Half Marathon Des Sables Turkey


May 2024

The concept

The concept

Due to the current situation that Turkey is going through following the earthquakes that took place in February 2023, the HMDS Cappadocia, initially scheduled from May 21 to 27, 2023 is postponed to June 2024.

Get ready to live a magical parenthesis!

On the program of this new HMDS: a week of adventure in Cappadocia with 3 stages, to be covered at your own pace.

You will sleep 3 nights on the HMDS bivouac, in the middle of beautiful and unusual rock formations and 3 nights in a hotel (1 night before, 2 nights after).

Les formats

Les formats

You will have the possibility to choose between 3 different distances: 70, 100 or 120km, divided into 3 stages.

Here is the breakdown:

  • Stage 1: around 25 to 30km
  • Stage 2: around 20, 40 or 60km
  • Stage 3: around 25 to 30km

The stages of the HMDS can be completed at your own pace: walking or running.

More info on the distances and format here

The program of the adventure

HMDS Turkey 2023 program


What is included in the offer:

  • Transfers between the airport, the hotel and the desert
  • 3 nights hotel accommodation in double room (1 before the race, 2 after)
  • Bib for the adventure
  • 3 nights on the HMDS bivouac, in individual tent
  • Medal and finisher t-shirt
  • Dinner and Gala evening

It will be possible to book extra nights to arrive a day earlier, or stay 2 days longer.

When registering, you will be able to inform the name of the people with whom you would like to share your accommodation. If you don’t provide any information, you will be assigned with other participants who speak the same language as you.

HMDS Cappadocia - Turkey offer

Offer includes the bib for the HMDS adventure and 3 nights in a double room.

Limited for the first 100 to register

2 150€/person

2 050€

Companion offer

Offer including 6 nights hotel accommodation in double room and the discovery of Capadocia.

1 250€/person

The companion offer

The companion offer

The companion offer allows you to live the HMDS Cappadocia - Turkey adventure with friends and family who are not racing.

The companion persons will be with you the night before the start of the HMDS. They will be able to attend the start of the first stage, support you every day at different points along the route, and attend the finish of the last stage.

More information about the accompanying persons program to come.


Join the adventure serenely

We have set up ultra-flexible registration, cancellation and postponement conditions, so that you can book with complete peace of mind.

Free postponement

If you have any doubts about the adventure, you can postpone your participation free of charge until 60 days before departure.

Cancellation conditions

Our conditions allow you to cancel without charge until February 20, 2023.

Refund in case of cancellation

In case of cancellation of the event by the organization, you will be refunded 100% of the amount you paid within 60 days.

Details of cancellation and postponement conditions are available in the HMDS Cappadocia - Turkey 2023 Rules and Conditions of Sale.



You need to book your flight tickets to arrive at Kayseri Airport (ASR), Turkey.

Transfers between the airport and the hotel will be organized on Sunday May 21 and Saturday May 27. The journey takes about 1 hour. We advise you to arrive early enough on Sunday, May 21 to enjoy your first day on site and to do the technical controls serenely.

When registering, you will have the possibility to add a night on Saturday May 20 to arrive one day earlier. In this case, you will have to go to the hotel by your own means.


Sunday: arrival at the hotel, material/medical controls.

Monday: transfer by bus, first stage, night at the bivouac.

Tuesday: second stage, night at the bivouac.

Wednesday: rest day, night at the bivouac.

Thursday: third stage, night at the hotel.

Friday: free day, Gala evening.

Saturday: transfer to the airport, end of the HMDS adventure.


Depending on your desires, you can extend your stay if you wish to continue discovering Turkey.


You can choose between 3 distance formats: 70, 100 or 120 km, spread over 3 stages.

These distances are given as an indication and are likely to be revised downwards according to the type of terrain and the difference in altitude of the routes.


If it’s your first HMDS, you probably have a lot of questions. Once you register, we'll send you a full checklist of the material, but here is the principal to have per person:

  • Backpack plus 2 water bottles (type Ultrabag 20L)
  • T-shirt + running shorts
  • Trail shoes + anti-sand gaiters
  • Cap and sunglasses
  • Change: T-shirt + light shorts / leggings
  • Windbreaker jacket for the evening and morning
  • Sleeping bag + mattress for the night
  • Hygiene products (sun cream, soap, antiseptic...)
  • Toilet paper
  • Food and kitchen utensils (cooking utensils, lighter, fire pellets...)


You can bring a large suitcase with more clothes, which you will leave at the hotel and find after the HMDS adventure.

Find more details by clicking here.


The HALF MARATHON DES SABLES is an event that was first held in 2017 in Fuerteventura, and in 2018 in Peru. In 2022, two destinations were added: Morocco and Jordan. In 2023, we continue our discovery of the world's most beautiful deserts with Egypt and Turkey joining the other four existing HMDS destinations.

The event is organized by WAA.


The prices for the HMDS Cappadocia - Turkey 2023 are as follows:

  • Offer HMDS Capadocia - Turkey: 2 150€/person
  • Companion offer: 1 250€/person

Additional nights: 60€ per night.

The prices are individual.


  • Transfers between the airport, the hotel and the desert
  • 3 nights in a hotel, double room (1 before the race, 2 after)
  • Bib for the adventure
  • 3 nights in bivouac, in individual tent
  • Medal and finisher t-shirt
  • Dinner and Gala evening


Cancellation conditions:

  • Cancellations are possible without charge until February 20, 2023

  • From February 21, 2023 to March 15, 2023 included, 25% of the total amount of the registration will be kept by the organization in case of cancellation.

  • From March 16 to April 15, 2023 included, 50% of the total amount of the registration will be kept by the organization in case of cancellation.

  • From April 16, 2023, no refund is possible, however it will still be possible to postpone your registration according to the conditions of the event.


Here are the conditions of postponement:

  • Up to and including April 15, 2023, postponement to the next edition is possible for free.
  • From April 16, 2023 to May 1, 2023 included: 250€ fee for a postponement.
  • From May 2, 2023: no postponement possible.


During the race, you will be surrounded by the medical and organization teams from the beginning to the end of the stages.

The courses are marked with stakes every 50/100m, so it is almost impossible to get lost.

You will all be equipped with a GPS beacon with an alarm button, allowing the organization to locate you at any time.

A medical tent is present at the bivouac where you can go at any time.


You can pay by:

  • Credit card
    • 1, 3 or 5 instalments
  • SEPA Credit Transfer in Europe
    • 1 instalment

The number of instalments may vary depending on the date of registration. The registration will be 100% validated once the total amount of the registration is paid.

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