Pikey Peak Trek - 9 Days
It is a newly discovered trekking route to the Everest region. This trek takes you to beautiful areas in Everest inhabited by Sherpa settlements. Also known as the Dal Bhat Trek, it is one of the best hilltop destinations that give you panoramic views of Mount Everest and other neighboring peaks of the region.
The trek route to Pikey Peak is less traveled than the other areas in the Everest region. But in recent years, this trek has gained popularity. The trek is suitable for everyone who wants to explore the highest peak in the world, Mount Everest, and the rugged landscapes of the Everest region. Along with this, the trek offers you some of the magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges such as Mount Dhaulagiri, Kanchanjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, and many more. If you are looking for a short trek near the Everest region, Pikey Peak Trek would be best for you. This trek not only offers you wonderful mountain views and scenic beauty but also the cultural exploration of the Sherpas living in the Everest region. Lying at the height of 4067 meters, trekking may not be very difficult especially for an experienced trekker. However, we suggest physical exercises before trekking for beginners.
Our eight days itinerary for trek designed for both experienced as well as beginner trekkers. This trek is basically a moderate level short trekking destination in the Everest region. So, if you have a time limitation and still want to explore the Everest region, you can join us at the Alpine Club of Himalaya.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m/4428ft)
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from Alpine Club of Himalaya who will drop you off at our hotel. After checking in, you take a rest or stroll around the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenirs. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by the Alpine Club of Himalaya. For dinner, you will be served excellent Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to our food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.
(Included meals: Dinner)
Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation
After breakfast, you tour several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine (Boudhanath) which is one of the largest stupas in the world. At noon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where you can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can consult or ask whatever questions about your trek. Overnight in Kathmandu.
(Included meal: Breakfast)
Day 3: Drive to Dhap, Trek to Japre
Start the day with a long (8-9 hour) drive from Kathmandu to Dhap. From a ridgeline south of Dhap, you’ll start the trek, and as you near Sigane, the mountains that you will get to know very well come into view — the peaks of the Numbur Himal section of the Himalayan Range.
The trail from Sigane follows a road under construction for the ﬁrst couple of hours. The ﬁrst village you reach is called 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.
Day 4: Trek to Pikey Base Camp
After Japre, the trail climbs up to a grassy ridge at Bhulbhule. There’s a single lodge with no name and nice views of the Everest range from here. Soon after Bhulbhule, the trail splits and you’ll turn right to Pikey Peak. You’ll pass some old yak houses and a long mani stone wall. The trail then contours the hillside below Taklung Danda and goes through a beautiful forested trail.
There are many rhododendrons here along a level path (which you can see in bloom if trekking in the spring). As you leave the forest, it’s not far to Pikey Peak base camp, about 2 hours away. From here, it’s a short climb to the summit at 4065 m / 13336 ft. Unless you have an unusually clear evening, it’s better to climb to the summit in the morning for sunrise.
Day 5: Sunrise at Pikey Peak, Trek to Loding
Start the morning early, you’ll follow a gradual trail to the summit, covered with prayer ﬂags. The views are breathtaking! If the weather is clear, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views from Annapurna to Kanchenjunga.
From the top of Pikey Peak, you’ll follow a ridgeline that starts flat and then steepens as you enter the forest to Jase Bhanjyang, where breakfast will be waiting. After breakfast, you’ll continue your walk down to Lodging, which passes through some steep sections in the forest. At Loading, you’ll have a couple of choices for accommodation which are both simple and charming.
Day 6: Trek from Loding to Junbesi, Visit Thubtenchoeling Monastery
Start the day by heading 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 stunning 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 little more developed, and you’re likely to meet a few other tourists for the ﬁrst time.
From Taktor, it is a couple of hours on a lovely trail 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 Tibet, Buddhism flourishes and there are numerous Buddhist monasteries along the way.
Day 7: Trek from Junbesi to Taksindu
Today we will hit the trail bound for Taksindu. Cross the river at the bottom of town and climb through the forest up to Salung, from where there are views of Mount Everest (8848 m/ 29,028 ft), Chamlang (7319 m/ 2,4012 ft) and Makalu (8481 m/ 27,824 ft), weather permitting. There are also gorgeous views out across the valley to Chiwong Monastery and down towards Phaplu.
Continue on the trail, contouring and then dropping down to a stream before a short climb up into Ringmo, famous for its apple orchards and interesting apple products such as apple rakshi (alcohol), cider, and apple pie. From here, there’s a final short climb to Taksindu La, from where there are again great mountain views, and then a short descent to the Taksindu Monastery and your lodge. The Taksindu Monastery was built in 1946 and is usually open early morning or late afternoon. Please make sure to leave a donation if you visit.
Day 8: Trek from Taksindu to Phaplu, Visit Chiwong Gompa
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. Continue on down into Phaplu and celebrate the completion of a great trek at your cozy tea house.
Day 9: Flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu
Today we will bid farewell to the mountains and board our vehicle for the drive back into the Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu, we take you to any hotel of your choice. We can recommend the hotels or leave you to explore Kathmandu on your own.
Cost Include and Exclude
All airport/hotel pick up and drop in private car/van
2 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast
An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during the trek
Salary, food, insurance, and lodging cost for guide and porter ( 2 Trekkers-1 Porter )
During the Trek, we will have Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee each time only
Welcome and Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu
National Park Permit and TIMS
Airfare from Kathmandu to Lukla and return flight to Kathmandu and domestic flight departure taxes
Down Jacket and Sleeping Bag that needs to be returned to the office after trek completion
ACH Kitbag and T- shirt for you
Nepal entry visa fees
International airfare and departure tax
Bar bills, laundry, and other expenses of personal nature
Travel insurance including evacuation
1 Lunch in Kathmandu
Tips for local staff, guides, and porters
Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Wi-Fi, Mineral Water