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Climbing Elbrus and Kilimanjaro: How the First 2 of the Seven Summits compare

***Article written by Kevin Abernethy from the USA, avid mountain climber and adventurer Any climbers pursuing the goal of climbing the Seven Summits will find themselves traveling to regions of the world they may have never previously heard of, let alone thought about traveling to.  Although there is no mandated order in which the Seven Summits must be climbed, many climbers elect to start with Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro based on its relative ease of accessibility and the mountain’s reputation for …

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Is the drive to Mt. Elbrus safe?

One of the first things you’ll notice, as you begin planning for your Mt. Elbrus trip, are some pretty serious travel warnings. And not just to the greater North Caucasus region, but specifically referring to the drive to Mt. Elbrus. What are you to make of all this? Is it as dangerous and risky as you’ve read? Should you postpone your trip until things “cool down”? Or do the travel warnings not line up with present-day reality in 2019? Read …

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4 Reasons to Travel to the North Caucasus instead of Italy

Off the beaten path in Europe: 4 reasons why you should travel to the North Caucasus instead of Italy If you are planning an overseas trip in the near future, odds are it’s to somewhere in Europe…..right? A large % of the world’s travel money is spent in Europe, and understandably so, with its vital place in world history. In 2018, six of the world’s top ten most visited countries were in Europe, including: 1. France – 86+ million visitors …

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Top 11 Things You Should Do After Climbing Mt. Elbrus

If you’re like many climbers from around the world, Mt. Elbrus is on your bucket list to summit. Whether or not you have a goal of climbing the world’s 7 summits, you are like many thousands of Russians and foreigners who descend on the Caucasus Mountains every year to conquer this beautiful peak. Many climbers are single-minded and come to the “Caucasus” with one goal in mind: conquer Elbrus and go home. But if you’re like others, you want to …

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4 Myths about Travel to Russia in 2019

This is the year. 2019. It’s the year to get over the hump and travel to Russia. You’ve considered it for years. There are so many “Yes, but…” moments that have been holding you back, though. Here are 4 commonly-held myths about travel to Russia that we want to alleviate for you. It’s time to get over the hump! 1) MYTH #1 – IT’S TOO DANGEROUS – Whether due to strained political relationships between governments, or negative media coverage, many …

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Climbing Elbrus in Style: LEAPRus Barrel Huts at 3,912 meters

You’re well on your way to conquering the 7 summits. You’ve already climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa. Maybe you’ve summited Aconcagua in South America and Denali in Alaska too. Regardless of what order you do them in, the road to the 7th summit Everest, always goes through Mt. Elbrus, Europe’s highest mountain. You’ve probably read up on some of the unique characteristics of Mt. Elbrus. It’s in Russia, specifically the North Caucasus Mountains. It’s a dormant volcano. As a part of …

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Your Travel Guide To The North Caucasus Mountains of Russia

So, if you are reading this article right now, you probably found it on Google by searching something like “Travel North Caucasus” or “Tourism North Caucasus”. So, you at least know something about the region, and were actively seeking information about travel here. But, let’s be honest, how many people actually know where the North Caucasus is or even what it is? Even for those who have heard the words “North Caucasus” in the news or another context, this region …

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Is The North Caucasus Safe?

With all the different events going on in the world today, an obvious thing to consider before you travel is the safety of the country you will be in. HOW SAFE IS THE RUSSIAN CAUCASUS RIGHT NOW? From our years of experience, we have found that it is highly unlikely that you will be put in any danger in the North Caucasus region of Russia. Our two American representatives on the ground have lived a combined 9 years in the …

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7 Things You Should Know Before Climbing Mt. Elbrus

“Trusted tips from an experienced mountain guide” So, you have heard the call of the mountains and want to climb Mount Elbrus? The allure of this mountain, standing at 5642 meters (18,510 feet), draws thousands every year, seeking to ascend to its snowy heights. It is the highest mountain in Europe, making it one of the famed “7 Summits” (the name used to refer to the highest mountain on each of the 7 continents). Whether you are still considering this …

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Travel Tips Russia

What do I need to know? APPLY FOR YOUR VISA Every visitor to Russia needs a visa. The visa application process takes time and money, but is worth it in the end! We highly recommend going through a trusted processing company who will make sure that your application is filled out correctly and everything is done right. There are many companies that process Russian visas, but Beyond Red Square has its own private visa processing partner: LetsRussia. We even have …

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