RUNNING IN MONGOLIA
MAKING FRIENDS IN MONGOLIA
MONGOLIA STAGE RACE 2019
(august, 11th to 16th)
Mongolia Stage Race 2019 VIDEOS
Mongolia Stage Race 2019 PICTURES
POSTCARDS OF MONGOLIA
BEFORE THE START
Mongolia Stage Race 2019 RESULTS
TONI ORTIZ (spain)
CHIARA BARASSI (ITALy)
24h 09m 09s
MAN / WOMAN
MONGOLIA TRAIL RUN 2020
7th to 16th AuGust 2020
MONGOLIA TRAIL RUN 2020
After the experience of the first edition under the name of Mongolia Stage Race in 2019, we present the event for 2020: MONGOLIA TRAIL RUN. It is an adventure experience, designed for amateur runners of all levels as well as walkers, which takes place entirely in the lonely steppes of MONGOLIA. It is a unique event that allows you to sleep every night under a sky full of stars inside of a traditional ger, meet the tastes of a country and immerse yourself in incredible landscapes.
The six stages race begins in the Elsen Tasarkhai dunes and ends in the emblematic 16th-century Buddhist monastery Erdene Zuu in Karakorum, each day discovering a different landscape. Together with your new fellow racers, you will enjoy the tours, daily meals, activities, transfers, cultural visits, nature in its purest form …
Live a great running experience in Mongolia!
the race – stages
23,55 km – positive slope 286 m
Dunas Elsen Tasarkhai
The great adventure will begin in the Elsen Tasarkhai sand dunes (Bayangobi desert) that stretch about 80 km long and 5 km wide. Touring Elsen Tasarkhai (literally means “a piece of isolated sand”) we will enjoy a small sequence of true desert in the middle of green steppes. Some wooden buildings will catch our attention … they are shepherds’ huts. Elk, wolves, deer and foxes will mark our steps although the different species of camels will control our walk. Little Gobi will not leave us indifferent.
33,55 km – positive slope 90 m
UGII lake – ORKHON valley
The stage begins on the shores of Lake Ugii, famous for being an important waterfowl breeding area; About 150 types of birds gather annually in its waters. We will enjoy the views bordering the great blue lake, we will leave the old Orkhon river on our left, we will cross the bridge of the Orkhon river to enter the valley of the Orkhon river. A lot of free animals will move at our own pace … horses, sheep, camels and goats will make us forget the great cormorants. Finally, the small and colorful town of Ugii will welcome us with open arms.
27,15 km – positive slope 611 m
Tsetserleg – Tsenkher hot springs
With the memory of the Galdan Zuu temple with its 7-meter Buddha and the Zayiin Khuree Khiid museum we begin the third stage following the Tamir river and leaving the city of Tsetserleg on the right. We cross the river by a long wooden bridge also used by yaks and then enter the first wooded areas where you can see ancient trees of a unique beauty. In the valleys we meet hundreds of animals … jaks, horses, sheep … vultures and eagles stalking their possible prey. After several hills we reach the Tsenkheriin valley where we find the camp with natural hot springs.
36,68 km – positive slope 933 m
Tsenkher hot springs – tsagaan sumiin rashaan valley
Open forests, gentle valleys and small highlands. We will feel going back in time; a few nomadic families will greet us as we pass … “Сайн байна уу”. Trails and tracks will lead us to cross multiple rivers … some small and others not so much. We will feel the cool on our knees while the yaks wonder what we do out there. Later we will pass by the Mirror Lake … don’t forget to keep an eye on your hairstyle! Look at the zigzagging rivers from a hill. Stop for a minute amidst the wildlife. Finally … nothing better than a large NOMAD BARBACUE to lower the pulsations.
39,51 km – positivE SLOPE 1.443 m
NOMADY WINTER STATION – KHarkhorin
In the queen stage it is time to enjoy the mountains and the impressive views that accompany our walk. We will see large eagles throughout the tour. We will pass through a small lost town where a large number of children live. When you have no strength left, stop to observe one of the many Ovoos (they serve as places of worship, to honor the mountains and the sky; they are made of wood or rocks). We will return to the Orkhon River Valley, a new gift for our senses. Finally, from above we will see the colorful city of Kharkhorin on multiple occasions.
