PRICE
From US$ 1769 pp


DURATION
10 Days (8 Days Riding)


DEPARTURE DATES
2022 –
 18th Oct, 1st Dec
2023 –
 24th Apr, 22th May, 27th Sept, 18th Oct, 18st Nov


GROUP SIZE
Min 2 – Max 12 

Everest Enduro (Pikey Peak)

This Epic Mountain Biking Trip offers the best Enduro trails on offer in Nepal and an insight into Sherpa Culture.

Pikey Peak is a 4000-meter “hill” summit that 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 hills just below the main Everest Region, rolling from 2300m to 4200m through ancient Rhododendron and Fur Forests, Spruce covered hilltops and cultivated farmland. In Spring, the area comes alive with Rhododendron, Orchids, and Magnolia blooms. While the area is dominated by 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 Himalayas, we cannot deliver that on this trip, but we can deliver the best single tracks and ride 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 hilltops, 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 one of the best enduro 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 that have been ridden 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.

Highlights

 – Summiting Pikey Peak

 – Mountain Biking Epic Forest Trails

 – Visiting Buddhist Monasteries

 – Panoramic Views of Mount Everest

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 lifestyle.

Length:- 10 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu (Custom Itineraries also available)

Fitness Factor:- Good cardio fitness and ability to hike uphill (Bike carry to Pikey Peak is Porter Assisted)

Skill Factor:- Confident in rocky descents, drops, root sections, and some exposed trails

Comfort Zone :- Pushing the limits, but well worth it!


Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon you arrival in Nepal a member of the Himalayan Single Track team will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. In the evening we have a meet and greet with the guide to do the final checking for the trip and enjoy a traditional Nepalese dinner. 

Day 02 -Nagarkot Enduro Ride

Head to Nagarkot, without a doubt, Nagarkot is the best place to ride Enduro inside the Kathmandu Valley. The trails vary in difficulty and distance, but they are all fun. The tour includes a full-day shuttle, for as much single-track fun as you can handle. The trails run through the jungle and rural rice fields and villages and boast stunning views of the Himalayas. Trail rating would be blue and black, the rider needs some decent skills to enjoy these trails

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day 03 – Drive to Dhap (2932m) and Ride to Jhapre (2829m)

Leaving Nagarkot early, we take a jeep and drive to Dhap, it’s around nine hours from Kathmandu 212 km in total. We stop along the way for lunch. Our drive takes us along the Sindhuli Highway and through the mid-hills where the Sunkosi (River of Gold) flows out of the mountains towards the plains. It’s a long drive, but the scenery is beautiful. We arrive in the tiny village of Dhap from where we stretch our legs with a warm up ride to Jhapre. The ride takes around two hours of pedaling along a jeep track (16 km). Our accommodation for the night is a local, very simple yet homely teahouse.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day 04 – Biking from Jhapre (2829m) to Pikey Peak Basecamp (3730m)

Wake up early and check the bikes and gear before breakfast. Our bags will be carried by some locally hired porters. Once we are ready we start the ride on a dusty jeep track which climbs uphill through the dense Rhododendron Forest, we can also see many Yaks along the trail. It’s around 1000 m of climbing today, so we set an easy pace to allow for acclimatization. The ride will take us around 6 hours and we stop along the way for local food and to visit the many Mani Walls, Prayer Flags and Stupa’s. There is a flat section over the ridge to Bhulbhule. After this we leave the jeep track and ride along a trekking trail where some sections are push and carry near to basecamp which could take up to 1.5 hours. There is a scenic Mani Wall (Prayer Wall) along the route and plenty of good photo opportunities.

The teahouse at Basecamp is simple, but run by a nice elderly local couple. Our cook will help to prepare our evening meal of the local delicacy Thukpa (A thick noodle soup). Beside this we can have the fresh Nak cheese and in the correct season wild mushrooms. Base camp is a cold, damp place, so make sure you have some good warm clothes and a decent sleeping bag.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day 05 – Biking from Pikey Peak Base Camp (3770m) to Pikey Peak (4065m) and Phaplu (2469m)

Today we climb up to the top of Pikey Peak. It’s a steady 2 hour hike a bike with porter assistance if you need it. We leave our main bags at Basecamp for the porters to take back to Phaplu. Once on top of the peak, the views of the Everest Himalaya are incredible! Even Sir Edmund Hillary himself claimed this place to be his favorite.

Pikey Peak is named after the deity (Clan God) representing the Sherpa Clan. During the monsoon, the regional Sherpa’s come here to worship their God. Savor the moment, enjoy the views and listen to the Prayer Flags flapping in the wind.

The start of the descent is rocky and 75% rideable for good riders. It’s steep and gnarly down to Suke Pokharai which takes about 45 mins. From here we enter the jungle sections of track and have about five hours of riding through Dimse, Ghunre and Sallari before reaching Phaplu. The single track is an ancient pathway used by local people and their cattle. It is a wild and natural mix of tree roots, drops, rocks and fast flowing dirt. The last section is a 3km, 300m descent up on a Jeep track to reach Phaplu. Lunch is taken in a local teahouse on the way, but you should carry enough drinking water on this day and some snacks following power bars (chocolates).

