This is the most awesome adventure you will ever have. This is the charity rally of Charity Rallies. This is 15,000 km of experiences that aren’t just on your bucket list, they are your bucket list.
THIS IS AN EPIC 15,000 KM CHARITY ROADTRIP THAT winds its way HALF-WAY ACROSS THE WORLD from the CAPITAL OF EUROPE, OVER MOUNTAINS, ACROSS DESERTS, THROUGH RIVERS, AND AROUND POT-HOLES to the rugged expanses of the ancient mongol empire. IT TAKES YOU OFF-ROAD, IT CHALLENGES YOUR COMFORT ZONE, it is an awesome adventure, all while helping THOSE IN NEED.
STARTING IN Bern, Switzerland, AND ENDING IN ulanbaatar, THE MONGOL CAPITAL, YOU COULDN’T ASK FOR A MORE EPIC EXPERIENCE.
Enough of the hyperbole, let’s get down to the nuts and bolts of this charity rally.
Only the courageous need apply. The journey of a lifetime begins with a single step: summoning up the courage to sign-up for the Mongolia Charity Rally.
Pick your team. After crossing the Rubicon, there is no going back. Unless you break down, in which case there might be. The next step is to pick your posse. You’re going to spend a month rallying halfway across the world with this team, so think long and hard about who the most annoying people you know are, and make sure not to ask them. Teams are usually made up of between two to four people.
Pick a Route: Pick a country, any country… then drive through it. As long as you end up in Mongolia, this part is the easy part. You don’t even need a map. If you want to try to get to Mongolia by asking people the way, that works. We know. We’ve done it.
Pick a car. Ambulance? Firetruck? 4×4? Ice-cream van? You name it, we’ve had it on the Mongolia Charity Rally. Your chosen vehicle will be like a third nipple to you by the time you get to Mongolia. You’ll cherish it fondly, but be glad to part with it. That’s where we come in: we’ll take your beloved charitable chariot to its next home. If it’s an ambulance, it will get used in our charity project. 4x4s are typically donated to other NGOs, and commercial vehicles and cars get sold at auction for way more than they are worth in Europe, with the proceeds invested in Go Help’s charity projects in Mongolia that you’ll see on arrival. The Mongolian government is, to put it mildly, very strict about what cars it allows in to Mongolia, so we’ll help you with vehicle selection, not to worry.
Hit your fundraising target. This charity rally has three objectives, first: charity. Second, did we mention charity? Third: charitable adventuring. Teams rundraise a minimum of £1,000 for Go Help, the charity that founded the Mongolia Charity Rally, and above that can fundraise for any awesome cause that captures their heart. Hopefully Go Help, but if not, any one that does.
Find some sponsors. No trust fund? No problem. Many teams make it to Mongolia on a shoestring budget. That being said, life is a lot easier with generous benefactors. Teams are supported by a vast array of corporate sponsors (Subaru provided a whole car to one of our teams!), employers (corporate matching rocks), friends and family (hello, long lost relations). Key here is to pound the pavement, this charity rally really sells itself.
Beat the bureaucracy. You probably need a visa or two to get to Mongolia. Maybe even an entry permit to get in to Mongolia. Secret code to get in to Turkmenistan? Check. With a little help from us (to make sure your ‘T’s are crossed and ‘i’s are dotted, and to ensure everyone is fully prepared), you’ll set off from Bern in Switzerland, not to be seen again until you reach Mongolia!
You’ll be fundraising, at least in part, for Go Help, a UK registered charity, U.S. 501(c)(3) and registered NGO in Mongolia, whose charitable activities are largely in the fields of healthcare and education. The charity was founded around an effort to launch and operate ambulance services in third world countries, and the cause has now broadened to include a children’s activity centre or ‘Book House’, a university scholarship programme and a mobile library reaching out to isolated communities in Mongolia.
Our charitable activities are largely in the fields of healthcare and education.
Go Help’s core objectives include:
- • To promote charitable adventuring;
- • To enable access to primary healthcare through the provision, distribution and maintenance of emergency vehicles;
- • To foster local talent, through providing scholarships and employment opportunities for young people;
- • To support education projects which provide opportunities for literacy and self-improvement; and
- • To facilitate the placement of skilled health and education volunteers with the aim of enhancing the capacity of local communities.
If you want more information on Go Help, check out Gohelp.org.uk
Fundraising is an integral part of taking part in the Mongolia Charity Rally, and teams taking part must raise at least £1,000 for Go Help to take part in the event. Go Help relies largely on fundraising from teams taking part in the rally to support its charity projects in Mongolia. Above that £1,000 target, teams can fundraise for any charity they choose.
