Pikey Peak Trek

7 reviewsShort trek in Everest
Trip Fact:
  • Duration 7 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • DestinationNepal
  • Max Altitude4,065m
  • AccommodationHotels in Kathmandu and Guest houses during trekking
  • MealsBreakfast in Kathmandu and All meals during trekking
  • Trip Start/EndPhaplu/Dhap
  • Group Size1-30pax
  • Best SeasonMarch, April, May, September, October and November are the best months.

What to Expect:

  • The best trek near Kathmandu to witness the Mount Everest view
  • A perfect short adventurous trek that you can complete in one week
  • Explore the lower part of the Everest region, which is untouched and less crowded
  • Follow a remote trail via dense forests of rhododendrons and rugged hillsides
  • Spend nights in beautiful villages and meet with communities like Sherpas, Rais, Limbus, Tamamngs, etc
  • Experience the mountain lifestyle and visit ancient monasteries such as Thupten Choling Monastery
  • Enjoy solitary and nature to the fullest along the way, as there will be no one to disturb you
  • Come across many flora and fauna along the way and cross suspension bridges
  • Witness diverse landscapes and heavenly mountain views of Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu, etc

If we search for some of the top trekking routes near Kathmandu to witness the Mount Everest view, then the Pikey Peak trek stands as number one. Not only that, trekkers do not have to take the Lukla flight during the Pikey Peak trek, which makes it more appealing.

The Pikey Peak trek is a short trek from Kathmandu. On this trek, you will explore the lower part of the Everest region. The trekking route goes through dense rhododendron forests and rugged hillsides. You will spend nights in Sherpa villages and get to see their lifestyle.

The Pikey Peak trek route was recently opened. So, the trail is not crowded and presents a tranquil trekking opportunity. Unlike the popular trekking regions in Nepal, the Pikey Peak trek 7 days is a rare gem that we highly recommend exploring, especially if you are in search of finding the best Mt. Everest views.

Why Pikey Peak trek in Nepal?

Sir Edmund Hillary (one of the first Everest summiteers) himself said that the view of Mount Everest from Pikey Peak is his favourite.

As per our expert guides and guests who have done the Pikey Peak trek, they call Pikey Peak the best vantage point to witness the surreal view of Mt. Everest. It is a short trek, so you do not need a long holiday to participate. Regardless of a short trekking period, your experience will be incredible on the Pikey Peak trekking.  

You can do the Pikey Peak trek in the spring, autumn, and winter seasons. The trekking route offers comfortable walking and breathtaking mountain vistas. You can start the trek within 7 to 9 hours of drive from Kathmandu to Dhap. Likewise, upon reaching the ending point of the trek, drive back to Kathmandu.

Sherpas are one of the major habitats along the Pikey Peak trail, but you will also meet with other communities like Tamang, Chhetri, Limbu, Rai, etc. On the way, you can see many stupas, chortens, and mani walls. Many parts of the trail are also fastened with colorful prayer flags.

Overall, along with adventure, the Pikey Peak trek 7 days is also quite a culturally enriching journey. If you want to go beyond the classic Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes treks in the Everest region, try our Pikey Peak trek. The journey is less difficult and equally mesmerizing for a short trek.

What to expect during the Pikey Peak trekking?

As we mentioned earlier, the Pikey Peak trek is known for its excellent mountain views of Everest. Not only that, but you will also get to see other eight-thousanders such as Kanchenjunga (8,586 m/28,169 ft), Lhotse (8,516 m/27,940 ft), and Makalu (8,463 m/27,766 ft).

Likewise, you will also get to see mountains like Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), Thamserku (6,608 m/21,680 ft), Nuptse (7,861 m/25,791 ft), etc. The landscape changes at every turn of the trail. Enjoying lush forests and valleys, you will hike up to open grasslands and reach the top of the Pikey Peak.

Trekkers also get to visit an ancient monastery called Thupten Choling Monastery and a local school during the trek. The interactions with locals and their simple lifestyle will be refreshing for you. You will get to enjoy solitude and nature to the fullest.

Who can do the Pikey Peak trek?

There are not many trekking options in Nepal that one can complete in one week without rushing or removing the arrival day in Kathmandu. However, the Pikey Peak trek allows you to fully enjoy the journey without rushing. You will get to explore the region and enjoy the landscapes at your own pace.

