Taken from The Adventurists website…
The Mighty Mongol Rally…
What’s the point?
The world is just a little bit too safe. Gone are the days where the edge of the map called you forth t0 discover what lay beyond – satellite maps and GPS have it laid out before you leave the armchair. What if you want things to go wrong? What if you want a bit of unknown in a world full health and safety measures? What if the words “adventure travel” conjure images of old ladies on a guided tour toEverest base camp with all the danger and real adventure neatly removed? What you need is the Mongol Rally.
If this all conspires to make you think, “my goodness that’s a terribly silly idea” the Mongol Rally is probably not your cup of salted Mongolian tea. If, on the other hand, you think “hang on by gad, that’s exactly what I need”, you’ve found your calling, so read on to find out what you’ll be doing next summer.
The Mongol Rally isn’t just about adventure, it’s also about raising huge sacks of cash for some great charities. In 2007 the Mongol Rally topped £200,000 and we hope to smash that this year.
Each team coming on the Rally raises a minimum of £1000 for the Rally charities. You can find out more about them and the awesome work they do on the Charity page.
The Road Ahead
A third of the way around the earth, from Europe to Mongolia via a plethora of countries most people haven’t heard of in a car that has an engine with no bigger than 1 litre. Starting from England, Spain and Italy, the rally finishes in the Mongolian capital Ulaan Baatar around four weeks and a whole heap of adventure later. It’s between about 8 and 10,000 miles depending on the route you choose to throw your trusty steed at. We don’t believe in telling you what to do or where to go as this is supposed to be an adventure not a cosy guided driving tour, so the world is pretty much your oyster. Take a look over the route page to get a feel for the different delights that await you.
To get to the end, 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. What happens to you between the start, the deserts, mountains, bandits and wilderness is anyone’s guess. In a normal year just over half the teams make the finish line in one piece.
If you want a full support crew (or any support crew) you’re in the wrong place. If nothing goes wrong, then everything has gone wrong. You only start having fun when you break down in the desert with only a short stick and some chewing gum to fix your car. If your automobile completely lets you down and all else fails, e.g. the sky has fallen on your head, you may be able to get to Mongolia by scabbing a lift from other cars. However, you are supposed to be on an adventure not in a nursery class so if the sky does fall on your head, prop it up with a windscreen wiper and carry on. If you’re worried, stay at home.
We don’t guarantee your arrival at the finish line, or your safety, but of course, that is what makes it an adventure.