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The highest mountain of Europe. The highest adventure of Europe – also on Skis.

This travel covers everything you could wish for. Divers in every way, with a unique 5000er and a region with lots of historical background. In the beginning our journey leads us from Moskau to Mineralny Vody (mineral water) in the northern Kaukasus. On the first 3 days, we will do a few lift-supported acclimatization tours in order to have the ability to ascent in two days over the classic southern route to the summit of Mt. Elbrus where magnificent views as far as to the ocean await us. The Elbrus is the perfect mountain to start the Seven Summits – close to Europe, e relatively moderate height and only 9 days of expedition until you can strike off the first of the Seven Summits from your bucket list.

Since Mt. Elbrus is a unique experience as a ski tour, we offer a special spring date for a ski touring ascent – don’t miss it.

Info Elbrus:

Mt. Elbrus is a non-activ, strongly glaciated stratovolcano with two peaks, situated in the western Caucasus region. His massive ice cap nourishes 22 glaciers. The western peak (main peak) is 5642 m, the eastern peak 5622 m high, which makes the Elbrus the highest mountain of Russia. The generally accepted geographical border between Europe and Asia runs along the main ridge of the Ural Mountains and the Caucasian watershed. Because of its higher altitude and location just north of Caucasus main ridge, the Elbrus is considered the highest mountain and the highest volcano of Europe which also makes him one of the Seven Summits and the Volcanic Seven Summits.

Still, some theories define the Kum-Manytsch flatlands, south of the Caucasus, as the border between Asia and Europe. According to this theory the Elbrus lies in Asia, which would make the Mont Blanc (France) the highest mountain of Europe.

Adventure Factor courageous
Experience / Emotion thrilling
Fitness / Struggle workout
Risk feel free to tell your partner about it
Comfort sophisticated


  • Highest mountain and highest volcano of Europe
  • Lift-supported acclimatization
  • Permanent support by multilingual mountain guides

Trip dates:

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Price per person: 0

The exact schedule might be subject to changes, due to weather and snow conditions on-sight. Furthermore we are traveling in a remote and politically sensitive region, where governmental or environmental restrictions may occur unexpected and can lead to travel restrictions.

The following schedule is planned: 

1. Day: Arrival at Mineralny Vody, airport pick-up and overnight stay at the hotel.

2. Day: Early departure to Terskol (4h) to our hotel at the foot of Mt. Elbrus. Short acclimatization tour with lift-support in the afternoon (1-2 h, at 3460 m). Overnight stay at the hotel.

3. Day: With the cable car we drive vom Azau at 2200m to the top station and further on with the chairlift to Garabashi station at 3750 m, just a few meters below the famous “space capsule huts”. After a short acclimatization tour to the Diezel hut at 4050 m, we get some rest at one of the lower situated huts where we will also spend the night (3900m).

4. Day: Acclimatization tour (3-4 h) to the Pastuchov Rocks at 4650 m. Descent back to the hut.

5. Day: Today is for some more acclimatization hikes and should also leave some time to regain energy for the upcoming summit push!

6. Day: Summit day! We rise early at 3 am because a long and exhausting day awaits us (9-11 hours). We can either start our ascent directly at the hut (3900m) or rent a snowcat to bring us up to Pastuchov Rocks and start from there. Snowcats are not included in the price, but can be rented on spot, if required. If we are in favour of the weather we are able to see the Black and the Caspian sea from the summit. After the summit we descent back to the hut at 3900 m where we will also spend the night.

7. Day: Reserve day (in case of bad weather)

8. Day: Descent to Azau and transfer back to the hotel. During a meal, we can celebrate our successful ascent or just rest.

9. Day: Transfer to Mineralny Vody and flight back to Europe.

check_circle_outline  Included:

  • Whole organization of the travel
  • All accommodation in double rooms, including breakfast (hotels, guesthouses, huts)
  • All transfers according to the program
  • Summit and climbing permits
  • Lift tickets
  • Permanent support by multilingual mountain guides
  • Porters, pack animals
  • Half- and full-board during the whole travel (except on flight days)
  • First aid equipment, high altitude emergency medicine
  • Kitchen crew
  • Satellite communication for a fee and depending on availability
  • Radio communication
  • All fees and permits
  • weather forecast
  • Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator

help_outline  Optional:

  • Single room surcharge
  • Fees for satellite phone and emails

highlight_off  Not included:

  • International flights to/from Mineralny Vody
  • Visa for Russia (members have to apply in time at the Russian embassy at the home country)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Additional porters for personal Equipment
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal mountain- and climbing-equipment
  • Personal expenses of all kind
  • Costs that arise due to premature cancellation of the expedition, all additional costs during an unpredicted stay at the camps
  • All not specifically mentioned included services

info  General Infos

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

An expedition to high altitudes still presents an enormous challenge despite modern equipment and tactics. Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude still poses the largest hurdle. That is why we place great emphasis on prudent, slow acclimatization.

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure whether taking part in an expedition is the right thing for you, feel free to contact Lukas Furtenbach at Tel +43 512 204134 or per email [email protected] for an answer to this question during a personal interview!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG[European Travel insurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

language  Entry Requirements

Passport  and Visa Regulations

Swiss or EU citizens:

Russia: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 or more months and a visa (application in the home country, letter of invitation will be provided after successful booking. Apply for visa in time, the application process can take up to 6 weeks).

Information on recommended vaccines and health regulations:

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

work Equipment

You need to bring your own personal equipment and a sleeping bag with a comfort range of – 5 degrees celsius. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty / Technique

The ascent always lies in the participant‘s personal responsibility, while led by the mountain guide and expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and – if required – independently build rope teams under the guidance of the mountain guide. Cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for all. The guide is there to provide guidance for the whole group, the possibilities for him to respond to individual needs is limited. It is imperative that participants adhere to the instructions and decisions made by the mountain guide. Regardless, each participant must know their own physical limits, and be able to make a timely decision to turn back.

perm_identity  Physical Fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack and around 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you. You have to carry your own personal equipment on the mountain, unless an optional personal Sherpa is booked. The porters are available for the group and set up the high camp and insure the route. We will gladly provide individual advice on how to best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expedition. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

how_to_reg  Experience

We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of a high mountain! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in one of our Seven Summit expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about – or refresh their knowledge of – all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

payment Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

directions_run Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH (, item II. 7.).
The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

until 30 days prior to departure…………………………. 30%
29 – 20 days prior to departure…………………….. 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure…………………….. 70%
9 – 4 days prior to departure………………………… 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours)………100%
on the day of departure………………………………… 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.