Pikey Peak Trek

Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Destination: Nepal
  • Trip Difficulty: Easy
  • Style: Trekking
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle / Aeroplane
  • Meals: BLD (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation: Hotel & Lodges
  • Group Size: 1-25
  • Max Altitude: 4,065m/13,337ft

Highlights of Pikey Peak Trek

  • Scenic flight to and from Phaplu
  • Sherpa, Tamang and Magar ethnic villages
  • The best sunrise view of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, Dho Oyu, Dhaulagiri and other peaks
  • Opportunity to reach the best viewpoint even recommended by Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Buddhist shrines of Solukhumbu region, especially, Thupten Choling Monastery of Junbesi
  • Peak climbing without any permit and cost

The trek to Pikey Peak around Jiri is a popular trekking in Nepal located at the lower elevations of Khumbu region. The trek is an opportunity to view the peaks of Everest region including the Mt. Everest from a distance. The sunrise and sunset views are great, and during the trek you will have panoramic vistas of the tallest mountains on the planet. It is a relatively new less crowded trekking trail in the Himalayas, so, it is a growing tourism destination in Nepal. Even Sir Edmund Hillary has recommended Pikey Peak to be the best viewpoint to gaze at Mt. Everest.

To reach Pikey, you will start with a flight to Phaplu of Solukhumbu district and trek to Chyalsa for about four hours. Alternatively, you can begin from Kathmandu, going to Shivalaya, and trekking all the way to Pikey peak. It is technically not one of the high-altitude peaks but it is tall, nonetheless (at 4,065 m). Once at the top, you will have a wonderful panoramic views of Mt. Ama Dablam, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Thamsherku and of course, Mt. Everest! You would not even want to name the rest of the peaks – just enjoy and capture the shots on and on.

The people who inhabit this place are mostly the Sherpa, Tamang and Magar preserving their typical culture and tradition. Hence, you will see a pre-dominance of chortens, mani walls, stupas and monasteries. Some notable cultural heritage sites are the Monastery of Thupten and the Monastery of Chewang. Further down Pikey, we will come across the Monastery of Thutung chhelli. From there we travel to Junbesi, Phaplu, and then travel back to Kathmandu either via private jeep or a flight.

This trekking trail lies at a diverse geographical terrain. Hence, you might come across wonderful fauna such as the Himalayan Thar, too. For orchid enthusiasts, this trail has surprises in reserve. Magnolia and rhododendron are the predominant flora in some parts of the trail. If you happen to be here in August during the rainy season, you will see pilgrims in the lakes and ponds of this region who have come for a dip. You can visit Pikey throughout the year but we recommend you visit there in spring and autumn. Regardless of age and physical fitness, all you need to visit Pikey is a desire to get into nature, and a good habit of walking.

Pikey Peak Everest View Trek itinerary ranges from 5 days to 13 Days depending upon the means of transportation you choose. Your physical and mental state including the hours you can walk everyday also matter to complete this trek. Similarly, the days for acclimatization are also another factor to determine Pikey Peak trekking itinerary. Orbit Alpine Adventure has designed Pikey Peak Everest trekking 11 days’ itinerary to assist you reward with the best experience. For customized Pikey Peak trip package, you have to contact us via email, phone calls, WhatsApp or online booking system.

FAQs:

1. Where is Pikey Peak trek?

Pikey Peak trek is a newly discovered and development trekking destination of Nepal as a part of the Great Himalayan Trail. It lies in the lower Solukhumbu region at an altitude of 4,065 metres. Pikey Peak trekking is recommended by Sir Edmund Hillary to be the best sunrise and sunset viewpoint of Mt. Everest and other peaks.

2. Why should I do Pikey Peak trek?

We recommend you to do Pikey Peak trek for its natural beauty and cultural diversity while walking through the less crowded trail. It is a popular off the beaten path trekking that gives you the stunning view of the snowy peaks of Everest region. The sunrise and sunset view of the Great Himalayas in the clear weather that climbing Pikey Peak is not less than hiking to Kala Patthar.

