Routes to the summit of Europe
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There is one main route to the summit, coming from the South. A more interesting possibility is to climb from the North, also non-technically, but with fewer climbers, no cable cars etc. Join the new 7summits.com Elbrus traverse, from North to South! See the trips pages for more information.
The normal route is marked on the map below:
There are a few different detailed maps (1:50,000) available of the area; although they show different details of the same area! None of them can be completely trusted so a guide is advised, especially if you want to travel outside the crevasse-free normal route.
The best place to buy the maps is in the little but fully stocked map shop in Moscow, near the Bolshoj theatre. Just ask the street vendors and they will point it out.
EWP also has a map/guide book with a 1:80,000 map of the area as well as a separate 1:50,000 map.