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Yak Attack

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Location:
Nepal
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
3 Nov 2017 - 13 day event
± 1 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Mountain Biking Worldwide
Race Director:
Phil Evans
Email:
phil@theyakattack.com
Website:

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Yak Attack is the highest mountain bike race on Earth, climbing to the dizzying heights of 5416m above sea level. 10 stages, 500km, 15,000m of overall altitude gain and a temperature range of +30c to -15c, tests the most experienced of riders…[read more]

Weather conditions

Hot and dusty at lower altitudes, cold and possible snow above 3500m

Season: Autumn

Route Information

Distance:
500km
Ascent:
15000m

Terrain

Mountainous

Technical Rating:

Stage details

Day
Distance
Ascent
Route
1:
32km
1700m
Besi Sahar to Taal
2:
64km
2500m
Taal to Manang
3:
16km
1238m
Manang to Thorong Phedi
4:
11km
1038m
Throng Phedi to Muktinath
5:
46km
2050m
Muktinath to Ghiling
6:
38km
1400m
Ghiling to Lo Manthang
7:
21km
450m
Lo Manthang Loop
8:
54km
2150m
Lo Manthang to Chele
9:
80km
1600m
Chele to Tatopani
10:
102km
1200m
Tatopani to Pokhara

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R to 3995 / USD: $3750

Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (November 4th) 12 nights accommodation in hotels / teahouses (November 4th to 15th inclusive - twin share basis) 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 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 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

Race reviews

http://chase-the-rainbow.blogspot.com/2014/01/prologue-yak-attack-2014-here-we-go.html
The Showdown in the Annapurna's!

Yak Attack; the worlds highest mountain bike race. 8 brutal stages, 400kms. 12000mts of climbing. Heat, Cold, Altitude, Punishing Climbs, Hike-a-bike, Dust, Sand, Rock, Mud, River Crossings, Snow, Ice, Extreme Winds, Yaks!, and the mighty Thorong La pass - 5416mts.
Rightly considered as one of the toughest mountain bike stage races on Earth.
http://forums.mtbr.com/colorado-front-range/great-race-report-yak-attack-race-local-rider-sonya-looney-779900.html
Great event! If you can ever get to Nepal with a bike, GO! It was awesome to see Looney slay that event! I posted some stuff up in the "Passion" forum a few weeks back, now posted below. Enjoy!

I went to Nepal for a few weeks for the 11-day stage race called the Yak-Attack. In the process I got to ride some amazing terrain, see an amazing culture, ride a yak, get nearly evac'd by helicopter with early stages of pneumonia, stand at 18,000 ft, and come home with the best experience of my life. Here are some highlight pics from the race, which follows the Annapurna trekking route.
http://forums.mtbr.com/colorado-front-range/great-race-report-yak-attack-race-local-rider-sonya-looney-779900.html
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
http://cog.konaworld.com/cory-wallace-on-what-it-takes-to-win-the-worlds-highest-mountain-bike-race/


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
https://www.julianabicycles.com/en/us/news/2016-julia-yak-attack-nepal

The Showdown in the Annapurna's!
Yak Attack; the worlds highest mountain bike race. 8 brutal stages, 400kms. 12000mts of climbing. Heat, Cold, Altitude, Punishing Climbs, Hike-a-bike, Dust, Sand, Rock, Mud, River Crossings, Snow, Ice, Extreme Winds, Yaks!, and the mighty Thorong La pass - 5416mts.
Rightly considered as one of the toughest mountain bike stage races on Earth.
2014
January 2014, Neil Chatham - 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 competitor
http://chase-the-rainbow.blogspot.com/2014/01/prologue-yak-attack-2014-here-we-go.html


Great event! If you can ever get to Nepal with a bike, GO! It was awesome to see Looney slay that event! I posted some stuff up in the "Passion" forum a few weeks back, now posted below. Enjoy!
I went to Nepal for a few weeks for the 11-day stage race called the Yak-Attack. In the process I got to ride some amazing terrain, see an amazing culture, ride a yak, get nearly evac'd by helicopter with early stages of pneumonia, stand at 18,000 ft, and come home with the best experience of my life. Here are some highlight pics from the race, which follows the Annapurna trekking route.
June 2012, Jeff Kerkove - 2012 competitor


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