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01 Jan, 2009

Our Proposed Route

Posted by: Scott In: Pre-Rally

In the Mongol Rally there is no set course—you choose whatever path you like. This leads to some teams choosing the southern route (Turkey, Armenia, Iran, etc.), and other teams choosing the northern route (Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan). This brings a whole new twist to the race. In a way picking the course is like being dealt a hand in texas hold em poker, you don’t know what you’re going to get but you have to keep on playing. I have chosen the northern route for our team. As much as I’d love to visit Iran (I actually would…), we’re going to go the ‘easier’ route, which just so happens to also be the cooler route (climate-wise).

I’ve gone ahead and loosely planned our route from Hyde Park in London all the way to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. It’s definitely not exact, and there will be changes, but this is what I’ve been thinking of doing. As of right now it looks like we’re going to be traveling through fourteen (or more) countries! If possible I’d like to visit Turkmenistan or Tajikistan…or both. But we’ll have to see how we’re doing, how our car is doing, and how much time we have at that point.


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    9 Responses to "Our Proposed Route"

    1 | Matt

    January 2nd, 2009 at 2:02 am

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    How many miles do you estimate for your route?

    2 | Scott

    January 2nd, 2009 at 2:10 am

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    It’s looking like it’s going to be less than the 10,000 planned…although we might get to that point with a bit of post-rally travel.
     
    Per Google Maps it looks to be around 7,500 miles…but that’s very imprecise. If I had to guess I’d say that it’s going to be closer to 8,000 miles total.

    3 | Mike Kunze

    January 14th, 2009 at 12:53 am

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    Scott; why the unusual swing through the Czech Republic between Munich and Vienna? Can’t you go straight to Vienna? Is it on purpose?

    4 | Scott

    January 14th, 2009 at 1:08 am

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    Mike: Most people just go straight through Slovakia and Hungary to Romania but I’d like to visit Vienna for a day if at all possible. After the Czech Republic checkpoint we’re on our own until Mongolia, so we can take our time and stop to see the sights.

    5 | Matt

    February 6th, 2009 at 2:45 am

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    Pretty much the same route as us.

    http://tinyurl.com/d9sdf6

    6 | Scott

    February 6th, 2009 at 2:50 am

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    I’m sure we’ll be running into each other a few times along the way.

    After looking at your map I’m really wanting to enter that restricted area in Kazakhstan…wonder what they’re hiding there…

    7 | Tommaso

    May 7th, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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    Hey there!
    Why not travelling through north Mongolia?
    Cheers!

    8 | Scott

    May 7th, 2009 at 8:47 pm

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    Well, if you go through Northern Mongolia you kind of miss seeing the best part of Mongolia! Sure, you can see some cool stuff in Siberia (such as Lake Baikal), but I want to see more of Mongolia.

    9 | omar

    December 21st, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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    hey i was just wondering your route, what is the exact countries you had to go through? + total the visa price came up to? Reply back. Thanks

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