Mount Elbrus (18,510’), one of the Seven Summits, sets on the border between Europe and Asia. Locally referred to as, “Mingitau,” or “the mountain of a thousand mountains,” Mount Elbrus is a massive, dormant double-coned volcano covered in eternal snow. Take part in an epic odyssey by climbing to the summit of Europe’s highest peak. Rising almost 3,000 feet higher than its surrounding peaks and located north of the Caucasus main range, the summit of Mount Elbrus offers breathtaking views of the area peaks and the impressive tributary valley systems that feed the raging waters of the Baksan River. The Baksan Valley offers diverse terrain, with steep bowls, vast open snowfields, and pine forests. Our Mount Elbrus Climb affords our guests the opportunity to explore the cultural and historical sites of Moscow as well as immerse themselves in the rural mountain regions of Russia. Our guests will learn glacier climbing and safety skills as we attempt to summit one of the world’s most enticing peaks.




TRIP LENGTH: 11 days/10 nights


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    • Conquer one of the “Seven Summits”

    • Experience Europe’s highest mountain

    • Explore the city of Moscow, offering unparalleled cultural experiences

    • Learn glacier skills, self-arrest drills and crampon training








Day 1: Arrive to Moscow

  • International arrival to Moscow, Russia
  • Transfer to Hotel
  • Explore downtown
  • Welcome Reception and dinner
  • Overnight: Arbat House Hotel or comparable
  • Meals included: D
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Day 2: Moscow Cultural Tour

  • Embark on an exciting cultural tour of Moscow where you will visit renowned sites such as the Kremlin, Red Square, and St. Basil’s Cathedral.
  • After the tour enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
  • Enjoy an afternoon at leisure
  • Overnight Arbat House Hotel or comparable
  • Meals: B/L/D
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Day 3: Moscow to Mineral Vody to Terskol

  • Early morning departure for your flight to Mineral Vody (2.5 hours)
  • Take in the stunning views of the Russian countryside on your private transfer to Terskol (3.5 hours)
  • Overnight: Sky Hotel or comparable
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 4: Terskol Acclimatization Day

  • After breakfast, set out on a spectacular hike tailored to allow you to acclimatize before your climb. During your hike, you will trek to the observatory from Terskol and enjoy scenic vistas and a short visit to the Girls Hair Waterfall before you reach the observatory.
  • Gear check with your guide
  • Overnight: Sky Hotel or comparable
  • Meals: B/L/D
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Day 5: Acclimatization Hike

  • Enjoy another exciting acclimatization hike at Chuget Ski Resort.
  • Ride the chairlift down to mid-station and enjoy a delicious lunch before descending down to the base of the ski resort.
  • Overnight: Sky Hotel or comparable
  • Meals: B/L/D
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Day 6: Glacier Training and Acclimatization

  • Depart Terskol on a scenic gondola followed by a snowcat ride that takes you up the mountain, through the ski resort, and to the glacier.
  • Acclimatization hike on the glacier
  • Self-arrest drills with ice axes
  • Glacier skills training
  • Practice using your crampons, harnesses, and other mountain equipment
  • Overnight: Private Hut on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 7: Acclimatization Hike

  • Early departure for an acclimatization trek to the Pastukhov Rocks
  • Afternoon at leisure
  • Overnight: Private Hut on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 8: Acclimatization and Rest Day

  • Enjoy a day of rest at your leisure before your summit day!
  • Overnight: Private Hut on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 9: Summit Day!

  • Depart early in the morning and take a snowcat to Pastukhov Rocks where you will begin your climb.
  • Reach one of the Seven Summits, Mt. Elbrus! (18,510′)
  • Descend back to the cabin
  • Overnight: Private Hut on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 10: Alternative Summit Day

  • Option for summit, dependent on weather
  • If you have already completed your summit, enjoy an optional day hike in the stunning Terskol Valley
  • Enjoy our final night on the glacier in celebration
  • Overnight: Private Hut on Glacier
  • Meals included: B/L/D
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Day 11: International Departure OR Add-On Adventure

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What's Included:

  • Pre-trip planning, customization, and consultation
  • Transportation throughout
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • 10 nights lodging
  • All services, tours, hikes, entrance, and excursion fees described in the itinerary
  • WWTrek Lead professional Western Guide(s) *for groups of 8 or more
  • Services of local English-speaking guides and staff throughout
  • Gratuities to hotel porters, waiters, and drivers
  • Snowcat to Paschov Rocks on summit night
  • All mountain lifts, trains, gondolas, cable cars, etc.
  • Baggage handling throughout adventure
  • Interactive gear list
  • Fitness and Nutrition 6-week plan
  • Flight from Moscow – Mineral Vody – Moscow return will be purchased for you and added to your invoice

Not Included:

  • International and domestic airfare other than as described in itinerary
  • Passports and visas
  • Immunization costs
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Personal trekking gear
  • Optional excursions or deviations from the scheduled tour
  • Meals or bottled beverages other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Items of a personal nature: laundry, soft drinks, incidentals, etc.
  • Expenses incurred due to circumstances outside of World Wide Trekking’s control
  • Gratuities for guides; group tipping pool

Add-On Adventures:

St. Petersburg Cultural Adventure
Explore in the lively port city of St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia.


