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Ski touring in the Adyr-Su Valley and ascent to Mount Elbrus (10 days)

Your IFMGA-certified guide will help you tackle the beautiful Adyr-Su valley and towering Mount Elbrus over the course of 10 days jam-packed with adventure in the world-famous Caucasus Mountains, Southern Russia.

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration10 days
Offer periodMar, Apr
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate


  • Take a ski tour in the beautiful Adyr-Su Valley, on the border with Georgia.

  • Make the ascent to the highest point in Europe, the top of Mount Elbrus.


Over the course of 10 wild days of skiing we will explore and navigate the alluring beauty of the Adyr-Su valley and take on the mythical Mount Elbrus, all in this remote and pristine corner of the world, in the Caucasus Mountains.

Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe, and is a dormant volcano formed over 2.5 million years ago! Climbing to the summit of this peak will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.

We begin this journey by meeting at Mineralnyye Vody Airport in Stavropol Krai, Russia, where we will then transfer to the start point and place where we will spend much time, the epic Adyr-Su valley.

The next four days will be spent ski touring around this gorgeous area of rugged, unspoiled terrain, with the vivid and evocative scenery sure to have you constantly reaching for your camera to capture the fabulous memories!

The second half of our epic adventure is all about preparing to reach the summit of the truly colossal Mount Elbrus, as we progressively acclimatise to the gradually increasing altitudes before reaching the top on day 8, a day which I guarantee you will never forget.

After scaling the summit, a day of rest is needed before ending our fun 10 days together back in Stavropol Krai, safe in the knowledge we have achieved something very few people can say they have done!

You will 100% regret not joining this trip – don’t just sit there, book now!

I also offer 8-day (South Side) and 9-day (North Side) ascents of Mount Elbrus.



We will be staying in warm, comfortable huts and three meals a day will be provided.

More info

- It can take up to two months to get the border permit

Meeting point

Mineralnye Vody Airport, Stavropol Krai, Russia, 357205



Day 1: Meet and Transfer

Meet at Mineralnye Vody Airport and transfer to Adyr-Su valley

Day 2: Mestiyskiy pass

Ski touring to Mestiyskiy Pass

Day 3: Garvash Pass

Ski touring to Garvash Pass

Day 4: Granovsky Pass

Ski touring to Granovsky Pass

Day 5: Gumachi Pass

Ski touring to Gumachi Pass, descent to the hotel on Cheget

Day 6: Barrels refuge

Move up to Barrels refuge

Day 7: Ascent

Ascent to 4700 – 5000m and descent by ski to the refuge

Day 8: Scale the summit

Climb to the top of Mount, descent to hotel on Cheget

Day 9: Rest/Reserve day

Rest/reserve day

Day 10: Transfer to airport

Transfer back to Mineralnye Vody Airport

About the guide

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Mountains and work in the mountains are major part of my life. I am an IFMGA mountain guide as well as a member of the Kyrgyzstan Mountain Guides Association (KMGA). I started my career in 2006 and it was a logical extension of my mountaineering activities. I organize ascents, ski-touring and free ride programs for my clients in the Caucasus
(including Krasnaya Polyana), Pamir, Tien-Shan, Siberia, Ural, Kola Peninsula. I have climbing experience in the Alps, Alaska and the Chinese Pamirs.

I am a certified mountain rescuer. My priorities are the client's safety along with the success of the ascent.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2578 each

Group of 2

EUR 1547 each

Group of 3

EUR 1547 each

Group of 4

EUR 1186 each

Group of 5

EUR 1186 each

Group of 6

EUR 1186 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Lifts tickets

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

- Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Price details

The above is the price to join a group of 6 people.

Price includes: guiding fee, all transfers by the program, accommodation at refuges in Adyr-Su valley and Mount Elbrus, three meals a day at refuges, accommodation and breakfast at hotel in Cheget, ski lift to refuge Barrels 3800, border permit

Price does not include: insurance, plane ticket, rental equipment

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