Pobeda Peak


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Pobeda Peak,

Kyrgyzstan-China: see Tian ShanTian Shan
or Tien Shan
[Chin.,=celestial mountains], mountain system of central Asia, extending c.1,500 mi (2,410 km) from the Pamir Mts., Tajikistan, NE through the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, NW China, to the China-Mongolia border; Pobeda Peak (24,406 ft/7,439
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Pobeda Peak

 

the highest peak of the Tien-Shan; second highest peak in the USSR (7,439 m). Located in the Kokshaltau Range, 20 km south of Khan-Tengri. There are thick glaciers on the slopes.

Pobeda Peak was first ascended in 1938 by L. A. Gutman, E. I. Ivanov, and A. I. Sidorenko of the Soviet expedition led by A. A. Letavet. The summit was named in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Komsomol. In 1943, Soviet topographers headed by P. N. Rapasov determined the true elevation of the summit, which was named Pobeda Peak. By 1973 the peak had been ascended 144 times.