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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.

Mountain RangeCaucasus
Duration8 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

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

  • 6-hour ski climb to Granovski Pass

  • Freeride on Mt. Chueguet

Description

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.

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

Accommodation

Accommodation includes overnight stays in a hotel.

Disclaimer

The programs can be varied depending on the weather and slope condition. Reaching the tops of peaks is dependent on slope condition and cannot always be done.

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

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 2: Ski 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 3: Ski 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 4: Ski 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 5: Ski-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 6: Ski-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 7: Ski-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 8: Return home

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


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".


For booking assistance

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Prices per person

Group of 1

USD 5129 each

Group of 2

USD 2565 each

Group of 3

USD 1710 each

Group of 4

USD 1283 each

Group of 5

USD 1026 each

Group of 6

USD 1026 each

Group of 7

USD 954 each

Group of 8

USD 954 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transport during the trip

• Permit and entrance fees

Price details

• 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.


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