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Mt. Elbrus climbing expedition
The highest mountain of Europe in Caucasus Range

With an elevation of 18,510 feet (5,642 meters), Mt. Elbrus in the Caucasus Range that spans Asia and Europe, stands tallest in the European continent and is one of the Seven Summits. She has two summits, both are dormant volcanos. West summit is at 5,642 metres and the east summit is 5,621 metres (18,442 ft)


There are two routes for Elbrus climb. North route and South route. Generally the south route is more preferred for its easy access and magnificent facilities such as cable cars, snow cats etc. (at some of the camps) On the other hand, the north route is more pristine yet rugged, inviting accomplished mountaineers to test their endurance limits.Unique feature of accommodation on Elbrus at one of the camps isThe Barrel Huts.Yes! Literally the barrels, you can see in the images. They are located at 13,600 feet (3,962 m).

On south route, the lack of crevasses can deceive climbers into a false sense of safety. It is important to remember that, this route is challenging due to too much snow, high winds and a high elevation gains. About 10-15 climbers die each year. Although the climb is easier, fundamentals of ice and snow climbing are the prerequisite here. One must train not only on endurance training but also practice basic usage of ice ax, crampons etc.



Mt. Elbrus is not a new mountain at least for climbing fraternity. Highest mountain of Europe, one of the seven summits, twin dormant volcano.. So much of credentials for popularity. Each day during the peak season, it is not unusual to find 100 members making a summit push. In a way its a good scene to see so many mountain lovers chasing this beautiful mountain summit. But what is disheartening is the fact that 10-15 members die during these seasons due to unorganized and poor guidance on the mountains. Commercial operators tend to forget that the mountain holds the last authority and allows well trained and well acclimated climbers to embrace her only in her best timesRead More

GGIM puts paramount focus on Thorough Preparation, Absolute Safety and Sufficient Acclimatization of  the team. For that purpose, we have kept 2 additional days in the itinerary as opposed to typical 8 days expedition, so that the climbers get used to the local climate.

Here’s a link to know about high altitude challenges and how to deal with them.

With detailed planning and preparation, we intend to give our climbers best possible climbing experience on Elbrus.


We can conduct customized batches as per your convenience, provided the group size is 5 or above.

Right now we are conducting a customized tour. It is an 10 days tour starting from 9th Aug  to 18th Aug 2017. (Mineralnye Vody to Mineralnye Vody) Detailed Itinerary is mentioned below. Read More





1 Arrive in Mineralnye Vody airport. Drive ( 3-5 hours) by private vehicle to hotel in the Baksan Valley in Mt Elbrus area at the altitude of 2100 m. Hotel D
2 Walk up to Irik-chat Valley at the altitude of 2800 m., descent. Transfer to the hotel. Hotel BLD
3 Acclimatization walk to Cheget Peak, 3600 m. Descent to the hotel. Hotel BLD
4 Trek to Terskol Valley hotel BLD
5 We take the cable car up to the Mir station, 3500m, then the chair lift up to Garabashi station, 3800m, and walk to the Priut hut at 4100m, ca. 1,5 hrs walk. After lunch at Barrels, return back to the hut. Barrels BLD
6 Acclimatization walk to Pastukhova Rocks, 4800 m. Descent. Overnight in the Barrels. Barrels BLD
7 Attempt on Mt. Elbrus, 5642 m. (optionally you can use a snowcat up to ca. 4650 m.). Barrels BLD
8 Spare day to attempt on Mt. Elbrus. Barrels/ Hotel BLD
9 Return to Baksan Valley, accommodation in a hotel. Hotel BLD
10 Transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport. Trip ends. depart B

B-breakfast, L- lunch, Lb- lunch box, D- dinner 


Total cost for the expedition per person is INR 96,500 plus service tax at actual. (Ex Mineralnye Vody) Read More

Following services are included in above cost

  •  Transfers as per itinerary
  •  Accommodation according to the itinerary
  •  Full board throughout the trip
  •  Experienced English-speaking Mountain guide for the entire trip
  •  Additional summit guide(s) starting from the group size of 7. On the Summit day the guide/client ratio is 1/3.
  •  Outdoor cook
  •  Visa support, passport registration

Following services are NOT included in above cost

  • Flights to/from Mineralnye Vody airport
  • Insurance
  • Equipment rent
  • Porters for personal equipment
  • Personal expenses, alcohol
  • Visa costs
  • Extra beverages and mineral water during the trek
  • Personal expenses during trek like wi-fi, battery charging, hot water bath, etc
  • Emergency Medical Evacuation
  • Tips for guides and porters 


We encourage you to complete the formalities at earliest so that you can focus on preparation of expedition. Read More

Step 1:

If you are interested in Elbrus expedition, get in touch with us. We will send you the necessary forms. For participating in this expedition, separate indemnity bond needs to be signed.

At the end of the page are the Tabs for registration & Participation. If you are a registered GGIM participant, you can skip the registration form and directly confirm yourself for the participation.

Please note that you have to fill up the indemnity Bond & Medical Form separately.

First page of Indemnity bond to be printed on 500 Rs. stamp paper & remaining can be printed on plain paper. The form should be notarized.


Please send them back to us along with very good quality photocopy of passport and initial booking payment, INR 30,000. (Payment details are mentioned below)

(Kindly pay attention that we need participant’s details and booking payment at least 2 months in advance. Without the initial booking amount, Visa invitation cannot be generated)

Step 2:

Make your travel and visa arrangements. Also make a travel insurance. Team GGIM will help you here. (Once we receive your initial booking amount, we will generate the visa invitation so that you can immediately apply for visa)

Step 3:

Make the balance payment. This needs to be done at least 4 weeks in advance so that we can book hotels at the base, huts/lodges during the climb and arrange for expedition logistics.

