Charlie Walker is a British adventurer, writer and motivational speaker. He specialises in long distance, human-powered expeditions and has covered 50,000 miles by bicycle, ski, foot, horse, kayak and dugout canoe. His work has featured in a range of publications including The Times, the Daily Express, Wanderlust, Travelmag, Travel Africa and Sidetracked magazine. He was also named Travel Blogger of the Year in 2013 by the Association of Independent Tour Operators.
Charlie’s longest expedition was a 43,000-mile bicycle journey reaching the furthest cape in each of Europe, Asia and Africa before returning home. On this journey he traversed 60 countries, encountering extremes of weather, remoteness and physical exhaustion during the four and a half years he was away. In 2010 Charlie walked 1,000 miles solo across the Gobi desert from China to Mongolia. This feat involved walking over six marathons a week for six weeks whilst carrying enough food and water to survive. Also in 2012 he trekked 600 miles across Central and Northern Mongolia in the company of only a semi-feral pony and a stray dog he found in the forest. In 2014 Charlie descended the Lulua, a little-known tributary of the Congo River, in a leaky dugout canoe. This journey into remote and effectively uncharted territory of DRC was beset by rapids, waterfalls, hippos, crocodiles and finally, shortly after leaving the river, violent bouts of malaria and typhoid fever.
In 2017, Charlie completed a 5,200-mile triathlon along the perceived border between Europe and Asia. This 8-month feat spanned from the midwinter snowfields of the Russian Arctic to the Bosporus in Istanbul via a winding river through Kazakhstan. When not on expedition, Charlie lives in London.