This summer the team will set out to the South Inchylek basecamp, located on the border of China and Kyrgyzstan. From here they will attempt to climb Peak Pobeda (7.439m) and/or Khan Tengri (7.010m).
Both peaks are well know for their extreme cold and bad weather. If the team succeeds in climbing Peak Pobeda it will be a first Dutch ascent.
on the 25th of July 2016 three out of four of the expedition members summited Peak Lenin (7.134m).
The expedition lasted about three weeks. The team climbed the north face, via the normal route. The 2016 expedition was unsupported and conducted in alpine style.
Project 5 Peaks is a multi-year adventure. The challenge is to climb Central Asia's five highest mountains. All these mountains lie within Kirgistan and Tajikistan and are All higher than 7.000m.
Back in 1956 this was the ultimate test for the USSR eltite-mountaineers. In 1961 Evgeny Ivanov (rus) became the first to do so and finish the prestigious 'Snow Leopard Challenge'. Up until now there has never been a Dutch team to complete the challenge.
three out of the five Snow Leopard peaks are located within the Pamir Mountains, between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The other two are a part of the Tien-Shan mountain range and are found in Kyrgyzystan, near the border of China.