Pikey Peak Trek

Pikey Peak Trek

TripGrade: Strenuous
Strenuous Trekking Grade is both moderate and difficult. Even in this grade, treks reach around 5000-5500 meters. You will have to walk generally for 6-7 hours each day. Strenuous treks require good physical condition and acclimatization. If some problems seem to appear, you have to walk down and take some hot drinks or soup ( + rest). You may be affected rapidly if you have high blood pressure, asthma, heart disease or complicated medical conditions. Advise is required from your doctor before starting these kinds of treks.

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Duration:

15 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

4065m

Group Size

2 - 12 pax

Trial Access:

private vehicle, flight from Kathmandu-Phaplu-Kathmandu.

Best Season:

Sep.- Dec. & Feb.- May.

If you are seeking a quiet couple of weeks out in the remotest parts of the Himalayas to explore and be one on one with nature, then Pikey Peak Trek is the right journey for you. Following the itinerary into the homeland of the Sherpas, quietly tucked away to the south of the high valleys, this Pikey Peak Sherpa land trek leads you to the best vantage point of Mount Everest and surrounding mountains. 

Oscillating between elevations of 2000m and 4000m, we will experience the entire spectrum of terrain that this mountain region has to offer as we ascend ridges and pass the lush valleys. Our journey culminates in a rested, panoramic setting at the top of Pikey Peak (4065 meters) from where you can privy to secluded and rare views of some of the lesser-known but equally magnificent peaks in the region.

As we continue onwards, we will reach our highest elevation yet at 4500m. However, we stop by the banks of the Dudh Kund and experience much-varied flora around us. Dudh Kunda (milk lake) is a sacred lake and Hindus believe that just one dip in the holy lake’s chilly waters can wash away all the sins.

This popular trekking route has mostly Sherpa people living with some Magar and Tamang people, thus, also regarded as Pikey Peak Sherpa Land Trek.

As the elevation gains are not rapid and cumbersome, this trek is perfect for first-timers or seasoned hikers looking to experience a very relaxing holiday in the Himalayas. 

Hikers can expect to trek for 6 hours a day on average and set up camp by nightfall since lodges are few and far between in the region. Although there isn’t too much elevation gain, the itinerary is designed to catalyze acclimatization for each individual.

The trails, for the most part, are well maintained and traversed by the indigenous Sherpas regularly. The journey to Dudh Kund is a little more arduous as we explore narrow forest trails and a bit of the undulating landscape.


Featured Highlights of Pikey Peak Trek

  • Explore the homeland of the Sherpas & experience typical sherpas culture & hospitality.
  • Glance on a lesser exposed virgin land 
  • Mouthwatering views of the landscapes with sunrise and sunset
  • Splendid views of the gigantic Himalayan peaks comprising Mt. Everest, Makalu, and some Annapurna ranges.
  • Ascend to Pikey Peak
  • Visit Dudh Kunda holy lake

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m)
Day 02: Half Day sightseeing and Trek preparation
Day 03: Fly to Phaplu trek to Salleri (2390m)
Day 04: Trek to Dandakharka (2560m)
Day 05: Trek to Jhapre (2820m)
Day 06: Hike up to Pikey Peak (3785m)
Day 07: Pikey Peak ascent (4065m)
Day 08: Trek to Mopung Valley
Day 09: Trek to the yak pastures
Day 10: Flexi-day for hikers
Day 11: Trek to Ringmu
Day 12: Trek to Phaplu
Day 13: Flight to Kathmandu
Day 14: Free day
Day 15: Final Departure

Starting Price

USD 1449 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

From your home country, you will have a scenic flight to Kathmandu where you can see the panoramic view of the Himalayan Range with the natural beauty of Nepal. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will wait with your name card and welcome you with garland and assist you to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 2

Half Day sightseeing and Trek preparation.

Meals included: BB

Today after breakfast you will be picked up by your city tour guide and takes you to some of the landmarks of the Kathmandu Valley like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath and so on. You will visit some of these and the rest of the time you can do last moment shopping for trekking by consulting with your trekking guide.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 3

Fly to Phaplu and trek Salleri (2,390m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Our journey begins with a short domestic flight to Phaplu (2469m). As we fly through the mountains, we arrive at our destination that opens up a gateway to the more remote parts of the Himalayas. We begin our hike immediately with a short trek to Salleri (2390m) and make camp by nightfall.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight and 3 hrs hike

Day 4

Trek to Danda kharka (2560m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We set out early heading south towards the village of Dorpu. As the day progresses, we cross a torrid river and then climb to Ghatte Khola. After lunch, we head to a nearby vista point that offers up spectacular views of Mera Peak, Number, and Thamserku. We camp for the night at Dandakharka (2560m) having gained just a couple of hundred meters in elevation.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Jhapre (2820m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Those who feel up to it can choose to begin their day with a blessed view of the magnificent Everest and this even before breakfast! It is just a short walk from the camp and there is time aplenty to complete our journey to Jhapre (2820m) where we will rest for the night. An adventurous day awaits us with ridge trails and river crossings with an exciting climb. At Jhapre we will be camping within view of the largest mountains of the Himalayas.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 6

Hike up to Pikey Peak (3,785m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The highest climb of our journey is yet to come, as we quickly ascend almost a 1000m through thick forest underbrush and emerge at a ridgeline that provides a consistently amazing view of the surrounding peaks. Upon reaching the base of Pikey Peak (3785m), we set up camp and rest for the long day ahead.

