The Snow Leopard peaks refer to the five mountains of the former Soviet Union with peaks of more than 7,000 metres. Scaling each of the peaks was a formidable challenge for Russian alpinists resulting in the prized Snow Leopard Award which is still recognised in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). There are three peaks in the Pamir Mountains - Ismail Samani or Communism Peak at 7495m, Peak Korzhenevskayaat 7105m (both in Tajikistan) and Ibn Sin or Lenin Peak at 7134m (on the Tajikistan/Kyrgyzstan border) and two peaks in the Tian Shan - Jengish Chokusa or Peak Pobeda at 7439m (or the Kyrgyzstan/China border) and Khan Tengri at 7010m (on the Kyrzgystan/Kazakhstan border). Scaling the peaks demands extensive climbing experience and mountaineering skills.
Travel to Snow Leopards
Organised group tours: The following tours for Snow Leopards are available:
Situated on the Tajikistan - Kyrgyzstan border, Peak Lenin stands at an altitude of 7134m and is the second highest mountain in the Pamir mountain range. Although a popular and straight forward ascent suitable for those who wish to climb for the first time over 7000 metres, this expedition is not to be underestimated due to the extreme altitude involved. Our expedition is from the Kyrgyzstan side of the peak, beginning from the village of Osh. We will acclimatise on the mountain, establishing and stocking our high camps for the first half of our expedition. Once all camps are in place, we will rest before making our summit push under our expedition leaders expert guidance. To join this expedition you will need a high level of fitness, basic mountaineering skills and prior experience at high altitude.