• Pikey Peak Trek

Pikey Peak Trek

Trip Overview

Pikey Peak is a newly opened trail in Lower Solukhumbu area which is based on a homestay style trek. This trail is comparatively less crowded than upper parts of the Everest region and this is drawing the attention of most of the trekkers towards trips in Lower Solukhumbu. Along with the magnificent views of the Himalayan range, this trip gives a wonderful view of Mt. Everest from the top of Pikey ridge which is deemed to be the best view according to Sir Edmund Hillary.

Apart from the best views of the mountains, being one of the most culturally rich destinations with numerous chances to see ancient monasteries, Mani walls and stupas adds up great value in this trip.

Highlights

  • Great views of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Thamserku, Mt. Kanchenjunga and many more.
  • Visit local Sherpas, Magar, and Tamang and experience their authentic culture & food
  • Exploration of Lower Solukhumbu region.

Itinerary


Day 01 - Arrival day in Kathmandu.

Welcome to Kathmandu. You will be received by one of our office representatives at the TIA exit section and escort you to your hotel afterward.

Depending on your arrival time, you will have the chance to stroll around the places nearby your hotel on your own.

  Hotel

Day 02: Permits preparation and trip briefing day.

Today you will have a free day in Kathmandu while your specialist will take time to arrange permits for your trek. You will have time to explore around the Kathmandu valley on your own or enjoy the cultural tour with an experienced tour guide arranged by Trek Guiders.

In the evening, you will be met by your specialist in your hotel lobby. S/he will introduce you to your guide for the trek and brief you shortly about your trek, things to do/ not to do, and any optional activities you may enjoy during the trip. You can ask any queries or share feelings with your specialist during the briefing.

  Hotel

  Breakfast

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap Bazaar (2850m)

After early morning breakfast, you will see your guide coming to pick you up with a private 4X4 vehicle for a long drive (almost 8 hrs) to Dhap. Passing along the Sun Koshi and Tama Koshi river, you will reach Ghurmi town in about 4 hours where you will have lunch in a small local restaurant.

The drive goes continuously smooth uphill through the sub-tropical forests of Pine and dense forests of Rhododendron along with several countryside villages. After driving for about 3 - 4 hours after lunch, you will reach Dhap Bazaar. The great view of Numbur Chuli mountain will make you feel that you are already close to the Himalayas.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Trek from Dhap to Jhapre (2815m)

Early morning after breakfast, you will start walking your first day of the trip to Sigane for first 2.5 hours. Enjoying the view of Numbur Himal, you will continue to walk a bumpy road to Jhapre. It's perched above a deep valley and is popular for exceptional vantage points to view Numbur and Everest residing in the northern region of the country. Take some time to visit little Gompa and stupa here.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Base Camp (3585m)

After breakfast, the trail will start in the dirt road for a while quickly catching a gentle walk uphill through Pine and Rhododendron forest before reaching Bhulbule. The trail from here the trail becomes a little bit steep again passing through Rhododendron forest and a small settlement of Lhamuje which will take approximately an hour. Have some rest here and enjoy your lunch.

The trail beyond Lhamuje opens out to reveal a pasture where you can see grazing Yaks. Cross a long Mani wall, you will climb along the winding road to Pikey Base Camp. You can visit Yak Cheese factory where the production of Cheese is done during Monsoon. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 06: Trek from Pikey Base Camp to Junbesi (2680m). Sunrise view from Pikey Peak (4065m)

After a very early morning breakfast, start a steep uphill walk along the steep rocky ridgeline to the Pikey Peak. The walk will take about an hour to reach the peak from your lodge. Praise the beauty of sunrise view capturing the moments in your camera with wonderful views of the mountains like Mt. Everest, Numbur Chuli, Thamserku, Kangtega, Khatang, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, and Langtang.

The trail, then goes, downhill in the gully stone trail for few hours and enter to the Rhododendron and Pine forest until Jase Bhanjyang. A further walk will take you to Lamjura where you will be stopping by for the lunch. After few moments of rest, continue the trail passing through many Mani Walls and Chortens until you reach Junbesi. You may visit the old monastery in the village and explore the village to know their culture and way of life. 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 07: Day trip to Thupten Chholing Monastery (2920m)

Today is the full exploration day. Right after your breakfast, you can hike to Thupten Chholing Monastery which will take around 3 hours for round trip. This Monastery was founded in the 19th Century where Tibetan Buddhism is practiced. The trail goes along Junbesi Khola to the Gompa.

