Pikey Peak Cultural Trek

Trip Overview

This trek is named after the sacred Pikey Peak which provides one of the best viewing points in the Everest region, this trek also allows us to experience the traditional way of life of the local inhabitants far from the stresses of modern life.
From Pikey Peak (4,065m) we will watch the sunset and sunrise and enjoy stunning views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Gaurishankar, Makalu, Ama Dablam and Kanchenjunga, we will also be able to see Mera Peak and Thamserku on the northern horizon.
This trek is less well known than many and is perfect for those wanting to escape hectic modern life. We will walk through picturesque landscapes, visit the enchanting Sherpa village of Loding and the sacred Buddhist monastery of Thupten Chholing in the lower Solu Khumbu. We will also have the opportunity to meet local farmers and experience their unique culture and traditional way of life.
A great religious festival takes place during July when locals worship their tribal God who is known as the Chyabo Pikey, as such July is an ideal time to visit this area, however, this trek can be organised from May to July and October to December with accommodation at basic lodges or camping, full porterage is provided.
This trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu. From here the trek passes through Salleri, the Sherpa village of Loding and then ascends to Pikey Peak, we return to Phaplu via Sinsari Danda and either fly or drive back to Kathmandu.

Day to Day Activity:

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2,470m) and trek to Salleri
Day 04: Trek to Loding Sherpa Village
Day 05: Trek to Pikey Base Camp (3,350m)
Day 06: Pikey Base Camp
Day 07: Trek to Toktar
Day 08: Trek to Thupten Chholing (3,050m)
Day 09: Trek to Ringmo (2,700m)
Day 10: Trek to Phaplu via SinsariDanda
Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu
Day 12: Free day in Kathmandu
Day 13: End Kathmandu

Trip Highlight

» Panoramic views of the Himalayan range of Mt.Gaurishankar, Thamsherkhu, Numbur Himal, Makalu and Everest,
» Unique Sherpa culture and lifestyle,
» Picturesque landscapes,
» Walking through dense forests of Pine, Rhododendron & Juniper,
» Visiting Buddhist Monasteries,

Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu,
    Arrive at Tribuwan International Airport where you will be met by a Griffon Travel representative and transferred to your hotel. In the evening you’ll meet your guide and other group members over a welcome drink. Overnight – hotel in Kathmandu.
    Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu,
    Your guide will meet you at the hotel in the morning. During the day you will visit the Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a sacred Hindu pilgrimage site where you may see cremation ceremonies taking place on the banks of the Bagmati River. We will then visit Patan Durbar Square where we will see fine examples of ancient Nepalese architecture, after lunch you have the afternoon at leisure. Overnight – hotel in Kathmandu.
    Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu (2,470m) then trek to Salleri,
    Today we will take a short flight, approximately 35 minutes, from Kathmandu to Phaplu. We then begin our trek, today we will walk for 4 to 5 hours from Phaplu to Salleri. At Salleri you can visit the local market and the Chewang monastery. Overnight – lodge Salleri.
    Day 04: Trek to Loding Sherpa Village,
    From Salleri the trail climbs gently through fields of barley, wheat and corn to the village of Loding. The village is occupied by a number of different ethnic groups but predominately Sherpas. During your stay you can visit the Buddhist temple in the centre of the village. Overnight – lodge Loding.
    Day 05: Trek to Pikey Base Camp,
    Today the trail climbs steeply towards Pikey Hill. We will pass large Silver Birch trees on the way up and you will also see snow covered mountain peaks. We continue to climb until we reach an open meadow at 3,430m, this grass area is used for grazing livestock by farmers during the summer. Overnight – basic lodge Pikey Base Camp.
    Day 06: Pikey Base Camp,
    Today we will visit Lamjura Bhaniyang (3,530m) which is the highest point on this trek. Stones, twigs, sticks and prayer flags are erected by the side of the trail. The trail then descends steeply for about 400m when we pass through Fir and Hemlock forests until we reach open grass land. We then climb up to a huge painted mani stone at a viewing point overlooking the splendid, snow capped, Numbur Himal which towers over the green valley below. Overnight – basic lodge Pikey Base Camp
    Day 07: Trek to Toktar,
    Today we follow the trail that gently slopes down to the village of  Toktar. The trail is very scenic and we won’t see any villages until we reach our destination of Toktar, here we will find only 2 or 3 tea houses. Overnight – basic lodge Toktar.
    Day 08: Trek to Thupten Chholing,
    The trail descends through the fertile valley, once we reach the village of Junbesi we will stay on the upper trail which will take us to Serlo Monastery. After walking for about two hours we will reach Phugmochhe (3,100m) where we can visit the Traditional Sherpa Art Centre. We then head for Thupten Chholing a huge Tibetan Buddhist monastery which was founded in the late 1960s by Tushi Rimpoche who traveled to Nepal with many monks from Rongbuk Monastery in Tibet. Overnight – lodge Thupten Chholing.
    Day 09: Trek to Ringmo,
    After breakfast we follow a Yak trail that climbs from Thupten Chholing up to an altitude of 3,467m to Lapcha La pass. Lapcha La is marked by a large Chorten and many prayer flags. We continue to climb crossing a stream and walking through a forest of Rhododendron and Hemlock. We then gently walk down from Lapcha La to Ringmo Khola, passing through the yards and fields of several houses. It requires about 4 hours walking from Thupten Chholing to reach Ringmo (2,700m). Overnight – lodge at Ringmo.
    Day 10: Morning excursion to Sinsari Danda and trek to Phaplu,
    Today we will spend a few hours in the morning visiting Sinsari Danda and then return back to Phaplu. Overnight - lodge at Phaplu.
    Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu,
    This morning we will take a short 35 minute flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu or a 260 km 8 to 9 hour drive back to Kathmandu. In the evening we will visit a traditional Nepali restaurant. Overnight – hotel in Kathmandu.

