Mt Elbrus (5642m) is located in the rugged Caucasus Mountains and is the highest mountain in Europe and Russia. It is an inactive volcano which last erupted around 50A.D.
One of the Seven Summit, Elbrus is considered to be one of the easiest ice and snow peaks on the continent.
It is important to have 5000m peak climbing experience. Also good to have crampons skills but not essential. Mt Elbrus’ standard south route is an ideal first foray into peak climbing below 6000m that require ice and snow skills (mountaineering/double boots, crampons, ice axe and fixed rope skills etc).
The standard south route, supported by ski lifts, cable cars and snow cats, is said to have a high success rate of close to 90%. The best time to climb is in summer, from June to September. However the weather is still very cold during the summer with night temperature at an average of -8 °C. Temperature above the snowline can fall to as low as -20° C.
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