1. FIRST SPELEOLOGICAL EXPEDITION TO CHATKAL (WESTERN TIEN SHAN), KYRGYZSTAN

Dates: May 5 - June 7, 2018
For the moment Chatkal stays unknown from the speleological point of view. The great heights of limestone massifs, as well as the abundance of precipitation and vegetation create a good prospect for the development of large caves here.
It is planned:
- Research of karst areas associated with the northern slopes of the ridge, research of canyons and plateau of the Chatkal Ridge (karstic funnels).
- Research of karst areas of the Sandalash Ridge.
- Searching and study of caves on the southern slopes of the Pskem Ridge.
 
More info here.

2. SPELEO BIOLOGICAL INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITION PAMIR-ALAI, KYRGYZSTAN

Dates: June 10 - June 22, 2018
It is planned: 
- Research of biodiversity in caves of the southwestern Kyrgyzstan.
- Study of arthropods.
 
More info here
 

3. EXPEDITION TO MOLDO-TOO, KYRGYZSTAN

Dates: June 25 - July 8, 2018
The Moldo-Too Ridge is located  in the Inner Tien Shan, in the central part of Kyrgyzstan to the south of Son-Köl Lake.
The ridge is located in a latitudinal direction from west to east, between the valleys of large rivers - Kokomeren and Naryn. The length of the ridge is about 150 km. The maximum height is 4,185 m. It is the only ridge in Tien Shan, which is completely composed of limestone.
It is planned:
- Evaluation of karst areas.
- Research of famous caves.
- Search and exploration of new caves.
- Study of numerous entrances at different levels in canyons. 
- Search and investigation of water absorption zones.
- Geological and hydrogeological researches.
- Speleological studies.
- Speleoarcheological researches.

More info here.

4. ANDYGEN - MADYGEN CANYON  (PAMIR-ALAI), KYRGYZSTAN 

Dates: July 21 - August 4, 2018
The Andygen karst region covers the area of low-mountain and mid-mountain climatic zones. Karst is developed quite widely and is represented by karas, funnels, grottoes, wells and caves. Geologists described several karst funnels on the eastern extremity of the ridge with a diameter of 2-3 meters and a depth of 1 meter. Some of them (funnels) end in narrow ponoras. The area is not studied at present. The last time caves were found here in 1975.
For the first time the Madygen Canyon was discovered by speleologists in 2017 as promising in speleological terms. The canyon is located 60 km to the north of the Andygen Ridge.
It is planned:
- Evaluation of the karst area.
- Research of famous caves, which are known by local people.
- Search and exploration of new caves.
- Study of numerous entrances at different levels in canyons.
- Search and study of karst funnels on the plateau.
- Assault and researches of the entrance of the Soaring Cave.
- Geological and hydrogeological researches.
- Speleological studies.

More info here.

5. SPELEO PAMIR PROJECT, TAJIKISTAN

Period: August (dates to be announced)

For speleologists Tajikistan is a little-known country in Central Asia. Very weak level of speleological studies of the country is connected with its remoteness and geographical closeness, as well as the lack of speleologists and people interested in caves studies. Karst areas are located far from the civilized centers and high in the mountains.
The first expedition is planned to be held in the second half of August (August 5 - August 17, 2018) to the one of the highest mountain caves in the world, Rangkulskaya (Putnikov) Cave, in the Eastern Pamir. 
During the expedition it is planned to explore other karst areas of the Pamir and Southern Tajikistan.

More info here.

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