Sitting at the junction between east and west, Russia is home to some spectacular mountains. Whether it’s the Altai Mountains in the south, the Ural Mountain Range that runs down from the north of the country or the Caucasus mountains that wind through the south, there are many great places to do some mountain climbing.
Mount Elbrus is the ultimate Russian mountain climb. At 5,642 meters, it’s the highest mountain in Europe. Climbing this mountain is an immense physical challenge. The south side route is the most popular but there are more routes to choose from which will alter the difficulty. Another great mountain to climb is Mount Belukha which sits at 4,506 meters and can be found in the Altai Mountain range. This is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mount Kazbek in the Caucasus sits at 5,033 meters and is another awesome option, it’s not technically that difficult but it will definitely test your endurance.
Fly to Moscow, then take internal flights to the closest city to the peak of your choice
Winters are cold with average temperatures around -8 degrees celsius, the summers are mild with temperatures around 19 degrees celsius. The weather is much colder in the mountains.
June through September are the best months of mountain climbing
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