The Central Caucasus contains the highest mountains in the Caucasus system. Great walled glacier basins are characteristic of the area, with huge peaks towering above. The peaks boast wide rock and ice faces, and the aretes that connect them are long, high and serrated, offering few points of access. The scenery below is Alpine, with high meadows and pine forested valleys.
Of the major peaks, Elbrus and Kazbek are the only two that are easily accessible, and both have easy snow routes to their summits. Elbrus marks the western limit of the Central Caucuses, while Kazbek marks the eastern limit. Both are extinct volcanic cones.
Peaks of Central Caucasus
Check out any of the following peaks for additional information:
- Ailama - 14918 ft./4547 m.
- Babis Mta - 14613 ft./4454 m.
- Chanchakhi - 14639 ft./4462 m.
- Chatini - 14475 ft./4412 m.
- Dykh-Tau - 17074 ft./5204 m.
- Gistola - 15945 ft./4860 m.
- Itkol Peak - 11585 ft./3531 m.
- Kazbek - 16558 ft./5047 m.
- Koshtan-Tau - 16877 ft./5144 m.
- Maliy Donguzorun - 12339 ft./3761 m.
- Mount Elbrus - 18510 ft./5642 m.
- Shkhara - 17060 ft./5200 m.
- Shkhelda - 14331 ft./4368 m.
- Suatisi - 14652 ft./4466 m.
- Terskol - 12795 ft./3900 m.
- Ushba - 15453 ft./4710 m.