Expedition Overviews

Images of the Three Buddhas on the Rocks of Tamgaltis, Ink on paper, 1856.

Expedition Overviews

Architectural monuments of the Kyrgyz Issk-Kul.

The brief yet brilliant career of Chokan Valikhanov spanned only one half of one decade but the lasting contributions of his ethnographies and explorations, continue to strengthen in cultural significance to this very day. In 1855, two years after graduating from the Omsk military academy, Chokan began his travels by accompanying the Governor-General of Western Siberia, G. Kh. Gasfort, to the newly established fortress of Vornoe in modern-day Almaty. The following year, Valikhanov set out to explore the innermost areas of a vast continent, sparking his reputation as a “flashing meteor” of Central Asian scholarship and achievement.