The Main Caucasian Ridge stretches for 1200 km from the West to the East, from the Black Sea to the Caspian. Its width reaches 180km, and it forms not only a geographical, but also ethnic and political barriers, separating Russia from the Caucasian region.
Among variety of regions composing the Central Caucasus it is the Elbrus Region that is a genuine gem. Many lateral valleys branch out from the main one where the river Baksan flows. They lead to famous peaks of the Caucasus, such as Donguz-Orun (4492m), head-turning walls of Shkhelda(4300m), Tchatyn (4368m) with its vertical 500m North Face, the legendary Ushba (4710m) and, of course, Mt.Elbrus (5642m), the highest summit of Europe.
The two-headed ice giant crowns the panorama of the Central Caucasus. It is 1000m higher than all its neighbours. The Eastern Peak is a little lower than its western brother 5621m and 5642m respectively.