born on January 16, 1958 in Korkino village, Chelyabinskaya oblast, USSR, is a Soviet and Kazakhstani high-altitude climber, mountain guide, photographer and writer. He was awarded the Snow Leopard (1985) and the Honored Master of Sport of the USSR (1989).
He climb the world’s 11 eight-thousand mountains and altogether accomplished 18 ascents thereof.
Bukreyev was awarded the Companion of the Order for Personal Courage (1989), Kazakhstan Medal for Courage (1998, posthumously), he is the Winner of the American Alpine Club Award named after David Soules that is given to the climbers who risked their own lives to save people in mountains (1997)
He died on December 25, 1997 in Annapurna, the Himalayas, Nepal, together with the Kazakhstani cameraman Dmitriy Sobolev during winter ascent of Annapurna as a result of avalanche.
Since 1998, the friends of Anatoliy Bukreyev hold in his honor the annual race to the Amangeldy Peak (3,999m).
2016 Race will be held on December 25th sponsored by his international friends Linda Wylie, Elliott Robinson, Simone Moro and Leonid Vyssokov.
The Custom-made Commemorative Medal for Participation will be awarded to the first 100 finishers of Amangeldy (3,940m) and Alpingrad (3,440m).