PERSEVERANCE

TESTING THE LIMITS: THE ONLY DEFINITE THINGS ARE THE START AND THE END; IN BETWEEN THERE IS ONLY IMPROVISATION. AN EXPEDITION IS MORE THAN AN ADVENTURE TRIP.

Someone stopped time here. No, they turned it back. The ants’ nest of the city has disappeared with its noisy traffic, countless people and all the hectic activity of modern life. No more stink, no more cramped conditions as we move into a new scene, where the only sound is the sonorous drone of the outboard motor. A few kilometres on from the pilgrimage city of Haridwar you are taken back to another age. Having encountered no one for a long time, a farmer appears on the shore with a cart full of reeds, pulled across the fields by two white zebu cattle. Like a Caspar David Friedrich still life. Between us and the brooding foothills of the Himalayas in the hazy distance, lie nothing but fields in various shades of monsoon-drenched green. What starts so abruptly here is the overture to a panoramic film, a three-dimensional movie lasting 2 521 kilometres. Stretching in front of us, our challenge and our goal for the next few weeks: the river that came down from the heavens. We are embarking on a journey

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