Lower Solukhumbu Pikey Peak Trek

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The Pikey Peak Trek is an introductory trek in Nepal with panoramic mountain views without having to go too high or too far into the Everest region. Considered an off-the-beaten trail till a few years ago, the trek is now popular with both domestic and foreigners alike. The change in landscape as you enter the lower Khumbu region, beautiful views of snow-capped mountains, and a unique experience of the unique Sherpa culture are the highlights of the trek.

The Sherpa People

The Sherpa people had migrated to the high valleys south of Mt Everest from eastern Tibet about 450 years ago. Their Tibetan origins are reflected in their language, customs, and religion. The Sherpa people were the backbone of the first expeditions to the Himalayas as they were employed by the first mountaineers attempting to climb Mount Everest. It is from the courage and strength of these local people that the name ‘Sherpa’ has been collectively adopted and used to describe a climbing guide working across Nepal.

The Pikey trek is also a perfectly achievable family trek in Nepal. The route rises up to 4,070 m and requires moderate fitness. Hence, the chances of high altitude fatigue and sickness are at bay. Plus, the monastery at Thupten Choling above the Junbesi village is a great way to learn about the hardships of mountain life. The luxuries of the modern world and comforts aren’t after all appreciated till one has truly seen other ways of life. Since Junbesi is Ang Tshering Sherpa’s hometown, his connection with his people is reflected throughout the trek.

Keep Walking Nepal welcome you on our 14-day Pikey Peak Trek program. We will introduce you to our country and way of life while you travel as part of our extended family. And, with over 24 years of experience in the travel industry, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands. Our trek guides call the mountains home, and know the trails like the back of their hands.

Trip Highlights
  • Superb view of Everest without having to go too high or too far
  • Introductory trek requiring moderate fitness: a perfect family trek in Nepal
  • Introduction of the Sherpa people, their culture and way of life at Junbesi

Trip Grade - Moderate

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Trip Summary
  • Day 1 :Arrive at Kathmandu
  • Day 2 :Guided Tours & Preparation
  • Day 3 :Drive to Dhap (2,900 m; 240 km - 9 hrs)
  • Day 4 :Trek to Japre (2820m; 3-4 hrs)
  • Day 5 :Trek to Pikey Peak Base camp (3640m; 6hrs)
  • Day 6 :Climb Pikey Peak (4,070m) and descend to Jasmane Bhanjyang (3,550m). Around 4 hours
  • Day 7 :Trek to Junbesi (2,700m; 6-7 hrs)
  • Day 8 :Excursion to Selo and Junbesi Monastery & Thupten Choling Monasteyr (6hrs)
  • Day 9 :Trek to Ringmo (2900m; 5-6 hrs)
  • Day 10 :Drive to Phaplu (45 min)
  • Day 11 :Fly back to Kathmandu (35 min) | Rest of the day at leisure
  • Day 12 :Full day at leisure (Contingency day)
  • Day 13 :Departure
Daily Movements
    Day 1: Arrive at Kathmandu

    Our representative will pick you up at Kathmandu International Airport and drive you to your hotel. Depending upon what time you arrive, you can enjoy a full day at leisure. In the evening, we will meet for a welcome dinner with Keep Walking Nepal family.

    Look out for the KEEP WALKING NEPAL board behind the railing once you exit the airport terminal.

    Overnight at Hotel Tibet (D)

     

    Day 2: Guided Tours & Preparation

    You will embark on a guided tour of two UNESCO world heritage sites; Pashupatinath Temple, the temple devoted to Lord Shiva – the god of creation and destruction, and Boudhanath Stupa – a Buddhist shrine worshipped by Hindus & Buddhists alike.

    In the afternoon, your trek guide will brief you about the upcoming days and preparation requirements.

    Overnight at Hotel Hotel (B)

     

    Day 3: Drive to Dhap (2,900 m; 240 km - 9 hrs)

    The journey begins with an early morning drive on the newly-constructed B.P. Highway. The first half of the drive, on winding roads with its numerous hairpin turns, and views of paddy fields dotted with small rural houses along the Sunkoshi river, is an adventure in itself; a wonderful insight of what’s to come.

    After lunch at Ghurmi (500m / 1640”), we drive across the Sunkoshi river and gradually climb the snaking mountain highway. The terrain changes dramatically; the road ledged on the side of a mountain formed by a deep gorge opens up to a plateau with clusters of small houses. At Changesthan Temple, near the border crossing to Solukhumbu, you will get the first glimpse of the Everest range in full panorama. A further 15 min away lies Pattale, the first major town in the region.

    After a quick rest, we hike for about 2hrs, back & forth, to Pattale Danda (3,100m / 10170”), a scenic vantage point with beautiful views of the whole of Mahalangur range, and get back on the road for about 30 minutes to Dhap.

    Overnight at local lodge (B, L, D)

     

    Day 4: Trek to Japre (2820m; 3-4 hrs)

    The first day of the trek begins and you will start early!

    You will bypass the usual motorable trail and instead pass through several small villages with gentle undulations. The trail is marked by lush green vegetation with wild orchids and beautiful rhododendron forests. At Japre, a small Sherpa village, magnificent view of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks awaits you; three eight-thousanders like Kanchenjunga in the Far East, Makalu and of course Mount Everest, the tallest of them, offer an incredible backdrop.

    After some rest, you can visit the Buddhist monastery at Jhapre.

    Overnight at local lodge (B, L, D)

     

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

    Today, you will hike above 3,500m.

    The trek can be tiresome as you will climb more than 800m to sparse alpine vegetation. The initial portion of the trek (about 3 hours) is an easy hike on an undulating trail through dense pine and rhododendron forest.

