EUROPE’S HIGHEST SUMMIT
ALTITUDE: 5,642m (18,510 ft) DIFFICULTY RATE: Technical 2 Physical 2-3 SUMMIT GPS POINT: N 43 21.129 E 42 26.010 ELEVATION GAIN: (Base camp to West Summit) Normal route: 1,742m DISTANCE: (Base camp to Summit) Normal route: 9 Km DURATION: 15 days SEASON: June - July - August
Mount Elbrus, the highest summit of Europe, rises 5,642m above sea level in the Caucasus Mountains, a range 1,125Km in lenght, sandwiched between the Caspian and Black Seas. To the North of the Caucasus lies forest and steppe; to the south a drier desertlike environment. The Caucasus Range includes the fourteen highest mountains in Europe. Mount Elbrus is tucked deep within the Caucasus Range in the southwestern corner of Russia, close to its border with Georgia. It has two prominent summits: the east (5,621m) and the west (5,642m).