Europe is a continent located to the west of Asia and north of Africa. Europe is the 2nd smallest continent in terms of area, but the 3rd largest in terms of population. Despite being relatively small, Europe has a number of impressive mountain ranges, including the famous Pyrenees and Alps. These ranges have some very high mountains and they are popular with both tourists and mountaineers. Let’s find out which mountain has the title of the highest in Europe.
What is the highest peak in Europe?
Interestingly, the title of the highest mountain in Europe is the subject of much debate. The peak of Mount Elbrus at an elevation of 5,642 m (18,510 ft), located in the western Caucasus mountain range in Russia, is usually listed as the highest mountain on the continent. This mountain range is generally considered to be on the border between Europe and Asia. However, the boundary between Europe and Asia is in dispute and some believe that Mount Elbrus is actually in Asia.
If the Caucasus Mountains are removed from the equation then Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in Europe. Mont Blanc is located on the border of Italy and France and is a part of the Alps. It reaches 4,810 m (15,782 ft), which makes it the highest mountain in Western Europe.
Did you know?
Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano and magma can still be found deep beneath the mountain. The last eruption is estimated to have occurred between 0 and 100 AD.
Elbrus is commonly included in the seven summits, highest mountains on each continent, mountaineering challenge. This makes it a popular with climbers and in summer over 100 people attempt the climb each day!
There are 11 mountains higher than Mont Blanc in the Caucasus mountain range.