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Vertical Kilometer
4.5km – 1000m

Erciyes Ultra Sky Trail
64km- 3000m+

Trail Run
24km- 1432m+

Hisarcık Valley
10km Trail

A vertical kilometer race having mostly rough rocky terrain and ending at 3350m elevation will take your breath!
  • 50 minutes time limit for the check point
  • %64 maximum- %23 average incline
  • Total 1000m elevation gain
Click here to see to see the map, track, elevation, rules and regulations.
Are you ready to run with wild mustangs, all around the majestic Mt Erciyes, on a parkour which is set on mostly tough and rocky terrain.
  • 15 hours time limit
  • 5 checkpoints
  • 4 ITRA® & UTMB® Points
Click here to see to see the map, track, elevation, rules and regulations.
This trail goes around high plato's, runs higher than 2000mt. Occasionally, the trail runs over eroded lava rock surfaces.

  • 6.5 hours time limit
  • 1 checkpoint
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Roman bridges to city forest. 10km tatil run will take you to Roman period.

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Practical Information

For accommodation in Erciyes, Kayseri we recommend the following hotels that offer special prices for Erciyes Ultra Sky Trail participants.

  • We have secured 50 rooms for our participants.

               http://www.miradadellago.com/ main hotel.

In order to book your stay here, please contact front office manager SUREYYA PARLAK via sureyya.parlak@miradahotels.com.

  • If you will bring your tents you can use our camping ground free of charge which is 200 meters away from the race start point.

The climate datas are based on last 30 years of weather changes. 2200 meter - Erciyes Mountain Tekir Dam Lake

  • July is the driest month and avarage values;
    • Rain: 2mm
    • Daily max temperature: 22°C
    • Daily min temperature: 6°C
    • Highest temperature: 28°C
    • Lowest temperature: 1°C
    • Number of sunny days: 25,5
  • Avarage wind speed and number of days
    • >5 km/hour : 1,9 days
    • >12 km/hour : 16,9 days
    • >19 km/hour : 11,8 days
    • >28 km/hour : 0,4 days

Via Bus

Bus travel in Turkey is economic and comfortable. You may reach Kayseri by scheduled buses which depart from all major cities of Turkey.
http://www.obilet.com/ you can check the journeys through the link.
6 complimentary shuttle service to and from bus station will be provided by the organization.

Via Car

If you are planning to reach Erciyes Ski Resort by car, the travel takes about 5 hours from Ankara and 11 hours from Istanbul. Majority of the routes are double highway.

Erciyes Ski Resort is near the city of Kayseri. It is 25 km away from the city centre. It is situated at Mount Erciyes, the highest mountain in Central Anatolia. The race start area will be Erciyes Ski Resort.
Coordinates:  38°32'34.45''N / 35°31'38.37''E

You may reach Cappadocia by Kayseri Erkilet International (ASR)airport. 6 complimentary shuttle service to and from airport will be provided by the organization for the flights mentioned below.
Please contact us for the details.

15.07.2016 Friday


TK 2016

09:40

11:10

Istanbul

Kayseri

THY

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

TK 2012

12:50

14:20

Istanbul

Kayseri

THY

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

TK 2014

17:25

18:50

Istanbul

Kayseri

THY

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

TK 7292

06:45

08:05

Istanbul SG

Kayseri

Anadolu Jet

1,2,3,4,5,6

TK 7294

16:05

17:20

Istanbul SG

Kayseri

Anadolu Jet

1,3,4,5,6,7

TK 7296

18:55

20:15

Istanbul SG

Kayseri

Anadolu Jet

1,2,3,4,5,7

PC 166

08:30

10:00

Istanbul SG

Kayseri

Pegasus

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

PC 4164

11:00

12:30

Istanbul SG

Kayseri

Pegasus

1,2,5,6,7

PC 4162

18:25

19:55

Istanbul SG

Kayseri

Pegasus

1,2,3,4,7

17.07.2016 Sunday


TK 2011

08:40

10:20

Kayseri

Istanbul

THY

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

TK 2017

12:05

13:40

Kayseri

Istanbul

THY

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

TK 2013

15:15

17:00

Kayseri

Istanbul

THY

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

TK 7299

06:00

07:20

Kayseri

Istanbul SG

Anadolu Jet

1,2,3,4,5,6

TK 7293

08:35

09:55

Kayseri

Istanbul SG

Anadolu Jet

1,3,4,5,6,7

TK 7295

17:50

19:15

Kayseri

Istanbul SG

Anadolu Jet

1,2,3,4,5,7

PC 163

07:55

09:15

Kayseri

Istanbul SG

Pegasus

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

PC 167

10:20

11:40

Kayseri

Istanbul SG

Pegasus

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

PC 4165

12:50

14:10

Kayseri

Istanbul SG

Pegasus

1,2,3,5,6,7

Local Information

For many centuries Kayseri has been an important hub on the silk road. In ancient times the city was famous for the fast horses bred in her stables. throughout history it took different names under different kingdoms, consecutively, Mazaka in Tabal kingdom period, Eusebia during Capadyoccian Kingdom, Caeseria in Roman period and Kayseri in under Turkih reigns of Karamanoglu, Selçuk and Ottoman Kingdoms.

