Trip Start Mar 23, 2012
35Trip End Apr 22, 2012
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The King's Group:
John W: Leader and organiser. Loud. Wears colourful trousers and has a collection of silly hats.
Annmarie: Trains nurses. Fiery. Stamina of a donkey
John L: Genial geologist and orienteer. Loses things on a regular basis.
Nigel: Doctor with a kebab habit and a pink down jacket. Throws underarm and stores kit in body-bags.
Rob: Short of stature but makes up for it with noise. Dedicated follower of Brackley Town football club (Champions of the Evostick League).
Robin: Lawyer with a wry sense of humour. Never gets hot, despite many layers of clothing.
Charles: Knows everything about everything. Never stops reading or listening to the radio. Entertaining showman.Very sharp mind.
Katrina - Pharmacist. Youngest member of the group. Eats constantly. Been with Mo for the past 7 years.
Chairman Mo: Pharmacist
David: Oldest member of the group. Persistently Welsh. Off-beat sense of humour.
Simon: Boundless energy. Forever off-piste exploring. Took about 3000 photos of rocks.
Chris: The Prof. Whole life story shared regularly, from lawyer to tree-man.
Me: The Special Needs member of the group.
The Kyrgyz Guides
Maria: Strident and knowledgeable guide of Russian/Ukrainian/Kazakh/Kyrgyz descent. Orthodox Christian. 27. Good English. Easy company.
Vladimir: Father of Mikhail. Owner of Victoria Travel. Minibus driver. Very little English.
Mikhail: Son of Vlad. Father of Victoria. Minibus driver. Very little English.
The Nepali Guides
Hira: Very kind, helpful and gracious. Owns own trekking company. Spiritual - vegetarian into yoga. Plenty of experience. Good English.
Bishnu: "All of a stick insect", helpful, energetic. Got to do much of the donkey work. Never stops moving.
Tendi: Very smiley. Laughs a lot. Attached to the kitchens. Some English.
The Uigur Contingent
Akbar the Great: Knowledgeable about Uigur life and history, less so about Western expectations. Stressed if not in control - quite alpha male but generally personable. Learnt a lot about the British sense of humour.
Abdul: Shy cook, always helpful. Learning English.
Young Akbar: 22 year old Jack-the-lad in a shiny anorak
The Camel Herders
1. Cosimo: Older, wears ex US army coat and hat
2. Mongolian looking older man. Wears trousers with no zip.
3. Tall herder with an orange jacket and a large head.
4. Torsen: Teenager with no chin. Has 7m old baby girl in Rascam. Son of imam.