Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg 160 (UTD160) is 160km (100 Miles) in length and starts in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho where it traverses 70km of high altitude terrain before joining into the UTD100 course at the top of Sani Pass and following the next 90km to Bushman’s Nek.
The race will start at Sani Mountain Lodge (The Highest Pub in Africa), at 12h00 on Friday 27th April, and head into Lesotho on a circuitous route that is almost entirely above 3000m (9842ft) in altitude. A number of high points will be passed with the highlight of these being Thabana Ntlenyana at 3482m (11424ft). Thabana Ntlenyana is the highest peak in Southern Africa and the highest point south of Kilimanjaro and tagging it will be a significant milestone for many of the runners. After 70km the runners will return to the Lesotho Border Post at the top of Sani Pass and, after entering South Africa, they then plunge down the Sani Pass and into the trail which traverses the Twelve Apostles for 6km before the long and fast 19km descent down the Khanti Ridge to Premier Resort Sani Pass.
From the Resort the course climbs the beautiful Gxalingenwa Gorge and skirts the front of Ndlovini before dropping down into Cobham Nature Reserve, which at 110km. From Cobham it is a 20km leg that includes the long climb up to Crane Tarn and the descent into Castleburn Farm at the 130km mark. From Castleburn the runners ascend the face of Garden Castle before topping out at Black Eagle Pass and turning toward the iconic Rhino Peak.
The final Checkpoint of UTD160 is in the shadow of Rhino Peak at Swiman Hut with 145km in the bank. From Swiman it is a 15km last effort to the finish at Bushman’s Nek Hotel which includes the final big climb from the Mzimude River to the top of Langalibalele Pass and the 5km swoop down to the Hotel.
The finer details of the Lesotho section of UTD160 are still being plotted and these will be published here once they become available. These include the total Vertical Gain for UTD160.
UTD160 runners will require passport to enter Lesotho and runners from some countries will also require a visa. This is a simple process and can be completed online at http://evisalesotho.com. Ultra-Trail® Drakensberg will supply the necessary letter of invitation where required.
The following cut-off times will be enforced on the UTD160 course.
Sani Mountain Lodge (70km) – 18 hours at 06h00 on Saturday morning.
Premier Resort Sani Pass (100km) – 25 hours at 13h00 on Saturday afternoon.
Castleburn (130km) – 32 hours at 20h00 on Saturday evening.
Finish – 40 hours at 04h00 on Sunday morning.
Entries Open @ 09h00 on 5th September 2017 and close at midnight 30th March 2018 or when the event is full whichever comes first.
The event is pre-entry only and no late entries will be allowed after 30th March 2018.
Due to the variable and potentially dangerous weather experienced in the Drakensberg the Compulsory Kit list is taken very seriously by the Organisers. Compulsory Kit will be checked and photographed at REGISTRATION (not at the race start) as well as the Finish. A missing item will result in a 30 min time penalty and more than one missing item will result in disqualification.
Entries close on 30th March 2018 and no late entries will be allowed after this date.
Runners must be 20-years or older as at 31st December 2018.
Your entry fee includes:
– Marked and prepared Mountain Trail
– Goodie Bag
– The North Face Race Garment
– Shuttle To Race Start (from Premier Resort Sani Pass to Sani Mountain Lodge)
– Sweepers and Marshalls
– 10 X Fully Stocked Water Tables
– Full Medical Support
– Support by EKZNW Rangers
– Finish Line Snack and Drink
– Finishers Medal
– Sketched Scroll of UTD160 Course
– Awards Lunch on Sunday (@ 12h00)
– R300 Donation to EKZNW
– R50 Donation to Wildlife Act
Note: No accommodation is included in the entry
Full payment is required on entry. Email confirmations will be sent on completion of the on-line entry form with details of how to make payment. Payments can only be made via EFT or bank deposit.Only once full payment is made will the entry be confirmed.
The event organisers will refund 80% of the entry fee if an entry is cancelled before 30th March 2018.
Under no circumstances may someone take part under another athlete’s name, proof of identification will be required at registration.
Runners may change event (eg. UTD160 to UTD100) at anytime before 30th March 2018 provided that the alternative event is not sold out. There will be no refund of the difference in entry fee when downgrading and the full difference in entry fee must be paid if upgrading to a longer event.