The Yangtze is Asia’s longest river at 6,380 kilometers from source to sea and British explorer Ash Dykes is heading off to walk it.
He will start at the Jianggendiru Glacier on the Tibetan Plateau, the source of the Yangtze.
“It’s not like the Amazon where it’s a lot of jungle, or the Nile where it’s constantly hot,” he says.
“You’ve got sub-zero temperatures and glaciers in the far west of China, with the altitude, the blizzards, the isolation, the brown bears and then you drop down off the glacier into a tropical, more forested area.”
There will be a film crew that follows Dykes for some of the trip.
He’ll face extreme climates, treacherous terrains and bears, wolves and giant hornets to become the first person to ever have walked the entire length of China’s famous river.
“It’s been a year in the making and I can’t wait to share this mad journey with you all,” said Dykes.
“It’s going to be one of the most interactive expeditions of its kind ever recorded, as I live stream and share my adventure with the world using the latest technology so that you can keep up with me every step of the way.”