• English
  • Español
  • Deutsch
  • Nederlands
  • € Euro
  • £ British Pound
  • USD $
  • CAD $
  • SEK
  • NOK
  • DKK
  • AUD $
  • CHF
  • NZD $
  • ZAR
  • HK $
  • SGD $

Elbrus Summit, Northern Route

Mountain Territory - 8 days

  • Elbrus Summit, Northern Route
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Max. group: 10 Persons
  • Difficulty: Easy
What's Included
Packing List
Mountain Territory
How to Book


> Reach Europe's highest summit
> Spend your nights camping
> Choose the more challenging route

The ascent from the north is perhaps the most picturesque of all the routes to the top of Mount Elbrus. From the very beginning of the road, you will see an incredible landscape - a view of a separately standing snow-white giant, in the midst of blooming fields. Landscapes are constantly changing and will surprise you until the end of the journey. There are no lifts or hotels on the northern side. It's not easy to get there, the roads pass along steep slopes. Therefore, the northern side of the Elbrus has preserved its untouched appearance, and the terrain is the same as the one the participants of the first expedition to the summit of Elbrus, under the direction of Emmanuel more than 180 years ago, walked.

On the way to the top, we are on our own. This is an "honest" route, without snowcats and lifts, unlike the southern route. This trail is tougher, requiring good physical preparation. This is true mountaineering. This is an ascension, which you can really be proud of! In addition, the route is very picturesque, wilder than the southern one.


What's the plan?

During the program, we spend the nights in tents. We also carry our own and common gear in the backpacks.

Day 1: Meeting at the airport Mineralnye Vody, followed by transfer to Kislovodsk.

Once there you will meet the guide and you will have a briefing on the upcoming trek. Transfer from Kislovodsk to the Base camp (camping), to the Emanuel meadow, at 2500 m. Acclimatization walk at 2800 m. Night at the Base camp, at 2500 m.

The road from Kislovodsk to the Base camp takes about 4 hours. It passes through the most beautiful places of the Elbrus region: deep canyons, serpentine rivers, waterfalls – areas of amazing beauty. After reaching the Base camp, you will make an easy walk for acclimatization purposes.

Gaining altitude (walking): 300 m.
Time of ascent/descent: 3 hours

At the international airport Minvody, you will be greeted by our representative. A group transfer is organized at 11:00. Gear check, missing equipment is available for rent.

Day 2: We move our camp to 3100 m, to a place called Gryby (mushrooms). 

This is a glade of stone formations that look like mushrooms. Many consider mushrooms a source of power! In 1942, Tibetan monks were brought here by order of the Fuhrer. Hitler wanted them to "look" into the future and learn the outcome of the war ...

Gaining altitude: 600 m.
Time of ascent: 6 hours.

Day 3:  We move to the summit camp, at 3700 m. Walk up to 4000 m. Night spent at summit camp, at 3700 m.

After a rest, the guide will conduct a snow trek on the glacier. You will practice walking in the snow with crampons and working with a rope. At the same time, you’re having an active acclimatization.

During snow activities, the guide will share his experience with you and teach you how to walk properly. This is a special technique that will help you save up to 20% of energy!

Gaining altitude during the day: 600m.
Time of ascent / descent: 5 hours.

Day 4: Acclimatization, trek to the Lenz rocks up to a height of 4800 meters. Night in the summit camp at 3700 m.

Important Day. Today we are acclimatizing for the upcoming summit push. We make an ascent up to 4800 m. We make the first third of the climb with the help of a rope since we’re passing a zone of cracks. The area is quite safe, but according to the standards and requirements of the company, the guide will guide you through the glacier with extra care. We will spend the night in the summit camp, at 3700 m.

Gaining altitude: 1100 m.
Time of ascent/descent: 8 hours.

Day 5: Summit push of the Elbrus East.

The summit push Day is a long one, so we plan to start at 00:00. As a rule, we reach the top at 10-12 o'clock in the afternoon.

During the ascent, the group will make two stops for a snack (lunch), at an altitude of 4800 m and 5100 m. In addition, every 60 minutes we make short stops to rest.

For the strongest ones, our company proposes climbing BOTH of the volcano's tops, to the West and East of Elbrus on the assault Day. The decision must be informed before the assault day, but only the leader-guide of the group makes the decision about your participation in the double ascent. The final decision is taken at the top of West Elbrus depending on:

-Your health;
-States of other members of the group;
-Weather conditions.

