Expedition Unknown

Investigate Iconic Mysteries Across the Globe

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane.

Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions.

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Josh Gates Admires Nepalese Sky Caves
Nepalese Sky Caves

Nepalese Sky Caves

My cameraman and I were the first people to climb into these Nepalese sky caves in over 500 years. I’m trying to forget that we have to make the terrifying climb back down by admiring the view. 960 1280

  

Tibetan Culture

Tibetan Culture

The village of Lo Manthang in the remote Mustang region of Nepal is probably the best preserved example of Tibetan culture left on earth. Here, life carries on much as it has since the Middle Ages. Here, a woman weaves yarn by hand while wearing Rastafarian looking yak hair atop her head. 960 1280

  

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

Dressing the Part, on the Equator

When taking a photo at the equator, you have to dress for both the southern and northern hemispheres. 960 1280

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South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

South Africa's Anti-Poaching Unit

There are about 8,400 rhinos left in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Armed anti-poaching units patrol the bush, but with nearly 1,000 rhinos killed in the park last year, it’s a dangerous, uphill battle.  960 1280

  

The Equator

The Equator

Welcome to Equador's Mitad del Mundo, or the middle of the world. On the left side of the photo is the northern hemisphere. On the right, the southern hemisphere. And down the middle, the planet’s equator.  960 1280

  

Christopher Columbus and America

Christopher Columbus and America

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'll be digging into the real story behind some of the world's most legendary characters, such as Christopher Columbus. Get ready to be shocked by the true story of the world's most famous explorer."

 

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Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

Robin Hood, Sir Gates and Little John

"Taking a picture with 'Robin Hood' and 'Little John' in Sherwood Forest." 960 1280

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Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"The sun setting over English ruins makes for a gorgeous vista." 960 1280

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Unearthing History

Unearthing History

"This season on Expedition Unknown, we'™ll be opening a thousand year old Mongolian tomb. How cool is that?!" 960 1280

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Street Bagpipes

Street Bagpipes

"When in Scotland, do as the Scottish do, as this man plays his bagpipes on the streets of Edinburgh." 960 1280

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Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge

"A gorgeous look at Devil's Bridge in the countryside of Bulgaria." 960 1280

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Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Josh, Lions and Trafalgar Square

Can't go to London without taking in some of the sights. 960 1280

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Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls

"Every year, thousands of people attend the "Running of the Bulls" in Pamplona, Spain. The course is only 3,000 feet and the average speed of the herd is 15mph. Advice: Don't look back." 960 1280

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Richard III Remains

Richard III Remains

"Recently discovered, the remains of Richard III are entombed at Leicester Cathedral in England." 960 1280

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Triumph the English Countryside

Triumph the English Countryside

"This bike is quite the Triumph as it takes me across the English countryside on the search for Robin Hood." 960 1280

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All Dressed Up For Scotland

All Dressed Up For Scotland

"While searching for the truth behind the legend of King Arthur, I decide to see what being Scottish is all about. And to answer your question - 'No, I'm not, and it feels liberating'." 960 1280

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Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

Backyard Adventures in Yosemite

"Some adventures are right in your own backyard: an afternoon at Yosemite." 960 1280

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A Skeleton Rises

A Skeleton Rises

"A closeup look at the skeletal remains of Nikolay Ovcharov and his team found at Perperikon in Bulgaria which may hold answers to the Strigoi myth." 960 1280

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King Arthur's Round Table

King Arthur's Round Table

"In Winchester, Hampshire, the Round Table has been discovered ... or what King Henry VIII thinks is the Round Table." 960 1280

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Gallant Sir Josh

Gallant Sir Josh

"Gallant Sir Josh Gates stands watch." 960 1280

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Purple Sunrise

Purple Sunrise

"Dawn departure from Cap-Haitien, Haiti. Buckle up..." 960 1280

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Not THAT Big Ben

Not THAT Big Ben

"Big Ben is not THAT big." 960 1280

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Lederhosen and Beer

Lederhosen and Beer

"While mounting an expedition in Germany to look for lost treasures, I decide to take a break and explore a German beer hall. Needless to say, things get a little boozy. (Honestly, I have no idea whose lederhosen I'm wearing.)" 960 1280

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Jerusalem Smiles

Jerusalem Smiles

"Exploring the storied streets of Jerusalem. Endless streets filled with vendors, history and true characters."

 

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Sunset Cemetery

Sunset Cemetery

"The local cemetery in Martinou de Sus as the last light of day fades in Romania." 960 1280

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Stunning Ruins

Stunning Ruins

"All that is left of the once magnificent Glastonbury Abbey which is said to be the final resting place of King Arthur and his Queen Guinevere." 960 1280

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Budapest and Accordions

Budapest and Accordions

"An accordion player shows off his local flavor on the streets of Bucharest, Romania." 960 1280

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The Winding Path Ahead

The Winding Path Ahead

"Navigating the streets of Budapest can be a challenge, doing it in a vintage, 3-wheeled, Czechoslovakian car ... well that'™s just crazy."

