What is this madness?
Entry for the 2014 Roof of the World Rally will be opening on Saturday 2nd November, which will be the seventh year teams hit the road on a mission to take tea to the world! We aim to deliver possibly the greatest of beverages to the people of the world, with the aim of meeting just a few of them. Over the years the Rally has been refining the tea strategy and finding out what works best on the road and with the locals - we've found out that tea bags (too strong) are not ideal but loose tea hits the spot. Therefore we send teams off with plenty of loose tea and tea strainers. You'll be surprised at just how popular tea can make you.
When does it take place?
The official launch is going to be 5th July 2014 from London, England - but teams are welcome to leave at any time that suits them if they can't make the official launch date. The Rally takes approximately three weeks to complete, but depending on your route and adventures it could well be longer. We recommend teams aim to reach Tajikistan around summer time to avoid the worst weather conditions in the mountains.
How much will it cost?
It is difficult to give even a vague figure for total costs, as so many factors are involved. The entry fee is £99 starting in November, and increases by £100 a month. Why? We want teams to sign up as early in the process as possible, to ensure that they are fully prepared for this epic adventure. The entry fee caps out at a maximum of £499. Raise over £2,500 for Go Help before July 5, 2014 and we'll refund your entry fee in full.You will also need to build into your budget the deposit and import tax. To see a very rough breakdown of costs click the 'costs' page.
More Tea Vicar?
So what’s all this about tea then? Well we read somewhere in the depths of the internet that the tea bush originated from the Pamirs in Tajikistan. If this is true we have no idea, but it is a fact that the Pamiris love their tea. And that got us thinking, everyone loves a good cup of tea. Tea drinking is a great custom the world over, from English afternoon tea to the Tajik tea house and everything in between. The idea then is to sit down and have a cup of tea with the people you meet on your travels. What better introduction to a Kyrgyz nomad, a Turkish barber, an English diplomat, a Kazakh orphan… the possibilities are endless. The interactions you have with the people you meet on an adventure such as this are what will make your trip most rewarding. So go forth and deliver tea to the world!
What vehicle can you take on the rally? Firstly – and most importantly, we would like ambulances. Re-commissioning good quality ambulances in Tajikistan provides one of the main drivers for the event, and as such we encourage entrants to take these (see the charity section for more detail). In addition to the obvious charitable benefit, ambulances can be surprisingly cheap, great fun and you can sleep in the back!
Don’t want to take an ambulance? Have no fear – ordinary vehicles can also take part in the rally. We encourage vehicles less than 12 years old, and suitable for use on the rough roads of Tajikistan. Vehicles are typically either sold or donated to charities, and as such we need to ensure that we can use them properly when they arrive. If you wish to take a vehicle that is not an ambulance, please email us – we will be happy to advice. Finally, please remember our one golden rule:
· Only left hand drive vehicles can be imported into Tajikistan.
Do we get backup?
Frankly, no. There is NO back up! We don't even know the meaning of the word. You head out on the rally going bravely into the unknown with nothing but a toothbrush and a spare wheel to fight off the marauding bandits. This is an adventure! We also categorically state here that this trip involves essentially driving into the unknown – it is bound to bring risks and be dangerous in parts. There is no doubt that it will be hard. Make no mistake about it – you need to be brave or stupid to take part, and if you do choose to take part – don't sue us if you die. The warning bit is written here and you should take note.
The 2014 rally official launch location is likely to be in or around London, England. From there, it's off to the final destination of Tajikistan, Central Asia (if you don't know where that is, you are not alone). We encourage you to take on the ‘Roof of the World' by driving across the Pamir mountain range of Tajikistan on the second highest highway in the world - which just so happens to be one of the world's best kept secrets (and most insane drives). The rest? Italy, Austria, Siberia, Turkmenistan.......it's up to you. Teams can take any direction they like between the start and finish. Go forth and find some adventure! For further details, visit our Route page.
Interested?? We are looking for some hardy adventurers take some tea to the world. This is a small event with a limited number of 30 spaces for teams. Sign up for 2014 teams is opening on Saturday 2nd November 2013. If the idea of dragging a vehicle over some of the world's most spectacular and harsh roads appeals, click on ‘Join Us’ to grab a spot. We've got an opening deal of just £99 for November, after which the fee will increase. We also request that anyone who comes raises a minimum of £1000 for Go Help.
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