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.

The Pikey Peak Trek is quickly making a name for itself amongst trekking enthusiasts. Nestled in Nepal, this route has been trodden by renowned mountaineers, most notably Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary. One of the significant appeals of this trek is its promise of a unique blend: not just the panoramic views of mountains, but also a deep dive into Sherpa culture.

Situated in the Ramechap district, the trek stands tall at an altitude of 4067m. Unlike other overcrowded treks in the Everest region, Pikey Peak offers a peaceful yet enriching experience.

As trekkers make their ascent, they are treated to a canvas of nature's best. Traditional Sherpa villages greet them with their warmth and authenticity. The trail is further adorned with vividly painted Buddhist monasteries and serene rhododendron forests, symbolizing a harmony between culture and nature.

But undoubtedly, the crown jewel of this trek is its unparalleled view of the Himalayan giants. From vantage points along the route, one can feast their eyes on majestic mountains like Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and several others. These moments, especially during sunrise and sunset, are sheer magic.

The trek's finale at Phaplu offers options: either take a flight or embark on a scenic drive back to Kathmandu. For those who prioritize experiences over destinations, the Pikey Peak Trek is a treasure trove. It beckons adventurers to relish its mix of natural beauty, cultural richness, and the awe-inspiring presence of the world's highest peaks.

Pikey Peak Trek Route

If time constraints bind you but you're in good physical shape, we can craft a condensed 4-5 day itinerary to suit your needs. However, for those seeking a leisurely and enriching experience, our standard 6-7 day plan is ideal. This extended duration allows trekkers to meander at a comfortable pace, reduces physical stress, and provides ample opportunities to relish the stunning vistas. By adding a few extra days to the Pikey Peak trek and using a meticulously crafted itinerary, you're ensured a trip that is both enjoyable and relaxed.

If the shorter 4-5 day itinerary aligns better with your preferences and schedule, please let us know, and we'll make the necessary adjustments to accommodate your request.

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

Best time for the Trek to Pikey Peak

The Trek to Pikey Peak in Nepal is most ideally undertaken during the spring and autumn seasons. Spring, celebrated as a season of blossoms, offers trekkers a visual treat with vibrant rhododendrons dotting the Himalayan landscape. The forests radiate with pink, red, and white blooms, beautifully contrasted against clear blue skies.

Autumn, on the other hand, is characterized by its lush greenery post-harvest and is also a culturally vibrant time due to major Nepalese festivals like Dashain and Tihar. Winter presents its own charm with snowy mountain vistas, though trekkers should be prepared for cold temperatures and check the availability of tea houses at higher altitudes.

Summer or monsoon season is typically less favored for trekking due to slippery trails, potential leeches, and risks of landslides. However, for those passionate about botany, the rich flora during this season can be alluring.

Itinerary

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Our office representative will be at the airport with your good name in name plate, and take you to the hotel. After refreshment, visit our office for briefing program for your trek, and meeting with your guide at the same time.

  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • 1400m

Dhap is 230km for Kathmandu. If you start early at 6 am, then you can reach Dhap within 3 pm by bus or jeep ride. On your way to Dhap you will stop at Nepal Thok for Lunch. At Dhap there are some hotels available for food and accommodation. Overnight stay at Dhap.

  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2800m

Today is easy hiking day. Your journeys will fascinating as you can witness different breed of Chauri Gai. In the same way, long stone Mane can be seen in different place throughout the trek. If you travel in Spring (Mid March to mid may), you can witness the forest with magnificent Rhododendron. Overnight stay at Japrey.

