Program Summary

Yak RU - Annapurna Challenge 2017
Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
Besi Sahar, Lamjung District LAT: 28°13'52.16 / LONG: 84°22'39.09
Finish point
Kagbeni, Mustang LAT: 28°50'6.45 / LONG: 83°47'5.32
Apr 1st 2017 – Apr 14th 2017
US$ 2200/-
6 - Stage Race
Overall, Men & Women

Yak Ru ® is among few of the toughest staged races in the world. It covers a distance of 240 Kilometers and reaches an altitude of 5416 meters in just 6 cycling days. There will be 6 stages of the race and one rest day in between at a high altitude location to allow better acclimatization before ascending to the 5416 meters Thorong-Las pass. Participants will enjoy two more days of group ride after the competition ends at an altitude of 3700 meters. The group ride along the spectacular semi-desert like terrain of the legendary Mustang valley gives the participants a bonus tour opportunity after taking part in the world’s toughest mountain biking race. A dip at the hot spring of Tatopani towards the end of the competition will probably be the highlight for many who may earn the tag of 'DNF' despite their best efforts.

If your idea of participating in The Yak Ru ® is going on an adventurous holiday, then you had better chosen an assisted Mount Everest climbing expedition. Yak Ru ® is an extreme mountain biking race that requires you to be prepared physically and mentally. You will encounter all nasty things Mother Nature could throw at you such as extreme cold weather, rain, snow blizzards, heat and dust.  The Annapurna terrain will test your wits to the max as you negotiate the slippery icy tracks while carrying your bike in the darkness during the wee hours of the morning to cross the high pass.

This is Yak Ru’s fourth year and it has attracted almost all the top National riders to the race. This will make next year’s race tougher than last year as more versatile riders have joined the race. Yak Ru ® has also already started getting signups for its 2017 race one year in advance. This shows the race’s popularity around the world among the endurance mountain biker communities.


TITLE:                                      Yak Ru ® - Annapurna Challenge '16 (Nepal’s Premier Mountain Biking Race)

ORGANIZERS:                        Dawn Till Dusk and NepalSutra TM

VENUE:                                    Annapurna Circuit, Nepal

START POINT:                         Besi Sahar, Lamjung Dictrict

                                                LAT:   28°13'52.16"N / LONG:  84°22'39.09"E

FINISH POINT:                        Kagbeni, Mustang

                                                LAT:  28°50'6.45"N / LONG:  83°47'5.32"E

DATE:                                      April 01st – April 14th 2017

ENTRY FEE:                            US$ 2200/-

EVENTS:                                 6 - Stage Race

CATEGORIES:                        Overall Men and Women

SUPPORTED BY:                    Nepal Cycling Association (NCA)

          Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) 

          Nepal Army (NA)


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To renew interests among trekking comminuty to use the old walking routes for trekking in around Round Annapurna region. Tourism activity along the old walking routes will provide income to the inhibitants and help sustain their lives better.

To create for a platform for Nepali atheletes to be able to compete with international riders and vice-versa. Nepalese mountain bikers are among the best when it comes to biking the altitude and harsh terrain. It will be an unique opportunity for an inter

Yak Ru will also run medial camps along the race routes. Many villagers lack basic medical facilities and suffer from various illness which could have been treated with very little medicine or medical attention.

Dawn Till Dusk envisages setting up a mountain biking academy in Nepal to help raise the profile of Nepalese atheletes. This will be a private initiative of Dawn Till Dusk. Certain percentage of the surplus profits will go towards the funds for establishi

Brief Itinerary

April 01 - April 14, 2017

This is a two week long Extreme Mountain biking race itinerary.

Pre-Race Program

01 April - Arrival in Kathmandu. Contact Yak Ru contact office 

02 April - Day warm Up ride  followed by the Race Briefing in the evening.


Official Race Program

03 April - Kathmandu- Chhiti- Bus Ride to Chhiti village. Sort out gear.

04 April - Chhiti- Bahundara (Riding Day 1- Stage 1)

05 April - Bahun Dara - Tal (Riding Day 2 - Stage 2)

06 April - Tal - Chame (Riding day 3 - Stage 3)

07 April - Chame - Ngawal Via Dhukkur Pokhari-Upper Pisang and Ghyaru  (Riding Day 4 - Stage 4)

08 April - Ngawal - Manang Via Zulu, Tenkey, Braka ( Riding day 5 - Stage 5)

09 April - Manang (rest Day)

10 April - Mananag - Phedi (Riding Day 6 - Stage 6)

11 April - Phedi - Thorong Pass - Kagbeni  (Riding Day 7 - Stage 7) - Competition Ends

12 April - Kagbeni - Tatopani (Group Ride 1 )

13 April - Tatopani - Kaniyaghat (Group ride 2) - Transfer by Bus to Pokhara.  Race conclusion ceremony and Farewell dinner.

14 April - Bus back to Kathmandu. Program Ends.

Race Director

Mr. Chhimi Urkyen Gurung
Dawn Till Dusk Pvt. Ltd.
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 1 4700286 / +977 9851030033

Marketing Director

Mr. Sunil C. Sharma
Dawn Till Dusk Pvt. Ltd.
Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 9801011287