One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities.

Although we don’t have projects in this part of the world, there are always opportunities to get involved and find a meaningful way to engage with the local community. We would love to talk to you about custom voluntourism and humanitarian opportunities that you can incorporate into your WWTrek trip. The find out more, go to or contact us.



Best Time of Year to Visit:

Our favorite months to embark on the Mt. Elbrus Climb are June and July when the weather is pleasant for sightseeing in Moscow and most agreeable for climbing Mt. Elbrus. The summer offers a welcomed break from the winter cold when temperatures average 18° F.

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip begins and ends in Moscow, Russia. All flight arrangements should be made in and out of Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO) in Moscow.

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights:

There are many flight options from global airports to Moscow, Russia, Sheremetyevo International Airport (SVO). Our travel expert, Bruce at Harr Travel is more than happy to help you with all of your travel arrangements. You can reach him at or 415.827.6493.

We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket. Contact AIG Travel Guard to get more information.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

You will need to apply for and secure a Russian visa prior to your departure for your climb. Obtaining your visa for Russia is a multi-step process. We work with a visa company that can help you through those steps. Contact G3 Global Services for assistance on processing your visa.

*Note: Please be sure to have at least six months validity on your passport. Most countries won’t allow travelers in their country unless their passport is expected to expire six months after the last day of travel. Make two copies of your passport. Leave one at home and bring the other with you in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a copy of your passport to WWTrek, 90-days prior to your departure date. Carry two extra passport photos when you travel.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend you safeguard your trip by purchasing travel insurance. World Wide Trekking has partnered with AIG Travel Insurance as our preferred travel insurance provider. For a price quote, or to purchase travel insurance, visit

AIG Travel Guard

Please Note: You must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.


Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that we will provide western-style meals every day and happily accommodate any dietary restrictions.


We arrange all in-country transportation and ensure safe, comfortable, and private transportation for all of our travel needs. During the climb, travel light while carrying just your daypack.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as a medical kit and satellite communicator.

Prior to the trip, we recommend you bring a prescription for Acetazolamide (Diamox) to aide in acclimatization. In addition, we recommend visiting your International Local Clinic one month before your trip.

For more information, feel free to contact us directly with any questions, at 801-943-0264. We can schedule a phone call with our medical advisor, Dr. Levy, to answer any specific questions regarding your personal needs.

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as a plethora of local professionals to aid the group along the way. Additionally, you have access to a Local Operations Manager throughout your adventure.


In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you with detail tipping recommendations in your ‘Trip Detail’ document once you sign up. 

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Exchanging $100 should suit your needs for the trek. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

Fitness & Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!



At 6,592,800 sq mi, Russia is the largest country in the world by surface area, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth’s inhabited land area. It is also the ninth most populous, with over 140 million people. The European western part of the country is much more populated and urbanized than the eastern, about 77% of the population lives in European Russia. Russia’s capital, Moscow, is one of the largest cities in the world, other major urban centers include Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Kazan.


143.9 million

Russian population peaked in 1991, at 148.7 million, just before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then the population has remained around 143 million.

Time Zone:

Russia, being so large, has 11 different time zones. For this trip, we will use Moscow Standard Time (MSK) which is UTC+03:00.

Capital City:

Moscow, Russia


According to the 2010 census, ethnic Russians comprise 81% of the country’s population. The Russian Federation is home to 160 ethnic groups and indigenous peoples, so while Russian is the official language and the most widely spoken Slavic language, there are about 100 languages spoken in the country. Though Russia’s population is comparatively large, its density is low because of the country’s enormous size, allowing for extremely large cultural and geographic diversity throughout the country.


Russians have practiced Orthodox Christianity since the 10th century. According to the Orthodox Church tradition, Christianity was first brought to the territory of modern Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine by Saint Andrew, the first Apostle of Jesus Christ. Much of the Russian population, like other Slavic peoples, preserved for centuries a belief in both indigenous religion and Orthodox Christianity. There is no longer an official religion census, though private organizations have estimated about 46% – 70% of Russians are Christians today.