Rode ski lifts to the Barrels Hut, then hiked up and set camp just above the Diesel Hut. Spent the next day acclimatizing. Had perfect clear weather on summit day, and not too cold. A bit crowded, but late May/early June seems like the perfect time to visit. I used Pilgrim Tours Lite Package, and it was a great service to make the logistics simple. The Caucasus mountains are an incredible range.
Climbed it in August 2009. The whole caucasus area is magnificent. We first climbed Mt. Gumachi & Cheget for acclimatisation.
We had great weather on the whole trip, and Elbrus is a magnificent mountain, but it was a bit crowded when i was there, due to a big Korean group.
No summit. Terible bad weather, wait in tent for 4 days, and then when I tried I had to turn back from the saddle. Of course on my last day I took the car to airport, in a sunny perfect day.
Realy disappointed with everything aroud that mountain, I won't returne soon.
Will have to try again.
I was part of a Canadian expedition, using logistical services from Pilgrim Tours, that reached the summit, as a team, this August 2009. It's very windy on the summit. The mountain is filled with human waste. It's quite appalling. Hopefully the local government will take control of the mountain in the new few years, and arrange to have it cleaned.
I climbed the west summit of Elbrus on July 21th 2009. Beautiful sunrise but the weather turned bad afterwards so no view from the summit. But a wonderful day :-)
Early morning start in great weather but windy and very cold at the summit. Was sick the whole trip which made it my hardest climb, I could barely breathe due to illness. Was well worth it.....even the house of pain and the house of horror at the barrells!!!!! :-)
...with Ivona. Great experience.
(What a dump...)
Very dirty area...and view of ratracs really sad..but when you look at the other side of this mountain,wonderful rest of Caucasus it is the only reason to climb there.I reached the summit with Radek brade in a beautiful weather
With Kristan, Todd, Zig, Sasha and Konstantin at 11 a.m. Gale-force winds, low visibilty and cold temps couldn't dampen our elation at reaching the summit, but this was no picnic of a climb. Fewer than 30 climbers reached the summit on this day. Because the cable car/chair lift was out of operation we ended up reaching the barrels huts the previous day by riding in the back of an army-surplus dump truck, a ride which puts anything at Six Flags to shame!
I spent one night at the barrels and two nights at the Diesel hut before summitting. It was a cold and windy day.
Climbed Elbrus in slightly more than 24 hours round trip with Alex Trubachev after being acclimatized on Dykh-Tau.
First Day: Azau to Priut (Diesel)
Second Day: Summit
Third Day: Return to Azau
I did Mt. Elbrus as a skitour in May 2007. We had good luck with the weather conditions and the whole team reached the summit. See the full photo album at:
Reached the summit on aug 29th 2008 in very bad weather, almost no visibility on the summit.
Pictures on: http://www.jeroenmessing.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=52&Itemid=63
trash, crowd, trash...
Very dirty mountain. Summit many time.
I was very lucky with the weather. Have planned this day back home for more than a year. Walked straight from Azau up to Diesel hut. Spent the night in one of the neighbouring smaller huts. One day to acclimatize up to 5000m and back to the hut. On the third day I summited after a strenuous 10 hours climb. 10:15am up on the west summit, normal route. A beautiful day with very light winds. It became incredibly hot on the descent on the glacier on the lower slopes. The Pilgrimtour's "Light package" was excellent. Everything worked out just fine!
i summited Mt.Elbrus with a friend of mine.The weather was perfect and the route was extremely crowded .It was the second attempt. during the first one , we had a narrow escape from the storm on the north route
More crowded and touristy than imagined! Great weather during our summit push and beautiful views from the top.