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