Pikey Peak Trek

9 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Moderate
  • Solukhumbu
  • Adventure/Active
  • 12+
  • Private and Group
  • Fully Guided
  • Instant Booking
  • 4065 m
  • March-May and Sep-Nov

Overview

The Pikey Peak Trek is a new off-the-beaten-path trekking route in the Solukhumbu area, not far from the classic jiri to Everest Base Camp. It’s impossible to disagree with Sir Edmund from the peak of Pikey Mountain. He had proclaimed it to be Nepal’s finest vantage point. From Pikey Peak, on a clear day, you can view all eight of Nepal’s 8,000+ peak summits.

In the east, you can see Everest (8848 m), Kanchenjunga (8586 m), Makalu (8463 m), Lhotse (8414 m), and Cho Oyu (8201 m), while in the west, you can see Manaslu (8163 m), Annapurna 1 (8091 m), and even Dhaulagiri 1 (8167m).

The journey to Pikey Peak starts with an eight-hour drive from Dhap through beautiful landscape and via quaint settlements. On day two, we begin the ascent to Pikey Peak’s summit. From here, you may visit a local town, take in a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding mountains, and stop in at the Thupten Choling Gompa before reaching Junbesi at the finish of your trip. From Junbesi, we descend to Phpalu, where we may catch a flight or drive back to Kathmandu. Use the Pikey Peak Trekking Map to find out the optimal path.

If you want to find a not so difficult but location that yet offers some of the best Nepal trekking experience in Khumbu, the Pikey Peak Trek, a lately promoted absolutely great trip in lower Everest Region, may be your best choice. This quick hike in the Pikey Peak allows you to visit numerous important Buddhist sites, including a number of gompas and stupas. Wonderful views of the Numbur Himal, Mount Everest, and other peaks can be seen from the Pikey Peak Trek no matter which path you take. Many of the world’s highest mountains, including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Manaslu, Annapurna, and many more, are seen from the Peak.

Highlights of Pikey Peak Trek

  • Best View of Mt. Everest, and surrounding peaks
  • Easy & Short Everest View Trek
  • Explore unmatched scenery from the Pikey Peak
  • A newly promoted less touristic area that offers an off the beaten track trekking.
  • Sherpa culture Buddhist monasteries, monuments and religious sites.
  • Lush green forest and beautiful countryside landscapes.

Itinerary

After breakfast, your guide picks you from your hotel in Kathmandu . Drive to Dhap, from Kathmandu that will be around 8/9 hours. From here the road takes us into the Gangatic Plains of the Terai, 50km north of the Indian border. The route diverts from the main highway, ascending the mountainous, winding road to the trailhead, Dhap, where we’ll stay for the night.

The trail quickly leaves the road, as an undulating path takes you through forest of brightly colored rhododendrons, white sub-alpine flowers and endless views of the foothills of the greatest mountain range on earth. The valleys are steep sided, with terraced fields of rice and vegetables carved into the hillsides and it is here that you’ll start to fully appreciate walking through the Sherpa homeland. The day is a relaxed 5-6 hours of walking on quiet trails. Soon we reach to Japre (2920 m/9580 ft), perched above a deep valley with nice views of Everest and Numbur Himal. There’s a pretty little gompa and stupa here, and this is your stop for the night, overnight is in the quiet mountain village of Japhre.

After Japre, the path climbs up to a grassy ridge at Bhulbhule. There is one lodge with no name and nice views of the mountain peak vary from here. Before long when Bhulbhule, the path splits and you'll flip right to Pikey Peak. You will pass some previous yak huts and an extended Mani Wall. Then path contours the side below Taklung Danda and goes through a fine looking wooded trail. There are several rhododendrons here on tier path (which you'll see they blooming if trekking in spring). As you allow the forest, it a short walk to Pikey Peak base camp, regarding a pair of hours away. From here, it's a brief climb to the summit at 4065 m / 13336 foot. Unless you've got an extraordinarily clear evening, it is wise idea to climb to the summit in morning for sunrise.

