Europe | 18,513 ft
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, this extinct volcano offers moderate climbing with spectacular views of one of the most rugged mountain ranges in the world. Join us on this cultural climbing experience.
*This is a great ski trip, best done in April or May. Please get in touch if this interest you.
**We can also do a more expedition style climb on the North side. Please inquire.

We begin our trip in Moscow, Russia’s capitol and most populous city. Though not part of the trip we recommend you arrive early and check out the city while getting over your jet lag. Red Square and the Subway are only two ‘not to be missed’ attractions. We like to end our trip in St. Petersburg to give you a taste of another great Russian City full of art and history.

From Moscow we take a domestic flight to Mineralnye Vody and then hop in our private van for our drive to Cheget. From our hotel in Cheget we spend a couple of days hiking the surrounding hills to help us acclimate. Our hotel is clean and comfortable with breakfast and dinner provided. Lunch will be taken care of as well, most likely in one ski lodges or other mountain dining.

Once our initial acclimatization is complete we will take a tram and then a chair lift to our mountain Accommodations. While on the mountain we’ll be fed and generally taken care of by our Russian Babushka, Elana. She prepares local cuisine with a smile and charm, so we can do another day of acclimating before our summit bid.

The day before we hike to a point called Pastukhov Rocks at approx. 15,300 for our final acclimitication. We will often take the Snow Cat to our high point the day before. This ground is quickly surpassed keeping our summit day to a reasonable length. With the Snowcat Summit day is 3000’ and usually around 8 or 9 hours round trip.

From Pastukhov Rocks we climb steeply toward the East summit before beginning our climbing traverse to the saddle at 17,769’. The saddle is a good place for a rest before climbing the headwall to the summit. The headwall is steep and is often fixed with a rope for added security. Once on top of the head wall it’s a relatively flat walk across the summit plateau to the true summit.

$5,400 per person

  • Airport Transfer
  • 1 night hotel in Moscow and 1 night hotel in St. Petersburg
  • Domestic flights to and from Mineralnye Vody
  • Private transportation between Mineralnye Vody and Cheget
  • All hotels and lodging in Cheget
  • All huts and meals on the mountain
  • Trams, lifts and snow cat transport
  • Guide fees
  • Liability insurance
  • Permits and fees
  • Group gear
Does Not Include
  • 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 *Trip and Rescue insurance recommended.
  • Sat phone charges,

$4,500/person for 6 nights, 5 days. Group pricing available.

Included in Price:
  • 2 IFMGA/AMGA Certified Mountain Guides
  • Liability Insurance
  • 1 Full Day of Helicopter Skiing
  • 1 Ride Helicopter Assist
  • 6 Nights Lodging/ Breakfast included
  • All Transportation in Valdez
  • Memories to last a life time
Not Included in Price:
  • Flight/Transport to Valdez
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Alchohol
  • Personal Insurance


April – May
*Custom dates available


*Deposit of 50% by March 15th and payment in full 30 days before the start of the trip.
"I have gone on many trips with Todd, all around the world. Rock climbing, ice climbing, altitude mountaineering; we have summited Everest together, ice climbed in Canada, rock climbed in Sardinia. He always makes every trip fun, challenging and memorable. I have never seen anyone who works so hard but somehow makes the entire trip seem so effortless and relaxing. The most important thing to consider when you chose a mountain or climbing guide is how they will react when things don’t go according to plan — as can happen on any trip dependent on weather and geography. For those situations, Todd is the best. Level headed, always considering risks and safety before making decisions. I have trusted him with my life and would trust him with it again and again."
- Lillian C.


We specialize in designing custom and private trips, perfect for you or a group. Our team of highly experienced, certified, professional guides will teach you the skills, and lead you there and safely home.