Every holiday of this sort contains some element of risk, especially those to remote and undeveloped areas. However it was my experience that the Russians did all they could to reduce any danger. They were all tough and experienced, as well as being delightfully friendly and very hardworking. One of our guides on the second trip I did was the same Anatole Yanochkin who was the guide to the climbers of Elbrus. I would not hesitate to go on a trip with him or any other Russian guide again.