Pikey Peak Trek

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USD $ 1,449 / per person

Trip Info

  • Duration

    13 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    Pikey Peak (4065 m) m

  • Difficulty

    difficult

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Private vehicle & flight from KTM-Palphu-KTM

  • Region/Type

    Everest Khumbu Treks
  • Best Season:

    • Spring (Mar, Apr)
    • Autumn (Mid-Sep - Mid November)

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. 

Pikey is regarded as a divinity by the Sherpas, and ascending it feels more like a pilgrimage than a hike. 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 be privy to secluded and rare views of some of the lesser-known but equally magnificent peaks along with the world-famous eight-thousanders in the distance in the region.

Also known as Lower Everest Trekking, Pikey peak viewpoint allows you to see Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and many other splendid mountains with a very perfect and close view. Also, sunrise and sunset over the mountains from Pikey Peak is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Besides the Himalayan peaks, dawn and dusk views, you will be able to enjoy the magnificent vistas of a countryside landscape, local cultures, Sherpa people, and their heartfelt hospitality as the trek trail passes past several local villages, a sheep shelter, a yak shelter, and an alpine forest with seasonal rhododendron and various sorts of flowers. 

With mostly Sherpa people living in this route, this journey is also regarded as Pikey Peak Sherpa Land Trek. And the trails, for the most part, are well maintained and traversed by the indigenous Sherpas regularly.

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 with less traffic but superb views of the Everest Himalayan Ranges.

Pikey remained isolated for decades so visitors will find the paths deserted and the tea shops basic; nevertheless, new lodges are being built, and the local Sherpa community is attempting to promote homestay tourism. However, our Pikey Peak Trek is designed as a camping trek that offers you an experience none like others. 

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 which will ensure that you have a pleasant journey.


Featured Highlights of Pikey Peak Trek

  • Explore the homeland of the Sherpas & experience typical Sherpa 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 at 4065 meters

 

A shorter version of the trek is also available. Click Pikey Peak Short Trek for detailed information.

Itinerary in Details

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by a representative from the Himalayan Trekkers. You will be then escorted to the respective hotel/resort in Kathmandu and helped in check-in formalities. You can rest and refresh for a bit. 

Depending upon your arrival time, you can opt. for short guided sightseeing. If your arrival makes it by the afternoon, you will be guided to Boudhanath Stupa, one of the seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the valley. It is the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the biggest in Asia reflecting Mahayana (Tibetan) Buddhism. 

After exploring the peaceful Boudhanath area, we will drive to Pashupatinath Temple which is only minutes’ drive from Boudhanath. Pashupatinath Temple is another world heritage site that is one of the four prominent Hindu sites in the world. The highlight of visiting the temple of Lord Shiva is the evening Aarti ceremony. 

After that, we will drive back to the city center and stroll around the streets of Thamel, the biggest commercial hub of Nepal.

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing & trek preparation

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel and you will be guided for the full-day Kathmandu sightseeing covering some of the prominent landmarks of Nepal that are also listed as world heritage sites such as Swayambhunath Stupa, Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. 

Swayambhunath Stupa is one of the most beloved Buddhist and Hindu sites located at a hilltop overlooking the entire Kathmandu valley surrounded by the high lush green hills. It is one of the oldest sites in Kathmandu that is related to the birth of Kathmandu Valley itself.

Patan Durbar Square is one of the three Durbar Squares in Kathmandu Valley located in the city of beauty called Patan or Lalitpur. Patan Durbar is mostly popular for its artistic side as the complex boasts the Newari architecture in its hundreds of monuments, shrines, temples, and statues. 

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is an open museum of medieval art and architecture with many masterpieces of sculpture, woodcarving, and huge pagoda temples dedicated to many gods and goddesses. It is located 15 kilometers from Kathmandu with a collection of pagoda and shikhara-style temples arranged around a brick and wood palace with fifty-five windows. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square is also known as Hanuman Dhoka Durbar and Basantapur Durbar Square. It is located at the center of the city near to the ancient markets of Ason, Thamel, and Indrachowk which are within the walking distance. It is also a famous hotspot for the locals, especially for youngsters. The durbar complex has wonderful history and history-related monuments. Kumari Ghar – the temple/house of the Living Goddess Kumari, Kasthamandap, the statue of Hanuman, the former royal palace now museum, Kala Bhairav Temple, etc. are just a few of the sites to see here.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 03: Fly to Phaplu & Trek Salleri

