Elbrus Traverse Route: Trip Itinerary & Dates In 2019

Day 1 |   Arrival day. Group transfer at 13:00 (1 PM) from Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV) to Terskol village (3 hours drive). Accommodation at the RMH lodge. Welcome briefing and orientation. Signing Waivers and required documentation. Gear check. Overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 2 |   Acclimatization hike to Mount Terskol, Devechie Kosy waterfall – 2800 m. Overnight stay at the lodge.


Day 3 |   Ascent to the high camp. Accommodation at the mountain shelter at 3840 m. Acclimatization hike up to 4100 m. (Hut № 11). Overnight stay in the mountain hut.


Day 4 |   Acclimatization hike up to Pastukhova Rocks – 4800 m. Overnight stay in the mountain hut.


Day 5 |   Rest day. Snow & Ice training with basic level self-arrest course. Guides meeting with a group. Overnight stay in the mountain hut.


Day 6 |   Summit day. Descent to the North Side. Overnight stay at the high camp shelter at 3800 m.


Day 7 |   Reserve day / Descent to the North Side base camp at 2500 m. Overnight stay at the base camp shelter.


Day 8 |   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 9 |   Departure day. Morning transfer at 10:00 (10 AM) from the hotel to Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV).

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Why to Traverse Elbrus?

Simply because it is the best way to explore both routes and both faces of the mountain.

Traversing Elbrus from South to North you get all the advantages of both routes in one trip.

And why to Traverse Elbrus 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.

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 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 our cozy RMH Lodge in Terskol and at the hotel in Pyatigorsk.

Our high camp on the South Side is equipped with toilets and comfortable amenities for your dining and relaxing experience.

Our base camp on the North Side is equipped with a shower for your additional comfort.

We specialize in high-quality video and photo production, so we can film you like a Rock Star for your project.


For the Traverse Route trip mast be at least 3 guests in the group!

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

  • 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  – Terskol village.

     2. North Side base camp – Pyatigorsk city.

     3. Pyatigorsk city – Mineralnye Vody (MRV) airport.

  • Accommodation:

     1. Accommodation in Terskol village at the RMH Lodge. Single occupancy supplement.

     2. New comfortable mountain hut at 3840 m. Mixed dorm.

     3. North Side mountain shelter at 3800 m. Mixed dorm.

     4. Authentic Soviet hotel in Pyatigorsk in the historic downtown of the city. Single occupancy supplement.

  • Russian Banya (Russian Sauna). Every evening when we are not up on the mountain.
  • All Ski Passes.

  • Snowcat on the Summit day.
  • Snowmobiles. In case of emergency only.
  • All local transfers.

  • High-Quality meals. All meals during the entire trip, except days in Pyatigorsk city.

  • RMH Lead Guide. For the entire trip.

  • RMH Second Guide. For summit day only.

  • Cook. For the entire stay in the mountain huts.

  • 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.

  • Transfer of personal belongings from Terskol village to the city of Pyatigorsk. In case if needed.

  • Authentic Caucasian experience.
  • Awesome atmosphere and a lot of fun.
  • Rental of personal equipment.

  • Personal porters. 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 later than the time to which our RMH transfer goes to the airport.

  • Alcohol drinks.

  • Meals in Pyatigorsk city. For example, if you decide to spend one day in Pyatigorsk city after climbing. You can always choose the best time and the right menu for yourself in one of the many local restaurants.
  • 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 Terskol village by taxi is about 70 EURO. We will meet you upon arrival in Terskol.

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 let us know the list of items you need to hire in advance. 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.