Bill Colegrave


Unravelling the mystery of the majestic River Oxus

A really great read by a brave and honest man searching for a fascinating grail but fighting powerful personal demons”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The Oxus in Afghanistan’s High Pamir is one of the greatest rivers of the world, and also one of the least known. Running through the core of Central Asia, it is unusual in a myriad of ways–the most surprising of which is that it never reaches the sea. Through the centuries, the majestic Oxus has been the source of legends. For explorers and travelers in Central Asia, the Oxus provided an enduring mystery–where exactly was its source? In 2008 Bill Colegrave and two colleagues set out to find the true source and settle the argument for once and all. No easy task, but they succeeded. This is a vivid account of this quest, and also tells of the author’s previous precarious visits to one of the most unstable regions of the world. Bill Colegrave brings to life an extraordinary cast of characters–including those Victorian adventurers, soldiers, and statesmen who traveled before him, as well as his fellow explorers and guides on his own extraordinary adventure.

This is travel and exploration as it should be, but all too seldom is today.  Echoes of the Great Game spiced with the excitement of real discovery.
Robin Hanbury Tenison

176 pages

ISBN: 978-1-903071-28-1. Category: .

Bill Colegrave is a venture capitalist and publisher. He has travelled in much of Central Asia, lives in London and on the Cote d’Azur where he has a boutique hotel.

Additional Information

Weight 386 g
Dimensions 234 x 156 x 25 mm


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