Faraz Shibli is a British travel writer and adventurer, best known for leading Bactrian camels 1,600km across Mongolia's Gobi Desert. He is a contributor to two books, and his words have been published by the i newspaper, British GQ, BBC Travel (with Lonely Planet), FOX 4 News, The Great Outdoors and many more.
Aged 25, Faraz became the youngest Briton to cross the Gobi Desert on foot. Using Bactrian camels to carry his equipment, he spent two months walking across nomadic Mongolia, the world's most sparsely populated independent country. He has since crossed Mongolia south to north by horse, road and rail, lived with Kazakh eagle hunters, walked through the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan and cycled through Laos and Thailand. In April 2024, he will attempt to walk through the notorious Darién Gap, an area of dense jungle on the land bridge connecting North and South America.
A barrister by day and an adventurer by… well, just other days, really
Faraz is also a barrister specialising in international law, with over 15 years’ experience working in private practice, government and the United Nations. He has represented refugees escaping conflict and persecution in countries such as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Iraq, advised the Government of Mongolia on comprehensive reforms to its labour and human rights laws and advised the UK Government on novel legal issues relating to Brexit.
Faraz was born and grew up in Scotland. He was educated at Warwick and Oxford and now lives in a village in Northamptonshire. He is not on social media.