13,85 km – positivE SLOPE 287 m
kHarkhorin – karakorum
A huge abandoned ship will surprise us a few meters from the start. From the monument to the Heroes we can observe the roofs of Karakorum, the winding Orkhon River and dozens of street vendors waiting for us… We will border the city through emblematic sites: the Turtle monument, the penis rock, the “great hall” archeological site, among others. The Mongolia Trail Run will finish in the emblematic 16th-century Buddhist monastery Erdene Zuu, considered by many to be the most important monastery in Mongolia, as it couldn’t be otherwise. We will get to know it and visit Kharkhorin (Хархорин), the ancient capital in the 13th century known as Karakorum.
RACE AREA MAP
DISTANCES AND LEVELS SUMMARY
DIFFICULTY DEGREE ACCORDING TO ITRA
International Trail Running Asociation defines the degree of difficulty of a route with the following formula: distance in km + positive slope in meters divided by 100:
- STAGE 1 – 26.2 POINTS
- STAGE 2 – 34.7 POINTS
- STAGE 3 – 33.2 POINTS
- STAGE 4 – 46 POINTS
- STAGE 5 – 53.9 POINTS
- STAGE 6 – 16.2 POINTS
RACE BOOK 2020 ESP-ENG
SPORTS AUTHORIZATION ESP-ENG
RULES mongolia trail run 2020 ESP-ENG
ROUTES IN WIKILOC
- 25 OCT 19 – 1 JAN 20
- 2 JAN 2020- 31 MAR 2020
- 1 APR 2020 – 30 JUN 2020
- 1 OCT 2019 – 30 JUN 2020
* Edition 2020 limited to 50 trailrunners and 10 companions.
WHAT is INCLUDEd?
- Registration Mongolia Trail Run 2020.
- 6 stages race.
- PRESENTATION and CLOSURE ceremonies of the race.
- 2/3 refreshment post per stage, as stated in the RACE BOOK.
- Route marked with flags / ribbon.
- Tracks for GPS and route information.
- Daily technical briefings.
- 24h doctor and security team.
- Awards, FINISHER gift and equipment rafflel.
- 2 Nights in Hotel 4*: the 8th and 15th of August. And 7 nights in GERS in TOURISM CAMPS: from the 9th to 14th of August.
- Hot water showers in all tourist camp.
- Accommodation in twin rooms. In case you wanted a single room, there is a supplement charge and you have to ask for availability.
- 9 dinners and 9 breakfasts in the accommodations, as well as 9 meals in the finishing line served by the Mongolian staff.
- Transfers AIRPORT / HOTEL / AIRPORT on August, the 7th and the 16th, only if requested by the racer.
- All transfers of the race: those stated in the RACE BOOK as well as Ulan Bataar to the race area and return from Kharkhorin to Ulan Bataar.
- Daily luggage transfer service.
- Organized cultural visits: museums, temples, natural parks, nomadic barbecue, visits to nomadic families, 4×4 transfers … and everything stated in the RACE BOOK.
- Spanish and English speaking Mongolian staff guides
- Race photographer
- TV producer
- Welcome pack
- Invitation letter to enter in Mongolia and participate in the event (necessary for people who need a VISA)
- A certain dose of ADVENTURE … Mongolia is a country where nature rules.
WHAT is NOT INCLUDEd?
- Entry visa to Mongolia (for those nationalities that need it – check with the Mongolian embassy / consulate in your country)
- Airline / train / bus or other tickets to get to and back from Ulan Bataar
- Accommodation on previous or following days. If you need to book more days or any other route, contact us.
- Extra drinks other than water (beer, wine, soft drinks, …)
- Solid food during the race, unless otherwise indicated in the RACE BOOK 2020
- Travel insurance or sport/medical insurance.
- All that is not specified in the section WHAT IS INCLUDED?
how to register
ensure your place
To ensure your place we need that you:
- Fill in the registration form and send it.
