HIGH KARST of PAMIR (Tajikistan). June 25 - July 7

June 25 - July 7
  
At the moment we have indicated the most favorable season of the year according to the climatic conditions in a particular geographical area.
The program of the Karst expedition and the caves of Tajikistan.
The described program is flexible. We can change the length of our staying in a particular area.
The expeditions are planned from June 25 - July 7, 2019. This is the most favorable time for the expedition to the Pamir – the highest mountainous region of Tajikistan.
After Tajikistan we return to Kyrgyzstan for the next stage of the expedition.

The program of the Karst expedition and the caves of Tajikistan.

The described program is flexible. We can change the length of our staying in a particular area.

The expeditions are planned from June 25 - July 7, 2019. This is the most favorable time for the expedition to the Pamir – the highest mountainous region of Tajikistan.

The purpose of the expedition:

* - Speleological research

* - Exploration of karst areas

* - Search and research of caves

* - Biological research

* - Geological research

Day 1. The expedition starts in Bishkek. But those who wish can come to the city of Osh and join the expedition. In Osh, we are going to stop for the night. Osh also has an international airport where flights arrive from Bishkek.

The expedition members visiting Kyrgyzstan for the first time and arriving in Bishkek can enjoy the journey from Bishkek to Osh (630 km).

Day 2. In the morning, our expedition will continue to the west towards the city of Batken and further to Khujand – the northern capital of Tajikistan. There will be a stop in a field camp near the Kairakum reservoir.

Days 3-4. Research of the southern slopes of the Kuramin range. The main source of the Kairakum reservoir is the large river of Central Asia – the Syrdarya. Here are located the hydrogen sulfide sources Aksukon. The desert landscape is formed by mesozoic salt layers. But, we are interested in the Kuramin range, built of limestone rocks.

This area is known as Kara-Mazar. These are ancient cave mines - IV-XX centuries, where ancient miners mined polymetallic ores. As a result, over 1500 years, mixed artificial-natural underground cavities were formed. Until now, people still do not know the true size, length and depth of these underground labyrinths and huge underground halls. In the caves live bats and other fauna.

But, besides the ancient cave mines in the gorges of this mountain range, there may be caves that we want to find or understand the prospect of further exploration. Although the cave mines have never been explored either.

Day 5. We travel to the south of Tajikistan. From Khujand, our way continues to Ura-Tyube and further, through the Turkestan and Gissar ranges, we will go down in the direction of the Tajik Depression to the capital of Tajikistan – Dushanbe.

On the way, on the same day, we plan to stop in the area of the Shirkent National Park.

Days 6-7. In the area of Shirkent, we plan to explore the southern slopes of the Gissar range forming an interesting karst area. We assume that there may be large caves here. Our assumption is based on the fact that this region continues to the west towards Uzbekistan, where the famous deepest caves of Dark Star, Boy-Bulak and others were discovered in similar geological conditions. Therefore, we assume that in similar natural conditions in the territory of Tajikistan there may also be deep karst caves.

If, as a result of our research, we discover new caves, then this area can become a place for new future expeditions and cave discoveries.

Overnight in a field camp near the Shirkent National Park. The Shirkent National Park was created on the site of the world's largest museum of dinosaur footprints.

Day 8. Drive to Nurek and further to the karst plateau of the Vakhsh range. Overnight in a field base camp.

The Vakhsh Range is like a layered cake of limestone and gypsum. On the range plateau (2700 m) you can see numerous karst sinkholes. The sinkholes are confined to tectonic faults. The diameter of some of them reaches 30-35 m.

Days 9. Research of karst sinkholes. The length of the mountain range is about 20 km, the plateau width is up to 1 km.

Day 10. Transfer to Kulyab. Here are located some of the world's largest mountain ranges completely composed of rock salt. Overnight in the field camp.

Days 11-12. Several large caves were formed in the salt strata. We want to explore these caves and magnificent salt canyons. These researches will be useful for biologists and geologists.

Day 13. Itinerary back to Kyrgyzstan.
 
After this part of the expedition, we will begin the next part in the territory of Kyrgyzstan 

Conditions of the expedition:

* - Duration: 13 days (may vary).

* - Number of participants: 8-15 people

* - The expedition participants can arrive to the city of Bishkek or to the city of Osh.

* - There is a visa-free regime for more than 150 countries to entry Kyrgyzstan.

* - To enter Tajikistan, you need to read the information on the site: www.visa.gov.tj

* - You have to issue an electronic pass to Gorny-Badakhshan on the Internet site: www.evisa.tj

* - The cost of participation in the expedition depend from quantuty the participants

The price includes:

- Car rent. About 3000 km

* - Food supply

* - Accommodation in guest houses along the way

* - Permission of the authorities of Tajikistan

* - Rent of transport

* - Local guides

* - Entrance to the Shirkent National Park

* - Equipment for the base camp

* - Consumables

* - Organization

* - Cook's salary

* - Land rent for base camp

* - Formalities