Elbrus North Route: Trip Itinerary & Dates In 2019

Day 1 |   Arrival day. Group transfer at 13:00 (1 PM) from Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) to Pyatigorsk city (20-30 min.). Hotel check-in. Welcome briefing and orientation. Signing Waivers and required documentation. City sights tour. Gear check. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 2 |   Transfer from Pyatigorsk to the North Side base camp – 2500 m. (4-5 hours drive). Light acclimatization hike through the valley to the base camp (1 hour).

Overnight stay at the shelter at the base camp.


Day 3 |   Acclimatization day. Transfer of personal equipment to the high camp at 3800 m. The trail goes through “Mushroom Stones” at 3100 meters above

the sea level. This place is considered to be a historical and religious spot of ancient monks. Descend to the base camp. Overnight stay at the shelter at the base camp.


Day 4 |   Ascent to the high camp at 3800 m. Overnight stay at the high camp.


Day 5 |   Acclimatization hike to Lenz Rocks – 4800 m. Basic level self-arrest & rope courses. Snow and ice training. Descend to the high camp. Overnight stay at the high camp.


Day 6 |   Rest day. Snow and ice training. Evening guides meeting with a group. Overnight stay at the high camp.


Day 7 |   Summit day. Descend to the high camp. Overnight stay at the high camp.


Day 8 |   Reserve day / Descend to the base camp. Overnight stay at the shelter at the base camp. Extra option: Paragliding in Elbrus Gorge.


Day 9 |   Transfer from the base camp to Pyatigorsk city (4-5 hours drive). Hotel check-in. Cultural program. Certificates presentation. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 10 |   Departure day. Morning transfer at 10:00 (10 AM) from the hotel to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV).

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Why to climb Elbrus via the North Route?

Elbrus North Route is much wilder than the South Route. There are no any ski lifts, restaurants, snowcats, and snowmobiles. It is pure wilderness and untouched nature.

North Route is the route of the first ascenders. In 1829 on July 22nd, local Kabardian - Khillar Khachirov became the first human to climb Mt. Elbrus. It was the first ever scientific expedition to Mt. Elbrus organized and financed by the Imperial Russian army led by General Emmanuel.

North Route is more challenging and beautiful.

It is a real adventure expedition in clean alpine style.

And why to climb North Route with RMH?

All RMH Mountain Guides are Internationally Certified and highly qualified with Russian Mountain Guides Association and ACMG, with more than 600 successful Elbrus summits.

We are locals and we always get you a whole lot closer.

At Russian Mountain Holidays, we are as passionate about fabulous and healthy food as we are about everything. We cook you authentic cuisine of the Caucasian people from the best local farm products and freshest ingredients. We are also attentive to your special dietary requests and you can always choose the right menu for yourself.

Our North Side base camp is equipped with a shower and toilets for your relaxing experience.

At Russian Mountain Holidays, we work hard to guarantee you the best possible experience and it is impossible when there are too many people in the group. That's why all our groups are small. We close the booking when there are 8 guests in the group.

All our groups are always very international, so during the expedition, you have a unique opportunity to practice your foreign language and meet interesting people from all around the globe.

All our released trips are guaranteed. So even if you are the only guest in the group, you still can book your spot and the price won't rise.

All the trip packages we offer are truly unique and all-inclusive. That means absolutely everything is included in the trip price and you won't spend a cent more.

At Russian Mountain Holidays, our mission is to guarantee you quality and deep individual approach while making your dream a reality. Safely and Flawlessly.

At Russian Mountain Holidays, your safety is always our number one priority. We register every group in the local Rescue Service and work together with rescuers from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, so we always have good communication with certified rescuers throughout the entire trip.

At RMH, we care about your maximum comfort and provide you single occupancy supplement at the authentic Soviet hotel in Pyatigorsk, in the historic downtown of the city.

We specialize in high-quality video and photo production, so we can film you like a Rock Star for your project. Pre-booking is required for the North side!

  • Invitation letter for the Russian Visa. We email it to you immediately after we got your deposit payment and a scanned copy of your passport ID.

  • All local registration fees. For foreigners according to the Russian legislation.

  • National Park fees.

  • Climbing Permit.

