Faraz Shibli

In 2011, I spent two months walking 1,600km across Mongolia. I became the youngest Briton to cross the Gobi Desert on foot.

Who is Faraz

In 2011, aged 25, Faraz became the youngest Briton to cross the Gobi Desert on foot. Using Bactrian camels to carry his equipment, he spent two months walking 1,600km across nomadic Mongolia, the world's most sparsely populated independent country, before travelling from its southern border with China to near its northern border with Russia by horse, road and rail. ​ Other expeditions include living, herding and hunting with the Kazakh eagle hunters of northwest Mongolia, travelling in a loop by bicycle, boat and hitch hiking through the jungles of rural northern Laos and long-distance bicycling in Thailand. Faraz is a contributing author of 'Mongolia: the Bradt Travel Guide' (3rd ed.). He has lectured on his travels at Oxford University, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and he has worked as a consultant to the UN in Mongolia.

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