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Central Caucasus 9-day winter mountaineering tour

Central Caucasus 9-day winter mountaineering tour

A great 9-day winter program in the Central Caucasus climbing amazing summits under the supervision of Ivan, KMGA-certified mountain guide.




9 Days


Jan - Mar, Dec






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Come enjoy a breathtaking adventure and ascend the most outstanding peaks of the Central Caucasus range in the Adyl-Su Valley, Russia.

I have the big pleasure to lead an exciting 9-day trip in this stunning mountain range that connects the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. The Caucasus is divided into 3 regions: East, West and Central Caucasus. These territories extends along meridians that cross the famous Kazbek (5033 m) and Mt.Elbrus (5642 m).

Between these two giants, we’ll find the most beautiful and interesting peaks to climb and get amazing views during our trip. There are several peaks over 4000 or even 5000 meters in height, from whose summits we can enjoy incredible landscapes.

Our meeting point will be the Mineralnye Vody airport, in the Russian region of Kabardia-Balkaria. After a 4-hour bus transfer we’ll get to the Terskol village, in the Baksan valley.  The following days we’ll be focused on ascending amazing peaks of the Central Caucasus such as the Viatau and the Goumatchi mountains. You’ll also have the chance to have some snow and ice training on the Djankuat glacier. It’ll be a really intense and complete winter mountaineering experience!

So if you’re planning to visit the Caucasus Mountains this winter do not hesitate and book your trip now. I’d be glad to be your guide on such an amazing region!

I work together with a group of guides, so if I’m not available, one of my colleagues will guide you.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Lunch

- Dinner

- Transport during the trip

- Permit and entrance fees

Price details

Excluded from the price: insurance; internal regular flights to Min. Vody airport and back; luggage air transportation;

unexpected premature evacuation; visa costs; personal expenses; extra pay due to change of the appointed departure time.-

Secure your spot with just 25% payment

48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking


Day 1: Terskol village

Arrival to Mineralnye Vody airport. 4-hour bus transfer to the Terskol village in the Baksan valley (about 2000 m above the sea). Accommodation in a hotel for two nights.

Day 2: Acclimatization day

We’ll check the equipment, visit the rental shop, buy food and organize all staff for camping. Short hiking and ice climbing training. Night in the hotel.

Day 3: Elbrus Base Camp

Car transfer to the Shkelda Valley and Elbrus climbers’ camp in the Adyl-Su river valley. Then, a 4 hour up-stream walking to the campsite on the “Green meadow” (2600 m). Base Camp set up and night in tents or in a mountain house.

Day 3: Djankuat Glacier

Snow and ice training on the Djankuat Glacier. Looking around to check the snow conditions in the region. Night in tents.

Day 4: Viatau Peak

Ascent to the Viatau Peak (3,740 m) which consists of a snow slope and a rocky ridge of intermediate difficulty. Night in tents.

Day 5: Goumatchi

Ascent of the Goumatchi peak (3820 m) or rest day in the Base Camp.

Day 6: Extra day

Reserve day in case of bad weather.

About the guide: Ivan

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Mountain Guide

I'm an IFMGA-certified guide and have been guiding for the past 15 years.

I got the chance to do beautiful ascents like the Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, Mont Cook, McKinley, 7000m Peaks in ex-USSR, technical climbing In the Caucasus, new climbing routes in the USA, ski-touring in Alps, Russia etc.

I'm an expert in the Elbrus region. I know every corner of it and will be happy to guide you to the summit, at 5.642m high, skiing or walking.
Please get in touch with me and let's leave together for a wonderful adventure in the incredible Caucasus mountain range!

I work together with a group of guides, so if I'm not available, one of my colleagues will guide you!

My favorite saying: "We will either find a way, or make one".


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What people are saying about Ivan



This was my second trip together with Ivan Moshnikov. It's safe to say that everbody in our group absolutely loved it. We had a great time in Russia and it was an absolut blast. Even though we were not able to experience "true Mamay snorking powder" we still skied perfect snow for 7 days in a row. I threw my mobile in a corner in the first day and did not pick it up until 8 wonderfull days filled with skiing, amazing food, going to sauna and enyoing wonderfull company. However, if you a looking for a super lonely place, Mamay is probably not the right choice. The valley gets visited frequently by locals and other tourists. Still, there is enough place for everybody I think. 10/10 I will definitly come again. Many thanks to Yulia, Roma and Stepan!



No info from travel agent essential information about imigration cards, That mens no info that taht cards important ( No Info dont loose them). About transfer from airport was very good. Food excelent. No additional guide for ascenting Elbruss. I had different habit for ascenting. The Guide doesnt like. TIn the Summit ascenting he said that i should keep same style climbing as them. And put all responsibility on me if i wpould refuse contnues ascent to summit. So i this result bad sleep. And did not feel well to make summit ascent. I refuses to go. So that day i am ski touring myself due to arriving Caucasus. Rest was ok. Please return 250 euros . So incomplete mission



We went to Mt Elbrus ski touring in May and did not summit due to bad weather. If you want to be sure to summit I would suggest you book about 8 days as it takes at least 4 days to get altitude acclimatised to the point you can make an attempt ) and it seems the bad weather systems last about 3 days.... groups submitted the two days prior to us but no one summited for the next three due to 80 kmh winds. In regard to CetNeva, I had some trouble with communications and replies (partly caused at my end) but once that was sorted things went well. Lisa runs the admin side and is good. We did not have Ivan as a guide we had Roman - but Roman was over qualified for us but patient and pleasant despite our lack of skills and never being ready on time.


The guide was actually not Ivan Mishnikov but Denis who was a Junior guide with CetNeva. Overall the guide company is really good. Cook and the barrels where I stayed were excellent. Lisa, manager of CetNeva, were attentive and always present to help out. Guide was excellent in skills, just a little shy. Would recommend 100%. Thanks!


I had the pleasure of having Ivan as a guide on Elbrus this year and he is first class. I would highly recommend using him on any mountain

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