International Student Expedition "In the Land of the Irbis and Argali: Central Asia 2018"

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Route: Samarkand-Bukhara-Khiva-Aral Sea-Dushanbe-Murghab-Karakol-Almaty-Astana.

Organizers: NEFU, Agricultural University in Krakow (Poland).

Participants: 15-30 people.

Timeframe: 01-30 September 2018

The deadline for applications: July 31, 2018.

Working languages: Russian, Polish, English.

Cost: 1100 dollars. The price includes the cost of renting a car, accommodation. The price does NOT include the price of air travel.

Meals: 150 dollars. Please note that meals will be organized in the field, food will be cooked on fire. The meals in hostels will be cooked 2 times per day: breakfast and dinner.

Accommodation: in tents, in dormitories of universities. You should have tents, sleeping bags and other tourist equipment.


1 week. Uzbekistan.


In Uzbekistan, the expedition members will see the ancient cities Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Urgench. In these centers of culture and science, unique historical monuments have been preserved. Further, the group will proceed to the Aral Sea, the region of the current ecological catastrophe. On the way back, the expedition will see the Kyzylkum desert.

2 week. Tajikistan.


Tajikistan is a country of high mountains and fast clean rivers. Acquaintance with this country will begin with a visit to the capital - Dushanbe. Then the group will go east along the Pamir highway to the highest mountain region of Tajikistan - Gorny Badakhshan. Attention: for visiting Gorno-Badakhshan region, you need to receive permission in the Embassy of Tajikistan beforehand. Associate Professor of IEN S.A. Ivanova is engaged in obtaining permission for students of NEFU (applications must be submitted no later than July 31, 2018 at +79142719256, In Pamir, students will visit hot springs, high-mountain lakes, get acquainted with the culture and life of Pamir people.

3 week. Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan is one of the most picturesque places on the planet. Students will visit the Fergana Valley, climb to the tops of the Tien Shan and see the pearl of Central Asia - Issyk-Kul Lake.

4 week. Kazakhstan.


The largest country that students will visit during the expedition. Acquaintance will begin with the former capital city Almaty. It is one of the most beautiful cities of the former USSR, a large cultural, scientific and industrial center of Kazakhstan. The boundless steppe is a visiting card of Kazakhstan. Unique natural complexes of the steppes will be of interest to the expedition members. Another interesting object is Lake Balkhash. Expedition will complete work in the capital of Kazakhstan - Astana.

Directions of scientific research:

- Geography; - Ecology; - Biology; - Geobotany; - Agriculture; - History; -Cultural studies.

Visas. For Russian citizens, a visa is not required to visit Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Citizens of other countries should independently familiarize themselves with the rules of entry and stay in these countries, and, if necessary, obtain a visa.

Medical insurance. Each participant of the expedition must have medical insurance.

Features. Since the program includes a large number of hiking trips, participation in scientific experiments in the natural environment, which implies certain physical activities, please indicate whether you have medical contraindications. Please also indicate if you are allergic to any medications, food, insect bites.

Target group: bachelors, masters, graduate students interested in natural sciences and tourism, problems of geography, biology, ecology, tourism, history, ethnography, etc.



Svetlana Ivanova

Ecological and geographical department, Institute of Natural Sciences

North-Eastern Federal University

KFEN, room 545, Kulakovsky, 48, Yakutsk 677000,

The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russia


For consultations in English:

Phone fax. + 7-4112-49-69-64