- Make a FIRST PAYMENT: minimum amount of € 600. Note: € 600 non-refundable in case of cancellation.
- You can also pay the total amount of the race in a single payment. In the registration form you can choose between the options.
- Payment can be made by credit card or bank transfer.
- Only the first 50 applications will be accepted in the 2020 edition.
FINISH YOUR REGISTRATION
To finish your registration you have to:
- Pay 50% of the remaining amount before March 31, 2020.
- Pay the amount that remains before June 30, 2020.
- In case of having paid 100% of the amount of the race before March 31, 2020 you will be rewarded with an 1h massage service at the end of the third stage in the Tserkher hot springs.
- Payment can be made by credit card or bank transfer.
- Failure to carry out the payments within the specified deadlines entail loss of the place.
- On June, the 30th, 2020, all administrative data of the racer/companion must be completed
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED BEFORE JUNE, THE 30th 2020
In order to be correctly registered in the Mongolia Trail Run 2020 it is necessary to send the following documentation to the organization:
- Photocopy or photo of the valid PASSPORT.
- SPORTS/MEDICAL INSURANCE including rescue if necessary.
- Arrival to and departure from Ulaan Bataar FLIGHTS numbers, only for racers who want transfers from the airport / hotel / airport on August, the 7th and August, the 16th.
- Brief sports curriculum with the best results of recent years or feats to highlight.
Sometimes plans change … If you have to cancel your registration, keep in mind:
- There is a € 600 deposit when registering, not refundable.
- Last payment expiration date is June, the 30th, 2020.
- All payments postponed or racers replaced by other racers will be subject to an administrative charge of € 60 and it will be necessary to wait for confirmation from the Mongolia Trail Run 2020 organization.
- For cancellations until March, the 31st, 2020, everything paid will be refunded except for the € 600 deposit.
- For cancellations made during the period from April, the 1st to June, the 30th, 2020, everything paid will be refunded except the € 600 deposit plus an administrative charge of € 750.
- Cancellations procedure: send an e-mail to [email protected] explaining the reason for the cancellation and an account number to make the refund of the amount that corresponds.
PREPARe your adventure
OFFICIAL DAILY SCHEDULE
For security and organizing reasons, there is a daily time schedule that must be strictly followed. There will be a buffet like meal at the finishing line and when a transfer is necessary from the finishing line to the camp, this is going to be done as soon as there are racers enough to fill a car. The time schedule may change due to weather and terrain conditions, in that case, racers will be informed so by the race staff.
The planned schedule is the following:
time scheduled*subject to changes*
- BREAKFAST: 6.00 am -7.30 am
- LUGGAGE DELIVERY: 7:30 am-7:45 am
- START: 8.00 am
- FINISH LINE/MEAL: 12.00 pm – 4.00 pm
- TRANSFERS/CULTURAL VISIT: 2.00 pm – 06.00 pm
- BRIEFING & DINNER: 7.00 to 8.30 pm
ARRIVAL DAY - AUGUST, THE 7TH
DAY 1. This is the recommended day to arrive to Ulaan Bataar in order to go through the technical checking and attend the Mongolia Trail Run 2020 Presentation. If you want to enjoy a little bit more of the city, we recommend arriving a few days before.
TRANSFERS TO elsen tasarkhai - AUGUST, THE 8TH
DAY 2. We organise the vehicles 4×4 and depart to the Elsen Tasarkhai desert, where the race starts. It is a 5 hours trip with some stops. When arriving to Elsen Tasarkhai we have lunch and in the afternoon we can enjoy visiting a temple or riding on a camel (those who want to do so). We will enjoy the dune’s sunset
STAGE 1 - AUGUST, THE 9TH
DAY 3. Start of the race. After the finishing line, there is a 2 hours transfer with stops to stare at the landscape, the free animals and visiting the Turkish Empire monument-museum of Prince Kultigen V-VII century. We arrive to Lake Ugii camp just in time to contemplate the sunset over the lake.
