Louis-Philippe Loncke

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Louis-Philippe Loncke
Louis-Philippe Loncke
Born (1977-03-03) 3 March 1977 (age 42)
Mouscron, Belgium
EducationECAM, KU Leuven, UAMS
OccupationConsultant, Explorer, Adventurer
Years active2006–present

Louis-Philippe Loncke, is a Belgian explorer, adventurer and motivational speaker. In 2008, he achieved the world first crossing on foot of the length of the Simpson desert,[1] which was a North to South traverse passing through its geographical center. In 2018, he traverses Tasmania during the austral winter without resupplies and is nicknamed the Mad Belgian by Australians[2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Loncke was born in Mouscron, Belgium to a family of furniture makers. He studied engineering in Brussels at ECAM, a master in Industrial management in KU Leuven and treasury management at the University of Antwerp Management School.


Management consultant[4][edit]

Loncke started his career as logistic manager. Since 1999, he has built experience in over 10 corporate companies in various positions. He has been working as management consultant since 2007 mainly in IT. The skills he built in the challenging corporate world allow him to plan efficiently his expeditions. He is also self-taught in photography, SEO, marketing and communications. Since 2006, he is volunteering at NGO Art in All of us and was elected member of the board of directors in 2010.

Adventurer and explorer[edit]

Loncke started traveling alone in 2000. In 2002, he was sent to Singapore for work and learned scuba diving. To fulfill this passion he traveled for a year in Oceania between 2004 and 2005. He started hiking and heard about adventurers and explorers; and became interested after seeing the world acclaimed film Alone across Australia. Back in Belgium, he met author and adventurer Sylvain Tesson who encouraged him to continue and Louis-Philippe left again in 2006 to Australia to start his first three expeditions.[5]

His first solo unresupplied traverse of the Tasmanian Wilderness was undoubtedly the most epic of all three and brought him the first sponsors and recognition among Australian explorers. After a year in Australia, he went back to Belgium and started planning for a series of several world first expeditions, the first being to attempt crossing the Simpson desert on its longest distance.

He has organised charity expeditions involving media buzz including the highest chocolate tasting on Everest. In July 2010, he trekked across Iceland[6] between its extreme latitude from North to South. He spoofed an Icelandic promotional video[7] that got viral in Iceland. He has announced a return to Iceland to attempt doing the journey during the winter.[8] Both his Simpson and Iceland expeditions involved a science program of the MSH of Paris named Stress and decision taking in extreme environment.

On 4 August 2018 he started an attempt to traverse Tasmania unsupported in winter.[9][10][11]


World firsts[edit]

Charity and cultural expeditions[edit]

  • 2009 - Chocolate Sherpa expedition,[33] walking 400 km from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp and back to Lukla distributing chocolate.

Scientific and other expeditions[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Louis-Philippe Loncke holding the olympic torch
  • In 2009, he was awarded young talent of the year[41] by the Baillis of Mouscron.
  • Outer Edge magazine has selected in its February–March 2011 issue Loncke's Simpson desert crossing being in the top 10 Australian expeditions to the edge of reason.[42]
  • Accepted as member of the Explorers Club in 2010[43] and elected to Fellow in 2014.
  • Becoming Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society in 2011
  • In September 2011, the Jane Goodall Institute Belgium nominates him as goodwill ambassador for the Roots & Shoots program.[44]
  • Selected by the LOCOG to carry the Olympic Flame through Choppington on 15 June 2012.[45]
  • Finalist Photoshoot Awards contest OCEAN 2013, category Pollution.[46]
  • At the European parliament in Brussels, on 7 May 2014, Jane Goodall made him Jane Goodall Institute Knight for Youth, Animals and Plants in the Order of the Iguana.
  • A the ISPO fair in Munich, he is awarded European Adventurer of the Year 2016.[47][48][49]
  • He is enthroned Honorary Bailli of Mouscron in October 2017[50]
  • Ranked #3 of the Top 10 expeditions of 2018 according to ExplorersWeb[51]


