Foundation for the Preservation and Exploration of Caves and the Central Asian Speleological Union, carry out speleological research in the vast territory of Central Asia. The main goal of speleological expeditions is to search for and explore caves. An important task of our organizations is to preserve the caves for future generations.
There are not so many caves known in Tajikistan as in neighboring Uzbekistan, but there are the longest and deepest rock salt caves in Central Asia (Haja Mumin massif), as well as the highest mountain caves in Central Asia and in the world (namely the cave, not a grotto) – Rangkulskay cave. Also of interest is the small Makkshevatskaya cave with a well-preserved old man’s mummy.
The biggest caves of Uzbekistan There are more than thousand caves in Uzbekistan. In terms of the number of caves, their depth and size, the caves of Uzbekistan are significantly ahead of all the famous caves of Central Asia taken together. The biggest speleological discoveries in Uzbekistan started in the early 70s of XX century. As a result of these researches, more than 600 caves were discovered, including, the deepest abysses of the Asian continent: Boy-Bulok and Kievskaya, 16 km long labyrinth of Festivalnaya-Ledopadnaya cave systems. In recent years, as Continue Reading
There are about 200 known caves in Kyrgyzstan. Some of them are geological natural monuments and are protected by the state. First of all, this is the Chil-Ustun cave, known as a unique underground landscape, as well as a habitat for rare species of bats. Galleries of ancient rock paintings from the 2nd to the 11th centuries were found in the cave. Another interesting cave is Pobednaya (Osh mountain hills) – a complex and long cave of hydro-thermokarst origin. Kyrgyz speleologists have not abandoned the idea to go through the Continue Reading
“Tuya-Muyun – 2021″ (Foothills of the Alai ridge, Kyrgyzstan), August, 2021 Dangi Canyon is located in the Tuya-Muyun karst massif, in the northern foothills of the Alai Range. Tectonically, this is the most stable region of the Tien Shan. The karst region is located 50 km from the Osh city. The Tuya-Muyun mountain range is composed of Devonian limestones. Earlier, several caves were discovered in the Tuya-Muyun karst area. All found caves are located in easily accessible places. These caves are the rarest formations with unique calcite crystals, the length Continue Reading
We invite cavers and researchers to take part in a speleological expedition to a new karst area. Preliminary dates of the expedition August 14 – August 28, 2021 Expedition dates are not fixed. If you have a speleoclub, speleo federation or a separate team, you can choose the dates convenient for you. In 2021, we plan to conduct an integrated transboundary speleo-biological expedition to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In 2019, we made a reconnaissance of karst in Tajikistan. As a result, we understood the logistic features, distance and travel time. We Continue Reading
We invite you to take part in a speleological expedition to the karst regions of the Fergana ridge. The preliminary dates of the expedition are August 24 – September 06, 2021. If you have a speleoclub, speleo federation or a separate team, you can choose the dates convenient for you. Locals tell scary stories about mysterious animals that hunt sheep and horses. Shepherds and hunters tell fantastic stories about large animals that haunt local nomads. A story about mysterious animals was told to me by one of the indigenous people Continue Reading