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Ski touring Dombai – Elbrus and climbing Elbrus from the south side

Sun peninsula and other pearls of Russian South
TitleCAS1. Ski touring Dombai – Elbrus and climbing Elbrus from the south side
RegionCrimea and Russian South;
ActivitiesSnowmobiling; Climbing ; Skiing;
Duration11 days

This traditional ski touring in the Caucasus starts not far from Dombai settlement. Staying at the comfortable hotel you’ll be able to discover places hidden from a regular ski or snowboard enthusiast. During 11 days you’ll experience amazing combination of mountain and classic ski tour. Astonishing diversity – you can go downhill skiing on numerous breathtaking slopes, including ones that were accessible only by helicopter and spend evenings in cozy hotel room feeling pleasant exhaustion of day-time activity. But most importantly you’ll climb Mount Elbrus. The main advantage of our journey is a chance to enjoy comfort even at height of 4000 m A.S.L.                                                                                                                                            

We offer accommodation in the new LeapRus3912 eco-hotel. Modular hotel built by Italian company Leap Factory has made a real breakthrough in alpine accommodation. Warm toilets, free Wi-Fi, panoramic windows, solar panels accumulated electricity – all these features will help you feel in the midst of civilized world. And only breathtaking views to the Greater Caucasus Mountain Chain will remind you that you are at the slope of Elbrus right under the clouds. The main feature of this program is possibility to visit two separate regions of Caucasus in one take – Karachay-Cherkess Republic and Kabardino-Balkar Republic, and of-course Elbrus.


Clothing and equipment required: 
• windproof jacket, down coat 
• trekking synthetic pants and warm pants, windproof pants 
• fleece sports suit 
• alpine trekking boots, alpine plastic boots (may be rented) 
• thermal underwear 
• leg warmers 
• warm gloves, upper gloves that may be worn on top of regular gloves, ski mask, hat 
• extra socks, warm socks 
• backpack for ascent (25-30 l) 
• sunglasses with protection at least 4, ski mask in case of bad weather, sunblock cream 
• headlight (extra batteries) 
• crampons (may be rented) 
• harness system,  quick link 3st. (may be rented) 
• thermos or water bottle 
• individual medical kit 
• personal hygienic belongings 

• trekking poles 


The guide has a radio on which is maintained constant communication with the rescue service of Elbrus region. 
On the mountain almost anywhere there is a mobile connection. 
Possibility of renting personal equipment; skiing and all other equipment can be also rented in Terskol. 


Arrival to the Mineralnye Vody international airport where you will meet our representative. Group transfer to Dombai settlement (3.5 hours), check in the 2-star hotel, free time. Meeting with guide, discussion of the itinerary. Walk at the hotel environs. Dinner in the hotel. For additional payment you can visit recreation center or sauna. (D)


Breakfast at the hotel. Training ascend on the Mussa-Achita Mount. Tour around Dombai peaks. From the height of 3200 m you’ll be able to see all the gorges and peaks of Dombai. Lunch in mountain café (to pay on spot). Guide will tell you legends about origin of peaks’ names, culture, history and customs of Karachai people. If weather is good you can see two-headed Elbrus among snow peaks. Hiking down to the Russian Glade or the Gonachkhir (depending on the condition of the snow). Return to the hotel, free time, dinner. (BD)


Breakfast. Car trip to the Buulyigen gorge. You’ll hike along the gorge and across the Chuchkhur pass to Dombai. Lunch. Return to the hotel, free time, dinner. (BLD)


Breakfast. Ski touring till midday. Check-out. Packing. Lunch. Transfer to the Elbrus Region. By the evening you’ll arrive in Elbrus Region, check in 3-star hotel. Dinner. For additional payment you can visit recreational center or sauna. (BLD)


Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will start acclimatization process. Ascent to Mt. Cheget (3600 m). You will use cable lift up to the second station on Mt. Cheget. Walking ascent and descent will take from 4 to 6 hours. Lunch at a café. Briefing with the guide, discussion of tomorrow’s program, check of personal equipment. At free time you may take walking tours at the area, visit Narzan valley or visit sauna (at extra fee). Dinner at the hotel. (BLD)