Moreover, the Pikey Peak trek 7 days does not see a high altitude, so the risk of altitude sickness on this trek is extremely low. All ages of trekkers can join us on the Pikey Peak trekking. It is a beginner-friendly trek, so you only need decent fitness and determination to complete the trek.

Pikey Peak trek has also been named as an ideal family adventure program in Nepal. If you have a short one-week holiday and wish to do something memorable and adventurous with all members of your family, you can consider the Pikey Peak trekking. The nature, adventure, and experience you will get on this trek are unmatched.
Pikey Peak trek difficulty & altitude sickness

Pikey Peak trek is moderate. It is a short trek near Kathmandu. Compared to the famous treks in Nepal, the Pikey Peak trek is one of the best beginner-friendly treks. With low elevation gain and a manageable terrain, first-time trekkers will enjoy the journey to the fullest.

The daily walking hours are 5 to 6. Trekkers have to be in good health and shape to complete the trek. Along with physical fitness, mental fitness is also crucial, so that you can push yourself to walk long hours daily. The terrain is not that steep or rocky. You will be fine if you are a bit cautious on the way.

The trek route goes through dense forests, meadows, and ridges. The facilities along the trail are limited, so trekkers have to adjust a lot. Pack your favorite snacks for the journey and enjoy the remoteness of nature. Be aware of altitude sickness symptoms like difficulty in breathing, headache, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, etc.

Get the best Pikey Peak trek price and service with Dream Heaven Adventure

We, Dream Heaven Adventure, have the genuine Pikey Peak trek cost. We have a very minimal starting price for this package, along with special discounts for groups of 5 or more trekkers. Regardless of our competitive price, you will get the finest service and support from our team.

We have opened our Pikey Peak trek 2024/2025 booking. If you are not satisfied with our proposed Pikey Peak trek itinerary, feel free to contact us to customize it. Our travel consultants will help you curate the perfect trek for you in Nepal.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu: Transfer to hotel; meet with trek team.

Day 2: Drive to Dhap: 7-8 hour drive to reach Dhap (2800m).

Day 3: Dhap to Japre: 4-5 hour trek to Japre (2920m).

Day 4: Japre to Pikey Base Camp: Reach Pikey Base Camp (3640m) in 6-7 hours.

Day 5: Pikey Peak to Junbesi: Start with sunrise at Pikey Peak (4065m), descend to Junbesi (2990m).

Day 6: Junbesi to Phaplu:5-6 hour trek to Phaplu (2400m); visit Chiwong Monastery.

Day 7: Return to Kathmandu: Choose between a flight or a 9-10 hour drive back to Kathmandu (1400m).

Elevation Overview

 

Itinerary

Our airport representatives will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport on your arrival day. The team will welcome you and safely escort you to the hotel in Thamel. Thamel is the tourist hub in Kathmandu and the perfect place to start your adventure in Nepal.

Rest and unpack. You can explore your surroundings. Later in the day, you will join the trek briefing and meet with your mountain guide. We will do the last-minute shopping and preparations. If you have any questions, feel free to ask us.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 1,400 m

Altitude: 2,850 m/9,350 ft
Duration: 7-8 hours
 
The Pikey Peak trek starts with a long, scenic dive from Kathmandu to Dhap. We will leave Kathmandu early in the morning after having breakfast. Using a private vehicle, we will start driving and get out of Kathmandu.

The bustle of the city soon turns to a tranquil highway winding across lush hills. The landscapes are gorgeous along the way. We will spend the night in Dhap Bazaar. This place offers stunning snow-capped mountain views.

  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2,800 m

Altitude: 2,830 m/9,285 ft
Duration: 5-6 hours

The trek starts from Dhap. Our goal for today is to reach Jhapre to spend the night. From Dhap, the trail goes to Sigane. The view of Numbur Himal is outstanding from here. Further, we will keep trekking following a road to Jhapre.

Jhapre is situated on the top of a deep valley. The mountain views of Everest and Number are phenomenal from here. In Jhapre, we will get to see the lifestyle of the locals and explore a small stupa and monastery. Our time in Jhapre will be fantastic.

  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2,920 m

Altitude: 3,640 m/11,942 ft
Duration: 5 hours

We will be ascending to the Pikey Peak Base Camp today. Leaving Jhapre, we will begin walking on a grassy ridge that will take us to Bhulbhule. On the way, we can see stunning mountain vistas, including Mt. Everest.

