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Yading Skyrun - China Mountain Trails


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Yading Skyrun - China Mountain Trails


YADING SKYRUNNING FESTIVAL

28th-30th April 2018

We’re very pleased to announce the second Yading Skyrun and the first event of the Skyrunner World Series of 2018. 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 2018 kickstarts the Skyrunner® 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: 29th APRIL 2018

Start time: 11:00AM (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: 30th APRIL 2018

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: 30th APRIL 2018

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 (2018)

Course map and elevation profiles (2018)

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Entry Fee & Refund Policy

Yading Vertical Kilometre – HK$940.00

Yading Skyrun (29km) – HK$1,330.00

Yading Kora Ultra (46km) – HK$1,720.00

Yading Hiking –  HK$624.00

Yading Skyrunning Camp –  HK$2,222.00

We do not refund race entries under any circumstances

*The final decision rests with the race comittee.  


Travel & Accommodation

The nearest airport to Yading Shangri-La happens to be the world’s highest commercial airport – Daocheng Yading Airport (IATA : DCY). Once arriving, you’ll be taken to Yading via the shuttle buses arranged by China Mountain Trails (we’ll also provide you with a return journey). Daocheng airport is served by various carriers from Chengdu, Chongqing,Hangzhou, Kanding airports. These airports  connect to many hubs in the US (LA, San Francisco), Europe (London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Helsinki), and Asia (KL, Seoul, Bangkok, Taipei, HK, Tokyo, Singapore etc.).

 

 

Yading offers many accommodation options from hostel through to 5 star hotel, and runners are free to choose any accommodation they want.

For someone of you who go to Yading first time and would like to have some suggestions, the following two hotels are a safe bet:

5 Star Accommodation
Risong Gongbu Hotel (Holyland Hotel)

4 Star Accommodation
Daocheng Yading Yizhan Hotel

We also offer help in arranging accommodation in the numerous Tibetan guesthouses and hostels located in town. Please contact us directly at info@cnmtntrails.com for assistance.


Equipment

Our staff is well versed in equipment suitable to get you through the challenges you will countenance.If you have any questions on any of the below mentioned items, please contact us at info@cnmtntrails.com or send us a message on Facebook.
NOTE: Your race bib must be worn at all times – this applies to all categories.

YADING SKYRUN (29KM)

As an official SKYRUNNING WORLD SERIES event this event attracts many elites. It’s quite often the preference of elites to run light. As such, mandatory equipment for this event is limited, however, we strongly suggest you take with you, in addition to the limited mandatory equipment, the following recommended items.

MANDATORY:
Whistle
Emergency blanket

RECOMMENDED:
Running pack
Capacity to carry 1L of water
Lightweight wind jacket
Tights
Cap
Sunglasses
Hiking poles
Extra nutrition (gels, bars, etc.)
Ibuprofen

YADING VERTICAL

In terms of distance, this is a short race at just 7km. However, this is not indicative of the difficulty, climbing 1,000m over that course all of which is at SERIOUS altitude. The only mandatory items required are those listed below, however we suggest you consider taking the recommended items also.

MANDATORY:
Whistle
Emergency blanket

RECOMMENDED:
Running pack
Capacity to carry 500ml of water
Lightweight wind jacket
Tights Cap Sunglasses
Hiking poles
Ibuprofen

YADING ULTRA KORA (46KM)

The race takes runners through very forbidding environments, with longer stretches away from car-accessible points. While checkpoints are evenly placed to provide a maximum of coverage, the below equipment equipment is mandatory to ensure every participant’s safety:

MANDATORY:
Running pack
Capacity to carry 1L of water
Down jacket
Waterproof jacket
500kcal Nutrition (gels, bars, etc.)
Whistle
Headlamp
Back up headlamp
Spare batteries
Emergency Blanket
Hat (Headcover)

RECOMMENDED:
Thermal shirt
Thermal pants
Ibuprofen