Everest Enduro – Pikey Peak and Beyond
Pikey Peak is a 4000 meter “hill” summit which commands stunning panoramic views of the Everest Range. We don’t call them mountains (Himal in Nepali) unless they have snow on them! The area is Solukhumbhu and it lies about 180 km North East of Kathmandu.
While the trails do not go into the Himalayan Region amidst the snow peaks, they rove around the mid hills and the range of hill just below the main Everest Region, rolling from 2300m to 4200m through ancient Rhododendron and Fur Forests, Spruce covered hill tops and cultivated farm land. In Spring, the area comes alive with Rhododendron, Orchids and Magnolia blooms. While the area is dominated with dense forest, small Sherpa and Rai Villages can be found as well as Monasteries and some cultivated land.
Riding in this area is best done in February through to May (Spring Season) and Late October through to Mid December (Autumn/Winter Season) In the Monsoon months the trails are too wet, slippery and overgrown. It is also hard for vehicle access. Also you might not get the Epic Views that you came for.
The Pikey Peak Trails are for those riders who love to hit the trail hard, while most people come to Nepal with the expectation of getting up close and personal in the high altitude regions of the Himalaya, we cannot deliver that on this trip, but we can deliver the best single tracks and riding on offer in Nepal. The trails are not mountain bike specific, this is certainly no bike park, which means they are natural and raw. Riders coming here should be fit and competent riders. Trails vary from steep, open rocky descents off grassy hill tops, down to rooty, slick jungle trails, stone stairs and some super fun fast flowing loamy sections. The combination of some tough pedaling up and carry sections, some shuttle support and enough views of the Snow Capped Himalaya makes this the one of the best bike trips in Nepal.
Add to that the chance to get up close and personal with the local culture and hospitality and ride on trails traveled by few tourists, well away from the heavily trodden trails of Annapurna and Mustang. Here you stay in simple teahouses owned and managed by local people, eat local food and enjoy the warmth of the kitchen fire and conversations of people who seem to come from an era long passed.
Who’s it for?
Fit, Skillful Mountain Bikers who don’t mind simple lodgings and really just want to bike awesome trails and are willing to be exposed to the simplicity of Sherpa Culture and life style.
10 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu (Custom Itineraries also available)
Good cardio fitness and ability to hike uphill (Bike carry to Pikey Peak is Porter Assisted)
Confident in rocky descents, drops, root sections and some exposed trails
Pushing the limits, but well worth it!
Day 01 Arrival in Nepal and Transfer to the Hotel
Day 02 Nagarkot Enduro Ride
Day 03 Drive to Dhap and Ride to Jhapre(2829m)
Day 04 Jhapre(2829m) to Pikey Peak Base Camp(3730m)
Day 05 Pikey Peak Summit(4065m) and Ride to Phaplu(2469m)
Day 06 Rest Day Phaplu
Day 07 Phaplu Enduro Day Trip
Day 08 Phaplu to Junbesi (2700m)
Day 09 Junbesi to Ringbu and Phaplu
Day 10 Fly from Phaplu to Kathmandu
Day 11 Departure
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Trail Notes for Everest Enduro
Normally this trip is operated as a drive in fly out trip, but we can also custom it to fly in fly out or Heli in and fly out. The Standard drive to Salleri, the starting point of the trip is 9 hours. However there are limited flights per week to Phaplu, so clients should be a little flexible with their programs.
The trail is a mix of rocky sections, rooty jungle tracks, nice flowing trails and steep descents. The trip is vehicle supported for Uplift on roads and porter supported for the climb to Pikey Peak.
We give you Himalayan Single Track water proof kit bags for your kit during the trip. This is easier for the porters to carry. The weight limit for the actual trip is 13 kg. During the day you will have to carry a day pack with your daily needs in it.
When booking the trip with Himalayan Single Track, we offer full airport to airport service including all transfers, hotels and logistics for you and your bike. We are also happy to custom tours to suit your needs. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy your ride.
What is the average riding time per day?
During this trip you will riding between 5 to 8 hours per day with plenty of time for cultural site visits and photo taking.
Can this trip be shortened?
Yes in some cases this trip can be shortened, please do ask us. But we need to consider key points like proper acclimatization and also your personal riding fitness and skill level.
What sort of bike should I bring for this trip?
We recommend full suspension bike with 140mm to 160mm travel for this trip.
Can I hire a bike?
Yes Himalayan Single Track has a range of well-maintained and up to date full suspension and hard tail mountain bikes. Please visit the bike hire page of our website.
What spare parts can I get in Nepal?
We have a shop in Thamel where most spare parts for bikes are available, things like tubes, tires, chains, lubes and chain links can be brought. Specialist things like tubeless liquid, spare parts for 1 x 12 and brakes pads other than Shimano should be brought with you, or check with us first.
What is the accommodation like?
In Kathmandu and other major cities, the accommodation we use is 3 star with attached bathroom, hot water, WiFi and back up power. In the mountains we use simple yet clean Tea Houses. We try to get attached bathrooms in all places but in some more remote areas there might be common bathrooms, squat toilets and bucket hot showers only. But all in all staying in Tea Houses and meeting local families is often one of the highlights of the trip.
How do I pay for the trip?
If you decide to book this trip with Himalayan Single Track, we take 20% deposit at the time of booking paid by bank transfer. Balance should be paid on arrival by cash or credit card.
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