An Australian adventurer has followed in the footsteps of the legendary Genghis Khan to help showcase Mongolia as an emerging trekking holiday destination.
Tim Cope has written a new book in which he details his horseback journey tracing the path of the legendary founder of the Mongol Empire, who lived from 1162-1227.
He hopes On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey through the Land of the Nomads will act as an inspiration for travellers looking for hotspots which are off the beaten track.
Mongolia's tourism industry has thrived since its democratic revolution of 1990, which removed barriers that have left the central Asian country a relatively new, unexplored travel destination today.
It offers an unmatched blend of natural beauty in the shape of the Gobi Desert and its wondrous lakes, and cultural sites.
Mongolia's landscape is perfect for fans of the great outdoors, with trekking holidays, horse riding, bird watching, climbing and camel riding available.
Cope's book tells of his horseback journey across the whole Eurasian steppe, a huge, flat area of unfrosted grassland.
He rode from Karakorum, Mongolia's ancient capital, through Kazakhstan, southern Russia, and the Black Sea coast of the Crimea.
His epic, 6,000-mile journey ended on the banks of the Danube river in Hungary.
The trip, not tackled since the Mongol empire era, took nearly three years.
It gave Cope a variety of unique, engaging experiences and encounters and temperatures that went from -50C to +54 C.
Genghis Khan, the notorious warrior who was responsible for expanding the Mongol Empire into Europe, still forms a massive part of the mindset of a country in which horseback and archery are still highly-valued skills.
A vast number of Mongolians are proud to claim to be his descendants to this day.
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