Yading Skyrunning Festival 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Yading Garze, Yading YadingSichuanChina  
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Yading Garze, Yading YadingSichuanChina  

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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

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.

These events are as follows:



Date: 1st of May 2017

Start time: Various (runners depart individually)

Distance: 7km

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 clenge. 



Date: 2nd of May 2017

Start time: 8:00am

Distance: 29km

Elevation gain: 2,345m

Elevation loss: 1,250

Minimum altitude: 2,860m

Maximum altitude: 4,666m

Descritpion: 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. After crossing the Chitu River the crux of the race begins. Passing by a small charming village, runners hit single track which hugs the glacier-fed river for 12km through alpine forests and rugged vegetation. The race continues uphill the whole time while crisscrossing the river four times over rugged wooden bridges.

After exiting the river path competitors have 2km of road before getting back on the trail. After 1km we get the first glimpse of the Chonggu Temple which sits at 4000m and will host the finish on the runners’ return. Dirt trail climbs through colourful forest for 1km before revealing the most technical section of the race. 4 tough kilometers up are rewarded with the fantastic col at the top of the race 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!



Date: 2nd of May 2017

Start time: 8:00am

Distance: 46km

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.


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