Not your typical backcountry skiing trip

Standing at 18,513 feet, Mount Elbrus is the highest peak on the European continent and one of the Seven Summits. Located in the heart of the Caucasus mountains, dividing Europe and Asia, this extinct volcano offers moderate climbing with spectacular views of one of the most rugged mountain ranges in the world.

There’s tons to do and see when you come on our backcountry adventure to Russia.

  • Day 1: Arrive in Moscow
  • Day 2: Fly to Mineralnye Vody. After the flight there will be a 4 hour private bus ride to Terskol village. You’ll stay here for two nights,
  • Day 3: Acclimatization hike to Cheghet Massif assisted by a chair lift up to 3000 meters.  Visit local Bazar.
  • Day 4: Check out of the Hotel and take 15 min bus to Elbrus cableway. Then take transport to Gara Bashi station (3700m). Once there, we’ll go on a short acclimatization hike to Priut Odinnadtsatti (4050m) and return to Gara-Bashi Bachki, the mountain hotel Barrels, and spend the night.
  • Day 5: Acclimatization hike to Pastukhov’s Rocks (4800m). Return to Barrels for the night.
  • Day 6: Summit day! Back to Barrels for a night of well-deserved rest
  • Day 7: Make the ascent to Baksan Valley and spend the night in Hotel. This is a reserve day in case of bad weather
  • Day 8: Reserve day in case of bad weather
  • Day 9: Time to transfer back to the airport and fly to Moscow
  • Last day (Day 10): Fly home
A note on reserve days and acclimatization
The guides have added an additional two days at the end the trip in case of bad weather, or to accommodate any traveler who was not acclimatized to make a summit attempt on the 6th day. In the event everyone is fit, healthy and the weather cooperates, your guides will shorten the program. Consider purchasing a plane ticket that has some flexibility regarding return dates…Or plan on spending the extra days enjoying Russia!
Some comments about the program
  • Accommodation are at hotels and mountain huts. No camping equipment is needed
  • The program includes full board. Meals are at restaurants in the valley and there will be a private cook in the mountains
  • There will be one English speaking Russian guide with us on the mountain
  • On a summit day, depending on group size, an additional Russian guide may be added. Our normal guide to client ratio is 1:3. For example, with 4 clients there will be two guides on summit day. This gives us options in the event someone is sick or has acclimatization problems
  • A deposit of 50%, or $2,500, is due by March 15th, and payment in full must be completed by a full 30 days prior to the start of the trip

Meet your guide

Todd Passey
Todd Passey
IFMGA/AMGA Rock, Alpine and Ski Guide
Guiding since 2000, Todd is an IFMGA/UIAGM licensed Mountain Guide living in Utah. Todd guides all over the world and has climbed and guided the Seven Summits. Although Todd has guided on every continent on the planet, the Wasatch Mountains are still his favorite place to find fresh backcountry powder.

Things to know

  • What you get in this adventure:

    • 1st and last night hotel in Moscow
    • All hotels and lodging in Baksan
    • All huts
    • All dinners and breakfast during the climb
    • Trams, lifts and snow cat transport
    • Private transportation and airport pick up
    • Guide fees
    • Liability insurance
    • Permits and fees
    • Group gear (including sat phone)

    Not included in the price:

    • Airfare to and from Russia
    • Visa fees
    • Alcoholic or bottled beverages
    • Extra nights in hotels
    • Single room supplements
    • Expenses incurred in rescue or early departure
    • Sat phone charges
  • When you book your trip, we’ll send you an equipment list.

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