🕑 30 min flight & 3 Hours Hike

Max Altitude: 2,470 m

Our journey begins with a short domestic flight to Phaplu. 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 and make camp by nightfall.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 04: Trek to Danda kharka

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,560 m

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, Numbur, and Thamserku. We camp for the night at Dandakharka having gained just a couple of hundred meters in elevation.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 05: Trek to Jhapre

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,820 m

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 06: Hike up to Pikey Peak Base Camp

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,640 m

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 07: Pikey Peak accent & hike to Lamjura La

🕑 6-7 hrs

Max Altitude: 4,065 m

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 Pikey (4065m), we are rewarded with spectacular views of 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 (3530m) .

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 08: Trek to Mopung Valley

🕑 5-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 3,530 m

A more leisurely walk can be expected today. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 09: Explore around Mopung Valley/Optional Hike to Thuptenchholing Gompa

🕑 4-6 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,920 m

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.

The best and most popular option is to hike up to the Thuptenchholing Gompa, a wonderful spot where 800 monks live in little cottages dotting the hill behind the main Gompa. After exploring the Gompa and its surroundings we will return to our camp at Mopung Valley or Junbesi and spend another night under the sky full of stars. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented camp

Day 10: Trek to Ringmu

🕑 4-5 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,800 m

After breakfast at our camp in Mopung Valley, we start our trek and pass through the Sherpa Village of Timba. From Timba, we head to Ringmu which leads us to the main trail frequented by hikers taking the path from Jiri to Lukla. Ringmu is another Sherpa community with a rich cultural heritage. It is known for its apple wine and yak cheese. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 11: Trek to Phaplu

🕑 4 hrs

Max Altitude: 2,720 m

From Ringmu, we quickly return to Phaplu on an easy walk via the dense forest and Tak Shindo village.  The trail runs through Himalayan pasture terrain with abundant Himalayan vegetation. Phaplu is a good place to spend the night. On request, a Sherpa cultural show can be arranged here in Phaplu. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 2,470 m

As the trek has come to an end, we will fly to Kathmandu early in the morning from Phaplu enjoying magnificent views of Cho Oyu, Everest, Langtang, and other peaks. Once in Kathmandu, we will drive to the hotel where you will check-in and take a brief rest. The remainder of the day in Kathmandu is on your own. You can stroll around the Thamel, Ason, and Indrachowk markets. In the evening, we will gather at an authentic Nepalese restaurant for a farewell dinner to celebrate the success of the trek.

Meals: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel/Resort

Day 13: Final Departure

🕑 30 mins

Max Altitude: 1,350 m

Concluding the journey, a representative from Himalayan Trekkers will transfer you at the Tribhuvan International Airport 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight back to your home country or onward destination.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

  • Airport arrival/departure transfers
  • Category hotel/resort accommodation on twin/double sharing basis in Kathmandu
  • Tented camp accommodation during the trek
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trek
  • All required ground transportation on a private vehicle
  • Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu 
  • English Speaking Professional Guide
  • Required number of supporting crew
  • Heritage Entrance Fees
  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System)
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All applicable government taxes and official expenses

Excludes

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Visa for Nepal
  • Personal 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 landslides, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Any expenses not in the 'Includes' section

We offer the best category hotel/resort accommodation on a twin/double sharing basis in Kathmandu. One can upgrade the service for an additional price. For the lodging facilities during the Pikey Peak Trek route, we will stay at the best available local lodges and tea houses with basic services. 

Meals 

All our accommodation in Kathmandu offers bed & breakfast service. Lunches and dinner are also available at the same hotel/resort at extra cost. But there are thousands of restaurants and eateries in Kathmandu. So, you can choose one of them which matches your taste and dine-in there.

During the trekking journey, all three meals with tea/coffee are provided. Breakfasts and dinners are usually served at the same teahouse/lodge and lunches are found en route to the other destination. The services are very basic with the Nepalese menu the most popular and eaten. Daal Bhat (Rice with lentil soup and seasonal vegetables), momos, noodles, eggs, chapatis, etc. are a few of the most popular menus.

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