To celebrate international Women’s Day 2018, Elise Wortley embarked upon an extraordinary adventure, inspired by legendary female explorer Alexandra David-Néel.
Alexandra is most famous for her daring trans-Himalayan journey to Lhasa, Tibet in 1924. Which at the time was inaccessible to foreigners, let alone a woman. With just rudimentary equipment and a male disguise, she eluded officials and reached the Forbidden City. Her book My Journey to Lhasa (published in 1927) recounts her fascinating but treacherous journey, and became an instant travel classic. In total Alexandra travelled through Asia for a staggering 14 years before reaching her final destination.
Elise decided to start at the very beginning of Alexandra’s 14 year journey, and with no modern day equipment (not even a lip balm!)
The aim of the expedition was to raise awareness of women’s rights in travel, encourage others not to be afraid to take on a challenge, highlight female leaders and prove how hard Alexandra's journey really was back in the early 1900s. As well as raise money for the women's charity Freedom Kit Bags. These Freedom Kits are filled with re-usable sanitary products and are delivered to women and girls in rural and low income areas of Nepal.
And now Exodus Travels are offering you the chance to have your own adventure to commemorate International Women’s Day…
Be in with the chance to win a once in a lifetime adventure holiday, as part of their new female-only departures. Choose one from the following five options:
For more information and to watch an extended version of Elise’s trip click Exodus Travels IWD 18