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Pikey Peak Trek 2023/2024 - 7 Days

Pikey Peak Trek 2023/2024

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Key Information

TRIP DURATION

10 Days

DESTINATION

Nepal

TRIP DIFFICULTY

Moderate

TREK STYLE

Trekking

ACCOMODATION

Lodge to lodge

TRANSPOTATIONS

car / flight

Pikey Peak trek is an extraordinary journey that blends the off-beaten path adventure with the pristine beauty of the Solu Khumbu region in Nepal. 

The trail is an invitation to explore the less traveled road, promising a wonderful trip through majestic mountains, lush landscapes, and vibrant cultural encounters. 

Additionally, the iconic Pikey Peak is a vantage point for panoramic views of the Himalayas, the expedition of nature’s splendor, and the rich tapestry of Nepali culture. 

So, what is so memorable about the Pikey Peak trek?

Pikey Peak Trek, alternatively known as the Lower Everest trek, is one of the recently opened treks in the Khumbu region. Named after Pikey Hill (4,065m) - the tallest hill in the Solukhumbu region, the view from the top provides one of the best of the eastern Himalayas.

Trip Highlights

  • Panoramic Views: Stunning Himalayan vistas from Pikey Peak. 

  • Cultural Dive: Immerse in diverse ethnic traditions and villages

  • Magical Sun Moments: Mesmerizing sunrises and sunsets over the Himalayas. 

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path: Tranquil, less-crowded route for an authentic adventure. 

  • Nature's Diversity: Varied landscapes, flora, and fauna for nature enthusiasts. 

  • Sherpa Villages: Explore traditional Sherpa communities and their lifestyle. 

  • Cultural Trail: Follow Pikey Cultural Trail for a deeper cultural understanding. 

  • Homestay Interaction: Stay with locals, savor Nepali cuisine, and experience daily life. 

  • Enchanting Forests: Peaceful walks amidst rhododendron-filled forests. 

  • Photographer's Delight: A paradise for capturing stunning memories.

The Pikey Peak Panorama

Embark on a celestial journey as you ascend to the pinnacle of Pikey Peak and witness an unparalleled spectacle of the Himalayan expanse. A story woven in peaks and valleys, this trek unveils nature's grandeur at its finest, revealing the world's highest mountains in a breathtaking 360-degree panorama.

Trekking through the Heart of Sherpa Culture

In the footsteps of the legendary Sherpas, traverse the ancient trails of the Pikey Peak trek. Immerse yourself in a cultural tapestry as vibrant as the rhododendron blooms, meeting resilient communities and experiencing their way of life. This adventure is more than a trek—it's an odyssey into the soul of Nepal.

Sunrises and Serenity on Pikey Peak

Picture the world bathed in the first light of day as the sun gracefully rises over the Himalayas from the peak of Pikey. With each step, you draw closer to the magical moment when the dawn breaks, setting the sky ablaze with hues of gold and pink. This trek promises mornings that etch themselves into your memory, awakening your spirit in the embrace of the Himalayan sun.

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Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

Your epic journey to the lower Everest will begin after your arrival in Kathmandu. Our representative will pick you up at the Tribhuvan International Airport.

Rest your luggage, and we will be briefing session on the trek. Get your queries answered, and we hit the town- stroll around the bustling street and enjoy the nightlife at Thamel. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2920

You start your journey from Kathmandu early in the morning and embark on a lengthy drive to Dhap. The route traces a road established by the Japanese, winding through the mountainous terrain until reaching the Sun Kosi River.

Subsequently, the path follows the river for an extended duration before crossing it and ascending to Okhaldhunga. The drive from the starting point in Dhap to Okhaldhunga takes approximately three hours, revealing a well-maintained asphalt road ascending from 1560m in Okhaldhunga to 2800m in Dhap.

You reach Dhap, and your trek commences. Approaching Sigane, the landscape unfolds, revealing the prominent peaks of the Numbur Himal section within the vast Himalayan Range. Initially, the trail from Sigane aligns with a road under ongoing construction for the initial couple of hours.

The first settlement encountered is Japre (2920m), strategically perched above a deep valley, offering splendid vistas of Everest and Numbur Himal. Here, you'll find a monastery and Stupa, mark your initial pause in this trekking adventure.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Tea Lodges
Elevation
3640

You start from Japre and the path leads towards a grassy ridge located at Bhulbhule. Following Bhulbhule, the trail takes you toward Pikey Peak. Along the way, you'll pass the yak herders' dwellings and an extensive Mani stonewall.

The trail follows the contour of the hillside below Taklung Danda, through a captivating forest path adorned with numerous rhododendrons. After exiting the forest, Pikey Peak base camp is within reach, a mere 2-hour hike away.

Situated at an altitude of 3640 m, the base camp hosts a lone lodge featuring rooms in a separate building, with the dining area serving as the central communal space. A brief ascent takes you to the summit at 4065 m, yet it's advisable to plan the climb for sunrise, especially unless there's an exceptionally clear evening.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
LODGE
Elevation
1460

The ascent to Pikey Peak starts from the rear of the lodge with a gentle incline adorned with prayer flags that leads to the summit. Starting before daybreak is essential to reach the pinnacle in time for the mesmerizing sunrise with awe-inspiring views spanning from Annapurna to Kanchenjunga if the weather permits.

You depart from Pikey base camp; you'll pass a Mani Wall and traverse a scenic high contour route through trees, presenting captivating mountain vistas. The path meanders around the valley, descending through enchanting forests until you reach a cheese factory, signaling the onset of Ngaur, a charming hamlet atop an outcrop, albeit affected by earthquake damage.

