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20 Ukrainian alpinists are to reach Lenin Peak on Pamir Mountains in August

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July 19, 2012, 7:10 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

A group of Ukrainian mountain climbers is to ascend Lenin Peak in the Pamir Mountains in Kyrgyzstan.
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A group of Ukrainian mountain climbers is to ascend Lenin Peak in the Pamir Mountains in Kyrgyzstan.

"We're going to climb a mountain over 7,000 meters high -Lenin Peak, in Kyrgyzstan," one of the participants of the expedition, Yuriy Cherevko, said at a press conference hosted by Interfax-Ukraine on Thursday.

"We're not saying this will be a unique sports achievement, but there has never been such a mass expedition to such a height in Ukraine," he said.

According to him, the expedition will consist of 20 mountain climbers from different cities, who are members of the Vertical club (Kyiv) of the Federation of Mountaineering and Rock Climbing of Ukraine. The expedition is being funded by its participants with support from the Vertical club, which helped obtain permission to enter the border area, as Lenin Peak is situated on the border of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

Climber Oleksiy Nechyporenko said August was the most favorable season to conduct an such expedition. The ascending is expected to take 26 days.

In particular, the climbers, after their arrival in Osh in Kyrgyzstan, are to reach base camp by lorry and then to carry out several ascents to different heights, with the aim of achieving acclimatization, and to finish with a climb to a height of 7,134 meters.

Climber Natalia Poliukhovych said Lenin Peak was one of only five mountains over 7,000 meters high on the territory of former Soviet Union. It is the most accessible for transport, as the other peaks take two weeks to reach on foot, or can only be reached by helicopter. 

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