Yak Attack is the highest mountain bike race on Earth, climbing to the dizzying heights of 5416m above sea level. 8 stages, 400km, 12000m of overall altitude gain and a temperature range of +30c to -15c, tests the most experienced of riders.
For the first 3 days, the race travels through the hot and dusty Himalayan foothills, before climbing from the lowest point, at just 300m, to the snow covered Thorong La pass (5416m), 4 days later. Breath taking landscapes, searing heat, sub zero temperatures, sand, mud, snow, altitude have captured the imagination of high-level mountain bikers and adventure athletes worldwide.
Yak Attack is now internationally recognized as one of the toughest endurance races on the planet.
ITINERARY & ENTRY
DETAILED ITINERARY & ENTRY INFORMATION
November 6th 2015 – Race registration at the hotel in central Kathmandu November 6th 2015. Collect race numbers and meet the Yak Attack team.
November 7th to 15th – Yak Attack 2015 – see stage details.
November 16th to 17th – resort hotel at lakeside, Pokhara.
November 18th – Return flight to Kathmandu and vehicle transfer to central Kathmandu.
Entry Fee – USD $3750 per person.
Included in entry fee –
- All accommodation for the duration of the race on twin share basis.
- Set breakfast and evening meal during the race
- All necessary permits
- Transfers by coach from race finish to Pokhara
- 2 nights hotel accommodation at a resort style hotel in Pokhara
- Return domestic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. (November 18th)
- Transfer of bikes by vehicle back to Kathmandu
- Portering of belongings during race (maximum allowance of 20kg pp)
- Vehicle support (where possible) during race stages
- Manned water stations with bottled water and food during each stage
- Fully qualified medical team
- On site bike mechanic
- On site masseur
- Finishers T-shirt, medal and certificate
- Overall winners prizes
- Stage prizes
- Prize giving ceremony and post race party at the lakeside in Pokhara
Not included in entry fee –
- International flights;
- Equipment including bike, helmet, clothing, sleeping bag, etc
- Lunches, bottled water, soft drinks or alcohol
- Private medical services or treatment, emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation fee
- Entry visas or immigration services
NB: The area in which this event takes place is extremely remote with few or no medical facilities. In the event of an emergency it may be necessary to evacuate an injured or seriously ill competitor by helicopter. It is a condition of entry that all competitors have suitable insurance covering them for taking part in this event and allowing for immediate helicopter evacuation in the unlikely event it is needed. This is compulsory and evidence of the policy must be provided before the race start. Any competitor without the necessary insurance will not be allowed to take part.
It is also a condition of entry that all international competitors supply their own GPS unit which is capable of downloading .gpx files of the course. (supplied after payment in full is received).
All competitors shall be required to sign a personal liability waiver in order to participate in the race.
NOVEMBER 7th: SHIVAPURI TO NAWAKOT 42.5KM : 890M Ascent (Max elevation 1980m)
“A taste of whats to come” . Theres no easy start in Yak Attack, a 3km climb, followed by a 14km descent and another brutal 5km ascent in the mid day heat gives the riders a taste of what lies ahead !!
Fastest time for 2014 – 2hrs 16mins – Slowest time – 4hrs 06mins.
NOVEMBER 8th: Group ride NUWAKOT to TRISULI BAZAAR 10.1km
Race – TRISULI TO GORKHA – 81km, 2700M ASCENT (Max Elevation 1200m)
“Brutal” This stage is going to be brutal. Weve combined stages 2 and 3 from the 2013 race to make a massive stage. Close to 100km of riding with 2700m of ascent, in sweltering heat and dusty conditions, this will be a test for the toughest of riders.
Fastest time – 4hrs 34mins ; Slowest time – 9hrs 30mins.
NOVEMBER 9th: GORKHA TO BESI SAHAR – 59.2KM, 1198M ASCENT (Max Elevation 1000m)
“Downhill” – A 7km downhill section starts Stage 3. A staggered start will give the top riders a chance to stamp their authority on the race during what is possibly the easiest stage of the race.
2014 Fastest time – 2hrs 17mins ; Slowest time – 5hrs 14mins.
NOVEMBER 10th: BESI SAHAR TO CHAME – DISTANCE: 71KM, 290M ASCENT (Max Elevation 2700m)
“Into the mountains” – Possibly the toughest stage of all time; 66km with 2900m of climbing on super tough terrain. Very few downs and lots of up, finishing at 2700m above sea level. This stage will definitely suit the climbers.
Fastest time – 4hrs 16mins ; Slowest time – 8hrs 52mins.
NOVEMBER 11th: CHAME TO MANANG – DISTANCE: 29.7KM, 1249M ASCENT (Max Elevation 3540m)
“Snow and mud” – 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.
2014 Fastest time – 2hrs 05mins ; Slowest time 5hrs 01mins.
NOVEMBER 13th: MANANG TO THORONG PHEDI – , DISTANCE: 16.1KM, 1238M ASCENT (Max Elevation 4450m)
“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.
2014 Fastest time – 2hr; Slowest time – 5hrs 47mins.
NOVEMBER 14th: THORONG PHEDI TO KAGBENI – DISTANCE: 25KM, 1036M ASCENT (Max Elevation 5416m)
“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, before riders reach “dry ground” for a final, fast and furious 14km descent to warmth and relaxation.
2014 Fastest time – 34hrs 49mins ; Slowest time – 10hrs 58mins.
NOVEMBER 15th: KAGBENI TO TATOPANI – DISTANCE 58KM, 958M ASCENT (Max Elevation 1100m)
“To the hot springs” – 58km of predominantly down hill, should be straightforward…… but ferocious valley winds and the rough terrain usually mean an exciting end to the race. There have been more crashes on this stage than any others. It is probably the thought of the finishing line and soaking in the hot springs that distracts riders from the task in hand. It’s not over till the fat lady sings!!
2014 fastest time – 2hrs 05mins ; Slowest time – 5hrs 57mins.
Details: The Yak Attack Nepal 2015