The Mongol Rally is a charitable rally run by The Adventurists. The whole purpose of the rally is to raise as much money as possible for charity while taking part in a genuinely difficult adventure, there is no support. The rules are both strict and relaxed at the same time. It is not a race and you can choose your own route. The route to some extent dictates how difficult the rally will be for you. The car or vehicle you choose has to be less than 9 years old and have an engine size of around 1200cc or less. You are also obliged to make sure your vehicle is delivered to Ulan Bator or responsibly disposed of if broken and not left on some roadside. At the end of the rally your car is auctioned and the proceeds go to charity along with any monies raised by sponsorship.
Most who have completed the rally say that Mongolia is the hardest stretch particularly if you enter via the western boarder. There are few paved roads and no road signs in what is one of the worlds most remote wildernesses, otherwise known as the Gobi Desert. Mongolia is larger than western Europe but only has a population of around 3 million, most of whom live in the capital Ulan Bator. It is truly remote.
You may well ask, why take part in what is a potentially dangerous event? Well I can’t really answer that but for me I see it as one last opportunity to have a grand adventure while doing something worth while for charity. I am getting no younger and in a few years such an undertaking may well be beyond me. I think I am going to find it hard enough as is but then it is a challenge. Carpe diem, etcetera.
Wish me luck and if you can please make a donation by following this link.