Soon, we will continue trekking via dense forests and gradually ascend to Taklung Danda. The trail offers diverse vegetation. We will see rhododendrons on the way. It is the national flower of Nepal. The walk will be peaceful.

  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3,640 m

Altitude: 4,065 m/13,336 ft
Duration: 8-9 hours

On this day, we will reach Pikey Peak. Leaving the Pikey Peak Base Camp early, we will follow an uphill route along the western face of the mountain. The mountain views are breathtaking on the way and open up as we climb further. The trail is winding. We can see colorful prayer flags on the way.

Upon reaching the top of the Pikey Peak, we get to see a spectacular view of the Himalayan range that includes mountains such as Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Nuptse, Thamserku, etc. The view will be truly mesmerizing.

After enjoying the view, we will descend to Jasmane Bhanjyang via pine groves. From Jasmane Bhanjyang, the trail descends through meadows and dense forests. We will follow the same trail back to Junbesi. Get to see the daily lifestyle of the mountain people along the way.

  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2,700 m

Altitude: 2,475 m/8,120 ft
Duration: 5-6 hours

Today, we will go on a short hike to Thupten Chyoling Monastery in the morning. This monastery dates back to the 19th century. Explore the monastery and its surrounding area. After that, we will begin trekking towards Phaplu. Today is also our final day of the trek, so enjoy nature and foliage for the last time.

  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2,475 m

Altitude: 1,400 m/4,593 ft
Duration: 8-9 hours

We will drive from Phaplu to Kathmandu in a sharing jeep. The drive starts early so that we can reach Kathmandu by mid/late afternoon. It will be a comfortable and scenic ride. Get settled in the hotel upon reaching Kathmandu. You got the rest of the day free in the city.

Today is also your last day with us in Kathmandu. If you are flying back to your home the next day, it is a good time to explore local markets and window shops in Kathmandu. In the late evening, we will have a farewell dinner together.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1,400 m

Cost Details

Includes

  • All necessary airport pickup/drops as per itinerary
  • Double/twin sharing hotel/accomodation in Kathmandu including breakfast ( 3 star standard hotels)
  • All meals in Mountain including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ( as per itinerary)
  • Breakfast in Kathmandu and All Meals in the Mountain (as per itinerary).
  • Local professional trekking guide ( including all expences)
  • Strong and friendly porters ( Normally 1 porter for 2 trekkers will be provided)
  • Trekking Permit for Pikey Peak and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) permit
  • Necessary Duffel bag, walking poles and Sleeping bag provided by DHA Team ( Should be returned after trek)
  • All trekking equipment for trekking staff
  • All necessary government and local taxes
  • Transportation by sharing Jeep from Kathmandu to trek start point and back to Kathmandu ( Flight/Private jeep option also available)

Excludes

  • Meals in Kathmandu (Lunch/Dinner)
  • Your travel insurance
  • All kind of personal expences
  • All drinks - alcoholic and non alcoholic

 

Good to Know

Pikey Peak trek permit

The Pikey Peak trek route is inside the Gaurishankar Conservation Area. Trekkers have to get the Gaurishankar Conservation Area permit and TIMS Card. If you book the Pikey Peak trek with us, our team will help you obtain the permits hassle-freely. Below, we have mentioned the both permit fees:

TIMS Card cost: Nrs 2000 per person
Gaurishankar Conservation Area permit cost: Nrs 3000 per person

When is the best time to do the Pikey Peak trek?

Pikey Peak trek route is in the best condition from September to November and March to May. These months have stable weather, so trekkers can enjoy the hike freely. The climate is neither too hot nor too cold. And most importantly, the mountain views are crystal clear.

September to November is the fall season. It is the time of festivals in Nepal. It is also the top trekking month, with longer daylight hours, less humidity, and a mild climate. As the trees wither away with the progress of the season, the region gets ready to welcome the winter season.

December to February is the winter season with the coldest climate. The trail is covered with snow. The mountain views are stunning, however the views can be obstructed on some days because of fog. The trail is empty in winter. If you can manage the cold, winter is perfect to witness the true beauty of the Himalayas.

On the other hand, March to May is the period when vegetation, flowers, streams, waterfalls, and rivers come to life. It is the start of the second-best time of the year to trek in the Himalayas. The climate gradually begins to warm up, and the mountain views are clear.

Pikey Peak trek travel insurance

We recommend trekkers to get well-covered travel insurance for the Pikey Peak trek. Include helicopter evacuation and medical bills in your travel insurance. These two are important, and trekkers must have these coverages. You have to buy travel insurance in your home country because it is not available for foreigners in Nepal.

