Head to Asia for Endless Trails Autumn

Aug 12, 2017 at 10:06
by Sunil Sharma  
rocky descends down Gangapurna Lake Ridge

Of all the mountain biking destinations in the world, Nepal, and to a wider extent, Asia, is often one the least understood by mountain bikers and in particular consumers of Western-centric MTB media. Yet, here in Nepal, and in particular the Manang region of the Annapurna Ranges, lie endless trails and beautiful landscapes that have long been overlooked, passed over by more high-profile riding destinations, or merely garnered flitting interest.

Descent from 4300 meters down to Khangsar Manang

Here, the Yak Ru Enduro sets the stage for riders to rediscover the wonders of the Himalayas on two wheels, challenging their riding skills and fitness in the process. Running from 7–17 October 2017, this three-day, multi-stage 'blind' enduro is a true 'back to the roots' MTB event, featuring world-class riding on 'the roof of the world'.

First day first descend. Manang Nepal

Shred amazing alpine singletrack and ancient trails amidst a backdrop of glaciers, pine forests, snow-shrouded peaks, and generations-old villages and monuments. Make friends with locals and international adventure seekers alike. Experience the lifestyle and culture of the warm and extremely hospitable Manangi people. The Yak Ru is a journey of authentic discovery on a trip that is as much a race as it is an adventure, and re-ignites the Manang region as the prime destination for big mountain riding in Asia.

Above Gangapurna lake

Every aspect of the Yak Ru, from the pre-race acclimatization and post-race celebration rides; to the shuttles, transfers, and portering; to the daily meals and accommodations; to the safety and high-altitude oriented medical coverage; to the conduct and timing of the race stages—aims to give riders the best possible experience in an otherwise remote and rugged landscape. All of this is impeccably-planned and professionally-executed by a team of event crew and volunteers.

Hike up Gangapurna Lake

This isn't your typical backcountry enduro. Welcome to the high country—welcome to the Yak Ru Enduro.

An Ancient village in Braka Manang Nepal


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