Really excited to announce that the 6-part ABC documentary series The Trail Of Genghis Khan is being repeated on ABC2, mondays, all summer long! Tonight, January 19, Episode 3 'Ships Of The Desert' airs at 9.50pm.
This particular episode picks up in Akbakai in Central Kazakhstan where I spent the majority of a winter. Tigon is rescued after being stolen by unemployed miners who eat dogs to survive before spring allows me to ride ot into the heart of the Kazakhs steppe. From here I trekked through the deserts of central and western Kazakhstan 9mostly at night to avoid the heat), had great trouble on the border between Russia and Kazakhstan, and later very mearly lost all my horses and belongings when the horses galloped off into the night. By the end of the episode the weather has come full circle - winter has again set in and I have reached the only buddhist republic in Europe - Kalmykia. See more official summary below:
Australian adventurer Tim Cope has now travelled 3,000 kilometres across Mongolia and the frozen steppe of Kazakhstan, enduring the coldest winter in 40 years. Now he must cross the scorching hot Kazakh desert. Tim's spirits finally lift when Tigon is found alive in an old mining shack. After five failed attempts to leave `the place God forgot', the dawning of spring allows Tim to escape and recommence his journey.
From the Aral Sea Tim must cross the desert in the middle of summer to the Caspian Sea. Temperatures soar to 50 degrees and without shade or water, death would be a certainty. After more than a year on the road, Tim is beginning to think and behave like a nomad and as his second winter sets in, he makes it to the Republic of Kalmykiain in southern Russia.
The Kalymks, who are rediscovering their nomadic past after years under Communist control, embrace Tim as a hero. Tim has finally found the nomad spirit he is searching for, but beyond Kalmykia, Tim is to discover that not everyone will offer him the same hospitality and kindness, and he will soon suffer the greatest tragedy of his life.
BUY THE DVD AND THE BOOK
The DVD, which includes the full internationall award winning 3 hour series and a lot of extras is available online through my website and at ABC shops.
After finishing the film for ABC and ARTE in Europe, I spent four years writing and researching the book about my journey. On The Trail Of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey Through the Land of the Nomads was released internationally in late 2013, and has become an Australian bestseller and was the recipient of the Grand Prize at the Banff International Book Festival in 2013. You can order a copy of the book online from my website store, or from any good retailer nearest you!
BEHIND THE SCENES, THE MAKING OF THE DOCUMENTARY