Mt. Elbrus(5642m/18510ft) Expedition – [21 June to 28 June 2013] - Registration is ON

Participation Fee

Payment Terms
ABETO Foundation's Cause
Important Notes
Equipment Checklist
Altitude Sickness
Registration & Visa


Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe and is one of the 7 summits of the world. It lies in the Caucasus ranges in Russia with a height of 5642m/18510 ft. It is a notorious mountain … the thin air and the extreme cold makes it challenging. It is a test of the mental strength, toughness and physical fitness. Since the route is more taxing it is recommended that trekkers should be physically fit.

No expedition from Bangalore was carried out till date and this team will be the first to achieve this feat. Few from India scaled this beautiful yet deadly peak.

The team will attempt this summit for ABETO Foundation's cause - “Save the Lakes of Bangalore”


Elbrus Expedition [8 days and 7 nights – 6 days of trek]

20-June-2013 DAY 0 [flight]
Take Mineralnye Vody,Russia flight from your preferred destination. Delhi International Airport is recommended to avail better deals.

21-June -2013 DAY 1 [hotel]
Arrive at Mineralnye Vody Airport by afternoon, Cab will be waiting for transfer to Hotel (Dinner place).The hotel is situated in the beginning of 100km Baksan valley, almost on the slope of Elbrus. In the village Terscol closed by you can find post office with internet, resque service, equipment shops and rentals. Early evening pre-climb briefing on the trek, dinner and overnight stay.

22-June-2013 DAY 2 [Trek: 5 to 7 hours]

Acclamatization hike(using ski lift before) to Mt.Cheget which is 3470m. A prefect view of Elbrus, our climbing route,the Baksan valley and observatory on peak Terskol can be seen.

23-June-2013 DAY 3 [Trek: 5 to 7 hours]

We will ride ski lifts up to huts till 3720m altitude and then hike up to 4500m. We will spend the night in huts.

24-June-2013 DAY 4 [Trek: 5 to 7 hours]
Relax day. Preparations for the summit day. By this time we will be well acclamatized. Get used to using ice axe, crampons and self arrest

25 June-2013 DAY 5 [Summit day]
The D Day :) Climb mount Elbrus. We will start at 2am. There will be one guide for 3-4 people. We will hire a snowcat to go to the altitude of 4550m. And we push for the summit from there.

26-June-2013 DAY 6
Descend to the hotel.. Celebrations.

27-June-2013 DAY 7 [Trek: 3 to 4 hours]
We have kept a Reserve day in case of bad weather. Or for multiple summit attempt in case some of us don't reach the summit on the first attempt. The idea is to ensure all of us reach the summit. Rest of the gang can trek around to Observatory.

28-June-2013 DAY 8 [return]
Breakfast at Hotel/Lodge. Leaving to airport. Visit Moscow and St Petersberg on the way back to India.

Participation Fees

Trek Cost per head: US $ 1499.00 (inclusive of all taxes)
•Hotel, shared double/triple room (by the program)
•Accommodation in the huts (by the program)
•Transfers by the program – buses and lifts
•Meals three times a day. Dinner on the first day, breakfast on the last day.
•All needed permits and registrations
•Guides. Leader guide through the tour and assistant guides on the summit day (1 guide for 3-4 people). Only one summit attempt for guides is included.
•Group equipment (ropes, ice screws, radios)
Per head cost till the Advanced Camp of Elbrus: US $ 1199.00
•Air ticket,
•visa fees, visa processing charges,
•Riding snow cat on the summit day
•Single accommodation
•Personal equipment and gears, accessories
•Equipment hire charges. No equipment will be provided by BMC. However BMC can guide/help you to hire equipments on rent.
•Service (guide, cook) in case of additional climbs
•any additional delays due to weather or local situations

Payment terms & options

Climb Elbrus for a cause
Visit ABETO Foundation website

ABETO Foundation was officially registered as a Society under the Karnataka Societies Registration Act, 1960 Act No – 17 on 16 March, 2012.
ABETO is a platform which identifies local and global environment and social issues that affects our surroundings directly or indirectly and finds an effective practical solution to tackle the root causes of these issues to sustain a healthy environment and surroundings thereby ensuring A Better Tomorrow.

Mission Statement of ABETO: To enable, establish and sustain the environmental and social equilibrium through the effective use of science, technology and human network.

Let us give our future generation the greatest gift that we can offer... A Better Tomorrow ... such that clear sky, pure water, green forests, fresh air and a good surrounding are a reality and not just things in history books and movies. Come let us join hands and empower the world to sustain its charm, its beauty and make it a good place to live..let us build A BEtter TOmorrow for all.

