Through Asia in Sven Hedin’s footsteps
With the help of the Swedish explorer Sven Hedin’s diaries, maps and photos, we will conduct a series of expeditions in his footsteps. It will be a journey through Asia up snow-covered mountain peaks, down wild rivers and through burning deserts. Our objective is to use digital photography to document how the landscape, culture and people in these areas have changed over a century.
Iran: From Damavand to Desert 2013
The Iran expedition will take six weeks and start with a ski ascent of Mount Damavand (5 671 meter), the highest peak in the Middle East, successfully ascended by Hedin in 1890. The rest of the expedition will follow Hedin’s route from 1906 by four wheel drive cars from Tehran and south east throughout the country to the border of Pakistan. The route will include a crossing of the central salt desert of Iran.
Pamir: Muztagh Ata and Wakhan 2015
Pamir is a mountainous area in Central Asia known as the “Roof of the world”, explored by Hedin in 1894-1895. Following his routes, this journey will take us through Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and China. The expedition includes a glacier study and ascent of Muztagh Ata (7 546 m), the “Father of Ice-Mountains”, and a follow up on Hedin’s contacts with the Kyrgyz nomads in Pamir.
Sven Hedin (1865 – 1952)
Sven Hedin was a Swedish explorer and geographer that devoted his life to exploring Central Asia and Tibet, mapping such a large unexplored territory that it has never been paralleled in history. Hedin made two journeys to Persia and four expeditions to Central Asia, discovering the Transhimalaya, the sources of Brahmaputra, Indus and Sutlej Rivers and long lost cities in the deserts of the Tarim Basin.