Elbrus Traverse North to South, two summits

Without tents

Temporarily unavailable

Why should you choose us to guide your Elbrus climb? First off, because you are going to entrust our guides to care for your very own life and health. Unfortunately, accidents do happen in the mountains, and having reliable people to safeguard and take care of you is crucial.

Our hotel and our refuge on Elbrus slope – along with our own equipment and outfit rental (the newest and biggest on Elbrus foothill) – are all designed to provide for your high profile and safe rest.

All expeditions mentioned in Schedule and Services section are available upon request if 2 people are in the group.

We offer also programs for family vacation – rest and recreation for your family members while you are busy climbing Mount Elbrus.

  • For foreign citizens, if necessary, we make guest invitations to our tours

About the tour

The “Cross” of Elbrus is a complicated version of the Elbrus Climb from the South and the Elbrus Climb from the North. It consists of climbing to both summits on one side of the mountain and descending on the opposite side. This is one of the most famous routes, which allows you to test your abilities before attempting higher peaks.

The “cross” of Elbrus can be climbed from north to south (more difficult) or from south to north. It is also possible to climb to the east summit of Elbrus and descend from there by three different routes – the Motorcycle Col (a Land Rover that was taken up there in 1997 is still there), along the rock of Elbrus Saddle (the western slope of the east summit of Elbrus) or on the south side (the easiest route).

We can recommend climbing the “cross” of Elbrus as a training program for climbing as a training program for climbing Lenin Peak, Korjenevskoj Peak, Khan-Tengry, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Aconcagua and Ojos del Salado. It is possible to plan an overnight stay in tents on the Elbrus saddle.

9-day Schedule of a Guided Climb "Cross of North Elbrus"

To give you peace of mind, the packages we offer usually include all the expenses you may incur.

Day 1. Meeting at Mineralnye Vody airport or railway station (plan to arrive no later than 12 noon). Transfer to Emmanuel Glade. Dinner and instructing the group.
Day 2. Acclimatisation hike with equipment to the refuge at 3700m, followed by descent. Overnight in tents or huts on the Emanuel Glade.
Day 3. Walk to the refuge.
Day 4. Acclimatisation hike to Lents Rocks (4700m). Overnight stay at the refuge (3700m).
Day 5. Rest day. Preparations for the summit. Overnight stay at the refuge (3700m).
Day 6. Climbing Elbrus, starting at 2 or 4 am, depending on the guide. Climbing Elbrus takes 6 to 10 hours. You do not need to carry the extra equipment – the porter will take it from the camp to 3700 metres and deliver it to the springs of Jõlysu, from where your luggage will be delivered to your hotel in Mineralnye Vody.
Day 7. Reserved in case of bad weather.
Day 8. Descent and transfer to Mineralnye Vody. Hotel check-in, walk.
Day 9. Transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport.

Included in the cost of climbing the "Elbrus Cross".

  • Hotel with accommodation in double and triple rooms. Length of stay depends on:
  • Accommodation in refuges. Length of stay according to the itinerary.All transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Meals three times a day throughout the tour. Dinner on the first day, breakfast on the last day.All required permits and registrations.
  • Guides: one lead guide for the South to North Elbrus program and several assistants for the day of the summit, with a strict ratio of one guide to three climbers. This means that if there are four clients in a group, there will be two guides for them. There is no limit to the number of attempts the group can make.
  • Equipment for the group (ropes, ice screws, radios, first aid kit, satellite navigator/GPS).

This is not included in the cost of the Climb to the Cross of the Elbrus.

  • Single accommodation.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Services of guides and cooks in case of deviations from the original itinerary.
  • Any costs associated with program changes.

List of equipment  for "Cross of Elbrus"

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  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Voucher (a form sent to you to obtain a visa)
  • Insurance cover

Personal equipment:

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Ski/Touring poles
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Climbing lanyard
  • Climbing helmet
  • Harness
  • 5 carabiners
  • 7 metres of 5 or 6 mm rope

Clothing and shoes:

  • Wind and waterproof layer – trousers and jacket. For example, Gore-Tex.
  • Fleece trousers and jacket
  • Thermal underwear layer – top and bottom
  • Dawn jacket.
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Thick gloves
  • Thin gloves
  • Neckerchief
  • Warm hat
  • Underwear, socks, etc.
  • A pair of warm socks for a summit day
  • Balaclava
  • Windproof face mask
  • Alligators
  • Trekking shoes/boots
  • Double or triple boots

Travel Accessories

  • Headlamps
  • Shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Sunglasses
  • Ski Goggles
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Thermos (1 litre, preferably without a lid)
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Personal medical kit
  • Extra pair of contact lenses or glasses
  • Knee support

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