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Dykh Tau – Europe’s second highest after Mount Elbrus

With the altitude of 5204 meters, Dykh-Tau is the second highest mountain in the Caucasus and the whole Europe after Elbrus. That’s why it’s a must-visit destination for those who aim to stand on the highest Caucasus summits or the mountaineers who have set the Second Seven Summits list as a target. The Second Seven Summits list Dykh Tau is on the list of the Second Seven Summits. This is an alternative list to the well-known and more popular Seven Summits quest. This list includes the second highest mountain peaks on every continent and is regarded as more challenging and difficult than the traditional list as it includes ascents of K2, Mount Kenya and Dykh Tau, three climbs that are...

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Koshtan Tau – Fourth highest peak on the European continent

Located in the Caucasus mountain range, Koshtan Tau (Коштан-тау, is one of the two ‘Brothers of Bezengi’, the other one being Dychtau or Dykh Tau which is the second largest mountain in Europe. Koshtan Tau marks the eastern end of the Northern Massif and is with an elevation of 5151m the fourth highest mountain in Europe. Its pyramid shape is an impressive view admired by mountaineers as well as photographers, while the NW face of the peak gives a good insight on how difficult mountaineering in the Caucasus can be. History The first ascent of Koshtan Tau was made in 1889 by H. Woolley, who climbed Mizirgi (5025m) as well that same year. What makes the ascent remarkable is that...

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Shkhara

Shkhara is a key summit in the Caucasus for the most experienced mountaineers. With the elevation of 5193 meters, the peak of Shkhara is the highest point of the Main Caucasian Range. If you are considering the epic climb, you must be one of the bravest persons on the planet! How to Get There? Unlike Ushba, which is also a part of the Main Caucasus Range, you can reach the main summit from both sides - Russian and Georgian. It means your start point depends on your route. Routes to the Top Since the summit is a pretty famous peak for mountain climbers, there are 9 climbing routes to the main top. According to the Climbing Classification System, the complexity...

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Ararat

The mountain of Ararat became increasingly popular thanks to the legend of the Noah’s Ark. It seems there must be thousands of tourists and pilgrims all the year round in the Armenian Highlands. Actually, it used to be until the recent times but since 2016 Ararat was announced as a restricted military zone. Climbing to Ararat The mountain Ararat consists of two peaks - the Great Ararat (5137 meters) and Little Ararat (3925 meters). The Saint Iakov Glacier covers both summits all the year round. Luckily this extinct stratovolcano is accessible for people without climbing background. As a result, it is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide. The notice about the Holy Mountain in the Bible made it a...

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Ushba

Despite the comparatively low height of 4710 meters, Ushba is considered as one of the most challenging summits in the whole Caucasus. Those who climbed the top deserved a particular respect among professional climbers. Read further if you want to become one of them! Ushba summit How to Approach Ushba? Although Ushba is located at the Main Caucasian Range, the summit is accessible to climb only from the Georgian side nowadays. Approach the mountain from the Upper Svaneti region. Start your climb from the Mazeri Village, which is located just 18 km from Mestia. It's the nearest locality to the severe mountain. Two Ways to Climb Likewise Elbrus, Ushba has a double summit. Thanks to the spire-shaped top, this mountain...

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