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Mount Elbrus – One of the Seven Summits

Русская версия   Caucasian Dormant Volcano Elbrus situated on the border of Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay–Cherkessia republics of Russia is not just the highest Russian peak. Since the scholars and politicians still cannot agree about the border between Europe and Asia, Elbrus is often included into the list of “seven summits” as the highest mountain of Europe (another lower candidate for this title is Mont Blanc). Seven summits also include Everest in Nepal/China, Anconcagua in Argentina, McKinley in Alaska, Vvinson in Antarctica, Puncak Jaya in Indonesia, and Kosciuzsko in Australia. Unlike most of the mounts on this list, Elbrus is quite easy and cheap to reach. While the cost of ascending Kilimanjaro is about 1000 euros (since it is obligatory to get the guide and expensive permit for it), Elbrus costs only 10-15 euros (without transport of course, but it is also easy and cheap to organize). We will tell how to save a bit even from this sum.

Elbrus surroundings: what to see and how to get there

Русская версияThe region around Elbrus – one of the seven summits of the world – is a paradise for hiking and trekking. It really deserves at least a week, even in case you are not a mountain-climber. There are a lot of places to walk to, not only Elbrus. It is great to breathe fresh mountain air, collect mushrooms (which nobody collects here as everywhere in Caucasus) and tea herbs. Here we will tell what to see around Elbrus, how to get there, and where to stay.