This is a great day of riding, a lot of it is single track in the jungle and there are some steep rocky stair sections and lots of fun.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day 06 – Biking Enduro Day in Phaplu

Phaplu has an almost unlimited number of trails in the surrounding community forest. Today we shuttle and ride (4 to 5 hrs.) until our hearts are content, trails are all single track, tree roots, rock gardens and good flowing sections. Our shuttles average 60 mins. to 120 mins. up to Raatnage. Raatnage has a scenic view tower and yet another cool single track around community forest to Salleri bazar and Phaplu. We will have a local organic lunch on the way in between the Salleri bazar and Phaplu.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day 07 – Biking from Phaplu (2469m) to Junbesi (2700m)

Today we will drive to Raatnage again and ride down on a single track to the northern side of Phaplu following the Junbesi River. Again following the jeep track (max. 2 hrs.) to Junbesi which is uphill (300 mtrs.) and flat.

Junbesi is named after the moon where you can see the local people engaged in kiwi fruit farming. It is believed to be the place where the moon (Jun) comes down below the earth to rest (Besi). It is indeed magical to see this village for the first time sitting quietly and charmingly underneath a towering cliff. Junbesi is one of the most beautiful villages in this region.

The village sits alongside Junbesi Monastery and Ngagyur Sergon Lungrig Sedrup Zungdelling Monastery which is liberally decorated with prayer flags and prayer wheels. To the north there is another famous Thupten Choling Monastery situated in the lap of Numbur range whereas to the east you can see the lovely valley of Benighat and Phaplu.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day 08 – Biking from Junbesi (2700m) to Ringbu and Back to Phaplu

Today is one of the best days on the trail. The trail from Junbesi to Ringbu starts off with a 90min flat and uphill section which is 50% rideable and 50% push. After this, the rest of the way to Ringbu is some awesome single track in the jungle with rock and root sections. It is really good riding. At the end we cross a small river and carry our bikes uphill for about 10 mins. Along the trail today, we can enjoy the majestic view of Junbesi River as well as Numbhur and Everest Himalaya during our ride.

The last section of the ride is 16km of down and flat Jeep Track all the way to Phaplu.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day 09 – Fly to Kathmandu

We pack up our bikes and send them in the truck back to Kathmandu. Around 11 am we fly from Phaplu airport to Kathmandu. It’s a short flight of around 30 mins. Transfer from the airport to the hotel. After a shower and some shopping we go out for a last night dinner and enjoy the vibrant nightlife of Kathmandu’s tourist district, Thamel.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner

Day 10 – Departure from Nepal

We will transfer you to the airport for your outbound flight.

Accommodation: None

Included meals: Breakfast

VISA INFORMATION

Entry visa to Nepal can be obtained either from the relevant embassy or consulate prior to your departure or at the airport on arrival to Nepal.

Visa on arrival can be applied for via the Immigration website. Just fill in the details online and then print a copy and bring it with you. Payment is made on arrival.

Visa on Arrival Fees:-

15 Days – US$30
30 Days – US$50
90 Days – US$125 

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

The international airport in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan is located about 7km from the city center. Most of our package tours include an airport pick up. Other options are to get a pre paid taxi from the desk at the airport. The rates are fixed and fair.

INSURANCE

Travel Insurance that covers evacuation from above 5000m is required for this trip. The current entry rules to Nepal also require your insurance to cover Covid related issues. Personal travel insurance is compulsory for you to join this trip. You must present a copy of your policy upon arrival in Nepal. Two companies we recommend for travel insurance are World Nomads and Covermore.

BRINGING YOUR OWN BIKE

On the Annapurna Trip, the trails are a mix of rocky sections and powdered dirt/sandy sections, the trails are generally very dry and abrasive in most places. There are long climbs on most days and some bike carry and push involved in some places. Along the trails there will also be some river crossings.

Days comprise of an average 4 to 5 hours riding and plenty of time to explore and take photos.

We recommend the following specifications:-

• Full Suspension 130mm to 160mm travel all mountain bikes are ideal for this trip.

• Tire recommendation is 2.3 to 2.5

• Tubeless is recommended and we also recommend you bring a little extra Liquid.

• Hardtails are also okay for these trip’s if that is what you ride.

You should provide for your OWN BIKE:-

Chain Links, Spare Chain

Dry Chain Lube

Mech Hanger or Drop Out for your model of bike

Brake Pads for your Model

Brake fluid for your Model of Brake

FOOD/MEALS

The food on the trail is pretty good. Menu items vary from the local staple Dhal Bhat (Rice, Lentils, Veg Curry, Spicy Pickle, and optional Meat Curry) to Noodles, Pasta, Rosti, Eggs, and all kinds of soups and locally made flatbreads, Oats, and Potato dishes. Fresh Fruit is generally limited in these areas.

Vegetarians and Vegans are not a problem at all, there are multiple menu items for both requirements that are filling, nutritious, and high energy. Though we do recommend you to pack nuts, dried fruit, and relevant energy items. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us before the trip.

