The Snow Leopard Award is a Soviet mountaineering award that is earned by climbing all five 7000 meter peaks in the former Soviet Union. To complete the Snow Leopard Challenge, a climber must summit all five remote peaks, which are located in the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan and the Tian Shan in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan
This mountain award was established on October 12, 1967 by the Russian government. Since then, hundreds of people have climbed all of the Snow Leopard peaks. The only real change is that several of the peaks have switched names. For more information and history of the Snow Leopard Challenge, visit AlpKlubSpb.ru.
To learn about the difficulty, costs, routes, organizers, and other logistics of the Snow Leopards, SummitPost.org is a good resource.
All of these Snow Leopard peaks are located in two mountain ranges:
- Tian Shan – 2
- Pamir Mountains – 3
Snow Leopard Challenge Map:
(The pinpoints may not be 100% accurate)
Snow Leopard Challenge List:
|Rank||Peak||Elevation Meters||Elevation Feet||Range||Country|
|1||Ismoil Somoni Peak / Communism Peak||7495||24950||Pamir Mountains||Tajikistan|
|2||Jengish Chokusu / Peak Pobeda)||7439||24406||Tian Shan||Kyrgyzstan/China|
|3||Ibn Sina Peak / Lenin Peak||7134||23406||Pamir Mountains||Tajikistan|
|4||Peak Korzhenevskaya||7105||23310||Pamir Mountains||Tajikistan|
|5||Khan Tengri||7010 with glacier cap/ 6995 geologic elevation||22999||Tian Shan||Kyrgyzstan-Kazakhstan|
Snow Leopard Award Records
- According to Wikipedia.org, during the summer of 2016 Andzej Bargiel of Poland completed all 5 ascents in 29 days 17 hours 5 minutes.
- RussianClimb.com has a list of mountaineers who have climbed all of the Snow Leopard Peaks. Visit that site for the most up-to-date list of award winners.
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