AUG 03, 2016
On Tuesday Andrzej Bargiel conquered Ismoil Somoni Peak (7495 m). The Polish skier climbed the highest mountain in Tajikistan and returned safely to the base camp after 27 hours from his departure on Monday. Thus, Bargiel reached the third goal of the prestigious Snow Leopard trophy that includes five highest peaks of the former Soviet Union countries.
Despite the initial summit attack being scheduled for Friday, the weather forced the crew to readjust their plans and Bargiel was able to leave Moskvina base camp first on Monday 4.15 pm local time. Later in the evening he reached camp 3 at 6100 meters, where he spent the night. At 6:00 am on Tuesday Andrzej started moving towards the summit, where he checked-in at 12:40 local time following long hours of wading through deep snow. Following the heavy snowfall in the previous days, the snow conditions on the way down were good, however the rising temperatures caused the avalanche danger to increase suddenly, forcing Bargiel to making every turn carefully in order to manage the risk. At 5500 m he unfortunately encountered gear issues, forcing him to ski the remaining 1000 vertical meters on a single ski.
After the longest and the most intense of his summit attacks during Snow Leopard expedition, Andrzej reached the base camp at 19:30 local time.
In 18 days Bargiel managed to reach three out of five Snow Leopard peaks as he’s firmly marching toward breaking the speed record belonging to Denis Urubko and Andrey Molotov, who completed the challenge in 42 days back in 1999. The biggest advantage Bargiel has over the Russian climbers, are his skis that allow him to travel much faster through the difficult terrain. The pace imposed by the Polish skier is indeed sensational – Lenin Peak (under 16 hours), Korzhenevskaya Peak (13 hours) and now Ismoil Somoni Peak (under 28 hours).
The expedition’s part in Tajikistan is now over. The crew will soon come back to Kirgistan, where Bargiel will confront the final two peaks – Pobeda Peak and Khan Tengri. On both peaks he plans to attempt the first ever full ski descents.
CANAL+DISCOVERY channel is the strategic partner of the project. The filming crew that accompanies Bargiel during the expedition will create a documentary series illustrating his struggles with an ambitious and dangerous challenge. The project is furthermore supported by Atomic, Salomon, Sobiesław Zasada Automotive, Pajak Sport and IMM – Insitute of Media Monitoring.