In addition to fundraising for the charity, many of our teams like to find sponsors to help them cover the costs of their vehicle, the travel expenses, and other trip expenses. It’s very important when setting out to raise money, be it fundraising or sponsorship, that it be made very clear what the money will be used for.
Mongolia has rather strict import rules when it comes to importing vehicles, and they’re also somewhat complicated. And in Mongolian. Not so good, unless you can speak Mongolian.
The Charity Rallies team will help you pick the right vehicle so that not only meets Mongolia’s import requirements, but also delivers the biggest bang for your charitable buck once it reaches Mongolia.
Key points to remember are as follows:
All vehicles taking part in The Mongolia Charity Rally must be pre-approved through the Charity Rallies website. Our team in Mongolia pre-approves rally vehicles with Mongolian customs, so this is essential!
Non-utility vehicles are subject to import taxes upon entering Mongolia and these are costs you will have to pay.
Only vehicles useful to the Mongol people should be considered, as these will be donated on arrival. This is not a banger rally, and Mongolia doesn’t want – or need – our scrap metal.
Vehicles must be no more than 9 years old due to incremental Mongolian import taxes. This rule applies to all vehicles, including ambulances. The only exception is for motorbikes.
There are no import restrictions for motorbikes!
Consider getting a left-hand drive (LHD) vehicle, as there is a possibility the Mongolian authorities may soon limit the import of right-hand drive (RHD) vehicles in Mongolia. LHD vehicles will therefore be a more valuable donation in the country.
We are here to help! Not only do we have a really experienced team on the ground in Ulanbaatar who can help you choose the best vehicle, we also have a global Charity Rallies team that has spent years painstakingly navigating the maze that is Mongolian import tax law and is here to help you!
You can find more details on how to choose the right vehicle in our Rally-Ride Guide.
We can’t stress this enough: driving 15,000 km half way across the world can be dangerous.
Once we’ve helped you pick the right vehicle, get your paperwork sorted, and waved you off the starting line, you are on your own. This is not a walk in the park. This is not a country jaunt. This is not a jolly excursion to look at the pretty views. This is an adventure. This is a challenge. And it’s dangerous.
Once you set off, we do not hand-hold, and we do not assist. We do not give you emergency numbers to call. No back-up van will be escorting you, or hidden in the shadows should you fall flat on your face. No mechanics will be positioned in strategic places across the Turkmen desert. No satellite will be following your every move. No translators await you at border crossings, and helicopters will be dropping food to you in the middle of nowhere.
You will be fending for yourselves. You will be dealing with irate foreign border guards, de-muddying the wheels of your vehicle when you get stuck in a ditch. Be prepared to pull, push and shove your rally ride when it just can’t take any more dust and sand from dirt roads. Forget comfort, soft pillows, warm beds and temperate running water.
You get the idea. Once you launch for Mongolia, it will just be you, your team, and the open road. You’ll be relying on your preparation, wits and experience. Proceed with caution, at your own risk.
In a nutshell:
- The Mongolia Charity Rally is 100% for charity, run by a charity, for charity.
- Find yourself a team. Teams are made up of you and up to 4 of your friends in one vehicle or two riders on two motorcycles.
- Build up the courage to sign up to the Mongolia Charity Rally. Only charitable adventurers need apply.
- Fundraising is a must – The first £1,000 you raise goes to Go Help, the adventure charity that organizes this epic event – any fundraising above that can go to the charity of your choice.
- The launch is on July 1st, 2018, in Bern, Switzerland.
- Your Team can start from anywhere you like, we’ll help them out.
- The basic route is from launch in Switzerland to Ulaanbaatar but the specific route choice is up to you and your team: the world is your oyster!
- Finding a vehicle and ensuring it complies with the vehicle rules is your responsibility, but we’ll help you figure it out.
- A vehicle must be not more than 9 years old to get in to Mongolia.
- Utility vehicles are tax exempt – passenger vehicles will incur you import taxes, so read the vehicle rules carefully.
- An £800 vehicle deposit is due before departure to cover eventual repair costs on arrival.
We repeat, you are on your own.
WE TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOU OR YOUR VEHICLE, SO BE PREPARED. READ UP, ASK QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU LEAVE, OUR TEAM IS HERE TO HELP YOU IN ANY WAY WE CAN BEFORE YOU SET OFF, SO PUT US TO GOOD USE. TAKE THOUSANDS OF PHOTOS, BRING BACK A MILLION MEMORIES, DO SOME GOOD, BUT BE CAREFUL, IT’S A JUNGLE OUT THERE!