Kazakhstan alpinists to conquer Everest

Other News Materials 28 March 2009 11:32 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan, Astana, March 28 / Trend , K.Arinova/

An expedition of Kazakh climbers team Lhotse-Everest-2009 will set off on March 28 as part of the program "Kazakhstan on the Highest Peaks of the World", Kazakhstan Mountaineering and Climbing Federation executive secretary Tatiana Salamakhina told Trend .

"The goal is to climb two peaks - planet's highest peak Everest (8,848 meters) and fourth highest mountain - Lhotse (8,516 meters)," she said.

Conquering the Lhotse will be the final stage of the project "Kazakhstan on the Highest Peaks of the World". The objective of this project is to conquer all the 14 peaks at an altitude of more than 8,000 meters above sea level without supplementary oxygen, Salamakhina said.

The team was composed of the strongest professional climbers: Maksut Zhumaev, Vassily Pivtsov, Sergei Samoilov, Artem Skopin, Aleksandr Rudakov, Yevgeny Shutov and Aleksandr Sofrygin.

There are 14 peaks at an altitude of over 8,000 meters above sea level on the Earth. They are located in the Himalayas and the Karakoram. The peaks are Chomolungma (Everest) - 8,848 meters, K2 (Chogori) - 8,611 meters, Kangchenjunga - 8,585 meters, Lhotse - 8,516 meters, Makalu - 8,515 meters, Dhaulagiri - 8,172 meters, Cho Oyyu - 8,158 meters, Manaslu - 8,156 meters, Nanga Parbat - 8,125 meters, Annapurna I - 8,072 meters, Hidden Peak (К5) - 8,068 meters, Broad Peak - 8,047 meters, Gasherbrum II - 8,035 meters, and Shisha Pangma - 8,013 meters.

The climbing was organized by the Kazakhstan Mountaineering and Climbing Federation.

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