Air Astana

THE ARAL CROSSING EXPEDITION Is proud to announce the support of Air Astana, the national air carrier of Kazakhstan and a joint venture of BAE Systems and the National Welfare Fund “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC.

Air Astana is the leading airline in Central Asia and the flag carrier of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Based in Almaty, Kazakhstan, it operates scheduled, domestic and international services on 66 routes from its hubs in Almaty and Nur-Sultan.

Air Astana offers passengers full-service travel and award-winning levels of comfort and punctuality from a low-cost structure. The airline operates a fleet of 36 modern and fuel-efficient aircraft and is well-positioned to capitalise on growth potential from sixth freedom traffic involving markets that are emerging as the largest in the world.

It has been recognised by Skytrax as the best airline in Central Asia for eight years running and was awarded a 5-star airline rating at the 2019 APEX Awards.

Justerini & Brooks

Fine Wine & Spirits Merchants, established in 1749. We were awarded our first Royal Warrant by King George III in 1761, and we are proud to have been granted this honour by every successive British monarch since, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

As a fine wine and spirits merchant, we understand that making something really special takes time. From the grower who makes the wine, to grapes that end up in your glass; it is our responsibility to respect our producers’ livelihoods for our customers’ enjoyment. Curating and collecting, guiding with expert care and attention, and ensuring that every step of the way we abide by our own high standards and principals, are attributes that are vital to not only our wine portfolio, but also our philanthropic endeavours.

Ensuring we share blended value approaches with charities, both locally and globally. Engaging with our communities through targeted giving, promoting sensible, ethical and sustainable partnerships. Through our position in the Royal Warrant Holding community, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and QEST, we can provide support to charities that in turn act as a symbol of trust and inspiration to others.

We are delighted to support The Aral Kum Crossing expedition as an endeavour that shares the same values as our own.

LW Fitness 4 All


Discover what it’s like to make real changes quickly.
LWFitness4All is the only gym in Colchester where a former British Paratrooper is there to ensure you achieve your full potential. “I believe that my new purpose in life is to recognise the potential in every person I meet, and to inspire that person to take the necessary steps towards achieving their full capability. I use knowledge gained within the army to great effect when teaching classes.”

Lee Watts – Founder, Owner, Fitness Trainer, Lead First Aid Instructor and Member of the Desert Team – TAKLAMAKAN ANGLO CHINESE EXPEDITION 2018

At LWFitness4All, we offer a non-intimidating atmosphere. We work hard to keep it this way. Whatever your fitness level, we will ensure that every session works for you, pushes you just the right amount, and is fun too! Exercise should be fun. Because when it is fun, it is sustainable. We have the set-up, equipment, and space ready for you to turn new habits into a lifestyle.

Pureland Foundation

The Pureland Foundation supports institutions, charities and programmes that promote social, spiritual and emotional wellness, with an emphasis on art and music. Pure Land in Buddhism refers to the realm of higher consciousness and peace. Although not based in any religion, the Foundation seeks to create and promote the interconnectedness and sense of “pure land” in our daily lives.

The Pureland Foundation was founded by Bruno Wang, a philanthropist, cultural patron and businessman. The Foundation reflects Mr Wang’s well-established interests in meditation, holistic wellbeing, art and music.

Bremont Watches

Bremont aims to make exquisitely engineered mechanical timepieces on British soil with the lofty objective of reinvigorating the nation’s horological past, using our adventurous spirit, passion for detail, desire to innovate and dedication to the highest quality of customer satisfaction.

Great Britain has a wonderful history when it comes to watchmaking and has probably been the home to more advances in horology than any other nation. Bremont is determined to play a pivotal role in the reinvigoration of this industry on British shores. Bremont builds many of its own watch components and assembles all of their watches at its state-of-the-art parts manufacturing facility in Henley-on-Thames.

Rosie is not only proud to wear her watch on every expedition but regards as it a critical piece of kit that she can look to for precision, reliability and as a navigational aid.


Veritas are an independently owned investment management boutique with a strong partnership culture. We offer our clients the benefits of independence, stability and a long-term perspective with a focus on generating real returns. With offices in London and Zurich, we currently manage over £2 billion


Beauty and elegance came together in the heart of Europe and made Czech glass, also known as Bohemian, famous for its uniqueness and extraordinary quality. It became the decoration of choice in nearly every palace for centuries. Whether cut, blown or otherwise embellished, the sights of Roman Emperor Rudolf II, French king Louis XV or Empress Elizabeth the Great of Russia surely occasionally fell on its sparkling surface as they were shaping human history.

The brand Lasvit, founded in 2007 by Leon Jakimič, sheds a new light on Bohemian glass and takes it into the next millennium. Lasvit combines the authenticity of glass craft with innovative technologies and creative craftsmanship. In a few short years, Lasvit has established itself as the authority delivering bespoke lighting sculptures and art installations made from hand-blown glass.

Alan Chan Design Company




Alan Chan
Designer, Brand Consultant & Artist – Founder of Alan Chan Design Company

Being a designer, brand consultant and artist, Chan and his company have won more than 600 local and international awards during his past 45 years in advertising and design. Since 2000, Alan ventured into the new arena of visual arts. Besides being selected for Shanghai Biennale and Hong Kong Contemporary Art Award, he is also the first Hong Kong designer being invited to hold solo exhibition at the Shanghai Art Museum in 2007. Another retrospective exhibition in Hong Kong Heritage Museum back in 2003 also received widespread acclaim.
In 2010, Chan developed his iPhone photography series ‘iEye-ai’, which has been exhibited in various cities including Beijing,Milan, Osaka, Singapore , Shanghai and Hong Kong. His works of art and design have been collected by institutions such as the National Art Museum in China, Hong Kong Museum of Art and Hong Kong Heritage Museum, as well as private collectors in Hong Kong, China, Japan, Italy and the USA.

We are also keen to thank all the independent & personal sponsors, whose support has not only contributed to the funding behind each expedition but also provided an immensely important source of motivation.








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