  • All transportation by RMH shuttle: 

   1. Mineralnye Vody (MRV) airport — Pyatigorsk city (hotel accommodation) —  Dhzily Su base camp.

   2. Dhzily Su base camp — Pyatigorsk city (hotel accommodation) —  Mineralnye Vody (MRV) airport.

  • City accommodation. Authentic Soviet hotel in Pyatigorsk in the historic downtown of the city. Single occupancy supplement.

  • Base Camp accommodation. Mountain shelter. Mixed dorm.
  • High Camp accommodation. Mountain shelter and tents at 3800 m. Mixed dorm.

  • High-Quality meals. All meals during the entire trip.

  • Cook. For the entire trip.

  • RMH Lead Guide. For the entire trip.

  • RMH Second Guide. For the summit day only.

  • Porters. For tents and food.

  • Rescue Service Check-in. 

  • Completion Certificates.

  • 2 Summit Attempts. Above 5000 meters is one attempt. In case if weather conditions got bad during the summit day, we try again next day if possible.
  • Authentic Caucasian experience.
  • Awesome atmosphere and a lot of fun.
  • Rental of personal equipment.

  • Porter service for your personal equipment. Available for a small fee.

  • Additional (Private) Mountain Guides.

  • Additional and individual transfers from /or to the airport. You might need it in case if your flight arrives later than the time when our RMH transfer departs from

    the airport, or if your return flight departs much later than the time to which our RMH transfer goes to the airport.

  • Alcohol drinks.

  • Any changes in the trip program released on our website which lead to additional expenses.

Please, keep in mind:


Depending on snow and weather conditions the trip itinerary may be changed in consultation with the group. Our RMH shuttle departs from Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) at 13.00 (1 PM). If you arrive later, we can order you a taxi. Approximate price to get from the airport to Pyatigorsk city by taxi is about 30 EURO. We will meet you upon arrival at the hotel in Pyatigorsk.

For the North Route climbing you need to have a complete set of your own personal climbing gear! Some technical equipment like boots, crampons, climbing harness and ice-axe can be rented in Pyatigorsk on the first day of the trip.

Required Gear List for this Trip:


We always strongly recommend you to have your own personal climbing equipment. It helps you feel more comfortable during the entire climbing and to get the most out of it! Below we have listed the full list of all necessary equipment for your climbing. Please, check it out and make sure that you already have it or will have soon before the trip starts. You can also visit our GEAR LIST PAGE for more detailed descriptions with examples.

  • Highmountain boots for use with crampons (double or insulated)

  • Crampons (Crampons must check fit with climbing boots prior to trip)

  • Ice axe (Ice axe with a leash. Light weight)

  • Climbing harness (Alpine climbing harness. Should have adjustable leg loops and fit over all clothing)

  • Sunglasses (Glacier glasses 100% UV protection with side shields or very good sunglasses with wrap around coverage)

  • Ski goggles (For wind and snow during the bad weather conditions and summit day)

  • Headlamp with new batteries

  • Extra batteries

  • 2 Locking and 2 non-locking carabiners. Larger is better for harness (pear-shaped carabiner is the best, screw gate type recommended)

  • Self-belay leash (2-meter sling or prusik cord)

  • Trekking poles (Adjustable)

  • Comfortable backpack for climbing (a minimum of 30 liters)

  • Warm sleeping bag (down or synthetic sleeping bag rated to 0 F or -15 to C.)

  • Inflatable mat for your sleeping bag (Thermarest or Exped)
  • Bottle for water (1 liter wide-mouth Nalgene)

  • Thermos (1-liter small stainless steel thermos)

  • Personal crockery (knife, fork, spoon, mug)

  • Small personal first aid kit (with your personal doctor recommended medications)

  • Several various pairs of warm thermal socks

1-2 pair of liner socks (polypropylene or wool)

2-3 pairs of lightweight trekking socks (polypropylene or wool)

2 pairs of medium to heavy wool socks for the upper mountain, check boot fit with liner and wool socks on.

  • Thermal underwear 

2 long sleeve polypropylene or wool shirts lightweight, we highly recommend light colors for base layers.

2 pairs of lightweight to mid-weight long underwear bottoms.

  • Trekking / Hiking pants. 2 pair pants. At least one pair should be simple nylon trekking pants for the walking on acclimatization days and relaxing.

The second pair can also be nylon or lightweight soft shell climbing pants for on the mountain.

