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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.

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration9 days
Offer periodJan, Feb, Mar, Dec
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


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.


Lodging in valley hotels according to the program (3 nights)

Meeting point

Mineralnye Vody airport




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

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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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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2732 each

Group of 2

EUR 1366 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

• Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.-

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