Pik Imeni Ismail Samani

Photo of Pik Imeni Ismail Samani

Photo by Hartmut Bielefeldt, July 1993

Details

Elevation (feet): 24,590
Elevation (meters): 7,495
Continent: Asia
Country: Tajikistan
Range/Region: Pamir
Latitude: 38.95
Longitude: 72.0167
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Year first climbed: 1933
First successful climber(s): Evgenii Abalakov - solo
Nearest major airport: Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Convenient Center: Osh, Kyrgyzstan, Dzhirgatal, Tajikistan

Description

Pik Imeni Ismail Samani, formerly Pik Kommunizma (Communism Peak), is the highest peak in the Pamirs, and the highest in the former Soviet Union. It is a huge craggy mountain, heavily glaciated despite its rising above a dry, barren region. The rock is poor and the approach is difficult, but because it is the highest of all peaks in the region, climbers have been active on the mountain for decades, and a variety of routes exist to the summit. The mountain's name has a long political history. Its name was Pik Garmo until 1933, when it was changed to Pik Stalin. In 1962, it was changed to Pik Kommunizma, and in 1998 to its current name, Pik Imeni Ismail Samani. The mountain is located sixty miles southwest of Pik Lenin (23,406 ft.), which was believed to be the higher mountain until Samani was first climbed.