Challenges for Desert Daredevils

Experience the ultimate adventure holiday with these challenges from Lonely Planet, which all take place in deserts around the world:

  • The best way to see the extraordinary terrain of the Gobi desert is from the back of a horse. Mongolia used to have the largest herds of horses on the planet; go in July to see the Naadam festival too.
  • Cyclists will relish the opportunity to take on Abu Dhabi’s Jebel Hafeet Mountain Road in one exhilarating 11.7km sprint to the top. With 1219m of elevation it’s certainly a challenge, but the subsequent descent makes it worth the effort.
  • Explore the Arabian Peninsula by camel and let your expert guide teach you the survival techniques needed to thrive in the Empty Quarter’s unforgiving conditions.
  • The Simpson Desert Challenge is a 570km course for cyclists. You’ll encounter cattle stations, sand dunes and punctures, while battling South Australia’s fierce heat in this 10-stage desert race.