PHOTO: RYAN CREARY

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Rid­ing in Nepal takes pa­tience, you need to take rest days to ward off al­ti­tude sick­ness by min­i­miz­ing your el­e­va­tion gain. Af­ter five days on the An­na­purna Cir­cuit stay­ing in lo­cal tea­houses, Matt Yaki and I took a day to ac­cli­mate by the Marshyangdi River Val­ley up around 11,500 feet.

We found this crisp sin­gle­track in­cised into a knife edge above a glacial lake just above the town of Manang. By shoot­ing from above, I was able to iso­late the lake’s vi­brant hue con­trast­ing with the stark line of oth­er­worldly sin­gle­track as Yaki flows along into the un­known abyss. Nepal is over­pow­er­ing to put it lightly.

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