Pikey Peak Trek

Trip Overview

If you’re looking for a short trek in the Everest region near Kathmandu, this is a great (less discovered) route. If you’re feeling very fit or are just short on time, this can be done in 3-4 days. But, a more leisurely this itinerary allows for a physical workout without the stress, and a chance to visit a number of Buddhist sites (monasteries, gompas, and stupas). Ths itinerary provides amazing views of the Numbur Himalaya range, Mount Everest (8,848m). Lhotse (8,516m), Makalu (8,481m), Kanchenjunga (8,586m) and many other snow-covered peaks. Being a freshly introduced trekking route, it provides the trekkers with the off- the -beaten track trekking experience.

Many say that the view of Mount Everest from Pikey Peak is one of the best in Nepal. That’s a bold statement, but Sir Edmund Hillary himself claimed it to be his favorite, and we’re inclined to agree. But is it the best view of Everest in Nepal? You’ll have to explore for yourself.

You should take your time enjoying the unmatched scenery by adding a few more days on the Pikey Peak trek. This itinerary allows for a more leisurely pace and is well suited to trekkers who don’t want the extra physical challenge that the short option requires. All variations of the Pikey Peak trek start with a short 30- minute flight or long drive (6-8 hours) from Kathmandu to Dhap.

Day to Day Activity:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 4593 ft (1350 m)

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparation,

Day 03: Drive to Dhap and trek to Jhapre 9580 ft (2920 m)

Day 04: Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Base Camp 11,942 ft (3640 m)

Day 05: Sunrise at Pikey Peak and trek to Loding 8,251 ft (2515 m)

Day 06: Trek from Loding to Junbesi, visit Thubtenchoeling Monastery

Day 07: Trek from Junbesi to Taksindu 9711 ft (2960 m)

Day 08: Trek from Taksindu to Phaplu, visit Chiwong Monastery 8067 ft (2459 m)

Day 09: Flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu 4593 ft (1350 m)

Day 10: Final Departure

Note: Bed and Breakfast are provided in Kathmandu. Full board is provided during the trek.

Trip Highlight

» Explore the unique culture, tradition and lifestyle of the Sherpa people

» Incredible views of some of the highest Peaks of the world such as  Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, Kanchenjunga and other snow-covered Peaks.

» Visit different ancient and beautiful Monasteries in the region.

» Summit Pikey Peak (4,065m) for the magnificent sunrise over the Himalaya.

 

Itinerary
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu,
    On your arrival at Kathmandu International airport, our representative will pick you up and transfer you to the Hotel. After arriving at the hotel, you can rest and spend the remaining day as per your preference.

    In the evening, the tourist hub of Thamel is a good place to grab your first meal, with a variety of restaurants to choose from offering both Western and local Nepali dishes.

    Overnight 3-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

  • Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing tour and trek preparation,

    Today after breakfast, you will leave for a half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square,  the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), or the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and Buddhist shrine (Boudhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world.

    At noon, our represetative will meet you at your hotel where there will be short trip briefing and introduction with your trekking guide. After short briefing, you will have some time to do last minute arrangements before trekking. For example changing money, ATM, market etc. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Griffon Travel Pvt Ltd. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine.

    Overnight 3-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast, dinner

  • Day 03: Drive to Dhap and trek to Jhapre,

    You'll start the day with a long (8-9 hour) drive from Kathmandu to Dhap. From a ridgeline south of Dhap, you'll start the trek, and as you near Sigane, the mountains that you will get to know very well come into view - the peaks of the Numbur Himal section of the Himalayan Range.

    The trail from Sigane follows a road under construction for the first couple of hours. The first village you reach is called Jhapre (2920 m/9580 ft), perched above a deep valley with nice views of Mt. Everest and Numbur Himal. There’s a pretty little gompa and stupa here, and this is your stop for the night.

    Driving Time: Approx 8-9 hours and trekking Time: Approx 4 hours

    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 04: Trek to Pikey Peak Base Camp,

    After Jhapre, the trail climbs up to a grassy ridge at Bhulbhule. There’s a single lodge with no name and nice views of the Everest range from here. Soon after Bhulbhule, the trail splits and you'll turn right to Pikey Peak. You’ll pass some old yak houses and a long mani stone wall. The trail then contours the hillside below Taklung Danda and goes through a beautiful forested trail.

    There are many rhododendrons here along a level path (which you can see in bloom if trekking in the spring). As you leave the forest, it’s not far to Pikey Peak base camp, about 2 hours away. From here, it's a short climb to the summit at 4065 m / 13336 ft. Unless you have an unusually clear evening, it’s better to climb to the summit in the morning for sunrise.

    Trekking Time: Approx 6-7 hours

    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 05: Sunrise at Pikey Peak and trek to Loding,

    Starting early in the morning, you'll follow a gradual trail to the summit, covered with prayer flags. The views are breathtaking! If the weather is clear, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views from Annapurna to Kanchenjunga.

