2014 SPRING EDITION: 27.02 IN TUNIS TO 05 MARCH
27.10.2013. Meeting at the Tunis international airport. Transfer to Gafsa with the vehicles of the Organization. Timetable from Tunisi: depending from the flight(s) arrival time. Dinner and overnight stay at the 3*** Hotel.
28.10: ± 60,5 km (± @ 38thkm: refreshment). Breakfast at the Hotel. At 8 a.m. starting of the first lap from the Hotel. Running thru the suburbs of this little city, soon you get to the desert environment. Going south, the streets become unpaved, the houses become less and less, and soon you are alone in the desert. You will run among Mdilla mountain, Shib Mountain (558m) and Al’Atra Mountain (454m). Then you get to the Askar Moutain, a chain with east-west direction, that you can cross only in one point. Once you get to the valley (south), you are to the end of the first lap! NORDIC WALKING LAP STARTS AS THE REFRESHMENT POINT
29.10: ± 46,4 km (± @21,5th km: refreshment). Brekafast at the camp. H. 07.30 departure of the second lap. Today you will go east, in one corridor that on your left (north) has the mountains and on your right (south) the banks of the big salt lake named Chott el Fejij. In the afternoon, after having passed some hills, before entering the (dry) lake, there is the camp.
NORDIC WALKING LAP STARTS AS THE REFRESHMENT POINT
30.10: ± 61,5 km (± at 34th km: refreshment). Breakfast. H. 07.30 departure of the second lap.The lap starts with the spectacular crossing of the salt lake Chott el Fejij, that on its south banks has the wonderful big white sand dunes, and the strange hard-sand sculptures, modeled by the wind in hundreds years. Once crossed the salt lake, You will come up against an asphalt road (east-west), but will continue heading south to the hard Jebel Tebaga.
NORDIC WALKING LAP STARTS AS THE REFRESHMENT POINT
Once you crossed the Jebel (not so easy but with wonderful panorama to the desert) you have to reach bir Agareb (the scorpions’ well) where is the camp for the overnight stay.
31.10: ± 42,5 km (± @ 19th km: refreshment). Breakfast. H. 07.30 departure of the second lap. The last lap of the 202km will bring you to the sand dunes of the Grand Erg of Tunisia. The lap is run without a track to be followed, so will be pure orienteering, running along the ideal straight line that joins the two wells, bir Agared and bir Mabrouka. Before Bir Mabrouka, following the gps track, the runner reach “the door of the Desert” and enter the small town of Douz, finish of the run. Dinner and overnight stay at the 4**** Hotel. NORDIC WALKING LAP STARTS AS THE REFRESHMENT POINT
01.11 Breakfast. Transfer to Monastir/Sousse. Dinner and overnight stay in 3*** Hotel with swimming pool.
02.11 Breakfast. Transfer to Tunis international airport.
a) The 202km is a not-competitive, without balises, orienteering (gsp) run, open to all athletes over 18 years old. The run is composed by 4 laps of, more or less, 50 km each, in a desertic or pre-desertic environment. FOR THE NORDIC WALKERS, THE LAPS ARE 50% (25 km each lap).
b) Every athlete runs under his own responsibility about his own health and capability to make this trai, about orienteering, about reaching the refreshment point and the camp at the end of the lap.
c) At the end of every lap there is a “camp” (tents) and a simple but good catering service, one tent to change cloche, personal tents to rest and sleep (1 every 2 persons), chairs, tables, water and food.
d) The athletes brings his own sleeping bag and pillow, and the personal stuff (clothes, special foods or beverages and so on). All the other equipments (tent, food, water and logistic/s) are provided
e) The run is made in semi-independence. In every lap (more or less at the 25th km) there is refreshment point where the athlete can find food and water.
f) The runners must follow the Gps tracks.
g) Every runner must provide for his own safety kit.
h) The Organization will provide 0,5 l of water, sealed, for emergency use. Every runner must keep this bottle with him during every lap. It is forbidden to open/empty the bottle to unburden the weight that the runner have to keep with himself. In case the bottle is opened, the runner will be disqualified.
i) There is not a doctor or paramedic within the Staff. In case of medical problems, we must count on Tunisian Health System (public or private) and on the private insurances that the runners may subscribe in their homeland.
l) The Organization is NOT responsible for any athlete NOT arriving to the end of the lap, so any expense related to his research is up to him.
m) How to behave in case of emergency (illness/accident) or GPS breakdown:
1) EMERGENCY IN A ZONE WITH GSM COVERAGE
Call and send sms to the Staff, sending GPS coordinates, the problem you have and your number/surname. Then DO NOT MOVE from your position!
IF THE EMERGENCY CONSISTS IN THE GPS BREAKDOWN: wait for other runners and run with them. If you are the last one, phone the Staff. They will come back to search for you. DO NOT GO ON WITHOUT A GPS: IF YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE GPS TRACK, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO FIND YOU!
2) EMERGENCY IN A ZONE WITHOUT GSM COVERAGE
Wait for another runner, and give him your Gps position. One he reaches one covered zone, he will contact the Staff. DO NOT MOVE from your position!
IT THE EMERGENCY CONSISTS IN THE GPS BREAKDOWN: wait for other runners and run with them. If you are the last one, wait. The Staff will come back to search for you. DO NOT GO ON WITHOUT A GPS: IF YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE GPS TRACK, IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO FIND YOU!
- GPS (Garmin or compatible) with batteries fully charged
- IT IS POSSIBLE TO RET THE GARMIN GPS (50,00 €, 50,00 deposit)
- 0,5 liter of emergency water.
- Emergency whistle, compass
- First aid kit (like for mountain use) + aluminum thermal cover
- GSM phone (you will get a tunisian SIM) BUT THERE IS NOT COVERAGE EVERYWHERE
- "Camel bag" with at least 2,0 liters of water (COMPULSORY refill 100% at refreshment point)
- Head lamp
Price: € 1450,00 € / person (taxes 25% included)
Deposit to: Erste & Steiermärkishe d.d. Rijeka; Jadranski Trg 3A, 5100 Rijeka Croatia
IBAN: HR5724020061100575261, SWIFT ESBCHR22, Camelus d.o.o.
Pre-subscribe 60 days before departure, deposit 30%
Subscribe 30 days before departure, deposit 70%
- logistics/transfer on the 4x4 or minibus of the organization in Tunisia
- half-board deal during the run, water for the camel-bags
- overnight staying in tent or Hotel, as in program
- Queucha 3" tents (one every 2 athletes)
Does not include:
- flight or ferryboat to/from Tunis
- sleeping mattress and sleeping bag, special foods/ beverages
Dr. Francesco Meriani Merlo, Head of Camelus tour operator
Web: tunisialternativa.it, Phone: +385 98 9976290