Paul Bolla is attempting to become the first international rider to complete the Yak Attack — a 10-stage, 12,000m-gain race through the Himalaya — for a second time.

IT SAYS SOMETHING about this race that none of the international riders who previously completed Yak Attack have come back for a second time.

Rider Paul Bolla

This year Matador, is supporting rider Paul Bolla, the only international rider to compete for a second time. Paul is is a former aid worker in Nepal; his goal is to use the race to raise awareness and money for local Himalayan NGO Mitrata Nepal.

The route just looks brutal: over 12 days and 10 stages spanning 400km on jeep track, goat track, yak track, snow track, suspension bridges, and sometimes no track, with 12,000 meters of elevation gain and a max height of 5416m, or nearly 18,000 ft.

Matador’s shooter John Huddart left for Nepal today and will be documenting the race in a series of web videos here at Matador. Please stay tuned, and check Paul’s personal donations page to help support the ride.