pikey peak trek in nepal

Pikey Peak Trek

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    Moderate
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    4065m
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Pikey Peak Trek is a popular trekking route located in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. The trek takes its name from Pikey Peak, a mountain located at an altitude of 4,065 meters (13,336 feet) above sea level .Named after a local Sherpa deity, Pikey Peak is one of the most beautiful trekking peaks in the Khumbu Region. At 4065m Pikey allows the visitors to get a spectacular view of the giant Everest (8848m) along with the panorama of Makalu (8481m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Kumbakarna (7710m), Gaurishankar (7134m), Lhotse (8516m), Nuptse (7861m), Ama Dablam (6856m), Numbur (6958m), and Thamserku (6623m) among others. Pikey Peak Trek is an excellent alternate route for trekkers who like quite trails filled with serenity. Anyone, who is physically sound, can complete Pikey Peak Trek.

Home to the Sherpas and Magars, Pikey Peak Trek also provides one of the most unique cultural experiences for the trekkers. The 13-days Pikey Peak Trek walks through several traditional villages made out of thatched roofs along with century-old monasteries which are laden with colorful prayer flags. As soon as you land in Phaplu, the trail takes you through dense rhododendron and pine forests and the silent yet vibrant villages of the lower Khumbu Region.

Walking past several villages like Salleri, Ghunsa, Patale, and Jhapre, the trail reaches Pikey Peak. A strenuous climb to reach the top of Pikey Peak offers a breath-taking panorama of the majestic Everest (8848m) along with other mountains in the Khumbu Region. As the trail has only recently opened for trekkers, the settlements stay in their true shape and form allowing you to understand the life of the Himalayas. Visiting several monasteries along the way helps you understand the practices of the local Buddhist communities. Pikey Peak Trek is an opportunity to be in the lap of the Himalayas and experience the Himalayan life while walking in a peaceful yet accessible trail.

We at Amble Himalya – run and led by women, provide guided treks and tours all across Nepal. With experience in high altitude trekking and a network of world-class guides and hospitality service providers, we are your one stop to all things mountains.

Trip Highlights

  • Stunning Views: The trek provides spectacular views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and many other peaks.
  • Cultural Experience: The trek passes through various traditional Sherpa villages, where trekkers can experience the local culture and hospitality of the Sherpa people.
  • Buddhist Monastery: The trek includes a visit to the Thupten Choling Monastery, where trekkers can learn about the local religion and culture.
  • Wildlife: The trek passes through forests that are home to various wildlife, including musk deer, pheasants, and Himalayan Thar.
  • Solitude: The trek is less crowded than other popular trekking routes in the region, offering a more peaceful and authentic experience.
  • Sunrise and Sunset: The trek provides breathtaking views of the sunrise and sunset over the Himalayas, which are unforgettable experiences.
  • Pikey Peak: The trek culminates with a climb to Pikey Peak, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and is a great place for photography.

Short Itinerary

Day 1: Fly from Kathmandu to Phaplu 2470m and trek to Salleri 2390m (3/4 hours).

Day 2: Trek from Salleri to Ghunsa 2250m (6/7 hours).

Day 3: Trek from Ghunsa to Patale 2840m (7/8 hours).

Day 4: Trek from Patale to Jhapre 2820m (6/7 hours).

Day 5: Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Peak 4065m (6/7 hours).

Day 6: Trek from Pikey Peak to Junbesi 2700m (5/6 hours).

Day 7: Visit to Thupten Chholing Gompa (4 hours’ round trip).

Day 8: Trek from Junbesi to Phaplu 2470m (6/7 hours).

Day 9: Fly to Phaplu to Kathmandu and transfer to your Hotel.

Pikey Peak Trek Trip Itinerary

On the first day of the Pikey Peak Trek, you will take a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu, which is a small town located at an altitude of 2470 meters (8104 feet) in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. The flight takes around 30-40 minutes, and you will have stunning views of the Himalayas during the flight. Upon arrival in Phaplu, you will meet your trekking guide and start your trek towards Salleri, which is the district headquarters of Solu-Khumbu. The trek takes around 3-4 hours and follows a gentle uphill trail through beautiful landscapes of green hills, forests, and traditional villages. As you trek towards Salleri, you will pass through various Sherpa villages and get a glimpse of the local culture and lifestyle. Salleri is a bustling town and has a few basic lodges, shops, and restaurants where you can rest and have a meal. In the evening, you can explore the town and interact with the locals, who are known for their warm hospitality and welcoming nature. You will spend the night at a lodge in Salleri.

