LOCATION & ROUTE:
Annapurna Conservation Area, Manang District, Nepal. The spectacular journey will start with a vehicular transfer from Kathmandu and trace the Marsyangi River course up to Taal (1 night’s stay), then onwards to Pisang (where bikes are assembled for the start of the pre-race acclimatization ride). The hub of the event will be in Manang (2 night’s stay in Manang, 1 night’s stay in Khangsar), before heading back down to Pisang (1 night’s stay). Thereafter the post-race celebration ride heads back to Tal (1 night’s stay) before transitioning to a vehicular transfer for the journey back to Kathmandu.
SKILL LEVEL / EXPERIENCE:
Riders should come prepared with sufficient physical conditioning & fitness for 5 consecutive days of between 2-6hrs of riding, hiking, & bike carrying each day. Riders must possess solid technical & singletrack riding skills. All parts of the route whether non-competitive or timed – will vary greatly during the 5 days, and will include fast, flowy sections as well as rocky, muddy, or rooty sections with varying amounts of steepness and exposure. Riders are advised to be prepared for alpine conditions with the possibility of strong sunlight, rain, snow, strong winds, and with sudden changes in temperature & weather – and should equip themselves accordingly. Riders should be aware of the effects of high altitude on their health and fitness, and train themselves accordingly – all race stages take place above 3200m elevation.
Riders will be accommodated in standard twin-share city hotels/guesthouses during their stay in Kathmandu; and will be put up in basic, comfortable twin-share/bunk-style rooms at alpine lodgings/teahouses in the mountains. While bedding and blankets are provided, riders are advised to bring a good-quality insulated sleeping bag of their own.
FOOD & HYDRATION (IN KATHMANDU VS. OUT OF KATHMANDU):
Cooked breakfasts and full dinners comprising of mountain region Nepali cuisine (with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options) will be provided everyday*; lunches (with vegetarian and non-vegetarian options) comprising of mountain region Nepali cuisine on out of Kathmandu days will be provided during vehicular transfers and at accommodations. Bottled water will be distributed regularly at the start of each day and during mealtimes on out of Kathmandu days.
*In Kathmandu, 1x dinner and 2x lunches are not provided see full itinerary for details and clarification
On the race route, 1-2 aid stations per day will provide on-course nutrition (bottled water, hot tea/water/juice, bars, biscuits, assorted snacks).
Additional food and beverages off the race course and apart from mealtimes (snacks, alcohol) are at own expense.
Pick-up can be arranged from Kathmandu Airport. All successful entrants will be updated via email of the details regarding their pre-event and post-event transport options. View the full itinerary here.
We will be using the highly dependable and accurate Sportident timing system (the same one used for Trans NZ, Trans Provence, Trans Savoie, Andes Pacifico, BC Enduro Series, and Enduro World Series events).