Like your classic road trips a little more extreme? Rally Round has launched its calendar of epic adventures for 2020 through to 2022, including rallies that journey to Mongolia, Ethiopia and even the wilds of Alaska.
Kicking off 2020 is the 18-day Maharajan Marathon in February, which will explore Rajasthan in northern India. Then, following the success of the inaugural event this year, late April will see the Trans-Himalayan Adventure return to China, Tibet and Nepal for another 21-day expedition that includes the city of Lhasa, the lost Western Tibetan Kingdom of Guge, sacred Mount Kailash and Everest Base Camp.
The following year starts with the inaugural Pure Mongolia, a three-week competitive event that explores the country’s beautiful national parks, ancient rivers and vast deserts. It will be followed in the autumn by the second Rally Round Africa. This luxury rally is ideal for novices and couples looking to combine their driving with brilliant safaris.
The year ends with a first for any international rally organiser, as Rally Round heads to the changing landscape of ancient Ethiopia – a country unexplored by many westerners. The route will not be for the faint hearted and like the Trans-Himalayan Adventure, will see enough competition in the terrain, elements and altitude.
For spring 2022, Rally Round will return to Japan for the second Samurai Challenge, having previously visited in 2017. This competitive rally also takes in the beautiful Japanese culture as well as a fantastic route. Then in the autumn, it’s time for third new epic adventure – Wild Alaska. Moving away from the more touristic areas, the route will explore the depths of Alaska and the Yukon via undiscovered roads.
Rally Director Liz Wenman said: “The success of the Trans-Himalayan Adventure shows the sort of experience that these explorers are looking for in their cars. It doesn’t always need to be about hard competition and the quickest time. We have created a calendar which allows crews to visit the undiscovered in the most spectacular way.”
The rest of the Rally Round calendar will include a series of shorter events designed to encourage newcomers to the endurance rally scene, along with dedicated training events held worldwide. For more information, visit www.rallyround.co.uk.