Although no advanced mountaineering experience is required, you should be familiar with the basic use of crampons and ice axes before the trip. Personal kit must be carried including your sleeping bag and mat. A limited number of porters can be hired at an extra charge to carry personal equipment where necessary.
This is a tough trip. Elbrus may be attempted by any strong mountain walker who is familiar with the use of an ice axe and crampons. Nevertheless it is important to remember that it is a mountain of almost Himalayan proportions and good acclimatization is essential. In bad weather conditions may become Arctic. You should carefully think over the clothes and respect the recommendations.
It must be remembered that Elbrus is an extremely serious mountain in spite of it’s technical ease. The guides’ decision to turn back should be respected at all times.