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Yak Attack

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Location:
Nepal
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
9 Nov 2019 - day event
± 2 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
Mountain Biking Worldwide
Race Director:
Phil Evans
Email:
phil@mtb-worldwide.com

 

Climbing to the dizzying heights of 5416m above sea level, Yak Attack is the highest mountain bike race on Earth. The 2019 edition will have even more single track than ever before and include more Enduro sections – including the highest timed enduro section, from 5416m down to 2800m above sea level! 280km, 9000m of ascent and 2 very unique loops around Besi Sahar and Kagenbi, will bring 7 days of the most exciting and intense racing on the 2019 race calendar.

Altitude, temperature extremes, harsh living conditions and a very tough terrain make Yak Attack one of the hardest mountain bike races around… If you’re up for an adventure, have mental grit & physical fitness, then why not have an adventure of a lifetime and join us this year?!

Weather conditions

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

Season: Autumn

Route Information

Distance:
280km
Ascent:
9000m

Terrain

Jeep tracks, single track, river crossings, high altitude, possible snow and ice, steep descents

Technical Rating: 8

Stage details

Day
Distance
Ascent
Route
1:
33km
1190m
Besi Sahar Loop
2:
60km
2700m
Besi Sahar to Chame
3:
40km
1500m
Chame to Manang
4:
16km
1264m
Manang to Phedi
5:
25km
1036m
Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni
6:
30km
1200m
Kagbeni Loop
7:
58km
2050m
Kagbeni to Tatopani

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R to 36800 / USD: $2495

Included in entry fee

  • Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (10th November)
  • 10 nights accommodation in hotels / teahouses (10th – 19th November inclusive)
  • Breakfast and dinner (11th – 19th November inclusive). Dinner 10th November, breakfast 20th November
  • All necessary permits
  • 80 litre Yak Attack duffle bag to be used during the race
  • Transfer of luggage between each stage, via jeep or porter
  • Physical and GPS route marking
  • Water stations with drinking water, fruit etc.
  • Guided short trek in Manang
  • Full medical support, including qualified doctors
  • Bike wash facilities
  • Post race prize giving ceremony and party in Pokhara (19th November)
  • Overall and stage winners prizes and trophies
  • Finishers T-shirts, medals & certificates
  • Private coach transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu (20th November) (optional return flights available)

Not included in 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 10th, or on or after November 20th
 

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
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


https://www.julianabicycles.com/en-US/news/2016-julia-yak-attack-nepal
Day 4 of the Yak Attack race, from Manang to Thorong Pedi at 4450m, is one of the days that defines this struggle. It has to be the hardest 17km I’ve ever ridden (actually, let’s be honest, it was mostly pushing!), and one of the most breathtakingly beautiful too. Being dwarfed by towering 7000m peaks all around, feeling the bright sunshine warm your skin, seeing the sky as vivid blue as I’ve ever seen it, and finding no roads or traffic, other than trains of yaks and donkeys carrying food and supplies up the hill, it was a truly magical experience.

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