The Roof of Europe with Skis - Skitouring Week in Caucasus with Elbrus

The Roof of Europe with Skis - Skitouring Week in Caucasus with Elbrus

The ascent of Elbrus, with its 5642m the highest mountain in Europe, represents a top destination for every ski mountaineer! The extinct volcano with its wide glacier areas is climbed from the south over the normal route. In order to prepare well for the summit day, we do acclimatization tours in the charming Adyrsu valley.


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  •      Ski Mountaineering Europe's highest mountain
  •      Adventure in the Caucasus
  •      Guided tour through Russia Experts, mountain guides (UIAGM / IFGM) Christian Leitinger with good Russian skills
  •      Small group for more security and experience - The organization is based on Existing Network on site and experience at Elbrus

Since the permit has to be requested on the spot at least two months in advance, the last possible application for this trip is 20th of January.

Tour: The Roof of Europe with Skis - Skitouring Week in Caucasus with Elbrus
Type: Winter sports
Difficulty: Fortgeschrittene (stamina: sophisticated, technique: sophisticated)
Attendance: 4-6
Date: 2019-04-21 to 2019-04-30
Price: 1 580 €

Day 1: Flght with Aeroflot to Mineralnye Vody, where we arrive in the morning. Then continue to the Ullu-Tau Camp (2200m) into the Adyrsu Valley. In the evening briefing of the upcoming ski tour week.
Days 2-4: In order to prepare us optimally for the Elbrus,  we do extensive ski tours in the Adyrsu valley on the following days. The selection of the tours is adapted to the respective snow conditions. Possible destinations: Gumachi Pass (3582m), Chochat (3820m) or the Pik Trapezia (3697m). At the end of the third day of the tour, we will take a bus to Terskol (2100m) where we will stay in a hotel.
Climbs: 4 - 7 hrs / 1000 - 1500 Hm
Day 5: After breakfast we will take the gondola to Mir station at 3500m. From there either with a chairlift or with ski to the Botchkis (camp container) at 3850m where we spend the next night. After a break we continure with light Backpacks to Prijut 11 Hut (4100m). Over flat glacier slopes back down to the Botchkis. In good conditions an alternative route to ski to Krugozor station (3000m) is possible. Return with the lift.
Ascent: 2 or 3 hours / 250 or 600 Hm
Day 6: From the Botchkis we go to the comfortable Eco-Hut Leaprus at 3912m. These newly built residential units are the ideal starting point for the summit push on the Elbrus. Today we do the last acclimatizing tour to the Pastuchov Rock (4700m).
Ascent: 3 - 4 hrs / 850 Hm

Day 7: Today is the day! We starts very early. The first section up to the Pastuchov rocks we already know from the previous day. At the rocks we begin the long traverse to the saddle (5300m) between east and west summit. Especially in the morning, when the sun rises it can get really cold here. From the saddle there is stilla a push before the terrain finally gets flatter and the summit gets closer. At 5642m, the West Summit is the highest peak in Europe and one of the Seven Summits. The following decent is long and quite demanding descent to the Eco-Hut where we spend another night.
Optionally, this stage can be 600Hm shortened by a support of a Ratracs / Snowmobile by an additional charge
Ascent: 8 - 10 hrs / 1730 Hm
Day 8: A reserve day for another summit push. Alternative descent to the valley and relax.

Day 9: For the last day of tour we go freeriding at Chegnet or touring in Baksan valley. Farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant.

Day 10: Transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport and return home



  • Guiding and organization of the touring trip (UIAGM/IFMGA)
  • All transfers on the spot according to program
  • Accommodation in cottages and hotel with half board
  • Additional local guide for the summit Permit for the border region
  • Cableway tickets

Not included

  • Flight (eg approx. € 400, - from / to Vienna) Visa (about € 100, -)
  • Additional meals, drinks, drinking
  • Optional ride with the Ratrac / Snowmobile to the Pastuchov Rocks Additional guide for a 2nd summit attempt
  • Additional hotel overnight at program change

This ski tour week is aimed at experienced ski mountaineers who have already performed tours with a Western Alps character. The tours require a very good basic condition for long tours. Despite the date in the spring, the Elbrus is expected to have very low temperatures and strong winds. In the case of black ice in the traverse, crampons and ice axes are used. A clean ski technique in the ascent and descent is a basic requirement. The accommodations on site are appropriate, but do not meet the western standards.

  •      Very good condition for tours over 10 hours of ascent and descent
  •      Up to 1700 meters of altitude in ascent and descent
  •      Experience in walking with hard ice and good return technique Safe, smooth running in all snow types Safety with crampons

Technical Equipment

  •      backpack 35-45L
  •      Glacier equipment and Avalance security equipment also available rental

Ski Touring Equipment


     climbing Skins

     ski touring boots

     Telescopic poles with large plates


     technical Underwear

     touring pants

     Wind and waterproof jacket (Hardshell, breathableor Soft Shell Jacket (depending on weather)

     Intermediate layer / insulating layer (fleece or insulating jacket depending on weather)

     well-fitting socks

     warm gloves

     warm hat



     Sunscreen and lip protection factor 30



     Thermos (unbreakable) and water bottle (or bothdepending on the tourweather and preference)

     Passport, identity card

     Cameracell phonecharger

     Credit card, Cash


Since the permit has to be requested on the spot at least two months in advance, the last possible application for this trip is 20 January 2018.

Ski touring is an high alpine activity in a terrainrisk of avalanches and stone fall is present. The daily goals can be more dificult or even impossible to reach upon unfavorable conditions (weather, snow, icefograin, stormsavalancheslightning storms) Unfortunately also short-term occurrence of such conditions can happen in the high mountains in any season.

The tour will take place in SwitzerlandPlease ensure that you have adequate insurance protection(Health insurance and an insurance policy that covers any possible rescue and recovery costs).

We refer to our Allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen - company policies.


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