Yak Attack - The highest mountain bike race on Earth - November 3 - 16 2017

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. 9 stages, approx 500km, 15000m of overall altitude gain and a temperature range of +30c to -20c, tests the most hardened of riders.Now in its 11th year, Yak Attack will be taking the race into Upper Mustang for a second time. 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 3 to 16 2017


 “The Forbidden Kingdom” November 3rd to 16th

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 – Private coach transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu. (approx 8 hours)

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).Lunch and dinner November 4th, breakfast and lunch November 16th.
Transfer of luggage between each stage
Water stations

Discounts on Torq products for all entrants
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 Pokhara.
Private coach transfer from Pokhara 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

What’s not included in the entry fee –

International flights
Equipment- including bike, helmet, clothing etc
Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
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

The Forbidden Kingdom – $3995

Entries limited to 50 riders

Yak Attack 2017 - Application Form

Applications now open

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

Race Stages

NOVEMBER 5th: BESI SAHAR TO TAAL – DISTANCE: 32KM, 1700M ASCENT (Max Elevation 1700m)
For 2017 were heading back to Taal, a beautiful settlement on the banks of the Marshyangdi river.

Plenty of ups and downs today with lots of water crossings as the course climbs up to 1700m above sea level.


NOVEMBER 6th: TAAL TO MANANG – DISTANCE: 64KM, 2500M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3540m)
After a very tough climb out of Taal and another in about 20km’s time the trail starts to level a little. – 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.


“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.

“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 10th: 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 11th:  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 12th:  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 13th:  LO MANTHANG to CHELE – DISTANCE: 54KM, 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 Chele. Along the way, sections of rocky singletrack descents will test the skills of even the best riders.

NOVEMBER 14th:   CHELE to TATOPANI – DISTANCE: 80KM, 1600M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3751m)
“To the hot springs” – One last mountain pass, Dajori La to cross before the route descends out of Upper Mustang and down towards the Kali Gandaki river. After passing through Kagbeni, Jomsom and Marpha, the race finishes in Kalopani at around the 60km point.

From here its a further 20km of gnarly downhill to Tatopani. Unfortunately the track is too heavily trafficked to be safely raced so this section will be a neutral  and just for enjoyment, taking riders down to the hot springs at Tatopani

NOVEMBER 15th:  TATOPANI to POKHARA DISTANCE: 102, 1200M ASCENT (Max Elevation 1100m).

Today’s stage isn’t a race but rather a reliability ride. Riders must complete the 102km in between 7 to 7.5 hours, no quicker and no slower (barring any Nepali unforseen delays !!)

The first 30km is off road and then “sealed” from there onwards taking riders all the way into Pokhara hopefully as a whole group