Climb Elbrus - South Route. A dormant volcano, Elbrus is undoubtedly the best known and most alluring mountain in Russia and one of the famous “Seven Summits”. The fact that it is the highest point in Europe makes it an obvious milestone and a popular trek for those looking for a challenge. Mount Elbrus is located in the western Caucasus of Russia, near the border of Georgia. This 880 km range forms an effective barrier between Europe and Asia.
The region is certainly one of the less travelled areas of the globe and often takes experienced mountain travellers by surprise by virtue of its unique blend of Eastern and Western culture . Elbrus (west summit) stands at 5,642m, the east summit is slightly lower at 5,621m. The mountain has a twin domed summit which contains a permanent icecap feeding 22 glaciers, these in turn give rise to the 3 main rivers in the valley.
Furthermore Elbrus sits on a moving tectonic area, and although the mountain has been technically termed dormant it sits on top of highly active, deeply sourced magma. The approach from the south is an efficient way of tackling the mountain for those with limited time, allowing us to make the summit and return to the UK in just 9 days. Although this ascent uses some of the chairlifts situated on the mountain to accelerate our altitude gains, Elbrus remains a challenging mountain to all that attempt it. Its relatively easy glaciated terrain allows for mostly trouble-free ascents. However climbers will need to be proficient in the use of crampons and ice axes (or ski-poles) for an ascent of the route outlined below. The major ascent difficulties lie in its notoriously bad weather: strong winds and generally colder temperatures than experienced on mountains of similar altitude.