Begin your day early to catch a nice sunrise at Pikey Peak then hike to Loding, you'll follow a gradual path to the summit, coated with prayer flags. The views are breathtaking! If the weather is clear, you'll be rewarded with wide views from Annapurna to Everest. From the highest of Pikey Peak, you'll follow a ridgeline that starts flat so steepens as you enter the forest to Jase Bhanjyang, wherever breakfast are waiting. After breakfast, you'll continue your walk all the way down to Loding, that passes through some steep sections within the forest. At Loding, you'll have a couple of decisions for accommodation that are easy and charming.

Begin the day by walking 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 striking 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 bit more improved, and you're likely to meet a few other trekkers for the first time. Some 2 hours walk on pleasant trail takes you 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 to Tibet, Buddhism flourishes and there are numerous Buddhist monasteries along the way. Afternoon excursion to Thupten Chholing Monastery.

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 (usually falls in end of October and beggining Novemver Full Moon). Continue on down into Phaplu and celebrate the completion of a great trek at your cozy tea house..

We’ll be saying good bye to the Himalayas and making the return trip to Kathmandu. The route takes us out of the Solu Khumbu, across the mighty Sun Kosi river, with its origins hailing all the way from Tibet, hundreds of kilometres away and finally back to the main highway that takes us from the flatlands back into the Kathmandu Valley.

Includes/Excludes

Includes

  • Airport pickup and drop by car/van/bus
  • TIMS cards
  • Entry permit
  • Meals during trek (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Experienced local guides and porters
  • All accommodation during the treks
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit) with regular check up of oxygen saturation

Excludes

  • Any food, deserts and accommodation during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Travel medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and International air fare.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Tips for guide and Porter (Tipping is expected)
  • Personal expenses such as: Alcoholic beverages, hot shower, water bottle, cold drinks, hot water, battery charge and donation. etc.
  • Extra night food and accommodation due to any reason.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘price included’ section

FAQs

Trek difficulty

The hike to Pikey Peak is considered “moderate.” This route takes you via an easier part of Everest, the lower zone. Our winding, difficult pathways will make the shortest distance seem like the longest. The trekking route is quite flat, with very few hard or steep inclines, despite being mostly off the usual path. No prior experience or training is required, so even first-time hikers will have a great time. However, we’ll still be on the move for five or six hours every day. Before embarking on any trek in Nepal, it’s highly recommended that you get in some form of physical preparation, such as running, the gym, or Yoga. Swimming, cycling, and running are all great ways to build stamina.

This is a somewhat untraveled path, so there aren’t many places to stay along the way. This means that hotel rooms must be reserved in advance. Before planning a trip to Nepal, research the necessary documentation for entry. Before departing for Nepal, schedule a comprehensive medical checkup with your primary care physician. Foreign cash is not accepted in these more remote areas, so be sure to bring enough of the local currency with you.

Best Seasons

The greatest times of year to hike Pikey Peak are in the fall (September to December) and spring (February to June). The weather and scenery at certain times of year are unparalleled. Since Nepal’s most important holiday occurs in the fall, the country is often in a celebratory mood at that time of year. Similarly, when flowers blossom all throughout the country in the spring, it is a time of celebration.

In Nepal, the monsoon season means heavy rain, which in turn raises the risk of landslides and floods. The path through the jungle will be slick and full with leeches. If you’re a botanist, this time of year may be ideal because the entire hiking route will be covered with thick greenery.

Some hikers may not enjoy the bitter cold of a winter walk. If you want to hike Pikey Peak in the winter, you should see if there is a tea house at a higher altitude that you may stay in. As people seek warmer climates at lower altitudes, the tea house is often deserted.

