Southern Russia (or the Southern Federal District) is one of the seven federal districts in Russia.
Southern Russia contains of 3 oblasts (provinces), 8 republics, and 2 krais (territories, basically the same as oblasts).
Mount Elbrus is officially the highest mountain in Europe at 5,642 metres above sea level. It is located in the western Caucasus Mountains, just north of the border with Georgia. The first ascent was in 1874, but the lower summit's (just 21 metres lower) first ascent was much earlier, in 1829. It's relatively easy nowadays to climb this mountain and thanks to a cable car it is now possible to start walking to the top just after midnight and return the next day before 3pm when the cable car has its last ride.
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