  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2920 m

From Japrey, you can reach Pikey Base Camp (3600m) after 6-7 hrs hiking. If you are travelling in spring your journey will be made spectacular by the displays of magnificent rhododendrons. Arrive to Pikey peak BC, enjoy amazing view of Mount Everest,Thamserku, Gaurishankar, Khangtega, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Dorje Lakpa and many others peaks. Evening walk to Yak cheese factory. Overnight in tea houses    

  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 3640m

Early morning of 5th day, we will start our climb toward the Pikey Peak 4065m. It takes about an hour to reach the top of the pikey peak. From pikey peak you will see the best view of sunrise above the magnificent mountains such as Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga and so on. After this memorable view of sunrise, you will hike down to Jarsabhanjyang where you will have your breakfast. After your breakfast, you will head towards Junbesi first of all, you will reach Taktor, within 2/3 hrs from Jarsabhyanjung by walking. At taktor you will have you traditional meal right after lunch; you will continue your trek to Junbesi. Within 2 hrs of walking, you will reach junbesi from Taktor.

Junbesi, situated at an altitude of 2990m is the most beautiful Sherpa village.You can visit the ancient Buddhist Monestary at Junbesi consists of 8-10 well facilitated hotels usually operated by local Sherpas out of them, in the best lodge you will stay overnight.

  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2990m

After early morning breakfasts, you will trek 3 hrs to reach Chiwong Monastery. Situated at an altitude of 9000 feet on the cliff of chiwong hill Chiwong Monastery has the honor of hasting Dza-Rong-Phuk Sangey Ngawang Tenzing Jangpo since 1955 to 1958. Likewise,chiwong monastery celebrates Mani Rimbu festival in every full moon of October. The main Ribu Festival is only September colorful occasion that takes in the Himalayas. This festival illustrates the victory of Buddhism over the ancient “Bon”religion. The after gathering all these September experience you will trek down to phaplu at an altitude of 2400m. Phaplu is facilitated with airport, hospital, nursey along with tourist hotel. If possible you can also do sightseeing around “sallery Bazzar” headquarter of Solukhumbu after your lunch. Altogether, from Junbesi to phaplu, you will hike for 5-6 hrs. Overnight stay at Phaplu.
  • Guest House/Lodges
  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • 2400m

After your experience trekking in the mountains with you. Hope you had an experience of a lifetime, what had you expected from your trek. Once arrive in KTM, one of our guide will take you to the hotel.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 1400m

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

Getting There

To kickstart your Pikey trek, you have three viable options:

By Air: The quickest way to start your journey is by taking a 30-minute flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu.

By Road: If you prefer traveling by road, you can opt for a private or shared local jeep from Kathmandu to Dhap/Salleri. This journey typically lasts between 8 to 10 hours, but the duration can vary based on traffic and the road's condition.

Classic Trekking Route: For the more adventurous souls, there's the option of following the traditional Jiri Everest Base Camp Trekking route. You'd trek up to Bhandar and then divert towards Pikey Peak via Namkheli and Gola. However, it's important to note that choosing this classic trek route might extend your journey slightly longer than the proposed itinerary. This method offers a blend of the renowned Everest Base Camp trek with the distinctive Pikey Peak experience.

Accommodation & Meals

When trekking Pikey Peak, your primary accommodations will be in local guesthouses. These provide a genuine taste of the region, both in terms of hospitality and culinary delights. The food menu is diverse, with selections from both Nepali and international cuisines. The traditional Nepali "Dal Bhat" – a combination of rice, lentils, and assorted vegetables – is a must-try and offers a hearty meal to refuel trekkers. Breakfast options often include eggs in various forms, pancakes, and traditional porridge. Lunch and dinner menus extend to dishes like pasta, pizza, momos (dumplings), and a variety of noodle-based dishes. Given the altitude and freshness concerns, it's advisable to lean towards vegetarian dishes, as the meat might not always be fresh.

Difficulty Assessment

The Pikey Peak, situated in the lower Everest region, holds an easy to moderate difficulty rating. While its highest elevation is 4,065 meters at Pikey Peak, the trails are generally gentle. Trekkers should anticipate daily hikes of 5 to 6 hours on undulating paths. Given its moderate altitude, it's suitable for both beginners and seasoned trekkers. However, good physical health and a positive attitude are essential for a rewarding trekking experience.

