The two-headed mount of Elbrus beckons mountain climbers, snowboarders, and nature-lovers. With the altitude of 5642 meters, the western peak of the mountain deserved to the title of the highest point in Europe. However, the eastern peak is only 21 meters lower. Believe us; you won’t notice this difference on the way to the summit!
How to Get There
Terskol is the nearest village to the Elbrus Mountain, which offers many tourist facilities – accommodation, traditional Kabardino-Balkarian food, rescue center, tourist shops, etc. In a free day, you can visit Vladimir Vysotsky Alpine Museum in Tegenek Village nearby Terskol.
Is Elbrus Easy To Climb?
Thanks to the gentle southern slope Elbrus, it includes one of the most popular trails worldwide. The summit of Elbrus is attainable for mountain climbers without much experience. Nevertheless, it’s challenging and even dangerous because of the altitude. Elbrus is tricky because of possible mountain sickness. In order to climb the top, you have to acclimatize well beforehand and have a reliable guide.
Plan Your Trip
Since the mountain is also available for skiing, a cable car can take you from Terskol up to 3847 meters. After that, you can enjoy the breathtaking view or go upper.
That area is called Barrels (“Bochki” in Russian), and you can find one of the highest huts in the world there. Or you can go even higher, and stay at 4100 meters in “Diesel” Hut. Sunrises from there are incredible! Spend a couple of days there climbing up to 4700 meters. And then go down to 3800 meters to sleep there. It’s important for your acclimatization. Then you will be physically ready to reach the Elbrus summit.
Have enjoyable climb, and take care!