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. Luckily we have friends in Iran that can help with the visa process and contrary to what the media and government would have you think, Iran is often a favourite for teams due to the kind and hospitable people. Taking all of this into account we've opted to take the southern route via Iran.
Although due to the current geopolitical climate in that region and the potential visa and car import issues the route is subject to change, but hey that's all part of the adventure! Below is a rough route we've plotted out and the countries we hope to visit.