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Mt. Elbrus Expedition 

Climb one of the summits on the Highest Mountain in Europe 18,510 feet

July 18 - 26, 2020 - Russia

Limited Availability  -  Reserve Your Slot


What is this?

Join Matt Walker of MWA on a summit climb expedition of Mt. Elbrus - the tallest mountain in Europe (18,510 ft).  

This 9-day summit expedition begins and ends in Moscow, Russia. We fly into the heart of the Caucaus mountains and focus our time and energy on our ascent of this massive and beautful peak.  

Expeditions with Matt Walker Adventure connect physcial, mental, and emotional challenge to create full engagent leadership. These expeditions are curated to give you the space to step into your leadership style and focus on your direction; both personally and professionally. Giving you clarity and confidence to achieve and excel in all aspects of your life. 


Are you ready?

Are you ready to challenge yourself beyond your preconceived notions of what is possible?  

Are you living day-to-day, surving but not thriving? Are you ready to join a team of men that will simultaneaously support you to be a better man in the world and call you out on your bullshit directly?  

Are you ready to unplug from the noise of the world, your professional demands, the burdens of your everyday, and focus on what really matters to you?  

If the answer is 'yes' - click below and join us. We are going. You should be with us.  

The little bitty details

The Expedtion Details 


  • One US-based AMGA certified guide
  • One Russia-based certifid guide
  • Round-trip domestic airfare to Mineralyne Vody from Moscow
  • Land transportation in Russia
  • Scheduled meals during the expedition
  • Hotels in Moscow and Azau
  • Leaprus mountan hut on Elbrus 
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Moscow
  • Park and ski lift fees 
  • All group climbing gear and equipment


  • International round-trip airfare Moscow, Russia
  • Russian visas
  • Meals, transport, and lodging outside the regular itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages and bottled drinks
  • Excess baggage charges and airport taxes
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evac fees, transport, extra hotel nights, etc)
  • Personal gear (see gear list)
  • Optional Single Room Supplement (hotels only)
  • Tips and gratuities


  • Climbing Skill Level - open to all physically fit individuals, no previous climbing experience necessary
  • Immunizations are not required for entry into Russia
  • All group and technical gear included. You will be responsible for personal clothing and footwear 

Don't get left out.

The MWA Approach

This is open to all physically fit individuals, while no previous climbing experience is necessary, we highly recommend joining our glacier mountaineering course in the North Cascades, WA prior to the expedition.  

We cover the logistics and details in full. The question you have to ask yourself: am I ready to play big, step into a significant challenge, and show up fully physcially and emotionally? This is not an amusement park ride - this is as real as it gets.  

You'll be tested, challenged, and called forward to share leadership on our expediton. This isn't a passive expereince - we co-create the experience, we are in it together in this area

Expedition Itinerary

Expedition begins and ends in Moscow, Russia.  

  • Day 1 • Arrive Moscow

Arrive Sheremetyevo International Airport, Russia (SVO). Transfer to hotel. Evening kickoff dinner and night tour of Red Square, Moscow.  

  • Day 2 • Mineralnye Vody • Azau • 7,500 ft

Transfer to Moscow’s domestic airport for the two-hour flight to the city of Mineralnye Vody. Continue by van (three hours) to the village of Azau in the Baksan Valley. Expedition orientation and gear check in the afternoon. Hotel in Azau.  

  •  Day 3 • Hike to Mount Cheget • 11,000 ft

We take an acclimatization hike up Mount Cheget and enjoy stunning views of the Baksan Valley. Return and overnight at hotel in Azau. Vertical gain trekking: 3,500 feet  

  • Day 4 • Climb to 14,000 ft on Elbrus

After breakfast we take the cable car to 12,600 feet on Elbrus. We hike above 14,000 feet to just below Pastukhov rocks for acclimatization and descend to 13,200 feet where we conduct a basic climbing school in preparation for summit day. Lodging at Leaprus mountain hut on Mt. Elbrusl.  

Vertical gain cable car: 5,100 feet Vertical gain climbing: 1,400 feet  

  • Day 5 • Climb to 16,500 ft on Elbrus

Today we ascend from our bascamp at the Leaprus Huts to Pastukhov Rocks at 16,500 feet. We will focus on acclimating while honing in our snow travel skills and pacing. Sweeping views of the mountain and the surrounding Caucasus Range. Return to Leaprus mountain hut.  

Vertical gain climbing: 3,700 feet  

  • Day 6 • Mountain Hut • Rest day • 12,700 ft

Our final day before our Elbrus ascent. Today is a day to rest up, hydrate, sleep, and prepare for our ascent. We will turn in to bed early after dinner for an early wake-up alpine start!  

Vertical gain: 0 feet  

  • Day 7 • Summit Day • Mount Elbrus • 18,510 ft

The day starts early. After riding the snowcat above 16,000 feet, we climb open snow slopes to the saddle between the east and west summits. We will gain nearly 6,000 feet en route to the summit - the highest point in Russian and on the European Continent, one of the famed Seven Summits.  

Vertical gain snowcat: 3,400 feet Vertical gain climbing: 2,500 feet  

  • Day 8 • Contingency Day

Descend to Azau or transport to Pyatigorsk (near Mineralnye Vody). We will spend the afternoon exploring one of these Russian spa resort towns.  

In the event we encounter inlement weather or have challenges acclimating for our summit bid, we will use this day as a contingency day for a summit ascent.  

  • Day 9 • Depart Mineralnye Vody

Transport to Mineralnye Vody and Moscow for departure flights home.  


Why the small size? We appreciate the nimble and flexible nature of a small team, it’s more fun, and we can better support your success on summit day.