Most of the slopes (up to a height of 4000m) are not too steep. Lower slopes reach a gradient of up to 35° but are interspersed with many rock bands (some 600-700m high), crevasses and ice falls on the southern, northern and western slopes. Eastern slopes are less broken.
At 4100m the unique two-storied mountain hut (Die- sel Hut) is located. About 45-50 people can stay in the building. It is easily reached by using the cable car and chairlift system up to 3800m. Above this, it is sometimes possible to hire a snow cat to save on the two hour glacier walk up to the hut.
Mount Elbrus is a great next challenge after Kilimanjaro and a perfect warm up for Aconcagua.