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  1. Hi Natasha, That's a lot of questions. I think you're first port of call should be the event guide which you can request through this website and which covers a lot of these. There's also an event this coming weekend - 12th April, in London which is a teams meetup for those one board and thinking of joining - if anyone could make it to that it would be useful. I'd also recommend looking/joining the facebook group as there's a lot going on there... Best Sophie
  2. Hi Rick, This hasn't happened to any of the teams before. I do understand that getting thorugh borders can sometimes be more complicated or longer when you have an ambulance or something that is slightly different to the norm. We generally don't recommend writing letters of any kind for border crossings. Sophie
  3. Hi, I think somebody did years ago, we also have Norwegian and Swedish rally teams so in a way they go through there as well. It's quite standard for teams to go through Latvia, etc and then do Russia. It's probably the least popular route out of the main ones but is quite well trodden! I remember a team on ROTW did it about 3 years ago. Sophie
  4. Hi John, I saw a very similar post to this a few days ago so have a dig on the forum. Euros for Europe, Dollars for Central Asia, Roubles for Russia - it's a massive country and they expect people to use their own currency. Cash machines should be in all major cities, card readers often don't work in Russian petrol stations so back up cash is good. Keeping small denominations in your pockets should you be shaken down and can say it's all you have. Don't keep all your main money in one place. If your going on the Turkmen ferry then dollars is neccessary and quite a lot of it,you can get money out easily in Baku but make sure you get out quite a lot as there's various taxes on entry, the ferry cost, etc. Take different cards with you, eg mastercard and a visa and a pre paid card. Pre paid cards don't tend to work at petrol stations but might be good elsewhere especially if it feels like could be scammer territory, eg restaurants, cash machines that look tempered with, etc. Log the countries your going through outside the EU with your bank so they don't block your cards. Sophie
  5. Hi Fabio, I think your best bet is looking at the website with border info. I sent out a rally tips document for ROTW teams earlier in the year and it will be in your rally group with all the other docs and notices. Read it as it should help!Thanks,Sophie
  6. Hi Laraine, I think you are thinking of the Mongol Rally - at least I know they used to have their cars going through auctions. We don't do that on the Mongolia Charity Rally. We're a smaller event and it's a lot more personal. We deal with the cars on an individual basis whether they are donated, sold or go into our abulance project. Thanks, Sophie (Charity Rally admin)
  7. Quite a few years ago I choose to take the Transiberian - bought my ticket in UB with the help of a local chap and the ticket lady helpfully put me in with other foreigners. The train was dull but the people I met were excellent and it was cheap. It cost me about £80 to get to Moscow. From there, I intended to get the overnight train to Tallin or Riga, and from there I could book a Ryan Air flight home. I didn't quite go to plan at my visa expired about an hour before leaving the country, even though I was on a non stop train for hours they pulled me and some other ralliers off at the border, kept us overnight and demanded money and threatened to beat us up! So check your visa dates - they're not reasonable at all :) I missed my original booked flight from Riga but I did manage to get a £40 flight home from Tallin. So it worked out alright.
  8. Hi everyone, The Go Help Mongolia office has provided some information about the train to Beijing - it might help with the planning! 'Train goes to Beijing every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Thursday, Saturday is Mongolian train, and Sunday is international. Ticket costs 130.000 MNT (approximately 100$) per person. It takes about 30 hours (train leaves UB at 7 am, arrives Beijing at 2 pm next day). They can book tickets in advance.'Cheers, Sophie
  9. Hi Danny Roof of the World Teams are fundraising for Go Help! We will be supporting Sworde Teppa and Save the Children projects from that pot of money raised. There is nothing to stop you however having additional charity justgiving accounts to raise funds seperately on top. With regards to the team pages - I've just checked with Pete, our friendly web chap and he's told me that they can support as many charities as a team wants, they just need to be created on Just Giving... Hope that clarifies! Sophie
  10. Hi Jonny You might want to look at the ambulance convoy option currently being publicized - it is possible to make joint teams on it. But be quick thinking about it! Thanks
  11. Actually, talking of utube - thought I'd have a dig: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E8jjECKiRw&NR=1 is going over the top of the pass and is the standard way of coming in from the west and not doing the Pamirs - its still very scenic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C_NIYZVwoc&feature=fvw that's inside the tunnel. I think generally the Pamirs are a harder ride as the roads are gradually getting redone on the west side of the country - it's still pretty rough though.