Travel insurance will help you a lot during an emergency. Trekking in the Himalayas carries risks such as injuries, accidents, bad weather, natural disasters, etc. Even though events like these are less likely to happen, it is better to be prepared. Get a well-covered travel insurance and bring the documents with you.

Accommodation and meals during the trek

Tea house accommodations are available for trekkers on the Pikey Peak trek route. The accommodations will be safe and simple. You will get a clean and comfortable place to spend the night. Twin-shared rooms are much more common and cost less. If you opt for a single room, you have to pay some additional money.

The washrooms are shared in most tea houses. It will be clear with running water. You may get hot water to wash your face for free but for hot showers, you have to pay extra money. Locals highly depend on wood, so extra money is required. Likewise, you may have to pay a few extra bucks for charging and WiFi.

Make sure you are carrying Nepali currency preferably in small notes for personal expenses. You get three meals a day during the Pikey Peak trek. Feel free to buy extra snacks and drinks if you wish. The menu is decent. You will get a wide variety of options ranging from the famous dal bhat, thukpa, and momos to curries, burgers, pizza, stew, soups, pasta, etc.

Pikey Peak trek guide and porter

Guide and porter makes traveling fun and safe in the Himalayas. You will navigate the trail wisely, get to learn in-depth about the locals and the region, there will be no dull moments, and most importantly, you can enjoy the trek freely.

Our professional and friendly guides can speak multiple languages and have a good command of English. You will have no issue communicating with them. They are very reliable and interesting individuals. Not only that, they will help you get the best service along the trail.

Likewise, porters carry the duffel bag. It allows you to walk safely and focus on the journey. They know the trails quite well and can navigate with heavy weights. It allows them to provide for their family and have a future in tourism.

Pikey Peak trek packing

Below, we have made a comprehensive packing list for the Pikey Peak trek. You will need these things for a comfortable journey. As per your wish, you can buy or rent these gear. Everything is available in Kathmandu to buy. You do not have to bring heavy luggage from your home. Our team will help you get the best deals.

  • Underwear, base layer, thermal wear, trekking shirts and pants, fleece jacket, down jacket, windbreaker, dry tees, raincoat, rain pants, etc
  • Scarf, gloves, sun cap, cotton socks, woolen socks, hiking shoes, trekking boots, etc
  • Day pack, duffel bag, rain cover, trekking poles, sleeping bag & liner, water bottle, water purification tablet, sunglasses, etc
  • SPF, lip balm, sanitizer, soap, shampoo, wet wipes, comb, moisturizer, toothbrush & paste, toilet paper, etc
  • Band-aid, crack bandage, electoral powder, insect repellent, antiseptic cream, paracetamol, antifungal cream, necessary prescribed medications, spray for sprained joint, etc
  • Power bank, camera, adapter, spare batteries, torch, etc
  • Travel insurance, permits, identity card, passport, visa, passport-size photos, cash, etc

FAQs

  • Q1. Do I need a guide for the Pikey Peak trek?

    Trekking with a guide is not mandatory for Pikey Peak. However, it is a newly discovered trekking route, so the trail remains empty even during the peak seasons. Trekking alone may not be a good idea because you may get all alone, and the chance is high you will not see anyone in case you get injured or divert from the trail.

  • There is a risk of altitude sickness during the Pikey Peak trek, but compared to the other famous trekking routes, the risk is low. Usually, trekkers do not suffer from altitude sickness on this trek. If you follow the preventive measures, you can avoid altitude sickness during the Pikey Peak trekking.

  • Pikey Peak trek is one of the shorter treks in Nepal. This trek usually lasts around 7 to 12 days. We have presented a short Pikey Peak trek itinerary in this package. However, you can customize the trek to a 12-day or 14-day trip. The cost of the package will increase if you add more days to the itinerary.

  • The Pikey Peak trek takes you up to 4,065 meters (13,336 ft) from sea level.

  • During the Pikey Peak trek, you will see many eastern Himalayan mountains of Nepal, like Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Thamserku, Numbur Himal, etc. Likewise, the trek also presents stunning landscapes.

  • Yes, the Pikey Peak trek is worth doing if you are looking for an adventure near Kathmandu. It is a fantastic new trekking route that explores the lower part of the SoluKhumbu region (Everet region). The trek offers breathtaking landscapes, intimate interactions with the locals, untouched natural wonders, and a lifetime experience.

