The 550Km Warrior Nomad Trail, traverses Uganda’s Karamoja and Kenya’s West-Pokot and Turkana in 7 unique stages. It takes you from the southern grasslands, along the East African Rift, into the award-winning Kidepo Valley National Park.
Stage 1 – Sat, 22 Oct
Route: Pian Upe WR – Kosike
The first stage starts in between two mountain masses Kadam and Elgon in the most southern point of Karamoja. The morning is characterised by an easy start and a tough climbing challenge before clocking noon.
Distance: 85Km / Elevation: 705m / Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Stage 2 – Sun, 23 Oct
Route: Kosike – Lake Turkwel
During the second stage we cross the border into Kenya through the semi-arid woodlands inhabited by the Pokot tribe. The route follows a mix of less traveled hilly murram roads and curly community routes bypassing herders with their tall standing dromedaries. The grand finale of the day is sloping into the lake for a sundowner and fresh fish.
Distance: 63Km / Elevation: 530m / Difficulty: Medium
Stage 3 – Mon, 24 Oct
Route: Lake Turkwel – Namakuriat
The day starts with a graduate climb out of the Lake Turkwel basin and continues along the scenic East African Rift. The difficulty of day is caused by a mix of numerous climbs, burning heat, rocky terrain and bumpy roads.
Distance: 80Km / Elevation: 1400m / Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Stage 4 – Tue, 25 Oct
Route: Namakuriat – Lokriama
Today, the riders will experience the greatest change in landscape, people, temperature and roads. The brand new stage descends into the arid lands of the Turkana people, a resilient folk of nomadic cattle keepers. The night is spent nearby the regionally significant Lokiriama Peace Accord monument.
Distance: 80Km / Elevation: 360m / Difficulty: Medium
Stage 5 – Wed, 26 Oct
Route: Lokriama – Moroto
The peloton will drive back to Uganda by climbing the escarpment surrounding ancient volcanic Mount Moroto. The short route curls around the mountain over a mixed terrain towards Moroto town. After lunch, the riders will be transported by vehicle to Kotido (155Km) for the night.
Distance: 44Km / Elevation: 700m / Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Stage 6 – Thurs, Sun 27 Oct
Route: Kotido – Timu
After a yesterday’s short ride, the team will be ready for the final two days of 100+ Km distances. Today’s stage has the most elevation of the event and an exciting variety of terrain and landscapes. The day starts from the flat plains and ends on top of the escarpment with a majestic view of Turkanaland.
Distance: 103Km / Elevation: 1,228m / Difficulty: Hard
Stage 7 – Fri, 28 Oct
Route: Timu – Kidepo Valley NP
The route of today descends almost 1,000m from on top of the East African Rift escarpment to the scenic grasslands of Kidepo Valley NP. The scenic route curls, climbs and cuts through the mountainous lands of the Ik and Dodoth people. A truly rewarding final stage.