Accommodation: Tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 7

Pikey Peak ascent (4,065m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

While we don’t gain as much elevation as the previous day, we still have an arduous climb ahead of us as the gradient we conquer today is much greater. At the summit of Pikay (4065m), we are rewarded with spectacular views of the Everest and the Khumbu Mountains. If we are lucky enough, we may also catch a glimpse of the Annapurnas in the distance. By afternoon, we begin our descent to Jhase Bhanjyang for lunch and then to camp at the foot of the Lamjura La.

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Mopung Valley.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A more leisurely walk can be expected today as we explore the culture of the region by visiting a Buddhist monastery in Thupten Choling. We make our way through mostly plains and down to our camp in the Mopung Valley. We also cross Junbesi on our descent, a village frequented by hikers heading on the main Everest trail from Jiri.

Accommodation: Tea house/home stays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 9

Trek to the yak pastures.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A permanent fixture on the landscape of the Himalayas is the yaks. These gentle creatures are instrumental to Sherpas and hikers alike as they provide milk and transportation that make life easier in these high parts. After breakfast on the 7th day of the trip, we trek towards Pare Danda and camp on the frequented Yak Pastures of the region. We spend two nights here surrounded by lush greenery.

Accommodation: Tented camp/home stays Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 10

Free and flexible day for hikers.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This day is not planned in detail as we would like to allow our hikers to have the flexibility to choose what they would do. Short and long walks are equally encouraged with guides and Sherpas being provided for all groups. We remain in the shadow of the Dudh Kund (4561m).

Accommodation: Tea house/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs/ 5-6 hrs

Day 11

Trek to Ringmu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

As we return to our finish line that is incidentally Phaplu, we exit the yak pastures and pass through the Sherpa village of Timba. From Timba, we head to Ringmu that leads us to the main trail frequented by hikers taking the path from Jiri to Lukla.

Accommodation: Tea house/tented camp/ home stays Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 12

Trek to Phaplu.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From Ringmu, we quickly return to Phaplu on an easy walk. We camp at Phaplu for the night with our flight to Kathmandu scheduled for the following morning.

Accommodation: Tea house/ home stays/ tented camp. Estimated Walking Distance: 4 hrs

Day 13

Fly back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Today we will take an early flight to Kathmandu as it lies in the Himalayan region and we cannot be sure about the bad weather. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you can go to the spa to get rid of the pain and tired of trekking.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight & private drive

Day 14

Free day in Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

Today is the free day as you can visit some of the Heritage sites of Kathmandu or you can stroll at Thamel and can do last minutes shopping; souvenir for friends, families, and relatives.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 15

Final Departure.

Although, it is a sad moment for us to say goodbye however a representative from Himalayan trekkers will drop you at the airport before 3 hours of your flight and takes the feedback of the trip. Hope to see you again in the next holidays!!

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation. 

Generally, in cities like Kathmandu, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

If your itinerary includes camping or you choose to experience camping during your travel, a proper camping-site will be pre-decided. If required, we also provide the basic equipment which is refundable. Please check the Gear-List and Requirement List for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place. 

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available.

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome or Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings. Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Trekkers' Information Management System paperwork and fee
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Transfer by flight (Kathmandu- Phaplu- Kathmandu)
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea) during the trek
  • Accommodation- BB in Kathmandu, best available lodge/teahouse during the trek, required equipment for camping
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Any expenses not in the 'Includes' section


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

FAQ's

Is the trek quite strenuous?

No, the trek is not that difficult. As the elevation gains are not rapid and cumbersome, Pikey Peak Trek is a perfect trek for first-timers or seasoned hikers.

Do I have to stay in tented camps?

Yes, it is a camping trek. In some remote places, there are no residents and tea houses. You do not have to worry because we will provide all the equipment required for camping in a pre-decided safe and convenient place. 

Can the guides speak a language other than English?

Yes, we can arrange for that but it would cost you a little bit extra.

Is it suitable for solo travelers?

We conduct the trek for groups only for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum 12 people. However, you can consult with us and solve the problem if you are do not have a group.

Is there a chance of getting attacked by wild animals?

No, it is very unlikely. Most of the path is frequently traversed by the locals so there is no dangerous wildlife. Also, the guide will assist and take precautions to prevent any such mishaps from happening.

How much luggage does the porter carry?

A porter usually carries around 20 kg of luggage (10 kg from one guest). We also advise you to carry a small backpack yourself with all the immediate necessities like water, towel, tissue, camera, cash, and so on.

Do I need any vaccination?

There is no particular vaccination which is compulsory. We suggest you consult with your personal doctor regarding vaccination and other medical requirements.

How much cash do I need to carry?

Other than the quoted price, all personal expenses are up to you. We suggest you carry a few thousand Nepalese Rupees for meals in Kathmandu (approx $5), souvenirs, tipping, hot showers, drinks, snacks, and other extra expenses.

Is tipping coomon?

Tipping your trek support crew is up to you. If you are satisfied with their service, you may provide a certain amount as a tip.

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