Faraz Shibli is a British travel writer, author and adventurer. He is a contributor to Mongolia: the Bradt Travel Guide (3rd ed.) and The Kindness of Strangers: Travel Stories That Make Your Heart Grow, a collection of tales by travel writers, explorers and adventurers, including Ed Stafford, Benedict Allen and Sarah Outen, in aid of the Oxfam refugee appeal. 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.
In 2011, 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 1,600km across nomadic Mongolia, the world's most sparsely populated independent country, before travelling from its southern border with China to near its northern border with Russia by horse, road and rail. His other expeditions include living, herding and hunting with the Kazakh eagle hunters of northwest Mongolia, trekking through the Tien Shan mountains of Kyrgyzstan, travelling in a loop by bicycle, boat and hitch hiking through the jungles of rural northern Laos and long-distance cycling in Thailand.
A barrister by day and an adventurer by… well, just other days, really
Faraz is also an international development barrister with over 12 years' experience in human rights law, including with the United Nations. He has represented refugees escaping conflict and persecution in countries such as Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Pakistan, including survivors of rape, torture and human trafficking. He has advised the Government of Mongolia on comprehensive legal reforms, including its laws on forced and child labour, and he is a trustee of Coalition Peace, a charity developing tech to make peacebuilding resources available to local NGOs, communities and peace initiatives in Africa.
Faraz was born and grew up in Scotland. He studied Law at Warwick and Migration Studies at Oxford. He lives in a village north of Oxford.