“Cross” of Elbrus is a complicated version of Elbrus Climb from the South and Elbrus climb from the North. It comprises of climbing on the Mount’s one side to both of its summits and descending on its opposite site. This is one of the most well-known routes which allows to thoroughly test one’s own abilities before venturing for higher summits.
“Cross” of Elbrus can be climbed from north to south (more challenging) or from south to north. There is also an option to climb Elbrus’s East summit and descend from it by three different routes – the Motorcycle coloir (with a Land Rover that was taken up there in 1997 being still there), along the rock of Elbrus Saddle (the western slope of Elbrus’s East summit), or on the southern side (the least challenging route).
We can recommend climbing “Cross” of Elbrus as a training program for climbing Lenin Peak, Korjenevskoj Peak, Khan-Tengry, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Aconcagua and Ojos del Salado. There is an option of planning a night stay in tents on Elbrus Saddle.