YADING SKYRUN

1st-2nd May 2017

We’re very pleased to announce the second Yading Skyrun and the first event of the Skyrunner World Series of 2017. In addition to the original Skyrun (29km route), two new distances have been introduced, bringing new challenges venturing to unprecedented altitude. The Yading Skyrunning Festival 2017 kickstarts the Skyrunning World Series with the Yading Skyrun. The second edition of this event, brings with it two new events: Yading VK – the world’s highest; and Yading Kora Ultra – a 46km trail race that travels between the park’s numinous 6,000m peaks. The weekend event will encapsulate running, serious challenge, reward, culture, atmosphere, great food and drink, and awesome festivities. Event details and schedule

This area of Yading is blessed with immense natural beauty, including the three sacred peaks (Mount Chenrezig, Jampayang, and Chenadorje) which loom over the National Park at an altitude of over 6,000m. From the 5th Dalai Lama through Joseph Rock this area has been a source of spiritual inspiration. With over 2,300m of elevation gain over the length of the course, and the finish line sitting at just over 4,000m, the race challenges beginners and elites alike.

YADING VK

Date: 1st of May 2017

Start time: 12:00PM (Noon)

Distance: 7km

Cut-off time: 3 hours

Elevation gain: 1,072m

Minimum altitude: 3,992m

Maximum altitude: 5,000m

Description: The Vertical Kilometre will pit the toughest athletes against its 1072 metres of a climb from Chonggu Temple (3992m), past alpine forest, prayer flags, and a glacier lake, all the way to a High Pass at 5000 metres, delivering an absolutely breathtaking climb.

YADING SKYRUN 29km

Date: 2nd of May 2017

Start time: 7:00AM

Distance: 29km

Cut-off time: 11 hours

Elevation gain: 2,345m

Elevation loss: 1,250

Minimum altitude: 2,860m

Maximum altitude: 4,666m

Description: The Yading Skyrun® begins in the centre of the Yading’s Shangri-La. After 3.5km of gradual downhill on dirt track the race hits in low point of 2860m before the real fun begins. Passing by a small charming village, runners hit single track which hugs the glacier-fed river through alpine forests and rugged vegetation. The race continues uphill the whole time while crisscrossing the river four times over rugged wooden bridges to top out at a col strewn with mulit-coloured Buddhist prayer flags. Here runners will have hit an altitude of 4700m. Now all that’s left is the much anticipated and incredibly fun descent back to the Chonggu Temple where finish line glory awaits!

YADING KORA ULTRA 46KM

Date: 2nd of May 2017

Start time: 7:00AM

Distance: 46km

Cut-off time: 14 hours

Elevation gain: 2,955m

Elevation loss: 2,081m

Minimum altitude: 2,860m

Maximum altitude: 4,690m

Description: 46km category will take runners from the town of Shangri-la (2900m), climbing next to a glacier-fed river flowing out of Yading, to then follow a traditional Kora (pilgrimage) route around the sacred Mt. Chenresig, climbing two mountain passes (nearly 4700m each) before finishing in front of the Chonggu Temple (3992m). True mountain adventure, only for the brave.

Course map and elevation profiles (2017)

Course map and elevation profiles (2017)