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Light trekking in the north and south of the Elbrus region

Trekking  +  walking
Trekking + walking
Tour details
Destinations: Mineralnye Vody, Mount Elbrus
Guide language: English
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Type of activity: trekking
Dates for 2018: on request
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights
Region: Russia (Stavropol Krai, Kabardino-Balkar republic)
Difficulty: good physical shape isn’t necessary
Minimal age: 14+
Group: 6 to 12 people
Service: Medium comfort



We invite trekking enthusiasts to the unique area at the foot of mount Elbrus. This one-week programme is designed for you to experience full beauty of the highest mountain in Europe, snow fields, mountain lakes, waterfalls, mineral water springs, peace, unusual landscape, unpolluted nature.

During our tour you will visit hot mineral waters valley of Dzhily-Su, stone “mushrooms”, waterfalls, plateaus. There are few tourists and no hotels, cable ways or cafes in the north of the Elbrus Region. During our tour you will stay in the fixed camp with café, outdoor shower and WC. This accommodation allows us to get proper recreation without carrying heavy backpacks on daily trips.

After the tour around the north of the Elbrus region our SUVs will take you to the south where you will see not only “civilized” cable ways, multiple restaurants, cozy hotels and entertainment. South of the Elbrus region is highlands of Kabardino-Balkar republic known for its snow caps, glaciers, mineral springs, lakes, roaring rivers and crystal clear waterfalls. Our skilled guides will take you to medium peaks where you will be able to enjoy the view of Elbrus.



  • Itinerary
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Day 1

Arrival to the International MineralnyeVody Airport, meeting with the representative of the tour operator.Group transfer to Kislovodsk.Checking in the three stars hotel, spare time. Lunch is not included. Meeting with the guide and walking tour around the famous Kislovodsk Park. First you will go up the cable way to see the magnificent view of Elbrus from the viewpoint at 1350 meters height. Then you will go down through the Park, past the Mirror pound and chiming Olkhovka river with “Lady’s whim” bridge. You will have an opportunity to taste three types of Kislovodsk mineral springs in the Main Drinking Gallery and we will finish our tour at the Main Mineral Water Baths. You will have a supper on your own in one of numerous cafes of Kislovodsk’s Kurortny boulevard.(Stroll -4 hours, overall walking part is about 5 hours, altitude shift – 560 meters)

Day 2

Breakfast, checking out from the hotel. You will go for a jeep tour with guide to the north of the Elbrus Region. You will visit Bermamyt plateau (2600 m), the highest point of Rocky ridge. This is confirmed by the height of Low Bermamyt mountain (2642 meters above sea level). From this point you will see splendid view of Elbrus, which is only 20 kilometers away. You will be astounded by the splendor of unspoilt nature and eagles and vultures flying by in the endless sky. Lunch to go, hot tea. In the evening you will arrive to the base camp in the Emanuel Glade (2500 m). Supper. Travelers will stay in fixed camping tents, two in each tent. Tents equipped with trestle-beds, ground pads, sleeping bags with cotton bedding, table, bedside chest, electric light. On the secure territory of the camp you will find outdoor shower, WC, café.

(Ride – 6 hours, altitude shift – 1700 meters)

Day 3

After brunch our experienced guide will take you to magnificent waterfalls Sultan and Karakyan-Su, you also will taste white Narzan, mineral water of Dzhily-Su springs. You will even have an opportunity to take a Narzan bath.

These springs are located on the north slope of Elbrus at 2380 meters height on the bank of Malka river. Malka is a large feeder of the Terek, that has rich greeneries on its banks. It starts in ice fields of Elbrus. Its left borer is northern cliff of Elbrus with Kyzylkaya peak, and left one is Kyrtyk gorge and northern cliff of Balyk peak. The main summit of Caucasus is towering above its neighbors who seem like hills next to Elbrus. Mineral baths of Dzhily-Su were used for centuries to energize the body and calm the mind, stimulate blood circulation and heart activity. Lunch to go. Return to base camp, spare time. Supper.(Trip time is 4 hours, about 4 kilometers, altitude shift is 100 meters).

Day 4

Breakfast. Today you will take a training trip to the amazing rock formation, “Stone mushrooms” (2800 m). Their height is 2-3 meters in average. However you can see pillars that go up to 5 meters. They look as mysterious and impressive as famous British Stonehenge. In fact these mushrooms are ash formation processed by wind.You will go through former German runway, with moon-like landscape around. This trip will take 5-6 hours, lunch to go. Return to the base camp, spare time. Supper.(5-6 hours trip, altitude shift 750 meters).

Day 5

After breakfast you will climb to the mountain shelter “Teply stan” (3800 m). It has below zero temperature even in summer at the height of 3800 meters above the sea level. North part is a vast plateau that goes as far as dozens of kilometers. Wild canyons of Malka can be compared with Rocky Mountains of North America.This will not be an easy trip, although thanks to the experience of the guide and elaborate stops plan, you will successfully make it to the top and enjoy your hot lunch in the shelter. Dinner. (5-6 hours trip, altitude shift is 1300 meters).

