Mount Elbrus – Northern approach

Rated 4.67 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

Altitude 5642m, Grade 2C

An exhilarating expedition to Europe’s highest peak.


Climb Mount Elbrus North side. This expedition takes the more remote approach away from the cable cars and chair lifts of the South. Whilst the route may be described as more beautiful the final summit day is far longer and more exhausting being around 1,900m to the main west summit and should therefore only be attempted by those with a very high level of fitness!!

The Base Camp for the Northern approach is situated at Emmanuel Glade offering a much more pastoral landscape compared to the steeper mountainous landscapes seen from the South. There is one more camp above Base Camp, which is used for our summit bid. The team will climb to Lenz Rocks as part of the acclimatisation before summit day.

Despite the North side being a more challenging summit day Adventure Peaks has an outstanding success rate on both the North and South sides of Elbrus.

View our Elbrus Southern approach expedition

Once you’ve summited why not get a limited special edition Adventure Peaks Elbrus T-Shirts.

Trip dossier

Trip dossier

  • Estimated International flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader.
  • Internal Air travel (if Flights inclusive package only)
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain. 
  • All meals and accommodation in the Baksan Valley Hotel (excluding drinks and excluding extra nights due to summiting early)
  • All communal equipment necessary for the climb. 
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies. 
  • 90 – 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning customers. 
  • 15% discount off the RRP on equipment and clothing purchased at the Adventure Peaks shop
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment. 
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Transfers to and from the in-country airport if flights NOT booked with Adventure Peaks
  • Internal flights to Mineralnye Vody if land only package booked.
  • Drinks at the Hotel in the valley
  • Accommodation and meals for any extra nights in the Valley due to summittiing early, or in Nalchik/Moscow
  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Personal medical supplies.
  • Personal use of communication equipment
  • Excess baggage. 
  • Tips for local guides. 
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early. 
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early. 
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.

Previous trip reports from Elbrus

elbrus 8.10.2 Mount Elbrus - Summit Success!
Taiss Thumbnail Choosing boots for 4000m to 6000m Peaks - If you plan to head to expeditions like Mont Blanc or Mount Elbrus and are looking to compare boots for the trip, read our review and Use discount code covid boot 20% at the checkout
13 Elbrus Elbrus South – 14th September 2019 - 23rd September Summit success - congratulations to the team!
Elbrus05-09-19-008 Elbrus South 5th September - 13th September Summit success for the whole team!
Elbrus 2019-09-01 at 14.15.25 Elbrus South 24th August - 1st September Summit success!
4 Elbrus 15th Aug 2019 report - Read Becci Amos' round up of their successful Elbrus expedition
Elbrus-summit-22-8-19 Elbrus 15th August - 22nd August Summit success for the whole team!
4 acclimitisation on Elbrus Elbrus South 3rd August - 10th August - Summit success!
Summit day JKW Elbrus 13th June 2019 Elbrus North 23rd July - Summit Success! Congratulations to the team.
21 Elbrus summit group Elbrus South 25th July - 2nd August. Summit success!

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3 reviews for Mount Elbrus – Northern approach

  1. Rated 4 out of 5


    Great guide and organisation. The local Russian guide also went out of his way to help us get roubles, and let me begin my summit push at 23:00 so I did not have to use the snowcat. We all worked as a team, yet achieved individual goals. Great all round UK guide. Acted as a member of the team (superior in talent obviously!). Very unbiased answers to questions and not a hint of arrogance or grumpiness on the whole trip.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Once there the organisation was excellent. Chris [the leader] was awesome, would like to do another expedition with him sometime.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Excellent experience…I never had any complaints, can’t even think of anything so that’s got to be a good thing and I love to moan! [The trip leader was] a great guy, perfect for what I needed. [The trip highlight was] ALL OF IT. Next trip already booked for next year!

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