The torch was carried and lit at the summit of Russia’s southern Mt. Elbrus in October by two local climbers, Karina Mezova and Abdul-Khakim Elmezov, in order to beat the onset of winter weather that would have rendered the trip impossible, organizers said.
The announcement came as the 123-day relay, which ends in Sochi on February 7, entered the region of Kabardino-Balkaria, where the 5,642-meter (18,500-foot) mountain is located.
Organizers said the climb was kept secret to save the announcement for the official visit of the torch to the region, but security concerns may have also played a role.
Three tourists were killed in terrorist attacks on a ski lift and minibus near Mt. Elbrus in 2011.