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The Desert Ultra

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Posizione Namibia

Distanza Ultramaratona - 220km

Informazioni The Desert Ultra

A 250km race split into 5 stages of sand dunes, dry river beds and baking scrubland in the shadow of rocky, martian mountains.

Runners should expect sweltering heat in the long days and freezing nights.  There may be periods running in darkness, following a marked route by head torch, under skies free of light pollution and filled with stars.

As a self-sufficient race, you are responsible for carrying your entire kit, including food, safety equipment and a minimum of 2.5 litres of water which can be re-filled at checkpoints along the stages.  You’ll need some specialist gear to take on the world’s oldest desert.

This is the Namib Desert, one of the oldest deserts in the world, a vast region of Southern Africa which has been dry for more than 50 million years.  Day time temperatures at this time of year reach 35 degrees but as night begins to fall, and the sunset turns the landscape into something otherworldly, the temperatures can drop to freezing.

You’re standing in baking heat and dust, surrounded on all sides by sand and scrubland.  The Spitskoppe Mountains loom over you, bare rock rising nearly 2 kilometres from the desert floor.  You’re a dot on the landscape as you stand on a trail that winds it’s way through the rocky ground around you and off into sand dunes that shimmer in the heat haze on the horizon.


Desert Ultra

  • 250km

Informazioni pratiche


Shared accommodation at Base Camp (tents).

Servizi post-gara

After-party and overnight hotel stay before departure for onward journey home.

Postazioni di Pronto Soccorso

It is the individual competitor’s responsibility to ensure that they carry sufficient food and water carrying capacity for the duration of the race. There are Checkpoints (CP’s) between 10 and 15km apart with water and aid located at each one. Every competitor must pass and register at each CP, failing to do so will result in instant disqualification.


Custom designed finishers medal.

Servizio di deposito

Transfer of luggage and storage of luggage during the race.

Tempo massimo

6 days

Cosa offre il kit da gara

Water before, during and after your race, and food after you have crossed the finish line


Transfer from airport to Base Camp.


Namib Desert

Spitzkoppe, Namibia


Namib Desert

Ugab Save the Rhino Trust Camp, Brandberg West Mine, Namibia


Spitskoppe Mountains

Ugab River


Beginning close to the magnificent Spitskoppe Mountains, you will experience the hostile nature of the Desert as yu travel 98km during the first two stages alone. As the race progresses you will travel through stretching grasslands, push your leg muscles as you face relentless rolling sand dunes and cross the Ugab River, an underground river flowing above the surface only a few days a year, all to the majestic background of a volcano and mountain ranges.

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