Image: Mining in Central Asia.
The TienShan 2006 International Study Tour visited a representative selection of the major gold and gold bearing deposits of the Tien Shan belt in Uzbekistan, Central Asia, in September 2006.
Registrations closed on 16 July, 2006, although in special circumstances applications were accepted until 29 July, after which no more could be considered.
Participants had the option of taking either the full tour -or- any block of 4 or more days up to the total number of days on the Tour as suited their availability and interest.
Those commencing at the beginning of the Tour assembled in Tashkent, Uzbekistan by 6:00 pm on Sunday 10 September, 2006, at the meeting point advised by Porter GeoConsultancy (PGC) approximately two weeks prior to the start of the tour.
The Tour technical program ended back at Tashkent, on the early afternoon of Tuesday 19 September 2006. As required, PGC booked accommodation in Tashkent for the night of Tuesday 19 September 2006 for remaining participants.
For those taking less than the full tour, start and end points and dates were advised on confirmation of their registration.
Each participant was responsible for all of their own accommodation and travel arrangements and costs to the start point and from the end point of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
PGC arranged all road, rail and airline travel between the start and end points of the block of days or full tour nominated by the participant.
The cost of all surface travel (except rail) from when each participant joined the tour to when they left was included in the Tour Fees which also covered all costs associated with the tour, namely development, organisation, escorting the tour, mine visits, seminars/workshops, venues, technical translators, expert consultants time & expenses, background literature, tour packs, introductory dinners, etc.
Fares for scheduled trains and airline flights between when the participant joined and left the tour were an additional charge.
The Tour Fees and Rail/Air Fares had to be paid to PGC within two weeks of official confirmation of registration on the tour, and not later than 1st August, 2006, just over a month before the commencement of the Tour. The Rail/Air Fares had to be paid at the same time as the Tour Fees.
All accommodation reservations were made by PGC between the start and end dates/times of each participants' tour. However, all accommodation costs had to be paid by the participants on checkout during the tour and NOT by PGC. Participants were also responsible for paying for their meals (except the Introductory Dinner) and other personal incidentals while on tour.
As part of the tour, each participant received a comprehensive collection of literature to read prior to commencement or during the tour. These papers covered the regional geology and distribution of mineralisation in the areas being considered, as well as descriptions of the individual deposits to be visited and other selected examples.
Approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the tour, participants were also provided with a detailed itinerary with accommodation information, including the street address, phone and fax numbers and tariff for each hotel. All they needed bring were their field gear, personal affects, and credit cards or cash to pay for accommodation and meals.
Tour places were limited, and that all except citizens of the CIS required registered invitations and visas to enter Uzbekistan (where the deposits to be visited are located) and a time consuming process was involved in securing this documentation.  Consequently it was advisable to register early to guarantee a place on the tour.