    From the top of Pikey Peak, you'll follow a ridgeline which starts flat and then steepens as you enter the forest to Jase Bhanjyang, where breakfast will be waiting. After breakfast, you'll continue your walk down to Loding, which passes through some steep sections in the forest. At Loding vllage, you'll have a couple choices for accommodation which are both simple and charming.

    Trekking time: 8-9 hours

    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 06: Trek from Loding to Junbesi, Visit Thubtenchoeling Monastery,

    You'll start the day by heading down the ridgeline for breakfast at Jase Bhanjyang. Leaving there, there are a few options for the descent to Junbesi. The most likely is a stunning shortcut trail that leaves the ridge shortly after Jase and descends steeply through spectacular old growth forest to Taktor. This path meets the Everest Base Camp trail coming from Jiri. The tea houses from here are a little more developed, and you're likely to meet a few other tourists for the first time.

    From Taktor, it is a couple of hours on a lovely trail to Junbesi. Junbesi is a traditional Sherpa village sitting at an altitude of 2675 m/ 8776 ft, and is the cradle of Sherpa culture and architecture. The Sherpas consider the Solukhumbu a sacred valley. In this remote part of Nepal that borders Tibet, Buddhism flourishes and there are numerous Buddhist monasteries along the way.

    Trekking time: 4 -5 hours

    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 07: Trek from Junbesi to Taksindu,

    This morning, hit the trail bound for Taksindu. Cross the river at the bottom of town and climb through the forest up to Salung, from where there are views of Mount Everest (8848 m/ 29,028 ft), Chamlang (7319 m/ 2,4012 ft) and Makalu (8481 m/ 27,824 ft), weather permitting. There are also gorgeous views out across the valley to Chiwong Monastery and down towards Phaplu.

    Continue on the trail, contouring and then dropping down to a stream before a short climb up into Ringmo, famous for its apple orchards and interesting apple products such as apple rakshi (alcohol), cider and apple pie. From here, there's a final short climb to Taksindu La, from where there are again great mountains views, and then a short descent to the Taksindu Monastery and your lodge. The Taksindu Monastery was built in 1946 and is usually open early morning or late afternoon. Please make sure to leave a donation if you visit.

    Trekking time: 5- 6 hours

    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 08: Trek from Taksindu to Phaplu, Visit Chiwong Gompa,

    Today, leave the main trekking route again and take a beautiful path down to Phaplu through the forest. There's also the option of hiking up to Chiwong Gompa, perched high on a cliff overlooking the valley. This monastery was founded in 1923 and has magnificent celebrations for the Mani Rimdu festival in autumn. Continue on down into Phaplu and celebrate the completion of a great trek at your cozy tea house in the Sherpa region.

    Trekking time: 5- 6 hours

    Overnight Teahouse, Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

  • Day 09: Flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu,

    Today we walk to the Phaplu airport from where we take a short 30- minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Our private vehicle will be waiting for your arrival at domestic airport. (If the flight doesn't operate, it's 6/7 hours drive from Salleri to Kathmandu by private vehicle.)

    On your arrival, our representative will transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the day by relaxing or shopping for gifts and souvenirs. In the evening if you wish to have a group meal, choose from a selection of Nepali, Bhutanese, Tibetan, Vietnamese, Middle eastern and western dishes in Kathmandu now.

    Flight time: 30- minutes

    Overnight 3-Star Hotel, Meals included: breakfast

  • Day 10: Final Departure,
    In the morning after breakfast, we will take you back to the Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight to your next destination. It's good to be at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure.

    Meals included: breakfast

Include/Exclude

Price Includes:

» Arrival and departure- transfer
» Transport - Comfortable Bus, on foot,
» Accommodation - Hotels, Tea House and Lodge (twin share basis)
» All sightseeing in Kathmandu,
» Local leader throughout the trip, local guide and naturalist
» All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner), snacks, welcome drink, Tea/Coffee as listed in the itinerary
» Domestic flights and applicable taxes.
» All National Park permits and entrance fees
» Comprehensive medical kit

Price Excludes:

» Personal expenses such as soft drinks, beverage, postage and 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:

» Duffel bag

» Passport size photographs (minimum 2)

» Sun hat, Sun glasses, Sunscreen and lip salve with sun protection

» 3-4 season Sleeping bag

» 3 season jacket

» Waterproof synthetic or leather walking boots (worn in)

» Trainers/sandals for the evening

» Warm hat/Gloves

» Several pairs of walking socks

» Tracksuits or thermals for the evening

» Shirts/ t-shirts/ base layers

» Light to mid weight warm trousers

» long shirts or skirt for women

» Day pack

» Head Torch

» Water Bottle (min.1litre) with a wide mouth if using a SteriPEN / Camel Pak

» Scarf/buff

» Towel

» Mid-layer (Fleece)
» Waterproof jacket and trousers

» Plastic bag (bin liners)

» Wind stopper

» Runners/Snickers for camps

» Toilet paper (ideally biodegradable)

» Hand washing gel

» Plug adaptor

» Water treatment

» Biodegradable soap/ shampoo

» Trekking poles

» 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
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