It is possible to do the Mongol Rally for under £2000; or if you want to sacrifice one of your kidneys it can be much less. That is exactly what Phil Chapman did in 2014.
While riding through Kazakhstan he came off his bike, damaging his hand and left kidney. Thanks to his insurance any pain in the renal department was balanced out by relief to the wallet. Every turd will fertilise your flowers, right?
The experience certainly did little to dampen Mr Chapman's enthusiasm, as he's coming back for more in 2015. Bravo sir.
|Entry fee||£325||(motorcycle early-bird discount)|
|Travel Insurance||Free||(with Natwest Advantage account)|
|Fuel||£288||8000 miles @ 100mpg x average price/l = 80p|
|Visas||£142||Turkey/Russia (Mongolia and Kazakhstan were free)|
|Accomodation||£236||13 nights, hotel, hostel & camping|
|Expedition food||£72||Sponsored by Expedition foods|
|Booze||£25||Beer & vodka are cheaper than water in Eastern Europe|
|Return flight||Free||(additional cost of one ruptured kidney)|
|Claim for UK hospital||-£200||(private medical cover through work)|
|Claim through travel insurance||-£980||(New helmet, hotel, luggage, damage, taxi, flight)|
Phil also got a tasty discount on a Sinnis Apache from Anthony at Sinnis Brighton. Anthony rode the 2011 Rally on a similar bike and has been giving discounts to ralliers ever since.
Being on a motorcycle you can be forgiven for wanting to stay in hotels and hostels a bit more. This is a breakdown of where Phil stayed and how much it cost him.
Hotels rooms solo:
Hotels rooms shared:
£12 Tiblisi Georgia
Camping at Beach Party £15 Sandelandela
Camping in Fields Free Turkey
Camping in Derelict school Free Turkey
Camping by roadside Free Georgia
Camping by Danube Free
Camping in Kazakhstan Free
Camping in Russia Free
Camping by roadside Free
For more ideas how to save money on the Mongol Rally check out our Sponsorship guide. With some perseverance and a bit of luck you might be able to do the money for even less than Phil, you might even be able to avoid the lengthy hospital visit.
There are still places on the 2015 Mongol Rally. You can save £50 if you sign up by January 6th.