The Caucasus mountains Range, which marks one of the points where
Europe and Asia meet, stretches about 1,127 kilometers (about 700
miles) between Black and Caspian seas. Nearly equal in size and height
to Alps, the Caucasus mountains range includes several peaks that rise
more than 5,000 meters (16,404 feet) above sea level. The beautiful
double-peaked Elbrus is the pride of the Caucasus mountains. The local
people call Elbrus "Ash-Gamakho", which means "Happiness-Bringing
Mountain". This gentle-sloped volcano in the center of the Caucasus
mountains marks the highest point of Europe, with its eastern summit
at 5621 meters (18,442 feet) and its western summit - 5642 m (18,510
feet). Like any large mountain, Mt.Elbrus creates its own weather.
There can be serious storms on the mountain, while the next valley
over is covered with bright sunshine.