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.
Gil-Su – carbonated mineral springs with curative properties, located at an altitude of 2400 meters in Prielbrusie National Park (near mount Elbrus). In 2002, it became an open-air health complex.
The republic of Kabardino-Balkaria is rich with mineral waters including thermal waters.The Russian Federation has plans to produce up to 200 million litres in a year in the republic.
Although North Caucasus represents 1% of the Russian Federation territory, it accounts for 30% of all Russian mineral water and over 70% of its thermal water resources. (source www.en.krskfo.ru)
Going up to Gil-Su
Sultan waterfall during winter
Uzunkol valleys – situated in Western Caucasus mountains, is formed by the confluence of Myrdy river (6km ) and Kichkinekol river (4km ).
Uzunkol is located in Karachaevsky district of Karachay-Cherkessia, not far from Elbrus mountain which is the highest peak in Europe.