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The Pamir Mountains

Author: Atis Plakans0 COMMENTS

The Pamir Mountains

One of the former Soviet Union's most impressive mountains boasts 3 summits, all above 7000 meters - Ismail Samani Peak (formerly Communism Peak), Ibn Sina Peak (formerly Lenin Peak) and Peak Korzhenevskaya is the third highest there. All of them are true challenges for mountaineers, therefore, hardly advisable for trekking (for this purpose you have to go to the Fanns, other great mountains in Tajikistan). If you climb all three of the above mentioned and Victory Peak and Hantengri Peak in Kyrgyzstan, you get the title of "Snow Leopard", showing the world that you are among the top rank climbers. After all, five Pamir and Tien Shan peaks are a perfect warm-up on your way to 8-thousanders.
Peak Korzhenevskaya and Communism Peak have the same base camp and mountaineers often chose to climb the both, giving in average 4 to 5 weeks to that. The camp is sited on the moraine of a glacier 4200 m above the sea level and a helicopter takes you up there. Lenin Peak is located a little further towards Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan border.
High-altitude enthusiasts have to keep in mind the chilling statistics, however, as there are people reported lost or dead on these mountains each year. A sudden snowfall that buriers your tent during the night is just a tiny trouble, indeed. It may be unpleasant to climb out and discover that a thick snow blanket of a meter and a half covers the whole area, including your tent, yet that may happen.

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