This week, travel back in time to 1953 through this video showcasing a Soviet expedition to Tian Shan, a large system of mountain ranges located in Central Asia. The video, shared by journalist Ryskeldi Satke, shows the expedition to South Engilchek Glacier. The glacier is the sixth largest non-polar glacier in the world, at about 60.5 km in length, and the largest and fastest moving glacier in Kyrgyzstan.
The expedition was taken to name a peak after Chinese-Soviet friendship when the Sino-Soviet Treaty of Friendship, Alliance and Mutual Assistance was in place during the 1950s. In time to celebrate this World Cup season, the video also shows a high-altitude soccer match, where players play to win not a cup but a cake!
Soviet expedition to Tian Shan in 1953 through Stalin ridge to South Engilchek Glacier (60km overall length back then). Soccer match in between at the altitude of 3,200 meters for a cake. Purpose of this trip was to name a peak after Chinese-Soviet friendship. cc @GlacierHub pic.twitter.com/cScsF6qtwt
— Ryskeldi Satke (@RyskeldiSatke) May 24, 2018