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Mountain Name(s): Mount Elbrus, Elboruz, Elbrus, Monte Elbrus, Эльбрус     Geology: Volcanic
Elevation: 5642 m / 18510.5 ft     Snow line: 3750 m / 12303.2 ft
Summit(s): East Summit; (5 626 m /18 458 feet)
West Summit; (5 642 m /18 511 feet)
    Prominence: 4 741 m/15 555 ft
Location: Russia(Kabardino-Balkarskaya Respublika, Karachayevo-Cherkesiya);     Isolation: 2 470 km/8 104 miles
Latitude/Longitude: 43°21'4.07''N
    Climbing Season(s): 01 Jun - 30 Sep;
Parent Range: Please update     Nearest Airport(s): Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV);
Range: Elbrus Massif     Convenience Center(s): Terskol;
First Ascent: 22/6/1829     National Park(s): National Park Prielbrusie;

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First climbed in 1829, Mt. Elbrus is the highest mountain in Europe and an excellent experience for the aspiring mountaineer. Standing 18,510 feet above sea level, Elbrus is the perfect challenge for those who have had some experience with mountaineering and are looking to test themselves at high altitude or on the 7 summits quest to climb all of the highest summits on each of the seven continents. Elbrus is a great next step on the road to peaks such as Aconcagua or Denali. Though Elbrus is the highest summit in Europe, it is one of the technically easiest of the higher peaks on the continent.

Description Edit

Elbrus is a volcanic cone with two summits (Western - 5642 m, Eastern - 5621 m). They are separated by a saddle height of 5300 m and are located approximately 3000 m from each other.
The last eruption dates back to the year 50 BC. e. ± 50 years, but on top of distinctly smelled hydrogen sulphide.
Several routes leads to the West summit - from simple snow and ice, to more complex at north-west ridge.
The standard route up Elbrus is long and strenuous but not technically difficult. But that doesn’t mean that one can underestimate Mount Elbrus.
Mortality statistics here are very high because o
f the availability of the mountains (up to a certain height there is a lift, and then you can take a snowcat to 4700) and apparent simplicity of climbing. It’s true – some people come to the top with snowboard under the arm. But changeable weather is able to mislead even the most experienced climber.
In addition, on Elbrus mountain sickness develops much lower than in the Himalayan mountains.
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Location Edit

Mount Elbrus is situated on the border of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia. Its parent range is the Elbrus Massif which belongs to the Central Caucasus.

Getting there Edit

Elbrus is accessible from Moscow via an internal flight to the town of Mineralnye Vody. From here it takes a 3 hour by taxi or private van transport to the mountain village of Cheget and Terskol and acclimatize in route to the mountain.

Red Tape Edit

Elbrus Area Preserve permission is required. It is certainly a good idea to register in rescue service in Terskol if you are not traveling with a guide service. Registering is free of charge.

Europe, Russia: Kabardino-Balkarskaya Respublika, ...

  • Mount Elbrus
  • Mountaineering - 7 Day(s)
  • 1 Jun - 30 Sep
  • Challenging 
  • 13 people climbed it

Europe, Russia: Kabardino-Balkarskaya Respublika, ...

  • Mount Elbrus
  • Mountaineering - 8 Day(s)
  • 1 Jul - 30 Sep
  • Challenging 
  • 7 people climbed it

Europe, Russia: Kabardino-Balkarskaya Respublika

  • Mount Elbrus
  • Mountaineering - 6 Day(s)
  • 15 Jun - 30 Sep
  • Tough 
  • 2 people climbed it


  • 21 Jul 2017 - 31 Jul 2017
  • Mount Elbrus(5642 m)
  • South Normal Route

Russia: Kabardino-Balkarskaya Respublika

  • 12 Aug 2017 - 22 Aug 2017
  • Mount Elbrus(5642 m)
  • North-South Travers



DID YOU KNOW (2) Edit Add

• Mount Elbrus region (aka Prielbrusje) is one of the ski resorts in Russia and the center of mountain tourism. There are number of mountain gorges Adylsu, Shkhelda Adyrsu, arrays Donguz-Oruna Ushba and very popular among climbers and mountain tourists. There are a lot of routes of varying difficulty.


• Given that the boundary between Europe and Asia is ambiguous, Elbrus often called highest European mountain peak that is attributed to its list of the "Seven Summits".


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  • Hotel Povorot

    Hotel “Povorot” is a group of buildings designed in European style. It is situated right in the center of Prielbrusie resort on the territory of Terskol village in 200 meters from the station of cable railroad, lifting to Mt. Cheget and in 4 km from Mt. Elbrus.


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