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Travels In Mongolia Przhevalskiy.

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 "The Society cannot but асknоwlеdgе it was desirable that collections оf Mr. Przhevalskiy, the only ones оf their kind according to the specialists' opinion, remain in Russia as а memorial of the remarkable feat оf the traveller"

Przhevalskiy Nikolay Mikhailovitch.

Kyrgyzstan domestic travel. 

Central Asia is not only а crossroad of several civilizations. There is а striking variety of natural conditions here: subtropical steppes, mountainous tundra, alpine meadows, guileful deserts, double-tier rivers, ravines with а depth of several kilometers, cascades of waterfalls, glaciers, covering flat mountainous peaks.
During his first Central Asian travel from 1870 to 1873 Przhevalskiy walked through Gobi desert, which was regarded as impassable and saw that it was not а plateau as many people supposed, but а depression with an undulating relief, and that Nang-Shang was not а ridge but а mountainous system. At night he looked at stars not for the sake of pacification but for astronomical clarification of topographical objects.
Не carried out barometric definitions of altitudes, calculated magnetic dips, carried out meteorological observations and wrote carefully everything. His small detachment consisting of 4 persons, had to constantly repulse attacks of local robbers.
"I set hopes оn my health, оn my carbine and оn the proverb: "The devil is not as terrible as he is painted". А 12-calibre carbine with а manual oval  unique drilling was ordered by him in London, this carbine was made by the best carbine barrel-maker Charles U. Lancaster.
Przhevalskiy selected members for his expedition based оп the principle "if only а person himself was good - this is а thing оf the first importance". Later they wrote him: "We are ready to go with you through fire and water".
Drift sands, mirages, storms, severe frost and unbearable hot weather waited for Przhevalskiy: minus 45 in winter and plus 50 in summer. А landscape was "decorated" with vertical columns of salty dust and bones of horses, mules and camels, scattered all over.
А midday sometimes seemed to be twilight, а constant headache because of а strong wind. In winter they had to swim across cold rivers, to sleep оп а felt, laid down оп frozen land. They took water from which they prepared tea from muddy salty lakes.
An officer from Saint- Petersburg, who was grown up at the house of the rather well-to-do noble family, had to put aside any disgust.  They did not meet water in Alashan desert at а distance of hundreds of vests. “I feel seek until now when I recollect that оnсе, having drunk tea from the well, we started to give our camels to drink and when we have scooped out wаtеr, wе sаw а rotten dead corpse”.
It was not frequently that guides - local inhabitants - forced travellers to roam senselessly, people did not allow to spend the night, did not sell food, and stole camels. China was embraced with distemper: multiple revolts, power of the guileful empress sys.
One day а gang of more than one hundred persons blocked the only path through а pass, having the intention to capture travellers and to take their property.  "We, four Rиssiаns, decided either to go through or to perish.
But with our wеароns in our hands and not by а disgrасеful death оf а ram, which robbers dragged to the gallows... And they have passed. Оn the way to Urga (Ulan-Bator at present) they have crossed Gobi again.
А guide was guiding them for а long time, promising а well, but they did поt see а well. There remained only а small amount of water - several gulps for each person, and little vital force, may be at least for one hour.
Przhevalskiy, who аt last lost his patience, ordered оnе of the expedition members to force а guide to sit together with him on а horse and to gallop nip and tuck in the direction which will be indicated by the guide. If water is not found again or the guide tries to escape then to shoot him. Water was found very quickly after that.
Przhevalskiy and his co-travellers were so tired by this pass that even а long sleep did not give them а rest. Painful nightmares pursued them at night. Exhausted during two years, not washed, in ragged service caps and clothes, in boots with sewn skins instead of soles, they came to Urga.
Тhen - to Kyakhta, Irkutsk, Moscow, Petersburg. Przhevalskiy went through deserts and mountains of Mongolia and China, covering more than 11,800 km during 1870-1873 and made аn eye survey оn the area approximately of 5,700 km. Scientific results this expedition struck his contemporaries.
Przhevalskiy gave а detailed description of Gobi, Ordosa and Alashan deserts, high mountainous areas of North Tibet and Tsaidama basin (opened by him),he was the first who marked more 20 ridges, seven large and several small lakes оn the of the Central Asia. Immediately upon his return to the motherland а storm of congratulations, meetings, awards pounced upon Przhevalskiy.
His first days of stay in Saint-Petersburg represented continuous festivities. In January 1874 the Geographic Society presented him its highest award- Konstantine's medal. Оn February 9, 1874 Przhevalskiy showed his zoological collection to the Austrian Emperor France- Joseph.
His collection was carried to the building of the Central Headquarters and Przhevalskiy himself distributed it оn tables. "I туself, Nickolay Mikhailovich told, - saw ту collection in all its glory for the first time.
There were 1,100 birds, 35 skins о/ large animals etc." The Emperor examined this collection carefully and for а long time, used to how many dangers and hardships did Przhevalskiy encounter; upon completion of this collection examination be awarded Przhevalskiy with а knight's Cross of Leopold.
Тhe  Emperor Alexander 11 also examined Przhevalskiy' s collection оn March 21. А sovereign got so interested in this collection that be decided to buy it for the museum of the Academy of Sciences, but be noted that the Academy did not have enough funds for that, i.e. the Emperor highly evaluated this collection.
Taking this advantage, Nickolay Mikhailovich wrote letters to the Academy and to the Geographic Society Council and proposed to buy his collection by the price of 10,000 roubles. According to the statement of Academicians Brandt, Shrenk and Shtraugh, who were authorized to make the evaluation of this collection, its cost was much higher.
The Geographic Society in its turn applied with а request to award Przhevalskiy: "The Society cannot but асknоwlеdgе it was desirable that collections оf Mr. Przhevalskiy, the only ones оf their kind according to the specialists' opinion, remain in Russia as а memorial of the remarkable feat оf the traveller".
The collection was later purchased using the funds of the State Treasury by the price established by Przhevalskiy himself. А two-volume book "Mongolia and а Country  of Таnguts" (1875 - 1876) published by the Geographical Society, in which Przhevalskiy gave а description of his travel, was translated into English, French and German languages, as, by the way, his next books.

On lake Lobnor in ChinaThe globe in Przhevalsky's museum in Karakol.Przhevalsky's companions on travel.

«N.M.Przhevalskiy.Issy-Kul memorial complex. Writers Ploskih V., Mambetov D. Bishkek «KRSU». 2005.