What is the Mongol Derby?
The Mongol Derby is an equestrian endurance race. The race extends 1000 km through the Mongolian Steppe and is known as the world's longest and most difficult horse race. The course recreates the horse messenger system developed by Ghengis Khan in 1224.
Changing horses every 40km, the terrain will invariably include mountain passes, green open valleys, wooded hills, river crossings, wetland and floodplains, sandy semi-arid dunes, rolling hills, dry riverbeds and of course open steppe.
In its 10th year, only 300 people have attempted the Derby, with only 50% completing it.