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Pikey Peak Trek

Trip Overview

Pikey Peak Trek is the best alternative to the over-crowded Everest Base Camp Trek. The trek continues to off-beat trails while displaying the majestic panorama of Mount Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), and Makalu (8463m). The trek culminates at Pikey Peak (4068m) that offers one of the best views of the mountains in the Everest range. Although a newly opened trek, it allows the trekkers to enjoy the Sherpa culture minus crowd and hassle. The quaint surrounding, lush rhododendron forests, and cool air offer tranquility of the highest sort.
 

The 9-day Pikey Peak Trek begins upon your arrival in Kathmandu. The trip starts with a scenic drive to Dhap village in the Rolwaling Valley. You’ll trek past the rolling hills with cascading waterfalls, terraced fields, and lush rhododendron forests. Passing Jhapre and Lhamuje, the trek gradually ascends to the reach Pikey Peak High Camp. Next, a pleasant climb concludes at the top of Pikey Peak. From the top, you can catch the majestic sight of the Mount Everest (8848m), Lhotse (8414m), and other mountains in the Everest, Gaurishankar, and Kanchenjunga ranges. Afterward, you’ll take a detour and head towards Thuptenchholing Monastery via Loding. You will find the engravings of Mani script on the walls and prayers flag throughout the Sherpa village en route. Thuptenchholing Monastery is one of the most revered Tibetan styled Buddhist monasteries in the region. The final leg of the trek takes you towards Chiwong Monastery via Junbesi and then to Phaplu village. Chiwong Monastery is another of the biggest monasteries which also hosts the Mani Rimdu festival every year. You’ll fly from Phaplu to Kathmandu hence ending the trip. Pikey Peak Trek can be undertaken anytime during spring and autumn seasons.
 

Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition is a travel organizer in Nepal and we have been serving travelers for many years. We pride ourselves for our quality of service while ensuring customer safety and satisfaction. You will be assisted by an expert team of guides and porters during this Pikey Peak Trek. 

Trip Highlights: 

  • Ascend the Pikey Peak, one of the best viewpoints to relish the views of the Mt. Everest (8848m)
  • Enjoy the stunning panorama of the mountains as far as Kanchenjunga in the east and Annapurna in the west
  • Experience authentic Sherpa hospitality and ethnic lifestyle
  • Learn about Himalayan Buddhism at the Thuptenchholing and Chiwong monasteries

Additional Information

If the suggested itineraries are not up to the mark, we can even customize your trip as per your need with a special group discount. Kindly contact us at info@amazingnepaltrek.com for detail information. You can also contact us by calling at +977-9851116042 for 24/7 support. We speak English, Hindi, and Nepali.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu |1300 m
Day 02: Drive to Dhap, Trek to Jhapre | 2920 m|4 hours
Day 03: Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Base Camp | 3640 m|6-7 hours
Day 04: Sunrise at Pikey Peak, Trek to Loding | 2515 m|8-9 hours
Day 05: Trek from Loding to Junbesi |2700 m |, Visit Thuptenchholing Monastery|4-5 hours
Day 06: Trek from Junbesi to Taksindu |2960 m |5-6 hours
Day 07: Trek from Taksindu to Phaplu, Visit Chiwong Monastery |2459 m |5-6 hours
Day 08: Flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu |1300 m 
Day 09: Departure

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu |1300 m
A company representative will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can rest and relax at the hotel and, later, enjoy strolling around the nearby areas. 
 

Day 02: Drive to Dhap, Trek to Jhapre | 2920 m|4 hours
After early breakfast, you’ll embark on a road journey east of Kathmandu to Dhap village. You'll follow the Japanese-built road along the hills towards Sun Koshi River. You’ll take a detour from here are reach Dhap. After a brief rest at Dhap, you’ll embark on the first day of the trek and hike along the forested trail towards the north. You’ll cross numerous orchids en route to Jhapre, a small Sherpa village that is home to numerous monasteries and stupas. 

 

Day 03: Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Base Camp | 3640 m|6-7 hours
You’ll wake up with the beautiful morning view of the mountains to the north. After early breakfast, the trek begins with a climb through the lush rhododendron forest to Bhulbhule. The trail splits into two, and you take a right turn and advance towards Taklung Danda. After walking past the beautiful forested trail, you’ll arrive at Pikey Peak Base Camp. 

