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Mountain Biking Everest – Pikey Peak 10

Mountain biking high, dream higher – let the Himalayas be the backdrop to your unforgettable Mt biking adventure into the Himalayas.

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For those who want to experience an exhilarating adventure in the stunning Himalayan scenery, Pikey Peak Mountain Biking is a great option. Pikey Peak, which is 4,065 meters (13,335 ft) high and located in Nepal’s Solukhumbu area, offers bikers a demanding yet gratifying ride through untamed landscapes and harsh terrain. Riding a mountain bike through beautiful valleys and charming Nepalese villages, the trip to Pikey Peak starts in the busy city of Kathmandu. In addition to breathtaking views of verdant woods, terraced fields, and tumbling waterfalls, cyclists riding towards the summit are rewarded with breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, including the towering Everest. 

The Pikey Peak trail is a varied one, with thrilling single tracks, technical descents, and difficult climbs to suit riders of all ability levels. Riding across tiny hills, winding routes, and rocky paths, cyclists get a firsthand look at the unadulterated grandeur of the Himalayas and the rush of high-altitude mountain biking. Engaging with the several Sherpa settlements dotted across the area is one of the best parts of mountain biking on Pikey Peak. Aside from enjoying traditional Sherpa cuisine and learning about the rich cultural legacy of the Himalayan people, cyclists can also enjoy true Nepalese hospitality. 

For cyclists, reaching the summit of Pikey Peak, which offers expansive vistas that seemingly never end, is a moment of victory. Riders get a tangible sense of satisfaction as they revel in their victory over one of Nepal’s less well-known but no less magnificent peaks. Pikey Peak Mountain biking is a soul-stirring activity that gives riders the chance to connect with nature, experience the local way of life, and make lifelong memories. It’s not only a physical challenge. Pikey Peak offers an incredible mountain biking experience unlike anything else, whether you’re an experienced rider or a beginner searching for something unique to do. 

Highlights

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Once you land at Kathmandu Airport, all you have to do is look forward to an exciting adventure. Take On Nepal will be at your service every day until you fly back to your home country. At the airport, a representative from Take On Nepal will welcome you. The representative will guide and assist you seamlessly to ensure a smooth and stress-free arrival. Once your immigration process is completed, our representative will assist with your luggage and transport you to your hotel. Upon reaching your hotel and checking in, you may relax and refresh. The evening is all yours! You can stroll around, buy things you miss out on, or explore the popular Swayambhunath Stupa.

Day 2: Ride to Nagarkot and Bhaktapure

From Kathmandu, take a scenic ride to Nagarkot, a quaint hill village famous for its expansive vistas of the Himalayas, which include the famous Mount Everest. The path meanders through terraced fields, charming villages, and dense forests as it weaves through beautiful terrain. When you arrive at Nagarkot, take in the breathtaking sunset over the snow-covered peaks before spending the night in your lodging. After a day of exhilarating cycling, you will ride back to your hotel.

 

 

Day 3: Drive to Dhap and Ride to Jhapre

On this day, you will leave Nagarkot and hop on a private vehicle to Dhap, a charming village tucked away in the Himalayan foothills. As the trip progresses, visitors are immersed in Nepal’s natural splendor with breath-taking views of lush valleys and snow-capped peaks. You will eagerly saddle up for an exciting ride to Jhapre after arriving in Dhap. The route meanders through serene forests and undulating hills, providing vistas of traditional Sherpa settlements as it passes. As you pedal past charming communities that are festooned with prayer flags, riders take in the rich cultural legacy of the area.

 

The air gets colder and the scenery gets rougher as you go deeper into the mountains. You will be more than excited for the breathtaking views that will greet you at Jhapre, despite the difficulties. Get ready to enjoy genuine hospitality and amazing views of the surrounding mountains upon arriving in Jhapre. Unwind and rejuvenate as the day comes to an end, thinking back on the unforgettable journey and looking forward to the adventures that lay ahead.

 

 

Day 4: Biking from Jhapre to Pikey Peak Base Camp

A strenuous journey awaits you as you leave Jhapre and head to Pikey Peak Base Camp, which is situated at the base of the magnificent Pikey Peak. Experience cycling on secluded mountain trails with stunning vistas of the Himalayan region as you progressively climb towards base camp. Reach the base camp in the evening to recuperate and be ready for the Pikey Peak ascent the following day.