(Please note that earlier you finish the formalities earlier you can start preparation for expedition)

Payment details:

You can pay either by cash or cheque in the name of ‘Guardian Giripremi Institute of Mountaineering


Bank details:

  • A/c Name- Guardian Giripremi Institute of mountaineering.
  • A/c No. 35422707432
  • IFSC Code- SBIN0013530
  • Branch – karve Nagar ,pune 411052

Cancellation terms:

Initial booking payment is nonrefundable.

If you wish to cancel your trip due to personal reasons, following are the T&Cs:

If cancellation is done 4 weeks before the starting date, 25% of the balance fees will be deducted.

If cancellation is done between 4 to 2 weeks before the starting date, 50 % of the balance fees will be deducted.

If cancellation is done 2 weeks before the starting date, no refund will be made.

Download Brochure for more details.


Official Papers:

Valid passport

2 Copies of first page + visa page of passport

Airline tickets

Visa invitation (we will generate it for you once your booking is confirmed)


Camping Gear:

Sleeping bag rated to -5 °C


Sun screen lotion (30 – 40 SPF)

Sun glasses (UV Polaroid)

Toiletry kit

Personal medication


Insulated parka/jacket, down or synthetic, rated to -10°C and able to fit over other sweater layers

Rain jacket and pants(side-leg zippers are helpful), roomy and water repellent

Midweight fleece jacket

Thermal underwear tops and bottom

Hiking pants/skirt

Long-sleeve shirts/blouses



Hiking socks, Liner socks

Hiking boots, floaters/ snickers (for camping)

Mountaineering Gear:

Plastic boots (mountaineering boots)

Cramp on

Mountaineering ice ax (long and straight. No technical ice ax)

Head torch with spare batteries

50-55 L rucksack

1 Harness, 1 self anchor

Gloves, balaclava, pair of gaiters


To be able to comfortably enjoy climbing and summit the mountain you should have not only good number of hikes, walks or any other cardio workouts but also some exposure to mountaineering skills and experience under your belt


You should have learnt some degree of glacier walking, snow and ice climbing. While Ice climbing may not be a prerequisite on Elbrus but being able to confidently walk with crampons and ice ax will be a lot helpful.

Basic knowledge of mountaineering knots, equipment usage (rope, harness, carabiners) is advisable. Team GGIM will guide you in training your technical as well as physical skills.


Activities such as walking, jogging, cycling, spinning could be great ones to put in force. If you are lucky to have hills and mountains nearby, they are your best weekend hiking destinations.


Along with cardiovascular training, it is equally essential to put in strength training in your workout regime. Particularly, lower body, back and core muscles. Thrice a week you can engage in doing pushups, crunches, squats, lunges etc. Suryanamaskaars & Yog will give maximum benefits.


After every workout, and even after the treks, never forget to stretch your muscles to relieve the stresses and pulls created during the activity. This will help you keep injuries at bey.


The weather in Elbrus region is changeable, and conditions can deteriorate rapidly in case of a storm. Be prepared for temperatures between -7C  to 21C with a chance of rain or snow. Temperatures could fall to -20C higher up on the mountain and you may encounter severe winds. Like any large mountain, Mt. Elbrus creates its own weather. There can be serious storms on the mountain, while the next valley is in bright sunshine.


Highest mountain in the Caucasus Range in southern Russia near the border with Georgia.

Mount Elbrus was formed more than 2.5 million years ago. The volcano is currently considered inactive.Lava flows cover the mountain as well as 100 square miles of volcanic ash and debris. Pyroclastic flows of ash and mud, indicative of a powerful eruption that melted ice, also drain off the mountain. An 800-foot-wide snow-filled volcanic crater is on the mountain’s western summit. Elbrus last erupted around 50 A.D.

Mount Elbrus lies on the geographical dividing line between Europe and Asia, but most geographers consider it to be the highest mountain in Europe. Mount Elbrus and the Caucasus Range also divide Russia from the Middle East to the south. Mount Elbrus lies near the Georgia border.

Mount Elbrus is throughout the year snow-covered with an icecap and 22 glaciers. Three major rivers—Baksan, Malka, and Kuban—arise from the glaciers.

A cable car and chairlift, built between 1959 and 1976, ferries climbers up Mount Elbrus to 12,500 feet. From there, most ascend the Standard Route up the south flank to the summit. The route is mostly free of crevasses, making it relatively safe. The Standard Route, however, is not easy with lots of snow, high winds, and a high elevation defeating many attempts. Many climbers attempting the mountain are inexperienced and ill-equipped. Most climbers take the cable car, operating from 9 a.m to 3 p.m., and stay overnight at the Diesel Hut. An alpine start at 2 in the morning allows enough for climbers to reach the summit and descend to the cable car/chairlift in time for the last ride down.

In 1997, Russian adventurer Alexander Abramov led an expedition that, ahem, drove a vehicle to the top of Mount Elbrus, making it the highest mountain climbed by a vehicle. The 10-man team drove a Land Rover to the Barrels, a group of huts on a rocky road. Above that they struggled for 43 days using tire chains and winches to haul the Land Rover to the summit. The vehicle literally broke apart so the team constantly descended for parts. On September 13 they reached the top and drove around the summit plateau. Then they left to celebrate their success, returning a couple weeks later to get the Land Rover down. Instead of waiting for tire chains and cables, one of the drivers attempted to drive down but lost control and had to bail out. The vehicle plummeted down and came to rest on rocks where it still sits.

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