  1. ^ Herald Sun, "If the desert doesn't get you, the camels might", 23 August 2008
  2. ^ "'Mad Belgian' attempts world-first unaided winter traverse of Tasmania". ABC News. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Belgian adventurer returns from historic Tasmanian traverse cut, bruised and 15kg lighter". ABC News. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Resume on Linkedin"
  5. ^ "Short Biography" Archived 5 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Icenews, "Walking alone across Iceland not enough: Belgian explorer to try again in winter", 9 August 2010
  7. ^ Icenews, "Belgian explorer inspired by Inspired by Iceland", 17 October 2010
  8. ^ Grapevine Interview "This Man Crossed Iceland With No Outside Help And He'll Do It Again" Archived 1 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 31 March 2011
  9. ^ De Standaard, "Belg wil als eerste Tasmanië onbegeleid in winter oversteken: ‘Avontuur draait om risico’s nemen’"
  10. ^ "Personal blog"
  11. ^ "Tasmania Winter Trek position checker"
  12. ^ Alice Springs News, "Hill after Hill", 21 September 2006
  13. ^ The Monitor, p7, "36 days alone in the desert", 28 August 2008
  14. ^ Sudpresse Archive, "800km en 35 jours" Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 17 November July 2008
  15. ^ Morgunblaðið, "Walked across the country in 19 days", 31 July 2010
  16. ^ Sudpresse Archive, "Le tour de Belgique en kayak" Archived 13 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 9 July 2011
  17. ^ L'avenir, "Un tour de Belgique à la rame", 11 July 2011
  18. ^ Belgijski podróżnik Louis-Philippe Loncke pokonał 1200 km przez Polskę, 4 June 2012
  19. ^ 1200 km przez Polskę - pieszo, tratwą i kajakiem. Belg zakończył wyprawę, Wprost24, 4 June 2012
  20. ^ 1200 km przez Polskę - pieszo, tratwą i kajakiem. Belg zakończył wyprawę, Naszemiasto Gdansk, 4 June 2012
  21. ^ Slowly Down the Vistula: Louis-Philippe Loncke at TEDxWarsaw, TED.com, 21 March 2013
  22. ^ PAT Bolivia, "Hola Pais, Louis-Philippe recorrio el lago Titicaca", 25 September 2013
  23. ^ Save The Frogs, "Frog conservation in Bolivia" Archived 24 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ LeVif.be "Une expédition sur le lac Titicaca", 16 August 2013
  25. ^ 7sur7.be "Expédition sur le lac Titicaca", 16 August 2013
  26. ^ Adventure: Louis-Philippe Loncke, TED.com, 26 March 2014
  27. ^ L'avenir, "Un Mouscronnois a réussi à traverser la Vallée de la Mort en autonomie", 16 November 2015
  28. ^ Le Vif, "Un Belge a traversé le plus grand désert de sel", 21 October 2016
  29. ^ Le Soir, "Le premier homme à traverser le plus grand désert de sel à pied est belge", 21 October 2016
  30. ^ HLN.be, "Belg is eerste die grootste zoutvlakte ter wereld volledig autonoom oversteekt", 21 October 2016
  31. ^ "'Mad Belgian' attempts world-first unaided winter traverse of Tasmania". ABC News. 6 September 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  32. ^ "Belgian adventurer returns from historic Tasmanian traverse cut, bruised and 15kg lighter". ABC News. 25 September 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  33. ^ 7sur7, "Une dégustation de chocolat belge aura lieu début mai sur l'Everest", 8 April 2009
  34. ^ "Cordell 2013 Clipperton expedition"
  35. ^ CBS News San diego, "Boaters return to San Diego after island exploration", 19 March 2013
  36. ^ ICvolunteers, "GreenVoice a Voice for the Clipperton Expedition", 18 February 2013
  37. ^ Nord Eclair, "Louis-Philippe Loncke vaincu par le désert de sel", 27 November 2013
  38. ^ L'Avernir, "Après l'assaut du lac Titicaca, il abandonne dans le désert", 27 November 2013
  39. ^ News.com.au, "Belgian explorer takes on Australia’s Dead Heart", 11 August 2016
  40. ^ La Libre, "Un Belge parcourt 300 km seul à travers le désert de Simpson en Australie", 16 September 2016
  41. ^ L'avenir, "L'ordre des Baillis s'élargit", 6 October 2009
  42. ^ Outer Edge, "The Top 10 Craziest Expeditions Ever to Touch Australia" Archived 9 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 23 December 2010
  43. ^ "Loncke's Explorers Club page" Archived 9 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  44. ^ Roots & Shoots ambassador Archived 15 January 2013 at Archive.today
  45. ^ London 2012
  46. ^ "Photoshoot Awards OCEAN 2013"
  47. ^ RTLinfo, "Un Belge désigné aventurier européen de l'année", 17 February 2017
  48. ^ La Voix du Nord, "Un Mouscronnois élu « aventurier européen de l’année »"[permanent dead link], 22 February 2017
  49. ^ Focus on Belgium, "EUROPEAN ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR COMES FROM BELGIUM", 10 March 2017
  50. ^ L'avenir, "43e convent des Baillis", 3 October 2017
  51. ^ "Top 10 Expeditions of 2018: #3: First Winter Crossing of Tasmania". Explorersweb. Retrieved 23 July 2019.

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