Pikey Peak Trek

7 Days

Overview

Pikey Peak Trek is a newly opened Himalayan trekking route that takes you to the summit of the Pikey Peak at 4,065 meters(13,336 feet). This exploration of the lower Khumbu region takes you on an exhilarating journey of eastern Himalayan region prospects.

This magnificent peak was referred to as the ‘best viewpoint for Mt. Everest’ by Sir Edmund Hillary. This is true; from the summit of Pikey Peak, you will be awarded stunning views of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, and other surrounding peaks like Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, and west Himalayan massifs like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu as well.

This trekking expedition is best for an introductory trekking adventure in the Himalayas and also offers an exhilarating newer perspective of the eastern region beneath the main Khumbu Valley. Passing through the diverse landscapes and captivating landmarks of the lower Khumbu region in the Pikey Peak Trek, you will also get to experience the spiritual ambiance, culture, and traditions of the charming Sherpa settlements.

Highlights of Pikey Peak Trek

  • Exploring one of the most fascinating trekking peaks in Nepal, Pikey Peak (4,065 meters)
  • Less crowded trekking route to enjoy the true ambiance of the magical Himalayas
  • Incredible views of the 8,000-meter class mountains like Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Dhaulagiri, and Annapurna
  • Religious and spiritual trails passing across Buddhist monasteries, chortens, and trails covered with praying flags
  • Opportunity to experience the culture, traditions, and hospitality of the vibrant Sherpa villages of the lower Khumbu region

Useful Information

Best Time for Pikey Peak Trek

pikey peak trek

Pikey Peak Trekking expedition is one of the closest Himalayan adventures from the Kathmandu Valley. The ideal time to enjoy this beautiful expedition is during the peak seasons like autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). Although the Pikey Peak Trek is doable year around for the most enjoyable experience, the peak seasons are the best choice.

The weather is stable during the peak seasons, and the temperatures are on the warmer side; the natural landscapes are in their top forms, and the Himalayan vistas are just unparalleled. However, even among the peak seasons, both spring and autumn have their own specialty.

Autumn season is known as the number one season for the Himalayan trekking and mountain expedition. The weather is most stable during this season; the temperature is pleasant- neither too cold nor too hot; trekking trails are dry and fresh washed by the monsoon rain, plus the clear days in this season offer the most stunning views of the Himalayan peaks. The temperature of the Pikey Peak region during the autumn season is around 14° C to 19 ° C during the daytime. You can expect the temperature to fall to minus degrees at an altitude above 4,000 meters in this season.

Talking about the second most popular season for trekking adventures, spring is known as the blooming season in the Himalayas. The lower trails of the Pikey Peak Trek are decorated with wildflowers, and the dotted rhododendron flowers cover the entire forest area. The scenery of this season amidst the lush green landscapes and white mountain reflections under the clear blue sky makes it the most suitable time for nature photography. The temperature of the Pikey Peak region hovers around 16° C to 22° C during the spring season.

What is the Difficulty Level of Pikey Peak Trek?

What is the Difficulty Level of Pikey Peak Trek

The Pikey Peak Trek is regarded as a ‘relatively easy to moderate’ trekking expedition. Unlike other Himalayan circuits and base camp adventures, the Pikey Peak Trek isn’t that physically strenuous and trekkers don’t have to spend a significant amount of time at altitudes of 4,000- meters and 5,000 meters.

To do this beautiful Himalayan adventure, you will not require any kind of technical skills nor do you need to have previous high-altitude trekking experience. With adequate preparation, you will able to make your Pikey Peak Trek a remarkable and enjoyable experience. Nonetheless, this is still a Himalayan trekking adventure, so you will still need to overcome several difficult factors of this adventure. Let’s break down some of the toughest hurdles that you have to overcome during your Pikey Peak Trek.

Altitude Sickness

Even though you don’t have to overcome a significant altitude over 4,000 meters and 5,000 meters in your Pikey Peak Trek, you will still push for an altitude above 2,500 meters. And there are risks for the human body to catch altitude sickness at an altitude above 2,500 meters.

Starting your adventure from Dhap (2,900 meters), you will move along other high elevation points like Jhapre (2,921 meters), Peak Base Camp (3,640 meters), and the highest elevation point of this adventure Pikey Peak at an elevation of 4,065 meters (13,336 feet). Thus, although it is a relatively easier trekking expedition than other circuit and base camp adventures in the Himalayas, you will still need to stay on the lookout for the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Trekking Route

The normal length of the Pikey Peak Trek adventure is about 5 to 7 days, you will cover an approximate trekking distance of 5- 6 hours during each day of your trekking expedition. So, if you slack out on the training part just because this trek has been graded as an easy to moderate level of adventure, pulling a 5- 6 hour trek at the rising altitude can be quite challenging.

