To visit Elbrus basecamp, it is a lot more convenient to stay in Azau, the highest mountain resort of the area (2356m). A very warm hotel, with wifi, friendly staff and good food [half board is an option] is Meridian hotel, near the cable car.
In the morning between 10am and 11am, before groups arrive, take the series of cable car and chairlift which bring you to 4045m. The famous 11 barrels or Diesel huts, painted with the Russian flag, await you. They are used as accommodations during the acclimatisation period of all the Elbrus summit climbers. Air is thin up there, don't stay too long or you ll get attitude sickness! The twin Elbrus summits, reminiscent of Mount Ararat in Turkey, are magnificent.
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