Mount Elbrus ~ highest mountain in Europe

In the western Caucasus mountains of Kabardino-Balkaria republic lies Mount Elbrus, a dormant volcano.

Its peak of 5.642 meters (18.510 feet) makes it the highest mountain in the Caucasus and in Europe.

Mountains of Abkhazia

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Abkhazia is known for its resort towns on the Black Sea coast and the sunny beaches. Less known is inland Abkhazia, full of of high peaks and mountain landscapes.

The highest peak measures over 4.000 meters (13.ooo feet) – Mount Dombai-Ulgen.

Abkhazian girl invites you to see her motherland beyond the common attractions

 

Russia supposedly has peace-maintaining troops in the region. Read more Russo-Abkhazian border dispute.

Mount Fisht, Adygea – Western Caucasus mountains

 

Mount Fisht is located in the Western Caucasus mountains, in the republic of Adygea. It has an altitude of 2867 meters (9400 feet).

Otkhara rock monastery

 

Otkhara is a medieval cave monastery built in the XII century in Abkhazia/ Georgia. The Black river (Mchishta) forms the natural path to Otkhara through a dense exotic forest.

Access inside Otkhara itself can only be done by ladder.

Sofia glacier and the 12 waterfalls

 

Sofia glacier is found in Arkhyz, Karachai-Cherkessia – a mountainous region rich in alpine meadows, lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and high mountain peaks.
Twelve high waterfalls come flowing down from Sofia glacier on Arkhyz valley.

Gora Abago, Caucasian Biosphere Reserve – Adygea

 

Gora Abago (gora means mountain in Russian) is part of the Caucasian Nature Biosphere Reserve, in Western Caucasus mountains.

It is the largest nature reserve in the Caucasus and the second biggest in Europe and it stretches over Krasnodar Krai, Adygea and Karachay–Cherkessia.

Despite being a protected area and part of the UNESCO World Heritage list, Russia recently approved plans for ski resorts which will impact negatively the pristine environment. Read more here Russia Allows Ski Resort in Caucasus World Heritage Site

Dombay, Karachay-Cherkessia