On top of that, the trekking route is not leveled; you will have to overcome several steep sections along the way and walk on rugged dirt and stone paths. Furthermore, you will also be carrying your luggage with significant weight, which makes the trek physically draining and quite tough for the unprepared trekkers.

Acclimatization Process

If you have done any kind of Himlayan adventures before, then you understand the significance of the acclimatization days in your adventure. It is recommended that you shouldn’t gain an altitude over 500 meters in a single day’s adventure and after moving above the altitude over 1,000 meters, you should have an acclimatization day.

However, the Pikey Peak Trek is a short Himalayan expedition; there aren’t any acclimatization days in this expedition. Although it is not that physically demanding adventure, and you will be covering a distance, moving slowly and acclimatizing properly, some may find it hard to do this trek without any rest days.

Remoteness

Pikey Peak Trek is a Himalayan expedition that takes place in the remote part of the Himalayas. You cannot expect the top-tier services and amenities that you would find in an exotic vacation destination. This trekking trail is a relatively new adventure introduced in the Himalayan expedition, so unlike the mainstream trekking routes, the level of services in this region is pretty much basic.

So, you have to prepare for very less of technological facilities, fewer health institutions,s and very limited transportation facilities during your Pikey Peak Trek.

Is This Trek Right For Me?

Is Pieky peak Trek Right For Me

Even if you have to be on the lookout for some hurdles in your journey, Pikey Peak Trek is the best-suited introductory trekking adventure in Nepal. Unlike other high-altitude base camps and circuit treks, this beautiful expedition is not that physically demanding, and you don’t need to have any kind of skills or experience for this trek.

Closer to the Kathmandu Valley, this short trekking expedition offers you the opportunity to relish the Himalayan ambiance. It still explores around the regions with driving road access not completely isolated as other Himalayan adventures.

With a basic level of fitness and good health condition, you will be able to complete this remarkable adventure without a hitch. Although the success rate of Pikey Peak Climbing is at 100%, make sure to give enough time for the preparation period; just because of its relatively easy to moderate grading, you shouldn’t underestimate the challenges.

Training and Preparation for the Pikey Peak Trek

Training and Preparation for the Pikey Peak Trek

As Pikey Peak Trek is a Himalayan expedition with several difficulty factors, you are recommended to prepare at least 4- 8 weeks prior to the expedition. If you are an athlete or work out regularly, you may not need to put that much effort into your preparation; however, if you are not physically active, you can first assess your physical capabilities and design a training program based on that.

Remember, this is a Himalayan expedition where you have to traverse across several steep segments and remote trails moving toward high-altitude regions. So, in preparation for Pikey Peak Trek, make sure to add strength and endurance exercises in your training regime so every day’s adventure won’t leave you completely drained out.

If you do some practice hikes at naturally steep segments, you will have a proper understanding of the trekking trails you have to overcome during your real adventure. Also, make sure to carry a rucksack or backpack during your practice, this will get you used to carrying your luggage during your Pikey Peak Trek.

Here are some exercises that you can include in your training program for Pikey Peak Trek.

Strength and Endurance Exercises

  • Push up
  • Plank
  • Pull up
  • Deadlift
  • Bench press
  • Squat
  • Bicep curl
  • Barbell lunges
  • Overhead press
  • Hammer curls
  • Lateral raise
  • Rope pushdown
  • Dip
  • Leg curl
  • Leg press
  • Box jump
  • Hip thrust
  • Step up

Cardiovascular Exercises

  • Jogging
  • Swimming
  • Jumping ropes
  • Cycling
  • Burpee
  • Jumping jack
  • Power walking
  • Dancing
  • Rowing
  • Lateral shuffle

**Note: Cardiovascular exercises your body’s capabilities to deliver oxygen to your muscles which makes your day-to-day trekking adventures more enjoyable and the acclimatization process easier**

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Food and Accommodation

Although the teahouses on the trekking trail of the Pikey Peak Trek are not as advanced as the mainstream trekking routes, you will still be able to enjoy a moderate level of food and accommodation services during your stay.

For food, you can enjoy a diverse range of delicacies from tasty and healthy local dishes to Tibetan culture-influenced cuisines and some popular menus from the continental dishes. Here are some food menus that you can enjoy at the teahouses along your Pikey Peak Trek.

For Breakfast

  • Eggs
  • Tea, coffee, fresh juice
  • Bread, toast
  • Pancake
  • Pudding
  • Oats
  • Porridge
  • Corn flakes
  • Cereals
  • Paratha
  • Chapati
  • Pappad
  • Fresh fruits
  • Salad

For Lunch and Dinner

  • Dal, bhat and tarkari (tradtional Nepali dish)
  • Chowmein
  • Momo
  • Pizza
  • Pie
  • Soup
  • Spaghetti
  • Macaroni
  • Spring rolls
  • Potato chips
  • Meat items
  • Thukpa
  • Rikikur
  • Shyakpa
  • Sherpa momo
  • Tingmo
  • Rildok
  • Tsampa

Accommodation

Accommodation in pikey peak trek

The accommodation facilities at teahouses in your Pikey Peak Trek are pretty much basic. You will stay in dormitory-style comfortable and well-furnished rooms with 2-3 adjacent beds.

