Trans-Himalayan Adventure 2020 - Rally Round


April / May 2020

An unforgettable, high-altitude expedition through China, Tibet and Nepal

We are sorry to inform you that this rally has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  Please contact the office for further information. 

Journey to the ‘Roof of the World’

22nd April – 17th May 2020

Following its successful outing in 2019, Rally Round will return to the ‘Roof of the World’ in 2020 for the second outing of the epic Trans-Himalayan Adventure.

An event for the most adventurous, this 26- day expedition journeys from the Sichuan region of China into the vastness of Tibet where we drive ‘up and over’ the world’s mightiest mountain range into Nepal. 

Crossing the range from north to south, our event will once again begin in Chengdu, China. Once the formalities of the local authorities have been adhered to, we cross the start line on Saturday 25thApril.

From Chengdu, we begin our climb as crews drive at high altitude and enjoy astonishing roads, breath-taking scenery and the stunning mountain ranges of Tibet.

The spiritual city of Lhasa, the lost Western Tibetan Kingdom of Guge, sacred Mount Kailash and Everest Base Camp are just a few of the highlights of this amazing route.

Ancient ruins, stunning temples and monasteries, rare wildlife, breath-taking  glaciers and sacred lakes – The Trans-Himalayan Adventure is a feast for the senses.

From Tibet, we complete our journey over the Himalayas as we cross into Nepal and the finish line in the fabulous city of Kathmandu, where we shall celebrate with a gala dinner and prize-giving.

Our route is not for the faint-hearted and, given the elements, altitude and terrain, is a non-competitive event.

Accommodation is the very best available in all areas, with two nights under canvas as part of the adventure.

Numbers for the 2020 event are limited so please contact the rally office at your earliest convenience to reserve your entry.  

Please note that although the rally will be supported by expert mechanical and medical personnel, it is only suitable for experienced crews in well prepared cars.

Watch the 2019 Highlights

Driver / Co-DriverCountryCarCCCategory
Daniel Sauter / Paul HaelgCHE1938 Chevrolet Fangio3,548Vintage
Michel Leempoel / Isabelle RoumaBEL1949 Chevrolet Pick-Up4,200
Allison Coates / Peter CoatesGBR1967 Lotus Elan1,158Classic
Kerry Finn / David GainerAUS2001 Nissan Patrol3,000Modern
Jan Sinclair / Anne SinclairAUS1995 Toyota Landcruiser4,164Classic
Jose Romao De Sousa / Maria Romao De SousaPRT1997 Toyota Landcruiser4,164Classic
Mario Illien / Catherine IllienCHE2008 Toyota Landcrusier3,956Modern
Arnold Meier / Paul WaserCHE2015 Toyota Landcruiser4,000Modern
Manoj Saxena / Avinash SaxenaUSA2018 Jeep Wrangler3,600Modern
David Wenman / Jeff RobinsonGBR/AUSTBC
DayStart FinishKmsStart Altitude
-3Chengdu - International Arrivals0
-2Chengdu - Health checks and Police driving permits0
-1Scrutineering and documentation0
12ShigatseTingri County2313853m5273m4315m
13Tingri CountySaga3394315m5214m4505m
14SagaCamp 13404505m5570m4820m
15Camp 1Camp 23004820m5150m4600m
16Camp 2Geji3004600m5600m4520m
20SagaJi Long1794505m5240m2830m
21Ji LongNepal borderTBD2830mTBDTBD
22Nepal borderKathmanduTBDTBDTBD1298m
1 Step 1

“Just brilliant!”

Mark Robinson, Car 10

The event far exceeded my
already high expectations in every regard. The organisation
and planning which lay behind
the adventure was evidently stupendous and a great credit
to the Rally Round team.

Mark Molyneux, Car 28

Great route- I really enjoyed the central section. I also really  enjoyed the camping –
it made it a proper adventure!

James Hall-Smith, Car 11

It was a true adventure, a real endurance test.

Treacy & Lloyd Reddington, Car 5

It was a truly unique experience, loved every moment.

Richard Cunningham, Car 20

One of my best rallies ever – you achieved something miraculous.

Barbara Shooter, Car 24

When we signed up for Trans Himalayan Adventure,
we knew it would take us to some amazing places, but we
never expected every day to be quite so exceptional.

Phillip Haslam, Car 15

It was challenging, stimulating, exciting,
freezing, frustrating, terrifying
and generally surprising.

David Royds, Car 4

We have had the most
amazing few weeks full of excitement, challenge,
awe and a great deal of fun.
We wouldn’t exchange one
second for the world.

Julia Little, Car 2


“A stupendous rally, really outstanding. Extremely well organised and action packed. An abiding memory will be of the great camaraderie and endless laughter.
We cannot think of a single thing that would have made it better”

Adrian & Barbara Shooter (1930 Ford Model A) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“Thank you for three unforgettable weeks, the mixture of laughter, friendship, culture, history, driving and fun. What a cocktail!”


Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“Retro-Speed magazine can thoroughly recommend Paris-Madrid. A great event and great fun but still a challenge. We enjoyed every minute”

Peter Baker (1939 Citroen Traction Avant) – Paris-Madrid Rally 2014

“Words cannot express how amazing this rally was – truly a once in a lifetime experience!”

David & Adele Cohen (1931 Ford Model A) – The Thunder Dragon Rally 2015

“What a trip! Another fantastic Rally Round effort – seamless logistics, excellent route and wonderful activities. Once again you and your team created a superb experience. We had a fantastic time in Japan and we look forward to our next outing!”

Paddy Walker & team (1937 Buick Coupe) – The Samurai Challenge 2017

“This wonderful rally will live long in the memory”

Octane magazine – Paris-Madrid Rally 2013

“The best, most exciting rally we have ever done”

Xavier del Marmol & Ines Bodmer (1937 Chevrolet Master DeLuxe) – The Road to Mandalay Rally 2014

“A fantastic rally – we thoroughly enjoyed it!”

Ries & Lenie Oostlander (1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S) – The Samurai Challenge 2017