Extreme 4x4 track located in the western Caucasus mountain range, in Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachay–Cherkessia of Russia, near the border with Georgia, climbing up to the Garabashi (also known as Botchki) huts, at an elevation of 4.044m (13,267ft) above the sea level. It's one of the highest roads of Europe.
The huts are on the way to the ascent of Mount Elbrus, the highest point of Europe in the Caucasus Main Range. The huts look like grain silos laying on their side. They are sparsely furnished and comfortably sleep six climbers each. The track climbs up to the cable car and chairlift system. From the upper ski lift station it is about 50-60m distance to the huts. The Barrel Huts are a group of 11 huts.
The track is only accessible during some summer days. It’s extremely steep and gravel. The huts belong to the municipality of Terskol, the last town in the Baksan Valley at the foot of Mt Elbrus. Near the huts it’s located the Observatory Terskol (at 3.092m above the sea level). Some snowmobiles can climb up to 4.486m, on the way to the summit.
Pic: Alexandr Demidov