Got any questions about what it's like walking from Mongolia to Hong Kong? Well, hopefully Rob and I can provide the answers below! If there's anything you think we need to add to this FAQ then just post your question at the bottom, and I'll get back to you as best I can.
What were your highlights from the expedition?
LEON: For me the highlight was the Gobi Desert. I’d only had a little desert experience before this, and never on foot. It was quite intimidating setting off into the vast void in Winter, especially as it was right at the start of our journey when we were still fresh, and far from ‘battle-hardened.’ To cross the Mongolian Gobi took 13 days, during which we pulled a trailer (called Molly Brown) laden with all our food and water for the duration. It was tough, and it was cold, but it was also beautiful. The expanse of the desert was immense and humbling, and the sunsets were otherworldly. Arriving at the border town of Zamyn-Uud after nearly two weeks was a real highpoint, and one of my fondest memories of the whole trip.
ROB: For me, it was to be immersed in the experience of walking through, and seeing at ground-level, the incredible landscapes of China –deserts, mountains, valleys, forests – it is stunning. Alongside that, I loved getting to know more of the Chinese people, who showed such kindness towards us.
And what were the low points?
LEON: I found the seemingly endless winter became a real struggle. The thought of trying to hold a camera steady as fingers became increasingly painful and then numb was not a pleasant one.
ROB: Walking down a road (usually very slowly and painfully) which both Leon and I thought would be ideal for cycling!
Did you ever think you might die?
Neither of us ever felt that we were going to die during this adventure! The cold weather gave a few worrying nights when we slept fitfully and just couldn’t get warm – frostbite was always a slight fear.
The biggest danger though was always traffic– if anything was going to really cause us problems on this walk, it was likely to be Chinese driving.
Finally, after After 195 days, 10 million steps and far too many instant noodles, Rob and I arrived safely back into Hong Kong on the 26th May, right on time! We are both exhausted, but delighted to have completed this journey, and so glad that we had the opportunity to attempt it.
There'll be plenty of updates and post-expedition reflections appearing on these pages (and on the dedicated website at www.walkinghomefrommongolia.com) in the coming days and weeks, but for now you can check out a photo montage of our walk below.
We hope you enjoy it, and we really want to say thanks to all of you who have followed our trip and supported us and Viva along the way. Cheers, everyone!