How an adventurer intends to walk 7,500 miles with a camel named Kingston

Global adventurer Karl Bushby is preparing for his 7,500-mile walk – on a camel named Kingston after his home city.

The former paratrooper, who is hoping to become the first person to walk an unbroken path around the world, is joining six other hardened trekkers for the next leg of his journey.

Called ‘Steppes To The West’, the journey will take the team, supported by ten Bactrian camels, from the heart of Mongolia to Europe, tracing the ancient Silk Road down through Asia, the old Persian and Ottoman empires.

Karl, 48, who will only be using Kingston to carry equipment and supplies, said: “Humanity was born of exploration, great horizons and the need to survive. From the day we walked up right, epic journeys have been our primordial legacy, it’s written into the fabric of everything that makes us, our history and our future.

“Steppes To The West, an impossible journey, is the very essence of adventure, steeped in challenges, textured with history. We carry our ancestor’s tale proudly into the 21st century.”

Once Mongolia – one of the world’s most sparsely populated countries – is tackled, the team intends to cross into China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany and France, before finishing in London in around 2021.

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