Elbrus is the highest mountain of Russia and Europe (5642 m above sea level). It’s hard to breathe on its top, you don’t gasp but it’s just hard to work or do anything (as if you’ve just run up on the tenth floor). One has to acclimatize first. There are some shelters for acclimatization on the mountain, but around are only snow and stones. So it’s better to walk somewhere near the mountain first.
If you try to do it without training, mountain sickness is guaranteed: severe headache, vomiting, and in the worst case – pulmonary or brain edema.
Day 1: arrival at Minvody city.
Day 2: first walk for acclimatization around the observatory (3100m).
The diameter of the dome is twenty meters (66 ft).
Such tower is located nearby.
Elbrus can be observed from here well.
It’s the monument to the cavalry regiment which blocked the way to the hordes of Division Edelweiss.
If you climb a bit higher…
… you will reach this ice base where you’ll feel you are the last person in this world.
It reads “bread”.