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09 days
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Home » Holiday Packages » Everest Region » Pikey Peak Trek in Lower Lower Khumbu Region

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The Pikey Peak Trek, situated in the Lower Khumbu region of Nepal, is a tranquil and less-traversed path that culminates at the summit of Pikey Peak (4,065 meters), renowned for its spectacular sunrise and sunset vistas of the Everest range and surrounding Himalayas. This trek blends natural beauty with cultural immersion, offering trekkers an intimate experience of Nepal’s rural landscapes and the lifestyle of its inhabitants, particularly the Sherpa community.

Detailed Description of the Pikey Peak Trek:

Geography and Environment:

The route to Pikey Peak winds through the lower valleys of the Khumbu region, characterized by lush rhododendron forests, vibrant green terraces, and charming hamlets. As you ascend, the verdant lowlands give way to rocky outcrops and alpine vegetation, revealing dramatic panoramas of some of the world’s highest peaks.

Cultural Significance:

The region is deeply rooted in Sherpa and Buddhist traditions. Trekkers can visit centuries-old monasteries, chortens, and mani walls intricately carved with Tibetan Buddhist prayers. The trek is also a chance to witness local festivals and rituals if timed correctly.

Trek Experience:

Beginning from Dhap, the trek to Pikey Peak is a moderate journey suitable for walkers who can manage 5-7 hours of walking a day with a light day pack. The trails are not as busy as those leading to Everest Base Camp, offering a more peaceful experience. The ascent to Pikey Peak itself is challenging but non-technical and is often done early in the morning to catch the breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas.

Flora and Fauna:

Travelers will traverse through diverse ecosystems. Spring treks are particularly beautiful as rhododendrons, Nepal’s national flower, bloom in many colours. The area is also home to a rich variety of bird species, and if lucky, one might spot some of the elusive wildlife of the region, including the Himalayan Tahr and musk deer.

Accommodations and Amenities:

The trek offers basic yet comfortable teahouses and lodges run by local families. These accommodations provide a warm and authentic experience, often accompanied by traditional Nepali meals and the famous Sherpa hospitality.

Challenges and Preparations:

Altitude can be a challenge, so proper acclimatization is essential. Trekkers should be prepared for cold nights and changing weather conditions requiring appropriate clothing and gear. Despite its moderate difficulty, the trek still demands good physical fitness and some preparation for trekking at altitude.

Connecting with Nature and Self:

The Pikey Peak Trek is not just a physical journey but also a chance to disconnect from the modern world and find a connection with nature and oneself. The quiet trails, the starlit skies, and the simplicity of the mountain life all contribute to a profound trekking experience.

Environmental Considerations:

Trekking in the Himalayas comes with a responsibility to preserve the fragile ecosystem. Travelers are encouraged to follow eco-friendly practices, such as disposing of waste properly, using water sparingly, and respecting wildlife habitats.

When to Trek:

The best time to go on the Pikey Peak Trek is from March to May during the spring season and from October to December during the autumn season. These months provide the clearest skies and the best views of the mountains.

In conclusion, the Pikey Peak Trek offers a comprehensive Himalayan experience that combines the natural splendour of the mountains with the rich cultural tapestry of the Sherpa people. It’s an excellent alternative for those looking to escape the more crowded trekking routes while still enjoying some of the best views available in the region.

Tour Details

The Pikey Peak Trek is a journey through lush valleys, traditional Sherpa villages, and verdant forests, crowned by the ascent to Pikey Peak (4,065 meters), which is known for its sunrise and sunset views. The peak offers a panoramic sight of the Himalayan range from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east, including Everest, Makalu, and Annapurna.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Departure Time

Flexible

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and Drop-offFrom the airport to the hotel and vice versa, as well as to other designated points as per the itinerary.
  • All required permitsTIMS and Local Permits
  • Accommodation in KathmanduHotel stay in Kathmandu before and after the trek (usually on the first and last night).
  • Accommodation on the trekTeahouse/lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • TransportationGround transportation to and from the trailhead from Kathmandu in a local jeep
  • MealsMeals during the trek (breakfast, lunch, and dinner).
  • Guide ServiceExperienced English-speaking trekking guide.
  • Porter ServicePorter service to carry luggage (usually one porter for every two trekkers).

