The Snow Leopard Challenge

Altitude 7495m, Grade 5D

It started in the old Soviet Union times and became the ultimate challenge for alpinists….to climb all Soviet peaks over 7000 metres; Peak Lenin, Korzhenevskaya, Ismoil Somoni, Khan Tengri and Peak Pobeda.


Snow Leopard Challenge

The Snow Leopard Challenge started in the old Soviet Union times and became the ultimate challenge for alpinists….to climb all Soviet peaks over 7000 meters; Peak Lenin, Korzhenevskoy, Communism, Khan Tengri and Pobeda. Those who managed to summit the five Central Asian giants were awarded the prestiguous Snow Leopard Award. To date it has been completed by less than six hundred mountaineers, none of them British.

Adventure Peaks have over 15 years experience in this region and have climbed separately on all 5 of The Snow Leopard mountains. We are now offering all five concurrently to achieve the Snow Leopard award; three peaks are located in the Pamirs and two in the Tien Shan.

Trip dossier

Dossier request

  • International Flights from London (Flight inclusive package)
  • A British expedition team leader. Small groups may use a local leader.
  • Travel to and from UK airport (unless otherwise specified).
  • Permits, charges, importation taxes and levies payable to the Local Authorities in connection with the expedition.
  • Food, fuel and cooking equipment whilst on the mountain.
  • Hotel accommodation in Bishkek on a Bed & Breakfast basis.
  • All tents and other communal equipment necessary for the climb.
  • Medical safety equipment and supplies.
  • Communication equipment (each member on a Grade 3B or above are normally provided with a radio whilst on the mountain and the team is often supported with a Satellite Telephone and e-mail facilities on extended expeditions at Base Camp).
  • 90 – 120 litre kit bag for expedition members for UK based clients. A logoed top will be substituted for all clients residing outside of the UK and for returning clients
  • 24 hour back up and support from UK staff
  • 15% off the RRP on clothing and equipment purchased from Adventure Peaks shop
  • Travel to and from UK airport
  • Personal climbing clothes and equipment.
  • Personal insurance, visas, departure tax and inoculations.
  • Drinks and hotel or guest house meals, unless specified.
  • Personal medical supplies and personal use of communication equipment.
  • Excess baggage.
  • Tips for porters and local guides.
  • Costs associated with an expedition finishing early.
  • Costs associated with you leaving an expedition early.
  • Costs associated with extending a trip due to bad weather or other circumstances.

It is vitally important that you have adequate travel insurance for your trip with Adventure Peaks. We recognise the complexity and variety of choice in the insurance market and know that many of you either have your own preferred insurer or have annual multi trip cover in place already. If this is the case, please ensure that your insurer is aware of your Adventure Peaks itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken.

Adventure Peaks do not provide any advice on travel insurance, although it is a requirement of our booking conditions that you have travel insurance which covers the activities which you are likely to be undertaking on your holiday. Cover must include emergency medical, helicopter evacuation, repatriation and rescue expenses.

It is strongly recommended that suitable cancellation insurance is purchased at the time of booking as all deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.

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Previous trip reports from Snow Leopard Challenge expeditions

Peak Lenin Peak Lenin 26 July 18 - 27th July The team have arrived in Osh with all their kit.
The beautiful summit ridge of Korzhenevskaya Trip Report – Korzhenevskaya July 2016 - Read the report from our successful summer 2016 expedition to Korzhenevskaya, part of the 'Snow Leopard' Challenge comprising five 7000m Soviet peaks. The expedition was led by Rob Smith.
Peak Lenin Peak Lenin Expedition August ’16 - 18th August The team are now all back down at ABC.
Korzhenevskaya-Martin-Barnet-1406 Korzhenevskaya Expedition July ’16 - 17th August The team are now back in Dushanbe and are making preparations to fly home.
Peak Lenin Peak Lenin Expedition July ’16 - 9th August Andrey has called from ABC to say the team are now back down safe after making their summit bid.
peak lenin summit Peak Lenin expedition. Departed July 14 - 22nd July - Summit Success. Rob has called from Camp 3 to say the team reached the summit today. It was a tiring day and the team are happy to be back at camp. They will clear down to ABC tomorrow and have a well earned rest before heading back to BC & Osh.
Peak Korzhenevskaya Expedition July 2013 -

Although Peak Communism wasn't a success this year we had an awesome trip and great success on Peak Korzhenevskaya, enjoy this photo of the team on the Summit.

peak-lenin-2013-jasonbailey20 Peak Lenin expedition. Departed August 13 - 27th Aug, Summit success! Jason and Alistair successfully reached the summit of Peak Lenin in a 10 hour push in near perfect weather, a long day but a great achievement. They safely descended to high camp at 6100m in just over 4hrs and down to BC the flowing day…a quick descent!
image-1 Unclimbed Peaks and Khan Tengri -

Leader and Updates: Francis Blunt

16th August:Martin rang from the Alpine Tien Shan group - both groups are all having a lazy day by Lake Issykul, enjoying themselves and preparing for the trek out, back down to Bishkek and home.

Tien Shan Peaks and Khan Tengri Expedition News -

8th August: Paul has called in with an update. The weather conditions have unfortunately not been good for the last few days, and the group has had to make the difficult decision not to attempt Khan Tengri. There were discussions of perhaps trying an alternate peak such as Karly Tau or additional skills training but in the end the team decided to choose other options.

Thomas and Chris have opted for early flights home, Vicky and Aisling are having a few 'Spa' days in Bishkek, Robert is staying in the Karakol area trekking and Paul, Max, Jean and David are going to the Ala Archa area climbing for the next few days.

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The Initial Deposits for this booking will be :£1000 per Person

Land Only Availability Days Price Book
23rd Jun 2023 - 3rd Sep 2023
With UK Flight dates Availability Days Price Book
22nd Jun 2023 - 3rd Sep 2023