Freeride skiing in the Caucasus, near Mount Elbrus (Russia), 8 days

Join IFMGA-certified guide Ivan Moshnikov on this exciting 8-day trip of freeride skiing in the Caucasus, near Mount Elbrus.




Trip Duration

8 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Mar, Apr, May

Type of Trip



  • Ascending 3830 meters above sea level on Mt. Treugol’nik

  • 6-hour ski climb to Granovski Pass

  • Freeride on Mt. Chueguet


Join me on this unique trip of freeride mountain skiing in the Caucasus! On this trip, you will experience all the beautiful views that the Elbrus Region of the Central Caucasus has to offer.

This lovely region of the Central Caucasus includes the Baskan river valley and its many streams. There is also the colossal double-headed volcano, Mt. Elbrus. The volcano is now extinct but remains the tallest mountain in Europe, standing at 5642 meters above sea level.

We will have a chance to visit more mountains along the Main Caucasian Ridge such as Donguz-Orun, which stands at 4454 meters and Nakra-Tau, which is 4225 meters tall. Along our ski route, we will experience some glorious streams such as Adyl-su and Adyr-su.

Remember this is freeride skiing, so guests should have some experience in the use of the special equipment that is used for freeride skiing. This should include experience with freeride equipment. Freeride equipment includes light skis and boots that allow the ankle-joint to be flexible. With freeride skis, you can unfix your heels to be free for climbing and fix them for going downhill. These skis are best for those who are accustomed to skiing alpine style.

Please also note for this program we need to receive the personal data of each participant 45 days before arrival to the region for a special permit.

This 8-day trip is an opportunity to take a break from the hassles of everyday life. We will ski everyday and have the opportunity to see many breathtaking views. Book today and you will leave with memories that will last a lifetime!

More interested in a trek? Check out this 9-day mountaineering adventure in the Caucasus climbing Mount Elbrus.

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Price per person

Group of 1
4975 USD

Group of 2
2488 USD

Group of 3
1658 USD

Group of 4
1244 USD

Group of 5
995 USD

Group of 6
995 USD

Group of 7
925 USD

Group of 8
925 USD


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • Accommodation
  • Transport during the trip
  • Permit and entrance fees
 Price includes: Hotel lodging; Full board during stay in the Elbrus region; All transfers in the Elbus region; 1 CET Neva mountain guide; Cook in Ullu-tau camp, Cheguet & Elbrus cable lifts; All necessary permits and registration; Administrative fees in Kabardino-Balkaria. Price does not include: Insurance; Internal regular flights to Min. Vody airport and back; Unexpected premature evacuation; Cost of Russian visa; Use of "snowcats"; Drinks and personal expenses; Extra charges due to change of the appointed departure time.


  • Day 1Arrival

    Guests will arrive to Mineralnye Vody airport and take 4.5 hour bus transfer to the mountain camp Ullu-tau in Adyr-su Valley. Camp is 2380 meters above sea level. We will set up camp and all guests will receive accommodation for the night.


  • Day 2Ski climbing to Chegetsky

    We will ski climb to Chegetsky bivouac before Garvash pass (3710 m, 4-5 h. total) or
    ascent on Mt. Treugol’nik (3830 m), downhill to the Ullu-tau camp (2 h.).

  • Day 3Ski climbing to Granovski pass

    We will do a 6-hour ski climb to Granovski pass (3950 m) and ski down to the Ullu-tau camp
    (2.5 hours).

  • Day 4Ski in Gumachy and Adyl-su Valley

    We will ski through Gumachy col (3540 m) (5-6 h.) and  continue skiing down
    into Adyl-su valley (2-2.5 h.). After, a bus will bring us to Terskol village (about 2100 m above sea level). Guests will have accommodation overnight in a hotel.

  • Day 5Ski-tour in Mt. Chueguet

    We will do a ski-tour in Mt. Chueguet (3461 m), Norte Side. Later, we will descend and return to our hotel.

  • Day 6Ski-tour in Mt. Elbrus

    We will do a ski-tour in Mt. Elbrus (3850 m). Later, we will descend and return to our hotel.

  • Day 7Ski-tour in Shkelda Valley, or ski-tour in Mt. Maliy Kogutay

    This can be a free day, or we can choose between a ski-tour in Shkelda Valley, or ski-tour in Mt. Maliy Kogutay (3850 m). Later, we will descend and return to our hotel.

  • Day 8Return home

    Guests will receive a bus transfer to Mineralnye Vody airport and fly home.


Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required



Accommodation includes overnight stays in a hotel.

More info

IMPORTANT. Please note for this program we need to receive the personal data of each participant 45 days before arrival to the region for a special permit.


About the 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, either Nikolay or Victor 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 Moshnikov


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!
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Maximilian Siller
It was a great adventure! I got answer to the few questions I have prior my departure and the support to get the required document. Once in Irkutsk we met with Ivan and depart to Mamay Valley where we had unbelievable snow. Days with snow where enjoyed in the forest with unbelievable amount of powder and days with sun were enjoyed higher up on the ridges where we could enjoy nice views, untouched snow and 5***** powder! I would repeat over and over again. The hut is really cosy and we have all what we need for a week of adventures. The sauna is a good think to do in the evenings before great dinners.
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Valero Lopez
The skitouring in Mamay as coordinated by Ivan was absolutely fantastic! Our guide Roman Romanov did a brilliant job in finding the best snow and runs, taking all of our needs into account and was very professional. The hut was really cozy, the food delicious and the sauna after skiing were the ideal finish to the perfect ski day!
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Irina Hotz
It was great to be with Ivan. Above all, I came through him in an area that I otherwise would not have been able to travel. He really took good care of everything and I learned a lot. DychTau is a mountain that demands a lot from the beginning to the end!
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Andre Frick

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