Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Leonardo DiCaprio headed on an expedition to Mongolia
The Oscar nominee was among the big stars in attendance at the amfAR New York gala last week, and it has since emerged he offered up the generous bid for the opportunity to embark on the 10-day trip with Swedish explorer Johan Ernst Nilson.
The expedition will include the exploration of Lake Hovsgol, nicknamed the Dark Blue Pearl of Mongolia, while travellers will be taken horseback riding and hunting with falcons, Nilson tells theNew York Post.
They will also enjoy a meal with a nomadic family as part of the excursion, but it won't be quite as rough as Leonardo's experience shooting The Revenant, as they will sleep in a traditional tent, known as a yurt, and have a chef and local guides to help them feel comfortable on the trip.
"When I do these trips, I take people out of their comfort zone in terms of the inner journey and get them doing things they normally wouldn't do," Nilson explains to the Post. "If you push your limits, the reward will be much higher. It's going to be amazing."
Leonardo portrays real-life fur trapper Hugh Glass in The Revenant, which documents his struggle for survival after he is mauled by a bear and left for dead.
The actor he has previously discussed the tough times he had to endure while shooting the intense survival thriller in freezing conditions in Canada and Argentina.
"I can name 30 or 40 sequences that were some of the most difficult things I've ever had to do," he told Yahoo! Movies last year. "Whether it's going in and out of frozen rivers, or sleeping in animal carcasses, or what I ate on set. (I was) enduring freezing cold and possible hypothermia constantly."