STAGE 2 - AUGUST, THE 10TH
DAY 4. Ffrom Ugii lake to the Ugii village. The Ugii village is in the Orkhon Valley, World Heritage Site. Water streams, animals, traditional way of life and amazing landscapes all along our 2 hours way to Tsetserleg. In Tsetserleg, we will enjoy visits to the Museum and Market.
STAGE 3 - AUGUST, THE 11TH
DAY 5. From Tsetserleg to Tsenkher hot springs. In this stage there is no vehicle transfer after arriving to the finishing line so that we can have a bath in the hot springs, ask for a massage and also relax and rest to face the more hard stages ahead.
STAGE 4 - AUGUST, THE 12TH
DAY 6. From Tserkher to the Tsagaan Sumiin Rashaan Valley. At the finishing line we will be offered a traditional nomad barbecue with meat and vegetables right amidst this marvelous valley. Afterwards, a 1 hour vehicle transfer to the tourist camp with a visit to the Tsagaan sumiin tuuri monastery.
STAGE 5 - AUGUST, 13TH
Day 7. The Mongolia Trail Run Queen stage. We start a little bit earlier that day with a 30 Km vehicle transfer to the starting line in a nomad winter station. The stage finishes on the outskirts of Kharkhorin, at the tourist camp where we will stay for the night. Visit to the city of Kharkhorin in the afternoon. No vehicle transfer on that day.
STAGE 6 - AUGUST, THE 14TH
DAY 8. Last stage of the Mongolia Trail Run. This is the shortest stage. The finishing line is in the Karakorum, after going through one of its enormous gates. Afterwards, visit to the temples, souvenirs shops and the city of Kharkhorin. Time to relas and we spent the night at Kharkhorin tourist camp.
GOING BACK TO ULAAN BATAAR AND CLOSING CEREMONY - AUGUST, THE 15TH
DAY 9. After breakfast, we go back to Ulaan Bataar. In the evening we will attend the closing and prize giving ceremony.
FAREWELL - AUGUST, THE 16TH
DAY 10. There is a transfer service to the airport early in the morning.
HOW TO GET TO MONGOLIA
Several companies fly to Ulan Bataar. From Europe the links are usually used via Moscow (Aeroflot / Miat), via Turkey (Turkish) or via Beijing (Air China). It is normal that on days with a large number of travelers the bags are delayed 24 hours.
It can be reached by train from Moscow or Beijing.
DOCUMENTATIONIt is necessary to consult the Mongolian consulate of your country to know your needs. In general, it will be necessary to have a PASSPORT with 6 months of expiration (minimum) and VISA for some nationalities:
Make sure you have an appropriate VISA for your trip according to your passport and travel itinerary:
- Mongolia consulate in Barcelona, Spain
- Mongolia embassy in París, France
- Mongolia embassy in UK
- Mongolia embassy in USA
- Mongolia embassy in others countries
The organization will provide you, to those who request it, the personalized Invitation Letter, the necessary document to process the visa.
It is the responsibility of each participant / companion to process their documentation.
MONGOLIA TRAIL RUN: RACE + CULTURAL TRIP
Mongolia Trail Run is not only a trail running sport event in Mongolia, it is also complemented by a cultural program, secondary to the race, allowing you to discover the culture and the people of Mongolia. For that reason, you will also visit temples, museums, ruins, gers and Mongolian nomad families to know a little bit more of their way of life , you will enjoy 4×4 safari-transfers with stops to contemplate landscapes, free wild animals, herds, furthermore, you will also be offered guided tours in Ulaan Baatar, enjoy traditional Mongolian songs and we even made a Mongolian style barbecue so you can live this trip at 200%. And moreove, you will always be accompanied by local Spanish and English speaking guides.
comments RUNNERS 2019
Being able to organize this event in Mongolia has moved me to my sporting origins offering a sporting adventure in a distant and exotic country. The landscapes are spectacular, and being able to match the race with the nomadic culture of Mongolia, expands the experience. If we add international athletes on top of it, it certainly becomes a great human experience.
