Magazine article Geographical

On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey through the Land of the Nomads

Magazine article Geographical

On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey through the Land of the Nomads

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ON THE TRAIL OF GENGHIS KHAN: An Epic Journey through the Land of the Nomads by Tim Cope Bloomsbury, hb, 20 [pounds sterling]

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When Australian adventurer Tim Cope arrived in Hungary in 2007 he became the first person in living memory to retrace the steps of Genghis Khan and later Mongolian hordes on their epic, 10,000-kilometre path of conquest from Mongolia to Europe. Khan had his Golden Horde with him; Cope had three horses and a dog, his companions for his three-and-a-half-year trek.

Copes is an inspiring journey through inhospitable environments, with the author relying heavily on the hospitality of communities he meets along the way, He's fed, looked alter cared for when sick and even asked to participate in a Kazakh bride-stealing ceremony.

Yet its also a hard tale: for two months in the summer in Kazakhstan he's forced to ride through the night and sleep through the torturous heat of the day; he has his horses stolen, only to get them back; his father dies and his relationship ends, yet still he soldiers on. …

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