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Travel writer, wilderness guide and photographer Bruce Kirkby, wife Christine and their two young children take an epic vacation, and Big Crazy Family Adventure invites viewers to come along. Beginning in Kimberley, British Columbia, the 13,000-mile trek concludes 96 days later when the family arrives at a remote monastery in the Himalayas, where they'll live and work for three months with Buddhist monks. To fully experience what exploring the world provides, the Kirkbys discard air travel of any kind, instead getting around by canoe, container ship, ferry, train, pony, their own feet, and more. Destination highlights of nine, hourlong episodes include South Korea, the Great Wall of China, Mount Everest, Kathmandu, the Ganges River, the Taj Mahal, and the stunning cliffside monastery in Ladakh, India.
A 13,000 mile journey from British Columbia to Ladakh, India; storms, unexpected Russian authorities and spicy pizza, part 1 of 2.
A 13,000 mile journey from British Columbia to Ladakh, India; storms, unexpected Russian authorities and spicy pizza, part 2 of 2.
The journey starts in Beijing dining on Peking duck and walking the Great Wall; Tibetan permits and Taj's health are up in the air.
A 27-hour train ride; Mt. Everest and meditation; race to the Tibetan border before Visas expire.
A Hindu goddess in Nepal, bargaining for presents, riding elephants, chocolate cake and tigers for a birthday surprise.
Scorching heat on the Ganges River, sweet treats, snake chambers and burning ghats; racing a train to the Taj Mahal.
A 5-star hotel at the Taj Mahal, a Bollywood Dance class, a spice market and a rock and water-filled adventure park.
Adventurer, guide and photojournalist Bruce Kirkby is taking his entire family on a 13,000 mile journey from their home in British Colombia to a remote monastery in the Himalaya, all without taking a single plane. After 88 days, 15 modes of transportation and 12,900 miles, the Kirkby family is just 100 miles from their final destination-Karsha Gompa, a cliff-side monastery in Ladakh. They will trek the last 100 miles through a rugged and wild Himalayan landscape, in a part of the world that has hardly been touched. The trail takes them on an ancient trading route that is slowly being turned into a road by the Indian government. Once complete, it will connect Ladakh with the modern world. The family hikes to the Shingo La Pass, at an elevation of 16,700 feet. After a little convincing, Bodi decides to ride on a pony for the remainder of the trek, something very outside of his comfort zone. They ford the Kargyak River, wading through frigid waters, while also making their way down narrow paths with hundred feet drop-offs. They stop at a small village where Bodi and Taj play with the local children and offer them notebooks and pens. Fully expecting to trek all the way to the monastery, the family is surprised to learn that road has already been built for the last 20 miles. The change that they have been rushing to beat has already arrived. A short taxi ride takes them to the monastery where they will live for the next three months. They are greeted by Lama Wangyal, where the boys each take his hand, something neither would have done at the beginning of the journey. The Lama welcomes the family into his self-built home and the happy and exhausted family settle into one room of his small low-ceilinged abode. They're 13,000 miles from home. 0 miles to go.
A monastery in Ladakh, India; trekking through rugged terrain for 100 miles to elevations of 16,700 feet.
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