понедельник, 23 марта 2009 г.

Russian traveller to hit the Silk Road

One of Russia’s most famous travellers, Everest climber Fyodor Konyukhov, is getting ready to ascend more than 6 thousand kilometers of the mountain on a camel’s back.

The adventurer has left for Mongolia where he will be choosing camels and horses for his ambitious expedition entitled “The Silk Road”.

Scientists from different counties will join Konyukhov in the voyage that will last 7 months.

The travellers are expected to get together on May, 2 and pass through Mongolia, Altai, Kazakhstan and Kalmykia. According to Konyukhov, they will be collecting historical materials about trade routes of the past.

An ancient international trade and culture route, the Silk Road served as a bridge between the East and West for two thousand years. German geographer Ferdinand von Richthofen named it “The Silk Road” because silk was one of the main items of trade in the late 19th century.

Konyukhov's landmark trips

Fyodor Konyukhov made his first voyage when he was 15 years old as he crossed the Sea of Azov on a fishing boat. Since then he has made up to 50 risky voyages and crossed the Atlantic 14 times. He is the first and only traveller in the world who has reached the five extreme Poles of the planet. In 2004 he set a world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a maxi yacht.


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