People and Lifestyle

An unforgettable experience of Sherpa culture and breathtaking nature awaits you on this trek. The Sherpas have earned their reputation for friendliness and cheerfulness. This journey is a great way to learn about the culture of the Tamang, Chhetri, Gurung, and Rai peoples of Nepal, in addition to the Sherpa.

Pikey Peak was given its name by the Sherpa people because they believe the mountain to be a manifestation of the sky deity Pikey. The Sherpa people perform their clan deity worship rite led by a Buddhist Lama and group of Monks during the monsoon season, in June and July. The locals feed the domesticated animals on clean grasses during the monsoon season. The Nepalese and international hiking communities agree that the Nepalese trip is one of the best short treks available today.

In addition to being home to a wide array of delicious regional specialties, these areas are also home to some of the world’s most unique and endangered species, as well as being among the most biologically and ecologically significant areas. Stupas and Tibetan prayer flags, which are a common sight along the path, are just two of the many structures you’ll come across.

Heritage and landscapes

The journey starts at Dhap, and you’ll spend the night in one of the villages along the way, including Jhapre, Junbensi, and Phaplu. The path winds through verdant slopes and pine and rhododendron groves. You may also go to Thupten Choling Monastery and listen to monks’ chant and perform Buddhist ceremonies.

The best views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, and the remainder of the Mahalangur Himalayas may be had from Pikey Danda, the highest point of the journey. From the Pikey trail, you can view Everest and the Number Himal range to the north. You can enjoy some of the best views of Everest in Nepal when you join.

The Pikey Peak Trek is a great way to see the Lukla airport and the planes and helicopters that travel to and from it from above. When viewed from atop ridges, the takeoff of airplanes and helicopters against the backdrop of the verdant hills is a bizarre sight.

The first light of day casts a beautiful glow on these pristine mountains, making them look even more majestic.

Flora and Fauna

The red rhododendron forests, orchids, Mongolian flowers, diverse flora, and fauna, dramatically changing landscapes, splendid uphill and downhills, spectacular valleys, tranquil natural views, and small, antique Sherpa settlements are just some of the highlights of a trek to Pikey Peak in Solukhumbu.

All of the nicest scenery in the Khumbu area may be seen during the Pikey Peak Trek. The region’s lowlands, where you may find lush bamboo and pine trees, are home to a diverse array of plant and animal life. The dense groves of chartreuse rhododendrons for which Nepal is famous may be seen in the region’s lowlands, which are also home to a wide variety of Himalayan birds and animals.

Spring and fall are the best seasons to visit because of the increased amount of daylight and milder temperatures. Every spring, the hills are covered with a vibrant carpet of rhododendrons in shades of red, white, and pink. In contrast, the vibrant oranges and yellows of autumn produce one of the world’s most tranquil forest scenes.

Recommended Gears for the Trek

The Peaky Peak Trek can be appropriate and pleasant if you are geared up with a proper packing list. Therefore, being prepared with the packing list prior to the trek comes in handy.

The necessary packing list for the trek are mentioned under the following points:

Clothing

  • Jackets (Windproof or Down)
  • Waterproof outerwear
  • Thermal wears
  • Woolen hat or cap
  • Pair of gloves
  • Shoes
  • Tracksuits and trouser
  • Trekking boot
  • Towel

Equipment

  • Bags
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Camera, binocular and mobile phones
  • Extra batteries or power bank
  • Water purifier tablets
  • Headlamp and torch
  • Trekking Sticks
  • Lighters
  • Whistle
  • Toilet papers and tissue papers

Conclusion

Pikey Peak is widely regarded as having one of the greatest views of Mount Everest in all of Nepal. That’s a big claim, but Sir Edmund Hillary said it was his favorite, and we tend to agree. The Pikey Peak is renowned for its beautiful dawn and sunset vistas, as well as its magnificent views of the summits beyond the Kathmandu valley and into the plains, as well as an abundance of Himalayan peaks.

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Pikey Peak Trek
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