Land Rover Television Documentary to Air on Travel Channel
29 June 1998Land Rover North America's Mongolia Expedition Television Documentary to Air on Travel Channel
LANHAM, Md., June 29 -- Last year, seven journalists from the U.S., Canada and England set out to drive across Mongolia in a pair of Land Rover Discoverys. Their unusual off-road adventure, set against a backdrop of breathtaking steppes, lakes, mountains and desert, is the subject of Mongolia: An Expedition of Discovery, a television documentary that will air July 12 on The Travel Channel at 8:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. EDT. The overland journey through rugged, unpredictable terrain began near the Siberian border in Lake Hovsgol National Park, home to possibly one of the oldest lakes in the world. Here, participants met with Mongolian scientists studying the extraordinary biodiversity of the lake's watershed. Heading south across the lush, green expanse of the Selenge river valley, the group continued on to Kharakorum, the 13th-century capital of Genghis Khan's legendary empire. And following the trail of Dr. Roy Chapman Andrews, the Expedition concluded near the "Flaming Cliffs" of the Gobi Desert, where in 1922, Dr. Andrews and his team were the first to unearth a nest of dinosaur eggs. Stopping periodically along the way, the Westerners befriended several locals and learned first-hand about the Mongolian tradition of providing hospitality to strangers. They danced to 1970s disco music with a group of curious teenagers, drank tea with one of Mongolia's last few "reindeer families" and were invited to take shelter from a wind storm inside an authentic Mongolian ger. Other Land Rover-based adventures, such as 1994's La Ruta Maya Expedition through Belize and Guatemala, and the crossing of Kalimantan, Indonesia, in the 1996 Camel Trophy, have appeared in documentaries on the Discovery Channel and ESPN2. The world's only manufacturer of exclusively 4WD vehicles, Land Rover has 50 years of worldwide four-wheel drive experience. Land Rover North America, Inc. is a member of the Rover Group of Companies, importing vehicles manufactured by Land Rover, Solihull, England. The Rover Group is a wholly- owned subsidiary of BMW AG. Additional support for the Mongolia Expedition was provided by Hughes Technical Services/MAGNAPhone Operation, Hi-Tec Sports USA, Nomadic Expeditions, Michelin, Texaco and Warn Industries.