9 Days Pikey Peak Trek

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    Highlights

    • Trek is one of the short and easy-going destinations in the lower regions of Everest, Solukhumbu, and Khumbu.
    • Enjoy the ideal Everest Himalayan journey from novice to expert mountaineers with limited stay permits in Nepal.
    • A golden opportunity to witness the unmatched beauty of some of the eight-thousanders of the world, such as Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and Lhoste, including that of the top of the earth, Mt. Everest (8,848m).
    • Walk through the charming Sherpa villages of the Everest Himalayas, offering an incredible ambiance to enrich yourself not only culturally but also spiritually.
    • Discover the natural gem of Sagarmatha National Park, encountering several elusive wildlife as you pass through stunning rhododendrons, pine, and oak forests.
    • Get to meditate and be liberated by the Vajrayana Buddha in Thupten Choling.
    • Traverse the best, less congested trekking route within the popular Everest region.
    • Reach the greeted height of 4,065m at Pikey Peak itself, and many more.

    The 9-Day Pikey Peak Trek is one of the newly introduced, lesser-known hiking routes in Nepal’s Everest region, lying to the northeast of the capital city of the country, Kathmandu. This more specifically pleasing than laborious trek spans not more than 9 days, offering an equivalent Himalayan experience to some other popular Everest trails, be it the classic 14-day Everest Base Camp Odyssey, Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lake with two high passes, or the Everest Base Camp via Gokyo Lake and return helicopter to Lukla.

    The entire trek is named after one of the most stunning climbing and trekking peaks in the Everest region, called Pikey Peak, standing at an altitude of 4,065 m (13,369 ft), serving as the must-visit destination. Passing through the beautiful forests of rhododendron blooms in spring and varying yet scenic landscapes, along with the sublime feast of the traditional Sherpa lifestyle stopping over several tea houses en route, the Himalayan journey to Pikey Peak is really one of a kind.

    As less frequented authentically fantastic alpine rambling to Pikey Peak promises trekkers, travelers, and climbers a most serene-unspoiled blend of natural and cultural beauty of the Everest Himalayas that may have been long lost from some of the main tourist influx hiking routes such as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Circuit Odyssey, or the journey within the Everest Trekking region leading to the foothills of Mt. Everest.

    Furthermore, trekking to the Pikey Peak offers stunning panoramic views of numerous Himalayan ranges bathed in snow, like Lhotse, Nuptse, and Cho Oyu, predominated by the gigantic peak of Mt. Everest, gradually ascending from Dhap Bazaar, Jhapre, and Pikey Base Camp, eventually making it to the Pikey Peak, providing an intimate insight into the unique Sherpa culture and their day-to-day lives, including uncountable small to large ancient monasteries, temples, and Hindu pilgrimage sites.

    Therefore, Pikey Peak trekking is a must-do for an extraordinary perspective of the Everest Trekking region, suitable for all sorts of adventurers across the globe, whether you are a family person seeking a budget-friendly holiday option to enjoy with your family or daredevils looking forward to marking the achievement of summiting one of the challenging snow-clad mountain ranges of the Everest/Khumbu region.

    At Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, we excel at crafting the most excellent itinerary and package cost to go on a rigorous adrenaline-rushing Himalayan expedition to the magical Himalayas of Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, and other gorgeous parts of the world, including the Pikey Peak Trek. Remember us for top-notch group discounts and more specific personalized services now to create life-lasting memories!

    What makes the voyage to Pikey Peak special?

    Pikey Peak is a unique and memorable trekking experience in Phaplu, Solukhumbu, offering authentic Sherpa culture, mesmerizing Himalayan views, diverse landscapes, and surreal photography opportunities with Mt. Everest and surrounding Himalayas as backdrops.

    The trekking trail offers a vibrant forest of rhododendrons followed by the customary life of Sherpa, known for their mountaineering skills and warm hospitality, meticulously taking you to Pikey Peak, featuring one of the most breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the majestic snow-clad ranges, adding much to the sense of accomplishment at an altitude of 4,065m. The journey is exclusively memorable and rewarding to anticipate:

    A fantastic journey to experience the first hand Sherpa culture and hospitality

    The Peaky Peak Trek region is home to a large number of Sherpa people residing far away from modern civilization, whose roots still trace back to nature, family, and friends who adore mountains and hills as the gods and goddesses looking after them, situated inside the Solukhumbu district.

    Along with relatively serene trail conditions, the alpine rambling to Pikey Peak allows trekkers to immerse themselves in traditional Sherpa villages watched over by the striking snow-capped mountain ranges and learn the simple yet engrossing and enriching mountainous life, customs, and the region's rich cultural heritage.

    However, solo travelers to Pikey Peak are usually not advised having considered the cultural gap, where hiring a Sherpa guide such as one from Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks can actually alternate the situation for you, enhancing the overall journey to the Peaky Peak with their awareness of the region’s terrain, customs, traditions, social norms, and values.

