I was firstly introduced to the rally when I started with my Bachelor´s degee at UEM (Madrid) back in 2016. A colleague of mine planted the idea in my head, showing me what was the rally about. Every since then I have been researching the itineraries and all the logistics surrounding it with the idea of participating either with a team or solo during the aproximate 12,000 Km that separate Prague from Ulan Ude.
The Mongol Rally is not a race like its name suggests, there is not even a fixed route to follow! This event is all about solidarity. We are required to gather 1000 GBP in funds for two NGOs. The first one, Cool Earth, is the official partner of the rally. They fight against climate change by helping halt deforestation in rain forests all around the world by working head to head with its inhabitants., the ones who care the most. The remaining NGO we can choose freely. In my case, having served in Kenya twice as a volunteer, I feel identified with this cause One Acre Fund defends. These guys empower the community using agriculture and farming. One Acre Fund covers financing, delivery of raw materials, training and marketability creating micro economies for those in dare need. I firmly believe this is one of the UN's SDG that enables people to achieve other SDG once this has been covered, hence a priority.
You can contribute any time with this campaign by clicking the Gofundme link at the end of this post, although I will be covering this part in more depth in later posts.
Rules for this rally are quite simple. You can do it either with a car or with a motorcycle, but not just any. Cars cannot exceed 1000cc or if they do, they have to pay penalties. Motorbikes are limited to 125cc and I am choosing this category doing it in a 2005 Honda Varadero XL125V. Start line opens up July 21st and rally finishes in Ulan Ude, Russia. The Mongol rally gets its name from its old finish line in Ulan Bator, Mongolia; however, this is no longer applicable since a few years back The Adventurists decided to move the finish location to gain advantage of the Russian railway system interconnected with Europe.
Teams can choose which route will they be taking from the wide array of options. Depending on which route you take, you will have to confront with bureaucratic impediments in the form of visa requirements, corrupt officials, and many other factors to be taken into consideration when planning the whole thing, it is the essence of the rally and what makes it a truly unique experience.