On the second day of the Pikey Peak Trek, you will leave Salleri and continue your trek towards Ghunsa, which is located at an altitude of 2250 meters (7382 feet). The trek takes around 6-7 hours and follows a relatively easy trail through beautiful landscapes of forests, rivers, and traditional Sherpa villages. Along the way, you will cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and pass through charming villages like Ringmu and Taksindu. These villages offer great opportunities to learn about the local culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people. As you approach Ghunsa, you will be greeted by stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the Everest and Makalu ranges. Ghunsa is a small village that serves as a popular stopover for trekkers on their way to Pikey Peak. In the evening, you can explore the village and interact with the locals, who are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature. You will spend the night at a lodge in Ghunsa.

u will leave Ghunsa and continue your trek towards Patale, which is located at an altitude of 2840 meters (9318 feet). The trek takes around 7-8 hours and follows a relatively moderate uphill trail through beautiful landscapes of forests, rivers, and traditional Sherpa villages. As you trek towards Patale, you will pass through several small monasteries and Mani walls, which are religious structures with inscribed prayer stones. These structures are an important part of the local culture and religion, and you can learn more about them from your guide. Along the way, you will also have stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including the Everest and Makalu ranges. You will cross several suspension bridges over the Dudh Koshi River and pass through charming villages like Phurteng and Kharte. As you approach Patale, you will be greeted by beautiful meadows and lush forests. Patale is a small village that offers stunning views of the surrounding mountains and serves as a popular stopover for trekkers on their way to Pikey Peak. The Magar and Sherpa community continue to overwhelm us with their rich culture and cute little hamlets. Overnight in Patale.

After breakfast in Patale, you will leave Patale and continue your trek towards Jhapre, which is located at an altitude of 2820 meters (9252 feet). The trek takes around 6-7 hours and follows a relatively easy trail through beautiful landscapes of forests, pastures, and traditional Sherpa villages. As you trek towards Jhapre, you will pass through several small villages like Thulo Sailung and Bholung, which offer great opportunities to learn about the local culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people. You will also have stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including the Everest and Makalu ranges. Jhapre is a small village that serves as a popular stopover for trekkers on their way to Pikey Peak. The village is known for its beautiful landscapes and stunning views of the Himalayas. In the evening, you can explore the village and interact with the locals, who are known for their warm hospitality and friendly nature. You can also visit the Thupten Choling Monastery, which is located near Jhapre and is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in the region. The monastery offers great insights into the local culture and religion. You will spend the night at a lodge in Jhapre.

Today, we reach the highest altitude of this trek. The way to Pikey Peak is adorned with multiple monasteries and prayer flags. you will leave Jhapre and make your way towards the highlight of the trek, Pikey Peak. Pikey Peak is located at an altitude of 4065 meters (13338 feet) and offers stunning views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Gauri Shankar. The trek from Jhapre to Pikey Peak takes around 6-7 hours and follows a steep uphill trail through beautiful landscapes of forests, pastures, and rocky terrain. As you climb higher, you will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below. Pikey Peak is also an important religious site for the local Sherpa people, and there are several monasteries and chortens (stupas) near the summit. You can explore these religious structures and learn more about the local culture and religion from your guide. Once you reach the summit of Pikey Peak, you will be greeted by breathtaking views of the surrounding Himalayan peaks, including Mount Everest. You can spend some time at the summit, taking pictures and enjoying the panoramic views, before making your way back down. You will spend the night at a lodge near the summit of Pikey Peak.

From the highs of Pikey Peak, we trek down to a lower altitude in Junbesi. Spectacular sunrise waits for anyone who wishes to get up early. The Everest (8848m), the Kanchenjunga (8586m), and the Dhaulagiri massif are some of the mountains that are visible during the trek. you will leave Pikey Peak and make your way towards Junbesi, which is located at an altitude of 2700 meters (8858 feet). The trek takes around 5-6 hours and follows a downhill trail through beautiful landscapes of forests, pastures, and traditional Sherpa villages. As you trek towards Junbesi, you will pass through several small villages like Loding and Phurteng, which offer great opportunities to learn about the local culture and lifestyle of the Sherpa people. You will also have stunning views of the surrounding mountains, including the Everest and Makalu ranges. Junbesi is a charming village that offers great insights into the local culture and lifestyle. The village is known for its beautiful landscapes, traditional architecture, and friendly locals. In the evening, you can explore the village and interact with the locals, who are known for their warm hospitality and welcoming nature. You can also visit the Thubten Choling Monastery, which is located near Junbesi and is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in the region. The monastery offers great insights into the local culture and religion. You will spend the night at a lodge in Junbesi.