You will receive a comfortable mattress, clean sheets, pillow, and blankets during your teahouse stay. Like the rooms, you will also be sharing the bathroom; this relatively new trekking route isn’t yet developed for a luxurious trekking option.

Beverages

During your Pikey Peak Trek, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of beverages, from fresh fruit juice, canned juice, and cold drinks to alcoholic beverages, both local and international brands.

As for water, it is not safe to consume tap water, and bottled mineral water can sometimes cost about US$ 4- US$ 5 at higher altitudes. The best way to drink 3- 4 liters of water during each trek day is to drink and store the boiled water at the teahouses. You can also use purification tablets or solutions to stay safe.

**Note: Alcoholic beverages are not recommended during high-altitude trekking as they put your life at risk, and also, too much alcohol can complicate the acclimatization procedure**

7 Days Pikey Peak Trek Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Dhap by bus (7-8 hrs drive; 2,900 m)

Day 02: Trek to Jhapre (5 hrs; 2,921 m)

Day 03: Trek to Pikey Base camp (5-6hrs; 3640m)

Day 04: Sunrise to Pikey Peak and trek to Jasmane Bhanjyang (5-6hrs; 3520m)

Day 05: Trek to Junbesi (5-6hrs; 2680m)

Day 06: Trek to Phaplu ( 5-6hrs; 2380m)

Day 07: Drive to Kathmandu (9hrs; 1400m)

Itinerary

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,350 meters/ 4,429 feet

Dhap Elevation: 2,900 meters/ 9,514 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,550 meters/ 5,085 feet

On Day 1 of your Pikey Peak Trek adventure, you will have an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Dhap Bazaar. After breakfast, you will board a comfortable private transport and follow the north side of Kathmandu on BP Highway. Driving beside the Sun Kosh River, you will pass lush high hills, several streams, waterfalls, and beautiful settlements along the way, enjoying a comfortable ride on the paved road.

Then, switching trails to the winding road to Okhaldhunga, you will pass the terraced field and smaller houses along the way on a gradually inclining road. This day’s driving adventure will take about 7- 8 hours for you to arrive at Dhap, after your arrival finally, you can stroll around the marketplace admiring the unique lifestyle of the Sherpa village. Overnight stay at Dhap.

Dhap Elevation: 2,900 meters/ 9,514 feet

Jhapre Elevation: 2,921 meters/ 9,583 feet

Elevation Gain: 21 meters/ 68 feet

Your trekking adventure will begin on the second day of your Pikey Peak trek; it's an easy day’s trek as you leave Dhap behind, moving toward the border village of Kerung in the first part segment. Switching the trails from Buddhist Monasteries and praying flags, you will switch to the route with incredible landscapes filled with rhododendron and other sub-alpine forest.

Moving forward in your trekking route, you will push for the Sigane Village; the stretching further from this beautiful village will finally lead you to Jhapre. From the vantage point of Jhapre, you will be able to enjoy the incredible views of the Himalayan peaks like Everest and Numbur. Enjoying the serene, peaceful ambiance of this Himalayan village amidst the little monasteries and stupa, you will settle in for the night here.

Jhapre Elevation: 2,921 meters/ 9,583 feet

Peak Base Camp Elevation: 3,640 meters/ 11,942 feet

Elevation Gain: 719 meters/ 2,358 feet

On Day 3 of your Pikey Peak Trek, you will finally make your way toward the main objective of this expedition. Today, leaving Jhapre behind, you will trek to the second-highest elevation point of this Himalayan adventure. Following the grassy ridge of Bhulbhule during the first part of this day’s trek, you will follow the path on the right side of the valley and move past herder’s settlements and mani stonewall.

Then, you will follow the ridge below the Taklung Danda, passing the lush rhododendron and pine forest, pushing for the Pike Base Camp. As this is a newly introduced trekking route in the Himalayas, you can enjoy quiet and peaceful trekking trails. The teahouses in this region are pretty modest, but of course, with all basic services, it is possible to push for the Pikey Peak in this day’s adventure. However, as the weather in the evening is generally unclear, you will rest at the Pikey Base Camp tonight, enjoying the up-close views of Everest.

Pikey Base Camp Elevation: 3,640 meters/ 11,942 feet

Pikey Peak Summit Elevation: 4,065 meters/ 13,336 feet

Jasmane Bhanjyang Elevation: 3,550 meters/ 11,646 feet

Elevation Gain: 425 meters/ 1,394 feet

The big day of your Pikey Peak Trek is finally here; today, leaving the base camp behind, you will push for the summit of this high Himalayan peak. You will start your adventure early in the morning before dawn on this day; following the gradually sloppy segments you will ascend across the praying flags on the ridge.

