region comprises a group of ranges with more then 50 mountains
over 6000 metres. The biggest is the Academy of science Range,
which is approached from the north-west by Peter the Great Range.
At the meeting place of the two is the Pamir's highest mountain,
Peak Communizma (7495ms).
Further to the north, in the Academi Nauk Range, is the mountain
Peak Evgenia Korjenevskaya (7105ms). These two giants overlook
a large moraine, Moskvina Glade (4200ms), with a finy lake and
a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. The place is
encircled by three glaciers, Walter, traube and Moskvina, and
used as the starting point to both summits, Ice-climbing enthusiasts
will find there good seracs for practice.
base camp on the moraine is an oazis of civilization in the desert
of mountains. Helicopter provides the only link between the base
camp and the outside world. The noise of rotating propeller is
the most welcome sound for climbers in the area. In spite of all
these difficulties, the track is worth trying. The Pamir tract,
mostly uninhabited and dotted with endless desolate clearings
and occasional lively oasises, impresses by it's tremendeous and
Pamir's highest mountain, Peak of Ismoili Somoni (Communism),
plunges to the south in three-kilometer wall, one of the most
difficult ones in the world. The northern slopes also have difficult
routes, however, the route via the northern ridge does not pose
serious technical problems. Helicopter assisted programms apart
from being time-saving, give a birds eye view of the alpine scenary.
Mt. Peak Communizm was explored in 1928. A British party of eight
climbers were the first Europians to reach the summit in 1962.
The mountains is notorious for it's winds even during clear skies.
The programme is rather difficult for unexperienced climbers who
have not gone through a prior acclimatisation spell on Mt. Peak
E. Korjenevskaya. However, well-trained and skilled mountaineers
will be able to reach the loftiest summit of the 'Roof of the
World" in a short period of time. MT. PEAK OF ISMOILI SOMONI