Price Excludes

  • InsurancePersonal travel and medical insurance, which is usually mandatory.
  • Personal ExpensesBeverages and personal snacks.
  • Other ExpensesHot showers, Wi-Fi, battery charging, and other amenities that might be available at an extra cost in the teahouses.
  • Meals in KathmanduBreakfast included, but lunches and dinner are not included.
  • TippingTips for guide and porters are not included.
  • Rescue and EvacuationEmergency rescue and evacuation costs, if needed, are not included.
  • EquipmentPersonal trekking gear and equipment including sleeping bag (rental options are available for an additional fee).
  • International FlightInternational airfare to and from Nepal is not included.
  • VisaNepalese visa fees is not included.

Complementaries

  • Duffle bag
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • Nepal Hiking T-Shirt

🔍 Trip Highlights:

  • Scenic views of the Himalayan range, including Mount Everest, from Pikey Peak.
  • Exploration of the rich Sherpa culture and Buddhist monasteries.
  • Less crowded trails offer a tranquil trekking experience.
  • Visit the ancient Thupten Chholing Monastery.
  • Rhododendron forests, terraced fields, and alpine landscapes.
  • The opportunity to see a variety of wildlife and bird species.
  • Cultural experiences include traditional Sherpa and Tamang communities.

🌄 Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m)

  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel, trek briefing, and preparation.

Day 2Kathmandu to Dhap (2,900m) via Jeep

  • Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap, which takes about 6-7 hours.
  • Overnight stay in Dhap.

Day 3Dhap to Jhapre (2820m)

  • Begin the trek from Dhap, walking through pine forests and traditional villages.
  • Arrive in Jhapre, known for its beautiful views and a monastery and stupa.
  • Overnight stay in Jhapre.

Day 4Jhapre to Pikey Base Camp (3640m)

  • Continue the trek, passing through rhododendron forests.
  • Ascend to Pikey Base Camp.
  • Acclimatization and exploration walk around the base camp.
  • Overnight stay at base camp.

Day 5Pikey Base Camp to Pikey Peak (4065m) and then to Junbesi (2680m)

  • Early morning hike to Pikey Peak to see the sunrise over the Himalayas.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, and other peaks.
  • Trek down to Junbesi, a Sherpa village with its monastery.
  • Overnight stay in Junbesi.

Day 6Junbesi to Taksindu (2960m)

  • Cross the Junbesi Khola and head towards Taksindu.
  • Pass through several small villages and experience the local culture.
  • Overnight stay in Taksindu.

Day 7Taksindu to Phaplu (2469m)

  • Descend to Phaplu, enjoying the landscape and possibly visiting a local monastery.
  • Last night on the trail, with a celebration dinner.
  • Overnight stay in Phaplu.

Day 8Phaplu to Kathmandu

  • Return to Kathmandu by jeep.
  • Transfer to your hotel and rest.
  • Enjoy a farewell dinner, or explore the local area if time permits.

Day 9Departure from Kathmandu

  • Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) for your departure flight.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need a permit for the Pikey Peak Trek?

  • Yes, you will need the TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card and a local permit.
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What is the difficulty level of the Pikey Peak Trek?

  • The trek is considered moderate. It does not require technical climbing, but you should be physically healthy.

How are the accommodations on the Pikey Peak Trek?

  • Accommodations are basic teahouses and lodges with shared facilities.

What should I pack?

  • Pack light and include layers for varying temperatures, a good pair of trekking boots, a sleeping bag, personal medication, and other trekking essentials.
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Is it necessary to hire a guide/porter, or can I trek alone?

  • While it is possible to trek independently or alone, hiring a guide is advisable for navigation and safety and to enrich your trekking experience through local insights.

How do I deal with altitude sickness?

  • Acclimatization is key. Ensure your itinerary allows for gradual ascent, and listen to your body. If symptoms appear, descend immediately and seek medical assistance if necessary.
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