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One of the best newly discovered trails for mountain biking in Nepal

The Sherpa Trail – Pikey Peak

The Sherpa Trail takes us through the Solu Khumbu Region and the heart of the Sherpa culture on an epic journey to Pikey Peak 4065m high. The area is rife with single track, dense jungle trails and open Yak Pastures, making it an awesome place for mountain biking.

The Sherpa Trail is one of the best newly discovered mountain bike trails and  single tracks in Nepal.

DAY 01 ARRIVAL IN NEPAL
Welcome to Nepal. Our HST guide will meet you at the airport and bring you to the Hotel. Gear check, trip briefing will be held on this day. Enjoy a traditional Nepalese style dinner in the evening.
Accommodation: International Guest House
Meals: Dinner

DAY 02 WARM UP RIDE – PHULCHOWKI EXPRESS
To the south of Kathmandu valley lies a peak taller than the other hills that surround the capital city of Nepal. Towering above the others at 2800 meters is PHULCHOWKI. The hour and a half jeep ride to the top takes us first through the rural fields and villages past Gowdarvi and then creeps slowly up the rubble road through fantastic old growth forest, moss covered rhododendron trees and many species of pines trees, it’s almost like driving into a lost world, considering we are just on the fringes of the sprawling urban utopia of Kathmandu. The drive is one thing … the riding down from there … well that is something even more epic. Full suspension bikes are a must to rip up the dirt, rocks, tree routes and hard packed red clay and roll on down to the valley.
The trail is a journey of epic proportions, hugging the ridge with flowing single tracks and small rock gardens. The impeding views of the Himalayas on the northern horizon force the riders to stop, pause suck in the fresh air and admire the views way above the city haze of Kathmandu. There is so much fun to be had here for mountain bikers.
Accommodation: International Guest House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 03 FLY TO SALLERI/PHAPLU
The flight to Phaplu is all part of the adventure, this small twin otter plain takes us along the mid to eastern Himalaya with spectacular views until we reach Phaplu airport, flight time about 25mins.
We take a short drive to Salleri which is the headquarters of the Solukhunbu (Everest) District. We will be staying overnight at the authentic and homely Solu Farmhouse.
Accommodation: Solu Farmhouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 04 COMMUNITY FOREST DOWNHILL (Shuttle and Biking)
Wake up in the morning to super views of the Gaurishanker Himal. Enjoy a home cooked breakfast. The journey today starts with a drive in the Jeep around half an hour to a place called Ratnagay which is pasture land frequented by the Yak Herding Nomads in the Summer time. We can climb the view tower for more stunning views of the Himalayas, including the fabled Mount Everest.

Today’s trail takes through the Jungle, nice single track, flowing through old growth Pine and Rhododendron Forests. The first 1km is a bit techy and free ride style, but after that you will enjoy great flow. 10km of single track takes us to Dorphu where we can have lunch. Total riding is about 23km, mostly downhill and we shuttle back to the farmhouse where the beer is already on ice.
Accommodation: Solu Farmhouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05 RATNAGAY TO NELA (Shuttle and Biking)
This lazy Himalayan day starts like yesterday with a shuttle to Ratnagey. Our trail is different today as we head to Silgodee Dada (Dada means hill top). From here the trail heads slowly downhill to Chalsa where we take a break. As we continue down the ext trail you will experience
” Nepalie Flat” (little bit up little bit down) through some typical Sherpa Villages. There is only a small teashop in between so it’s best to carry some snacks and water with you. It is going to be a long day so we will also have a late lunch in Nela Bazaar, one of the big bazaars(weekly market) of the Solu region.

Return to Salleri by Jeep which takes about an hour. All together riding will be 28 km of trail including rocky sections, jungle sections and grassy single track.
Accommodation: Solu Farmhouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 06 BIKING TAKSINDU TRAIL (Shuttle and Biking)
Again we head to the Yak Pastures, but this time our trails leads to the north. Some very nice Jungle single tracks with rock and root sections await us as we head to Taksindu. This village is on the main trekking trail to Everest Base Camp and popular rest spot for trekkers. Be sure to carry a Jacket as it can get cold here.