  12. The Tunnel of Doom - it does deserve the name! You can have a look on youtube for some vids. Teams have done it before - and it has been hair raising, they generally say its the most frightening part of the trip. But the reason it's there is because there is a 3,500m mountain above it with a glacier on the top (the Anzob pass) - which you can drive through. Driving over the top is hard work but absolutely spectacular - if the pass is closed or you miss the turning then you have no choice but to go through the Tunnel of Doom. The tunnel seems to flood more at certain times of the day (it has been almost up to the windows on small cars) - so it's a bit pot luck as to how bad it is. But regardless of the flooding, with no lights, ventilation or surfacing for 7km it's a challenge!
  13. Hi there, I think I shall have to answer this as no one has done ROTW and Mongolia other than us - which is obviously not very objective! I think the key thing to point out is that you can do Mongolia and go via Tajikistan - it just takes longer - but essentially it is feasible - so therefore if you did Mongolia and the Tajik route then it would naturally be longer and more adventurous! If you are comparing driving Mongolia versus driving Tajikistan and the Pamir Highway then your looking at similar levels of adventure - with the exception that it's a lot easier to drive off a cliff in Tajikistan. there are generally less river crossings in Tajikistan but they are generally more hair raising, and with a 4x4 you can get onto lesser tracks which are extreme 4wd! If you haven't driven already via the 'stans then I would recommend it over a central route - for scenery and diversity! Hope that answers! Sophie
  14. Saturday 15th May 2010 Your questions answered, meet other teams, look at maps, visa questions etc, etc....This is likely to be the last chance for teams to meet each other and ask nagging questions (with the exception of the Off Road Weekend) so be there or be square! Location: London Cargo http://www.charityrallies.org/lists/lt.php?id=bB9VAgYEDB8ECwBEV1cN Schedule:2pm til late: Will include a Q&A and brief talk around the 3/4pm The plan: We have booked out a space in Cargo for the get-together for 2pm onwards. The organizers will be getting there a bit earlier to set up a few things. Food is good value and available from arrival. Cargo officially opens at 6pm for the Saturday night crowd, but we are free to stay on as long as we want. It is a pretty good venue in the evening for shaking your stuff and you might choose to stay on and get to know fellow teams. There is limited capacity for this meet-up - about 45 seats (we might be able to find some more if pushed). Therefore if you want to come you need to RSVP to rotw@gohelp.org.uk and tell us: Your team name / What Rally you are on / How many people are coming. Thank you!
  15. Saturday 15th May 2010 Your questions answered, meet other teams, look at maps, visa questions etc, etc.... Location: London Cargo http://www.charityrallies.org/lists/lt.php?id=bB9VAgYEDB8ECwBEV1cN Schedule:2pm til late: Will include a Q&A and brief talk around the 3/4pm The plan: We have booked out a space in Cargo for the get-together for 2pm onwards. The organizers will be getting there a bit earlier to set up a few things. Food is good value and available from arrival. Cargo officially opens at 6pm for the Saturday night crowd, but we are free to stay on as long as we want. It is a pretty good venue in the evening for shaking your stuff and you might choose to stay on and get to know fellow teams. There is limited capacity for this meet-up - about 45 seats (we might be able to find some more if pushed). Therefore if you want to come you need to RSVP to rotw@gohelp.org.uk and tell us: Your team name / What Rally you are on / How many people are coming. Roof of the World Rally teams Roof of the World Rally teams that RSVP and turn up can pick up Roadbook Part 1 (if they haven't already) and also some maps to get you started :-) Thanks for supporting us! The Roof of the World Rally