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The Pikey Peak Trek

  • Duration7 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 4,065 M (13,337 ft)
  • Group Size Max 25
  • Starts Kathmandu - Dhap
  • Ends Phaplu - Kathmandu

Good news for those with basic hiking experience and an active lifestyle who are looking for a trek that offers the best highlights of Mount Everest and other of the world's tallest mountain peaks: the Pikey Peak Trek is for you! Hikers who have hiked from Jiri will know the beauty of this trekking route. Pikey is the best-kept secret in lower Solukhumbu, with a grand alpine landscape.

We have been recommending the Pikey Peak Trek to trekkers who dream of seeing Mount Everest and the Khumbu ranges but don't have enough time or energy to hike up to Everest Base Camp. In our experience, we have received great feedback and word-of-mouth recommendations, indicating that Pikey is a perfect trekking route for everyone, especially those who love a peaceful environment. It is not crowded with tourists and offers incredible views of Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Mount Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Gaurishankar, Lhotse, Nuptse, Numbur, Shishapangma, Mount Thamserku, Mera Peak, and so on.

Highlights of Pikey Peak Trek

  • Stunning views of Mount Everest and other Himalayan peaks: The Pikey Peak Trek offers some of the best views of Mount Everest in Nepal. You will also be able to see other Himalayan peaks, such as Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhotse.
  • Short and easy trek: The Pikey Peak Trek is a short and easy trek, making it ideal for travelers of all fitness levels. The trek typically takes 5-6 days to complete.
  • Experience Sherpa culture: The Pikey Peak Trek takes you through the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, which is home to the Sherpa people. You will have the opportunity to learn about Sherpa culture and traditions during your trek.
  • Affordable: The Pikey Peak Trek is a relatively affordable trek, especially when compared to other treks in the Everest Region.

There are few trekking routes in Nepal that offer 360-degree views from such a low elevation with the world's top tallest mountain peaks. The Pikey Peak Trek is more popular with Western tourists than Asian tourists, past and present. The Pikey Peak Trek itinerary covers not only mountain views but also the rich culture of the Sherpa people and other ethnic groups of Nepal, as well as their warm welcome. The trek is also colorful during the spring season with rhododendron flowers and the monsoon season with wildflowers. The Pikey Trek is also considered one of the most important places of natural and biological variety, with rare plants and animals.

Spiritually, this is also a very important place in Buddhism, as it is home to the Thupten Choling Monastery, where you can observe various Buddhist rituals and chants. The trail is colorful with prayer flags, stupas, and landscapes.

The maximum height of the Pikey Peak trek is 4,065 meters (13,337 feet), which is the top of Pikey Peak. It is not actually a peak but a viewpoint, and it is walkable with regular shoes. Trekkers love the sunset and sunrise views with the spectacular mountain ranges around. In winter and early spring, there will be snow on top of Pikey, so we suggest that everyone bring crampons if their vacation is planned during this period of time. You may have heard about Lukla flight cancellations, delays, and some accidents, but this trekking route does not present a fear of cancellation or postponement because we will be taking a road trip to and from the trek to Kathmandu. This trek is considered to be one of the best and easiest trekking routes in Nepal to see Mount Everest without having to breathe heavily and risk altitude sickness.

What to expect on the Pikey Peak Trek

Accommodation in Kathmandu is excluded from our itinerary plan. Please provide your hotel details once you have booked the Pikey Peak Trek with us. We can arrange airport pickup if you like. The day before the trip departs, we will meet you in Kathmandu for a trip briefing and checklist. Your trek guide will check your gear and necessary items and help you purchase anything that is missing from your backpack. You will receive a Pikey Peak Trek map from us, and the guide will mark all of the stops and places that we will visit during the trek. The next morning, we will depart at 6-7 a.m., depending on the trip you have booked with us. If you are sharing transportation, you will need to wake up early in the morning. The guide will take you to the Jeep Station. A private Jeep will be waiting at your hotel, and the drive will start after breakfast. The distance from Kathmandu to Dhap Bazar is approximately 240 km, and it takes 8–9 hours. The trek itinerary then follows the two major attractions of the trek: Pikey Peak and Thupten Choling Monastery in Junbesi. Our guides will take you to any events or activities that are happening during your visit. You will be accompanied by a highly experienced Sherpa guide and helpful porters who will be helping you throughout the Pikey Peak journey.

Pikey Peak: Is this trip right for you?

