It is an ancient heraldic device, Aq-
The snow leopard symbol probably comes from the totems of one of the Bulgar tribes
They are included in the list of steppe-
Both the Latinised genus name, Uncia, and the occasional English name "ounce" are
derived from the Old French once, originally used for the European lynx. "Once" itself
is believed to have arisen by back-
The Snow Leopard award is a Soviet mountaineering award, given to very experienced climbers. It is still recognised in the Commonwealth of Independent States. To receive this award, a climber must summit all 5 peaks of 7000m and above located in the former Soviet Union.
In Tajikistan's Pamir Mountains there are 3 Snow Leopard peaks, Ismail Samani Peak
(formerly Communism Peak) 7,495 m (24,590 ft), Peak Korzhenevskaya 7,105 m (23,310
ft), and Ibn Sina Peak (formerly Lenin Peak) 7,134 m (23,406 ft) on the Kyrgyzstan-
In order of difficulty, Peak Pobeda is by far the most difficult and dangerous, followed by Khan Tengri, Ismail Samani Peak, Peak Korzhenevskaya, and Lenin (Ibn Sina) Peak.
There are more than 600 climbers, including 31 women, who have received this award since 1961 up until 2012.