Cappadocia is a region of exceptional natural wonders, in particular characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage.
Cappadocia lies in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevsehir Province of Turkey. The relief consists of a high plateau over 1000 m in altitude that is pierced by volcanic peaks. Sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams and ignimbrite deposits that erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago underlie the Cappadocia region. The rocks of Cappadocia near Goreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and chimney-like forms.
Cappadocia was known as Hatti in the late Bronze Age, and was the homeland of the Hittite power centred at Hattusa. After the fall of the Hittite Empire, Cappadocia was ruled by a sort of feudal aristocracy, dwelling in strong castles and keeping the peasants in a servile condition. It was included in the third Persian satrapy, but continued to be governed by rulers of its own. After bringing the Persian Empire to an end, Alexander the Great tried to rule the area through one of his military commanders. Around 60 BC, Cappadocia became a Roman province.
Cappadocia contains several underground cities, largely used by early Christians as hiding places before Christianity became an accepted religion. People of the villages at the heart of the region also carved out houses, churches and monasteries from the soft rocks of volcanic deposits. The region became a monastic centre in 300–1200 AD. The Goreme Open Air Museum, which is along the path of The North Face® Cappadocia Ultra Trail, is the most visited site of the monastic communities in Cappadocia and is one of the most famous sites in central Turkey. The complex contains more than 30 carved-from-rock churches and chapels, some having superb frescoes inside, dating from the 9th century to the 11th century.
Urgup is easily accessible by domestic and international flights, by intercity buses, and by car.
You may reach Cappadocia by Nevsehir Cappadocia (NAV) and Kayseri Erkilet International (ASR) airports. Complimentery shuttle service to and from Urgup will be provided by the organization for all flights landing to the airports. Please contact us for more details.
Bus travel in Turkey is economic and comfortable. You may reach Urgup by scheduled buses which depart from all major cities of Turkey. We recommend Metro Tourism.
If you are planning to reach Urgup by car, the travel takes about 5 hours from Ankara and 11 hours from Istanbul. Majority of the routes are double highway.
For accommodation in Urgup we recommend the following hotels that offer special prices for The North Face® Cappadocia Ultra Trail participants.
Tel +90 384 3414481
Single occupancy 25 Euro, twin 35 Euro, treble 45 Euro.
An Ottoman style house, which has been built 600 years ago and hand-crafted with the natural stone of Cappadocia.
Yeni Cami Mah
Tel +90 384 3413869
Single occupancy 32 Euro, twin 42 Euro, treble 55 Euro.
Built of natural stone in 1989, the charming family-run hotel offers an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding countryside.
Urgup Evi Cave Hotel
Tel +90 384 3413173
Single occupancy 95 Euro, twin 95 Euro, treble 130 Euro.
A superbly appointed cave hotel that combines the best of a hotel and B&B.
Elkep Evi Cave Hotel
Tel +90 384 3416000
Single occupancy 65 Euro, twin 90 Euro, treble 125 Euro.
B&B cave hotel with modern facilities located ideally in the rock hill above the town of Urgup.
(Prices include Breakfast and Taxes)
Urgup has a continental climate. The weather is mild and non-humid in October making it suitable for running.
Average temperature in Urgup during October is 12°C. Maximum and minimum temperatures are 19°C and 5°C, respectively. There is no humidity and rainfall is also low with a monthly average of 28 mm.
On October 24, 2015 sunrise will be at 07:00 and sunset will be at about 18:00.
There will be 11 hours of daylight during the run.