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Come to Agul to Make Life-Long Friends

Stories about Dagestani hospitality can sometimes seem too pretentious. The picture is sometimes painted of locals always ready to receive unknown travelers seems too good to be true. But, in the mountains especially, this is in fact the case. In Dagestan, locals will...

Exploring Ancient Fossil Records in Dagestan

Streams and rivers without number cut through the ravines of Dagestan’s sharp mountain peaks. Crouching down next to any one of them, Omar Hapisov can lift a rock from the riverbed and identify the geological layers of rock in the steep ridges above him. He’s been...

Village Above the Clouds

Kurush, located in southern Dagestan, Russia, is the highest inhabited point in Europe. Its elevation is 2560 meters above sea level. Water boils here at 90 degrees Celsius. The air, however, is still comfortable for breathing.Kurush is surrounded by four peaks higher...

Preserving Culture Far from Home

Some eight-plus years ago when I couldn’t speak Russian, Illias and I became friends on the strength of his English language skills and our shared curiosity of each other’s cultures. It was at his invitation that I first traveled to Dagestan and experienced North...

At East of Elbrus, we aim to tell the stories of the North Caucasus to a western audience. Here you will find out about the natural beauty of the region and hear the history that shaped the unique North Caucasus culture. But most importantly, you’ll hear all of this through the lens of local peoples’ lived experiences. We try to listen long to them so we can retell their stories back to you. Please take a few minutes to read, discover, and maybe one day come for a visit!

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Come to Agul to Make Life-Long Friends

Stories about Dagestani hospitality can sometimes seem too pretentious. The picture is sometimes painted of locals always ready to receive unknown travelers seems too good to be true. But, in the mountains especially, this is in fact the case. In Dagestan, locals will...

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