Sakha is a region of highs, lows and little else. It’s home to Pik Pobeda, the highest mountain in Siberia, and where the lowest temperature in the Northern Hemisphere was recorded – a deadly -71.3°C (-96.34°F).
It’s also the desolate and hostile landscape in which alpinists Tamara Lunger and Simone Moro found themselves in February 2018 as they prepared to attempt the first ever winter ascent of this 3003m frozen monolith.
Taking planes, vans, and snowmobiles culminates in an unbelievably long and courageous journey to conquer the first winter ascent of Pik Pobeda. Luckily Siberian drivers aren’t afraid of crossing frozen rivers or hypothermia along the way.
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• SIBERIA – 2018 🇷🇺 • “Simone, why do you and I always have to try impossible things?!?” But at the end, despite the unknowns, we were there… ________________________________________ • PIK POBEDA WINTER EXPEDITION • #NeverStopExploring • Theme: #SimoneMoroAlpinist • Photo: @tamaralunger • Sponsored by: @thenorthface @enervitsport @dfsportspecialist @lasportivagram @garminoutdoor @finecobank @camp1889 @leaseplanitalia @somainitalia @acerbissport @leonardo_helicopters @altitude_helicopters
While the highest mountains of Siberia may not equal the elevations attainable in the Himalayas, reaching the summit of the sub 10,000 foot peak presents its own unique difficulties. After navigating the cultural divide of Siberia, extreme cold weather and logistical challenges, climbing may just be the easiest part of the trip.
You can read more about Tamara Lunger and Simone Moro’s amazing expedition here.