Leonardo DiCaprio pays $95,000 for his own Revenant-style adventure in Mongolia
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Oscar nominated star will spend 10 days on a survivalist trip to Lake Hovsgol, staying in a yurt, riding horses and hunting with hawks
After battling freezing temperatures for the Oscar nominated adventure film The Revenant, Leonardo DiCaprio has paid $95,000 (£66,000) for his very own real-life survivalist expedition to Mongolia.
He will travel with Johan Ernst Nilson, a Swedish explorer, who has said he will push the 41-year-old actor to his limit.
But don't worry too much for his wellbeing during the 10-day journey to Lake Hovsgol. The party will include instructors and a personal chef.
Tom Cruise with Leonardo DiCaprio after the 'The Revenant' actor won the Best Actor award
Photo: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
DiCaprio secured the trip with his bid at a star-studded charity auction held by the American Foundation for Aids Research last week.
Mr Nilson told the New York Post the expedition would include horse riding, hunting with falcons and eating with a nomadic family. They will sleep in a yurt – the traditional domed structure used in Mongolia.
“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,” said Mr Nilson.
“If you push your limits, the reward will be much higher. It’s going to be amazing.”
DiCaprio is hotly tipped to win an Oscar for his portrayal of Hugh Glass – a frontiersman left for dead after being mauled by a grizzly bear - in The Revenant.
He won a Bafta for the role on Sunday night and is now considered a 1/50 odds-on favourite by Willam Hill for his first Academy Award.
He described it as his most physically demanding role, requiring him to struggle through snow and ice, repeating the scenes day after day to get the best lighting conditions.
He said: “It was quite possibly the most difficult professional undertaking that I’ve ever had, and I think I can say the same for everyone that was involved in the movie.”
The Revenant: the true story
Hugh Glass (l) and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
In The Revenant a man hunting beaver on the Missouri River is attacked by a bear, and left for dead by his party of fur trappers. This man, so incensed by being abandoned, finds the strength to crawl 200 miles in pursuit of his faithless friends, bent on exacting revenge.
The film's events are based on the story of Hugh Glass, one of the hard-driving mountain men of the early 19th-century American West. The attack – of which no direct eyewitness account exists – happened in the summer of 1823, five months after Glass had joined a fur-trapping expedition in South Dakota. Somewhere along the banks of the Missouri River, he stumbled across a grizzly and her two cubs. Startled, she set upon him, ripping his scalp, puncturing his throat and breaking his leg.Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northame