Elbrus: Climb the Highest Peak in Europe with International Mountain Guides
Thank you for your interest in IMG's Mt. Elbrus Expedition (18,510'). We are proud to be entering our fourth decade of successfully guiding the tallest peak on the European Continent. IMG has been climbing here for longer than any other guide service and we work hard to maintain the high standards we have set for ourselves and the industry. Our expedition takes you from the political and cultural centers of urban Russia to its rural southwest as we travel to Elbrus in the heart of the rugged Caucasus Range. Set to the northeast of the Black Sea, Mount Elbrus rises above the surrounding peaks, offering commanding views deep into the rocky alpine wilderness of northern Georgia. It's a great way to travel away from the beaten path of the usual tourist routes and experience a full picture of western Russia and summit one of the famed Seven Summits to cap everything off.
We'll fly to St. Petersburg where we'll spend a little time getting over our jet lag and touring the "Venice of Russia." From there we head to the Baksan Valley below the glaciers of Elbrus and the stunning Caucasus Range where we spend time acclimatizing and training for the climb. The climb itself takes us high above the surrounding mountain ranges for some truly amazing alpine views on summit morning. After we descend, we'll head to Moscow for some final touring and team celebration before we depart for home from there. We are accompanied throughout by our long-time Russian hosts who will handle all logistical arrangements within their country, allowing us to relax and enjoy the adventure. Between Elbrus, the Baksan Valley and touring two of the world's great cities you have a trip package that no one will soon forget.
The information here should answer many of your initial questions and also guide you through the next stages of preparing for the climb. The material is quite self-explanatory but should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Phil Ershler, Program Director
About IMG's Elbrus Program
We'll spend two nights and one day visiting St. Petersburg. We then fly to Mineralnye Vody and travel by bus to the Caucasus Mountains. Our base of operations is a hotel in the small town of Cheget. We will take several days acclimatizing and training in the Caucasus. Good terrain is available nearby and we'll make use of it while continuing to prepare for our climb.
We'll spend two nights in our huts at 12,500 feet prior to our summit attempt. The huts are basic but insulated and comfortable. You'll have shared sleeping quarters, a communal common room, and a separate dining hut with a dedicated team cook preparing breakfast, lunches and dinners for our team.
Summit day on Elbrus is STRENUOUS but not very technical. At close to 6,000 feet of total ascent, it is a very big day of elevation gain but remains attainable for anyone who has focused on training and preparing. Ice axe arrest, basic cramponing and rope travel are required skills on which you'll receive a refresher course during your stay in Cheget before the climb.
A couple contingency days built into our schedule allow for flexibility on the mountain if we need to wait for the best weather window. If we don't use those days we'll have a bit of time available to explore the beautiful Baksan Valley region before we depart for Moscow as a team. In Moscow we relax, have a celebratory final dinner, and tour the city for an evening and morning with our tour guide before going our separate ways back home.
Our local guides are great climbers and great companions. They know their country well and support us through all phases of the trip. Longterm friends and connections like these makes our trip special. We can rest assured that the details have been taken care of and we have the resources in place for any contingencies that may arise.
Join us for an unforgettable experience on Mt. Elbrus!