    Day12: Free day in Kathmandu,
    Spend the day at leisure in Kathmandu, resting, shopping or exploring. Overnight – hotel in Kathmandu.
    Day 13: Leave Kathmandu,
    A Griffon Travel representative will escort you to the airport to catch your flight.

Include/Exclude

Price Includes

» Accommodation in Kathmandu - Twin share
» Sightseeing in Kathmandu
» Accommodation on the trek. Twin or multi share occasionally.
» All domestic transport as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights Kathmandu - Phaplu return and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Porters and/or pack animals to carry personal gear
» Maximum 15 kg luggage allowance while on trek
» Duffle Bag for your gear
» Sleeping Bag and inner liner if necessary
» Trek Leader and guides
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage, laundry
» Meals in Kathmandu
» International flights and departure taxes
» Visa and passport fees
» Travel insurance
» Emergency evacuation
» Tips and gratuities
» Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Griffon Travel

Equipment List

Equipment List

NOTE:
You can bring your personal clothing if you already have them with you, if not it’s worth buying all below mentioned clothing and equipments here in Kathmandu in good rates and your guide will help you with it. You will have plenty of time before the trek to buy stuffs in Kathmandu (Thamel).
PERSONAL EQUIPMENTS FOR TREKKING
Sun glasses
Chap stick / Sunscreen
Face mask or Scarf
Hand towel
Fleece beanie
Wind stopper / waterproof top and bottom
Cold weather down jacket below waist
Fleece jacket and trouser
Trekking trouser
T-Shirts (short or long sleeves) dry fit is better
Polypropylene thermal tops and bottom, at least 2pairs,
Wind stopper and fleece gloves
Socks and under wears
Trekking boot
Snow Gaiter (optional)
Runners / Snickers for camps
Head torch
Water Bottle/Camel Pak
Trekking / Ski pole (optional. Handy for anyone with knee problem)
Spare batteries for Camera and flash light. Check charging facility along your journey
Day pack Minimum25L with side pocket for water bottle
Small personal first aid kit

 

Latest News
TAAN Pokhara Chapter Explored New Trail
A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district.

A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali
Your Guide
01. Hiking
01. Hiking

Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium,totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo invento.

02. Camping
02. Camping

Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium,totam rem aperiam, eaque ipsa quae ab illo invento.

We are associated with:
We accept:
Company Info
Griffon Travel is an adventure company in Kathmandu, Nepal, which has been established by experience people from the Himalayas
GET CONNECTED
GRIFFON TRAVELS
Address: Minbhawan, Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: info@griffon-travel.com
Phone:+977.1.4115593