Author(s): Tim Cope
Adventurer Tim Cope had a childhood dream: to travel the 10,000 kilometres from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback - a journey undertaken centuries ago by the legendary leader of the Mongols, Genghis Khan. On this journey, Tim met a dog called Tigon.
For more than three years, Tim and Tigon endured searing heat and bitter cold; dark lonely nights when wolves circled their camp; hunger; despair; joy; and the wild beauty of the landscape that changed constantly around them. They met the people of the steppe, who welcomed Tim and Tigon into their homes, and shared their traditions and histories. This is the story of a unique journey - a journey filled with the spirit of the pioneering explorers of old. It is the story of an extraordinary friendship.
Praise for On the Trail of Genghis Khan 'An inspiration to me and I believe he will be an inspiration for many.' Elizabeth Gilbert 'An epic tale of an epic journey, told with beauty and simplicity.' Tim Macartney-Snape, mountaineer, first Australian to summit Mount Everest
PUBLICATION SEPTEMBER 2019
Adventurer Tim Cope had a childhood dream to travel the 10,000km from Mongolia to Hungary on horseback, a journey undertaken by the legendary Genghis Khan. And Cope’s dog Tigon went with him on his 3½-year odyssey across the windswept wilderness and wolf-infested plateaux of Mongolia and Kazakhstan.
In this young readers’ edition of his book On the Trail of Genghis Khan, Cope talks about how he immersed himself in the traditions and histories of the people of the steppe, who welcomed him and Tigon into their homes. He pays tribute to their ingenuity, resilience and nomadic lifestyle followed since the 13th century. He was one of 300 guests at a wedding, battled hordes of flies, became delirious in temperatures of 40 degrees celsius and became embroiled in a Russian-Tatar conflict.
Cope recalls the loneliness, hardship and climatic harshness of his journey but also the story of an extraordinary friendship with Tigon. A gripping and very readable memoir for age 11+
A young readers' edition of the bestselling On the Trail of Genghis Khan, the story of Tim Cope's journey through the land of the nomads on horseback.
Tim Cope, National Geographic Adventure Honouree 2007 and Australian Adventurer of the Year 2006, lives in Victoria. He has pursued a life of adventure, writing and film. He speaks fluent Russian, and has spent years travelling through Russia, Mongolia, and Central Asia by bicycle, row boat, skis, horse, camel and many other means. He loves getting to know people in their home environments by travelling in traditional and local ways. Through lectures, films and articles, Tim shares his experiences and personal discoveries with schools, organisations and community groups. He has completed an award-winning film series for ARTE in Europe, and ABC TV. Tim returns to Mongolia annually to guide trips for World Expeditions.