An Irish mountaineer has died during an expedition to Mount Elbrus in Russia.

Alan Mahon, a father-of-three from Kildangan, Co Kildare, died on Sunday while descending the mountain in the southwest of the country.

The incident happened on what is considered to be Europe's highest peak, in the Caucasus mountain range near the Russian border with Georgia.

It is understood the 40-year-old was with a group of ten people, which included five Irish climbers, when they got into difficulty during severe weather conditions and poor visibility.

It is reported that a high altitude search and rescue team was deployed to assist the group.

The climbers were located by the mountain rescue team at an altitude of around 5,250m.

However it is understood that Mr Mahon became unwell during the descent and died.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has said: "it is aware of the case and is providing consular assistance."

Preparations are now being made to have his body repatriated to Ireland.

The other members of the expedition are said to be safe and well.

Earlier this year, two Irish mountaineers lost their lives on Mount Everest.

39-year-old Seamus (Shay) Lawless, a Trinity College professor from Bray, Co Wicklow, fell during his descent after reaching the summit in May.

A week after that incident, 56-year-old Kevin Hynes from Co Galway died while descending the world's highest peak.