If you would like to get a feel of some of this vast history these are the places to visit :

  • Talas, a photographers paradise with its unique architecture. (Click here to download PDF file)
  • Ağırnas, the hometown of the world famous Ottoman Master Architect Sinan (Click here to download PDF file)
  • The Hunat Bath house which is still actively serving as a Turkish Bath.
  • Church of Surp Krikor Lazarovic, which was first built in 1191 and has roman and Byzantine columns in it.

The kultepe archeological site situated in Sarımsaklı plain at the foothills of Mt. Erciyes is the home to the great city of Nesha which served the Hittites as a capital for a period. Within this site is the Karum of Kanesh which was a great merchant quarter that served as a distribution and administrative centre for the entire Assyrian colony network in Anatolia .It is the site of discovery of the earliest traces of the Hittite language, and the earliest attestation of any Indo-European language, dated to the 20th century BC. More than 300 words from this language are still being used in modern Turkish.

5th highest peak in Turkey with an altitude of 3916 mt

It is an old stratovolcano (layered volcano) It was depicted on coins from the city of Mazaka, with flames spewing out of its cone. One of Anatolia’s most important glaciers stretch on the north face. The mountain has a radius of 18 km and covers and area of 1100 km2.



The whole area is a very important site for birdlife and plant life. Erciyes can easily be called an ecological island with 1170 different species of plants living on it. 194 of these plants are endemic to Turkey and 10 of them are endemic only to Erciyes and are all named after the mountain.


 South of the mountain, the wetland Sultan Marches is Ramsar site for birdlife. Among 173 species which frequent the mountain and its surroundings are: crane, black stork, ruddy shelduck, lapwing, spurred lapwing, alpine accentor, golden oriole and others. squirrels, prairie dogs and hares accompany travellers over 3000 mt altitude. If you stop by at The Sarıgol Lake you may see mustangs bathing in the lake.

 

Tours

How about discovering Cappadocia with us? Before or after the race, the itineraries are giving us an opportunity to see different parts of Cappadocia.
Are you ready to be amazed of what nature and man made in Cappadocia?
Please click on the tabs for the tour details.
Cappadocia has three defining characteristics.

Thanks to the soft volcanic material, (tuff) and the erosion of millions of years by the wind and the rain, whole area looks like a fantastic, fairy-tale land.

Second is the increbidly rich historical background.
The first settlement in the area goes back to pre-historical ages. Pottery making is known to be an ancient art since Hittite times (1800 BC) in this area and is continued in the ancient traditional ways. But the most prominent historical characteristic of the region is from the early Christian period. 
The last but not the least is the rich cultural traditions that continue to live in the area among villagers despite the great amount of tourism going on. You can easily see villagers riding their horse carts to their vineyards or tending their orchards in the old traditional ways.

 

DAY 1: Soğanlı- Kaymaklı
Start from the airport

Meet at the airport and drive to Soğanlı valley to get beautiful corner of Cappadocia; Soğanlı valley. Soğanlı valley which is not a much visited site will give an idea you about the typical Turkish village life. Christian monasteries located on the skirts of hills are unique for their wall paintings amongst all Cappadocia churches. Driving by the table-top volcanic mountains we get to the town Mustafapasa (old Sinasos) an ancient Greek town with its spectacular houses very fine example of the late ethnic settlements and architecture. Lunch is in a restored village house with traditional Turkish hospitality. In the afternoon Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the wonders of Cappadocia. Settlement was dug as deep as of 5 layers below ground level and used for hiding for centuries.


DAY 2 : Highlights of Cappadocia  
(Optional Hot-air Balloon in the morning.)
Second day is exploring the well-known sites of region. Looking at the rock formations in Devrent valley is like looking at the clouds. They seem the take the shape of whatever you imagine about them. Zelve Open Air Museum gives idea about the way of living in the rock dwellings. It is great fun to pass dark rock-cut stairs from one valley to another. Pasabag is one of the most beautiful corners of the region with hermitages hollowed out volcanic tufa.

Lunch is in a local restaurant in the town of Avanos which is a pottery producing centre since the ancient times. Open-Air museum of Goreme which was a very important monastic settlement in the early Christian ages has number of churches hollowed out rocks and painted with wall paintings. We continue our tour with Esentepe near Uchisar to get a panoramic view of all Goreme Valley. We finish our tour with a short break in Pigeon valley. We will be transferred to Erciyes Ski Resort.



Hot Air Ballooning: This trip entails a pre-dawn start. Despite this, it is the experience of a lifetime! Watch the sun rise over Mt Erciyes and the canyons and fairy chimneys of Cappadocia will light up beneath you as the light suffuses this unbelievable landscape. The excursion is ended with a champagne breakfast!

