Yak Ru – Annapurna Challenge MTB Stage Race
World’s Toughest Mountain Biking Race
Yak Ru is among the toughest staged races in the world. The five-stage race covers 240 Kilometers and ascends to an altitude of 5416 meters in just 5 cycling days. One rest day is scheduled at a high altitude location to acclimatize before crossing the Thorong-La Pass.
After the competition ends at an altitude of 3700 meters, participants will enjoy a two-day group ride along the semi-desert like terrain of the legendary Mustang valley. This unique, world class touring opportunity is a bonus for the participants in the Yak Ru. A dip in the hot spring after the competition may still be the highlight for those, who despite their best efforts, earn the tag of ‘DNF’.
Yak Ru is an extreme mountain biking race that requires you to be prepared physically and mentally. You will be thrashed by the extreme weather elements such as cold, rain, snow blizzards, heat, dust and all that this unforgiving environment can throw at you. The altitude and terrain will test your wits to the max as you negotiate the slippery icy tracks while carrying your bike in the darkness of the wee hours of the morning to cross the formidable Thorong-La-Pass at 5416 meters above sea level. But it is not just downhill after that – your competition is as fierce as the climate and you will face off against an elite group of riders.