The World’s Toughest Horse Race – The Mongol Derby

The world’s longest, toughest horse race. 1000km on 25 semi-wild Mongolian horses. Only the riders travel 100km each horse is only ever ridden once and for less than 40km. A team of around 500 people come together each year to stage the race. It involves nearly 1,500 horses and just 40 odd riders.

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The Mongol Derby – The Adventurists

It was the nerve system of the largest empire in human history. Genghis Khan’s mighty horse messenger system connected ½ the planet. For a decade we’ve been rebuilding this ancient network to stage the world’s greatest equine adventure race.

You square up to 1000km of Mongolian steppe on semi-wild horses, changing steed every 40km. You navigate and survive on your own wits and skill, living among the herders. It’s you and your horse vs the wild.

This is the longest and toughest horse race on earth. This is the Mongol Derby.

The Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest horse race in the world. We don’t say that lightly. A decade after launching the race that title is still being backed up by riders year after year.

In 1224 man of the millennium Chinggis Khaan set up the world’s first long-distance postal transmission system. Using a massive network of horse stations – ‘morin urtuus’ in Mongolian – his hardy messengers could gallop from Kharkhorin to the Caspian sea in a number of days.

For ten days each August, the Mongol Derby recreates this legendary system, building a network of urtuus at 35km intervals along the entire thousand-kilometre course. The 2020 race is full and the 2021 edition is filling up fast so submit your application early to avoid missing out.

Adventurists logoClick here… to find out more on the Adventurists website. Be sure to check out some of their other adventures including Paramotoring, Sailing, Rickshaws, Monkey Bikes…………

You can also follow the Adventurists on Instagram @theadventurists


7 Tips for Surviving the Mongol Derby – The World’s Longest & Toughest Horse Race – Equestrian Adventuresses

The Equestrian Adventuresses website is well worth a visit if you are interested in all things travel and adventure on the back of a horse. She can also be followed on Instagram @equestrianadventuresses 


If the Mongol Derby interests you then you may be interested in Australian adventurer Tim Cope’s 3-year trip on horseback from Mongolia to Hungary.

The Trail Of Genghis Khan – 3 Years, 10,000kms On Horseback From Mongolia To Hungary – Tim Cope

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