Excursions to Elbrus – Explore Nalchik and the Elbrus Region
Available June 15 through September 15 = 5 nights/5 days
$1,055/person for 3-6 passengers
$950/person for 7-14 passengers
$845/person for 15+ passengers
Activity Level Moderate
Take a road trip with us to some of our favorite locations within and around the capital city of Nalchik in the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. This charming city situated in the majestic Caucasus Mountain Range will be your home base for a week-long adventure of paragliding, bike-riding, hiking, zip-lining, rock-climbing and rappelling.
The parks, markets and other local amenities of Nalchik retain clear traces of the Republic’s ancient and folk traditions while the city is currently undergoing gradual transformation with cultural influences from both Moscow and the West. The convenient, comfortable and modern accommodation in center city Nalchik allows each tourist to check out the best eateries, cafes, shops and the soccer stadium to cheer on the Nalchik Spartans (if during the summer or fall season)!
Venture out of the capital city and into the local villages in order to step further into ancient and historic lands where for centuries scores of empires and nations have converged and created a society in the rugged mountains that’s absolutely unique to Russia. Remember this won’t be a conventional sight-seeing tour. We’ll take you to beautiful areas of the Republic where even many locals haven’t been to, and we’ll explore in style – in the air, by cliffs, by zipline and by foot and 4-wheel drive when necessary.
The last leg of the tour is at Pre-Elbrus – one of the largest ski resorts in Russia. We’ll take you around the base of the mountain and also give you a chance to ride up the gondolas to where the snow and ice will be within reach even during the summer. Come check out the highest peak in Europe from below and decide for yourself if summiting Mount Elbrus is going to be your next summer adventure!
* Except for travel days, meals and unlimited water are included in the expense of this tour package.
** Tips are expected for guides and translators (represents additional expense to tourists – approximately $10/day.)
*** Tips for drivers and servers are appropriate according to the quality of service provided.
Including, but not limited to, recommended flight schedules, airport information, step-by-step visa application guide, seasonal advice, and local expertise
All Tour Transportation
Registration in Russia
Cultural Exchange Talent Costs (when applicable)
Gondola fee (when applicable)
Gift bags (including snacks and gifts)
RU Visa & Processing – $430/tourist (3-year, multi-entry)
Travel Insurance – $30/tourist ($3/day)
Airfare – $1,600
Not Included Total – $2,060
15+ Pax. Tour Cost – $845
Estimated Total Cost – $2,905
Evening arrival (fly into MinVody airport, transfer to Nalchik for accommodations)
Moscow is the gateway city for passengers entering Russia. From any of Moscow’s airports you can find connections to your destination airport – Mineral Waters (MRV). You will transfer from MRV to Nalchik and accommodate at the Grand Caucasus Hotel.
Visit central park, Sesruko, goat market, culture exch. 1 (Nalchik accommodations)
After sleeping off your jet lag, you’ll casually spend your first day in Nalchik’s central park. Sight-see Sesruko monument (accessible by chair lift), purchase hand-made wool products at the goat market, and enjoy cultural music and dance in the evening.
Upper Balkaria, scenic canyon walk, Blue Lake, hot springs (Nalchik accommodations)
Travel to the mountain village of Upper Balkaria and explore its ancient ruins. On the way back leisurely walk the scenic “old road” (1 km) alongside the Cherek Canyon, shop alongside Blue Lake pathways, and take a dip in the local hot springs at Aushiger.
Chegem waterfalls, mausoleums, culture exch. 2, paragliding (Nalchik accommodations)
Sight-see upper and lower Chegem waterfalls and ancient mausoleums on the way to your cultural exchange with fellow adventures at the paradrome. For an additional 3,000 Rubles (approx. $50) soar above the eagles for 25 minutes under a parachute.
Gedmish waterfall, Haibasha & Kundolen, culture exch. 3 (overnight in Kundolen village)
Road trip for two hours to behold Gedmish Waterfall (the locals have dubbed it Avatar Waterfall). After lunch, explore the villages of Haibasha and Kundolen before overnighting with a family in their village home! Of course, music and dance come first.
Gondola up Mt. Elbrus, evening departure (fly out of MinVody airport)
After a hearty breakfast, excursion to Mt. Elbrus (Europe’s highest peak) and ride the gondola up to over 10,000 ft. above sea level. After viewing the region from on high, you will transfer back to Mineral Waters (MRV) airport for an evening departure.