4 Women Kayaked 2,700 Miles On The Amur River From Mongolia to the Sea

4 Women Kayak Unheard of and Untamed Mongolian River, Nat Geo Live Video

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.”

The crew for the epic Mongolia river Amur to the Pacific ocean kayak exploration. (Screenshot/YouTube)

The crew for the epic Mongolia river Amur to the Pacific ocean kayak exploration. (Screenshot/YouTube)

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The map showing where they started at the Mongolian headwaters of the 2,700-mile-long Amur River to the Pacific ocean. (Screenshot/YouTube)

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Nervous yet excited at the beginning of the journey. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Getting directions across the plains of Mongolia from local herders. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Getting directions across the plains of Mongolia from local herders. (Screenshot/YouTube)

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.

Part 1

Part 2

“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.”

Part 3

“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.”

Part 4

“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.”

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