The double ascent is made through a saddle (5300 m) and is accompanied by a leader-guide. It is carried out on the condition of reaching the Western peak before 10:00 by the whole group. Participants not admitted to complete the double ascent will descend from the Western peak to the summit camp.

Day 6: Weather day.

In case of bad weather on Day 5, this day is used as an extra day for the ascent. We will spend the nights in the summit camp, at 3700 m.

Day 7: Weather Day.

In case of bad weather on Day 6, this day is used as an extra day for the ascent. We will spend the nights in the summit camp, at 3700 m.

Day 8: Descent from 3800 m to the Base camp at 2200 m. Transfer to the airport of Minvody or Kislovodsk.

What's Included


√ Pick up and transfer to and from the airport
Your trekking company is able to pick you up from the airport of Mineralnye Vody and drive you back after the trekking. 

√ Transport
The local transfers to the Snow Leopard Hotel and back are included.

√ Accommodation during the trek
Accommodation during the trek will be in tents in camping sites along the way. Tents, kitchen equipment, and gas will be provided.

√ English speaking guide 
An English-speaking Mountain Territory guide will accompany you during the entire program. On the day of the assault, there will be 1 guide per every 3 trekkers.

√ Meals
The meals detailed in the itinerary are included. Meals during the entire tour are included, except meals in the city, if we have.

√ Equipment
Common equipment such as ropes, ice screws, braces, GPS navigators, and radio stations are included in the trek.

√ Certificate of ascent
on the last night of the tour, your trekking guide will hand in the certificates as proof that you conquered Mount Elbrus.


× Visa for Russia
To apply for a visa of the Russian Federation, our company provides you with a voucher for your travel, and you can apply for a visa with it.

× Flights to and from Russia

The total amount is also exclusive of flights to and from Russia. To get an idea of which airlines are flying in Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV), have a look at the website.

× Accommodation before and after the trek
If you want to stay more days before and after the trek, you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Personal expenses
All personal expenses such as drinks at the bar, snacks, washing and other similar expenses are for your own account.

× Travel Insurance Including Repatriation
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. It is important that your travel insurance also covers adventures at a high altitude. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before you travel to Russia.

× Meals in the city
If we have meals while in the city, they will be on your own account. The Banquet on the last day is not included either.

× Rental of equipment
The rental of personal equipment for the ascent is not included in the price of the trek.

× Sleeping bags
For the nights at the Mountain Hut, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.

× Tipping
Tips for guides are exclusive. You decide what you want to tip, but be generous.



During the trek, you will spend your nights camping. The camping sites are Base Camp and Summit Camp. Mountain Territory will provide you with tents, kitchen equipment, and gas. However, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag and mattress.

Packing List

Packing List

In order to make your preparations a bit easier, Mountain Territory has prepared a list of required equipment that you need to bring for your trek:

- 60+ liters’ backpack
- Sleeping bag for -5? (comfort temperature)
-Mattress (like thermarest)

- Thin thermal underwear, 1 set
- Warm thermal underwear, 1 set
- Softshell trousers (or any running or trekking ones)
- Storm pants with a membrane, for the rain and wind (hard shell). We recommend the pants with a side zipper
- Storm jacket with a membrane (hard shell), from rain, snow, and wind
- Spare underwear (a few sets)
- Shorts
- Shirt (Synthetic one is better since it dries out faster than cotton)

Warm clothes:
- Down / synthetics jacket with a hood for wearing at -20C
- Light synthetic insulated jacket, preferably with a hood for wearing at -5 C
- Fleece jacket (can also wear a sweater)
- Fleece pants

- Warm climbing socks, 2 pairs
- Thin trekking socks, 1-2 pairs
- Gaiters 

- Mittens up to -10C (for example, skiing ones)
- Gloves up to -5 C (fleece)

- Beanie wool/fleece
- Balaclava (you can also use a scarf or a buff)
- Cap/baseball cap

- Mountaineering boots, warm, double (leather or plastic)
- Sneakers
- Slippers

- Harness, self-anchoring, 2 carabiners
- Crampons 
- Telescopic hiking poles
- Ice ax 

- Headlamp 
- Skiing glasses (goggles) (in case of bad weather)
- Mountaineering glasses UV protection (It's best to take those that cover the eye area as much as possible. Protection Factor 4)
- poncho (rain protection)
- backpack rain cover
-Spoon, plate, cap
- Light waterproof bags for belongings, to keep dry on rainy days.




