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Mountains & rivers: solo adventurer gets set to do PNG

Charlie Walker has chosen PNG for his next big adventure

CHARLIE WALKER | Adventurer & Writer

LONDON - In March 2019, I will undertake a two-month journey through the interior of Papua New Guinea.

The goal is to get from the coast at Lae back to the coast at Wewak via the country's three highest peaks and having paddled the longest river, the Sepik, from source to sea.

The entire route will be completed without motorised transport and is approximately 2,400 km, breaking down as:

Cycling: 800 km
Hiking: 480 km
Packrafting: 1,120 km

Some of the challenges will include local crime, tribal warfare, whitewater, crocodiles and some of the world's densest jungle.

Due to the lack of internet connectivity, I will not be blogging during the trip but, when possible, will post updates on Instagram and Twitter.

I’m a British adventurer, writer and motivational speaker specialising in long distance, human-powered expeditions and I’ve travelled by bicycle, foot, horse and dugout canoe.

Charlie's routeI’m a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a recipient of a Transglobe Expedition Trust 'Mad but Marvellous' grant.

My writing has featured in a range of publications including The Times, Daily Express, Wanderlust, Travelmag, Travel Africa and Sidetracked magazine.

I was named Travel Blogger of the Year in 2013 by the Association of Independent Tour Operators.

My longest expedition was a 70,000 km bicycle journey reaching the furthest cape in each of Europe, Asia and Africa before returning home. On this journey I traversed 60 countries, encountering extremes of weather, remoteness and physical exhaustion during the four and a half years I was away.

In 2012 I walked 1,600 km solo across the Gobi desert from China to Mongolia. This feat involved walking over six marathons a week for six weeks whilst carrying enough food and water to survive.

Also in 2012 I trekked 960 km across Central and Northern Mongolia in the company of only a semi-feral pony and a stray dog I found in the forest.

In 2014 I boated the Lulua, a little-known tributary of the Congo River, in a dugout canoe. This journey into remote and effectively uncharted territory was beset by rapids, waterfalls, hippos, crocodiles and finally, shortly after leaving the river, violent bouts of malaria and typhoid fever.

In 2017, I completed a world-first 8,300 km triathlon along the perceived Europe Asia border. This expedition spanned from the midwinter snowfields of the Russian Arctic to the Bosporus in Istanbul.


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