5 cars. 12 Yale grads. 10,000 miles to Ulaanbaatar.

Mike Norton

We’ve only covered 500 miles the first time one of our cars breaks down. Just 9,500 more to go. Emergency lights flashing, our five cars pull off on a German highway, somewhere between our launch site—England—and our destination: Mongolia.

The Mongol Rally is an annual road trip challenge organized by the Adventurists, a UK–based group that works to “bring chaos into over-sanitized lives.” It requires participating teams to follow only three rules:

1. Take a “farcically small” vehicle.
2. Do it completely on your own.
3. Raise at least £1,000 (per car) for charity.