Poles of Inconvenience

The Poles of Inconvenience Rally - More info

A summer of total inconvenience, getting stuck all over the planet.

1. What are the Poles of Inconvenience?

The Mongol Rally was founded on the principle of driving tiny shit cars to totally ludicrous places. In 2022 Russia was a no go area. We launched the Poles of Inconvenience Rally so we can still get lost and stuck in stupid places. And it's turning out to be a beast of an adventure.

This un-route started in Czechia and finished in Georgia but it's the Poles of Inconvenience that really bring the stupid. Think of it is as curated network of chaos.

Instead of driving straight to the finish line you can join likeminded fools in seeking out totally ridiculous POIs along the way. Each carefully selected locational nugget of stupid will force adventure upon you and your tiny stead.

Some of the Poles may be inconvenient in the classic sense of being nestled in remote corners of wilderness areas. Others might be topographically inconvenient, like the top of a mountain, or in the middle of a sea of sand dunes in the Sahara and others will be logistically inconvenient.

It's totally up to you which POIs you tackle but your chances of winning the overall Champion of the Poles trophy will definitely increase if you bag a few along the way.
Photo: Crossing the Tuz Gölü salt lake at sunset in Turkey by Simon Leitner
Transfagarasan look out on the Mongol Rally by Joseph Lewiston
Photo: Transfagarasan look out in Romania by Joseph Lewiston in 2016
The 2022 Poles of Inconvenience

Bagging a Pole

We’ve teamed up with our buddies at What 3 Words to provide the gears to this wondrous chaos engine. They’ve basically turned navigating the entire world into poetry. If you’ve not come across them before, stick your face in their website for a bit… We'll be sharing the official poles list in their app and for you to nail a pole to your personal wall of achievement you will need to use the photo function in their marvellous app. To prove you’ve reached one you have to take a photo inside the w3w app, tag it with (roughly) the correct location, and then share it through our tracking app. That means even if you don’t have a connection the tracking app will automatically locate your pic when it next comes online. Pole bagged. Details of all this will be in the teams handbook. To celebrate this union of geographic poetry and adventuring stupidity we've updated our logo. Doesn't that look nice.

Back to the contents Back to main site

2. The Original Finish Line

Georgia - The 2022 Finish Line

Mongol Rally finish line celebration
Research is underway for the 2023 edition, sign up for the newsletter to get updates on the new and improved inconvenience being unleashed next year.
Lost in Georgia on the Mongol Rally

Back to the contents Back to main site

3. The Rules

Rule 1: Small and Shit

You can take any car, as long as it’s crap and with an engine of 1.2 litre or less. Ideally under 1 litre. For motorbikes we've generously allowed 125cc, but would prefer it to be a scooter.

You need to drive a small, shit car to make the rally tougher. It's no fun if it's too easy. If you want easy go for a spa weekend. If you want to make it harder, take a small bike.

Rule 2: No set route & no support

You're on your own. If it's not dangerous and you aren't lost, you're not on an adventure. That means no backup or support. If you get stuck or in trouble, you need to solve the problem yourself. Any ‘Help! We’re broken down in Iran,’ type phone calls to Rally HQ will be met with a snort of derision and a click of the receiver.

You also choose your own route between the start and the finish including how many Poles of Inconvenience you tick off along the way.

Rule 3: Raise £500 for charity

It only seems fair that if you’re having the mother of all adventures you should give a little back, so we ask teams on the Rally to raise a minimum of £500 for the official rally charity.

In 2022 the official charity was the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. Money raised by teams on the Mongol Rally Poles of Inconvenience 2022 will go towards helping refugees caught up in the war.

If you'd prefer to raise money for other registered charities that's all good. Anything over the £500 minimum for the official charity can be donated to your own causes.

Romanian bear on the Mongol Rally by Eric Curtis Jackson
Photo: Eric Jackson in Romania, 2016
Cappadocia, Turkey by Marc Willson on the Mongol Rally 2018
Photo: Cappadocia, Turkey by Marc Willson in 2018

Back to the contents Back to main site

4. The Dates

Hold on to your scheduling hats, we're working out the new dates now and updates will be posted here soon.
Cappadocia Turkey by Paul Cimadomo on the Mongol Rally 2019
Photo: Cappadocia Turkey by Paul Cimadomo on the Mongol Rally 2019
Rust and Dust camping in Turkey
Photo: Team Rust & Dust in a luxury car park campsite in Turkey

Back to the contents Back to main site

5. Entry fee and what you get

Stuff

  • Rally decals for your car or bike

  • Poles of Inconvenience patch for each team member

  • Team t-shirt for every rallier

Events

  • A rolling and ever expanding UK convoy to travel to the launch in true chaotic style (and increase the chances of getting arrested for causing a vehicular public disturbance like you’ve always dreamed.)

  • The Czechout launch party in Czechia including live music, DJs and other random entertainments.

  • Free camping at the launch site on 16th July.

  • Launch Day ceremony to depart in style amidst a cacophony of noise and tiny vehicles full of like minded idiots.

  • A Finish Line stage to mark the end of your adventure and a free beer on arrival from the rally crew. Open from 23rd July through to 6th August.

  • Choice of 3 Finish Parties spread across consecutive Saturdays on 23rd & 30th July plus 6th August. You can take one week or one month for this adventure and hit a big old knees up in Georgia with other teams. The final party on the third weekend will include the prizegiving.
Waving off the teams in classy fashion at the 2017 Mongol Rally launch
Finish Line: Mongol Rally 2017

Live tracking map and coverage

  • Free tracking on the live Poles of Inconvenience may using the handy tracking app supplied by Wayward Travel (iOs & Android). Live from the start of the UK convoy on.

  • A rolling newsfeed of coverage including your teams updates and photos posted for the world to be jealous.

The Poles of Inconvenience (and Refreshment)

  • The sprawling network of carefully crafted and curated Poles of Inconvenience - or POIs - to track down on your circuitous route to the finish line in Georgia, or after Georgia on your way home if you prefer. Listed online and in your tracking app.

  • We will also select some Points of Refreshment - PORs - rally friendly establishments where you can meet up with other ralliers.
Tom Archer on the Mongol Rally in Georgia
Photo: Tom Archer in 2012 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Mongol Rally by Ben Cooke in Turkey
Photo: Winding Turkish road by Ben Cooke, 2014

Other stuff included in your entry fee

  • Free visa advice from a consultant with a decade of experience (handy if you want to bag one of the POIs in Iran

  • A team handbook full of info

  • Recommended shipping partners and options for sending your car home without you.
Tom Archer and a convoy of cars on the Mongol Rally in Eastern Turkey
PHOTO: Tom Archer, 2012 - "Heading into Turkey we joined a convoy of two other Suzuki Wagons (The Mongateers and the Yurt Locker). Below is a photo taken against a backdrop of a beautiful sunset in Eastern Turkey. It was great fun driving with these guys, it felt like being in a scene from the Italian Job."

Back to the contents Back to main site