    The journey is not just about reaching the summit, but also about immersing oneself in the Sherpa people's culture.

    In addition, you might even get a chance to be part of the Everest region’s greatest celebrations, traditional ceremonies, and rituals fascinating each trekker, traveler, climber, and hikers hopping for the adventurous jaunt to Everest/Khumbu, including that to Pikey Peak.

    An opportunity to enhance oneself spiritually at Thupten Choling Gompa

    Situated at an elevation of 2,920m en route to the trek to Pikey Peak, nearby the Junbesi is Thupten Choling Gompa, one of the spiritual centers in the Everest region from the mid-20th century, nestled in the heart of the panoramic Himalayas, where the monastery's ancient architecture reflects the traditional Tibetan Buddhist design decorated with colorful prayer flags and intricate murals.

    The monastery is surrounded by serene, striking natural beauty, awe-inspiring mountain ranges, lush woodlands, and tranquil valleys, crafting the perfect ambiance for meditation and deep spiritual rejuvenation, letting you have a genuine connection with nature, fostering a pure sense of awe, gratitude, and reverence for the wonders of nature, and offering an ultimate opportunity for self-discovery, growth, and enlightenment during the 9-Day Pikey Peak Trek.

    Notely the best beginner-friendly Everest Hiking Trail

    While there are some physically demanding sections of the trekking trail to Pikey Peak, it is an easy to moderate Himalayan voyage ideal for novice to experienced mountaineers, where one can include even children above five or other family members who may have been considered aged for other higher Himalayan expeditions on keeping oneself physically and mentally prepared, as you might not be used to walking for several hours a day after day.

    The routes are gently ascending with low altitude risks, where the beautiful town of Dhap Bazaar serves as the starting point at an altitude of 2,850m to the maximum elevation of just 4,065m at the summit, Peaky Peak, which can get significantly easier for trekkers with previous high altitude trekking experience and some regular exercise.

    Traverse one of the less-trodden passage to the Everest Himalayas

    The Pikey Peak Hiking Route boasts its unsung pristine landscapes and raw Himalayan wilderness, observing fewer trekkers compared to other popular trails as mentioned above, rewarding you with the raw wilderness of Himalayan beauty in its pure form at alpine height.

    The trek to Pikey Peak passes through remote Sherpa villages, allowing uninterrupted interaction with the local communities of Tamang in the lower region and Sherpa at a comparatively greater height and a glimpse into their traditional practices moving forth to more and more tranquil landscapes, the true feel of exploration, unexpected challenges, and surprise.

    Hence, the Pikey Peak Trek is a must-add to a bucket list journey to delve into the actual essence of the Himalayan expedition that may have been long lost from some of the other popular destinations due to massive commercialization.

    The most affordable trekking route within the Everest region

    The Pikey Peak Trek is comparatively one of the most popular short Everest routes with relatively lower permit costs and is easily accessible from the hustling and bustling capital city of the country, Kathmandu, both via road and air, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious trekkers looking forward to appreciating the stunning Himalayan landscapes, rich culture of the Himalayas, and Everest’s nature’s grandeur.

    Not to be concerned about high costs, no wonder Pikey Peak is a top-notch destination for trekkers with families to gift an unforgettable memory of a lifetime.

    Best 9 Days Itinerary Trekking to Pikey Peak

    The 9-day scenically, culturally, and naturally enriching hiking route to Pikey Peak begins with an equally sensational drive away in the jeep from Kathmandu to Dhap Bazaar, Jhapre, and Pikey Base Camp, taking you to the center of the Everest Himalayas at Pikey Peak. Then, the itinerary takes a descending trek to return to Kathmandu, passing through Junibesi with a much-needed acclimatization day at Thupten Choling Gompa and simultaneously to Phaplu, boarding a flyover to Kathmandu.

    This 9-day itinerary and route to explore the unspoiled Pikey Peak with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks with the expert Himalayan local guides and porters allow a balanced adventure with less strenuous distances, acclimatization days, and gorgeous views, including immense cultural enlightenment, passing by several local villages and monasteries. The flexibility in addition or reduction of the hiking days to match your pace level makes this an unbeatable best itinerary for the Pikey Peak summit climb.

    Cost for 9 Days Pikey Peak Trek

    The cost of a 9-day Pikey Peak Trek, an adventurous journey in Solu Khumbu, can range from USD 825 to USD 1,000 or more based on the services chosen, duration of the trek, group size, which usually covers permit fees, guides and porter fees, travel insurance for Nepalese staff, meals, accommodation, and transportation used during the trek.

    If you are doing this 9-day hike to the Everest region with Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks, you are opting to receive an incredible group discount, especially if your trek group consists of more than 10 members.

