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Elbrus West from South

Northern Central Caucasus. Russia. Kabardino-Balkaria.

Climbing West Elbrus (5642 m). Classic climb of West Summit (5642 m) from the South via the Saddle

Altitude: 5642 m
Program category: Mountain Climbing
Duration: 5 days
Season: June - September
First climb:  G.A. Emmanuel, 
Program price from: 550 Euro

  • 12.07.24 - 16.07.24Standart 55 RUR booking
  • 17.08.24 - 21.08.24Minigroup 8 part. 75 RUR booking

Classic climbs of Caucasus.
Climbing Elbrus 5642 m.
West Summit of Elbrus via South slope - the most accessible route to the higest mountain of Europe

The highest mountain of Europe - Elbrus is a place of constant pilgrimage for people who are passionate about various sports related to the mountains. Climbers, mountain tourists, skiers, snowboarders come here during the whole year. Since Elbrus is officially considered the highest point in Europe, climbing this mountain is part of the Seven Peaks program - this attracts climbers from all over the world. Another reason for the enormous popularity of Elbrus is its technical simplicity, accessibility. Many climbers begin their acquaintance with the mountains from attempting the snow dome of Elbrus..

Today, the route to the summit of Elbrus from the south along the South Slope under the influence of civilization has transformed into a kind of “weekend route” - due to its transport accessibility, the availability of a wide range of services - hotels, cable cars, snowcats and snowmobiles, climbing Elbrus from the south has become purely entertaining event. However, do not forget that the treachery of the mountains, based in their apparent "lightness" and "simplicity" - this fully applies to the South Elbrus route. This route leads in accident rate among all the Caucasus peaks and by its popularity attracts people who are far from the mountain climbing both physically and psychologically.

In the peak months of the season - July, August, the Elbrus route from the south is crowded with climbers, the formation of traffic problems is possible on the route and climbing can turn into a long wait in the line, which, you see, is not always what for the people go to the mountains.

However, the transport accessibility and the availability of service is an absolute advantage of the South route to Elbrus, making it extremely compact in terms of time – this ascent does not require the organization of expeditions or even any serious mountain hikes - to climb Elbrus from the south you will not need much climbing gear, there will be no need to carry a heavy backpack, stable cellular connection and Internet access along all the route to the Summit will allow you to share your impressions of climbing with friends at any time.

Important! In order to get maximum positive impressions of the Elbrus program, as well as to reduce the risk of harm to your health, we strongly recommend to add to the Elbrus climbing program the module acclimatization. MCS AlexClimb mountaineering school offers three modules of acclimatization, which can be added to any Elbrus climbing program:

Acclimatization program in Bezengi
Acclimatization program in Adyl Su
Acclimatization program in Irik Chat

This 5-day program "Climbing West Elbrus from the South" is designed for people who have no prior experience in mountain climbing and who want to try themselves at mountain climbing. Climbing route of Elbrus is not very hard physically, does not require to overcome any technically difficult parts nor stay long in the high altitude conditions. Regardless your climbing experience, we recommend passing the MCS AlexClimb Course of general physical preparation and Course of Mountain Technique (basic level) before participating in this program.

The First Principle of MCS AlexClimb
The First Rule, by which we are guided in the development of our mountain programs - is safety. Professional Guides lead the group, the highest quality certificated equipment and the most modern navigation equipment are used. This guarantees the highest possible level of your safety in the mountains, which is the most important side of our work.

Program Schedule

The AlexClimb North Caucasus climbing schedule (Climbing West Elbrus 2024):

Guided ascent of Elbrus (5642 m) from the South, 1b Russian Grade
Easy Climb, Basic level

Elbrus climbing program of MCS AlexClimb (South route)

Day 1 - Transfer to the base of Elbrus route (Azau place), transfer to the "Priyut of 11" (4100 m), (chair lift up to 3700 m, then walk), mountain hut accommodation, acclimatization walk to the "Rocks of Pastukhov" (4800 m), descent and overnight in the hut (4000 m)
Day 2 - Summit Day, descent to the Valley, overnight in the BC
Day 3 - Spare Summit Day
Day 4 - Transfer to Minvody and domestic flight to Moscow, hotel accommodation***
Day 5 - Return International Flight

Prices and conditions

The price of the "Climbing Elbrus 2024 - standart route from South":

55.000 rubles*  - standart group 5-10 participants
75.000 rubles*  - mini-group 3-4 participants
120.000 rubles   - private program for 1-2 participants
* Price per person

You have to be ready for: 

  • 2-3 days of camping life in the field conditions;
  • Cooking your meals by yourself while climbing mountains;
  • Carrying a 5-8 kg backpack;
  • Air temperature can be down to -20°C on the altitude higher than 3000 m;

Conditions: the passing of the acclimatization module and  Brief AlexClimb course of mountain technique is recommended before the trip.
The price includes: Professional mountain guide services, rent of the communal equipment (ropes, belaying and navigation equipment, cooking gear), hotel accommodation, transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end (Mineralnye Vody, Nalchik), using the
communal basic medical kit, local registering and climbing permits, food for outdoor part of the program.
The cost does not include: Russian visa charges*, International and domestic flight expenses** to and from the point of the beginning of the program (Nalchik),
one day in Moscow if you have long transfer***, obligatory climbing insurance, rent of the personal equipment, food and drinks while being in cities, using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 12
Guides: 2

*AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can provide Russian Visa support for you. More information on request.
**AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can book the flights for you.
***AlexClimb Mountain Climbing School can book hotel for you in Moscow and organize, transfers sightseeing and recreations according to your preferences - basic Moscow package cost is 270 Euro wich inclides pick up and drop off in the airport and one night in the Hotel 3*.

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Russia. Climbing Elbrus" can be read in the Offer section

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Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.