Explorer, Photographer, Broadcaster and Best-selling Author
Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Lev studied History at the University of Nottingham, before attending Sandhurst and serving as an Officer in the British Parachute Regiment, including Operation Herrick 8 in Afghanistan. His journalism has taken him to Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, North and South Sudan, most of Sub-Saharan Africa, India, Nepal and South East Asia, with his resulting work featuring on the BBC, National Geographic, Forbes Magazine and CNN, amongst others. He has interviewed and photographed some of the most prominent names in the international community, from Hollywood actor George Clooney to travel writer Paul Theroux.
In late 2014, Levison completed a 9 month expedition walking the length of the Nile, which was filmed for a Channel 4 series, airing in January 2015 and on Animal Planet in the US two months later, to great critical acclaim. Lev’s book of the same name was a Sunday Times Top 10 bestseller for four weeks, as well as an Amazon no1 bestseller in the travel writing genre.
Attracted to foreign climes and adventure since a young age, Levison has travelled and worked in over eighty countries worldwide. He has led pioneering journeys into undiscovered regions, including the first ever successful walk across Madagascar, coast to coast; scientific research in Burundi, mountain climbing in Iraq, and a horse riding expedition retracing the steps of the explorers of the Great Game in search of the river Oxus. In 2011 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
In June 2015, Lev embarked upon another great adventure Walking The Himalayas. Trekking 1700 miles across the roof of the world and at altitudes of over 5000m, Levison travelled through some of the most remote, beautiful and perilous places on earth, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Line of Control with India, the disputed territory of Kashmir, witnessing Nepal in recovery, before completing his journey in the breathtaking mountains of Bhutan. In a journey of some four million steps, Levison immersed himself in local life, including yak-herding with the Wakhi tribe, playing Buzkashi with the Kyrgyz and meeting shamen, separatist fighters and people rebuilding their lives after natural disasters. His accompanying TV series and book launched in January 2016. This July, Levison announced his latest expedition Walking The Americas, which will involve him travelling 1700 miles from Mexico to Colombia, via Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama’s infamously challenging Darien Gap. Lev’s Channel 4 TV series and latest book documenting the journey will follow in spring 2017.