Yakety Yak

The Yak Attack was listed in the top 5 “World’s Most Extreme Bike Races” In What Mountain Bike Magazine, December 2010.

The Yak Attack has also featured in:
– Men’s Fitness
– Outer Edge
– Sports Soho
– Bikeboard Poland
– Bike.de
– Cyclingmagazine.ca


The Yak Attack featured in the Mpora’s round up of the “6 Toughest Mountain Bike Endurance Races on the Planet”. Mpora.com, June 2014

Here’s what a few of our participants, past and present, had to say about The Yak Attack:

The Yak Attack is by far the most scenic race I’ve been to, riding through the heart of the largest mountains on Earth and into the hidden world of an old Buddhist kingdom. A region rarely visited with stunning mountain peaks, true mountain people and a mystical sense of being on a different planet.

December 2016
Cory Wallace
- 2014 and 2016 competitor

I first came across the Yak Attack in an article online 6 or 7 years ago and it instantly joined my list of must-do adventures. The Yak Attack is billed as the highest and one of the toughest mountain bike races in the world. It’s 10 days long, spans 350km, accounts for 15000m of climbing (with a high point of 5416m) and covers 17 mountain passes over 3600m. Even on paper it looks tough!

December 2016
Julia Hobson
- 2016 competitor

It took me 8:50 hours to complete and the last hour was freezing. I arrived in Chame cold, hungry and had the most wonderful dal bhat, a traditional meal of steamed rice and cooked lentil soup, in a warm wood-heated cabin.

January 2017
Loh Ching Soo
- 2016 competitor

The Yak Attack. What the hell… 10 days, 350km, 15000m of climbing, a high point of 5416m AND 17 mountain passes over 3600m! It’s by no means the longest of distances, but the altitude and steep terrain is the real challenge. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the race so the organisers created a brand new route up into the Kingdom of Upper Mustang. As soon as I saw this route I was hooked, we only cover four days of the same terrain from last year with six days of new terrain which made it familiar but excitingly unknown.

January 2017
Matt Rousu
- 2015 and 2016 competitor

What an incredible race, an amazing country and a challenge like no other. The 2015 Yak Attack (6-14th November) was an eight stage mountain bike race that took us as high as 5416m (17770ft) above sea level. We climbed over 12000m (40000ft) over 400km of rough terrain ranging from amazing singletrack, pot holed jeep tracks, village walking trails, skinny landslide cliff-sides, snow, ice and alpine goat trails.

December 2015
Matt Rouso
- The NorthFace Nepal Yak Attack 2015 competitor

“There is no other race with which it can be compared. It is as much an adventure race as it is a mountain bike race.”

Jan 2014
Neil Cottam
- Participant of 3 years

“I was expecting a pretty cool adventure, and it delivered. The diversity of what we experienced over the last 10 days was just amazing, from the lowlands and foothills going up to the Annapurna circuit, it was awesome.”

Cory Wallace
- Participant

“The highest mountain pass in the world, 12000m (39,000ft) of vertical climbing, frostbite, snow blindness, routes that are not completely navigable on two wheels—the Yak Attack has every ingredient needed to test the physical prowess of the toughest endurance athletes on the planet, and also make them question their sanity”

Published 2012
Richard Hoad and Paul Moore

“There is something really special about setting off in the night, doing something tough. Witnessing the sunrise in the Himalayas and at that altitude is awesome and a privilege. The light and the alpine glow on the surrounding peaks is just incredible and no matter how tough it is, it’s impossible not to feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude”

Richard Parks

“Even though I didn’t finish, thought I was going to have to be heli-evac’d out at one point, and was shitting myself…..to date one of the best mtb experiences ever….ranks up there with CTR as a true eye opening experience. The Yak Attack is always on the radar!”

Jeff Kerkove
- Participant, Topeak Ergon Racing Team

“For me, and for most of the other international riders, it wasn’t about competing, but completing. Before the five of us successfully completed the 2009 event, only three other non-Nepalese had ever crossed the pass with their bikes without assistance. This is the Himalaya and we’re talking about over 200km of some of the toughest terrain on Earth”

Outer Edge Magazine

“I skipped down the mountainside using my trusty steed like a kind off off-road arctic zimmer frame. I finally started to feel elated. The whole event had been about getting over this pass; not just the raw physical challenge, but also the mental torture of worrying about altitude sickness and getting lost. I’d done it and it was now downhill all the way!”

Matt Hart, Director of TORQ
- Participant, Single Track World Magazine

”Two of my team mates, Jeff and Sonya, raced 2012 Yak Attack, and they told me how awesome it was. I have been obsessed with Yak Attack since then.”

2013 & 2014
Yuki Ikeda
- Partcipant, Topeak Ergon Rider

“I feel extremely grateful that I am able to go back. So far, it has been the most amazing thing I have ever done or seen in my life and now I get to go back!?!?……..the word epic is overused but this race is the definition of it”

2012 & 2013
Sonya Looney
- Participant and Female 1st Place, Topeak Ergon Rider

”We’re exhausted, but we soon brighten up when we realise we have another two hours of fast downhill ahead of us. The trail is amazing and it’s packed with super fast fireroads and rocky singletrack. I can’t wipe the grin off my face – this is the reason why I’ve come on this trip and it’s worth all the suffering; it’s awesome.”

Rob Jarman, Berghaus Sponsored Athlete
- Participant, MBUK

“The Yak Attack is something; it was the most beautiful, the toughest event, I have ever done. It’s not only about racing, it is also the experience. In other races, I compete against people but this race is not only about fighting against people, it is also the nature, the environment, everything. Going over the pass, that was the craziest thing I have ever done on the bike; it could be the highlight of my life.”

Yuki Ikeda
- Participant