Lithuanian climbers name Tian Shan peaks after Basanavičius, Vidugiris

Tian Shan mountain range
Renato Jakaičio ir Romualdo Barausko nuotr.

“The Lithuanian climbers and our state institutions are working hand-in-hand, we have to wait and hope that the names of the Lithuanian peaks will be stipulated geographically,” Irena Andrukaitienė, signatory of the 1990 Independence Act, a member of the Lithuanian Climbing Association and participant of the international expedition Karakol – 2017, told a news conference at the parliament on Friday.

The expedition involved a total of over 70 people, including seven who reached the two nameless peaks later named after the Lithuanian figures.

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The name of Basanavičius, chairman of the Council of Lithuania that declared independence in 1918, was given to a 4,594 meter peak to celebrate a century of Lithuania’s statehood, while the name of Vidugiris, a Lithuanian-born filmmaker, was given to a 4,780 meter peak due to the person’s ties with both Lithuania and Kyrgyzstan.

A few other peaks in Tian Shan already have Lithuanian names, including Žalgiris, Vilnius University, Mažvydas, Nemunas and Millennium of Lithuania.

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