YAK ATTACK - The highest mountain bike race on earth, and one of the toughest mountain bike stage races on the world calendar.
Taking place in the mighty Himalaya, comprising of 8 stages, covering 400km and with a total altitude gain of over 12000m this race throws every obstacle under the sun at the adventurous riders daring to take it on.
There's the altitude - the course peaks at 5416m, where oxygen levels are only 50% of those at sea level. There's the weather - upto 30c over the first 4 days and then rapidly decreasing to a frostbite inducing -15c (before wind chill) as the race crosses the Thorong La pass. Then there's the terrain, bike wreckingly rough descents, soft sand climbs, streams, suspension bridges, mud, landslides and invariably, snow.
Receiving accolades from previous competitors such as "This is the most awesome riding I've ever done", to "This isn't racing, its torture", Yak Attack is not just a race, its a life experience. It will take you on a roller coaster, both literally and emotionally and will ultimately leave you battered and bruised but with unforgettable memories of a beautiful country inhabited by beautiful people.
For 2014 we have made Yak Attack even tougher by combining 4 stages into 2 monster stages !! Stage 2 in now a whopping 86km with 2700m of climbing and stage 4 is close to 60km with a massive 3200m of climbing.
We've also introduced just a little bit more comfort too. We've included 1 nights accommodation at the beautiful Park Village Hotel situated on the edge of the Shivapuri National park for the night before the race starts. For 2014 we have also allocated 1 porter per rider enabling everybody to take along 20kgs of belongings.
MARCH 2: RACE REGISTRATION AT PARK VILLAGE HOTEL, KATHMANDU (time to be confirmed)
Park Village Hotel and Resort is a verdant oasis set in five acres of tranquil, wooded gardens overlooking the hustle and bustle of central Kathmandu.
More than two thousand flowering trees and shrubs cover the grounds and are home to butterflies, dragonflies and nearly 75 species of birds including hoopoes, heron and kingfisher.
Park Village is located at the northern edge of the Kathmandu Valley, just below the subtropical Shivapuri-Nagarjun National Park, less than half an hour’s drive from central Kathmandu or the airport.
All riders are required to attend registration.
MARCH 3: SHIVAPURI TO NAWAKOT
42.5KM : 890M Ascent
Fastest time for 2013 - 1hrs 45mins - Slowest time - 2hrs 57mins
STAGE 1: PROFILE
STAGE 1: MAP
MARCH 4: Group ride NUWAKOT to TRISULI BAZAAR 10.1km
Race - TRISULI TO GORKA - RIDEABLE 100%, 86km, 2700M ASCENT
Expected Fastest time - 4hrs 30mins ; Slowest time - 10hrs
STAGE 2: PROFILE
STAGE 2: MAP
MARCH 5: GORKHA TO BESI SAHAR - RIDEABLE 100%, 59.2KM, 1198M ASCENT
2012 Fastest time - 2hrs 10mins ; Slowest time - 5hrs 10mins
STAGE 3: PROFILE
STAGE 3: MAP
MARCH 6: BESI SAHAR TO CHAME - RIDEABLE 100%, DISTANCE: 60KM, 3200M ASCENT
Expected Fastest time - 5hrs 30mins ; Slowest time - 10hrs 30mins
STAGE 4: PROFILE
STAGE 4: MAP
MARCH 7: CHAME TO MANANG - RIDEABLE 95%, DISTANCE: 29.7KM, 1249M ASCENT
2013 Fastest time - 2hrs 10mins ; Slowest time 4hrs 58mins|
STAGE 5: PROFILE
STAGE 5: MAP
MARCH 8: REST DAY IN MANANG
It is necessary to spend a resting day in Manang for acclimatisation purposes. To ascend too rapidly could have potentially fatal consequences. There are many short excursions possible from Manang and remaining active is encouraged to aid acclimatisation.
MARCH 9: MANANG TO THORONG PHEDI - RIDEABLE 68%, ALT: 3540M - 4450M, DISTANCE: 16.1KM, 1238M ASCENT
2013 Fastest time - 2hr 22 mins ; Slowest time - 4hrs 59mins
STAGE 6: PROFILE
STAGE 6: MAP
MARCH 10: THORONG PHEDI TO KAGBENI - RIDEABLE 66%, DISTANCE: 25KM, 1036M ASCENT
2013 Fastest time - 4hrs 34mins ; Slowest time - 11hrs 40mins
STAGE 7: PROFILE
STAGE 9: MAP
MARCH 11: KAGBENI TO TATOPANI - RIDEABLE 100%, DISTANCE 58KM, 958M ASCENT
2013 fastest time - 2hrs 03mins ; Slowest time - 4hrs 28mins
STAGE 8: PROFILE
STAGE 10 MAP
MARCH 12: GROUP RIDE - TATOPANI TO KHANIYA GHAT - RIDEABLE 100%, 1190M - 800M, DISTANCE 33KM
Today the riders can relax and enjoy a fairly flat cruise towards the sealed road and transport back to Pokhara for the prize giving ceremony and post race celebrations. Time to chill, reflect on the previous 10 days and ride alongside the guys youve been competing against for 400km. Transfer to Pokhara by coach approx 3 hours (2 days in Pokhara)
STAGE 9 PROFILE
STAGE 9: MAP
MARCH 14: TRANSFER BY PLANE BACK TO KATHMANDU
After breakfast at the hotel we will return to Kathmandu by plane from Pokhara airport. The journey will take approx 1.5 hours. The bikes will be transfered by vehicle back to Kathmandu and will arrive in the early evening.
REGISTRATION FOR 2014
We have now included breakfast/dinner for the duration of the race and a return flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu in the 2014 entry fee. Listed below is what is included in the entry fee of £2295 per person.
- 1 nights hotel accommodation at Park Village Hotel and Resort on March 2 (meals not included).
- 2 nights hotel accommodation at Mt Kailash Resort, Pokhara
- All accommodation for the entire duration of the race on twin share basis.
- Set breakfast and evening meal during the race (March 3 to 12).
- Trekking and biking permits.
- Transfers by coach from Chinese Bridge to Pokhara.
- Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
- Transfer of bikes by vehicle back to Kathmandu.
- Porterage of belongings during race (maximum allowance of 20kg pp).
- Jeep support during first 6 days.
- On site remote rescue trained first-aid administer.
- On site bike mechanic.
- Finishers T-shirt, medal and certificate.
- Overall winners prize.
- Stage and spot prizes.
- Prize giving ceremony and post race meal.
THE FEE EXCLUDES:
- International Flights.
- Equipment including bike, helmet, clothing, sleeping bag, etc.
- Bottled water, soft drinks or alcohol.
- Private medical services or treatment, emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation fee.
- Entry visas or immigration services.
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).