 

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Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba

The Malecon waterfront in Havana, Cuba. Where old meets even older.  960 1280

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Mummified Snow-Leopards

Mummified Snow-Leopards

The monasteries of the Mustang Region in Nepal are mystical and protected places. This particular shrine is guarded by several mummified snow-leopards. I’m guessing these are highly effective in warding off intruders. 960 1280

  

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath temple in Kathmandu, Nepal is home to hundreds of monkeys who watch over the soaring Buddhist shrine. They’re cute…just don’t take out a candy bar in front of them or it turns into Planet of the Apes. 960 1280

  

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Cave Art in Nepal’s Mustang Region

Stunning cave art from remote cliffside dwellings in Nepal’s Mustang region. 960 1280

  

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

Interior Design with an Aztec Flair

The Aztecs were one of the mightiest civilizations in the ancient Americas. Their sense of interior design, however, is a little harsh for my taste. 960 1280

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Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Rain and More Rain in the Cloud Forests of Ecuador

Trekking into the cloud forests of Ecuador made for one of the most challenging days in Expedition Unknown history. With constant rain and fog, nearly everything gets soaked. Except for this llama, who brought his own raincoat.  960 1280

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Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

Cleaning Up at Teotihuican Ruins in Mexico

You think your job is tough? Try being on the janitorial staff at the ruins of Teotihuican in Mexico. This place is falling apart. Literally. 960 1280

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Holding it Down on the High Seas

Holding it Down on the High Seas

While traveling the world for a living is an honor, not every day is a walk in the park. Here, my 2 cameramen do their best not to puke while filming in horrible seas off the coast of Florida. You don’t want to see the "after" photo. 960 1280

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New Friends in Tibet

New Friends in Tibet

One of the best parts about traveling is making new friends. This little guy came right up to our car near the border of Tibet. 960 1280

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Tailors of Ecuador

Tailors of Ecuador

In the markets of Ecuador, you can buy just about anything, or mend the things you already own. 960 1280

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Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

Hanging with the Locals in Cuba

On a recent expedition to Florida, I decided to blend in with the locals. Of course, most of the locals are about 80 years old. 960 1280

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Coming Full Circle in Nepal

Coming Full Circle in Nepal

A few years ago, I was lucky enough to go to the Olympics in Vancouver. I remember standing in line to buy an overpriced red sweatshirt to commemorate my trip to the games. I was recently amazed to see the kid's size of the same sweatshirt a few thousand miles away in the high-altitude Nepalese village of Lo Manthang. Makes me wonder the journey it took to get here. Also, this adorable kid wears it much better than I did. 960 1280

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Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

Getting Connected in the Kalahari Desert

The internet isn’t really a thing yet in the Kalahari Desert. But, we’re working on it. 960 1280

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Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging Out in Kathmandu's Durbar Square

Hanging with a Hindu holy man in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square. It kind of looks like he just pulled 5 quarters out of my ear. This dude's a straight-up magician! 960 1280

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Jeepney's of the Philippines

Jeepney's of the Philippines

In the Philippines, locals trick out busses known as "jeepneys," cobbled together from old U.S. military jeeps from WWII. 960 1280

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Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Hope Returns to Kathmandu

Nepal suffered a devastating blow in 2015 when it was hit with a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. A year later, the cleanup is in full force, and hope is returning to the storied streets of Kathmandu. 960 1280

  

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers, South African Style

Checkers in South Africa. Now if I can only find the icy-cold bottles those caps came from. 960 1280

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Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

Lion Sand Game Reserve, South Africa

South Africa’s National Parks are filled with some of the wildest creatures on the planet, but that doesn’t mean you have to live like an animal. Here’s a look at my stunning treehouse retreat at the incredible Lion Sands Game Reserve. 960 1280

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Jungle Swing
Jungle Swing

Jungle Swing

“In the dry season, Cambodia is torturously hot. After a long day trekking in the jungles, I was overjoyed to find what might be the best seat on earth — a jungle swing in the shadow of a beautiful, cooling waterfall. I may never leave this chair.” 960 1280

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Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

“Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the world’s largest religious building, and in the early morning, it’s also one of the most peaceful. Before the crowds of visitors arrived, I snapped this photo of monks ascending the stairs en route to prayer.” 960 1280

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Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

“In the middle of Cambodia’s bustling capital is the temple of Wat Phnom. Perched high on a hill, it’s a shady respite from the sweltering city. Monks gather here in the afternoon, and I was lucky enough to catch a few of them resting in the shade.” 960 1280

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Royal Palace

Royal Palace

“One of the things I love about Cambodia’s capital is the blend of old and new. It’s a mash-up of cultures and architecture. On one block, you feel like you're in a modern city, and then the gilded roof of the Royal Palace comes into view, and you’re transported back in time.” 960 1280

