Global Trek Steps Into South Asia, Looks Back on Silk Road

For the past 672 days I have been walking across Central Asia …. And now, after tumbling at last out of Himalayan valleys and onto the lush plains of the Punjab plateau, it is time to turn another page on a foot journey that is slowly connecting the ghostly campfires of the ancestors who first discovered our world back in the Stone Age.

Read about the next phase of the Out of Eden Walk and explore an interactive story map of the Silk Road here.

Human Journey

Meet the Author
Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent and National Geographic Fellow Paul Salopek’s 21,000-mile Out of Eden Walk is a multiyear experiment in slow journalism. Moving at the beat of his footsteps, Salopek is walking the pathways of the first humans who migrated out of Africa in the Stone Age and made the Earth ours. Along the way he is covering the major stories of our time—from climate change to technological innovation, from mass migration to cultural survival—by giving voice to the people who inhabit them every day. His words, as well as his photographs, video, and audio, are creating a global record of human life at the start of a new millennium as told by villagers, nomads, traders, farmers, soldiers, and artists who rarely make the news. Join the journey at and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @OutofEdenWalk.