At the sports level, although the routes are affordable, the hardness of doing the 6 continuous stages in which the resilience will be decisive to meet the challenge with guarantees is not to be underestimated. It is worth highlighting the 5 different landscapes through which the race takes place, the comforts of being able to stay every day in a Tourist Camp, the simplicity of the trail runner of being able to run with a small backpack with little material, the security provided by the local staff and the pleasure of being able to eat every day the delights of our cook. And all this surrounded by a pure nature.
Without a doubt, one of the best personal and sports experiences lived. Discover a new country (unknown to many) first hand, with its people, culture, beliefs. And to enjoy sports, run in a pure state, in an idyllic environment, alone in the imnensitat of the desert and the steppe, surrounded by horses, goats, camels, yurts, nomads … What more can you ask for?
And if we add to all this the people who accompany you on this trip, sharing the same objective, the race, but each with your expectations, experiences, concerns … Adding a Mongolian organization and staff that lives closely the corridor, encouraging, helping, supporting, living for each other, and that on the last day it is difficult to say goodbye to everything, the great Mongolian family.
About my experience in MSR19, it has been a unique and unrepeatable experience, since it is the first one I have done, and it will always be the most special of all. Start from the moment you are at Barcelona Airport, checking in your suitcase, and you are already grouping with the group that leaves Barcelona, so you do not feel alone at any time, when you undertake this adventure, alone. In this the organization of the race knew how to manage it and it is very important.
The arrival in Ulan Buttor and the days before the first stage, you feel that you are part of a group that has the same concerns, desire and passion for this adventure that moves us into the world runner, everything and with our worries, in thinking How are we going to face everything, your body and your mind. But when the first stage begins, you are so immersed and disconnected from the world that you have left in Barcelona, that you are 100% immersed in the adventure, and you feel, happy, and expectant that every day you will meet a challenge.
Obviously the challenges that you meet every day, you could not meet them without the organization, of the routes so well explained in advance, before the race every day, the signs (those banners) that in the end you dream even with them, and the vans that without realize, they are circulating nearby to control you that you do not get lost or lost, and you know that every 10km you will have a refreshment to give you water, and especially to worry about your state and if you need anything. Very important, the food these days, is of quality and abundant.
Days go by, and every day you feel better about yourself, and on the last day, the day you reach the finish line, when you have 3km left to reach the finish line, you think you have already completed 180km without fainting a day , you are surrounding the Karakorum Monastery, and you begin to think that it is over and that you have managed to finish all this adventure, happy, with humor, with companionship, with struggle, moments that are alone, you and pure nature come to mind , in a privileged environment, running next to wild horses, with immense herds of cattle, landscapes, colors, that cut your breath, you can only cry with emotion and happiness.
Beautiful sensations that happen to you in life, thanks to sports and especially when running
The STAFF of Mongolia Trail Run 2020 will consist of people who love this job as well as sport. People, first and foremost, who will help you achieve your sporting challenge of being FINISHER of Mongolia Trail Run and live a great personal experience.
- RACE DIRECTOR
- Technical support
- Route Marker
- Mountain Security
- RACER ASSITANCE
- Team TV
- LOCAL STAFF
- Guides who speak in spanish and english
- Coordination support
- Security support
At the infrastructure level we have:
- Ambulance 4×4
- Luggage transfer truck
- 4×4 press vehicles
- 4×4 vehicles (1 for every 6 runners)
- Kitchen van
- Vehicles for companions
- STAFF 4×4 vehicles
- Satellite phones
- Camp-buffet tent 50 pax
- 1.500L potable drink water
- First aid kit
- Marking flags
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Abre tu mente, abre tu corazón, en pocos días comenzarás una gran AVENTURA. Vuelve a tus raíces. Comienza a disfrutar de cosas simples como el aire fresco, el sonidos de los animales, las puestas de sol, los cielos estrellados, una charla, una canción, …
Todos los que deseen serán recogidos en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Ulan Bator. Las recogidas se hacen el día 7 de agosto. Para los que lleguen en días previos deben contactar con la organización vía e-mail.