Today, we explore places around Junbesi and take an easy day. you will have a rest day in Junbesi and visit the Thupten Chholing Gompa, which is located near the village. The monastery is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in the region and offers great insights into the local culture and religion. The trek to the Thupten Chholing Gompa takes around 2 hours each way and follows a relatively easy trail through beautiful landscapes of forests and pastures. As you trek towards the monastery, you will have stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below. Once you reach the Thupten Chholing Gompa, you can explore the monastery and learn more about the local culture and religion from your guide. The monastery is known for its beautiful architecture, intricate carvings, and ancient artifacts. You can also interact with the monks and nuns who reside at the monastery and learn more about their daily lives and spiritual practices. In the evening, you can return to Junbesi and explore the village or simply relax at your lodge. You will spend the night at a lodge in Junbesi.

You will retrace the familiar trail that we took earlier. This is a perfect time to reflect upon the memories made and how the experiences have impacted us. Walking through the pine and rhododendron forests, and crossing several suspension bridges, we arrive in Phaplu, where we stay for the night.

From the familiar airport of Phaplu, you will fly back to the capital city relishing the scenic view of the mountains and hills from a bird's eye view. Getting back to city life can be difficult once you have spent peaceful time in the lap of the Himalayas. You will be transferred to your hotel to rest for the night.

Pikey Peak Trek Trip Included

  • TIMS and National Park permits
  • Trekking guide and porter
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Tea house or guest house accommodation during the trek
  • All ground transportation as per the itinerary
  • First aid kit
  • Insurance for the trekking staff

Pikey Peak Trek Trip Excluded

  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals and accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks, bottled water, and snacks during the trek
  • Tips for the guide and porter (recommended)
  • Extra expenses due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. natural disasters, flight delays, etc.)

General Packing List

Clothing:

  • Trekking pants
  • T-shirts (preferably quick-dry)
  • Fleece jacket or down jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Windproof and waterproof pants
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Hiking boots
  • Socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Thermal underwear

 

Equipment:

  • Backpack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping mat
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Water bottles or hydration system
  • Personal first aid kit (with blister kit, painkillers, and altitude medication)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards

Miscellaneous:

  • Passport and necessary permits
  • Cash in Nepalese rupees and US dollars
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
  • Trekking map and guidebook
  • Book or other entertainment for rest days
  • Note: The packing list may vary depending on the season and personal preferences. It is important to pack light and only bring essential items, as porters have a weight limit for carrying luggage.

Pikey Peak Trek FAQ's

Pikey Peak trek does not require previous trekking experience and is suitable for people of all age groups who are moderately fit. Some physical fitness activities such as running, swimming and walking are recommended before your Pikey Peak trek. People with pre-existing medical conditions must seek advice from their doctors before considering the trek. Whilst on the trek, it is common to experience some discomfort, but you will be acclimatized throughout the trek.

Well, it depends on fitness level. We recommend you to trek with an experienced guide if you’re trekking for the first time. Also, you must do regular exercise in daily life and take your time before attempting this trek. We also advise you to trek during peak season rather than in the off-peak seasons.

You must acquire permits such as Sagarmatha National Park Fee & TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) card. You don’t have to worry about them. Your documents will be arranged from the official Nepal Tourism Board offices. You need to send us two passport-sized photos and scanned passport copies for the permits.

Well, it depends on your current travel insurance provider. Some insurance may not include mountainous trekking or mountain climbing. Some insurance may not cover you above certain altitudes as well. So, you need to confirm this with your insurance provider too. It’s our duty to let you know that a typical rescue costs $5,000 just for the helicopter alone. So, we recommend you to get your insurance coverage.

For airport pick up and drop off, and Kathmandu visit we use private vehicles of various categories such as cars, vans, micro, bus etc., depending on the size of the group. We take a domestic flight from Kathmandu-Phaplu-Kathmandu.

ATM and credit card facilities can be used in Kathmandu. During the trek itself, you need to have some cash with you as ATM services are not available in the remote villages, and payment is only acceptable in cash.

You should carry Nepalese Rupees on the trek as teahouses will never accept foreign currencies. You’ll be only spending for hot showers, charging batteries, additional drinks and snacks, and the purchase of curios. Please note that it is illegal to purchase antiques in Nepal.

Sure. You can stay as long as you want. We feel a holiday should not be concluded until you feel content. As per your request, we can add some days to your trip with additional costs to cover guides, hotel, transportation, and other expenses.

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    Everest
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    Geography
    Mountain/ Forest/ Village/ Glaciers
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    Difficulty
    Moderate
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    Max Altitude
    4065m
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