Price

  • 290 € per person for 2 pax.
  • 230 € per person for 3 pax.
  • 190 € per person for 4 pax. or more

Prices include lunches, guide and  transfers.
Alcoholic and soft drinks which are available at hotels or restaurants and all entrance fees to historical sites and museums are excluded. Please contact us for more information.

The tour, which will be taken to witness the historical and natural legacy in Kayseri city and around mighty Erciyes Volcano.

1. Day: Kayseri City Tour
In the morning we are meeting at Kayseri airport and starting our tour.
First visit will be Kültepe where the first settlement refers to the Bronza Age(3000-2000 B.C.), was called ‘Karum’ by Assyrians who established large trade colonies in the oldest trade center of Anatolia. After the visit our aim is to see some foundations found in the excavations, to Gevher Nesibe Hatun Madrasah and Hospital used as a museum now. A fine example of a 13th century Seljukian work of art which was also one of the earliest medical centers. We will continue our tour in the center with Grand Mosque and Roman citadel. After having our lunch in a local restaurant with local delicacies we will head for Sultan Marsh to our pension just next to the marsh.

2. Day: Sultan Marsh & Bird Watching
Sultan Marsh is one of the most beautiful and important wetlands in Turkey. Around 250 bird species with high numbers of bird communities during the migration and 21 mammal species are present. We can spend one night there and early in the morning we can use boats in the marsh to find out many birds and if we are lucky we can point some wolves out.
After we come back to our pension we can have lunch and rest a little there.  We will also enjoy some short trekking around the marsh to see more birds.
Optional jeep drive is possible. Dinner and overnight in Sultan Marsh.
In the afternoon we will drive towards Erciyes to ski resort.

Price

  • 320 € per person for 2 pax.
  • 260 € per person for 3 pax.
  • 230 € per person for 4 pax. or more
  • Optional jeep safari is 180 euros per jeep. Each jeeps is for max 5 people.

Prices include all meals, guide, transfers and accommodation.
Alcoholic and soft drinks which are available at hotels or restaurants and all entrance fees to historical sites and museums are excluded. Please contact us for more information.

The tour is a chance to explore the central part of Turkey known as Cappadocia. The area is unique with volcanic formation in the world. You will explore fairy chimneys, deep valleys, rock-cut churches with wall paintings, underground cities, rock dwellings and traditional life and cuisine of Turkey.

DAY 1 Highlights of Cappadocia
First day tour is the good way of starting to explore Cappadocia’s nature and history. After meeting at the airport we will be transferred to Cappadocia. Looking at the rock formations in Devrent valley is like looking at the clouds. They seem the take the shape of whatever imagine about them. Zelve Open Air Museum gives idea about the way of living in the rock dwellings. It is great fun to pass dark rock-cut stairs from one valley to another. Paşabag is one of the most beautiful corners of the region with hermitages hollowed out volcanic tufa. Lunch is in a local restaurant in the town of Avanos which is a pottery producing centre since the ancient times. Open-Air museum of Göreme which was a big monastic settlement in the early Christian ages has number of churches hollowed out rocks and painted with wall paintings.
We continue our tour with Esentepe near Uçhisar to get a panoramic view of all Göreme valley. We finish our tour with a short break in Pigeon valley

DAY 2 (Optional Hot-air Balloon in the morning.) Soğanlı- Pigeon Valley
We start with the town Mustafapaşa (old Sinasos) an ancient Greek speaking people’s town with its spectacular houses: very fine examples of late ethnic settlements and architecture. Driving by the table-top volcanic mountains we get to beautiful corner of Cappadocia; Soğanlı valley. Soğanlı valley which is not a much visited site will give an idea you about the typical Turkish village life combined with christian monasteries on the skirts of hills. Lunch is in a restored village house with traditional Turkish hospitality. In the afternoon we have a short walk in Pigeon valley. We will start to walk downhill from Uchisar to Göreme.

DAY 3 Kaymaklı-Güzelyurt-Ihlara
We have a long day today, first is Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the wonders of Cappadocia. Settlement was dug as deep as of 5 layers below ground level and used for hiding for centuries. Then we have 1 hour drive to get Güzelyurt town which will take you to past with its quite, traditional, nostalgic atmosphere. Güzelyurt with the old name Karballa is all surrounded with interesting natural formations, green valleys, orthodox churches. One of them which is used as a mosque today, is one of the earliest masonry built churches of Central Anatolia. After being guest to a Turkish family’s house for lunch we head on to Ihlara for an hour walk at the bottom of the valley by Melendiz river. We will also see some local type painted churches in Ihlara.
After the nice walk in the hearth of nature tour finishes with a transfer to Erciyes Ski Resort.

Price

  • 390 € per person for 2 pax.
  • 245 € per person for 3 pax.
  • 260 € per person for 4 pax. or more

Prices include lunches, guide and transfers.
Alcoholic and soft drinks which are available at hotels or restaurants and all entrance fees to historical sites and museums are excluded. Please contact us for more information.


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