After following a shortened version of the normal Yak Attack route, for its 10th year anniversary and for the first time ever Yak Attack will travel through the “Forbidden Kingdom” of Upper Mustang –
“The Kingdom of Mustang preserves some of the last vestiges of traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture. Situated on the border of Nepal and Tibet, it is open to only a few select groups each season. A 5 day loop will take the race up as far as Lo Manthang where the King of Mustang reigns over his tiny kingdom and surveys a world still culturally closer to the heartland of Tibet than to the markets and temples of Kathmandu. The route will travel through whitewashed settlements, set amid fields of barley and home to impressive chortens and simple monasteries which reflect the abiding Buddhist culture. The terrain is striking, a semi-arid desert with deep ravines and rock shelves, flanked by snowy peaks”
The chance to race in the “Forbidden Kingdom” edition of Yak Attack could possibly be a once in a lifetime opportunity, with places limited to 50 riders. The immense logistics involved in taking the race into this remote and restricted area means we may only ever do it once (or perhaps again for our 20th anniversary !!)
For those, on time constrictions or a more limited budget we are offering the option to race the first 5 stages of the Yak Attack, still taking on the formidable Thorong La at 5416m, but not entering Upper Mustang. Those taking this option, of course won’t be able to take the overall Yak Attack title, but they can compete in the first 5 stages and get the added bonus of a guided ride all the way back from Muktinath to Pokhara.
Where – Nepal, Annapurna circuit, Upper Mustang
When – November 3rd to 16th
What – 10 day mountain bike stage race
Start point – Race registration Kathmandu, November 3rd. Coach transfer November 4th. Race start Gorkha on November 5th.
Finish point – Race finishes in Jomsom on November 15th. Charter plane transfer from Jomsom to Kathmandu on November 16th.
Distance – 500km
Total Ascent – 15000m
Terrain – Dusty rutted jeep tracks, river crossings, mud, sand, rock, snow, ice, technical singletrack.
Temperature range – 30c to -20c
Climate – Anything from blistering hot sun to snow blizzards and everything in between
The YakAttack team prides itself on personal rider care and comfort.
The hotels / teahouses used during the race are the best in the area, vetted for their cleanliness and comfort. 3 meals per day are provided during all race days and these will be tailored towards the needs of endurance athletes, with big portions, heaps of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamin rich foods.
A medical team will be on standby at the hotels to advise and treat any ailments that may arise during the race, and a first aid team / sweeper vehicle will follow the race wherever possible to treat any injuries/ fatigue that may happen during a stage.
Water / Aid stations will be fully stocked with clean bottled drinking water, muesli bars,biscuits and savoury snacks to cater for every taste. For those wanting to bring their own energy products, our nutritional partner TorqFitness are offering discounts on all products purchased leading up to and during the race. (Contact us for more details)
A Yak Attack team member will always be on hand to answer / deal with any concerns that may arise during the race
Mechanical services ( at extra cost, see FAQ) will be available at the hotel for all riders requiring either a basic bike clean and lubricate, or more extensive repairs.
A sports massage service is also available for riders by a qualified physiotherapist . See FAQ for more details