10,000 MILES | 20 COUNTRIES
The Mongol Rally thunders 10,000 miles across the mountains, desert and steppe of Europe and Asia each summer. There is no set route, no support and no GPS. Just your wits and the clothes you brought with you.
The Philosophy of Un-route
The Adventurists (the organizers of the Mongol Rally) believe the world is far too safe and organised, that we’ve come to live in ever decreasing circles of freedom. Fear of litigation, greed and a spineless refusal to take responsibility for ourselves have robbed us of one of the most interesting things in life: the unexpected.
The un-route rails against this. It forces you to be lost, to not know what’s around the next corner, to embrace the unknown.
It’s brilliantly simple. Competitors are given a start point and a finish point but where they go or what they do in between is entirely their own steaming bag of adventuring magic. Spending too long planning the route or poring over useful maps or guidebooks is not recommended. Find out what’s there on arrival. Unleash the unexpected.
In the past teams have travelled as far south as Iran and Pakistan. Others have ventured into the Arctic Circle. Why not break the mould and go via the Congo or the North Pole?
Jamie is taking the Southern route via Azerbaijan, through the Himalayas via the M41 Pamir Highway (one of the highest roads in the world) and on through to Mongolia. Here is a map of Jamie's route: