Packrafting the Khovd
2013 – 9 mins – Director/Producer/Editor
The Khovd River flows for over 500km from the Altai Mountains on the Mongolian-Russian border to Khar-Us Lake. Matt and Jamie get their first taste of wild water packrafting by descending a section of the Khovd starting in Olgii, the capital of Western Mongolia. They soon find how the fast approaching winter and their lack of paddling experience combine together to make a deeply memorable jaunt in the wilderness.
A part of the Tales from the Steppe film collection and Matt’s earliest piece of work.
Packrafting the Khovd is a part of the ‘Tales from the Steppe’ film collection on Central Asia.
Over the course of three years Matthew prepared a series of expeditions and adventure projects throughout Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. In addition to a successful marketing campaign collaborating with twenty-two sponsors/organisations, the project also resulted in fifteen film screenings, multiple published articles, presentations, a book by Jamie and an award for ‘Furthering British-Kazakh Relations’ at the House of Commons on behalf of the British-Kazakh Society. The films in the collection include A Portrait of Orozbek, Under an Eastern Sky, Wild Steppe, Packrafting the Khovd and Through Grains of Sand and Sun.