Renowned polar explorer Rosie Stancer leads an Anglo-Sino expedition which aims to cross the Taklamakan desert in western China in spring 2017.

The Taklamakan, which lies in the centre of Tarim Basin in Xinjiang Province, has a reputation as China’s largest desert; its name translates as “the desert you go in and don’t come out”.

Stancer’s forthcoming expedition will traverse into and across the interior of the Taklamakan, travelling its full length of nearly 1,000 km over giant, shifting sand dunes and taking more than 60 days.

With temperatures ranging between -20c at night and above 38c by day, the expedition will provide challenging extremes to be tackled along the way. Water will be a key issue, with camels used for transportation of supplies, and sophisticated filtration systems in place.