Trip Details

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Trip Style: Trekking
  • Transport: Public Vehicle
  • Food: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse or Lodge
  • Group Size: 1-16
  • Max Elevation: 4065m

Highlights

  • Panoramic Views: Pikey Peak is renowned for its panoramic views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and other peaks.
  • Sunrise and Sunset: The sunrise and sunset views from Pikey Peak are spectacular, with the sun casting a golden glow on the snow-capped peaks.
  • Cultural Experience: The trek to Pikey Peak offers a rich cultural experience as it passes through traditional Sherpa and Tamang villages. You can explore local monasteries and interact with the friendly locals.
  • Diverse Landscapes: The trail features diverse landscapes, from lush green forests and rhododendron groves to alpine meadows and rugged mountain terrain.
  • Less Crowded: Compared to other popular trekking routes in Nepal, Pikey Peak is less crowded, providing a more serene and peaceful trekking experience.
  • Accessibility: The trek to Pikey Peak is relatively accessible and can be completed in a shorter duration, making it suitable for trekkers with limited time.
  • Buddhist Monasteries: Along the trek, you'll encounter several ancient Buddhist monasteries, offering insight into the local spiritual practices and heritage.
  • Local Cuisine: The teahouses and lodges along the route serve delicious local cuisine, providing an opportunity to enjoy traditional Nepali and Sherpa dishes.

Description

The Pikey Peak Trek, located in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal, offers trekkers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and panoramic mountain views. This trek is named after the sacred Pikey Peak (4,065 meters), which holds significant cultural and spiritual importance for the local Sherpa community. The Pikey Peak Trek provides an alternative to the more crowded Everest Base Camp route, promising serenity and unspoiled landscapes.

The Pikey Peak Trek typically spans 5-7 days, depending on the chosen itinerary and starting point. A common route begins at Phaplu, passing through villages like Chyangba, Jhapre, and Junbesi before reaching Pikey Peak. Each day's trek offers diverse landscapes, from terraced fields to alpine forests, culminating in the majestic views from the peak.

The region is rich in biodiversity, with opportunities to spot various species of birds, including the vibrant Danphe (Himalayan Monal), Nepal's national bird. The forests are home to Himalayan flora such as rhododendrons, magnolias, and pine trees. Nature enthusiasts can explore these diverse ecosystems and enjoy the tranquility of the natural surroundings.

Why Choose Pikey Peak Trek?

The Solu-Khumbu region, home to the legendary Sherpas, has a rich history intertwined with mountaineering and Buddhism. The area became globally known after Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's successful ascent of Mount Everest in 1953. The Pikey Peak region, in particular, has been a spiritual site for the Sherpas, with its name derived from the local deity, Pikey, representing the sky and the weather.

Embark on the journey of a lifetime to Pikey Peak, where nature's grandeur meets cultural richness. Whether you seek adventure, spiritual enlightenment, or simply a rejuvenating escape, the Pikey Peak Trek promises an unforgettable experience amidst the towering Himalayas.

The Pikey Peak Trek is an excellent adventure for beginners, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and manageable challenges. The panoramic views, serene trails, and warm hospitality of the local people make this trek a memorable experience. Embark on this journey, and you'll return with a deeper appreciation for the Himalayas and the vibrant cultures of Nepal.

Pikey Peak Trek 5 Days Itinerary

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Your adventure begins with a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Dhap Bazaar, situated at 2850 meters. The journey takes approximately 6-7 hours, winding through lush green hills and traditional villages. As you leave the bustling city behind, the tranquil beauty of Nepal’s countryside unfolds before your eyes. In Dhap Bazaar, you'll find basic but comfortable accommodation and a chance to acclimate to the higher altitude.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Distance: 6-7 hrs Drive
  • Altitude: 2850m

Starting your trek, you'll head towards Jhapre, which sits at 2815 meters. This route is relatively easy and perfect for acclimatization. Along the way, you'll pass through lush rhododendron forests and charming villages, offering glimpses into the local way of life. Make sure to take plenty of breaks, enjoy the scenery, and snap photos of the distant snow-capped peaks. In Jhapre, cozy lodges offer a warm place to rest and delicious local cuisine.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Distance: 5-6 hours
  • Altitude: 2815m