  • Yes, the Pikey Peak trek is one of the best treks for families in Nepal. The low altitude gain, well-established trekking route, and wilderness of the trail offer an adventurous excursion for families.

  • No, you do not have to take the Lukla fight to start or end the Pikey Peak trek. You can reach the starting point of the trek by driving from Kathmandu. The drive will be 7 to 8 hours long.

  • No, you are not trekking inside a restricted area during the Pikey Peak trek.

  • The Pikey Peak trail has numerous ascents and descents. The trek route follows rugged hillsides & goes through dense forests and remote Sherpa villages. You will come across a few handful steep sections on the way.

  • The best time to do the Pikey Peak trek is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. These are the finest seasons to enjoy trekking and witness stunning mountain views.

  • To do the Pikey Peak trekking, you will need: the TIMS Card and the Gaurishankar Conservation Area permit. Our package cost covers both permits fees.

Client Reviews

  • Megan Armishaw
    Megan ArmishawUnited Kingdom |March 03, 2023
    TripAdvisor

    Pikey Peak 4 day Trek

    We have just completed our 4 day trek to Pikey Peak with Dream Heaven Adventure and we had an incredible time! Our guide Shambu and porter Chandru were so kind and helpful, introducing us to a lot of the local culture and always on hand to help with anything we needed. The trek itself was really beautiful with great views of the Everest range, rolling green hills and lots of snowy trails (in February) and the highlight was summiting Pikey Peak at sunrise. The homestays were basic but well equipped with everything we needed and all had very delicious food. The team were really flexible with everything before and during the trek, both with the itinerary and the number of hours trekking each day which we really appreciated!

    From our first email enquiring about the trek, Suman couldn't have been more helpful and was always very quick to reply and answer any question we had. The team met us at the airport and made sure our entire trip in Kathmandu went smoothly from that point onward. Thank you Dream Heaven Adventure team, we'll definitely be visiting Nepal for another longer trek soon!! 🙏

  • Ed Snook
    Ed SnookUnited Kingdom |February 26, 2020
    TripAdvisor

    Epic trek!

    We went on the Pikey Peak trek in October 2019 through Dream Heaven Adventures, and had a fantastic time. Suman put together a brilliant package for us, which included a 7 day trip from Kathmandu, with 5 days trekking. One of the key reasons to us having a fantastic time was down to our guide Kumar. He looked after us very well throughout, from providing interesting nuggets of information on the Nepalese way of life, to finding the most comfortable options in the rural teahouses. His cracking sense of humour and constant upbeatness made the whole trek a fantastic experience. Our porter Buddy was also terrific and very friendly. As well as carrying a bulk of our baggage, he kept the warm drinks coming at the chillier stops!

    One thing to consider, we hadn't quite appreciated how cramped the public jeeps can be in Nepal, which can take it's toll on a long drive! We would suggest reviewing the travel options carefully, or maybe purchasing an extra seat on the jeeps to give that little extra elbow room.

    All round a fantastic trip for us, and would book through Dream Heaven again.

  • Smith L
    Smith LCanada |December 10, 2019
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    Pikey peak trek - Highly recommended

    Highly recommended this agency "Dream Heaven Adventure", Suman and his team arranged everything in last minutes and were perfect. The guide was very friendly and accommodating. I would recommend to everyone to use this agency for any treks or tours in Nepal.

  • Cristina, Brigitta and Dorothea
    Cristina, Brigitta and DorotheaItaly |October 05, 2019
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    Trekking to Pikey Peak

    It was wonderful trek with our guide Hupi. Everything was very well organized. We had an amazing time during our trek to Pikey peak. I am sure we will plan our next trip with Dream Heaven and Hope with guide Hupi.

  • K
    Kristen KendallUnited Kingdom |July 19, 2019
    TripAdvisor

    Pikey Peak Trek with Dream Team

    Dream Heaven Adventure organized our memorable trip to Pikey Peak. The services were excellent. They booked very good hotel in Kathmandu and the tea houses in the mountain were also well selected.

    Our guide Hupa Raj was the best person; he assured us that we are in well taken care. While trekking, my husband felt hurt in his lap but he did an excellent job. He assists us very much and we always felt very safe. If you are planning to visit Nepal, don’t forget to pick DHA, they will make your trip incredible.

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