El moneda local es el tugrik. Se compone de billetes de 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 1.000, 5.000, 10.000 y 20.000 tugriks. La cara de Genghis Khan o Sukhbaatar está representada en cada billete. El tipo de cambio varía constantemente.
Excepto en Ulan Bator, no podrás usar tu tarjeta de crédito internacional ni retirar dinero. Recomendamos lleves tugriks tan pronto como te vayas lejos de la capital. La tarjeta Visa se acepta en más lugares que la Master Card. Se puede cambiar dinero en el aeropuerto o en el hotel (con comisiones). En el Mart Shopping Center se puede también cambiar dinero (las comisiones son más bajas).
En general, los mongoles prefieren USD ya que es su segunda moneda.
Premium Hotel****. Toiruu Street, Chingeltei District-5, Chingeltei, 151500 Ulán Bator, Mongolia.
6-¿Cuál es la planificación para el viernes 7 agosto 2020 después de llegar al hotel?
Premium Hotel Ulaan Baatar:
9:30 – 11:00: Verificaciones técnicas y recogida de dorsales en el último piso, sala reservada.
13:00 am a 18h.00 am: visita opcional Ulan Bator: La Plaza de Sukhbaatar, Monumento de Chinggis Khaan, Museo de Historia Nacional y La Colina de Zaisan para la vista panorámica de la ciudad. Incluye Gandan Monastery Complex.
19:00 – 20:30: presentación de la carrera y a continuación cena de bienvenida en el último piso del hotel
Puede consultar el clima a través de los siguientes sitios web.
Temperatura media durante el día: 23º / 25º.
Temperatura media durante la noche: 10º / 12º (cold).
Posibles días con lluvias pasajeras.
Sí. No es un problema para nosotros, pero tenemos que saberlo para pedir platos vegetarianos. Por favor, enviar un email lo antes posible.
No. Tanto en el hotel como en las gers (tientas mongolas) dormirás en camas con sábanas y mantas.
Las polainas para ARENA son altamente recomendables para la etapa 1, no para las otras etapas.
Sí, con agua caliente.
Algunos de los alojamientos presentan servicio de limpieza de ropa: Hotel Premium / alojamiento etapa 3 (Tsenkher). También se puede lavar tu ropa a mano.
Sí. Puedes disfrutar de las aguas termales en Tsenkher (etapa 3 / etapa 4).
Hemos encontrado papel higiénico en todos los alojamientos pero, por si acaso, es una buena idea llevar un rollo contigo;).
Sí, es posible cargar todos los dispositivos en áreas comunes. Por favor, verifique su tipo de enchufe.
El el hotel Premium en Ulan Bator no tendréis problemas. Durante los alojamientos de la carrera hay conexión telefónica pero la señal a internet no son del todo fiables. Podréis contactar con la persona de STAFF de soporte al corredor para que os ayude si hiciera falta con su dispositivo.
Sí, un poco de fruta tendréis en todas las comidas al medio día: sandía, manzanas, mandarinas.
Sí. En ella hay que llevar el material obligatorio más el agua (1L) más algo de comida energética.
19-¿Dónde y cuándo debo mostrar mi DORSAL?
Tu dorsal debe ser usado en la parte delantera y no debe estar cubierto de ninguna manera. Por favor, asegúrate que esté visible en todo momento durante la carrera. Si te facilitamos un segundo dorsal, éste se tendrá que enganchar en la mochila en la parte de atrás.
Pronto, recibirás los tracks por correo electrónico. Mientras tanto, puedes disfrutar de las rutas como si fueras un pájaro.
Sí, la inscripción incluye una bolsa de carrera de 40L con tu dorsal. Esta bolsa es la que cada día podrás dejar en la linea de salida y la encontrarás en la meta. Se recomienda dejar una muda de recambio seca, ropa de abrigo, sandalias, así como tus neceseres personales. Tus maletas de viaje no estarán en la linea de meta. Éstas viajaran cada día de alojamiento a alojamiento y te las encontrará ya en tu ger. Se recomienda que tus maletas sean de lona flexible, waterproff para facilitar su traslado.