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Travel Guide to North Ossetia: Big Capital, Bigger Culture, Biggest Mountains

In the already unique North Caucasus Mountains of Russia, the republic of North Ossetia stands out as one of the more (if not most) unique places to visit in this corner of the world.  Consider this.  North Ossetia is the only republic in the North Caucasus that: -Has linguistic ties to Persia/Iran -Where Islam is not the primary religion, and where traditional/pagan religion is still alive -Home to the only road from Russia into the country of Georgia through the …

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Russia Tourism in 2021 – Covid Updates

One of the moments from 2020 that will forever be etched in my memory was in early March, when borders around the world were being “temporarily” closed on a daily basis.  My tour colleague Josh turned to me in our Russia office and said, “We could have every tour for 2020 canceled.”  My heart dropped into my stomach as I tried to brush off his statement as too farfetched…and now here we are in December, with all 2020 tours indeed …

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Travel Guide to Dagestan: Welcome to Russia’s Wild West!

As often is the case with off-the-beaten-path destinations around the world, they can be well-known by foreigners for all the wrong reasons.  Dagestan is a great example of this.  In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Dagestan began registering on foreigners’ radars because of the spillover of the Chechen wars into the region.  Then, once things stabilized post-war, Dagestan’s wrestlers hit the international scene, reaching its pinnacle when Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Irishman Conor MacGregor for the UFC world championship in …

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Travel Guide to Chechnya: Mosques and Mountains!

Chechnya is one of the few places in the North Caucasus that most foreigners have heard of before.  Especially due to the wars in the region in the 1990s and early 2000s, the word “Chechnya” has stuck in people’s memories, most often with negative connotations of being dangerous and unstable.  The present reality, though, is that the security situation has really stabilized, and the number of domestic and foreign tourists traveling to Chechnya continues to grow each year.  Maybe you …

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More Than a Climb: 10 Fun Facts about Mt Elbrus

Within the international climbing community, Mt. Elbrus is well-known as Europe’s highest peak, or one of the 7 Summits.  But how well-known is it outside of the climbing community?  In my experience, not very!  There are actually lots of interesting historical and cultural tidbits about Mt. Elbrus that touch many facets of life you may already be familiar with.  It’s more than just a mountain to climb!  Enjoy this article about Mt. Elbrus, for climbers and non-climbers alike!  1)  Highest …

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Your Travel Guide to Ingushetia: Land of the Towers!

They say that good things come in small packages.  This is definitely the case with Ingushetia!  Despite being Russia’s smallest state, Ingushetia is well-worth a visit for its beautiful mountain landscapes, ancient towers, and unique cultural traditions.  Keep reading for everything you need to know about visiting this hidden gem of the North Caucasus! 1. How do I get there? Even though you may have never heard of Ingushetia, that doesn’t mean it’s difficult to get to.  Actually, you may …

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South Route or North Route? Comparing the two routes to Mt. Elbrus’s Summit

Every summer, thousands of foreigners flood into the Caucasus Mountains of Russia to climb Mt. Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak.  At first glance, the obvious route to climb is the South Route, the most popular of options among climbers (i.e. 80-90% of climbers choose the South Route).  With that being said, the North Route is growing in popularity because of its more remote feel and being 100% on foot.  So, which route should you take?  Let’s compare and contrast and see …

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How to train to climb Mount Elbrus – Fitness, Endurance and Altitude

We are often asked the questions: “What is the best way to train for Mount Elbrus?” or “How can I train for climbing Mount Elbrus while living at low elevation?”  Most climbers have heard that high altitude is one of the greatest challenges of climbing Mount Elbrus. Therefore, they want to know how to train for this challenge specifically. Many know that living at a higher elevation, like in the Rockies or Cascades, which reach 14,000 feet, can be a …

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Visual Gear List for Mount Elbrus

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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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Russia Tourism in 2021 – Covid Updates

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