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Kyrgyzstan hosts international mountaineering festival at Lenin Peak
Source: The Times of Central Asia, 26.08.2013
Between August 7 and 25, the Achik-Tash mountaineering camp at an altitude of 3,700 meters in Chon-Alai district of Osh region in southern Kyrgyzstan hosted an international mountaineering festival commemorating the 85th anniversary of the first ascent of Lenin Peak.
Lenin Peak is located in the Pamir Mountains on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. It was discovered in 1871 by Russian geographer and explorer Alexei Fedchenko and originally named Mount Kaufmann after Konstantin Kaufman, the first Governor-General of Turkestan. In 1928 the mountain was renamed Lenin Peak after the first leader of the Soviet Union, Vladimir Lenin. In Tajikistan, the peak was renamed again in July 2006, and today it is officially called Ibn Sina Peak or Avicenna Peak after Abu Ali ibn Sina (Avicena). In Kyrgyzstan, the peak is still officially called Lenin.
In September 1928, three German researchers — Eugene Allwein, Erwin Schneider, and Karl Wien — from a Soviet-German scientific expedition, made the first ascent of Lenin Peak (7,134 meters).
The purpose of the festival was to attract investment in the region as a region of international mountaineering.
The festival gathered veteran and young mountaineers from Kyrgyzstan, Russia, China, Great Britain, Austria, Israel, Japan, Korea, Slovakia, Germany, Canada, and Iran.
The main event was an ascent of Lenin Peak, which takes a few days.
Since its discovery, Lenin Peak has been conquered by 2,500 mountaineers.
The festival included a joint ascent of the peak by Kyrgyz servicemen and their ten colleagues from India, within a memorandum of cooperation in the military sphere between the two countries.
It was not the first festival at Lenin Peak, said Vladimir Komissarov, president of the Kyrgyz Mountaineering Club. Such festival was held in 2003 as part of the International Year of Mountains.
“This festival is a good opportunity to find ways for implementing a strategic program to involve the local communities in the sector of adventure tourism,” said Komissarov. “It is a good and positive advertisement for the country that will help the development of adventure tourism in Kyrgyzstan.”