    Itinerary
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    Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Adventure Himalayan representatives will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. 

    After refreshments, you will be briefed, in short, about your tour by our guide or tour leader. If you have any questions or doubts about your trip, they should be asked and clarified at this time.

    Overnight stay at the hotel!

    • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
    • MealsComplimentary-Dinner
    • Max. Altitude1,400m

    In the morning, you will leave Kathmandu in our private jeep to Dhap Bazaar, following the Sunkoshi River, which joins the Tama Koshi River further ahead on our drive, forming a large Koshi River until reaching Ghurmi.

    You will see the Nepali culture, enjoy typical Nepali food, and continue to drive along the dense rhododendron forests, passing through numerous settlement areas before reaching Dhap Bazaar, which will take approximately 6 to 7 hours.

    You will explore the local bazaar and observe the lifestyle of the inhabitants here. Overnight at a lodge in Dhap Bazaar.

    • AccommodationLocal-Lodge
    • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
    • Max. Altitude2,850 m

    After breakfast, you will continue along a dusty road leading to Sigane that moves forward towards the bumpy roads to Jhapre, which is famous for vantage points to view the mountains in the country’s northern region.

    From here, you will be able to get a crystal clear sight of Everest (8,848m), Numbur Himal (6,958 m), and others.

    On this day, you will visit some of the highly religious gompas and stupas in the village and stay overnight at a lodge in Jhapre.

    • AccommodationTea-House-Lodging
    • MealsFull-Meal-Course
    • Max. Altitude2,815 m

    After Japre, you follow the trail, which climbs up to a grassy ridge at Bhulbhule that also provides you with nice views of the Everest range. Soon after Bhulbhule, the trail splits, and on the right turn is Pikey Peak.

    On this trail, you’ll pass some old yak houses and a long mani stone wall that contours the hillside below Taklung Danda and goes through a beautiful forest with sweet smells of multicolored rhododendron trees here along a level path (which you can see in bloom if trekking in the spring).

    As you leave the forest, it will take you around 2 hours to reach Pikey Peak base camp and stay overnight here.

    • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
    • MealsAll-Three-Meals
    • Max. Altitude3,640 m

    Today, you will start to trek to the famous viewpoint of Pikey Peak early in the morning. You will get to enjoy the stunning sunrise over the mountains such as Number Chuli (6,959 m), Thamserku (6,608 m), Kangtega (6,685 m), Khachenjuga (8,586 m), Manaslu (8,163 m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Gaurishankar (7,134 m), Dorje Lakpa (6,966 m), Langtang, and especially in the Everest range.

    After taking in all the extensive panorama from Pikey Peak, you will descend to Jase Bhnajyang and spend the night in Junbesi.

    • AccommodationLocal-Lodge
    • MealsBrakfast-Lunch-Dinner
    • Max. Altitude4,065 m

    On this day, you will explore the village after the morning breakfast. First, you will hike up to Thuptenchholing Gompa, founded in the 19th century.

    Then gradually ascend uphill along the Junbesi Khola to the Gompa, offering in-depth insights into the culture and religious heritage of the region.

    After spending quality time here, you will return to Junbesi for lodging.

    • AccommodationLocal-Tea-House
    • MealsAll-Three-Meals
    • Max. Altitude2,920 m

    After breakfast, you will follow the descending, dusty trail along the Junbesi Khola until you reach a steel suspension bridge. After crossing the bridge, you will reach Beni Ghat.

    The trail then takes you to the scenic pleasures before reaching Phaplu, where you will get to sample the local cuisine and drink while taking part in a traditional Sherpa cultural event.

    Overnight at Mountain Lodge!

    • AccommodationMountain-Lodge
    • MealsBreakfast-Lunch-Dinner
    • Max. Altitude2,380 m

    An early morning, 35-minute scenic flight from Phaplu will lead you back to the domestic airport in Kathmandu.

    From here, you will be driven back to your hotel.

    In the evening, you will join your team for a celebratory Nepali dinner.

    • AccommodationThree-Star-Hotel
    • MealsBreakfast-Dinner
    • Max. Altitude2,413m

    We hope you enjoyed trekking holidays in the lap of mountains and hills nestled in Nepal. As of today, you will bid farewell to Kathmandu and Nepal. In your leisure time, you are free to shop for souvenirs or gifts to keep all those memories intact.

    Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, our personal representative will escort you to the international airport in a private vehicle.

    Thanks for trekking with Adventure Himalayan Travels. We look forward to seeing you again!