We head again downhill to Ringmu before heading back to Phaplu and Salleri. Today’s ride covers around 35km.
Accommodation: Solu Farmhouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 07 HIKING TO PIKEY BHANJYANG
The bikes get a rest today as we pack our bags for hike to Pikey Bhanjyang. Porters will be there to carry the bikes and heavier packs as we head out on the trail. The first leg takes us from Salleri to Solu Khola (Khola means River). From here we climb some 1200meters through the forest to Pikey Khop, our lunch place. From here the climbing gets more steep, it will take us about 3 hours to reach Pikey Base Camp or Pikey Bhanjyang. Here we stay in a very simple, local style guest house with a good hearty meal of traditional Dhal Bhart (Rice and Lentils). The total hiking time today will be 7 to 8 hours and the facilities along the way are simple and very traditional, which adds to the charm of this adventure.
Accommodation: Local teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 08 HIKE TO PIKEY PEAK AND BIKE TO SALLERI
Wake up early and hike to the peak for a breathtaking sunrise and panorama of the Everest, Kanchenjunga and Langtang Himalayas. The porters will bring up the bikes and then return to Salleri with our overnight luggage.

Next we mount up for 20km, 1600m descent which progresses from rugged rocky steep exposed mountain top trail to rolling single track through Yak Pastures and into the jungle. This is truly one of the best descent in Nepal and you will see the hike up there was well worth it!

Once we reach the river at the bottom we return to our base at the Farmhouse and celebrate our trip.
Accommodation: Solu Farmhouse
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 09: FLY TO KATHMANDU
We return to Pokhara on the plane. Arrive around lunch time and there is the option to go shopping, explore some of the culture of Kathmandu or just hang out in our super cool bike shop!
Accommodation: International Guest House
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: DEPARTURE
We help you pack up your bike and gear and take you to the airport for your homeward flight. If you are looking for more adventure, hang around in Nepal and check out more biking, rafting, Bungy Jumping, Paragliding to satisfy your taste for adventure.
Accommodation: Nil
Meals: Breakfast

BEST TIME
March, April, May & Sept, Oct, Nov

SPENDING MONEY
You will need to carry with you spending money for things like alcohol, snacks, internet usage and other purchases along the way. Also tipping is expected in Nepal for guides and porters if you are happy with the service provided. You will have to carry the money with you from Kathmandu/Pokhara as there are no ATM’S along the way.

PORTERS
Porters for carrying your bags and bikes for the hike to Pikey Peak are included in the price of the trip. So all you will need to carry during the day is a day pack with your personal items for the day.

DRINKING WATER
Tap water is not drinkable in Nepal. Bottled drinking water is not included in the price of the trip. Himalayan Single Track carries Steri Pens for use on the trips and we will treat filtered drinking for you. If you choose to buy or treat your own water during the trip that is also fine, but not included in the price. We strongly discourage the purchase of plastic water bottles on all of our trips for environmental reasons.We recommend two 1 litre water bottles or one two to three litre Camel Pak bladder for this trip.

ELECTRICITY
Approximately 80% of the accommodations will have electricity and an outlet appropriate for charging items such as mobile phones or iPods/iPads, you will need to purchase a Universal Adapter, these can be purchased in most Travel shops. In the dry months from October through to May Nepal can experience Load Shedding (Periods without electricity) in excess of 10 hours a day.

VISA
Although queues can be quite long, we prefer to obtain visas at Kathmandu Airport, as it is cheaper. You will require a passport size photo and it tends to speed things up if you have already downloaded a Visa Form and attached your picture in preparation.
Visa Duration & Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

TEMPERATURES
In the Solu Khumbu Region the higher up you go the colder it gets. You need to be prepared for below zero temperatures at night time. Day time is average temp 18 degrees Celsius. You also need to be prepared for high winds, possible rain, sleet and snow during Dec, Jan and Feb.

ACCOMMODATIONS
We provide 3 star accommodation in Kathmandu. In these hotels you will get Deluxe rooms with attached bathrooms, breakfast, Wi-Fi access and all normal hotel facilities. During the biking leg of the trip you will be accommodated in the Solu Farmhouse which is a nice comfortable place, for one night on the way to Pikey Peak we stay in a very simple local home-stay which has limited access to water.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
• Water proof/wind proof jacket suitable for riding, optional Down Jacket
• Long thermals (2 sets in Winter Season), a couple of T-Shirts and shorts or trekking trousers
• Light Fleece Jacket or a Warm Jumper
• Cycle clothing – long sleeve and short sleeve tops, full and half cycling shorts, arm warmers, leg/Knee warmers, thermal cap, knee and elbow pads are recommended
• Hat, sunglasses, sun cream, toiletries (Bio Degradable is recommended)
• Windproof/water proof cycling gloves (full), Helmet (Both are Compulsory on HST Tours)
• Chap stick, moisturiser cream, toilet paper, Hand wipes and sanitizer
• Good shoes for both walking and cycling (Stiff race type SPD shoes are not recommended go for a walking style SPD Shoe), also a pair of sandals or flip flops for around the tea houses
• Warm socks, woolen hat and a scarf/Muffler
• Buff, bandana or some kind of face covering
• Own medicines including re-hydration salts and any personal medication required (Our Guides carry full first aid kits)
• Camel Pak or water bottles (Minimum 2 Liters)
• Water proof pack cover, Sleeping bag (Optional) or Sleeping Sheet