 

Day 5: Biking from Pikey Peak Base Camp to Pikey Peak and Phaplu

Get up early and start your exciting climb to Pikey Peak, which is the highest point on your adventure. At 4,065 meters (13,335 ft), bikers are rewarded with an unmatched sense of success and breathtaking, indescribable views when reaching the summit of Pikey Peak. Below them, the world unfurls in a captivating mosaic of valleys, glaciers, and far-off peaks, providing a window into the majesty of the Himalayan terrain. Relish the victorious moment at the top before starting the thrilling descent back to Pikey Peak Base Camp. The ride down is an exhilarating experience with heart-pounding descents and stunning views as riders deftly negotiate uneven trails and winding routes.

In order to reach the summit, push yourself to the absolute limit as you navigate uneven terrain and severe grades. Enjoy the breathtaking sweeping views of the Himalayas that extend forever as you reach the summit. Continue your riding excursion to Phaplu, a quaint village tucked away amid verdant valleys and rolling hills, after descending from Pikey Peak. The final leg of the day’s excursion is a celebration of the successes attained and the priceless memories made in the breathtaking Himalayan scenery.You will arrive at Phaplu to find friendly greetings and welcoming arms, capping off an amazing day of mountain bike exploration.

 

 

Day 6: Biking Day in Phaplu - Rantange Trail Center

Today you will discover the many and aesthetically pleasing paths that surround Phaplu. Savor the peace of the surroundings as you ride through lush forests, quaint towns, and undulating meadows. With its wide variety of routes that accommodate riders of all ability levels, the Rantange Trail Center calls. Everything from leisurely meandering routes to exhilarating downhill runs is available for everyone to enjoy. Riding through broad fields blanketed in wildflowers, charming villages, and lush woodlands, you will embark on an exploration of the paths.

Off-road enthusiasts can also put their talents to the test in the Rantange Trail Center by taking on difficult descents and complex terrain. Cycling enthusiasts have a thrilling sense of achievement when mastering every segment of the course, be it winding through rugged singletracks or ascending steep hills. Following an exhilarating day of enjoyment, motorcyclists return to Phaplu with hearts full of happiness and lifelong memories. The Pikey Peak Mountain bike experience embodies an adventurous and exploratory character, which is best expressed during the bike day at Phaplu and the Rantange Trail Center.

 

 

 

Day 7: Drive to Taksindu and ride to Junbesi Via Ringbu

On Day 7 of the Pikey Peak Mountain Biking adventure, the journey takes a scenic turn as participants leave Phaplu and embark on a drive to Taksindu. This section of the journey promises to be breathtaking, with the road winding through the Solukhumbu region’s gorgeous surroundings. Taksindu is a hilltop location with expansive views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks that beckon visitors to stop and take in the breathtaking scenery. The riding experience continues from Taksindu as you ride your two-wheelers past Ringbu towards Junbesi. The trail winds through terraced fields with vibrant prayer flags waving in the breeze, lush forests, and charming Sherpa settlements.

You will experience the friendly hospitality of the local Sherpa people along the route, learning about their customs and way of life. Ringbu, a tranquil community tucked away between undulating hills and natural environment, is the trip’s high point. Here, surrounded by majestic peaks and verdant surroundings, bikers can take a stop and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Cyclists are rewarded to breath-taking views at every bend on the route to Junbesi, which makes this portion of the journey through the heart of the Himalayas unforgettable and enriching.

Day 8: Visit Thupten Choling Monastery and ride back to Phaplu

The 8th day of the Pikey Peak Mountain Biking excursion starts with a spiritually enlightening visit to the Thupten Choling Monastery, which is tucked away in the peaceful surroundings close to Phaplu. The serene atmosphere and stunning architecture of this revered Buddhist location welcome cyclists as they arrive at the monastery. Thupten Choling provides a place of refuge for introspection and contemplation, surrounded by the verdant forests and high Himalayan peaks.

 

The monastery offers visitors the chance to examine its elaborate artwork, historic artifacts, and prayer rooms decorated with vibrant murals that illustrate Buddhist teachings. Take a moment to meditate or just enjoy the tranquil ambiance as you find comfort in the surroundings’ unspoiled beauty. Cyclists remount for an exciting ride back to Phaplu after visiting the Thupten Choling Monastery. The trip back follows the same beautiful paths that were previously ridden during the adventure, giving riders an opportunity to return to their favorite locations and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Solukhumbu area once more.

