MOTORING NEWS - The intrepid Kingsley Holgate and his team set off from Cape Town for Kathmandu in mid-July, still spreading the message of hope and the means for survival.
Along with adventure, the expedition is aimed at fighting malaria, improving sight and childhood development, as well as providing the means to purify drinking water with a special long-life drinking straw.
The destination in Nepal is a new one for the team who has thoroughly covered Africa: its highest point, the point furthest west, all the countries, the centre of the continent as well as all the surrounding islands. The Kingsley Holgate expedition team has been working in partnership with Land Rover and this trip is the second phase of the Kingsley Holgate Foundation's 2018 mission to celebrate Land Rover's 70th anniversary. The mission is "using adventure to save and improve lives".
It will be the first time the new Land Rover Discovery undertakes a trans-continental journey through Africa, the south Caucasus region, central and southern Asia.
Two specially kitted-out Discoveries, recently tried and tested in a world-first 12 000km journey to Africa's most easterly point at Ras Xaafun in Somalia, are being used.
The Cape Town to Kathmandu expedition will travel through Southern Africa, up to the edge of the European world and then through ancient Asia to the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. Covering 19 countries and 17 000km, this Land Rover journey follows in the footsteps of Marco Polo along a part of the ancient Silk Route, from Turkey, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and China.
The adventure will take in some of the world's most famous sights such as Istanbul's Blue Mosque, the ancient city of Troy and Samarkand's medieval Registan Square. The expedition will cross 5 000m-high Himalayan passes in the mighty Karakoram, and travel the wastes of the Taklamakan Desert and the high-altitude grasslands of the Hindu Kush.
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