Conquering The Celestial Mountains – Simonov

In this post, we will see the book Conquering The Celestial Mountains by Yevgeny Simonov.

About the book

Tien Shan means celestial mountains in Chinese. Climbs in the Tien Shan, (Kang Tengri). The book gives a good insight to the early Soviet climbers in the 1950s such as the famous Abalakov brothers.


The book was translated from Russian by G. Ivanov-Mumjiev  and was published in 1958 by Foreign Languages Publishing House.

Note: The original scan was in black and white, hence the photos are almost of no worth. If anyone has access to the book please provide the scan of the photos and we will update the scan.

You can get the book here.

Original scan by DLI.

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The Journey’s Beginning (In lieu of Preface) 5
Meeting in Berlin 8
Celestial Mountains 15
Lord of the Spirits 25
The Brothers Abalakov 30
A Cloth Bound Notebook 41
A Peak Without Address 62
The Tracks on the Glacier 69
First Among the Mountaineers 93
Eleven at the Top 114

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