Gobi Desert Expedition Challenge 2021

The Gobi Desert Expedition Recruiting now till Oct 2020  contact info@1000milejourneys.com if you’re interested.

Gobi Desert Expedition Mongolia potential team members please watch the video at end of this page before applying. Our previous 2016 expedition completed over 1050 miles in 47 days!

Gobi Desert Expedition and 1000 Mile Journeys founder Peter Syme was part of a twelve-person international expedition of from eight different countries. The Gobi Desert Expedition had an age range of eighteen to fifty plus. The team came from diverse backgrounds. All wanted the challenge of the Gobi Desert Expedition to cross Mongolia on foot. Seven of the team completed the expedition in 51 days completing a distance of 1136 miles on foot. Camels were used for carrying heavy gear and water.  A Russian 4×4 provided safety and local support. Peter used the Gobi Desert Expedition as part of his research for the project of 1000 Mile Journeys. He was injured on day sixteen by a camel kick which did something interesting to his hip. However, being Scottish and stubborn he dragged, limped and cursed all the Worlds camels every day onwards. The huge distance and challenges were dealt with as they occurred. The objective was reached with seven other teammates. Experiencing first hand the daily challenges of an expedition such as this presents provided invaluable research and lessons were learned.

Mongolia is a vast country with a tiny population. It is stunning, it is remote, it is challenging. It has very few roads. However, it is rapidly developing as their is mineral wealth. Communications are improving even for the most remote of remote nomads. This is a country that will make a very lasting impression on anyone who ventures into the huge vastness by 4×4. To take on the Gobi Desert Expedition challenge of crossing it on foot or by bike will change lives!

We will do the Gobi Desert Expedition again in 2021 and again on foot. This will be a full 1000 Mile Journey. The Gobi Desert Expedition crossing on foot we aim to complete in fifty days and again from West to East. Both of these Gobi Desert Expeditions will be supported by Russian 4×4 and local support staff as well as guides from 1000 Mile Journeys.


Approx 14th May 2021 until early July

gobi_leading_camelsDue to weather considerations, the Gobi Desert Expeditions will start in around 14th May 2021. We are looking for a team of 8-12 individuals who have the ambition and drive to apply themselves to this journey.  Each individual will be required to undertake a phone interview. Do not be put off by this, a journey like this is more about mental attitude than anything else.

Cost of this once in a lifetime Gobi Desert Expedition experience is £7250 for 2021

If we do not have a minimum of 8 committed people by 31 Oct for the 2021 expedition then the Gobi Desert Expedition will be cancelled any deposits paid will be returned at a rate of 100%.


  • All group equipment
  • 1000 Mile Journeys kitbag or lightweight fleece
  • Up to 55 days in Mongolia
  • 3 days on B&B in Ulaanbaatar at start
  • Full Board on Expedition
  • Full local support on crossing
  • All group equipment
  • Up to 50 nights full board camping on a twin basis ( we aim to cross in 50 days)
  • Overnight train from finish point to Ullannbatter

Not included

  • Flights
  • Visa’s
  • Personal insurance cover which is mandatory
  • Lunch and evening meals on B&B days in cities/towns
  • Personal equipment


This is a unique challenge and expedition that will only appeal to a small number of committed individuals who want to experience something different in life. Please get in touch if you dream of such a journey and have the ability to commit to this undertaken well in advance.

This type of expedition on first reading can seem intimidating, however, with the right focus and commitment it can be done by a very wide range of people. Get in touch there is no commitment we are happy to spend time with you and discuss if it is the right thing for you. Even if you have not done much expedition style traveling we can advise on where to get some experience to build up to these Unique Expeditions.