Mt. Elbrus is a large classic shaped volcano that stands on the border between Georgia and Russia. The mountain has two main summits; the Western summit at 18,510’ / 5642 m and the Eastern summit at 18,441’ / 5621 meters. Its last eruption was around 50 AD, and it’s large crater (1312’ / 400 meters in diameter) is now filled with ice and snow.
It is the highest mountain in Europe and can be climbed by those familiar with basic Alpine climbing skills and offers the successful climber one of the much revered 7 summits. Elbrus’s high altitude, lengthy and strenuous summit day (often in cold conditions) provide a valuable test of skills for those aspiring to climb at higher altitudes and is, in itself, a hugely rewarding experience.
The mountain is in the Caucasus Mountains, which is one of the most rugged and less-frequented mountain ranges in the world. An expedition to this area lends a unique blend of both Asia and Europe to the mountain experience and is often the start of frequent revisits.
This program ultimately aims to ascend Elbrus peak but further aims to enhance the team’s interest in the region by exploring the area’s many hiking trails and doing acclimatization climbs on the local peaks.