Charley Boorman: Ireland to Sydney by Any Means: Episode 4
After a spiritually enriching time in India it's now time to head north towards Nepal and what better way to start this next leg of the journey than on tuk tuks, one of Charley's favourite modes of transport. Charley and the team enjoy it so much that they decide to buy one!
Leaving the chaos of the streets, Charley boards a train at Varanasi and is met at Gorakhpur with a tremendous downpour of rain. The team have an easy border crossing and find themselves in the comparatively peaceful land of Nepal where they take a tractor, a multicoloured local bus and a dugout canoe all the way to the Royal Chitwan National Park.
Charley bonds with an elephant that takes him through remote Nepali villages before he transfers to a jeep and travels over deep valleys and Indiana Jones-style suspension bridges.
Meanwhile in Kathmandu the King is being deposed and the atmosphere in Nepal's Capital is electric as it becomes a republic. Here the team seize the unique opportunity to go to Everest by helicopter on the 55th anniversary of a mountaineering conquest; the summit of the world's highest mountain.
Eventually making it into China, Charley and the team make their way along the Xi Jiang River to Wuzhou on a cement barge. Now running behind schedule due to the swelling of the river, Charley hurries to Yangshuo to see the breathtaking scenery of limestone cliffs and ride over this remote and captivating part of the world in a hot air balloon.