Today’s trek leads you to Pikey Peak Base Camp at 3640 meters. The trail offers spectacular views, with each step bringing you closer to the majestic Himalayas. As the altitude increases, the air becomes cooler and fresheToday’s trek leads you to Pikey Peak Base Camp at 3640 meters. The trail offers spectacular views, with each step bringing you closer to the majestic Himalayas. As the altitude increases, the air becomes cooler and fresher. Make sure to pace yourself and stay hydrated. Upon reaching the base camp, you'll be rewarded with an incredible view of the surrounding peaks. The night at the base camp is a unique experience, surrounded by towering mountains under a star-lit sky.r. Make sure to pace yourself and stay hydrated. Upon reaching the base camp, you'll be rewarded with an incredible view of the surrounding peaks. The night at the base camp is a unique experience, surrounded by towering mountains under a star-lit sky.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Distance: 5-6 hours
  • Altitude: 3640m

Very early in the morning, we have an exciting walk to the top of Pikey Peak. It’s guaranteed that this shall be the most beautiful sunrise you will witness in your life. The golden collar imparted in Mount Everest and many other 8000 m peaks are visible from the top. It's a great time to capture some beautiful pictures and videos before we eat our breakfast at the top of Pikey Peak with an amazing view of the Mountains including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and many more.

After breakfast, we wandered in the Alpine landscape of the mountains along with yak and Sherpa. We walked until evening to reach the village of Phaplu. This is your final day of the Pikey Peak base camp trek in the Local guesthouse. So, make sure that you celebrate the success of a trip and enjoy some local food and drinks.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Distance: 6-7 hours
  • Altitude: 4065m

The final leg of your trek takes you back to Dhap, a small town where you’ll begin your drive back to Kathmandu. The trek is relatively short, giving you time to savor the last moments of the natural beauty and tranquility of the region. From Dhap, a drive back to Kathmandu awaits. Reflect on your journey, the stunning landscapes, and the vibrant cultures you encountered. By evening, you'll be back in the capital, with memories and stories to share.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
  • Accommodation: None
  • Distance: 8-9 hours
  • Altitude: 1320m

Trip Map

Pikey Peak Trek 5 Days map

What to Expect

Cost Includes

  • 4 Nights Teahouse accommodation during the trek
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) during the trek
  • Sharing Jeep (Kathmandu to Dhap Bazaar)
  • Sharing Jeep (Dhap  to Kathmandu)
  • 1 English Speaking Trekking Guide with Insurance, Transportation, Food and Accommodation 
  • A first aid kit carried by the guide (Oximeter to measure your oxygen and pulse in high altitude) 
  • Use of sleeping bag & Duffel bag (if you don’t have your own, To be return after trip completed)
  • All Necessary Trekking Permits
  • All Government and Local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • International Flight Ticket and Nepalese Visa Fee
  • Hotel & Meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra night accommodation in case of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the trek (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Personal expenses (WiFi, Phone calls, Laundry, Bar bills, Battery Recharge, Water, Shower, and Tea / Coffee)
  • Other costs not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section
  • Travel and Rescue Insurance
  • Tips for Guides, Porters, and Drivers

Optional

  • Kathmandu To Dhap Private jeep USD 150$ Per Transfer
  • Dhap To Kathmandu Private Jeep USD 150$ Per Transfer
  • 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu Twin Sharing ON BB USD 60$ Per Night

PRICES & DATES

Trip DatesAvailabilityPrice  
25 Jun, 2024 - 29 Jun, 2024GuaranteedUS$250

Useful Information

Must-Visit Attractions

Pikey Peak Summit

The highlight of the trek is reaching the summit of Pikey Peak, standing at an altitude of 4,065 meters. The panoramic views from the top are truly awe-inspiring, offering a glimpse of some of the world's highest mountains.

Monasteries

Along the trekking route, trekkers will encounter several Buddhist monasteries and stupas, adding a spiritual dimension to the journey. These ancient monastic sites provide insights into the religious and cultural heritage of the region.

Sunrise and Sunset Views

Witnessing the sunrise and sunset from Pikey Peak is a mesmerizing experience. The changing colors of the sky and the panoramic mountain vistas create unforgettable memories.

Best Time to Trek Pikey Peak

The best times to start the Pikey Peak Trek are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. During these periods, the weather is stable, and the skies are generally clear, providing the best conditions for trekking and panoramic views.

Spring (March to May)

In spring, the hills are adorned with blooming rhododendrons and other wildflowers, making the landscapes exceptionally vibrant. The temperatures are moderate, and the weather is mostly clear, making it an ideal time for trekking.

