The British Horse Society is offering riders and non-riders alikethe unique opportunity to cross the Gobi Desert on the back of a camel and raise funds for the BHS welfare department.

The Mongolian Camel Challenge is a 10-day trip departing London on 9 September. It involves riding two-humped camels throughdesert steppes and sand dunes. Successful applicants will get to experience Mongolian nomadic life by sleeping in tents and spending five days living like a native nomad.

On arrival at Mongolia’s Ulaan Baatar Airport, there will be an opportunity to explore the capital city and the Tuul River, before taking a bus transfer to Zoorgol Khairkaham, the starting point of the five-day trek across the Gobi Desert.

The trek finishes at Baga Gazriin Chuluu and the following day participants will be transferred back to capital where there will be time to visit the Ganden Monastery, Bogdo Khan Palace Museum and the Natural History Museum.

To take part in this unique challenge you will have to pay a registration fee of £300 and then pledge to raise a minimum of £2,500, which includes the cost of the trip.

Wendy Minor, the event’s organiser, says: “This is a unique trip and promises to be a once in a lifetime experience.”

For more information on this and other rides organised by the BHS, contact Wendy Minor (tel: 08701 299992) or visit: www.bhs.org.uk .