Kabardino-Balkaria is one of the most beautiful corners in the Russian Federation. Situated in the North Caucasus, the republic includes magical mountains, secretive charming foothills and endless steppe plains. The highest point in Europe – Mount Elbrus – can be found here, which acts as a magnet for mountain climbers from around the world.
The republic has a population of about 800,000. Most inhabitants are Russian, Kabardins or Balkars. Therefore, Kabardino-Balkaria has three official languages.
Nalchik is the capital of the republic. Founded in 1818 as a military settlement, the town is now a true jewel of the North Caucasus. It is a green town with a huge park and squares. The town has pre-revolutionary buildings, post-war houses and modern late Soviet buildings. By the way, Nalchik has seen a lot of construction work in recent years.
Nalchik is traditionally considered to be one of the Caucasus's cultural and educational centers. In Soviet times, Kabardino-Balkarian State University was one of the top ten universities in the country.
Kabardino-Balkaria is a real paradise for tourists. Thousands of visitors come every year from all over Russia, CIS and Europe to Nalchik's health resorts and the ski resorts in Elbrus. If you want to get rid of an illness or ailment, then you will find no better cure than the Caucasus mineral water, therapeutic mud and, of course, clean mountain air. Mount Elbrus is the highest point in Europe. Its two summits attract climbers from all over the world. Thanks to a developed infrastructure, modern equipment technology and, of course, experienced instructors-Sherpas, climbing Elbrus is no longer restricted to professionals; novices who are fit enough and keen to test themselves can also manage it. The most difficult peak to climb is the beautiful 4,700 meter Ushba, which is only for the bravest climbers.
In winter, Elbrus turns into Russia's ski capital. An advantage of Kabardino-Balkaria's mountains is that the pistes are always covered in snow. The pistes are equipped with ski lifts, chair lifts and even suspended carriages. By the way, it is also worth coming here in summer. Mountain tourism is one of the best and healthiest pastimes.