3. What are the permits required for Pikey Peak trekking?

Pikey Peak is one of the trekking peaks of Nepal which you can climb without any permit from the government. You just need TIMS card which is managed by Orbit Alpine Adventure itself for your comfort.

4. Do I need acclimatization day during Pikey Peak trek?

As you spend most of the nights below 3,000 metres altitude, it is not mandatory to have acclimatization day for Pikey Peak trek. Walking slowly and steadily; drinking enough pure water and eating hygienic food are enough for avoiding altitude sickness. As the longest hour to walk during this trek is just six hours, you can maintain the balance of walking with the slow pace. However, sometimes Junbesi is chosen as a rest day to explore the Buddhist monasteries, especially Thupten Choling Monastery.

5. What are the beauties of Pikey Peak trek?

Pikey Peak trek is full of natural and cultural beauties that make you journey towards the lower Everest region more memorable. You can have wonderful sunrise and sunset view of the mountain giants like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, Lhotse and Cho Oyu. Walking past the Sherpa cultural villages and Buddist monasteries by enjoying the distant view of the snowcapped peaks is really superb! At Junbesi, you can take a close observation of the three monasteries that justify the cultural attractions of this trek. Hike to Thupten Choling Monastery, which is about 2.5 km away on top of a hill gives you peace of mind and knowledge about Buddhist art and artefacts. Last but not the last, cultural villages of Sherpa, Tamang and Magar ethnic communities are other beauties of this trek.

6. What kind of accommodation facilities are found while doing Pikey Peak trekking?

Since Pikey Peak trekking is completely a teahouse trekking, teahouses with basic facilities are found for your accommodation. The hotels not only serve hygienic food items but also provide best hospitality to make your stay with them more meaningful. If you prefer camping trekking to Pikey Peak, Orbit Alpine Adventure can manage for it too. However, you should consult with our agency prior to the trekking during booking inquiry.

7. Do I need to hire a trekking guide or a porter for Pikey Peak trekking?

It is not mandatory to hire a trekking guide or a porter for Pikey Peak trekking as there is no restricted area in this trip. You also don’t need previous trekking experience although you need a good health condition and physical fitness. But we highly recommend you to hire a professional guide and porter so that they can help you in case of any troubles. If you consult with us, we are committed to assist you with the professional trekking guide and porter. The guide gives you detailed information about the cultural and natural sites during the trekking trail and regions.

8. Which is the best season to trek Pikey Peak?

Although you can do all the times of the year, the best season for Pikey Peak trek is spring and season. Except rainy season, you can also plan your trip to Pikey Peak in winter to have the clear view of the Giant Mountains.

9. Can I do Pikey Peak trek solo?

Pikey Peak trek is known as the ‘High Solo Trekking’ that means you can do it solo because there is no restricted zone. It is one of the easiest treks in Nepal that requires to heavy equipment and technical experience to climb Pikey Peak. You can visit the less frequented path of Everest region by the foreign tourists that you can have quit trekking trail. Nonetheless, it is a wise idea to hire a professional guide and a porter to successfully do this trek.

10. How difficult is Pikey Peak trek?

Although you need not have previous trekking experience and technical knowledge, Pikey Peak trekking is not everyone’s cup to tea. You should be physically and mentally prepared for the challenge to come during the trip. You should cover around 13.5 miles’ uphill distance to reach the 4,065 metres elevation.

