Mountain bike riders in snow on Yak Attack race, Annapurnas, Nepal

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Yak Attack 2018

19 October - 17 November 2018, 30 Days

One of the toughest mountain bike endurance races on the planet, it is also one of the most scenic.  Riding through the heart of the largest mountains on Earth, into the mystical world of old Buddhist kingdoms, it is as much an adventure as it is a mountain bike race.  

There is no other race with which it can be compared!

The Yak Attack is the highest mountain bike race in the world ascending over 12,000m and covering over 400km.  If you’re not super fit, don’t even consider it.  The weather flips between 30°c to well below -15°c, as you climb further into the mountains. 

Crossing Thorong La Pass at 5,416m, there’s more to overcome than just treacherous trails, the oxygen level is 50 per cent less than back at the start in Beni.

To fully prepare for the crazy extremes of the Yak Attack race, we have joined with 'Ben the Bike Tech' to include 8 days of escorted pre-race, high altitude training, riding over the main course, including crossing Thorong La.  Then a six day break to relax and play with time in Pokhara, the adventure playground of Nepal, and then Kathmandu.   

 

Come race day, your body will be better conditioned to cope with the faster pace, massive climbs and lack of oxygen as you race over Thorong La, hopefully giving you an edge over the other overseas competitors   Your newly acquired trail knowledge will improve your skills in navigating the trucks, ponies, rickety suspension bridges, muddy bogs, snowy climbs and moon-like scree slopes, before finally flying down the single-tracks to the finish line.  

Along the way, you will be accompanied by our friend, Ben The Bike Tech.  Having been actively involved in racing since he was seven years old, Ben is a highly talented rider of all disciplines and a qualified, skilled mechanic with 20 years experience in bike maintenance and repairs.  He has worked on bikes belonging to professional ironman tri-athletes and pro-tour cyclists, as well as offering neutral race support at some of Australia’s biggest mountain bike stage races including Terra Australis and Gravity 12 Hour.  Ben will help you to prepare for the trip, provide training and gear advice, packing tips, looking over your bike and even packing it for the flight if you wish.

You'll be one of the elite few to have competed in this prestigious race and after 2 weeks solidly working out in altitude, you'll be in the best shape ever, and unstoppable back home at sea level.

Itinerary Outline

Day 1:     

Depart Australia, arrive Kathmandu

Day 2:     

Explore Kathmandu

Day 3:     

Local bus to Besi Sahar

Day 4:     

Cycle Besi Sahar to Tal 37km (1,700m) 

Day 5:     

Cycle Tal to Chame 23m (2,670m)

Day 6:     

Cycle Chame to Manang 16km (3,540)

Day 7:     

Acclimatisation day Manang (3,540m)

Day 8:     

Cycle Manang to Thorong Phedi 16km (4,450m) 

Day 9:     

Cycle Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni over Throng La Pass (5,416), 25k (2,800)

Day 10:   

Cycle Kagbeni to Tatopani 58k (1,190m)

Day 11:   

Cycle Tatopani to Beni then local bus to Pokhara 22k (820m)

Day 12:   

Rest and play in Pokhara

Day 13:   

Rest and play in Pokhara

Day 14:   

Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 15:   

Explore Kathmandu

Day 16:   

Yak Attack registration day in Kathmandu

Day 17:    

Bus to Besi Sahar

Day 18:   

Yak Attack, Besi Sahar to Tal

Day 19:   

Yak Attack, Tal to Manang 64k (3,540m)

Day 20:   

Yak Attack, Acclimatisation day Manang (3,540)

Day 21:   

Yak Attack, Manang to Thorong Phedi 16km (4,450m) 

Day 22:   

Yak Attack, Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni over Throng La Pass (5,416), 25k (2,800)

Day 23:   

Yak Attack, Kagbeni to Tatopani  58k (1,190m)

Day 24:   

Yak Attack, Tatopani to Pokhara 30k  Post race celebrations

Day 25:   

Rest, recover and play in Pokhara

Day 26:   

Rest, recover and play in Pokhara

Day 27:   

Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 28:   

Explore Kathmandu

Day 29:   

Depart Kathmandu

Day 30:   

Arrive Australia

Mountain bike riders and Yaks, Nepal
Mountain bikes an ponies in Manang, Nepal
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Mountain Bike rider in snow, Yak Attack, Nepal
Mountain Bike rider, yak attack, Nepal