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Special Grand Tour in Mongolia (TGT)

Updated: Nov 24

What is special Grand Tour in Mongolia?

"The Grand Tour" is a popular television series that takes viewers on a journey around the world to explore different cultures, landscapes, and experiences. One of the most exciting seasons of the show was filmed in Mongolia, a country known for its rugged beauty and rich history. In this blog, we'll take a closer look at the "Grand Tour" season in Mongolia and what made it such a thrilling adventure for the hosts and viewers alike. Filmed in late June 2018, Jeremy Clarkson himself has expressed his dislike for shooting this particular special, citing the challenging conditions faced by the trio during the segment. "Survival of the Fattest" received widespread praise, earning a 9.8/10 rating on both IMDb and TVTime, a 9.5/10 on TVMaze, and an impressive 86% score on

Who are the hosts of the Grand tour?

The season begins with the hosts - Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May - arriving in Mongolia, where they immediately immerse themselves in the local culture. They explore the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, sampling traditional foods like buuz (steamed dumplings) and airag (fermented mare's milk) and meeting locals who still live a traditional nomadic lifestyle.

horse in the Mongolian steppe
Mongolian steppe - Nomadic family during the Grand tour in Mongolia

From there, the hosts set off on a series of epic challenges and adventures that showcase the beauty and diversity of Mongolia. They race across the Gobi Desert in custom-built cars, taking on treacherous terrain and dodging sandstorms. They visit the ancient city of Kharkhorin, once the capital of the Mongol Empire, and explore the ruins of the Erdene Zuu Monastery.

Perhaps the most iconic moment of the season is when the hosts attempt to cross the vast expanse of the Khövsgöl Nuur, a massive lake in northern Mongolia that's surrounded by some of the country's most stunning landscapes. The hosts build their own boats out of various materials, from inflatable rafts to wooden canoes, and set off on a journey that's equal parts hilarious and heart-stopping.

Throughout the season, the hosts also interact with the local people, learning about their customs and traditions and gaining a deeper appreciation for the challenges and joys of life in Mongolia. They meet with nomadic herders who still live in traditional gers (tents) and rely on their animals for survival. They attend a local wrestling tournament and witness the fierce competition and camaraderie that defines this ancient sport.

What was vehicle of Grand tour Mongolia?

The custom-built off-road vehicle utilizes a 2.5L 300TDi turbodiesel engine from Land Rover, equipped with a locking differential at the front and a low-range gear, delivering 111 horsepower.

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John - Land Rover's 300TDi 2.5L