Russian Mountain Holidays
Russian Mountain Holidays
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
65+ years of Ultimate Mount Elbrus (5642m) Guiding Experience. Delivering Exclusive Guided Climbing Expeditions to Mount Elbrus in Russia. Since 1953. RMH is a family-owned and operated business, and in the third generation, Vitaly Stegno proudly continues the man’s work of my great-grandfather – Pal Phil, the Snow Leopard and the climbing legend of the USSR. Thanks to RMH's signature family-style personal approach, deepest local knowledge and expertise, international western guiding standards, and decades of guiding experience on Elbrus, we proudly deliver the highest possible quality on our Mount Elbrus climbing tours in a small 8-guest group format. We pay attention to all the tiny details behind the scene because for us - they matter. RMH is way more than just Mount Elbrus Guiding. It’s all about the people who are behind.
Terskol, Kabardino-Balkar Republic, Russia

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Will Tucker
Hereford, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
First class in every possible sense. Incredibly welcoming and friendly. Extremely comfortable log cabins. Felt like We had the nicest accommodation in the region. Convenient distance from the mountain and the best restaurants. Wouldn't look any further if I was looking for somewhere to stay in the Elbrus region. Guides were first class!!
Written 28 October 2021
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HoboTravelling
Southampton, UK38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Solo
Amazing company was so lucky to visit with them ! Will definitely come back in the future and would recommend to anyone!
Written 3 June 2021
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Mike
Moscow, Russia36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Family
Please is still not well know for civilozation ,but in year or two I think will be crowded. At moment they dont have good service hotels and restaurants but there is couple places with good service
Recommend !!!
Written 10 January 2021
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Hello! Vitaly Stegno here. RMH Senior Mountain Guide and owner. Thank you very much for visiting and writing a review! Yes, the Caucasus is still a wild place in terms of top-level hotels and western standard services, but we keep working hard at Russian Mountain Holidays to make the Caucasus and Mount Elbrus easier to visit for all international guests and a more western standard services place. It's been a pleasure having you here in the Caucasus and please, come back in summer to climb Mount Elbrus! All the very Best! Cheers, Vitaly Stegno | RMH Senior Mountain Guide
Written 20 January 2021
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JamesExploring
Missouri, USA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I got lucky choosing RMH! After scouring reviews and forums about guide companies and Elbrus, I made a short list of the most recommended companies. Russian Mountain Holidays (RMH) kept appearing in positive reviews, but I was concerned about having US/European standard for safety, comfort, language, etc. As it turns out, RMH has all of this covered and so much more.

Immediately, I noticed how responsive and helpful was the RHM owner and lead guide, Vitaly. He called me from Russia when I had some questions and he told me that although many other guide companies will book you (and collect your money) for mid-September climbs, there is a high likelihood that these climbs will be unsuccessful due to weather. So he recommended I schedule before September.

This high level of personal attention, service and safety from RMH continued for the rest of my climb. They were exceptional; they anticipate your needs and take care of everything –transportation from the airport, fantastic lodging in Terskol (a private room with private toilet and shower), and delicious meals from top restaurants. On the mountain, their heated lodge has 24-hr electricity, an indoor kitchen and dining hall, a bar with televisions, and ample space for gear. By far, it’s the nicest accommodation I’ve experienced climbing a major summit, and certainly the most comfortable option available on this mountain. I met plenty of climbers with other guide companies who paid more and got much less!

In fact, it was surprising that so many US and European guide companies sacrifice on comfort, quality, and experience (e.g., cheap accommodations, meals, toilet facilities, etc.). Sure you probably will be safe with these other companies, but you might literally sleep with rats. (Tip: Avoid the barrels!) Most of the western guide companies use local guides anyway and take a cut. Their local guides are competent but these companies have no skin in the game. Just ask them who they use locally, what hotel will you have in Terskol or Pyatigorsk (then read its reviews of that hotel), or what will their lodgings be like on the mountain. And to any Americans, Canadians, or Europeans reading this – look at the reviews for RMH.