As we mentioned earlier, this trek is for anyone looking for a moderate-to-easy trek with spectacular mountain scenery, landscapes, and culture. The word "peak" may sound challenging and require more skills, but the Pikey Peak Trek is not like that. It is a simple trek that is also suitable for beginners. Ascending and descending are normal on all trekking trails in Nepal, but you can prepare for it before coming here. Young people may need a few days of preparation, but older people will obviously need more stamina and training. However, if you can walk for 6-7 hours, then this trek is absolutely for you. People over 70 years old have hiked to Everest Base Camp, so age matters, but if you train and work hard, then age is just a number. We are here to make your dream possible.

How to prepare yourself for the Pikey Peak Trek

The first thing you need to know is that you will only be walking with a maximum of 1-2 liters of water and your personal belongings, such as your wallet and camera. Your Sherpa porter will carry the rest of your belongings. You will need to walk for 5–6 hours a day, uphill and downhill, for 5–6 days. If you live in the city and don't have time to walk in the hills or woods, then walking on the stairs, cycling, or swimming will help to strengthen your muscles.

The Pikey Peak Trek is not challenging, so you don't need to do extreme workouts like you would if you were going for the Everest Base Camp Trek. However, it is important to be mentally prepared for the trek, especially if you are not used to being in remote mountains with limited access. Some people may have high expectations for the food, accommodation, and amenities on this trek, but it is important to keep in mind that this is a remote area and resources are limited. Please adjust your expectations accordingly.

What should you pack for the Pikey Peak Trek?

This is the most important question to answer once you have decided to book this trip. You must prepare and bring the essential gear that is needed for the trek. We have provided a link to a Nepal Trekking Gear List below. The mountain weather on the route can be unpredictable, so make sure to pack a waterproof daypack, trekking boots, a Gore-Tex jacket, and a windproof jacket. You are on a short trek, so you don't need to pack too many unnecessary things. If you have your own sleeping bag, it is better to bring it, but you can also hire one in Kathmandu. Day Tours Nepal will provide you with waterproof duffel bags to put all of your belongings in during the trek. Your porter will be carrying these. You can get an idea of the things you will need during the trek from the link below, but here are a few essential items to keep in mind:

  • Breathable underwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking poles
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • First-aid kit
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Water bottle or hydration pack

Welcomed as a Guest and Farewelled as Family

Your vacation investment is in the right place. From beginning to end, you will enjoy yourself with our friendly staff. Our ground staff will make you dance, sing, and laugh during the trip. We meet all safety requirements and assure you that, whether you are a solo traveler, in a group, or LGBT, you will be treated as a family member. Still have some questions or concerns? Feel free to write us.

Itinerary

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                Route Map

                The Pikey Peak Trek map
                Cost Details
                Includes
                • Full Board (breakfast, lunch, and Dinner) in Trekking
                • Accommodation during the trek (local lodge).
                • Government-registered local expert guide,
                • Porters to carry trekking bags.
                • National park fees and Trek permits.
                • Farewell dinner.
                • Equipment and clothing for porters & staff.
                • Insurance for all staff & porters.
                • Transportation as per itinerary (Shared / Private)
                • First Aid Kit for The Pikey Peak Trek
                • Pikey Peak Trek Map for Each Member
                • Salary, allowances, expenses & insurance for all staff, including porters
                Excludes
                • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
                • Tips for guide and porter.
                • Table drinks, snacks, personal insurance, medical evacuation in case of emergency.
                • Expenses incurred due to accidents, landslide, strikes, political unrest, etc…

                Extra Expenses

                • Hot beverages: USD 1-3 per drink
                • Battery charging: USD 1-2 per device
                • Hot shower: USD 2-4 per shower
                Add-ons & Options

                The listed price doesn't cover the private jeep from Kathmandu and to Kathmandu from Phaplu, so to make the journey comfortable, if you want to take a private jeep, it will cost extra.

                • A private Jeep Drive from Kathmandu To Dhap and from Phaplu to Kathmandu costs 480 USD

                Dates & Prices

                The Short Pikey Peak Departure Dates For 2024

                The cost of the Short Pikey Peak Trek is per person and does not include single accommodations during the trip. The group departure dates are listed below. Please remember that these are only a few examples and that there may be other departure dates available. The easiest method to learn about specific departure dates is to contact us.

