Two British horsewomen are undertaking a 3,000-mile ride across challenging terrain to raise funds for Action Aid

Two British women are to ride more than 3,000 miles through Mongoliaand Siberia to raise money for Action Aid, a charity fighting against poverty around the world.

Alexandra Tolstoy and Katherine Turner (both 28 years old) have set out for Ulan-Bator, from where they will ride across Mongolia and Siberia, finishing in Novosibirsk in September after a five-month journey.

Travelling only by horse, without a back-up vehicle, will enable them to gain access to the most remote corners of Mongolia, Buryatia, Tuva and the Sayan and Altai Mountains, where there are few roads and very extreme terrain.

Their itinerary will take them through mountains and steppes and around the largest and deepest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Baikal.

Both girls are well-travelled and experienced horsewomen. Alexandra was a member of the four-girl British team that successfully rode 5,000 miles along one of the former trading routes that make up the Silk Road using only horses and camels.

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