Omurtag Pass

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Location of Bowles Ridge on Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands.
Omurtag Pass from Camp Academia area, with Wörner Gap in the foreground.
The survey route of Tangra 2004/05 including Presian Ridge.
Topographic map of Livingston Island and Smith Island.

Omurtag Pass (Omurtagov Prohod \o-mur-'ta-gov 'pro-hod\) is a 720 m high pass between Mount Bowles and Ticha Peak in Bowles Ridge, Livingston Island in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctica and is part of an overland route between the Wörner Gap area and upper Kaliakra Glacier. The pass is named after Khan Omurtag of Bulgaria, 814-831 AD.

First crossed by Lyubomir Ivanov and Doychin Vasilev from Camp Academia on 24 December 2004.


The pass is located at 62°37′03″S 60°11′27″W / 62.61750°S 60.19083°W / -62.61750; -60.19083Coordinates: 62°37′03″S 60°11′27″W / 62.61750°S 60.19083°W / -62.61750; -60.19083 which is 3.87 km northeast of Orpheus Gate, 3.97 km east of Rezen Saddle, 5.16 km south of Elhovo Gap, 3.25 km west of Pirdop Gate, 4.09 km northwest of Lozen Saddle and 5.86 km northwest of Catalunyan Saddle (Bulgarian topographic survey Tangra 2004/05, and mapping in 2005 and 2009).



This article includes information from the Antarctic Place-names Commission of Bulgaria which is used with permission.