The team Entry Fee is set at £300, although we do have a limited special offer for the first teams signing up where we're offering a massive discount of £99 per team for the first 5 teams.
When you sign up your entry is paid through Charity Rallies to the charity Go Help. This money is only spent on the basic admin for the rally, with the rest staying in the charity/going to good causes. As a team before we send you off you get given plenty of tea for the trip, tea, t-shirts, car stickers and Tajikistan maps.
What do I get for my entry fee?
We try to give you maximum value for money for your entry fee. As we are all volunteers and not in this to make money the entry fee is a real bargain, especially compared to our competitors! For your entry fee you get:
- Pre-and post rally socials, to ask questions and meet and greet your fellow ralliers.
- Pre-launch goodies (in 2012 this included tea, t-shirts, maps, stickers, torches etc)
- Launch Event, Budapest Party, Finish Bonanza.
- Regular Skype conference calls to ask any questions you might have and assistance from the volunteers at Go Help.
- Fund-raising support.
- Customisable team website space
- Text-to-web online tracking system for your friends and family to keep an eye on you.
- Carnet de Passage support (for those who need it).
- Advice with visa applications and a cut price visa service.
- Awards for a variety of worthy/silly achievements.
What is my entry fee spent on?
Organising the Roof of the World Rally is an expensive endeavour. Your entry fee is needed for us to keep running the event. In addition to some of the above, we regularly need to meet with charities, embassies and each other to ensure everything runs smoothly. We need to make international phone calls, do lots of printing, take unpaid time off work and pay for everything from event insurance to website upkeep to train tickets. Those costs mount up!
$400. We've started quoting dollars from now on as the exchange rate tends to fluctuate so much from year to year and in Tajikistan the dollar is king. This payment is going to be handed over to charities receiving your car to help them pay for all administrative processes in being the new owners. Is it likely that ambulances being donated will not have to pay the import tax, or it will be a reduced import tax.
£250+ per person. Visas are a necessity and expensive. At the minimum visas will be
Entry into Tajikistan
Some countries are generally more expensive than others. Turkmenistan at the moment is probably the most expensive country for rally teams coming from Azerbaijan due to increased ferry costs. As of 2012 the ferry cost is now around the $500 mark for something ambulance sized but this is variable and this does not include the taxes on arrival. Alternatively, Iran - which used to be the most expensive due to the carnet de passage - could be on a par with Turkmenistan. A vehicle worth around £3,000 is likely to cost you around £700 in carnet costs for Iran. Ultimately, you need to do your own research.
The total cost for the rally is very hard to predict - if you pass through 20 countries and stay in 5* hotels you will pay much more than if you camp and drive through 8. This is not a cheap event, although there are many ways to save costs (and we are happy to provide advice on this). One piece of advice which is applicable to all travel but is especially relevant to this event is: estimate how much money you will need and how much stuff you should take. Double the amount of money and halve the amount of stuff!