Road trips are some of the best travel adventures you can have. They make you see, feel and smell the lands in between your departure and destinations. And the unknown that lies there in between always leads to serendipitous encounters and setbacks that make for the best travel stories. One of those road trips of a lifetime is the annual Mongol rally from the UK to Mongolia. It is the hilarious type of adventure where the rules stipulate you need to drive a shitty car and go in fancy dress. And the guys from ‘Return of the Yak’ took that to a whole new level!
Return of the Yak roadtrip team
Previous kickass teams have included ‘The Rolling Cones’ (who drove a pink icecream van) and ‘A very British Adventure’ (who drove a mini with a red phone box mounted to the roof).
Within that kickass mindset a bunch of Brits decided to build a Yak shaped roof box on top of an ancient Skoda Fabia and literally drive their yak back to the green Mongolian pastures where it belongs. The Yak got pimped with a megaphone for soundeffects and devilish LED eyes for increased visual kickassness. They named their team ‘Return of the Yak’ and a mad travel adventure was born.
One of the (actually the only) serious side of the mongol rally is that each team has to raise money for a chosen charity. Team ‘Return of the Yak’ managed to raise quite a substantial amount of money for their chosen charities even before the race had started, through their hilarious pre-race youtube videos. This motivated them to take the filming and editing one step further and create an entire ‘return of the yak’ travel documentary.
The film is a wicked roadtrip meets madness travel doc that will make you chuckle all the way to Mongolia. Have a look at the teaser to ‘feel the vibe’
In their own words:
“Encouraged by our early success in raising money for our chosen charities through our videos, we decided to film the entire journey for a feature length documentary – Return of the Yak: a humourous off-beat, off-track celebration of the essence of travel which also sheds light on the little-known regions including Kurdistan, Central Asia, and Mongolia.”
“We took part in the Mongol Rally in 2011 taking the southern route, venturing through Iraq, Iran and Central Asia before heading into the wilds of Mongolia. The more observant and geographically aware among you will notice the route ends not in Ulaanbaatar, but in northern Kazakhstan. This isn’t because we predicted running out of our duct tape supply and being left with no choice but to abandon our car to the local wildlife, but because google maps couldn’t calculate a route to Mongolia as (suprise, suprise), there aren’t any roads.”
On route we filmed all the highs and lows of the trip. We met a whole bunch of fucking awesome teams, travelling through some absolutely stunning parts of the world but also faced tough times when our team mate lost his passport in Iran and a close friend fell into a coma in Kazakhstan!
Over the last three years we’ve been honing our documentary to fully represent the wild and free nature of the rally. Full of excitement, quirky stop motion and breath-taking time-lapse photography – we really hope you enjoy our creation and would love it if you could share it with others who have the travelling bug.
Have a look at the full documentary below and get yourself dreaming about a drive to Mongolia next summer!
Or Holla at them on twitter: @returnoftheyak1 – https://twitter.com/returnoftheyak1