In his latest challenge for UK pubcaster Channel 4, Walking the Nile’s Levison Wood (pictured) is looking to trek the entire length of the Himalayas.
Co-produced by October Films and GroupM Entertainment, the 4 x 60-minute series Walking the Himalayas will find the British explorer attempting to traverse the 1,700-mile mountain range at altitudes of more than 5,000 metres, where he will battle nature’s elements, a punishing terrain and a lack of oxygen.
Much like 2013′s four-part docuseries Walking the Nile, Wood will film the journey himself and a television crew will join him at key points. He will team with local guides to escort him on his trip while embracing the Himalayan way of life as he meets soldiers, monks and nomadic tribes on a walk that takes him through war-torn Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal.
Jos Cushing and Melanie Darlaston serve as executive producers for October Films and GroupM Entertainment, respectively, while Jamie Berry is to serve as series producer.
Walking the Himalayas is expected to air on Channel 4 in early 2016.
“After Walking the Nile, I spent a lot of time thinking about ‘where next’ before settling on the Himalayas. It’s an area I’ve had some experience of, from my time in the army in Afghanistan and leading expeditions in the region,” said Wood in a statement.
“It’s an area I really wanted to find out more about – following in the footsteps of great explorers and witnessing first-hand how people survive and prosper in some of the most remote and challenging terrain on earth,” the explorer continued.
Tony Moulsdale, director of programming for GroupM Entertainment, added: “Lev brings a completely new and authentic approach to adventure programming. It’s about genuine experience rather than produced-for-TV moments. That brings its own challenges in the regions he’s walking through, but the result is captivating.”