Riding wild horses, just broken in by some 8-year-old Mongolian herders, to get to the remote Amur River was just the beginning. Four women adventurers try to navigate their way—both physically and culturally—down a wild Mongolian river.
It is the most pristine, yet inhabitable, wilderness I have ever seen,
said Amber Valenti, the river guide and leader of the expedition. “It’s so stunning you can almost imagine humanity never existed when you’re there.”
Amber and Crystal, her Australian photographer on the Mongolia trip, give a presentation of the trip to National Geographic Live, captured in four parts below.
“Duping the Mongolian Army, escaping violent storms, and coping with death are just some of the physical and emotional feats of four women kayaking through one of the remotest areas in Asia.”
“As the four women paddlers leave the wilds of Mongolia and enter the Russian Far East, they try to avoid everything from corrupt officials and organized crime to bloodthirsty mosquitoes and unrelenting monsoons.”
“On a river riddled with uncertainty and potential threats, four women paddlers must make some difficult decisions about how and if they should continue their journey.”