Day to Day Itinerary

OPEN ALL DAYS Outline Itinerary

Arrive in Kathmandu at any time. We will welcome you and transfer to the hotel. There are no planned activities for the day, so check into the hotel. Enjoy your overnight stay at the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

Sightseeing of world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley including, Kathmandu Darbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa & Pasupatinath Temple. Overnight at hotel, breakfast included.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

We fly to Phaphlu at the foothills of the mountains, and then start our trek into the Solu region. The views from the flat surface are astonishing since it offers vivid views of terraced hills and the mountains. You can also see superb sights of the Sherpa communities, go around the local market in Salleri and visit local Chilsa Monastery. Overnight at guesthouse, breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinnedr
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Chyalsa
  • Altitude: 2,690m/8,825ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

Today on our way to Kerung, you can see Tamang, Sherpa and Magar villages. You can also enjoy the views of striking sceneries of higher peaks and landscapes. Going around monasteries and Buddhist stupa at Kerung is the fascinating part. Overnight stay at tent – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Kerung
  • Altitude: 2,770m/9,088ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

After trekking for about six hours from Kerung, you arrive at Jhapre. En route to Jhapre you will see wild orchids, stunning landscapes all along the Solu-Okhaldhunga border. Here too, you will visit around monasteries and Buddhist stupas. The cultural performance in Jhapre is worth watching. Overnight stay at tent – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jhapre
  • Altitude: 2,820m/9,252ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

This is the highest point of the trek, Pikey Base Camp to spend the night at a guesthouse enjoying the local cuisines. You go across Bhulbhule village to reach Lhamuje by walking past the dense rhododendron forests. You might come across plants and animals found in this region while moving ahead by enjoying the Himalayan view. Also, you will see centuries-old monasteries, mani walls, and Buddhist stupas to reach the destination. You can visit the Yak Cheese factory and relish the breathtaking view of the majestic mountains around the valley.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Pike Peak Base Camp
  • Altitude: 3,730m/12,238ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

As early in the morning as you can, you start walking along ridge of the Pike Peak to enjoy the astounding sunrise view. When you reach the top, you will have th breathtaking view of the most of the eight-thousanders and other peaks. Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Cho Oyu, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Gaurishankar, Mt. Langtang and others unveil their beauty. Storing the lifetime memories of the splendid mountain views in the first sunshine in the mind and camera, you descend down towards Jase Bhanjyang. We today walk down a picturesque landscape where you can see yaks grazing and get a chance to drink fresh and tasty yak milk. Overnight stay a local teahouse by tasting the organic cuisines prepared by the local people. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Jase Bhanjuyang
  • Altitude: 3,550m/ 11,947ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

To have the morning view of Pikey Peak from Jase Bhanjyang (a pass), you should wake up early in the morning. After taking breakfast, you begin the journey following the trail that ascends along the pasturelands offering the gorgeous vistas of Pikey Peak. On the way, you cross Lambuk La Pass (4,000m) and walk through dense rhododendron and pine forests to reach Takur. After taking a short break at Takur, a small Sherpa cultural village, you walk for about half an hour to reach Junbesi.

Junbesi is a beautiful village providing all types of modern facilities to the visitors reaching here. There are three Buddhist monasteries in the village which are worth visiting to pass the time and relish the beauty of the shrines. About 2.5 km away on top of a foothill is Thupten Choling Monastery which houses around 5,00 nuns and monks. This is one of the largest monasteries of Solukhumbu region and is visited by many tourists on Junbesi acclimatization day. If you are still ready to walk for about 3 hours, you can reach the monastery which is situated on the bank of the Junbesi Khola. Overnight stay at a teahouse. 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Junbesi
  • Altitude: 2,700m/8,858ft
  • Time: 5 Hours

After visiting Thuptenchholing Monastery and seeing typical Tibetan medicinal therapy at Junbesi, you trek to Phaplu which takes around six hours. Here you can taste tasty local food and drink and participate in Sherpas cultural program. Stay overnight at a guesthouse – breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Teahouse
  • Place: Phaplu
  • Altitude: 2,470m/8,104ft
  • Time: 6 Hours

You will take a 25-minutes scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Stay overnight at hotel with breakfast included.

  • Meals: Breakfast, farewell Dinner
  • Accommodation: Three Star Hotel
  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1,350m/4,429ft

Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight, we will take you to the airport for your flight ahead.

  • Meals: Breakfast

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