Walking the Yangtze with Ash Dykes is a two-part travel-adventure show following explorer and extreme athlete Ash Dykes on his record-setting journey as the first person to ever walk the entire length of the Yangtze River will premiere on National Geographic.
Pushed to the limit in this 6,437km challenge, Dykes travels an estimated eight million steps from the Yangtze’s source in the melt-waters of the Jianggendiru Glacier high up on the Tibetan Plateau, to its delta where it meets the East China Sea in Shanghai. Undeterred by the river’s sheer length, the perilous terrain, extreme weather, and a multitude of dangers, Dykes pushes on to make a new entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
Follow along as Dykes deals with a series of trials, including being stopped by local police, followed by a pack of wolves, and interrupted by a blizzard and landslide. Some of the harrowing moments he faces includes experiencing everything from altitudes above 5,000m to temperatures as low as -20°C and facing extreme isolation as his crew are struck with altitude sickness and leave him to face the mission unsupported.
Along the way he also navigates the area whilst partially cut off from the world and also fends off animal attacks, poisonous insects and the ferocious Tibetian Mastiffs that protect their owners and territory as if their lives depend on it.
Walking The Yangtze With Ash Dykes will air on 20 and 27 October at 9pm on National Geographic on Astro (CH 571 SD + CH 551 HD) and Unifi TV (CH 508 HD).