A note on food-related Illness:- Most people coming to Nepal get some form of stomach upset. But there are ways to avoid this, in most cases, it is not from the food in the teahouses, here are our tips to stay healthy:-

Stay away from oily food in the mountains. Most of us are not used to lots of oily food for every meal and combined with the physical exhaustion, cold and altitude it can lead to upset stomachs. Try and choose light options like Dhal Soups, Soups, boiled and poached eggs, hearty porridge, pasta, and rice (non-fired) dishes. Be careful with your hands, wash, sanitize and wash again!

DRINKING WATER

This is an important topic, the tap water in Nepal is NOT SAFE to drink and mineral water bottles are an environmental hazard and we do not like our clients to use them. HST is trying its best to eliminate the need for disposable water bottles.

Our office in Kathmandu has free water refills. You should bring along some form of water purification. HST will not be purchasing bottled water for this trip.

ACCOMMODATION

During the biking leg of the trip, you will be accommodated in TEA HOUSES which are a form of a mountain lodge. Standard varies from place to place, rooms are simple in some cases we get attached bathrooms, in others bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and have the following:-

• Limited Internet and 3G are available in 70% of the areas. The signal may not always be fast but it is there.

• Power and access to charging – All teahouses have this and you can charge phones, cameras, and lights. In some teahouses, a small charge is applicable for this (100nrs). But the electricity is very limited. Carrying a Power Bank or spare batteries is recommended on this trip.

• Hot water is available in all teahouses-, but can vary depending on sunshine (some places is solar). Hot water is not automatic so please tell the guide you need it and he will make sure the hotel provides it.

Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara are 3-star with all facilities.

CURRENCY

The NPR – Nepalese Rupee, and comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500, and 1000 Notes with 1 and 2 paisa coins. Most places in tourist areas like Kathmandu and Pokhara will accept USD, EURO, POUNDS, and other major currencies.

For travel in more remote regions like Annapurna and Upper Mustang, you should carry local currency in smaller denominations.

ATMs withdrawing up to 30,000nrs at a time can be found everywhere in the tourist centers of Kathmandu and Pokhara and also there is one ATM in Jomsom and Manang. Beware the local banks charge 300nrs to 500nrs per transaction above any charges your own bank may charge you.

MONEY EXCHANGERS

Can be found all over the tourist areas and you can negotiate a little for better rates. On The street money exchangers give a much better rate than banks and hotels.

CREDIT CARDS are accepted in bigger hotels and businesses, the local service charge is normally 4%.


What is the risk of Altitude Sickness?

Our itinerary is set up to allow for acclimatization. As long as the riders take it steady, most people only suffer mild symptoms which are manageable. 

How will my bike be transported?

Bikes are transported in our Twin Cab Bolero with a padded tail gate. Our drivers are all professional and caring when it comes to looking after bikes. When the bikes go on the mountain flights to places like Jomsom, the wheels are removed and the bikes padded and placed in the cargo hold. 


What Happens if I get Sick?

If you get sick, you have options that include, returning to either Pokhara or Kathmandu with a member of our support team, staying and resting in place for a day or using a support vehicle to travel to next destination. It depends on severity of sickness and options available to the group at the time. For serious illness or accident, immediate Helicopter evacuation will be undertaken. 


What level of training do the guides have?

All our guides hold the Government regulation trekking guide license as per the Law of Nepal. On top of this, as per our own company policy, Himalayan Single Track is the ONLY mountain bike company in Nepal to have international licensed mountain bike guides either through the MBLA Scheme or the MIAS Schemes. This is because to date Nepal Tourism sector does not have a safety regulation standard for mountain bike guides. On top of this all our guides have Valid wilderness first aid certification. 

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated. 

What sort of food is on offer in the guest houses?

Teahouses have a wide variety of simple and hearty foods like Momos, Chow Mein, Rice dishes, pasta, eggs, vegetables and curries as well as breakfast items, porridge, cereal, omelets and local breads. 

Do you cater for Vegetarian’s/Vegans and Specials Diets?

Yes we do. Options are many in Nepal. Please inform us prior to the trip so we can make sure your dietary needs are properly looked after.

Should I take Diamox?

Taking Diamox (medication for altitude) is a personal choice, though it is a good if idea you are worried about the affects of altitude. It should be taken in advance of the trip. Please consult your Doctor before taking any medications. 

What happens if my bike breaks?

Our guides will try their best to fix the bike. Where possible a replacement bike will be brought to you, though given the remote terrine of Nepal, this make take an extra day or so. 

Do you take pictures of the trip?

Most of our guides will take photos of the trip for you. We also have specialized photographers/Videographers you can book for the trip if you need to. (Extra Charges Apply)

What if the mountain flights don’t go?

All mountain flights are weather dependent. If the flight does not go, you will get the option to drive on the same day or fly on the following day. 

Do I need a sleeping bag?

In most cases a sleeping bag liner is sufficient. In the colder months its a good idea to bring one. Blankets will also be available at the teahouses. We will send you a packing list relevant to the trip with full details once you have booked.

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