Race Details

October 7 to October 17, 2017.


3-day enduro race: mainly flat and climbing sections are untimed and mainly descending sections are timed.  3 to 6 hours of riding per day, with 2-5 timed sections throughout each day. Times will be added together over the span of the 3 days to get your overall result at the end of the event.

Non-competitive riding before and after the 3 race days

A short, non-competitive acclimatization ride precedes the first day of racing; and a longer, non-competitive celebration ride follows after the last day racing  to give a total of 5 days of riding. This event is structured as such with the health and well-being of all participants and staff in mind: to allow riders ample time to get accustomed to the high altitude via the acclimatization ride; as well as ensuring safety (and plenty of great photo-taking opportunities!) during the scenic and very rugged/exposed descending route during the return journey.


Riding vs. Walking with Bike

Each race day, riders can expect a starting transfer stage of around 2-2.5 hours of uphill riding as well as walking with their bikes (hike-a-bike) to reach the first timed stage. Depending on the fitness level and technical ability of riders, this opening transfer stage will be between 40-60% rideable.

Uplifts by Vehicles

4-wheel drive trucks will provide limited vehicular uplifts will be used to get riders through other sections of the race, and will be provided as such:
-Before the start of racing on 2nd Day: 40-minute early-morning uplift between Manang town to Khangsar town


Overall, the timed stages comprise of over 90% downhill/descending features, and less than 10% flat and climbing/uphill features. Some stages will feature more descending and brake control on high speed or technical sections, while others will require riders to do more pedaling to remain competitive.

Features on timed stages include (but are not limited to):

–       Narrow singletrack with exposure on ridgelines, traverses, and corners

–       Flowy, high-speed singletrack and doubletrack

–       Alpine forest soil and vegetation (loam, roots, pine cones, fallen leaves)

–       Loose rocks, pebbles, and scree

–       Steep, tight, descending switchbacks

–       Rock gardens, including steps (natural or man-made), rock slabs, and rollable drops

–       Occasional wet stream/creek crossings and bridges (rock, wood)

–       Mud, snow, ice (if wet/cold weather is encountered)

Due to the remote nature of this event, all timed stages will be contested without prior practice, or blind. Each race stage is officiated over by a start official and a finish official (at the start and finish line respectively); are marked with course tape & arrows; and are manned at critical junctions and safety points by route marshals and medical staff.

Regular pre-stage inspections will take place throughout the event to ensure that riders possess and wear proper protective equipment, that their bikes are in good working order, and that they comply with the regulations and the spirit of the event.


The night before each day of riding, a riders briefing wil be held to give important details on what to expect and the latest updates on trail conditions. Stage and cumulative times will also be posted daily during the riders briefings.

2017 Yak Ru Enduro Race Breakdown (all times/measurements are estimates only)

Race Day & Location # of Timed Stages for the day Total Distance for the day Total Distance of Timed Stages Opening Transfer Stage Rideability & Duration to complete Remaining Transfer Stages Combined Rideability Vehicular Uplift to get to Start or during Transfer Stage? Estimated Time to complete whole route
1st Day (Gangapurna Lake) 2 8km 1.8km 40%, 2hrs 90% No 2.5 – 3hrs
2nd Day (Khangsar / Shiree Kharka) 2 14km 4.9km 50%, 2 – 2.5hrs 100% Yes (to the start of 2nd Day) – 40mins 4 – 4.5hrs
3rd Day (Miilerepa / Ghyaru) 3 25km* 4.6km 60%, 2 – 2.5hrs 90% No 4.5 – 5.5hrs

*includes 7.5km vehicular uplift between Stage 2 & 3 of Day 3

2017 Yak Ru Enduro Race Elevation Breakdown (all measurements are estimates only)

Race Day & Location # of Timed Stages for the day Total Distance for the day Total Elevation Gain (Climbing) Total Elevation Loss (Descending) Vehicular Uplift Elevation Gain Vehicular Uplift Elevation Loss
1st Day (Gangapurna Lake) 2 6km 500m -500m
2nd Day (Khangsar / Shiree Kharka) 2 14km 530m -910m 330m -120m
3rd Day (Miilerepa / Ghyaru) 3 25km* 1000m* -1510m*

*includes 7.5km vehicular uplift between Stage 2 & 3 of Day 3

2017   Yak Ru Enduro Non-Competitive Rides Breakdown (all measurements are estimates only)

Ride Day & Start/Finish Points When Total Distance Total Elevation Gain (Climbing) Total Elevation Loss (Descending) Rideability Estimated Time to Complete
Acclimatization Ride (Pisang to Manang) Afternoon before 1st Race Day 15km 360m -120m 100% 1 – 1.5hrs
Gangapurna Chorten Morning of 1stRace Day 1.2km 3m -123m 100% Warm up descent
Celebration Ride (Pisang to Tal) Morning after 3rdRace Day 42km 470m -2000m 100%

4 – 4.5hrs