Breakfast at the hotel. All extra belongings should be stored at the hotel’s check-room. Transfer to Azau clearance. Cable lift will take you to Garabashi station from where you will continue walking ascent while your belongings will be lifted by a snowcat. Lunch. Ice training at Diesel Huts (2-3 hours). Dinner at the hotel. Rest. Meeting about next day’s program, preparation to the alpine zone and Pastukhov rocks. In the evening you may enjoy all the facilities of the hotel – hot shower, free Wi-Fi, comfortable sleeping benches with sleeping bags and pillows. (BLD)


Breakfast in the hotel. Rest time. This day is very important as it gives you a chance to accumulate power for the final ascent. The guide will train you for 4-5 hours how to walk in crampons, stop yourself on snow, use harnesses. After short break during early dinner you will have final briefing on ascent. The guide will check your equipment, introduce you to additional guides that will help you during ascent. Dinner at the hotel. Early bedtime. (BLD)


Ascent on Elbrus. Early wake-up at 2 a.m. At extra cost you may order a snowcat to drop you off at 5000 m. In this case the start time will be later. Ascent to western summit of Elbrus (5642m). Approximately at 3-4 p.m. you will return to the hotel. Ascent time is about 7-9 hours. Total time is about 12 hours. After descending to the hotel, you will rest and have dinner. (BLD)


If the weather at the previous day didn’t bring you good weather you will still have this reserve day for the ascent. In this case the program is the same to Day 6. Check time is 1 p.m.. After descending to the hotel, you will rest and have dinner. (BLD)

DAY 10

Breakfast. Descend to Terskol village, to Azau clearance, check-in at *** hotel. Turn-up of rented equipment. If you were lucky to ascent the previous day then by noon you will descend to the foot and have an extra day for some rest. At extra cost you may visit Chegem waterfalls, visit Vladimir Vysotsky museum, enjoy horse tours. Lunch at the hotel. Rest. Free time. Banquet and farewell party in the evening. (BLD)

DAY 11

Breakfast. Group transfer to the airport railway station of Mineralnye Vody. End of the program. (B)


B- breakfast, L – lunch, D - dinner

The order of the excursions might be changed and some excursions might be changed for equivalent.
Price per person, EUR
DATES 1 2 4 6 8 10
All dates 1025 EUR
  • -Group transfer Mineralnye Vody– Dombay- Terskol – Mineralnye Vody;

    -All group transfers in the program;

    -DBL accommodation in the hotel (4 nights);

    -sleeping bed in eco-hotel “LeapRus3912” on the mountain (6 nights);

    -full board (buffet breakfast and dinner, hot meals+lunch bags in LeapRus, banquet);

    -cable lifts for acclimatization trekking;

    -rental of group equipment;

    -mountain guide service (1 ascent attempt);

    -additional guides for the ascent (1 for 3 people);

    -snowcat luggage delivery to Leaprus;

    -safety precautions (registration in Emergency bureau, radio, medical kit)


Not included
  • -Tickets to/from Mineralnye Vody;

    -rental of personal equipment;

    -accommodation in different type of rooms;

    -snowcat service for acclimatization trekking and ascent;

    -luggage delivery at cable lifts;

    -national park “Prielbrusie” entrance fee (about 1000 RUR to pay on spot);

    -any changes on the program that lead to extra expenditures;

    -alcoholic beverages;


    -horse and helicopter tours;

    -individual transfers;

    -additional excursions;

    -individual mountain and ski guide services;

    -professional photo and video record.



    1. All the costs are valid at the date of publication and are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking.
    2. Entrance fee for Prielbrusie National Park is not fixed now. That's why it is not included to tour package price but clients should be ready to pay this sum (about 1000 RUR) on spot if it would be fixed by local authorities.    
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