Independence Peak or Qullai Istiqlol (Russian: Пик Независимости; Tajik: Қуллаи Истиқлол), at 6,940 m (22,769 ft), is the seventh-highest peak in the Pamir Mountains,[2] located at the center of Tajikistan's Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province, above the source of the Yazgulem River in the Yazgulem Range. The mountain consists of three snow- and ice-covered summits and its northwest face is the source of the Fedchenko Glacier.

Independence Peak
Revolution Peak
Independence Peak is located in Tajikistan
Independence Peak
Independence Peak
Location in Tajikistan
Highest point
Elevation6,940 m (22,770 ft)[1]
Prominence2,402 m (7,881 ft)[1]
Coordinates38°30′36″N 72°21′15″E / 38.51000°N 72.35417°E / 38.51000; 72.35417[1]
LocationGBAO, Tajikistan
Parent rangePamir Mountains
First ascent1954, by A. Ugarov et al.
Easiest routeglacier/snow climb

The peak was originally named Dreispitz by a joint Russian–German team who discovered it in 1928, but failed to climb it due to deep snow and avalanche danger. The first ascent was made in 1954 by a Russian team led by A. Ugarov. After World War II, Dreispitz was renamed Revolution Peak (Tajik: Қуллаи Инқилоб, Qullai Inkilob), and in July 2006 it was given its current name.

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British Climbers Simon Spencer-Jones (26) and Ian Hatcher (26) disappeared in 2005, attempting to summit Peak Revolution via the Fenchenko Glacier with the University of Bristol Climbing Club. They departed base camp on 13 July and did not return at the planned date of 18 July. Two helicopters assisted in a ground and air search but no bodies were found, it is thought both climbers were killed as a result of 3 ft of snow that fell over 48 hours.[3]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b c "The Central Asian Republics: Ultra-Prominence Page". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  2. ^ High Asia - All mountains and main peaks above 6650 m Retrieved 2017-02-05
  3. ^ Blackstock, Colin (10 August 2005). "Families say two British climbers missing in Tajikistan are probably dead". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 15 November 2023.

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