Attack the Pass

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Attack the Pass (13 days / 12 nights) commences where the trail starts to climb along the Annapurna circuit and omits the warmer and longer days of the Foothills or the Full Yak.

Although 3 days shorter than the Full Yak, this is still a very tough adventure and riders will need to be very fit and experienced to take it on.

  • 13 days / 12 nights
  • Besi Sahar to Pokhara
  • Cross the Thorong La pass
  • 200km, 8000m ascent
  • Led by 5 times Yak Attack Champ
  • Spring 2018 Dates...
  • 3rd April to 15th April
  • 27th April to 9th May
  • 18th May to 30th May
  • 8th June to 20th June
  • Grade 5 - high level of fitness required
Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Location: Nepal Price: from $2250

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

You will be met at the airport by one of the Yak Attack Team and transferred to a 3*+ hotel in the Thamel district of Kathmandu. There will be time to unwind and unpack etc. before an informal evening meal with the rest of the riders and crew.

Day 2

Following a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, riders will be issued with their Yak Attack merchandise; this will include a kit bag for transporting belongings during the tour and a Yak Attack race jersey. There will then be time to check the bikes over with one of the Yak Attack crew on standby to assist with any mechanical issues. The afternoon will be free for a relaxed sightseeing ride around some of the sights that Kathmandu has to offer. An early evening group meal will leave ample time for packing belongings for an early start the following morning. Bike bags and all luggage not required during the tour can be left at the hotel.


Day 3

Whilst the riders enjoy breakfast at the hotel, the luggage and bikes will be loaded onto the coach for the transfer to Besi Sahar. The journey will take around 6 hours, leaving time in the late afternoon / early evening to explore the town and stretch the legs on the trails heading up into the mountains.

Day 4
Route: Besi Sahar to Taal – 30km, 1400m ascent, estimated riding time 5 to 8 hours

We have split the race stage into 2 days as its a tough one, even for the top pro riders that take on the Yak Attack.

Leaving Besi Sahar we almost immediately hit the dirt and lots of small stream crossings. After approx 5km of fairly flat terrain the trail starts to climb up towards Taal, which is situated at 1700m above sea level on the banks of the Marshyangdi river.

Day 5
Route: Taal to Chame - 36km, 1300m ascent, estimated riding time 4 to 6 hours

Leaving Taal, the trail climbs up a steep and rocky jeep track, past a spectacular water fall and upwards to Timang. The final 9km offers a little respite from the continuous climbing as it undulates all the way to Chame, one of the areas larger villages, situated in a narrow valley at 2700m above sea level. From here onwards riders may start to feel the effects of the altitude and temperatures will be considerably lower than at Besi Sahar.

Day 6
Route: Chame to Manang – 30km, 1250m ascent, estimated riding time 3 to 6 hours.

As we ascend in altitude, the riding distances get shorter but that doesn’t mean they get any easier. The trail ascends through pine forests before following an open valley up towards Manang. Depending on the weather, riders could encounter lots of mud and even their first snow during this section, then again, it could be lovely hard packed and fast flowing terrain. This is the Himalaya after all and conditions can change at the drop of a hat!

Day 7

This will be a rest day in Manang, which is essential to allow the body to acclimatise to the high altitude and gives the riders a break from the bikes. There are plenty of interesting and scenic treks that can be undertaken from Manang, and there are also a number of excellent bakeries and coffee shops to while away the day in!!

Day 8
Route: Manang to Thorong Phedi, 17km, 1240m ascent, estimated riding time 3 to 6 hours.

The shortest stage distance wise, at only 17km, but on average it takes riders longer than the 60km of Gorkha to Besi Sahar!! 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, but the scenery is absolutely breath taking, with snow-capped mountains in every direction.

Day 9
Route: Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni – 25km, 1040m ascent, estimated riding time 5 to 10 hours

A very early start will be necessary as high winds can pick up later on in the day on the top of the pass. It’s time to put the bike on your back for a 5km hike a bike, starting in the dark, through snow and freezing temperatures to the highest point of the race, Thorong La, at 5416m. This could be the slowest 5km you have ever done, taking on average 3 to 6 hours, but the feeling of euphoria on reaching the top is more than worth all the effort. With lady luck on our side, the descent will be clear of snow from the very top and riders can take on what has to be one of the world’s greatest mountain bike downhills, from 5416m down to 2700m in 20km and back to the warmth of Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang.

Day 10
Route: Kagbeni to Tatopani – 58km, 960m ascent, estimated riding time 2.5 to 5 hours.

The only reason to start early today is to have even more time at the hot springs at Tatopani; the day’s final destination. 58km of predominantly downhill takes riders back down to the sub-tropical heat and oxygen rich air of 1100m above sea level. The first 35km is a gentle drop down Kali Gandaki gorge; reputedly the deepest gorge in the world, but the final 23km into Tatopani is a jaw clattering, rough and rapid descent that will test both man and machine. Tatopani signifies the finish line for the Yak Attack race and here riders will be able to compare their overall riding times to those that have raced the course before them. The hot springs now await to soak away the aches and pains of 8 days on the trail.

Day 11
Route: Tatopani to Beni – 23km, 400m ascent, estimated riding time 1.5 hours

With the hard work done, it’s a relaxing 23km ride down to the end of the trail, where a coach will await to transfer both riders and bikes to Pokhara. The 3 hour transfer will see riders arrive at the relaxing lakeside resort which is host to an array of international standard hotels, restaurants and bars where riders and crew can celebrate safely completing “The Full Yak”.

(Option to carry on riding to Pokhara will be available, a total of 82km with a long climb and long final descent into Pokhara, extra estimated riding time 4 hours)

Day 12

After breakfast we will start the drive back to Kathmandu along the sealed but scenic main highway. Transfer time 6 to 8 hours. Farewell evening dinner for all riders and crew.

Day 13

Transfer to international airport or continue on with own itinerary.

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