I picked RMH because the great reviews, and I can’t say enough positive things about my experience with them. But the best part, which I didn’t expect was the RMH guides and Vitaly. All I wanted was to safely summit the mountain. What I got was lifelong friendships and a wealth of stories! If you’re coming all the way to Russia, do it the right way with RMH and get the full experience. – You will thank me!
Written 26 December 2019
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James! My friend! Vitaly Stegno here! So good to hear from you and thank you so much for such an amazing, warm, and detailed review! We appreciate it so much! This means everything! It was an absolutely fantastic week for us as guides as well, guiding you guys up to the top of Mount Elbrus! You were the greatest team ever! Lots of fun and wonderful memories! I wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I hope you are good and happy and having an amazing time with your family and friends! It will be fantastic to see you again one day in the nearest future! Anytime you are in Mother Russia, just let me know! We keep in touch! And I wish you all the very best things and great success on all your future climbs! Stay safe my friend and keep exploring the world! Your friends - RMH Crew, Vitaly Stegno | RMH Owner & Lead Guide
Written 29 December 2019
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gslogar
Montreal, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
PRO ! RMH are on top of everything. POINT! From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after. To organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding those guys are very attentive to clients needs. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. But with RMH adopting international standards of services you rapidly feel in good hands. I would highly recommande Vitaly, RMH CEO, and is team to anyone who desire to climb Elbrus. At last, having the CEO of the compagnie avalable all time ... is more then I ever expected.
Written 20 September 2019
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Adam2988
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
After climbing Kilimanjaro in 2017 I was longing for my next adventure and Elbrus for many reasons was on top of that list. Being a resident in Dubai I researched and got in touch multiple climb operators local and international. But out of all the companies Russian Mountain Holidays stood out for multiple reasons.
• Communication – From the onset RMH has been the most responsive of all the companies I contacted. Be it at high camp at 3850 meters or while in the valley RMH answered all of my questions promptly and clearly.
• Product – RMH takes pride in their product and does not cut corners when it comes to quality of food, lodging, airport transfers or equipment rental. They offered nothing but the best to their clients.
• Price – Yes, one can climb Elbrus paying 900 Euros and onwards or possibly cheaper if trying to climb on your own. However if you are looking at a guiding company and a provider who gives your money’s worth I can vouch for RMH and the price point matched the level of service.
• Guides – They make all the difference on the climb. On summit night I have seen groups with a climber to guide ratio of 5:1 or more but RMH ensures a 3:1 ratio on summit night. The guides were fun , spoke good English and were great leaders.
• Vitaly Stegno – I left this for the very end but this livewire CEO of RMH is an amazing human, mountain guide, singer, MARRIED and a father of one (Sorry bro) who comes from a family of pioneers in Elbrus mountaineering. He left no stone unturned in taking care of his clents.
To sum up, I came to RMH as a client but left as a member of the family. Look no further .. They run this game !
Written 17 September 2019
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TomDavidson
United Kingdom2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Vitaly & the team at RMH run a slick, world class operation which is that was well thought out and planned from the get go. Vitaly and the guides all spoke excellent English and were very knowledgeable & experienced. Group sizes were kept small to ensure each member was properly looked after, and dynamic enough to be able to adapt plans as and when needed - having the advantage and local connections due to growing up in the area they are well respected and able to make anything possible. I would recommend RMH as the only hiking company to climb with in the area, I will definitely be going back and wouldn't consider anyone else.
Written 16 September 2019
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The Bonnybank Inn Team
Edinburgh, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Vitaly can only be described as someone who makes it happen. I made contact with him a month before I decided to go and he was excellent. Very good communication skills, sending me voice messages and keeping me up to speed with everything.
When I arrived he was there at Vody Airport and I met some of my brilliant team mates. Matt Damon, Canadian & Aussie, our crazy Chinese crew were also there on arrival. The 6 days that followed were unreal, we had so much fun, we learnt new skills, everything was covered. Absolutely no issues from start to finish. I don't actually know what else to say other than if you're thinking about going to Elbrus then the only option is RMH. I don't review much but honestly this is the best trip I've been on. Also worth noting I have been to Elbrus before with a UK based company and it wasn't even close to this. Happy for you to contact me directly for detailed specifics on RMH.
Written 15 September 2019
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Kamil S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I had an incredible experience climbing Mount Elbrus with RMH. Vitaly could not have been a better host. From the moment I first reached out, until the moment I landed back home, Vitaly was there every step of the way to answer my questions and make sure I had everything I needed for a successful climb.

From the moment I arrived, I was treated not like a customer, but like a brother. Every aspect of the trip was fantastic. In addition to an amazing climb, Vitaly and George, the lead guide for our group, offered us an incredible experience experiencing the culture of the Caucasus region.

After our acclimatization hike, I asked Vitaly if he could help arrange a private guide for me on summit day, since I decided I wanted to leave from the hut rather than taking the snowcat up to 4800/5100m. He seamlessly arranged an outstanding guide for me on two days’ notice, and he was there at midnight to see us off on our summit bid. This is typical of Vitaly and the RMH culture — they do whatever it takes so that each climber has the best possible experience, from organizing a private guide, to packing daily lunches for each climber.

Vitaly, George, and the entire RMH family live and breathe Elbrus climbing. I cannot recommend them highly enough. I would absolutely climb with RMH again — they offer by far the best Elbrus climbing experience, while making every guest feel like family.
Written 15 September 2019
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James C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
Awesome experience with RMH.. well catered for and looked after.. look forward to going for it again next year!
Written 13 September 2019
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