                • Please arrive in Kathmandu at least one day before your trek start date. This will give you time to adjust to the altitude and meet your trekking crew.
                • Be sure to bring your proper trekking gear. You will also need to bring cash in Nepali rupees.
                • Update your proper hotel address in Kathmandu. Your crew will be responsible for providing you with transportation and porters.
                • Listen to your trekking crew and follow their instructions. They are experienced in the area and know what is best for your safety. And report fellow trekkers and local communities.
                • Take your time and enjoy the scenery. The Khopra Danda Trek is a beautiful trek, and you will want to take your time to enjoy the views.
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                Trip DateMay 25, 2024 -May 31, 2024
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                Good to know

                Nepal Festivals and Celebrations

                We are suggesting some of the biggest and most interesting festivals of Nepal, which are celebrated in the capital city of Kathmandu and in various parts of Nepal. You can plan a Nepal vacation or the Pikey Peak Trek accordingly so you can experience more Nepalese cultures and participate in the festive events.

                Mani Rimdu Festival in Thupten Choling Monastery

                The Tibetan lunar calendar is used to determine the Mani Rimdu festival's date. The Mani Rimdu is performed in Tengboche as well as in Thupten Choling monastery in Junbesi during the ninth Tibetan month, which usually coincides with the full moon in October or November. The 15th, 16th, and 17th of November 2024 have been set aside as the Mani Rimdu Festival dates.

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                Dashian Festival (Inside Nepal)

                The longest and most significant celebration in Nepal is Dashain. The ten-day event honors the triumph of good over evil. Equal numbers of Hindus and Buddhists participate in the holiday. Dashain is a time for gathering with family and friends to rejoice. It's a joyful, peaceful, and joyful time.  Dates of the Festival: October 10, 2024–October 15, 2024

                Indra Jatra in Kathmandu

                Indra and his mother, Dagini, are honored during the eight-day joyful festival of the Newari community in the Kathmandu Valley in order to obtain their blessing for the upcoming harvest. The chariots of living goddess Kumari, Ganesh, and Bhairav will be the main attraction of the festival, as well as the Lakhey and many cultural mask dances around Kathmandu Durbar Square. Lord Indra is a particularly revered deity in Hindu societies where a good harvest is crucial since he has an avatar as the god of rain. For more information about the festivals and dates, follow the link above.

                Holi Festival in Nepal

                Holi is a festival celebrated for the final victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring after the festivals of Dashain and Tihar. Foreign and domestic visitors will throw colored water and dry powder at one another during this vibrant celebration to convey their heartfelt greetings and best wishes. For Holi Festival dates and event details, follow the link above.

                Who will be guiding me on the Pikey Peak Trek?

                Your guide will be experienced in the local places, people, and regions. We cannot confirm the guide's name for last-minute bookings, but we assure you that your sherpa guide and porters will be experienced on the trail. All guides speak English, but if you would like a guide in your own language, we can arrange that for an additional fee. A certified government-licensed guide will lead the trek and will have first-aid training, as well as cultural, social, and environmental awareness

                Tipping for Guide and Porters

                There is no fixed tipping rate for guided tours or treks in Nepal. However, tipping is expected if the service merits it, and it is a nice way to show your appreciation. For guides, USD 15 per day, and per porter, USD 10.

                The Pikey Peak Trek FAQs

                • The Pikey Peak Trek is a short trek in the Everest region of Nepal. It can be done in 5 to 7 days, but can be extended to Jiri or to the Everest Base Camp. The average trekking distance is 10-12 km per day, with an elevation gain of 300-500 meters. From the summit of Pikey Peak, you will have stunning views of Mount Everest, Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga.

                • The Pikey Peak trekking route lies below Lower Khumbu region of Nepal, in Solukhumbu (Everest) District. The trekking route starts from Dhap or from Jiri, but our trip plan is to start from Dhap and Pattale, which is only an 8-hour drive away from Kathmandu. Some people fly to Phaplu and follow another route to reach the Pikey Peak trek route.

                • The summit of Pikey Peak is at 4065 meters, with an incredible panoramic viewpoint of the Himalayan range. From the summit, you can see Mount Everest, Mount Numbur, and Mount Lhotse.

                • It's always good to have a experinced and friendly guide to make your holiday fun and memorable. If you are a first-time trekker or if you are not comfortable trekking independently, then it is a good idea to hire a guide. A guide can help you plan your trek, navigate the trail, and provide support in case of an emergency. 

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