 

Day 04: Sunrise at Pikey Peak, Trek to Loding | 2515 m|8-9 hours
The day starts early as you wake up and immediately embark on a hike to Pikey Peak summit. You’ll trek past Pikey Peak High Camp to reach the summit. Once at the top, you’ll be gifted with the majestic sight of the Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Manaslu, and Annapurna ranges. You’ll also enjoy the beautiful sunrise before heading down. You'll follow a ridgeline that steepens as you enter the forest to Jase Bhanjyang. You’ll have your breakfast here. Afterward, you'll continue hiking down through the rhododendron forest to reach Loding.

 

Day 05: Trek from Loding to Junbesi |2700 m |, Visit Thuptenchholing Monastery|4-5 hours
After breakfast, you’ll continue trekking along the ridgeline shortly after Loding towards Tumbuk. Passing Salabesi, the trek continues along the Junbesi River to reach Junbesi. From Junbesi, you head north and visit the Thuptenchholing monastery that reflects the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. You can also explore the monastery vicinity and visit other attractions as well. Some of them include Meditation caves, Art centers, and Lama Schools.

 

Day 06: Trek from Junbesi to Taksindu |2960 m |5-6 hours
Leaving Junbesi, you’ll begin trekking towards Taksindu village. You’ll cross the Junbesi River and then climb through the forest towards Salung. You can catch the beautiful sights of the Mount Everest (8848m), Chamlang (7321m), and Mera Peak (6461m). You’ll continue along the trail before climbing towards Ringmo. A short trek from here will lead you directly to Taksindu.

 

Day 07: Trek from Taksindu to Phaplu, Visit Chiwong Monastery |2459 m |5-6 hours
The last day of the trek, you’ll begin trekking through the lushly decorated forests towards Phaplu. Before reaching Phaplu, you’ll make a short climb towards Chiwong Monastery. The Chiwong monastery is perched high on a hanging cliff overlooking Solukhumbu. One of the three biggest monasteries in the Everest region, this monastery hosts the magnificent celebrations for the Mani Rimdu festival every year. Once at Phaplu, you can celebrate the completion of the trek with your guide and colleague.

 

Day 08: Flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu |1300 m
Today you’ll bid farewell to the pristine Solukhumbu Valley and embark on a short flight back to Kathmandu. It may take 30min to fly from Phaplu over the lush forests and hills of east-central Nepal to reach Kathmandu. Once at Kathmandu, you’ll be escorted back to your hotel. You can shop for gifts and souvenirs to end the day and the trip on a high note.

 

Day 09: Departure
Today you’ll bid adieu to Nepal. Our representative will drive you off to the airport so you can catch your flight back home. We also hope to see you on your future trips in Nepal. 

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Cost Includes:
  • All airport transfers 
  • Tourist Standard Hotel in Kathmandu for 2 nights with breakfast 
  • Welcome dinner in a typical Nepali restaurant 
  • Kathmandu to Dhap transport by sharing bus/jeep
  • Phaplu to Kathmandu flight
  • All airport taxes 
  • All necessary paperwork and trekking permits (National Park permit and TIMS)
  • An experienced English-speaking Govt. registered trekking guide and required local porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
  • Full meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) followed by a cup of Tea/Coffee during the trek  
  • Iodine/Chlorine treated Safe Drinking water 
  • All mountain lodge/teahouse accommodation 
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes 
  • Trekking equipment such as down-filled sleeping bag and duffel bag
  • Farewell dinner
  • Souvenir: Everest Base Camp Route map and Amazing Nepal T-Shirt

Cost not Includes:

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu except for welcome and farewell dinner 
  • Deserts (cakes, bakes, and pies)s 
  • Additional Hot Drinks 
  • Bottled drinks 
  • Boiled/mineral water 
  • Electronic device re-charge
  • Hot shower 
  • Wi-Fi 
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tipping to driver and trekking crew

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.
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Accommodations and Meals:

You will be provided a room in a tourist standard hotel, while you are in Kathmandu. During your trekking, you will be provided room in teahouses. Please be informed that you will be sharing the room at teahouses. Please also note that the Everest region is located at far from the maddening crowd, therefore, teahouses may not be as much sophisticated as one finds them in town.

We will provide only breakfast while you are in Kathmandu and three-course meals while you are on trek. This means you will be taking breakfast and dinner at teahouse you stay and lunch in the mid of your trekking. Since the Everest region is geographically a remote place, you will be provided only selected but hygienic and organic local foods such as Nepali dal bhat, Tibetan soup, and bread, porridge etc.

Briefing of the Tour:

You will be briefed about the trek, you will be given information file, and importantly introduced with your guide.

Trekking Crews:

We will provide government registered, well-trained English Speaking guide, who holds enough knowledge about responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism

We will also provide an assistant guide who is ready to help you with every situation.

