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In the past it has been very difficult to organise anything in the Elbrus, or anywhere in the Caucasus area, without the knowledge of Russian (or Balkarian, the local Turkic language) AND a good knowledge of how things work in the area. This has made it almost impossible for individuals to come there without local help or better help from a Russian travel organisation specialising in the area. Although it is now possible to buy food more easily it is still better to do your shopping outside of the Baksan Valley, for example at the huge markets of Piatigorsk. Petrol can be difficult to obtain sometimes.

The biggest problems are associated with obtaining the necesary permits to be in this sensitive border area and to climb in the Elbrus National Park. Without the correct paperwork you could end up being arrested or 'fined'. Please look at the links to Police, National Parks and Border Authorities to familiarise yourself with the requirements.

Accommodation is now easier to obtain and some may be arranged by telephone or email prior to your arrival in the Baksan Valley.

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The Garabashi Barrels, located at the top of the chairlift system are a popular alternative to the Diesel Hut.
ALW 5/06/13