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.[Total: 9 Average: 3.7]
Rules of the Mongol RallyThe 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.
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 routesAlthough 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.