Mountain Adventures in Southern Russia
Imagine a non-Westerner saying that a trip to America is worthwhile only to New York City or Los Angeles, places that they know about mostly through media and movies. Sure, those places are worth visiting. Or maybe they’re seeking a scenic getaway, looking for the best that America has to offer, and only Yosemite or Yellowstone national parks come to mind.
Yes, they are stunning and offer plenty for sightseers and active outdoorsmen. But, what a missed-opportunity for any outdoor adventurer if they never heard of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, North America’s highest mountain and one of the “Seven Summits,” the highest peaks on each of the world’s continents. Alaska is probably not a top-of-mind destination for such people when planning a trip to the United States.
Southern Russia is even more obscure to most Westerners, but there is a whole other world to discover there. Of course, Russia is the world’s largest nation, stretching from Eastern Europe through northern Asia, covering nine different time zones, and therefore featuring extremely diverse climates and landscapes. Ask yourself this … Into what position do you clump Russia when thinking about a geographical map? Do you think about Moscow – Russia’s loud, financial and political center? How about St. Petersburg, the beautiful home of Russian art, culture and heritage? Or Trans-Siberia, the area that dominates the rest of Russia’s flat, cold and barren land inhabited by bears (the best of stereotypes!).
Those are probably the familiar sights and sounds for non-Russians. But, head almost directly south from Moscow toward Asia and (surprise!), you’ll discover the majestic mountains of the North Caucasus that are home to warm and hospitable locals who are descendants of fascinating and rich ancient cultures that transcend Soviet and Russian influences.
Elbrus Elevation (EE) is an in-bound tour operator aspiring to open peoples’ eyes to this unique, untouched land and culture. EE provides a variety of tour packages suitable for any time of the year. This includes winter snow skiing (“Poles and Powder”), summer mountain climbing (“Extreme Elbrus”), spring to fall hiking/camping (“Waters of Eden”), and summer to fall horseback riding (“Heaven on Horses”). These trips showcase gorgeous, lush river valleys, waterfalls and breathtaking views of villages and towns below, or awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks above what some natives call the ‘thousand mountains’ of Elbrus.
Experienced, local guides and translators who love their land, people and culture will insure maximum cultural immersion for tourists during their stay, so that they will fully experience the distinct community within the Mt. Elbrus vicinity. EE sincerely values and respects its relationship with the local community, and places the highest priority on environmental preservation.
We offer single-day and/or multi-day pre-packaged tours, but if you want more, we can customize tour packages upon request. The length, stay, accommodations and other details are flexible to suit your preferences for a truly memorable trip unlike any other that you’ve ever taken to any mountain destination.
Editor’s Note: This sponsored content provided in partnership with Elbrus Elevation.