Day 6

Breakfast. Descend to the Emmauel Glade camp, lunch. Spare time. Packing. Transfer to Kislovodsk, checking in the hotel, dinner.(4-5 hours trip, altitude shift is 1300 meters).

Day 7

Breakfast.Jeep transfer to the south Elbrus region. Taking a look at the beauty of surrounding landscape you will continue to your destination, Baksan gorge. Ahead you will find only purest mountain air and calm of pine forest. Lunch to go. At the evening you check in the three star hotel, free time. Hotel is located on the height of 2200 meters above the sea level. Dinner at the hotel on your own.(70 kilometers trip).

South part of the tour

Day 8

After breakfast you will go through a briefing on the itinerary. If necessary, you can rent the required equipment. You will go to Cheget mountain (3600 metres). Having been lifted by funicular to the Ai viewpoint (2700 meters) you will continue your journey by foot (to 3000 meters height). You will observe stunning views of Elbrus and other peaks of Grand Caucasus from sky decks. Lunch in a café. Free time.Descending to Cheget clearance. A big market with souvenirs is located here. You will be able to purchase something to remember this unforgettable trip. Arrival to the hotel. Rest. Dinner. Spare time.(5 hours trip, distance covered – 3 kilometers, altitude shift – 900 meters).

Day 9

Breakfast. Trekking to Observatory (3000m ASL) via Maiden's Braids waterfall. This route takes 6 hours. It starts at the foot of Terskol peak in the same-named village and winds up to the waterfall. Along the way you will see high-altitude zones - as you go higher you will notice how landscape and flora changes. You start you trip in forest and ascent to alpine meadows. The unique features of the route are so-called bazalt Pencils. At the end of the route you will enjoy the waterfall that consists of hundreds of streams. Lunch box. Return to the hotel. Rest. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 10

After breakfast transfer will take you to Adyr-su gorge for a light trekking. This gorge doesn’t have direct entrance. Thin path leads to special elevator from the highway, where the cars are lifted, passengers go by stairs. This inaccessibility prevents from excessive crowd and occasional visitors. It helped preserve the wildlife here untouched. Here one can go down from alpine meadows to the forest where mountain goats and bears roam through the thick of the bushes. Forest grows thinner as you go up, it becomes alpine meadow and then snow caps, glaciers and steep rocks.

Here you may pick some berries and mushrooms. Lunch to go. Return to the hotel, dinner on your own . In the evening you can visit bowling club for additional payment.

(5 hours trip, distance 4 kilometers, altitude shift 2000 meters).

Day 11

Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer will take you to Azau glade. You’ll go up the cableway to the station Gara-Bashi (3750 m.). Trek up to the Priyut 11 station or higher according to physical abilities of the group. In case you need some additional equipment on this stage you can always rent it. For additional payment you can use snowcat. Lunch to go. This is considerable height that requires your best attention and following all the guide’s instructions. Way up takes 4-5 hours. Return to the hotel. Dinner. (5 hours trip, distance 4 kilometers, altitude shift 2000 meters).

Day 12

Breakfast. Group transfer to the airport MineralnyeVody, departure. An individual transfer can be arranged (surcharge).

