14 days, 13 nights
Difficulty Level: 4
Price (US$): From $3,095.00
Months Available: October through April
Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner.
Overnight Hotel Tibet. (Dinner)
Day 02 - Kathmandu Briefing during breakfast. Half day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square - the old palace complex that was most affected by the earthquake. Enjoy Dinner.
Overnight Hotel Tibet. (All meals)Day 03 - Kathmandu to Phaplu (8,100 ft.) Wake up early for your morning flight to Phaplu of around 25 – 35 minutes. Depending on the weather you should arrive in Phaplu by 11:00 am. Depending on the flight schedule, you may have the opportunity to ride or walk down to Salleri (20 minutes descent and 60 minutes ascent on your bike). Salleri is the district headquarters of Solukhumbu district. The market is quite interesting.
Overnight Lodge. (All meals)Day 04 - Ride to Ringmo (8,900 ft.) The first day of biking begins with pushing your bike up 2,365 feet to Ratnage danda (3.07 miles – 2 to 3 hours approximately) through a dense jungle of oak, pine and rhododendrons. Ratnage offfers a good viewing point. After arriving at Ratnage, you have two options: Option 1 – Tough option Continue to push and carry to the ridge (2 hours) with another 800 ft. elevation gain – 10% rideable. From the ridge top, ride and push along the ridge for a little while. Then descend to Takshindu village (9,600 ft.) – 30% rideable. From Takshindu, descend to Ringmo village either on a technical single track or on jeep track. (1 hour) – 100% rideable. Total ride from the ridge top to Ringmo village is 8.6 miles and 5 hours approximately making the total days trip of around 12 miles and 8 hours. Option 2 – Easier option Descend on either single track or jeep track or a combination (as they criss-cross) back to Phaplu village. (100% rideable)
From Phaplu, it is a gradual ascent to Ringmo village on jeep track. (2.5 hours). After lunch at Ringmo village, you have the option to ascend to Takshindu village which has a beautiful monastery and good mountain views and ride back to Ringmo.
Overnight Lodge. (All meals)Day 05 - Ride to Junbesi (8,900 ft.) From Ringmo, descend to the river to again climb back up. The ascent slowly becomes more gradual allowing you to ride on the single-track trail. Remember to turn around and appreciate the mountains as you ride away in the other direction. The tip of Everest is also visible. Slowly, near Phurteng (9,700 ft.) the trail begins to descend to Junbesi. (Total mileage = 6.91 miles; approximately 3 to 4 hours). 50 to 60% rideable. Total elevation gain of 1,673 feet.
Overnight Lodge. (All meals)
Day 06 to Day 08 - Junbesi We begin rebuilding. You will be required to get your hands dirty: lifting rocks, hammering nails, digging ditches, mixing cement with sand and gravel etc. If the school is in session, you can volunteer to teach English or art at the local school.
Overnight Lodge. (All meals)Day 09 - Explore. Today we explore the Thukten Choling monastery (9,600 ft.). The monastery was established by Trulshik Rimpoche who fled Tibet and settled in Junbesi in 1959. Under his care, 900 monks and nuns, mostly Tibetans, lived and studied at this monastery. At the monastery, it is possible to take photos and drink tea with the nuns. For a group size of 5 or more, we can also arrange a group meal with the monks and nuns and a blessing ceremony. We recommend that you take the jeep track up to the monastery and return on the single track which is across the river. Total mileage = 4.8 miles. Approximate riding time is 1.5 hours with 1,234 feet of elevation gain. (100% rideable).
Overnight Lodge. (All meals)Day 10 - Pikey Peak (13,400 ft.) From Junbesi, we begin the ascent to the top of the ridge past Thaktok and Panbu. From the top of the ridge, ride and push on undulating trail to Jase Bhanjyang. (6 – 7 hours). (data for this section will be available soon).
Overnight Tent. (All meals)Day 11 - Descend to Jhaprey (9,300ft.) Begin strenuous and steep ascent to Pikey Peak. Push and occasionally carry bike past steep sections. From the rhododendron trees, Everest and other big peaks become visible. After slogging for an hour and a half, the trail becomes less steeper as we skirt the peak upto the next pass. From the pass we turn north for about 15 minutes to the summit. From the summit these prominent peaks are visible from West to East (Ganesh, Manaslu, Gauri Shanker, Rolwaling, Dudh Kunda and Numbur, Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga). Total ascent is around 2 to 2.5 hours and 60% rideable. Overnight Tent. (All meals)
Day 12 - Pataley ridge Today is the final day of riding from Jhapre to Patale ridge. 100% rideable. The last section of riding is on paved road.
Overnight Tent. (All meals)
Day 13 - Drive back to Kathmandu From Patale ridge, a chartered vehicle will bring you back to Kathmandu (5 to 6 hours).
Overnight Hotel Tibet. (All meals)
Day 14 - Depart for home Final departure. (Breakfast)
2 persons: $3,545 USD per person 3 - 6 persons: $3,295 USD per person 7 or more persons: $3,095 USD per person
Single Supplement: $500 USD
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“I wanted to go to Nepal to help rebuild, and it was a challenge for me on many levels. The incredible part is that our guide Sune, and all the porters not to mention the family were there to help us accomplish our goal of doing what we could to help them. To receive the patience, physical assistance, guidance (and the incredible food!) touched me deeply. And as it turned out we did help! A lot of rocks got moved. Wire was woven. Progress was made in deconstructing a house. Plus we had fun! I am still integrating all that I experienced. There is something very intense about being in the vicinity of the Himalayas, the stunning beauty, the vastness, the challenges that reduce the ego and enlarge the heart. I’m glad I answered the call to participate in this adventure.”