Managing Altitude

The trek's zenith is close to 4,000 meters, making altitude sickness a genuine concern. Areas below 3000m are typically comfortable, but beyond that, the thinner air can challenge even seasoned trekkers. Key precautions include pacing yourself, staying hydrated, and being vigilant about any AMS symptoms like headaches or dizziness. If such symptoms emerge, immediate measures like rest, hydration, and potentially descending to a lower altitude are vital. In more severe cases, an evacuation to Kathmandu might be warranted.

Travel Insurance Essentials

Before setting foot on the trail, it's paramount to have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place. This policy should encompass medical emergencies, possible evacuations, trip disruptions, and other unforeseen events. Considering the trek's altitude, ensure the insurance covers high-altitude trekking up to at least 4,000m. Always discuss and clarify these specifics with your insurance provider before finalizing.

Electricity and WIFI

On the Pikey Peak trekking, most teahouses provide electricity for charging devices. Some use solar power, so carrying a power bank is recommended. While many teahouses offer WiFi for an extra fee, a local SIM card for mobile data is a cost-effective way to stay connected during the trek.

FAQs

  • Q1. What is Pikey Peak Trek?

    Pikey Peak Trek is an exciting adventure in Nepal's lower Solu Khumbu region, offering trekkers a magnificent view of the Himalayan panorama, local Sherpa culture, and diverse flora and fauna. Named after a Sherpa clan deity, the trek unfolds unparalleled beauty and spirituality.

  • Typically, the Pikey Trek takes about 5 to 7 days, depending on your pace and the specific itinerary you choose. This includes acclimatization days and exploration of local villages and monasteries.

  • The Pikey Peak Trekking is considered a moderate level trek. It involves walking for 5 to 7 hours each day over hilly terrain, with some steep sections. While previous trekking experience could prove beneficial, it's not a prerequisite for undertaking the Pikey. It's recommended to have a basic level of physical fitness before attempting this trek.

  • Packing essentials for the Trek to Pikey Peak include trekking boots, thermal layers, a rain jacket, gloves, hat, sunglasses, sunblock, water purification tablets, snacks, a reusable water bottle, first-aid kit, camera, and personal toiletries. It's also wise to bring Nepalese Rupees for any local purchases.

  • Yes, the Trekking to Pikey Peak is generally safe, provided you follow the advised acclimatization guidelines and trek under the supervision of a licensed guide. It's also advisable to keep up-to-date with weather conditions and take travel insurance covering high altitude trekking.

  • The highest point of the Pikey Peak Treks is at 4,065 meters (13,337 feet). Some trekkers may experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headaches, dizziness, and shortness of breath. It's crucial to take enough time for acclimatization to prevent severe altitude sickness. Always communicate with your guide about any discomfort you are experiencing.

  • Typically, teahouses on the Pikey Peak serve traditional Nepali food, including "dal bhat" (lentil soup with rice), as well as some international dishes like pasta, pizza, noodles, and pancakes. It's essential to stay hydrated and take along some high-energy snacks for the trek.

  • The local culture in the Solu Khumbu region is predominantly Sherpa and influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Respect local customs by dressing modestly, seeking permission before taking photographs, not touching prayer flags or religious structures, and refraining from displaying affection in public. Always remember that you are a guest in their land, and it's important to respect their customs and traditions.

  • Medical facilities along the Pikey Peak route are basic, so it's advisable to carry your own first-aid kit with essential medicines. In case of serious illness or injury, evacuation by helicopter may be required, hence having travel insurance that covers such emergencies is crucial.

  • The typical starting point for the Pikey Peak Trekking is Dhap, which can be reached by a 7 to 8-hour jeep ride from Kathmandu. Please note that road conditions can be rough and may be affected by weather conditions.

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
    Google

    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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