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On the Trail of Genghis Khan - Episode 4 'No Place for Nomads'

Episode Summary

Inspired by the nomads of Mongolia whose ancestors created the largest empire in history, Australian adventurer Tim Cope set out alone to ride by horse from Mongolia, 10,000kms across the great Eurasian steppe to Hungary.

With his three horses and his dog Tigon, Tim has now travelled more than 4000 kilometres across Mongolia and Kazakhstan to the Buddhist Republic of Kalmykia in Southern Russia. With the passing of his second winter he must now press on across Russia to the Black Sea and Crimea.

Until now Tim has been travelling through wild, unfenced steppe, but he is suddenly thrown into the ploughed fields of the sedentary world where he is not welcome. Down and out, Tim eventually finds support from the Cossacks who were once horseback warriors who adopted nomad customs, and they see in Tim the values that embody their heritage. The local Cossack mafia treat Tim like one of their own and arrange for a safe crossing into the Crimea.

Descending to the town of Bakhchisarai, the old capital of the Crimean Khanate, Tim finds himself in the midst of a conflict between the indigenous Crimean Tatars and the local Russians. Rattled by the violence, Tim travels onwards through the heat of summer to mainland Ukraine. It seems that the hardship is over and Tim is on the home run as he heads into his third consecutive winter with just 2000kms to Hungary. He is badly mistaken… ABC TV Website.