Welcome to the greatest motoring adventure on the planet – the Mongol Rally happening right now as we speak! The Mongol Rally is a highly unusual 10,000 miles intercontinental car-rally like no other, that takes participants across the mountains and deserts of Europe and Asia.
Rules of the Mongol Rally
The rules of the rally are very simple:
- The teams can only get a small car or bike (more barebone the better)
- The rally participants are completely on their own
- Every team needs to raise at least £1,000 for charity.
Those who follow these rules, virtually guarantee Genghis Khan-style exploits of their own during the rally.
The small car rule which says every car should be under 1000cc (think tiny cars), makes this journey very interesting! Anyone can easily imagine what a crazy adventure of its own it would be, to travel across ultra-rough roads in cars that were built for cities!
The “Un-route” Philosophy
The Mongol rally follows the philosophy of Un-route, where every participant is given nothing else but a rally starting point and an ending point. Participants decide their own route, fix their own cars, and are completely on their own, come what may! The rally makes a very simple promise – neither your car, nor your life, will ever be the same again!
In the words of the organizers, “The Mongol Rally is about getting lost, using your long-neglected wits, raising shedloads of cash for charity and scraping into the finish line with your vehicle in tatters and a wild grin smeared across your grubby face.”
Popular & scenic routes
Although there are no specific routes to do this rally, there are certain popular routes which offer incredibly scenic landscape views.
- The northern route snakes through Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan, is considered the easiest, while the southern route offers more challenges as people drive through Turkey, Uzbekistan and more.
- For those who prefer adventure over practicality, opt for the Arctic Circle route that passes by famous fjords and northern lights of Finland and Sweden.
- Those looking for best of both the worlds, head out to the appropriately named Central Route, that goes from Turkey and then moves northwards to Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.
Mongol Rally Organizers
This rally has been brought to life by The Adventurists, a group fighting boredom by organizing dangerously fun events to life like Monkey Run, Kraken Cup, Rickshaw Run and much more. It’s not only fun and games though, the group has raised £ 7 Million till date for charity, proud about the fact that they are saving the world while having crazy adventures.