Adventure of science: Women and glaciers in Central Asia

Open to women 18-30 years old

Program dates: 1-10 September 2019

Applications due 31 July 2019

Explore glaciers in Ala Archa National Park in Kyrgyzstan

During the 10-day expedition, you will discover glaciers and their environment in the Ala Archa National Park in Kyrgyzstan. Together with other young women (18 to 30 years old), you will elaborate on a science project and learn to navigate through an alpine environment. During the expedition, different challenges are waiting for us (mountaineering, scientific, etc.), which we will tackle together as a group. Mutual support helps you to develop your personal and professional skills, as well as further develop your passion for science and the environment. You will receive a training in mountaineering and learn how to set up and elaborate a scientific project.

“Adventure of science: Women and glaciers in Central Asia” will be held in English and Russian. An experienced, women-only instructor team is organizing the expedition and will guide you through this unique and exciting experience. The instructor team includes a professional female mountain guide and four female scientists. They will transmit their passion for their professional and personal occupations and share their energy and experiences in the mountains with you. “Adventure of science: Women and glaciers in Central Asia” aims to combine science, art, inquiry, and wilderness travel.

There are no participation costs and all necessary equipment including technical clothes will be provided.


  • Day 1: Arrival in Bishkek, Opening event

  • Day 2: Hand over of gear and material, travel to Ala Archa National park, first night in tents

  • Day 3: Hike up to Base Camp, setting up the Base Camp

  • Day 4-7: Introduction into mountaineering, explore the environment, and elaborate and work on a science project.

  • Day 8: Take down the Base Camp, hike back to Ala Archa National Park entrance, travel back to Bishkek

  • Day 9: Analyze the collected data of the science projects, preparation of presentations, hand back and clean up the material, lessons learned / first impressions

  • Day 10: Public event: presentations of science projects by participants, presentations given by female role models in Central Asia, hand out certificates, lunch, closing


The idea for Adventure of science: Women and glaciers in Central Asia began during glaciological fieldwork and capacity building activities within the projects “Capacity building and Twinning for Climate Observing Systems” and “Cryospheric Climate Services for improved Adaptation”. Martina Barandun and Marlene Kronenberg were inspired by the energy of young women they met in Central Asia. Almost from the beginning, they have been involved as volunteers respectively instructor in Girls on Ice Switzerland (The first Inspiring Girls Expeditions in Switzerland) and dreamt of bringing it to Central Asia.


A safe expedition is of highest priority! A professional female mountain guide (IMFGA certificated) from the Kyrgyz Mountain Guide Association will accompany the expedition at all times. The used equipment is quality controlled and all participants will receive an insurance for the entire duration of the program.

Who can participate?

The most important thing is that you have an interest in Science and Alpine Environments and motivation in taking part. Do not hesitate to apply, if you have not participated in any scientific program or if you have never left the region you grew up in. This expedition is for women like you! We do not only look for women who have exceptional skills or won prizes in competitions. However, it is important that you share your story with us. During the expedition, we want you to share your perspectives and learn from each other. Each participant brings a unique contribution to build up a diverse team. We will not choose team members based solely on their individual applications. We will choose the team as a whole, balancing insights, background, and energy.

 Application Requirements

The number of participants will be limited to ten and we will choose the participating women based on their application. You will need to fill out a detailed application form. The program is open for all motivated and inspired young women of the Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan between the ages of 18 to 30 years who are willing to learn and explore. You need sufficient English and Russian skills to communicate actively with all participants. You do not need any special mountaineering skills or science background but you will need to convince us, that you are motivated to actively participate in the program and tell us who you are and why you think that “Adventure of science: Women and glaciers in Central Asia” is the right program for you.


Please fill in and submit the applications by 31 July 2019, two options for submitting applications below:

Option 1: Fill in and submit this google form

Option 2: Fill in this pdf and send via email to

Only complete applications will be considered. Accepted participants will be notified by 15 August 2019.

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