A 5,642 metres (18,510 feet) above sea level, Elbrus is the highest peak in Russia. It is also a volcano, which makes climbing it all the more exciting. At the same time, Elbrus is also a very accessible peak. A cableway takes the adventurous hikers to the height of 3,700 metres (12,139 feet), where they can spend the night at a mountain guesthouse. The next day snow groomers take the group to a height of 4,100 metres (13,451 feet). From there, the hike takes about 13 hours. Professional alpine climbers climb Elbrus all year round, while amateurs usually choose the summer. If you’re healthy and reasonably fit, this is an excellent adventure to embark on. Remember that altitude requires acclimatisation period, so climbing one of the other peaks of Caucasus before Elbrus might be a good idea.