What is the Mongol Rally?
Imagine you're lost in a massive desert, hundreds of miles from civilisation, driving a car your granny would be embarrassed by. Then all of a sudden all your wheels fall off and the search for tools turns up a dirty sock and two dried apricots. That's the Mongol Rally - 10,000+ miles of pure adventure over mountains, deserts and some of the most remote terrain on the planet.
Although we could attempt to describe what the Mongol Rally entails, it is probably best shown in a video:
The Mongol Rally isn't just about adventure, it's also about raising money for some great charities, with each team raising a minimum of £1000. Since 2004 teams on the Mongol Rally have raised nearly £2 million! To find out about the charties your sponsorship money is going to, see the Charities page.
Starting at the Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester, the rally takes teams through countries most people haven't heard of (and some that don't legally exist), finishing in the Mongolian capital Ulaanbaatar around four-six weeks and a ridiclious amount of adventure later!
In the past teams have gone as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as Afghanistan on what can only really be described as somewhat circuitous routes, driving in 'Endless Circles'. What happens to you between the start, the deserts, mountains, bandits, wilderness and the end is anyone's guess.
Most teams however tend to take one of three routes, each of which presents its only unique challenges:
- The Northern Route: From London to Prague, via France, Belgium & Germany. Then through Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Russia (again) & then into Mongolia
- The Southern Route: As above to Prague, then south via any combination of; Slovakia, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Azerbaijan (or) Iran, then north, via the "Stans" to Russia & Mongolia
- The Central Route: As above to Prague. Then via any of the following. Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia & Mongolia.
Although we are sure the plan will change once we are out there, we decided to take a route similar to the Central Route, as you can see on our Live Tracking Google map.
Is there any support?
NO... Once we have crossed the starting line we are completely on our own... The rally organisers, a company called 'The Adventurists', have this warning on their website:
Warning – this is not safe
You may have guessed but this is a genuinely dangerous thing to do. The [Mongol Rally] website is written in a light-hearted fashion, but you cannot overestimate the risks involved in taking part in this adventure. Your chances of being seriously injured or dying as a result of taking part are high. Individuals who have taken part in previous Adventurists’ adventures have been permanently disfigured, seriously disabled or lost their lives.
This is not a glorified holiday. It’s an unsupported adventure and so by its very nature extremely risky. You really are on your own and you really are putting both your health and life at risk. That’s the whole point.
The Mongol Rally is an extreme test for both the team and the car! It’s not hard to understand why – the vehicles already have many years under their belts before they get to the start line, and even if a vehicle appears to be running okay when it sets off, once it reaches the rough roads further east, it’ll receive more punishment in a day than it’s received in the rest of its life put together.
Can I do the Mongol Rally?
Yes, the Mongol Rally is open to anyone! Even celebrities such as Jack Osbourne or the Apprentices Nick Hewer have tried it! If you would like to take part in the Mongol Rally 2013, just visit The Adventurists website: www.theadventurists.com/the-adventures/mongol-rally
Who are 'The Adventurists'?
Some git has already walked off the edge of all our maps, there's a traffic jam to get to the top of the world's tallest mountain, every millimetre of our good planet has been scanned by satellites and rammed into your mobile phone. What room is there left for those of us who still yearn for a bit of old school adventure? We live in a hermetically sealed, health & safety shit-storm where using a ladder is considered unacceptably dangerous and adventure travel means a guided tour up a mountain or staying in a hotel with less than four stars.
The Adventurists believe there is still adventure to be found in the world. We just need to go try that little bit harder to find it. Let's cut new edges into our maps, break our GPS and set forth into the world to find out what happens.
For more information, see their website: www.theadventurists.com.