Tim Cope is an award-winning adventurer, author, and filmmaker with a special interest in the traditional cultures of Central Asia and Russia. He has been named one of Australia’s 50 Greatest Explorers.
Tim’s most renowned journey was a three-year, 10,000 km journey on horseback across the Mongolian desert to Hungary. The expedition followed the trail of legendary thirteenth century Mongol leader Genghis Khan, and was a quest to understand the horseback nomads of the great Eurasian steppe. Tim’s book of the journey, On the Trail of Genghis Khan: An Epic Journey through the Lands of the Nomads (2013), was awarded the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Book Festival in 2013).
Tim’s previous book, Off the Rails: Moscow to Beijing on Recumbent Bikes (2003), which was co-written with Chris Hatherley, told the story of the pair’s fourteen-month cycling journey across Russia, Siberia and Mongolia to China. Tim is also the creator of several documentary films, including the award-winning series The Trail of Genghis Khan, (commissioned by ABC Australia and ZDF/Arte in Europe). His other adventures include studying as a wilderness guide in the Finnish and Russian subarctic and rowing a boat along the Yenisey River through Siberia to the Arctic Ocean. In 2016 Tim was awarded the Nairamdal (friendship) medal from the government of Mongolia, and was made the honorary ambassador for Mongolian tourism.
Tim lives in Victoria, Australia, and guides annual trekking journeys to remote western Mongolia.