The Jungle Ultra
Manu National Park, Peru
About this event
This is the Manu National Park, deep in the Amazon Rainforest, an unspoilt expanse of boiling jungle and breath-taking cloud forest running from the Andes mountains to the Madre de Dios River. It’s lowlands are only accessible by boat and it’s impenetrable nature has been both the reason so many are attracted to it’s dark undergrowth and the reason it has remained so well preserved.
You’re standing above the clouds looking down a massive valley along which a single track road winds through a sea of green. The clouds boil and roll across the canopy below and the air around you is thin enough to double the effort required to move. Soon you will descend down into the UNESCO world heritage site below and make your way through 230km of sweltering jungle, choked with mud and humidity, broken by river crossing after crossing.
This is the Jungle Ultra.
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- Location: Manu National Park, Peru
- Terrain: Jungle, Rain Forest and Cloud Forest
- Cost: £2750
- Payments: In full or monthly instalments.
- Distance: 230kms
- Stages: 5
- Red Jersey Stage: King/Queen of the Hill, Stage 4
- Base Camp: Cloud Forest
- Finish: Pilcopata
- Daytime Temperature: 20°C - 30°C
- Evening Temperature: 10°C - 20°C
A 230km race split into 5 stages of suffocating jungle undergrowth, river crossings and cloud shrouded mountain valleys.
Runners should expect choking humidity; the body pouring sweat in an effort to stay cool. There will be deep mud and heavy rain. There may also be periods spent running in darkness, following the marked route by head torch.
As a self-sufficient race, you are responsible for carrying your entire kit, including food, safety equipment and a minimum of 2.5 litres of water which can be refilled at checkpoints along the stages. You’ll need some specialist gear to take on the hostile rain forest.
Accommodation each night is provided by way of research stations and lodges dotted through this region of unrivalled scientific interest.
First and foremost, the chance to race through a remote, beautiful and challenging area where few tourists ever get the opportunity to go, under the watchful eye of a highly qualified team of medics and guides. You’ll also get your race t-shirt, finishers medal, digital copies of photos taken by our intrepid race photographers, transport and storage of your luggage, an organised transfer to and from the race, and a celebratory meal and drinks after the race with a hotel stay. Please note flights to the race are not included.
Each runner is responsible for carrying all items listed on the mandatory kit list (which can be found in the Race Pack) throughout the event. That means all your clothes, medical supplies, food and sleeping kit will be on your back (N.B. in the Ice Ultra, your sleeping bag is carried by the race team). This doesn’t mean you’re on your own, though. There’ll be a constant supply of clean drinking water, and boiling water for the preparation of freeze-dried meals, at every camp, as well as drinking water at each checkpoint. Checkpoints are placed approximately every 10km, and there you will find a small shelter, a qualified medic and another supply of clean drinking water.
At BTU, we’re determined to be as open as possible in our entrance criteria. We believe everyone should have a chance to take on one of these life-changing challenges. That said, a significant level of physical fitness is needed to take on races like ours in relative safety. Therefore, we ask that anyone entering one of our races has, at least, finished a marathon-length event with 12 months of their chosen race.
Once you’ve clicked ‘Enter…’ above, and filled in the short registration form, you’ll be contacted by one of our team. You can pay via PayPal or BACS transfer. You can pay in full or make stage payments. To read our full terms and conditions of entry, please click here. To learn more about what your deposit payment is for, click here.
Beyond the Ultimate has a decade of experience in organising multi-stage ultramarathons in remote locations. Our expertise spans health and safety in extreme sports, T.V. stunt work, mass participation events and more. Our team includes the full roster of ultra-runners from elite podium winners through the mid to the back of the pack. We consider the race experiences and safety from all participants’ perspectives. We recruit and develop teams local to each race to help manage our events, utilising their priceless local knowledge and logistical know-how. You’ll find a team of qualified medics at all our events, all recruited from within the British NHS. They watch over all our competitors and race team members throughout. All runners also wear a GPS tracking device monitored throughout the race and allows 2-way conversation between the runner and our team wherever they need it.