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Ta Prohm Ruins

Ta Prohm Ruins

“The Ta Prohm ruins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, are one of the most atmospheric places I’ve ever visited. It’s a meditative place to look back on one of the most impressive ancient empires in the world … and to get out of the blazing sun.” 960 1280

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Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm Temple

“The jungles at Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia are now merging with the ancient structures. I love exploring here, seeing how the natural world is reclaiming the site and giving it a whole new architecture.” 960 1280

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Gate to Angkor Thom

Gate to Angkor Thom

“There are several majestic gates that lead to Cambodia’s Angkor Thom. I’m weirdly obsessed with all of them. There’s just something so mysterious about their design. Some are easy to get to; others are shrouded by the jungle. I took a motorcycle to get to this particular gate, which feels eerily abandoned.” 960 1280

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Faces of Angkor Thom

Faces of Angkor Thom

“The many faces of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is one of my favorite temples in the world. Wandering around the ruins in the early morning, it’s hard not to be moved by the hundreds of monumental faces staring back at you.” 960 1280

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Comanche Nation Teepee

Comanche Nation Teepee

“We were passing through Oklahoma and noticed a huge gathering in a field. It turned out to be a massive powwow on the plains of Comanche Nation. We pulled over and were warmly welcomed by the proud and hospitable Comanche people.” 960 1280

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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

“When searching for the mysterious lost treasure of Jesse James, it pays to have the right vehicle. As I rode off into the fading Oklahoma sunset on horseback, I suddenly felt hot on the trail of one of America’s most famous outlaws.” 960 1280

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Buzzard’s Roost

Buzzard’s Roost

“It may not be buried gold, but when I found this antique lead bar in the hills of Buzzard’s Roost in Oklahoma, I was ecstatic! After all, when treasure hunting, any discovery is better than coming up empty-handed … or getting bitten by a rattlesnake.” 960 1280

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Oklahoma Sunset

Oklahoma Sunset

“Red sky at night. Sunset over a farm in central Oklahoma. I’m always struck by the fact that we don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to find adventure. It’s right in our own backyard.” 960 1280

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Summer Palace

Summer Palace

“Touring the summer palace of the Russian czars in St. Petersburg made me realize that I need to do some serious redecorating back at home. My ballroom isn’t nearly this opulent.” 960 1280

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Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

“Ominous skies over the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is, for me, one of the coolest spots in Europe. No other city has undergone a more dramatic transformation in the 20th century. It’s gone from a place of extreme repression to a city that’s absolutely buzzing with free expression.” 960 1280

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Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

“East meets West. A cross section of the Berlin Wall in Germany and a sobering reminder of the tragic division that once defined this city.” 960 1280

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Lion Fighter

Lion Fighter

Statue of the ‘Lion Fighter’ outside the Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany.” 960 1280

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Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral

“View of the imposing Berlin Cathedral.” 960 1280

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Vladimir Lenin Statue

Vladimir Lenin Statue

“Kaliningrad is a place with a fascinating identity crisis. I loved exploring this seldom-visited city and sorting through the complicated history that defines it. Though it was once German, this Lenin statue is a good reminder that I'm now in Russian territory.” 960 1280

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Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

“The vivid colors of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia, are awe-inspiring. Seeing the majestic and playful architecture in person took my breath away.” 960 1280

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Host Josh Gates looks out over the mountain of Phnom Kulen in Cambodia during a late-night lightning storm. 960 1280

  

Angkor Wat is a prime example of Khmer architecture, with its use of sandstone blocks for foundation and its lotus-shaped towers. 960 1280

  

Parts of the temples of King Jayavarman II's city still stand at the dig site on Phnom Kulen. 960 1280

  

Considering that the terrain up the mountain is difficult to traverse on foot, Josh acquires a motorbike to help him get to the top. 960 1280

  

Josh enjoys his time on a unique form of travel in Cambodia, the bamboo railroad, on his way to Battambang. 960 1280

  

As the sun sets over the floating village on the Tonle Sap, Josh wades down the river toward the dig site for the lost city on Phnom Kulen in Cambodia. 960 1280

  

Josh traverses the mountain of Phnom Kulen through rain, thunder and darkness in search of a mysterious relic. 960 1280

  

This statue of an elephant outside the gates of Mahendraparvata signifies the entrance to the lost city and the beginning of answers to the legend of King Jayavarman II. 960 1280

  

In order to escape the scorching temperatures, Josh jumps into the cool waters in picturesque Cambodia. 960 1280

  

Josh listens intently to an antique dealer, who explains to him the dangers of looters trying to find the lost city. 960 1280

  

A look at the glorious, self-sufficient floating village on the Tonle Sap lake in Cambodia. 960 1280

  

Josh tries to visualize the layout of King Jayavarman's palace on Phnom Kulen in Cambodia from the ruins discovered by archaeologist JB Chevance. 960 1280

  

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