Brief History of Top-Travel

«Top-Travel» Ltd is an international tour operator and Russian adventure travel company. Since 1986 we have been providing a wide range of services for mountaineers, trekkers, ski-tourists, snowboarders in the mountains of Russia and Middle Asia. We organize and guide expeditions to the most challenging peaks of the Pamir, Tjan-Shan, Altai, Kamchatka and Caucasus.

Russia hosts highest mountain in all of Europe — Mt. Elbrus (5642 m. — 18.510 ft). As one of the Seven Summits (the highest mountains on each of the seven continents) it attracts people from all over the world. Elbrus is our primary focus and one of our best values. Besides, expeditions to Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Muztag-Ata, Mt. Cook.

«Top-travel» specializes in mountaineering, hiking, trekking, ski-tours, heliski and mountain bike tours at Caucasus, Kamchatka, Altai, Pamir and Tjan-Shan. «Top-travel» operates in very attractive market segment offering adventure travel, ski and mountaineering. We have good facilities for our customers: from pick-up in the airport and up to sends-off when leaving home. Our expeditions lead by qualified and experienced mountain guides. In selecting suitable leaders, we not only look to ensure that they have the relevant qualifications but we also ensure that they have a good track record of mountaineering at high altitudes. Our team consists of the experienced climbers, who have ascended all the highest summits in Russia, Kirgistan, such as Peak Communism, Peak Lenin, Peak Pobeda, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Kazbek, Mt. Ushba, as well as Mt. Everest, Kangchenjunga, Makalu, Aconcagua, Lhotse in Nepal and Pakistan.

Our most experienced mountain guide — famous Nikolay Cherniy. He leaded in 2004 Russian Everest Expedition, Central North Wall. All competitors of the team reached the summit. In 2009 he made and expedition to Mt. Kanchenjunga and worked like a couch of Russian National Team.

Victor Nikolaev – Managing director, skiing and mountaineering guide. He is a former chief of the International Mountaineering Camps (IMC), “Sovintersport” company. Victor is one of the most experienced organizer of mountaineering and trekking programs.

Ljuba Nikolaeva, owner of «Top-Travel» and internationally qualified mountain and ski guide of German Alpine Union, made 63 ascents at Elbrus with the teams from 14 countries. She made ascents Lenin peak in Pamir, mt. Aconcagua in South America, mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, mt. Cook in New Zealand, also Bezengi Wall, mt. Donguz-Orun, mt. Shelda, mt. Tu-tu-su on the Central Caucasus by the hardest wall routes.

«Top-Travel» Ltd has a long history of successful climbs of Mt. Elbrus. For many years we have been assisting many advanced beginners and intermediate climbers to the summit. The continued success of «Top-Travel» is a result of:

  • highly qualified and experienced staff;
  • proven acclimatization programs;
  • extensive route experience;
  • supplying top quality provisions;
  • developing safety programs for each journey.

«We strive to be the best at what we do, because we love doing it…» — that is our motto, as our flag.

Top-Travel's office is in Moscow and branch-office is far from Moscow: at the Caucasus near Elbrus.


Our services

All “Top-Travel” tours are carefully prepared. Unlike many organizations, we plan and lead our own climbs. Our services mean high professionalism in all spheres of our activities from the meeting at airports to the assistance in high altitude camps. You can apply to us for the following services:

  • Visa and passport assistance in Russia, Georgia, Kirgistan, Tadzhikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan;
  • Assistance at airports;
  • Land transfers;
  • Hotel and air tickets booking;
  • Accommodation in hotels, mountain huts, alpine camps;
  • Guides, interpreters, porters, cookers;
  • Sightseeing tours in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities of Russia;
  • all local and state taxes and fees, permit to the border zone, permit to the National Park "Prielbrusie", permit to the Mt. Elbrus;
  • Assistance and all services in the mountains.


Top-Travel & The Seven Summits

The challenge of the Seven Summits first came about in the 1980’s and today has become a popular and highly renowned experience in the field of alpinism that has been successfully encountered by approximately 100 alpinists from all over the world. Each climb offers its own, unique challenges from a technical standpoint and the Seven Summits remain an elusive, though obtainable goal. A non-technical snow climb, Elbrus attracts mountaineers from all over the world aspiring to the Seven Summits club, or just wanting to push their personal altitude record.

For more than 15 years Top-Travel has been assisting Seven Summiteers in reaching Mt. Elbrus, the highest mountain on the European continent. In June 2002 we organized an ascent of Elbrus for Eric Weihenmayer, the only blind mountain climber, one of the youngest Seven Summiteers in the world. We will be glad to design a custom program to help you reach your lofty goal.