Cross Egypt Challenge is a unique cross-country rally on
motorcycles and scooters and is one of those life-time memorable
experiences for those who love adventure travel and extreme
The 2018 season of Cross Egypt Challenge encompasses a very rough and
long track throughout some of the best sightseeing spots of Egypt
and the world.
The 2018 season of Cross Egypt Challenge is open for participants from around the world. Riders can register online by visiting the
Cross Egypt Challenge registration team reviews each participant
application carefully to select those who meet its selection
criteria. The registration team reserves the right to reject/refuse
any participant's entry in accordance with its own selection criteria.
- At the time of registration the participant must be 18 years of age
- The participant must hold a valid motorcycle riding license or an
international riding license.
- The participants must have a minimum experience of 1 year riding
motorcycles / scooters.
- The participant must have the physical ability to join Cross Egypt
Pillion passengers are not allowed in Cross Egypt Challenge.
The route of Cross Egypt Challenge can get very rough in certain
areas, and this requires complete control of your vehicle. Having a
pillion passenger will not give you the control required in
such tricky and difficult parts.
ACCOMPANYING PERSONS (GUEST PROGRAM)
We have few spots for accompanying persons in our chase cars. If
you would like to bring your spouse or a friend who doesn't ride, please fill out a separate
application form for them. Accompanying persons must be 16 years of age or older.
The following set of documents must be submitted by email to:
to complete your registration process. All documents must be clearly
scanned in color and not taken with a phone camera.
Egyptian riders: National ID + Riding license + Motorcycle or scooter registration
International riders: Passport + International
riding license (with motorcycle endorsement)
Egyptian accompanying person: National ID
International accompanying person: Passport
For international participants, you passport expiry date must be at least six
months from the date of your entry to Egypt.
A valid Egyptian motorcycle riding license is mandatory for all
Egyptian participants and a valid international riding license with
motorcycle endorsement is mandatory for all international
In order to participate in Cross Egypt Challenge, participants are
responsible to ensure their vehicles are in good shape and prepared for
the challenge. All required service and inspection must be done before
A technical inspection on all participating vehicles will be conducted
two weeks before the challenge in both Cairo and Alexandria (for local
vehicles), and you will get a technical report if your vehicle needs any
specific service. A final technical inspection will run the night before
the challenge, and we have the right to refuse any motorcycle or scooter
that doesn't qualify mechanically to the challenge.
In order for your vehicle to pass the technical inspection of Cross
Egypt Challenge it must:
- Be a 2 wheeled motorcycle or scooter (3 wheeled vehicles and quad
bikes are not allowed).
- If a motorcycle, be 300 cc or above (motorcycles with engines less
than 300 cc are not allowed).
- If a scooter, be 150 cc or above (scooters with engines less than 150
cc are not allowed).
- Be registered and holds valid and current license plates.
- Be clean of any branding stickers, any branding stickers will be
removed at the technical inspection.
- Be in good condition, both mechanically and physically, scratched and
broken vehicles may not pass the technical inspection.
RENTAL OF VEHICLES
We know it is difficult for international participants to ship their
motorcycles or scooters to Egypt, therefore we are providing a motorcycle and scooter rental option for international participants.
Please check the following link for available models and pricing:
Motorcycle and scooter rental option.
The minimum safety gear required for Cross Egypt Challenge is:
For motorcycles riders: full
face helmet, motorcycle safety jacket, and protective gloves.
If you desire to wear extra protective gear like body armor or protective pants, please do so under your
official vest, as the vest must be the visible layer at all times.
For scooters riders: full
face helmet, and protective gloves.
If you desire to wear extra protective gear like body armor,
protective pants, or protective jackets, please do so under your
official t-shirt, as the t-shirt must be the visible layer at all times.
For your helmet to be approved for participation in Cross Egypt
Challenge, it must meet certain guidelines. all helmets will be
inspected the prior night of the challenge and only helmets that meet
the following guidelines will be approved:
- Be a full face street helmet (off-road and modular flip-up helmets are not
- Be a solid black color (mixed colored or colored helmets are not
- Be free of any branding except the original manufacturer stickers).
* Please note there is a helmet rental option
available for both local and international participants.
