Yak Attack - The highest mountain bike race on Earth

10 days of mountain bike racing into the "Forbidden Kingdom" of Upper Mustang

Yak Attack is the highest mountain bike race on Earth, climbing to the dizzying heights of 5416m above sea level. 10 stages, approx 500km, 15000m of overall altitude gain and a temperature range of +30c to -20c, tests the most hardened of riders.

For its 10 year anniversary Yak Attack has raised the bar even higher. After crossing the formidable Thorong La, the race will head into the moon like landscape of the “Forbidden Kingdom” of Upper Mustang, which at an average elevation of 4000m is one of the remotest and untouched areas on planet Earth.

Yak Attack is internationally recognized as one of the toughest endurance races on the planet, and it just got tougher!

Itinerary & entry details.

November 2016

Option 1 – “The Forbidden Kingdom” November 3rd to 16th (Entries now full)

November 3rd – Race registration at International Guesthouse, Thamel.
November 4th – Transfer by coach of riders, luggage and bikes to Besi Sahar (approx 6 hours).
November 5th to 15th – Yak Attack race, see stage details.
November 16th – Charter flight Jomsom to Kathmandu (approx 1 hour).

Whats included in entry fee-

Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (November 4th)
12 nights accommodation in hotels / teahouses (November 4th to 15th inclusive)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner (November 5th to 15th inclusive). Dinner November 4th, breakfast November 16th.
Transfer of luggage between each stage
Water stations with free Torq energy products, bottled water, fruits etc
Physical and GPS route marking
Full medical support by qualified doctors
Bike wash facilities
Bike mechanic (services to be paid for)
Massage services (to be paid for)
Party / post race celebration / prize giving ceremony in Jomsom.
Charter flight Jomsom to Kathmandu (November 16th)
All necessary permits including the $500 upper Mustang restricted area permit
Overall and stage winners prizes and trophies.
Finishers T-shirts and medals

Option 2 – “The Pass 5416″ November 3rd to 13th
November 3rd – Race registration at International Guesthouse, Thamel.
November 4th – Transfer by coach of riders, luggage and bikes to Besi Sahar (approx 6 hours).
November 5th to 10th – Yak Attack race, see stage details
November 11th – Guided ride Muktinath to Tatopani, approx 70km, 4 hours
November 12th – Guided ride Tatopani to Pokhara, approx 110km, 6 hours.
November 13th – Surface transfer Pokhara to Kathmandu, approx 8 hours.

Whats included in the entry fee

Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (November 4th)
9 nights accommodation in hotels / teahouses (November 4th to 12th inclusive)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner (November 5th to 12th inclusive). Dinner November 4th, breakfast November 13th.
Transfer of luggage between each stage
Water stations with free Torq energy products, bottled water, fruits etc
Physical and GPS route marking
Full medical support by qualified doctors
Bike wash facilities
Bike mechanic (services to be paid for)
Massage services (to be paid for)
Qualified guide for ride from Muktinath to Pokhara (November 11th and 12th)
Luggage transfer Muktinath to Pokhara
All necessary permits
Stage winners prizes
“The Pass 5416″ finishers t-shirts
Coach transfer Pokhara to Kathmandu for riders and bikes.

What’s not included in the entry fee –

International flights
Equipment- including bike, helmet, clothing etc
Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
Insurance
Private medical services or treatment, emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation fee
Entry visas or immigration services
Accommodation on or before November 3rd, or on or after November 16th (option 1), November 13th (option 2)

Entry fee

Option 1 – The Forbidden Kingdom – $3995 (Entries now closed)
Option 2 – The Pass – $2995

Entries limited to 50 riders in each option

Yak Attack 2016 - Application Form

Applications now open

If you’re interested, please fill in our application form to get started!

Race Stages

NOVEMBER 5th:  BESI SAHAR LOOP – 33KM, 1190M ASCENT (Max Elevation 1616m)
Yak Attack 2016 kicks off with a 33km time trial around the hills of Besi Sahar. The course will take you straight up to 1616m and give you a small taste of what is to come in the ensuing stages, before a 15km descent brings riders back into Besi Sahar.

NOVEMBER 6th: BESI SAHAR TO CHAME – DISTANCE: 71KM, 2900M ASCENT (Max Elevation 2700m)
“Into the mountains” – Possibly the toughest stage of all time; 66km with 2900m of climbing on super tough terrain. Very few downs and lots of up, finishing at 2700m above sea level. This stage will definitely suit the climbers.

NOVEMBER 7th: CHAME TO MANANG – DISTANCE: 30KM, 1249M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3540m)
“Snow and mud” – Theres a distinct likelyhood the riders will encounter their first sections of snow during this stage and long sections of deep mud are almost guaranteed. The temperature starts to drop, the air gets thinner and the mountain scenery more spectacular.

 

NOVEMBER 9th: MANANG TO THORONG PHEDI – , DISTANCE: 16KM, 1238M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4450m)
“Into thin air” – The shortest stage, distance wise, at only 17km, but on average it takes the riders longer than the 60km stage 3 !! Altitude is the biggest obstacle today with riders finishing at 4450m above sea level. Snow and severe cold are also distinct possibilities during this stage.

NOVEMBER 10th: THORONG PHEDI TO MUKTINATH – DISTANCE: 11KM, 1036M ASCENT (Max Elevation 5416m)
“The Pass” – The stage everybody fears. A 5km hike a bike starting in the dark, through snow and freezing temperatures takes the riders to the highest point of the race, Thorong La at 5416m. It’s no easy passage from here however as invariably deep snow makes the 6km descent from the top treacherous and slow going.

NOVEMBER 11th: MUKTINATH to GHILING – DISTANCE: 46KM, 2050M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4080m)
“Into the Fobidden Kingdom” – Today the races enters the Forbidden Kingdom of Upper Mustang. A 7km hike and bike ascent straight out of Muktinath takes riders up to the first pass of the day, Gyu La at 4080m. A crossing of the Kali Gandaki river and 5 more passes all above 3600m brings riders to the nights destination of Ghiling.

 

NOVEMBER 12th:  GHILING to LO MANTHANG – DISTANCE: 38KM, 1400M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3979m)
“The Kingdom of Lo” – Today the races finishes at Lo Manthang, the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo. After climbing Nyi La at 4010m riders must negotiate a further 2 passes on their way to Lo Manthang.

NOVEMBER 13th:  LO MANTHANG to LO MANTHANG – DISTANCE: 21KM, 450M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4072m)
“Towards China” – A relatively easy day by Yak Attack standards. A 21km time trial loop, starting and finishing in Lo Manthang will take riders towards the Chinese border with a 13km climb. A rapid 8km descent brings riders back to the walled capital, leaving plenty of time to explore the area, or to recover for the final 2 days of racing.

NOVEMBER 14th:  LO MANTHANG to SAMAR – DISTANCE: 46KM, 2150M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4288m)
“Heading south” – Today we leave the Kingdom of Lo and start the journey south tpwards the finish line. This doesn’t mean its getting easier though, as riders have to cross the highest pass in Upper Mustang, Chogo La (4288m) and then another 5 passes on the way to Samar. Along the way, sections of rocky singletrack descents will test the skills of even the best riders.

NOVEMBER 15th:   SAMAR to JOMSOM – DISTANCE: 40KM, 1250M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3751m)
“Down town” – One last mountain pass, Dajori La to cross before the route descends out of Upper Mustang and down towards the Kali Gandaki river, the finish line in Jomsom and some well earned post race celebrations. There’s still 1250m of climbing today but there’s also close to 2000m of descent, a fine way to finish an epic race and adventure.