Take a chance to enjoy the meditation with local nuns and monks in the monastery and explore the village. Return back same path back to Junbesi for overnight.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Trek from Junbesi to Thaksindu (2931m)

Thaksindu is the best view point in the entire trek. To reach this point, you will be taking the upper trail after crossing the river first. You will get to see a great view of Everest, Thamserku and Kusum Kangaru from Salung ridge on the way. You will descend down to Ringmo River and then gradually climb up to Thaksindo La Pass. From the pass, again you will be rewarded with great views of the Himalayas. Descending down to Thaksindu Monastery, you will reach Thaksindu village after further short walk.

 

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 09: Trek from Thaksindu to Phaplu (2400m). Visit Chiwong Monastery.

On the last day of your trek, you will descend all the way down to Phaplu through the forest. You can have an option to visit Chiwong Gompa which is quite famous for the Mani Rimdu Festival celebration held from the first day or the tenth month of Tibetan Lunar Calendar, falling between Mid-October to Mid-November.

Continue your trek down to Phaplu where the trekkers stay overnight to catch an early morning flight back to Kathmandu on the next day.

  Tea House

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Drive from Phaplu to Kathmandu.

In order to ignore the hassel in waiting for flight to Kathmandu from Phaplu, the sector which comes in second priority after Lukla, you will be driving back to Kathmandu in private 4wd. The drive will take around 8-10 hours to reach Kathmandu, depending on traffic. Rest of the day is free to relax or do last minute shopping to buy a token of memory from Nepal.

 

  Hotel.

  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu.

You will be picked up from your hotel 3.5 hours prior to your international flight time by one of our office representatives to escort you to the TIA. Trip concludes !!

  Breakfast

Commencing this trip

While most of the trek starts from Lukla in the Everest region after a short flight from Kathmandu, this trek in lower Solukhumbu can be started with an 8 – 9 hours drive from Kathmandu. This trip can also be started with a flight to Phaplu from Kathmandu with the trek to Jhapre on the same day. But since the flight schedule to Phaplu is very much limited with less surety in the flights being operated, we recommend our fellow travelers to take a safe side enjoying jeep drive to Dhap.

Choosing either drive or flight on the return back to Kathmandu will depend on the day of the week for this plan. If your return date matches the day of Phaplu to Kathmandu flight operation day, then you can take a flight back to Kathmandu. Otherwise, the jeep drive option will take your time of around 8 hours once again for a long way drive back to Kathmandu.

Best time to do this trip

Unlike other Everest region treks, this trek too is recommended to be done in favorable weather situation around March-May or October – December for the great views of Himalayan range. Better not to plan out this trip on summer as the monsoon will get the trail pretty muddy and slippery.

What is included?

  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu Hotel (Hotel Fuji, Thamel) on BB twin sharing.
  • 7 nights accommodation in tea house during the trek on full board twin sharing basis (breakfast, lunch, and dinner with tea/ coffee)
  • International Airport transfers in private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu - Dhap and Phaplu - Kathmandu transfers in private vehicle
  • All required permits for the trek.
  • English speaking local expert guide and porter on the trek (a supporting Sherpa above 5 trekkers)
  • Equipment, clothing, salary, and insurance for staffs.
  • Kitbags
  • All government taxes.

What is not included?

  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu.
  • Soft Drinks and Alcoholic beverages like Coke, Beer, etc.
  • Any guided city tours.
  • Entrance fees for heritage sites, monasteries, and museum.
  • Hot shower and hot drinking water during the trek.
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • Your personal trekking gears and equipment.
  • Personal nature expenses like phone, wifi, gadget charging, laundry, tipping/gratitude, etc.
  • Your insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if any.
  •  Any items not mentioned in "Service included section"

 

Important points to be noted:

- Mentioned fixed departure price is per person price based on two travelers basis. The trip price will get gradually discounted with the increase in the size of the group.

- Single Room Supplement charge will be USD 90.00 net for the traveler willing to use a single room for 3 nights stay in Kathmandu Hotel.

- Single rooms will not be available in the tea houses during the trek due to the limited number of lodges on the trail.

11 days

Trip at a Glance

  •    Country: Nepal
  •    Trip grade: Moderate
  •    Destination: Everest Region
  •    Activities: Trekking
  •    Accommodation: Tea Houses
  •    Meals: City (B), Trek (B,L,D)
  •    Group size: 2 - 15
  •    Best Season: March - May/ October - November

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