We will provide a porter is provided to every two of you, and he will be carrying not more than 25kg.

We get our crews’ life get insured.

Certificate:

After the trek is over, you will be provided with ANTE adventure certificate.

Size of Group:

Trekking Group Size of our group can range from two people to ten people. In case you want to travel alone, do not hesitate to write to us. We will plan accordingly. In case, you more than ten people, please do let us know so that we can develop and improvise plans and itinerary.

Acclimatization:

Trekking to the Everest Region is as much difficult as it is technical. We give special priority to its technical sides as well. For this, we have designed an itinerary to allow you to get acclimatize naturally. We know the particular location you need to stay for rest, and the particular distance you need to walk slowly and so on. In case you get high altitude sickness, we have crews who know how to deal with it effectively and smartly.

How to respond to Altitude Sickness?

  • Please do carry Diamox (Acetazolamide)
  • Please consult your physician
  • Please keep on informing our crews if you feel uneasy
  • Please do walk in the group so that you can help each other

Travel Insurance:

We would like to recommend you to get your trekking insured. Since you are trekking in probably one of the wildest and challenging routes, you need to be cautious of anything inevitable. You may need helicopter evacuation and get your trip canceled. You may get injured and get your baggage theft and so on.

Permits and fees:

The government local body charges some small amount of fee for every you make to the World Heritage sites, National Park, restricted areas along climbing. The price we charge includes all the fees.

Flight Delay in Phaplu-Kathmandu

Twin Otter and Dornier is the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Phaplu. This service is fairly dependable. Sometimes, flights may be canceled due to mountain weather conditions or technical problems. In such case, Amazing Nepal will charter a helicopter to ensure you are on schedule for your international flight. The helicopter can fly if the visibility is 1500m, while the twin otter can fly if the visibility is 5000m, as per Nepal’s Civil Aviation rules.

The cost of the helicopter is payable directly to our Kathmandu office in the event that this service is utilized. US cash, traveler’s cheques, or credit cards (Visa Cards, Master Cards only) are accepted. You will be given a receipt upon payment so that you may claim the amount from your travel insurance. The minimum cost will be US$500 and a maximum US$3500 depending on the number of group members.

It is recommended that you should arrive in Kathmandu a day earlier before you start your trek. When you arrive a day earlier, you will have time to rest as well as time to buy trekking equipment. Similarly, it is best to have some extra days after you have finished your trek because your flight to Kathmandu might be canceled due to bad weather. So all together it is recommended to have a few extra days beside the trip schedule so that you don’t miss your International Flight.

If you want to book a trekking package with Amazing Nepal Trek and Expedition and still wondering about the essential equipment for your trekking journey, here we are more than happy to offer our checklist for your references. Please make necessary amendments to our checklist as per your need and convenience. For some case, if you couldn’t get any of these listed equipment/gears in your hometown or you’re in a rush before you fly to Kathmandu, don’t worry! The listed necessary items mentioned below can be easily purchased here.
Except for your daypack, all luggage will be carried by porters. A porter is available for two people who will carry maximum up to 25 kg. So, You have to be careful while packing your Bag or luggage.
 
Moreover, there is an allowance of 15kg per person on domestic flights. Additional personal items are not needed for the trekking portion of the trip which can be kept in the hotel’s storage room without extra cost.

Below is the checklist of equipment that is required for the trek:
 
HEAD

  • Buff headwear /neckwear
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Torch

UPPER BODY

  • Cotton T-shirts or Thermals
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof/windproof jacket
  • Down-filled jacket  (Your own Down Jacket is strongly recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary down jacket which is needed to be returned after the completion of the trek)

LOWER BODY

  • Lightweight cotton pants (long)
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Thermal underwear

FEET

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick and warm wool hiking socks
  • Comfortable Hiking boots
  • Sneakers /slippers

HANDS

  • Gore-tex gloves

ACCESSORIES

  • Sleeping bag rated to - 20°C (Your own sleeping bag strongly is recommended, but Amazing Nepal Trek also supply complimentary sleeping bags which is needed to be returned after the completion of the trek)
  • Trekking bags/duffel bag (Amazing Nepal Trek will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel/kit bag, but one extra big duffel bag/suitcase is necessary for items that are left at the hotel in Kathmandu)
  • Large plastic bags (For keeping items dry inside trek bag)
  • Trekking poles (Optional, Recommended)
  • Water bottle or camel bag
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Sewing Kit
  • Insect repellent, sunscreen, and lip balm
  • The first-aid kit; should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band-Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea
  • Re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking if any particular
  • Wet wipes 
  • Reading or writing material
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