The Ghar Parau Foundation

A 100% voluntary-based charity providing grant-aid assistance for British caving expeditions to all corners of the world.

Photo: Sunbeams in Doline 1 Hang Son Doong, Vietnam. (Ryan Deboodt)

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About us

The Ghar Parau Foundation is a 100% voluntary-based charity. Through the management of an investment fund, the GPF provides grant aid to British caving expeditions, in particular those that include an element of innovative exploration or scientific study.

Since 2007, the GPF has awarded £136,450 to 215 expeditions travelling to 49 different countries.

We are also particularly keen to encourage young cavers into expedition caving. Over the last 17 years, the GPF has additionally awarded 107 individual grants to cavers going on their first foreign expedition.

Photo: Alum Pot, Yorkshire Dales, UK (Mark Burkey)

To the terminal sump

DEEP 23 (Dara Expedition for Exploration and Protection)

Dara Sinkhole was documented and scientific research was undertaken which we hope will assist in protecting the cave. We supported and worked with the local caving community, and left expedition equipment with them. Whilst no new passageway was found on this expedition, two potential higher entrances were found and recorded.

Report & photos | Photo: To the terminal sump (© Bartek Biela)

The Monster in Torca del Regalon

Ario 2023

The 2023 Ario expedition to the Western Massif of the Picos de Europa worked on four main caves: Cave of the Singing Pasteur, Torca del Regallon, Cueva de la Rana & Cueva de la Pluma Negra . In total 1.5km of new cave passage was explored and mapped, including connection of Cave of the Singing Pasteur to Cave of the Witches Eye.

Report and photos | Photo: The Monster in Torca del Regalon (© Bartek Biela)

Pisco and Codeine streamway in Tragadero de la Soledad

Granada Plateau in North Peru: Search for Caves in 2,800m Deep Limestone

It was a remarkably successful trip, ‘where every hole went’ and we ran out of rope as it was all quickly rigged down different holes. We ended up leaving two ongoing vertical pitch series open at -160 to -200m, and a very beautiful 2.4km river cave, all heading towards the big resurgence 2,700m lower located at the base of the plateau.

Read the exped report | Photo: Tragadero de la Soledad (© Mike Futrell)

Cueva De La Marniosa Sump 2 (© Rob Middleton)

Treviso 2023

Exploration of Cueva del Nacimiento continues, discovering another 800m at the far end of the system, including one of the largest chambers in the cave. A new ‘terminal’ sump was discovered in Cueva de la Marniosa and Cueva C29, a 1975 discovery of -120m pushed to -450m and ongoing.

Report and photos | Photo: Cueva de la Marniosa (© Rob Middleton)

Tipperary Camp Beyond Sump 2 (© Jason Mallinson)

Pozo Azul 2023

Pozo Azul 2023 had 2 main objectives; firstly to radio locate high-level passages above Tipperary (6 km into the system) and also to achieve communication from Tipperary to the surface. The second objective was to further the exploration of Sump 6, which is 12 km from the entrance. The expedition was successful in all its aims.

Read more about the expedition | Photo: Tipperary Camp (© Jason Mallinson)

Tham Nam Lai. Streamway

Thailand 2023

During this successful expedition explored approximately 3.3 km of new passage in 24 caves was explored. Sumps were dived in 4 different caves, in three of which ongoing cave passage was found. Blind fish were also found in one of the sumps, which we are trying to identify.

Read the report here | Photo: Tham Nam Lai. Streamway. (© Craig Holdstock)

Ana Teck In Echo Falls (© Rebecca Diss)

Sila Narave (Force of Nature)

The main aims of this expedition were to teach novice cavers how to safely cave in an unexplored alpine system as well as teach them how to bolt and rig new passages in the Hallelujah branch of Primadona. In total, 1.1 km of new passage was surveyed bringing the total length of Sistem Migovec to 45.2 km.

Exped report | Photo: Echo Falls (© Rebecca Diss)

170m Deep Shaft In Cabexa Muxa (© Mark Burkey)

Ario Expedition 2022

2022 was a challenging and successful expedition on many fronts. Cabeza Muxa was successfully rigged and dived in under two weeks and the re-bolting will enable future expeditions to revisit the cave with much less effort. Exploration occurred elsewhere in 27/9 and 53/5, with both representing ongoing objectives for the project.

Read the report here | 170m deep shaft in Cabexa Muxa (© Mark Burkey)