Where is Mount Elbrus?

Mount Elbrus is located in south-west Russia, in the border with Georgia. This impressive massif is actually a dormant volcano, part of the bigger massif, the Caucasus Mountain. Mount Elbrus is the 10th highest peak in the world and the highest peak in Europe. 

What options do I have?

Mount Elbrus can be conquered from 2 sides: the North and the South. Although the views and terrain are quite similar, there are significant differences between the 2. The southern route has mountain huts to sleep in and cable cars that carry your equipment. Moreover, you can even hire a snowcat to take you closer to the summit on the day of the final assault. While trekking the northern route, trekkers spend their nights in camping sites. However, this route has its advantages too: this trail is chosen by fewer trekkers and thus has had less human interference. Have you made up your mind already?

Best season

The months to get to the top of Mount Elbrus are April through to mid-September. The best time to climb Elbrus is from July to August, when the weather is more stable.

Daytime temperatures in summer in the lower areas range from +15 to +25 C, in spring and autumn from 0 to +15 C, and in winter from -5 to -25 C. At an altitude of 3800 m, in summertime, temperatures range between -5 and + 15C. At the top, there can be strong winds and temperatures can be as low as -10 °C to -20 °C.

Do I need a visa?

Well, it depends on where you come from. You might need a visa. If you do, our company will provide you with a voucher for your travel, which will allow you to apply for a visa from the Russian Federation.

When do I need to be in Russia for my trek?

You need to fly to the international airport of Mineralnye Vody, Russia, on the first day of the tour, before 13:40. At 14:00 we organize a group transfer to the hotel, in Cheget meadow, at 2100m above sea level. Return tickets must be booked for Day 9, after 18:00, since the group transfer from the hotel to Mineralnye Vody is organized at 13:00, arriving at the airport at 16:30.


Mountain Territory

Mountain Territory

Our company specializes in mountain climbing, freeriding, ski tours, mountaineering and everything related to the mountains.
Mountain Territory is a journey to the mountains, in different regions of the country and the world. Kamchatka, Kirghizia, Elbrus, Pamir, Caucasus Mountains. Mountain Territory is a team of professional travelers, climbers, skiers, and rescuers uniting people who love mountains and are open to adventures. Traveling, trekking, climbing, freeriding, skiing, and mountaineering are our passion and we are ready to share it with you!



Safety is of the outmost importance to us. That is why this is an area in which we simply do not compromise when it comes to keeping the cost of our trekkings low. Our guides have been selected on the basis of their technical competence, proven safety performance, impeccable judgment, friendly attitude and ability to provide useful and expert instructions. They are also very professional and well trained in first aid and personal protection equipment.

Our guides follow thoughtful and repeatedly verified climbing tactics. They are well trained to provide the trekkers with the preparation needed for the climb and professional counseling on the mountain. We independently insure all participants in a trusted insurance company.

How to Book

How does it work?

On you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking adventure your match? In that case, you can proceed to book. At you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. You pay the remaining amount on location prior to the trek directly to the trekking company. uses only the safest payment methods. Once your booking has been received, your place is reserved, your place is safe and you can look forward to your chosen trekking.

After you have made your booking, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with all necessary information and the contact details of the trekking company. If you have any questions or if you want to clarify something, you can obtain information directly from the right person. Of course, you can also always ask us your question. Send us an e-mail on

The trekking company will also receive your details and can therefore always contact you and provide you with extra information.

Cancellation Policy

You wish you didn’t have to, but there is no other way: You find yourself having to cancel your plans. In this case, you lose your deposit, but since you haven’t paid the large sum yet, you at least save that. Please do let us know if you cannot make it. A no-show can be a small disaster for your trekking provider, who did its best to block your dates. View our complete cancellation policy here.

Pay only 15% deposit now!
per person
See Group Discount
1 Person
2 Persons
3+ Persons
June 2022
Start Date:
End Date:
Booking cost
Pay 15% now
Send Inquiry
Book now

About us

At you'll find the treks that will make your life unforgettable. Whether you want to discover the Inca Trail or climb the Kilimanjaro, offers a wide and varied range of services. Here, no false promises are made, prices are transparent and every booking is confirmed immediately. Find, compare, book and trek.

© 2022 Bookatrekking BV

Filter Book now Contact us