The Manneken Trip’s purpose is to explore the Americas from North to South. The challenge consists of changing regularly of travelling means without never using any type of motorized vehicle. The journey will start in North Canada and will end in South Argentina by doing: Snowkite and Backcountry skiing, kayaking, horse riding, cycling, sailing and walking.
The Manneken Trip will begin in Kugaaruk, Nunavut, a village of 1,000 inhabitants on the Arctic, in northern Canada. The goal is to rally Winnipeg by Nordic skiing and snow-kiting, roughly 2,500 km across the tundra, the Hudson Bay, boreal forests and Lake Winnipeg. On the program: white landscapes, polar weather, bears and … a lot of nothing! The great North is legendary, conditions are extremes and leave no room for errors. To go into polar conditions is to be sure of coming back a little more humble. This make it undoubtedly one of the most difficult stages of the expedition.
2. The Mississippi river
The second part of the journey will be on water by kayaking the Mississippi river. It represents 3780 km of paddling from Itasca Lake (380 km south of Winnipeg), to the river’s delta close to New Orleans. The descent of the Mississippi generally takes between two and three months. Though endless, the river is of an affordable difficulty, but includes complicated stretches of 13 km wide. Since its source and delta are separated by 2000 km of latitude, the Mississippi offers an impressive variation of environments: from the region of the great lakes to the bayou of Louisiana.
3. The Caribbean Sea
After rallying New Orleans to Belize by bike the Manneken Trip will purchase a sailboat in order to navigate alone the Caribbean Sea along the coast in direction of Georgetown, British Guiana. This is the unique opportunity to be captain of my own boat and discover life at sea.
4. The Amazon forest
The Amazon is undoubtedly the antipode of the Canadian North: the green hell versus the white hell. The Amazon will be crossed in two stages after joining Boa Vista by bicycle from Guyana. The first part consists of descending the Banco River, followed by the Rio Negro to Manaus. The second is to go up the Purus River, a tributary of the Amazon, to Peru. If the first part is carried out entirely in dugouts, the second part will be a mixture of walking and dugouts or pack-rafts navigation.
5. Horse-riding Argentina
Horse riding will be the opportunity to create a strong bond with an animal, which in this case becomes a travel partner. Argentina will lend itself perfectly to this challenging experience. The adventure will be heavily dependent on the choice of the horses in San Miguel de Tucuman’s area. Once the team composed, the caravan will head along the Andes and the “road 40” in direction of Perito Moreno.
6. Walking Patagonia
The end of the trip will take place on foot, walking along Patagonia’s national parks. Rumours say an ascent might take place in the Andes… Mountains being not yet included into the expedition, it will be the opportunity to allow a last detour before concluding the adventure. Patagonia is also a return to the cold. A way to loop the loop, from one polar ocean to another.
Summing up, the Manneken Trip is an estimate of 30 months of human challenges, totalising about 35.000 km across 16 countries and combining at least 6 different sports into very different conditions as: polar region, rivers, the Caribbean Sea, jungles and desert areas. The Manneken Trip is the first human attempt of a man-powered crossing of the Americas using such a variety of practices.