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Travel Tips to Kabardino-Balkaria: More than Mt. Elbrus!

If you’ve traveled to the North Caucasus before, there is a good chance you’ve already been to Kabardino-Balkaria, and you didn’t even know it!  Kabardino-Balkaria lies in the center of the North Caucasus region, is home to Mt. Elbrus, but more than that is a treasure chest of travel possibilities.  Here is our guide to traveling through the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, or 9 travel tips to this beautiful land: 1. How do I get there? Kabardino-Balkaria hosts a large number …

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Is Mt. Elbrus a Technical Climb?

Mount Elbrus, the crown jewel of the Caucasus Mountain Range, is the highest peak in Europe, making it one of the coveted 7 summits. It is often the second of the Seven Summits attempted by climbers (Mt. Kilamanjaro in Africa being the first) and considered one of the “easiest”. A quick glance at any picture of the mountain, however, will quickly clue you in that the word “easy” in reference to one of the Seven Summits is a relative term. …

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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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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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Russia Travel Tips

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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More than the Kremlin: 6 days in Moscow & St. Petersburg

***Bob and Jana Cash were Beyond Red Square’s first repeat clients to Russia, visiting the North Caucasus in Summer 2019 and returning in 2020 to explore Moscow & St. Petersburg (along with their son who is studying Russian in-country!).  Read further for a play-by-play from Jana, to see if Russia has more to offer than just Red Square and the Kremlin.  Would this trip be a bust? Just weeks prior to departure, half of the journey fell through due to …

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Mother/Son Trip of a Lifetime

This past June, American Dawn Barberi and her 17-yr. old son Connor had an incredible shared experience, climbing Mt. Elbrus and then touring St. Petersburg & Moscow together.  Read further to hear about their experiences from Dawn, in her own words: Q: So what’s the story behind you and Connor deciding to climb Europe’s highest peak together? A: A bit about us.  My oldest son Connor (17 yrs. old) would be graduating from high school in June 2019, and leaving …

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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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