    • MealsBreakfast

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    What's Included
    Includes
    • 6 nights and 7 days of food and accommodation during trek with tent
    • Transportation from Kathmandu to Dhap Bazaar 2850m/7 hours, and fly back to Kathmandu from Phaplu after the trek
    • English speaking local expert guide and porters( porter carry maximum 20 k.g and one porter between two person)
    • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) fees
    • Sagarmatha National Park entry fee
    • Two nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu at bed and breakfast
    • Airport transfers and escort
    • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Equipment & clothing for porter & staffs
    • Equipment (sleeping bag, first aid kit, oximeter etc.)
    • Insurance for all staff & porters.
    • Trekking achievement certificate
    • Adventure Himalayan Tshirt
    Excludes
    • Nepal visa - Multiple Entry 30 days - USD 50  (Details in Visa Page)
    • International flight fare 
    • Insurance for clients (i.e. helicopter evacuation, etc.)
    • Lunch & dinner during hotel stay in Kathmandu
    • Electronic charging fees at guest houses during the trek
    • Alcoholic drinks, candies, etc.
    • Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
    • Tips, any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation/road block due to any reason, table drinks, snacks while walking. 
    Dates and Prices
    Date PriceAvailability 
    Start DateStarts: ThursdayMay 30, 2024End DateEnds: WednesdayMay 29, 2024PricePriceUS$1075StatusStatusAvailable
    Useful Info

    How are foods, accommodations, and other amenities like en route to Pikey Peak Trek?

    The Pikey Peak trekking route in the Everest region usually offers traditional village meal menus such as bread, varieties of potatoes, soup for breakfast and fried rice, noodles, western, and typical Nepalese to Tibetan dishes, while the Dal-Bhat-Tarkari (heap of rice usually with lentil soup followed by seasonal vegetables) are to die for.

    Similarly, the accommodations on the way to Pikey Peak are basic lodges opened by locals known as tea houses, where amenities like hot showers, private rooms, WIFI, and charging service may get limited as you ascend to a higher altitude towards Pikey Peak.

    Adventure Himalayan Travels and Treks can help you upgrade the service of your preference and provide the best of the best at an affordable cost. Contact us now for an exclusive itinerary and budget plan!

    Can you do Pikey Peak trekking in the winter and summer?

    As a non-technical trekking and climbing destination in the Everest region, Pikey Peak serves as an ideal trek destination throughout the year, regardless of the seasons, which can be a freezing cold experience in the winter months and rainy in the summer or monsoon in Nepal, requiring appropriate layering of clothes, gear, and occasionally hiking equipment as well.

    If you want to skip this concern, spring and autumn stand out as the best times to traverse Pikey Peak, offering more enjoyable trail conditions, clear visibility, stable weather, and a moderate temperature, followed by the blooming of several wildflowers dotted in between in spring and the celebration of major Nepalese festivals: Dashain and Tihar in autumn, with a striking look out at the surrounding snow-capped mountain ranges.

    Where can you get permits for the voyage to Pikey Peak?

    Since the journey to Pikey Peak in the Everest region takes place in the Solukhumbu region under the protection of the Sagarmatha National Park, you will have to obtain two of the compulsory permits: the Sagarmatha National Park Permit and the Khumbu Pasang Lhambu Rural Municipality Entrance Card from the District Administration Office, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), and Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN).

    Usually, your trekking agency or travel organizer whom you have selected for the Pikey Peak Trek arranges these necessary permits beforehand; however, if you are planning a solo hike, which, as per recent regulations, is not allowed without at least hiring one local guide who would prearrange essential trek permits for you.

    Must you get travel insurance for a trip to Pikey Peak?

    Even though you are not obligated to purchase travel insurance for an extraordinary, short, and sweet Everest Himalayan excursion to Pikey Peak, it is crucial to keep yourself safe from potential risks and uncertainties. You have to make sure the travel insurance you bought has your back and covers medical emergencies, evacuation, gear and equipment loss, cancellations, travel disruptions, and additional expenses in natural and political unforeseen situations.

    What to pack for 9 day trekking tour to Pikey Peak?

    As the 9-day spectacular cultural and natural odyssey to Pikey Peak in the Everest region is relatively smooth, it is advisable to pack efficiently, prioritizing only the absolute needs to ensure comfort while trekking, and ensuring your gear is waterproof to protect against rain and moisture. Consider adding these items to your backpack for a more fruitful journey to Pikey Peak:

    Gear: Backpack of your size with a reusable water bottle or hydration system, Sleeping bag, pad, or mat; sturdy trekking poles; headlamps or flashlights; small first aid kits containing medications for blister treatment, pain relief, or other personal medicines; sun protection; toiletries; quickly drying towels; portable power bank, etc.

    Clothing: Warm-moisture soaking clothes for the hike days; do not fidget to add a fleece jacket, down jacket, or synthetic jacket as an insulating layer; a hat or beanie for sun protection; a pair of warm hats and gloves; essential inner garments; trekking pants, etc.

    Footwear: a quality pair of trekking boots, shoes, and sandals, including a couple of pairs of thin and thick woolen socks.

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