The Full Yak Adventure

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  • 16 days / 15 nights
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Cross the Thorong La Pass
  • 400km, 12000 metres of ascent
  • Led by 5 times Yak Attack Champ
  • Spring 2018 Dates...
  • 31st March to15th April
  • 24th April to May 9th
  • 15th May to 30th May
  • Autumn 2017 Dates...
  • 2nd October to 17th October
  • 20th November to 5th December
  • Grade 5 - high level of fitness required
Duration: 16 days / 15 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
Route: Kathmandu to Nawakot – 53km, 1090m ascent, estimated riding time 3 to 5 hours

The Yak Attack team will load the luggage onto the support vehicle which will leave whilst the riders have breakfast at the hotel. Riding straight from the hotel, a 10km gradual climb through the streets of Kathmandu takes riders up to the Shivapuri National Park, and the start line of the Yak Attack race (riders can start their GPS here if they want to compare their times with the race times). From here, riders hit the dirt with a 3km steep climb, followed by a 14km descent and another brutal 5km ascent in the midday heat. The destination for the day is Nawakot and the idyllic location of The Famous Farm Guesthouse, regarded by some as one of the most beautiful and tranquil spots in Nepal.

 

Day 4
Route: Nawakot to Arughat – 51km, 1900m ascent, estimated riding time 6 to 8 hours

We will need an early breakfast today, even though we’ve split the race stage into 2 it’s still one of the hardest days riding of the whole tour. Leaving Nawakot, there is a 10km sealed downhill section before we hit the dirt again. This is where the Yak Attack Stage 2 race starts. Over 50km of riding with 1900m of ascent follows, in sweltering heat and dusty conditions, this will be a test for even the toughest of riders. Unlike the race, we finish the days riding in Arughat, a town that feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, because basically it is!!

Day 5
Route: Arughat to Gorkha - 50km, 1200m ascent, estimated riding time 4 to 6 hours

Not as tough as yesterdays ride but still lots of dry and dusty climbing and descending, luckily there will be Torq products available to keep you hydrated and fuelled. Today’s final destination is Gorka, Nepal’s former capital, perched high on the side of the Himalayan foothills.

Day 6
Route: Gorkha to Besi Sahar – 60km, 1200m ascent, estimated riding time 3 to 6 hours.

An easy day by Yak Attack standards! A later breakfast today will allow riders a little longer to recover from the previous days efforts. A 7km downhill section starts the day, followed by around 23km of undulating terrain through a peaceful arable landscape. The final 30km is on rolling sealed road and this will bring riders to Besi Sahar and the start of the Annapurna circuit (also the start of Attack the Pass).

 

Day 7
Route: Besi Sahar to Taal – 30km, 1400m ascent, estimated riding time 5 to 8 hours

Again we have split the race stage into 2 days as it’s 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 8
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 effectss of the altitude and temperatures will be considerably lower than at Besi Sahar.

Day 9
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 10

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

 

Day 11
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 12
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 at 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 13
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 14
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 15

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 16

Transfer to international airport or continue on with own itinerary.

 

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