[well]Mount Elbrus Facts:
- Tallest mountain in Europe
- Summit elevation is 18,510 feet (5,642 m)
- Tenth most prominent mountain in the world
- Features two summits created by volcanic domes
Mount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia and the tallest mountain in Europe. It reaches a elevation of 18,510 feet (5,642 m). As the highest mountain on the continent, Mount Elbrus was declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Europe.
Mount Elbrus features two summits that were both created from volcanic cones. The west summit has the distinction of being the highest point, with the east summit reaching a peak of 18,442 feet (5,621 m). It is also recognized as the 10th most prominent mountain in the world.
One of the other names Mount Elbrus is called includes Mingi Taw, which translates to mean “eternal mountain” or “Thousand Mountain.” As visitors gaze upon Europe’s natural wonder, it is easy to understand why it my be referred to as the “eternal mountain” as it just seems to keep rising up.
Mount Elbrus is an inactive or dormant volcano with the last eruption estimated to have occurred some time between 0 and 100 AD.
Where is Mount Elbrus
Mount Elbrus is located in the western Caucasus mountains of the Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay-Cherkessia region of Russia. It approaches the border of Georgia. There is a debate about whether the area is part of Asia or part of Europe, but the majority of geographic societies claim the region is part of Europe.
Mount Elbrus can be found on a map approximately 40 miles (65 km) south of Kislovodsk, Russia and about 12 miles (20 km) north of the primary range of the Greater Caucasus.
What is the best way to Experience Mount Elbrus
For the every day traveler, the best way to experience Mount Elbrus is capturing a view from one of the scenic spots that provide overlooks of the mountain.
The more personal encounter with Mount Elbrus is a trek or climb up the mountain. The Normal Route is the most efficient way to reach the top. It is also the safest route. This route also leverages the cable car and chairlift network which allows visitors to start their climb at a higher elevation.
Climbers who start their journey up the mountain at about 2:00am should be able to reach the summit and get back to the top of the chairlift before the 3:00 closing time.