Crossing Gobi by Foot Sep 2020 (Looking for Companions)

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1. Posted by hdh30 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Hi,
We are looking for another 1-2 people to join us on a crossing of the Gobi Desert by foot.
Trip start date is on the 1st of September and we are envisaging to take ~50 days to complete the 1,600km crossing.
A very experienced guide, jeep support, food and insurance will be provided.
Please get in touch in case you are interested and would like some more information.
Best regards

2. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2053 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Am I getting muddled or does that really work out at close to a marathon distance each day for 50 days?

3. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 114 posts) 27w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your invitation. It does not look very appealing to me. Not everybody is fit for it, both financially and physically.
Please have a look at a nice report I have found about Travelling the Gobi.
Good luck! ;)

4. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1526 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Am I getting muddled or does that really work out at close to a marathon distance each day for 50 days?

Yep - 32km per day based on the figures given. The Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand is 19.4km and that's a 6-8 hour hike. I can't assume that the Gobi will be easier terrain. Most people want a day of rest after completing the Tongariro. I'm with Vic_IV - this Gobi trek holds no appeal for me whatsoever.

5. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2053 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

The time I planned to tackle the Tongariro apline crossing with a mate from Hawkes Bay it turned out to be a record breaking hot summer - we shelved the idea. I need to come back at a cooler than of year; unfortunately the xmas break is the only time that ever fits with work. Apparently lots of ill-equipped Chinese are needing rescuing these days...

Even if the Gobi is actually a walk in the park in terms of terrain, it's a killer schedule and I'm not convinced it's for real. I wonder if the OP will come back and elaborate?

6. Posted by Vic_IV (Respected Member 114 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Mateusz Waligóra, a well-trained and experienced Polish guy, set a world record in 2018, when he crossed the Ghobi Desert - the 1,850km trek in just 58 days.
He had a lot of similar endurance experience before that feat.
What I mean is it is not fair to offer this trek to any simple untrained traveler with no trekking experience whatsoever. It is not a pleasure outing, but a hard job.
"A very experienced guide, jeep support, food and insurance" will hardly help because the terrain is not suitable for jeeps in many parts.

[ Edit: Edited on 07-Feb-2020, 07:50 GMT by Vic_IV ]