The Mongol Derby is the longest, toughest horse race in the world. It’s the Khaan’s mother of equine adventures, a 1000km (630 miles) multi-horse race across the epic wilderness of the Mongolian steppe. The mammoth network of horse stations is a recreation of Chinggis Khaan’s legendary empire-busting postal system. Riders will race on around 25-30 semi-wild Mongolian horses from one horse station to the next. Riders brave unpredictable weather and varied terrain including rivers, mountains, deserts, and plains over a span of 10 days. The Mongol Derby is an extremely physically demanding and dangerous race. Armed with only 5 kgs (11 lbs) of gear and a GPS to navigate the steppe, riders will rely solely on the sure footedness of their mounts and the hospitality of the Mongolian people.
“This really is the toughest horse race in the world and holds the Guinness World Record title for good reason.”
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