The Mongol Rally is an epic 10,000 mile pan-continental roadtrip that begins in London and ended in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. In 2014 three American cuckoos- Young, Graham and Kenneth, decided to take part in this adventure of the lifetime. Our team name is Team Hippo.
We drove through 20 Countries, 10,345 Miles, 5 Mountain Ranges, 3 Deserts, 2 Continents in 52 Days in our tiny 1000cc Suzuki Alto named “Tahki Butter”. En route we faced lots of unknown challenges.
In Russia our engine was dangerously overheated due to a broken radiator, both our rear suspension springs were shattered into pieces in Mongolia, not to mention all the bent wheels and numerous tires changing.
The Mongol Rally is a charity rally that required the participants to raise money for a non-profit/ NGO. In our case, an awesome non-profit based in U.K. called CoolEarth. Cool Earth works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.
On our Mongol Rally trip we pre-designed 15 different missions we had to complete. Some were funny/ silly and some were very sentimental and meaningful. All of them were inspired by the local cultures, landscapes and traditions.
These fundraising missions gave us a very strong focus, provided us infinite stamina and broadened our horizons tremendously. The best Mongol Rally experiences for us were all the fantastic interactions and cultural exchange with the locals.
We started on July 15, 2014 in London and finished the rally on September 3, 2014. Altogether we raised $6,600 for our charity.
THANK YOU SO MUCH for the generous donations from all of our donors! Without you guys, we would have never accomplish such a successful FUNraising trip! You guys provided us the resilience we needed while we were facing difficulties. Hope you enjoy the Mongol Rally missions we accomplished on your behalf.
Also, forever gratitude to all the peoples we met on the road who offered help to us while we were in trouble. Too many beautiful peoples to list here. You know who your are ;-)
The journey is more important than the destination! Check out our Blog for our day-to-day stories. Эрүүл мэндийн төлөө! (Erüül mendiin tölöö)- Cheers and Good Health!
We were inspired by TV shows like The Amazing Race and An Idiot Abroad. We decided to perform a series of fun and meaningful missions to raise money. We believe we cannot change the world sitting behind our computers. We would like to get down and dirty and raise money for charities. Having no access to this specific kind of online fundraising platform, we decided to build it. Hence the birth of FUNraiser.us.
If you pledge money to a mission, once it’s finished all your donations will go to our charity Cool Earth.
Click on the image below to see the missions you can support, it will takes you to our “Missions” pledge page on our FUNraiser site.
We are raising money for a wonderful cause, a non-profit called Cool Earth.
Cool Earth works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.
To this day Cool Earth has protected over 500,000 acres of rainforest that lie directly in the path of chainsaws and bulldozers.
We know that saving the rainforest isn’t a new idea. Managing to do it is.
Over the last 40 years, half the world’s rainforests have been destroyed. That’s why cool earth decided to go about things differently.
We don’t create reserves or put up fences. We don’t buy land. Instead, we put indigenous people back in control of the world’s most endangered rainforest.
These people have lived in the forest for countless generations. Their homes are now on the frontline of deforestation. They have the most to lose from deforestation.
By building better incomes, better schools and better clinics, we give our partner villages the resources they need to keep their forest intact.
Cool earth is now working alongside 65 rainforest villages throughout the world.
These partner villages are protecting 500,000 acres of forest that lie directly in the path of chainsaws and bulldozers.
The clever part is that this forest is forming a shield to make the neighbouring forest inaccessible to loggers – saving millions of acres of further forest.
At least 90% of each donation to cool earth goes directly to our projects.
the map above is our original drafted routet in Google Map
Below is the actual route we took in Mongol Rally 2014, it’s approximately 1/3 of our planet earth and a big chunk of it are unpaved roads starting from Mongolia.
Inevitably, our original drafted route was changed due to mechanical problems, border crossings waiting time, health issues, visas time constraints and conditions of the roads. Our car “Takhi Butter” broke down multiple times- in Russia our engine was dangerously overheated due to a leaking radiator, our suspension springs were shattered into pieces in Mongolia, not to mention all the bent wheels and tires changing.
Thank You for your tremendous support in helping us overcoming these challenges! The ones with an asterisk next to them are the days when we tackle our FUNraiser missions.
Český Krumlov, Czech Republic
Klenová, Czech Republic
Sedlec, Czech Republic*
Slovak Paradise NP, Slovakia*
Caspian Sea Ferry, Caspian Sea
Fann Mountain, Tajikistan
Tien Shan Mountain, Kyrgyzstan*
Kazakh Steppe, Kazakhstan
Altai Mountains, Russia
Tsambagarav Uul, Mongolia
Below is a list of attractions along the way. Some requires a serious detour or multi-day excursions. We really want to visit all of them but we know we will not be able to. It all depends upon the unknown situations.
We will drive through five different mountain ranges: Carpathians Mountains, Balkan Mountains, Caucasus Mountains, Tien Shan Mountains, Altai Mountains and three deserts: Karakum Desert, Kyzyl Kum Desert and Gobi Desert. We are nature lovers therefore our anchor points have lots of scenic wonders.