Autumn (September to November)

Autumn is characterized by clear skies and stable weather, offering spectacular views of the Himalayan range. The post-monsoon freshness adds to the scenic beauty, and the trails are in excellent condition.

Trek Difficulty

The Pikey Peak Trek is considered a moderate trek. It is suitable for both novice trekkers and experienced hikers. While the trails are less challenging than those in higher-altitude regions, trekkers should be prepared for significant daily altitude gains and losses and be in good physical condition.

Key Factors Affecting Trek Difficulty

  • Altitude: The highest point on this trek is Pikey Peak at 4,065 meters. Proper acclimatization is essential to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Terrain: The trek involves various terrains, including rocky paths, forest trails, and steep ascents and descents.
  • Daily Walking Hours: Trekkers can expect to walk for 5-7 hours each day, depending on the pace and specific itinerary.

Essential Gear and Equipment

To ensure a safe and comfortable trekking experience, it is crucial to pack appropriately. Here is a list of essential gear and equipment:

  • Clothing: Layered clothing suitable for varying temperatures, including thermal wear, fleece jackets, waterproof jackets, and trekking pants.
  • Footwear: Sturdy trekking boots, comfortable hiking socks, and gaiters.
  • Accessories: Sunglasses, a hat, gloves, and a headlamp with extra batteries.
  • Backpack: A durable backpack with a rain cover.
  • Sleeping Gear: A warm sleeping bag suitable for cold weather.
  • Miscellaneous: Trekking poles, water purification tablets, first aid kit, and personal toiletries.

Accommodation and Meals

During the Pikey Peak Trek, accommodation is typically in teahouses** and odges. These provide basic amenities such as a bed, blanket, and shared bathrooms. Meals are generally a mix of traditional Nepali dishes like dal bhat (lentil soup with rice), as well as international cuisine options.

Teahouses

Teahouses are the primary form of accommodation along the trekking route. They are run by local families, offering a glimpse into the daily lives and culture of the Sherpa community.

Meals

Expect hearty and nutritious meals designed to keep your energy levels high. Sherpa cuisine offers a delightful array of dishes, including dal bhat (rice and lentils), momos (dumplings), thukpa (noodle soup), and chang (local alcoholic beverage). Exploring the local cuisine is an integral part of the trekking experience. Indulge in the delicious flavors of Sherpa cuisine, including yak meat dishes, Sherpa stew, Tibetan bread, and locally brewed chang. Exploring the local culinary delights adds a delightful dimension to the trekking experience.

Permits and Regulations

To trek in the Pikey Peak region, you will need the following permits:

  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System) Card
  • Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit (GCAP)

These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu through authorized trekking agencies or from the Nepal Tourism Board.

Health and Safety Tips

  • Altitude Sickness: Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and acclimatize properly. Stay hydrated and take it slow.
  • Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuation.
  • Local Guides: Hiring a local guide can enhance your trekking experience and provide valuable insights into the region's culture and natural beauty.

The Pikey Peak Trek is a hidden gem in the Everest region, offering a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and adventure. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or a novice looking for an unforgettable experience, this trek has something to offer everyone. The serenity of the trails, combined with the awe-inspiring views of the Himalayas, makes Pikey Peak a must-visit destination for trekking enthusiasts.

FAQs

How long is the Pikey Peak Trek?

The Pikey Peak Trek typically takes about 5 days, including travel to and from Kathmandu.

Do I need prior trekking experience for the Pikey Peak Trek?

No prior trekking experience is necessary, but being in good physical condition and having some level of fitness will make the trek more enjoyable.

What is the highest point of the Pikey Peak Trek?

The highest point is Pikey Peak itself, which stands at 4,065 meters (13,333 feet).

Is altitude sickness a concern on this trek?

Altitude sickness can be a concern. It is essential to acclimatize properly, stay hydrated, and be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

What kind of food can I expect on the trek?

You can expect a variety of meals including traditional Nepali dishes like dal bhat, as well as international options such as pasta, noodles, and soups.

Are there any cultural highlights on this trek?

Yes, the trek offers several cultural highlights including visits to Sherpa villages, ancient monasteries, and the opportunity to experience the local way of life.

Do I need a guide for the Pikey Peak Trek?

While it is possible to trek independently, hiring a local guide is highly recommended for navigation, cultural insights, and safety.