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Day 1 Arrival to the International MineralnyeVody Airport, meeting with the representative of the tour operator.Group transfer to Kislovodsk.Checking in the three stars hotel, spare time. Lunch is not included. Meeting with the guide and walking tour around the famous Kislovodsk Park. First you will go up the cable way to see the magnificent view of Elbrus from the viewpoint at 1350 meters height. Then you will go down through the Park, past the Mirror pound and chiming Olkhovka river with “Lady’s whim” bridge. You will have an opportunity to taste three types of Kislovodsk mineral springs in the Main Drinking Gallery and we will finish our tour at the Main Mineral Water Baths. You will have a supper on your own in one of numerous cafes of Kislovodsk’s Kurortny boulevard.(Stroll -4 hours, overall walking part is about 5 hours, altitude shift – 560 meters) Day 2 Breakfast, checking out from the hotel. You will go for a jeep tour with guide to the north of the Elbrus Region. You will visit Bermamyt plateau (2600 m), the highest point of Rocky ridge. This is confirmed by the height of Low Bermamyt mountain (2642 meters above sea level). From this point you will see splendid view of Elbrus, which is only 20 kilometers away. You will be astounded by the splendor of unspoilt nature and eagles and vultures flying by in the endless sky. Lunch to go, hot tea. In the evening you will arrive to the base camp in the Emanuel Glade (2500 m). Supper. Travelers will stay in fixed camping tents, two in each tent. Tents equipped with trestle-beds, ground pads, sleeping bags with cotton bedding, table, bedside chest, electric light. On the secure territory of the camp you will find outdoor shower, WC, café. (Ride – 6 hours, altitude shift – 1700 meters) Day 3 After brunch our experienced guide will take you to magnificent waterfalls Sultan and Karakyan-Su, you also will taste white Narzan, mineral water of Dzhily-Su springs. You will even have an opportunity to take a Narzan bath. These springs are located on the north slope of Elbrus at 2380 meters height on the bank of Malka river. Malka is a large feeder of the Terek, that has rich greeneries on its banks. It starts in ice fields of Elbrus. Its left borer is northern cliff of Elbrus with Kyzylkaya peak, and left one is Kyrtyk gorge and northern cliff of Balyk peak. The main summit of Caucasus is towering above its neighbors who seem like hills next to Elbrus. Mineral baths of Dzhily-Su were used for centuries to energize the body and calm the mind, stimulate blood circulation and heart activity. Lunch to go. Return to base camp, spare time. Supper.(Trip time is 4 hours, about 4 kilometers, altitude shift is 100 meters). Day 4 Breakfast. Today you will take a training trip to the amazing rock formation, “Stone mushrooms” (2800 m). Their height is 2-3 meters in average. However you can see pillars that go up to 5 meters. They look as mysterious and impressive as famous British Stonehenge. In fact these mushrooms are ash formation processed by wind.You will go through former German runway, with moon-like landscape around. This trip will take 5-6 hours, lunch to go. Return to the base camp, spare time. Supper.(5-6 hours trip, altitude shift 750 meters). Day 5 After breakfast you will climb to the mountain shelter “Teply stan” (3800 m). It has below zero temperature even in summer at the height of 3800 meters above the sea level. North part is a vast plateau that goes as far as dozens of kilometers. Wild canyons of Malka can be compared with Rocky Mountains of North America.This will not be an easy trip, although thanks to the experience of the guide and elaborate stops plan, you will successfully make it to the top and enjoy your hot lunch in the shelter. Dinner. (5-6 hours trip, altitude shift is 1300 meters). Day 6 Breakfast. Descend to the Emmauel Glade camp, lunch. Spare time. Packing. Transfer to Kislovodsk, checking in the hotel, dinner.(4-5 hours trip, altitude shift is 1300 meters). Day 7 Breakfast.Jeep transfer to the south Elbrus region. Taking a look at the beauty of surrounding landscape you will continue to your destination, Baksan gorge. Ahead you will find only purest mountain air and calm of pine forest. Lunch to go. At the evening you check in the three star hotel, free time. Hotel is located on the height of 2200 meters above the sea level. Dinner at the hotel on your own.(70 kilometers trip). South part of the tour Day 8 After breakfast you will go through a briefing on the itinerary. If necessary, you can rent the required equipment. You will go to Cheget mountain (3600 metres). Having been lifted by funicular to the Ai viewpoint (2700 meters) you will continue your journey by foot (to 3000 meters height). You will observe stunning views of Elbrus and other peaks of Grand Caucasus from sky decks. Lunch in a café. Free time.Descending to Cheget clearance. A big market with souvenirs is located here. You will be able to purchase something to remember this unforgettable trip. Arrival to the hotel. Rest. Dinner. Spare time.(5 hours trip, distance covered – 3 kilometers, altitude shift – 900 meters). Day 9 Breakfast. Trekking to Observatory (3000m ASL) via Maiden's Braids waterfall. This route takes 6 hours. It starts at the foot of Terskol peak in the same-named village and winds up to the waterfall. Along the way you will see high-altitude zones - as you go higher you will notice how landscape and flora changes. You start you trip in forest and ascent to alpine meadows. The unique features of the route are so-called bazalt Pencils. At the end of the route you will enjoy the waterfall that consists of hundreds of streams. Lunch box. Return to the hotel. Rest. Dinner at the hotel. Day 10 After breakfast transfer will take you to Adyr-su gorge for a light trekking. This gorge doesn’t have direct entrance. Thin path leads to special elevator from the highway, where the cars are lifted, passengers go by stairs. This inaccessibility prevents from excessive crowd and occasional visitors. It helped preserve the wildlife here untouched. Here one can go down from alpine meadows to the forest where mountain goats and bears roam through the thick of the bushes. Forest grows thinner as you go up, it becomes alpine meadow and then snow caps, glaciers and steep rocks. Here you may pick some berries and mushrooms. Lunch to go. Return to the hotel, dinner on your own . In the evening you can visit bowling club for additional payment. (5 hours trip, distance 4 kilometers, altitude shift 2000 meters). Day 11 Breakfast in the hotel. Transfer will take you to Azau glade. You’ll go up the cableway to the station Gara-Bashi (3750 m.). Trek up to the Priyut 11 station or higher according to physical abilities of the group. In case you need some additional equipment on this stage you can always rent it. For additional payment you can use snowcat. Lunch to go. This is considerable height that requires your best attention and following all the guide’s instructions. Way up takes 4-5 hours. Return to the hotel. Dinner. (5 hours trip, distance 4 kilometers, altitude shift 2000 meters). Day 12 Breakfast. Group transfer to the airport MineralnyeVody, departure. An individual transfer can be arranged (surcharge).
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Sun Trek
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