The most popular and fastest way to climb Mt. Elbrus. Easy access with cable cars and snow-cats which can bring you up to 5000 m make this route suitable even for novices.
Discover Elbrus with us
Elbrus is the highest mountain of European continent. Its West summit is 5642 m high, the East one is 21 m shorter - 5621 m.
Mt. Elbrus is situated between the Black and the Caspian sea on territory of the Russian Federation, only 20 km from the Georgian border. It is a dormant volcano. The last explosion occured about 2000 years ago. The two summits of Elbrus are in fact two craters of volcano. Everywhere on its slopes you can see debris of solidified lava.
The company Elbrus 360° is licensed by the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia as an inbound and outbound tour operator.
You can order a private tour for your group or join one of our 140 guaranteed departures in this season.
There are no hotels, lifts and snow-cats on the north side of Elbrus. That’s why it takes a bit longer to reach the summit via the north side approach.
This is probably the most interesting way of climbing Mount Elbrus. You will enjoy both breathtaking views onto 5000ers of the main Caucasus range on the south side and mystic stone mushrooms, powerfull waterfalls and mineral springs on the north side.
Mount Elbrus itself and surroundings provide perfect conditions for ski touring and ski ascents from March till late June.
This is the most challenging way to climb Mt. Elbrus. We recommend this route only to experienced mountaineers because of its technical difficulty. We don’t arrange scheduled departures via the west approach, only private expeditions. Please request the quotation!
There are 3 treks that you can choose from. It is a trek from north side to south side, from south side to north side and full circle around Elbrus. This is a pleasant way to enjoy stunning views of Elbrus while your backpacks go by a vehicle. Please request for quotation, only private tours are available.
Mount Kazbek (5047 m) is located on the Russian-Georgian border. The route leading from the Georgian side is technically rather simple, same as on Mt. Elbrus.
When to climb?
The best time to climb Elbrus on foot is July and August. The snow level is minimal, weather is most stable. June, September and first half of October are also rather favorable. It is colder and the weather may be changing, but there is not too much snow on the slopes and still many chances to reach the summit.
Attempting it in spring is rather challenging, especially from the north side. The road is blocked by snow and participants have to walk the last 13 km to the base camp carrying their backpacks themselves. This is rather exhausting taking into account the altitude difference of 550 m over that distance. Temperature on Elbrus in spring can fall as low as -40. Add storm winds and icy slopes which can be really dangerous for novices and require fixing a rope.
We don't recommend climbing Mt. Elbrus in winter. There are very few chances to reach the summit because of extremely low temperatures, snow storms and blue ice on slopes.
Best time for a ski ascent as well as for a ski descent is the second half of May and June. There is still much snow and it is not being blown away by the storm winds like in early spring.
Nevertheless, even during this favorable period there can be firn above 4800 m. In this case climbers put on ski crampons or take off their skis and walk in boots.
In July and August snow conditions are not good for skiing. Snow is melting in the sun by day, turning into slush. And it is freezing back by night into an ice crust.
There are not many interesting places for ski touring on Elbrus itself. Mostly, tourists tour in the neighboring valleys - Adyl-Su and Adyr-Su. There are many passes for ski touring and skiing down. Average altitude is 3500 m above sea level which makes it possible to gain good acclimatization and to attempt the summit of Elbrus after that.
Best time for ski touring at that altitude is late March and April. There is much snow at this time and it is no longer as cold as in winter. Early May can be a bit risky because snow begins melting away, but is still possible.
Choosing the right tour
There are no technical difficulties on Mount Elbrus but it is quite challenging in terms of altitude acclimatization. Though Mt. Kilimanjaro is higher than Elbrus, it is easier to do and requires less days. This is because Kilimanjaro is located near equator and there is more oxygen in the atmosphere.
It takes 8 to 11 days to climb Elbrus. The number of days on the mountain depends on the route that you choose and your previous high-altitude experience. If this is your first time to high mountains, you should choose the longest possible itinerary. You don’t know how you body will react to low content of oxygen in the air and to different atmosphere pressure comparing to the sea level. So it is better to have a couple of spare days for better acclimatization. The more days you have for acclimatization, the better you feel on the summit day and the more chances you have to reach the top.
Some people believe they can do Mount Elbrus in 4-5 days. It is possible only when you arrive already preacclimatized after climbing other high mountain during last week. In other cases this fast gain of altitude can be dangerous for your health and life. Please read more about altitude sickness.
Anyway, longer itinerary will ensure better acclimatization for your body and an additional reserve day in case of bad weather which means more chances for reaching the summit.
We limit our climbs to 12 people.
With a group climb, you will be in a party of up to 12 climbers who have booked with us separately (strangers). Group climbs are scheduled for set dates on set routes.
In a private climb, you will be in a party of people you specifically booked with (friends, family, etc.). Private climbs can be scheduled on any date you choose and on any route. There is no maximum number of climbers for a private climb. The service on the mountain is exactly the same.
Upcoming group tours
|Ski tour + climbing (South side)
|06.04 - 14.04.2024
|13.04 - 21.04.2024
|14.04 - 21.04.2024
|Ski tour + climbing (South side)
|20.04 - 28.04.2024
|26.04 - 04.05.2024
For some tours we have three options Standard, Comfort and VIP.
* - when booking tours for 2 or more participants a discount of 3% is provided.
** - when you pay with a card, payment will be charged in Russian roubles in accordance with the exchange rate of the bank.
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