If you are riding your own motorcycle or scooter, please be prepared with the the most basic and necessary spare parts for
your adventure. Each participant is responsible for supplying his/her own spare parts. We will carry your spare parts in the chase trucks depending on
For rented motorcycles and scooters, most needed spare parts will be
available during the challenge.
Cross Egypt Challenge provides fuel for all participants for the entire
duration of the challenge. Fuel supply will be 92 octane. If your
motorcycle or scooter requires higher octane, we advise that you get
octane booster to mix with the supplied fuel.
Cross Egypt Challenge will be providing accommodation in the best
hotel options in each destination, this ranges from 3 to 5 star hotels
depending on the availability at each destination. All accommodation will be based on
triple room occupancy.
There will be one night of camping during the challenge, the camping
will be in small 2-person tents and sleeping bags or blankets will be
supplied. Most basic camping facilities will be included.
Cross Egypt Challenge will provide accommodation starting from
the night of October 11th to the night of October 19th (9 nights in
total). Riders wishing to upgrade their accommodation from triple room
occupancy to single or double occupancy, there will be an upgrade option
available after your application is confirmed.
For non-Egyptian riders, if you need to stay extra night(s) prior or
post the challenge, our team will be happy to assist you with this
Cross Egypt Challenge will provide 3 meals a day for the entire duration
of the challenge. This starts with breakfast on October 12th and
ends with breakfast on October 20th.
While breakfast and dinners will be mainly served at hotels, our
own Desert Chefs will prepare lunches on the road and this will consist
of basic canned food and biscuits depending on the availability at each
Cross Egypt Challenge will hand each participant 3 long
sleeve t-shirts to wear during the challenge, as well as 1 polo shirts
to wear during night events or ceremonies. Wearing the official clothes
is a must during the rides and official ceremonies. Be prepared that you
might encounter cold weather during early starts and at nights, so
prepare yourself with a light jacket or a sweater.
Do not forget your swimsuit, good sunglasses, a cap and one pair of
comfortable shoes. As Egypt is a Muslim country we recommend
conservative clothing choices for your trip across these remote regions.
Each participant is allowed a maximum of two pieces of luggage during
the challenge: one small carry on (that will be stored in the chase cars
with maximum dimensions of 22" x 14" x 9" or 56cm x 35cm x 23cm) + 1
backpack that can be carried on your motorcycle or scooter.
You will receive your 4 t-shirts in your welcome kit, so
plan for enough space to store them in your luggage.
We have asked our travel partners to prepare a list of optional tours in
the destinations we visit so interested riders get the chance to explore
and learn more about those destinations.
Some destinations will not have optional tours, but rather some
entertainment activities will be planned.
A list of optional tours will be sent you before the challenge for your
choice. The optional tours list will also include pre and post challenge
tours in Cairo and Alexandria so you can enjoy your time if you arrive early
or plan to leave late.
No vaccination is required. It is suggested that participants bring not
only medications for likely gastrointestinal problems but also other
prescription for personal use as local availability in remote areas is
We have partnered with AIG to provide accident insurance for
those riders who are not covered by any insurance. If you already
insured, please let us know at the time of registration to avoid any
VISA TO EGYPT
Visa regulations to Egypt have changed recently, and while it was
possible for certain nationalities to purchase a visa to Egypt upon
arrival at the airport, we strongly advise that you contact the Egyptian
embassy/consulate in your country for clear and recent instructions. To
find your nearest Egyptian embassy, visit the following website: www.mfa.gov.eg
The official language of Cross Egypt Challenge is English and all
communications will be in English.
The official language of Egypt is Arabic, but English is spoken and understood
The official currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). 1 EGP =
0.0566 USD. You can exchange USD to EGP from banks and exchange outlets
in Major cities, however it is not easy to exchange EGP back to USD
The most widely accepted currencies to exchange to EGP are USD and EUR.
Other currencies may be difficult to exchange. You can use your debit or
credit cards to withdraw EGP from any ATM machines (please check with
your bank about withdrawal charges). ATMs are widely available
throughout Egypt and in major cities, but it may be difficult to find
ATMs in remote areas, and smaller cities throughout our route.
During October, the climate is Mediterranean on the coast, desert like
inland and very cold at night. So expect hot days and cold nights.