Show Synopsis

The remote Indonesian province of Papua is home to the Baliem River, a wild waterway of epic rapids. No-one has ever dared navigate the full length of the river. Until now.

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Steve Backshall's Extreme River Challenge

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In this series, Steve Backshall takes on the toughest challenge of his career: the world’s first complete descent of the Baliem.

Along the journey, Steve infiltrates a notorious cannibal tribe, attempts to trap one of the world’s biggest saltwater crocodiles, and searches for the beautiful and elusive Birds of Paradise.

Steve and his team tackle this whiteknuckle ride in authentic style, with equipment stripped back to basics. This is extreme nature – an adrenalized adventure where anything could happen. No outside support. No shortcuts. No limits.

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