*To make things easier for our porters, we request you to pack your belongings in soft water proof duffel bags or back packs rather than suitcase.

TRIP REQUIREMENTS/DOCUMENTS
Personal Travel Insurance
Copy of Passport
2 Passport Sized Photos
Signed Copy of Himalayan Single Track Booking from and disclaimer

BIKE SPARE PARTS
If you are bringing your own bike to Nepal then you will also be required to bring the spare parts required to keep your bike on the trails. All our guides are good mechanics who will assist you with repairs etc. We recommend that you bring the following items for your bike own bike. Our guide will carry tool kits and basic spare parts.
• Inner tubes (esp if you are running 29 or 27.5 wheels)
• A tire that fits your bike, recommended for Nepal 2.2+
• A few spokes and nipples
• Hanger/Drop Out
• Seat Post Clamp, spare parts/adapters for through axles
• Chain Oil, Bleed kit relevant to your brakes and/or dropper seat post, suspension pump, pump, brake pads

Spare parts and accessories can easily be purchased in our shop, most readily available items in Nepal are Shimano 9 and 10 speed chains, cassettes and cranks, tubes 26 & 29 and a full range of cycling clothing.

TIPPING
In most cases like taxi’s, local restaurants and guided tours tipping is expected in Nepal but not compulsory. Generally local wages are low which reflects poor local economy. Tipping is a voluntary bonus on your part if your are happy with a service. If you come across good service and are impressed with the guide, food, driver or other things then your tips will be appreciated.

Please note that in Hotels and Tourist restaurants service charge is always added onto the bill which is 10%. If you have bad service you can refuse to pay this, but it will be automatically added unless you state otherwise, so in these cases tipping is not required.

Himalayan Single Track Guidelines (This is just our suggestion and in all cases tipping is optional)
Meals/Restaurant (Local) – 10% of the bill
Taxi Ride – 50 to 100 nrs
Driver – 200 to 500 nrs
Trip Guide 500 to 1500 nrs per day (as a group)
Trip Porters – 500 to 1000 nrs per person (as a group)
Hotel/Airport Porters – 100 nrs

ACCESS TO MONEY
There are only ATMs within the main cities of Nepal, Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan
ATMs in Kathmandu are on every corner and accept most key cards and credit cards. Traveller’s Cheques are outdated but can be changed still with Money Exchangers (also on every corner) or within big hotels. Please don’t change your money at the airport, you will not need cash until you get into town and you will get a much better rate in Kathmandu than at the airport. USD, EURO and AUD are also accepted for large purchases (in case you go on a shopping spree!)

Our price is all inclusive and contains no hidden cost or local payment

PRICE INCLUDES -

ACCOMMODATION
3 Nights in Kathmandu (3 Star) – International Guest House
6 Nights in Teahouses while biking

FLIGHTS(DOMESTIC ONLY)
Kathmandu to Phaplu
All airport taxes and Service Charges
Excess Luggage Charges up to 7kg Over weight

MEALS
All meals as per itinerary

TRANSPORT
Airport Transfers (All)
Jeep Transfers/Shuttles in the Solu Region

GUIDES/PORTERS
09 Days Qualified Mountain Bike Guide (MBLA Certificate and Wilderness First Aid)
02 Days Porter
Support Guide for group over five people
All Guide and Porter expenses and insurance

WORKSHOP/TOOLS
Full use of Himalayan Single Track Workshop for assembling, washing and packing bikes
Travel tool box carried by guides on tour.

WILL THERE BE ANY SURCHARGES OR PRICE CHANGES?
We do not impose ‘local payments’ or have any hidden charges. There is a guaranteed ‘no price increase’ in the trip price after you have paid your deposit.