Even though Mount Elbrus is Russia’s highest peak, it’s also one of its most popular hiking routes. There are many paths leading to the top, which makes Elbrus a peak for everybody, from absolute beginners to professional climbers. The optimal time to go is in the summer: from June to early September. Be prepared to camp on the way, as the tourist infrastructure around mount Elbrus is not very well-developed. The views from the peak will compensate any inconveniences!