The two hours trek from the base camp will finally lead you to the summit of the Pikey Peak. From the top of this mountain, you will be able to enjoy the incredible views of the surrounding mountain peaks like Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Lhotse and Cho Oyu.

Enjoying the Himalayan ambiance from the top of the Pikey Peak, you will climb down to the base camp. After celebrating your successful summit at the base camp, you will follow the descending trail moving past the beautiful rhododendron and three hours of trek from the base camp will finally lead you to Jasmane Bhanjyang.

Jasmane Bhanjyang Elevation: 3,550 meters/ 11,646 feet

Junbesi Elevation: 2,700 meters/ 8,858 feet

Elevation Loss: 850 meters/ 2,788 feet

It’s an easy day’s trekking adventure on the Day 5 of your Pikey Peak Trek; today, moving along your descending route, you will follow the trail to Lamjura during the first part of the adventure, leaving Junbesi behind. Moving along the lush rhododendron forest on this day’s adventure again, you will switch the trail to the Buddhist prayer wall as you enter the spiritual realm of the Junbesi Village.

After arriving at Junbesi, you can visit the Junbesi Monastery, an old and significant monastery, and stroll around this beautiful high Himalayan Sherpa village. From the vantage point of this charming settlement, you can also enjoy the spectacular views of the Numur Chuli Peak. Overnight stay at a teahouse in Junbesi.

Junbesi Elevation: 2,700 meters/ 8,858 feet

Phaplu Elevation: 2,469 meters/ 8,100 feet

Elevation Loss: 231 meters/ 757 feet

Day 6 is the last day of the trekking adventure in your Pikey Peak Trek; continuing with your downhill trekking, you will leave Junbesi behind, heading toward Phaplu. The trail is relatively easy as you trek past the lush landscapes and rhododendrons and pine trees; moving along your descending route, you will also visit the Thupte Choling Monastery.

The Junbesi to Phaplu trek will take approximately six hours; you will enjoy the local culture, traditions, and hospitality of the charming Sherpa village as you settle in for the night, concluding this day’s adventure. The magnificent views of Everest, Makalu, and the adjacent peaks will mark a beautiful closure on your final day’s trekking adventure in the Pikey Peak Trek.

Phaplu Elevation: 2,469 meters/ 8,100 feet

Kathmandu Elevation: 1,350 meters/ 4,429 feet

Elevation Loss: 1,119 meters/ 3,671 feet

After completing your Pikey Peak Trek expedition on Day 7, you will bid farewell to the Himalayan region as you make your way back to Kathmandu. It's a long day’s drive, lasting approximately 7- 8 hours; moving past the Phaplu, your driving trail will proceed toward Araniko Highway. Moving past Dulikhel, you will finally enter the Kathmandu Valley.

You will be transferred to your respective hotels after you arrive in Kathmandu; after getting enough rest, you can stroll around this vibrant capital, exploring cafes and restaurants. If you have time, you can also do some exploration of the nearby highlights and shop for souvenirs to remember your remarkable Himalayan adventure.

Cost Includes and Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up and drop off facility from and to the Airport (Domestic and International)
  • Full Board Meal throughout the trekking expedition (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner)
  • Teahouse/ lodge accommodation throughout the trek
  • Government-licenced Sherpa guide proficient in the English language
  • Strong and helpful porter, 1 porter for every two trekkers
  • Permit for entering the Sagarmatha National Park
  • Expense of the Khumbu Local Tax
  • Transportation cost for bus from Kathmandu to Dhap and return trip (Private jeep costs US$ 230 extra for single way route)
  • Trekking equipment like a duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket (if you need, have to return after trek)
  • First aid kit, oximeter, and first aid respondent
  • Salary and insurance of all staff
  • Farewell dinner to celebrate your successful expedition
  • Helicopter rescue in case of emergency (covered by your travel insurance)
  • Package cost includes all government expenses tax, vat, and our official service charges (no hidden expenses)

Cost Excludes

  • Nepal Travel Visa Fees (issued at the airport or can be booked online)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Cost for food and accommodation during the stay in Kathmandu
  • Any personal nature expenses like snacks, beverages, shower, internet, laundry, charging, etc
  • Tipping the guide and porters (15% of the total cost is expected)
  • Any cost head that is not included in the cost included section

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Pikey Peak Trek
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No. of person Price
1 - 1 US$ 730
2 - 6 US$ 570
7 + US$ 540
  • Public/Private Vehicle
  • 2 - 20 Pax Max
  • 4,065 meters
  • Moderate
  • Autumn and Spring Season
  • 7 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Hotel/Lodge/Tea House

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