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The Great Game Expedition 2013

CommunityJames Hipkiss

Hello Everybody!

I'm going on a unique overland 4x4 trip from London to China and back, through Central Asia. Travelling from London to Russia we will join the Silk Road and head east to China though the Stans north of Afghanistan.I will then to head south via Laos to Malaysia in South East Asia. After shipping the vehicle to India I will head west via India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey and finally Europe to London.This is a unique expedition that combines one of the great overland journeys with a fantastic historical narrative. I will be taking on the challenge to share this amazing adventure as the expedition unfolds. Expedition Vision - To explore present day Central Asia along the former Silk Road routes, retracing the steps of the players and the historical events of The Great Game.

Through the interaction with the local people, cultures and landscape, the aim is to compare and contrast the historical version with modern day Central Asia.The Great Game or Tournament of Shadows during the 19th Century. Expedition Goals are to have the adventure of a lifetime, to explore the countries of the Central Asia, to meet the local people and make new friends, to raise awareness of the current situation in Central Asia by sharing the events of the journey, and attempting to bring to life the story of The Great Game and its relevance to its modern day successor through the mediums of film, photography, and words to capture and share the journey via social media channels. I also want to produce a documentary / adventure travel film of the journey.

Key Dates Departing: 10th April 2013 Returning: 10th Janaury 2014 RouteLeg 1: London to AzerbaijanDates: Apr 10 - May 5 (25 days / 4 weeks)Leg 2: Turkmenistan to KyrgyzstanDates: May 5 Jun 20 (45 days / 6.5 weeks)Leg 3: China to Malaysia Dates: Jun 20 Aug 30 (70 days / 10 weeks)Leg 4: India to TurkeyDates: Sep 1 Nov 30 (97 days / 14 weeks)Leg 5: Turkey to LondonDates: Dec 1 Jan 10 (42 days / 6 weeks)

You can find out more about the plans through the blog on my website: www.bigoadventures.com. If you need further information please don't hesitate to contact me. You can follow my position via my live route tracker: http://bigoadventures.com/route/routetracking/Jon