Mail us at [email protected]
The cause

"Save The Lakes Of Bangalore"
ABETO Foundation is working together with the Environment Science Department of Mount Carmel College to do scientific research and analysis of water quality, contamination level , contamination source, bed analysis and remedial measures for some selected lakes in Bangalore.

The output would be a scientific research work with a proven and practically implemented model in a small section of the lake which will show how with the addition of certain level of chemicals and planting certain planktons the harmful effects of the pollutant can be nullified, how the EColi content can be reduced and the water can be made usable. Few lakes have been zeroed down for the analysis.

This research work will be given to BBMP and Lake Development Authority of Bangalore such that we can work together and get the necessary support from Government authorities to save our very own lakes. The fund raised from the climb will be used solely for this research work.
Come let us unite for this cause!


For every registrations for this event, Bangalore Mountaineering Club contributes US$ 50 on behalf of you towards the fund raising event of ABETO for the conservation projects of saving the Lakes of Bangalore. So you are actually contributing towards ensuring a Better Tomorrow. Come let us climb for this burning cause and make this climb not just another climb. Let us join our hands for this cause.

Important Notes & Terms



Veg and Non Veg European style Food (chicken, Mutton, Egg) will be served during the trek.
Vegetarians need to mention their food preferences during booking and the same will be arranged.


We advise you to purchase travel insurance after arranging a trip to cover yourself against any unforeseen circumstances. Basic recommended insurance coverage:

Equipment Checklist

Please see the Equipment section for full recommendations for what you should bring and what is available to rent. Everything we provide is as a guide and you should decide on what's necessary and not.

Things to carry for Elbrus Trek:

Clothing and shoes:
  • Wind and waterproof layer – Pants and Jacket. Gore-Tex, for example.
  • Fleece pants and jacket
  • Thermo underwear layer – top and bottom
  • Down jacket.
  • Mittens
  • Thick gloves
  • Thin gloves
  • Bandana
  • Warm hat
  • Underwear, socks and so on
  • Some warm socks for a summit day
  • Balaclava
  • Windproof face mask
  • Gaiters
  • Jogging shoes or hiking boots
  • Double or triple boots
Personal Eqipment:
  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Ski/trekking poles
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • 2 Carabines
  • 2 meters of 5 or 6mm rope
  • Ski goggles
Travel Accessories:
  • Headlamp
  • Knife
  • Shower accessories, toothpaste, toothbrush
  • Watches, alarm
  • Sunglasses
  • Vitamins
  • Thermos (better without the button)
  • Photo camera
  • Towel
  • Alcoholic gel
  • Shaving accessories
  • Sunblock and lip balm
  • Chemical warmers
  • Player
  • Chargers and adaptors
  • Personal medical kit
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Knee supports



Health and fitness

Though Mt Elbrus is a steady climb, it should not be taken lightly. You should consult your doctor to check you are medically fit to endure a strenuous activity and able to acclimatize without injury. It is mandatory that you are physically fit for the trek. Prior hiking to higher altitudes will be beneficial, not must, for acclimatization during the actual climb. Please do some cardio exercises like swimming, jogging, cycling. Walking/running up the stairs with a back pack improves the Muscles and stamina. BMC will organize some warm up treks before the Elbrus Climb.


Altitude Sickness

Altitude Sickness, often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is particularly an important consideration while trekking in high altitudes. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly above elevations of 3000m. The initial symptoms of AMS are as follows:
• Nausea, vomiting
• Loss of appetite
• Insomnia / sleeplessness
• Persistent headache
• Dizziness, light headache, confusion
• Disorientation, drunken gait
• Weakness, fatigue, lassitude, heavy legs
• Slight swelling of hands and face
• Breathlessness and breathing irregularly
• Reduced urine output
These symptoms are to be taken very seriously. In case of appearance of any of the above symptoms any further ascend should be reconsidered; otherwise more serious problems may occur which can even cause death sometimes within a few hours. The only cure for the Altitude Sickness is to descend to a lower elevation immediately.
Read more about AMS, HAPE and HACE and Diamox usage from the internet and consult your physician for the same.


Cost of Climbing Mt Elbrus includes the cost of project undertaken by ABETO to address nature conservation related issues. By participating in this Climb you are not only supporting ABETO's noble cause financially but also spreading the word out. Have your friends, colleagues, college or employer sponsor your "Climb ELbrus for a Cause". Let us know if you need any help with this regards.

Contact us to know about "Referral bonus", we would like to help you reduce the expedition cost by accepting registrations of your friends and colleagues.

Registration & Visa

We suggest you to meet us at office, understand all nitty-gritty and signup the form. We require copy of following documents:

We can guide you in Visa Processing. Please contact us for details.

For any clarification email us at [email protected] or call on 9902027262

BMC Office Address :
No. 1651 , 10th Main, HAL 3rd Stage,
Jeevanbhima Nagar , Banglore-560075

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