As there is no set route on the Mongol Rally it's up to the teams to decide how they get from the start line in Prague (CZ) to Ulan-Ude (RU), over the years teams have travelled as far north as the Arctic Circle or as far south as Pakistan. While the Mongol Rally can be completed in around 3 weeks by taking the northern route through Russia and the Siberian forests on relatively good roads where's the fun in that? Because of this most teams tend to take the central or southern routes.
The Central route takes you down through Europe, Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan where you can catch a ferry across the Caspian Sea to Turkmenistan or Kazakhstan and then drive on to Mongolia.
The main difference between the central and the southern routes is instead of catching the ferry across the Caspian Sea, you drive down through Iran and into Turkmenistan. We had previously planned to take the southern route via Iran, unfortunately however due to the rapidly destabilising geopolitical climate in the region we've decided against driving through Iran. Instead we will be driving the central route which involves catching the notorious Caspian Sea Ferry from Baku Azerbaijan to Turkmenbashi Turkmenistan.
Below is a rough map of our route and the countries we'll be visiting.