Why Climb Elbrus with Alpine Ascents?
As the highest peak in Europe, Elbrus is a premier ascent for climbers who wish to test their skills at increasing altitude. Although only basic mountaineering skills are required, high-altitude and unpredictable weather make this a challenging and enticing ascent. An Elbrus expedition is logistically demanding and we offer several key elements that separate our climb from other outfitters.
As one of our most popular climbs, this trip has filled five to six months in advance for the past five years.
Our Elbrus expeditions are all-inclusive. We use a high-quality lodge on the mountain where most outfitters use a simple hut. This is an important distinction as poor weather days while at this camp can be extremely wearing when using basic accommodation. For 2020 we will again use the Heart of Elbrus Lodge before the summit attempt as this has proved the best accommodation on the mountain.
I think the strengths for this trip include both the guides and the planning and logistics provided by Alpine Ascents. Both guides were very knowledgeable and seemed to thoroughly enjoy what they were doing and in making sure that the expedition was enjoyable and satisfying for all the team members. – 2019 Climber
Key Elements of our Climb and Success
We have had a 95% summit success since 2000, with most teams having 100% success.
Russia is a challenging country in which to operate. Our years of experience have helped us iron out many of the wrinkles. We are able to deal with issues as they arise (and they will!).
We have three extra built-in days for bad weather and acclimatization to give our team the best chance of summiting. This includes extra days reserved for High Camp, which is not common as most outfits try to save costs by having limited days at High Camp.
We have been working with the same Russian staff for the past ten years and our guiding systems are extremely compatible. We hire extra guides for summit day (and often earlier) to keep climber-to-guide ratios low.
We offer quality hotels and meals throughout the climb, including staying at the Heart of Elbrus Lodge on the mountain. The cost of the internal flight to/from Mineral Vody is included.
Our departure and return dates are set to give us access to as many cultural activities as possible. We offer tours of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
We try to be up front about all costs. Note our cost inclusions, which cover internal flights and most meals.
The expedition was very well handled especially by Vern. All needs were met. It isn’t my first time to climb with AAI but it is the first private group we put together with them and I must say Vern and Carol did a great job in making our experience unique.