Help for Heroes, a charity supporting injured servicemen and women, is inviting riders to take part in a sponsored 200km (124 mile) horse trek in Mongolia from 8-18 July.

The route of the ride will pass through the Khangai Mountains of central Mongolia, the territory of nomadic Khalkh Mongols, and finish at Kharkhorin, centre of Genghis Kahn’s 13th century empire.

During the day, riders will trek though unspoilt scenery and ford rivers. At night they will stay in gers, the Mongolians’ portable but comfortable nomadic homes (often known as ‘yurts’ in the UK).

“It’s a great cause, a real cultural experience, and it’s absolutely beautiful there,” said Jess Baker of Help for Heroes. “Riders will have a wonderful time, meeting many of the nomads and enjoying the stunning landscape.”

“If space allows, one of the injured servicemen supported by Help for Heroes will also go along for the ride.”

Riders must raise at least £4,000 in sponsorship to go on the trip.

Around half of this will be spent on travel costs, although riders can pay the £2,000 out of their own pocket.

For more details see: http://www.helpforheroes.org.uk/challenges-mongolia-horse-trek.html