  • Shorts. 1 pair nylon shorts for city days and base camp.
  • Sandals. 1 pair sandals (Optional but nice on warm days in Pyatigorsk and at the base of the mountain lodge)
  • Fleece jackets. 1 Soft Shell or intermediate thickness fleece jacket or wind shirt.

  • Fleece pants. 1 pair fleece pants or light synthetic insulated pants.

This is OPTIONAL for extra warmth on summit day and also on the lower mountain for Base Camp evenings.

  • Down jacket. Down or Synthetic Sweater or Jacket or 300/400 weight Fleece Jacket.

    Essentially an additional mid-weight warm layer for cold days in your layering system.

  • Usual warm clothes, in which you feel comfortable

  • Gore-Tex Jacket (an effective waterproof and breathable fabric. The uppermost layer of your clothing) — Check out this link to see how it works!

  • Gore-Tex Pants

  • Several pairs of gloves (A minimum 1 pair of very warm gloves)

  • Buff (bandana that protects your neck and face from the wind and snow)

  • Several hats (A minimum 1 warm wool or synthetic hat, that cover your ears)

  • Cap

  • Sunscreen with at least SPF 40. SPF 50 is better
  • Lip care with at least SPF 30, 1 stick. A string to hang around the neck is helpful.
  • Extra batteries for your headlamp
  • Toiletry kit
  • A small supply of personal toilet paper in Ziploc for an emergency. We provide paper while at huts.
  • 3 large plastic bags for keeping your gear dry
  • Extra Ziplocs for keeping small things protected
  • Earplugs. Highly Recommended! We sleep in a mountain shelter with other climbers!
  • Hand wipes for personal hygiene
  • Favorite snacks, a combination of salty and sweet. Candy bars like snickers are available at the base of the mountain in shops.

Bring about 1.5 kilos or 2+ pounds. For summit day and walking days.

  • Paperback books and some magazines for travel within Russia and for stay at the mountain shelters
  • iPod or MP3 with extra batteries
  • Camera with extra batteries or charging cords
  • Waterproof wallet for travel documents, money & passport, Russia Visa

Important! Special requirements for participants:


  • Medically fit for Alpine climbing on high altitudes. We need to look at your medical examinations, which should indicate that you have no contraindications to engage in this type of activity in the mountains and that you are completely healthy and in an adequate mental state.


  • Before arrival in Russia, please carefully check all the necessary information for foreign citizens entering the country. This information could be found on the website of the Russian Federation embassy of your country. For example, if you are a Canadian citizen, you have to check the website of the Russian Federation embassy in Canada, etc. Some laws are very new and constantly changing and may differ for citizens of certain countries! Please keep in mind, it is your responsibility to be aware of the necessary requirements for entering the country! Russian Mountain Holidays LLC will not be responsible for ANY problems that may arise upon the violation of customs laws of the Russian Federation.


  •  Age limit — not less than 18 years old, and not older than 50 years old.



Mandatory! Required documents:


  • International Medical & Evacuation Insurance for Alpine Climbing which includes helicopter evacuation in case of emergency. PLEASE, KEEP IN MIND, IN CASE OF EMERGENCY DUE TO INJURY WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COST OF THE HELICOPTER EVACUATION EVEN IF THE GUEST DOES NOT HAVE EVACUATION INSURANCE.
  • Passport.
  • Russian Tourist Visa.
  • A Medical Examination Certificate which indicates that you have no contraindications to engage in this type of activity in the mountains at high altitudes and that you are completely healthy and in an adequate mental state. We need to look at your Medical Examination Certificate at least 3 months before your arrival. The results should be fresh. We accept the usual medical certificate from your family doctor for an overall health check + cardiologist check. Please, take it seriously! WITHOUT MEDICAL EXAMINATION WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE YOUR BOOKING AND SELL YOUR SPOT IN THE GROUP TO THE NEXT PERSON ON THE WAITING LIST.






Alpine climbing or mountaineering always comes with a certain risk and is dangerous. Our job is to reduce this risk to a minimum as much as possible, but it’s still there. Buying this Tour you have to understand and be aware of the seriousness of this program and the possibility of the risk. Upon arrival on the first day of the trip, every guest will be asked to read and sign the RELEASE OF LIABILITY, WAIVER OF CLAIMS, ASSUMPTION OF RISKS AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.