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.
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
Our speleological projects are studies of previously unstudied or poorly studied karst areas. Studies of new caves and caves, mentioned by local residents. In the study of caves, we approach with comprehensive technique taking into account interests of archaeologists, biologists, geologists, hydrogeologists and other fields of speleology. All the projects are carried out approved by local authorities, and the results of the researches we make available to a wide range of people who are not indifferent to the fate of caves. Caves of Central Asia can bear various information related Continue Reading
Dates for expedition open. Special project – a study of the karst and caves of the Baysun-Tau mountain range. The Baysun-Tau mountain range in Uzbekistan is the south-western spur of the Gissar Range. The length of the range is about 150 km; the maximum height is 4424 m. The range is composed of limestone, sandstone, and clay of the Mesozoic age. Most of the carbonate “pie” is composed by carbonate limestone. On the slopes of the range originates the river Ak-Darya. The lower parts of the slopes are covered with semi-desert Continue Reading
Expedition for cave biologists, speleologists, geologists, archaeologists and researchers About the “Karst on the Roof of the World” project: For speleologists, Tajikistan is a little-known country in Central Asia. Very little Speleological knowledge of the country is related to its remoteness and geographical closeness, as well as the lack of caves and people interested in cave exploration. Karst areas are located far from civilized centers very high in the mountains. Political problems did not allow exploring this region in the past. At present, Tajikistan is a rapidly developing secular country Continue Reading
In November 2019, an international expedition consisting of 23 cavers from 5 countries carried out research on the largest glacier in Tien-Shan named Enylchek. One of research objectives was to study intraglacial drainage systems. Alpine lake Merzbacher, annually for some reason bursts the ice dam. Huge volumes of water rush into the glacier, making kilometers long tunnels. The expedition resulted in discovery of several caves and wells found in the area of Lake Merzbacher. In general, the expedition was successful. But, extreme air temperatures, and some organizational not foreseen in advance Continue Reading