Subsequently, the trail descends steeply through the forest to Kosinasa (also known as Lamane), where a stop for Daal Bhat is possible. Continuing along the hillside, the trail ascends slightly to Gumba, a beautiful settlement with a scattering of houses and a relatively new Gompa, though displaying signs of earthquake impact.

From Gumba, the path turns right, leading to a steep descent through the forest towards Namkheli, eventually guiding you to the river (Likhu Kola) at 1535m, culminating the day's journey at Chaulakharka, where you'll spend the night.

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1768

Today's journey begins with a 750 m climb to Bhandar, encompassing a moderately steep ascent at times, often navigating a recently developed tractor track. Notably, the preferred lodging in Bhandar is the Shobha Lodge, a brief tea break before resuming the climb towards Deurali.

As you ascend to the Deurali, pass at 3700 m, remarkable views of the valley and river stretching back to Pikey Peak unfold on the eastern side, while the quaint village of Deurali and the presence of Langtang become apparent on the western side.

You follow this, a steep initial descent is followed by a more gradual descent, leading you to Shivalaya, a sizable riverside village where you'll spend the night unless you opt to extend the journey to Thokse or Jiri and catch the bus from there the following morning.


 

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
2680

Today marks the day to bid farewell to the majestic mountains as you board a bus back to Kathmandu. The initial leg of this journey unveils a scenic path along a mountainside road originally constructed by the Swiss.

Initially descending to the Tama Kosi, the route then ascends to Charikot and eventually to Mudu, culminating in a descent to the Bhote Kosi, approximately 3000 m below.

You continue the journey; you trace the Arniko highway, a significant trade route from Tibet, ascending to Dhulikhel and progressing into the Kathmandu valley, where you'll arrive by mid-afternoon.

In Kathmandu, you're assisted to settle into a hotel of your preference, with additional assistance available if desired, before being given the freedom to explore Kathmandu at your own pace.


 

Food
Breakfast/lunch/dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1400

The time has come to bid Nepal goodbye, at least for the present.

Savor your final hours in Kathmandu with breakfast at a café, a leisurely city promenade, and optional souvenir hunting. A designated representative will rendezvous with you at your hotel and transport you to the airport for your journey back home. Ensure you reach the airport a minimum of 2 hours before your scheduled departure.

What Is Included ?

  • Airport transfers pick up and drop by Private car or Van.
  • Two Night 3 Star Hotel  in Kathmandu with Breakfast.
  • Entry permits for Sagarmatha National Park.
  • Land transfer
  • TIMS permits (Trekker’s  Information Management System).
  • One Professional Trekking Guide, his all necessary insurance, meals and allowances.
  • 3 meals per day and overnight accommodation in Hotel/lodge along the trekking trail.
  • Himalayan Partner Treks  Company T- Shirt.
  • All Tourist Tax.
  • Himalayan Partner Treks Sleeping Bag, Down Jacket (refundable).
  • Himalayan Partner Treks duffel bag for your trekking stuff.
  • One porter between two person.
  • Above 5 Pax One Assistant  Guide.
  • Farewell Dinner with Tour Operator.

What Is Excluded?

  • International airfare and Nepal visa fees.
  • Extra Night hotel In Pokhara and Kathmandu with All Meals .
  • Your Travel / medical insurance .
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, donation etc...
  • Tips for guides and porters.

Pikey Peak Trek 2023/2024 Altitude Profile

Route Map

FAQs

The Pikey Peak trek typically takes about 6 to 9 days to complete.

The best time for the Pikey Peak trek is during the pre-monsoon (March to May) and post-monsoon (September to November) seasons.

The Pikey Peak trek is of moderate difficulty, suitable for trekkers with a reasonable level of fitness.

Yes, you need permits such as the TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) card and the Sagarmatha National Park entry permit.

Yes, there are teahouses and homestays along the route providing accommodation for trekkers.

Altitude sickness can be a concern, so proper acclimatization and gradual ascent are crucial to minimize the risk.

It's advisable to carry enough cash as ATMs are limited in the region.

Additional Information

Accommodation

  • Tea Houses/Lodges: You'll find tea houses or lodges in most villages along the trekking route. These provide basic but comfortable accommodation, typically featuring twin beds, blankets, and shared bathrooms. Remember that facilities' quality can vary, and it becomes more basic at higher altitudes.

  • Dining Areas: Tea houses also have dining areas where trekkers can relax, socialize, and enjoy meals. These areas are often heated by a stove, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Food

  • Menu Variety: Tea houses offer a menu with various food options. You can expect a mix of local and international dishes, including Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Western cuisine.

  • Familiar Dishes: Trekking meals include dal bhat (rice with lentil soup), noodles, fried rice, momo (dumplings), pancakes, and various soups. We also serve tea, coffee, and a variety of snacks.

  • Meals Included: Our trekking package includes three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) in the package cost. These meals are typically ordered from the tea house's menu.

Special Dietary Requirements: If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, please inform us so we can make suitable arrangements.

The best seasons for the Everest Three Passes Trek are:

  • Spring (February to May): Spring is one of the most popular times for the trek. The weather is generally stable, with clear skies and mild temperatures. Rhododendron forests are in full bloom, with vibrant colors to the landscape.

  • Autumn (September to November): Another prime trekking season, autumn offers clear skies, excellent visibility, and pleasant daytime temperatures. The trails are busiest during this period many trekkers enjoy the trekking conditions.

These seasons provide the best weather and visibility for trekking, making it safer and more enjoyable. However, it's essential to be prepared for variable conditions at higher altitudes and to check local weather forecasts before embarking on the trek.

Client Reviews

Luu Tran

Cameroon

7th Aug, 2022

I had a short trekking with himalayan partner treks . Way was so good, hard up climbing, the views good . Heavy rain but Gautam take care me very well. I had good time with him.


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