 

The cool mountain air and the calming sounds of nature enliven the body and soul of cyclists as they pedal through the magnificent landscape. Reuniting with fellow riders in Phaplu, the journey home is a celebration of the memories and experiences made during the mountain biking adventure. It also signifies the end of an incredible journey through the Himalayas and leaves riders feeling accomplished and fulfilled.

 

 

Day 9: Drive to Kathmandu

Say goodbye to Phaplu and head back to Kathmandu over a picturesque drive while reflecting on the amazing sights and life-changing moments you experienced while mountain biking. Reach Kathmandu and wrap out your journey with treasured recollections of navigating the Himalayan trails.

 

Day 10: Final Day

This is officially your final day with Take on Nepal, boo hoo! If you are departing you will need to check out from your hotel at 12pm, if you have a later flight, your luggage can be stored safely at the hotel until your departure. Our team will be on hand to take you to the airport. We always recommend if you have time to stay on in Nepal after your trek, there’s so much to see and do! If you have some spare days our team will be happy to organise your activities. A city tour is a must do and if you have a longer period of time you are welcome to visit Batase village, home of our guides and porters. Another suggestion is spending time in Pokhara or Chitwan. Nepal really is an amazing country with plenty of things to see and do.

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About Nepal

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

The short answer is yes. Nepal is safer than most countries around the world, possibly due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growth in visitors, from all over the world. The people are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy and are very welcoming.

Will I need a visa?

Yes. You can obtain your visa prior to departure through the General Consulate of Nepal. Please visit their website to download the details and relevant form Nepal Australian Consulute

Alternatively, you can obtain the visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You will be applying for a tourist visa. If you choose this option, we advise you should have 4 passport sized photos ready and AUD or US dollars in cash to pay for the visa. The cost for a 30-day visa is between $30 and $50. There is an EFTPOS facility at the airport, but this is unreliable and we recommend you have cash ready to avoid any issues that could arise. The process at the airport is straightforward and easy. Please download the visa application form, fill it in and take it with you in your hand luggage, this will save you some time at the airport.

Please see attached a scanned copy of the visa application form, this form gives you an idea of the information they require upon arrival. We recommend that when you disembark from the airplane that you don’t dilly dally, head straight for the visa applications, fill it out and get in line! Sometimes there can be quite a line up (I’ve been caught out a few times!) but that may not be the case as you are travelling in the off season.

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What will the weather be like?

Nepal has four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from March to May and is warm with rain showers; temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green. Temperatures can get quite warm, up to 30°C. Autumn, from September to November, is cool with clear skies and is the most popular season for trekking. Temperatures are not too warm, with daily maximum about 25°C and cool nights with minimum of 10°C. It usually does not rain for more than one or two days during the autumn and the winter season. In winter, from December to February, it is cold at night with temperatures sometimes below zero. However, the maximum temperatures can still reach up to 20°C. Then the mountains are covered with snow.

Will I need to speak the local language?

You do not need to learn Nepali. Prior to departure, we will provide you with a document of key words and phrases in Nepali, in order for you to be prepared. On your first day in the village, you will be given a lesson in Basic Nepali. We are encouraging the village children to learn English, as this is the key to better opportunities for them in the future. The children are keen to learn and to practice their English with you.

Will I be able to phone home?

You will have access to the internet and telephones in Kathmandu and in Chitwan. We encourage you to open a Skype account, to reduce the costs of calling from Nepal to Australia.

In the village your team leader will have a reliable phone connection, you will be provided with his number prior to departure, to leave with family members who may wish to contact you during your time in the village. We encourage volunteers to distance themselves from internet and technology, as this allows for a more authentic village experience.

How do I book my flight?

You will need to book your own flight and travel insurance. You’ll be met at the airport and transported from there to your accommodation in Kathmandu.

What should I bring?

Upon acceptance into the program you will be sent a comprehensive Preparation Pack, this will outline all that is required to be fully prepared for your exciting experience. It will include a list of items that we encourage you to take with you to Nepal.

Will I have clean drinking water?

The water in Kathmandu and Chitwan is unsafe to drink, we will provide you with free bottled water. In the village, the water is clean and safe to drink but it will be treated to ensure your protection against any water borne issues.

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