The “Missions” column describes the missions we are going to tackle to raise money for the charities. Click on the links will takes you to our mission pledge page.
|Muscles from Brussels Statue||Bruxelles, Belgium||Boulevard Sylvain Dupuis 433, 1070 Anderlecht, Bruxelles, Belgium|
|Vianden Castle, Victor Hugo Museum||Vianden, Luxembourg|
|Munich Beer Hall Augustiner Braustuben||Munich, Germany||Landsberger Strasse 19, 80339 Munich, Bavaria, Germany|
|Hrad a zámek Klenová Castle||Klenova, Czech Republic||Klenová 1 340 21 Janovice nad Úhlavou, Česká Republika|
|Český Krumlov||Český Krumlov, Czech Republic|
|Sedlec Ossuary||Sedlec, Czech Republic||Zámecká, 284 03 Kutná Hora-Sedlec, Czech Republic|
|Bojnicki Castle||Bojnicki, Slovakia||
Zámok a okolie 1, 972 01 Bojnice Slovakia
|Čičmany folk architecture reserve
|Demanovska Ice Cave||Slovakia||031 01 Demänovská Dolina, Slovakia|
|Spišský hrad Castle||Slovakia||Prešovský kraj, okres Levoča, Spišské Podhradie, Slovakia|
|Dobšinská Ice Cave and Sucha Bella, Slovak Paradise National Park||Slovakia||Národný park Slovenský raj, Košický kraj, okres Rožňava, Stratená|
|The Gombasek Cave, Caves of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst||Slovakia||Gombasecká jaskyňa cave, Košický kraj, okres Rožňava, Slavec, Slovakia|
|Gellert Thermal Baths||Budapest, Hungary||H-1118 Budapest, Kelenhegyi út 4.|
|Izvorul Bigăr Waterfall/ Cheile Nerei-Beușnița National Park||Caraș-Severin County, Romania||Izvorul Bigar Nature Reserve Județul Caraș-Severin Romania|
|Transfăgărășan DN7C Highway
||Romania||Between Pitești, Argeș and Arpasu de Jos, Romania|
|Bran Castle||Bran, Brașov, Romania||Bran Castle, DN73, Bran, Brașov, Romania|
|Vama Veche Beach Party||Vama Veche, Romania|
|Monument to 1300 Years of Bulgaria||Shumen, Bulgaria|
|Buzludzha Bulgaria Communist Headquarter||Bulgaria||
Vrah Hadji Dimitar, връх Хаджи Димитър
|Wrestling School||Edirne, Turkey|
Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı)
|Istanbul, Turkey||Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, 34116 İstanbul, Turkey|
|Cappadocia||Cappadocia, Nevşehir, Turkey|
|Derinkuyu Underground City||Derinkuyu,
|Sümela Monastery||Trabzon Province,
|61750 Trabzon Province
|Best Mineral Water||Borjomi, Georgia|
|Uplistsikhe Cave Town||Gori, Georgia||Kvakhvreli village, Gori, Georgia|
|Joseph Stalin Museum and Birthplace||Gori, Georgia||32 Stalin Avenue, Gori, Georgia|
|Restaurant Salobie (famous for Lobio red beans)||Mtskheta, Georgia|
|Gobustan National Park||Azerbajan||Qobustan Milli Parkı|
|Door to Hell||Derweze, Dashoguz Province, Turkmenistan||Derweze, Dashoguz Province, Turkmenistan|
|Rusting Fishing Ships of Aral Sea||Mo‘ynoq, Uzbekistan|
Po-i-Kalyan, The Ark…etc.
|Iskanderkul Glacier Lake||
|Pamir Highway M41||
Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul Province, Kyrgyzstan
|Charyn Canyon National Park- Valley of Castles||
|Big Almaty Lake||
|Altyn-Emel State National Park||
|Siberian Ice Maiden Mummy at Anokhin Museum||
|Национальный музей республики имени А.В. Анохина, Choros-Gurkina ul., d. 46, Gorno-Altaysk 659700, Russia|
|Golden Mountains of Altai||
Republic of Altai, Russia
|Lake Khovsgol National Park||
|Amarbayasgalant Monastery||Erdenet, Mongolia|
|Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape||Kharkhorin, Mongolia|
|Gorkhi Terelj National Park||Mongolia|
Donations from businesses and organizations can help offsetting the cost of this charity rally. Your logo will be proudly displayed on our car and permanently shown and linked on this website. Click here for more info.
We have a series of fun “Missions”. If you pledge money to a mission, once it’s finished all your donations will go to our charities. Click on the FUNraiser logo below to see the missions you can support, it will takes you to our “Donate” page where you can pledge donations to our missions.
Kenneth is an artist whose social conscious artworks have been exhibited internationally. Born and raised in Hong Kong, educated in San Francisco and currently lives in Brooklyn, his lifelong passion is to visit as many natural wonders as he can.
On his leisure times, Kenneth enjoys pairing wines with music at the boutique wine store he co-owned with his awesome wife, getting tattooed, lending money on Kiva.org, listening to old vinyl jazz records, collecting patches from National Parks and being bossed around by his rescued pit-bull named Wiki.
Hi my name is Hyun Young Jung, yeah try to say that three times in a row. I lived in the most dangerous parts of the world. From downtown LA, Brooklyn NY to San Bruno CA- yup that’s right. I’ll let you in on a dirty little secret San Franciscans don’t want anyone to know, SFO airport is not located in San Francisco but in the city of San Bruno!
We’re raising money for two wonderful organizations, so please help us on a journey as I travel the world’s most dangerous places with my ball-and-chain and my best mate.
London! yeah that’s on our list, some say they have the worst food ever! Brussels, yep that too is on our list, and I am looking forward to kicking Jean Claude Van Damme’s ass, he still owes me $20 from his movie “Double Team”!
Check out our link of all the dangerous places we’re going to trek to, and give us some suggestions! Cheers!
An explorer and creator from a young age, Graham is an entrepreneur inspired by the world’s accelerating interconnectedness. He has cofounded and launched FUNraiser (a platform for crowdsourcing fundraising), Syfto (creating the worlds first style genome project), and dropandgoauto.com (bringing the cloud to auto repair).
He developed his unique approach to life working as a User Experience consultant for 10 years while travelling the world in search of the perfect wave. Hyun Young Jung once called Graham “the cleverest person I have ever known”. While on the road, graham likes to eat cheap ass street food.
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