This climbing schedule with combination of two mountains is always time-saving. It means that you need to acclimatize only once – when climbing Kazbek with its challenging landscape and without any chair lifts or other means of transportation. This also means that climbing Elbrus will take only one day and less effort after climbing Kazbek.
About the tour
Attention! In order to avoid disagreements between the participants, we always make the ascent to the higher, Western summit of Elbrus (5642m), and not to the Eastern summit (5621m), like other companies.
11-day Schedule for a Guided Climb of Kazbek and Elbrus
Day 1. Meeting at Kazbegi village. The transfer from Tbilisi or Vladikavkaz can be organised separately.
Day 2. Trek to the highest operating Orthodox Church situated at an elevation of 2170m. Preparations for the next-day climb. Overnight stay in Kazbegi village.
Day 3. A 7–9 hours climb to the Meteorological station (at 3600m) through Sabetse Pass, with overnight stay there.
Day 4. Acclimatization hike to a chapel at an elevation of 4000 m. Overnight stay at the Meteorological station.
Day 5. Rest Day
Day 6. 6–8 hours’ climb to Kazbek summit. Descent to the Meteorological station, with overnight stay there.
Day 7. Reserve day. Descent to the village of Kazbegi
Day 8. Descent to the village of Kazbegi
Day 9. Early transfer to Elbrus foothill.
Day 10. Climbing Elbrus with an early rise at 2–4 AM. Elbrus climb lasts about 8–12 hours. It is possible to use a Snowcat during ascent or descent, but the decision to do so should be taken till 12 o’clock of the previous day’s program. Descent to the valley and transfer to airport (with flights scheduled after 9 PM).
Day 11. Reserve day. Descent and transfer to the airport
Included in the cost:
- Mountain guides throughout the entire expedition
- The proportion of guides one per three or four climbers on the day of Kazbek summiting
- The proportion of guides one per three climbers on the day of Elbrus summiting
- Overnight stays at the Meteorological station (Kazbek) according to the schedule.
- All transfers mentioned in the itinerary (including lifts) – from and to airport / station.
- Meals three times a day throughout the trip. Dinner on the first day, breakfast – on the last.
- All required permits and registrations.
- Equipment for the group (ropes, ice screws, radios, first aid set, satellite navigators/GPS).
Not included in the cost:
- International flights
- Personal porters and horses for personal luggage
- Personal gear
- Any additional expenses incurred by deviations to the original schedule
- Medical insurance and expenses of evacuation in case of an accident
- Personal expenses (such as drinks, internet, telephone calls, etc.)
- Snowcat on day of Elbrus Ascent (if used)
- Single accommodation
- international passport
- Airplane / Train Tickets
- Medical insurance
- Backpack. 50-60l.
- Sleeping bag, comfort temperature from 0С to + 10С (from June to September inclusive), from -20С to 0С (from October to May inclusive).
- Sleeping mattress.
- Trekking poles.
- Ice ax. Classical.
- Carabiners – 2 pcs.
- Mustache insurance.
- Ice screw on a separate carbine
- Personal dishes
Clothes and shoes:
- Climbing boots single-layer or double. Double – plastic or leather. Of plastic, we recommend Scarpa Vega – perhaps the warmest of all double boots.
- Sneakers trekking or boots trekking. In May and early June, you can still see snow at the first acclimatization exits, in which case the advantage of shoes over sneakers is undeniable. However, after mid-June and until the end of September they can be replaced with sneakers.
- Waterproof layer – Jacket + pants. The industry offers a range of products from simple membranes 5000/5000 to products from Gore-Tex.
- Fleece pants and jacket.
- Thermo underwear top + bottom.
- Down jacket. Thick and warm.
- Mittens are warm.
- Thin gloves.
- Bandana (in addition to sun protection in the valley, it can be used to warm your throat or face in the cold)
- Hat warm.
- Warm trekking socks for climbing day
- LED headlamp
- Ski goggles.
- Thermos – 1l. Better without a button in the lid.
- Windproof mask on the lower part of the face (you can replace it with a scarf with some success).
- Sunblock and lip balm.
- Chemical heating pads (not necessary, but can be very useful).
- Personal medical kit.
- Knee supports.