    After lunch at one of the many unused yak pastures, the trail moderately climbs later rising steeply along a long stretch of Manima through a rhododendron forest to Pikey Peak Camp at 3,640m.

    It’s best to sleep early for a pre-dawn summit of Pikey Peak.

    Overnight at local lodge (B, L, D)

     

    Day 6: Climb Pikey Peak (4,070m) and descend to Jasmane Bhanjyang (3,550m). Around 4 hours

    For the highlight of the trek to Pikey Peak, you sill start early. At predawn, after a light breakfast of a cup of tea or coffee, eggs, and some carbs, you will head-out into the dark just in time for the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas.

    With headlamps, you will tackle the steep 1.5hr hike through steep grass and pastureland up to the prayer flag-lined Pikey Peak summit where you will be rewarded with a fantastic sunrise and beautiful views of almost the whole Himalayan range; from Kanchenjunga in the east to Makalu, Lhotse, Mount Everest, the Dudh Kunda massif with its sacred mountains, Numbur, Khatang and Karyolung, Gauri Shankar, Langtang range all the way to Ganesh Himal.

    After some rest and picture, you will trek down for about an hour to Jarse Bhanjyang, the last settlement before Taktor. Since, there are no water sources in between, packed lunch at a yak pasture with beautiful views of the mountains in the backdrop is the best option available.

    The trail gently now descends as the elevation decreases and enter a dense rhododendron and pine forest lined with mani walls and stone chasms to the lodge at Jasmane Bhanjyang.

    Overnight at local lodge (B, L, D)

     

    Day 7: Trek to Junbesi (2,700m; 6-7 hrs)

    You will descend east into the Taktor Khola Valley where coniferous forest gives way to mixed terraced farmland on the lower slopes.

    When flights to Lukla was still in it’s nascent stage, Taktor was frequented by trekkers on the original Everest highway. Even though trekkers now opt for a direct flight to/from Lukla, the original Everest Highway from Jiri with its rolling hills and rivers is more beautiful and better for acclimatization.

    A further 1.5 hrs on a gentle descending trail will bring you to Junbesi, your stop for the night. Junbesi, a predominant Buddhist village, has 2 monasteries and, like most Sherpa villages in the Khumbu region, animal butchering is prohibited in the village.

    Overnight at local lodge (B, L, D)

     

    Day 8: Excursion to Selo and Junbesi Monastery & Thupten Choling Monasteyr (6hrs)

    Today, you will have the morning at leisure. After breakfast and some rest, you will visit the 17th century Tashi Thongmen monastery which houses a six meter tall statue of Lord Buddha along with the precious collections of sacred scriptures. You can also visit the Selo monastery which focuses more on teaching children Buddhism than practicing. The relatively new monastery has beautiful frescoes and we can check out their libraries and classrooms as well.

    After lunch, you will visit the Thupten Choling Monastery.

    The trail passes through fields and houses, and trail gradually ascends into the cool shade of pine and rhododendron forest just above the Junbesi river. After crossing the river on a suspension bridge, the trail further gradually ascends all the way to Thupten Chöling Monastery, the largest in the region where almost 80% are Tibetan refugee monks and nuns.

    Overnight at local lodge (B, L, D)

     

    Day 9: Trek to Ringmo (2900m; 5-6 hrs)

    You will descend down through the village to cross the stream at the bottom of the valley, and take the higher trail for a short yet steep ascent through a pine forest.

    The trail then gradually ascends high up above the valley, until it reaches the point where it meets another valley at the tiny village of Phurteng (2,698m). It’s great spot for lunch with views of Mera, Kantega Thamsurku, and Mount Everest.

    You will descend back to the river and gear up for a steep climb up to the tranquil village of Ringmo, famous for its apple and Kiwi orchards.

    Overnight at local lodge (B, L, D)

     

    Day 10: Drive to Phaplu (45 min)

    From Ringmo, you will drive on a dirt road to Phaplu along the scenic mountain road.

    This is the last night with the full crew of porters and Sherpa guides, cook and kitchen and a time to celebrate with a meal together and distribute the tipping for them.

    Overnight at local lodge (B, L, D)

     

    Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu (35 min) | Rest of the day at leisure

    You will leave the mountains on an early morning flight to Kathmandu. The rest of the day will be at leisure.

    Overnight at Hotel Hotel (B)

     

    Day 12: Full day at leisure (Contingency day)

    You have the whole day at leisure to explore Kathmandu valley. This extra day also ensures a contingency plan, in case flights out of Lukla are hampered due to inclement weather.

    In the evening there will be a farewell dinner by Keep Walking Nepal to celebrate your achievements.

    Overnight at Hotel (B, D)

     

    Day 13: Departure

    A KWN representative will accompany you to the Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight back home.

    (B)

Cost - US $ 1650 (joining Kathmandu)

(Single Supplement: additional US $ )
Cost Includes:
  • All airport pick ups and drops
  • Half day Kathmandu sightseeing with tour guide
  • 4 night hotel in Tibet Kathmandu on BB
  • All local transportation as per as itinerary
  • Private Transportation: Kathmandu – Dhap on a 4wd
  • Airfare: Phaplu – Kathmandu airfare
  • Food and accommodation during the trek
  • All permits & entrance fees as per program (unless mentioned otherwise)
  • Sleeping Bag, Down jacket and Kit bag
  • Guide and porter
  • Staff insurance
Cost Excludes:
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara (except when mentioned)
  • Visa fee
  • Travel insurance
  • Any kind of alcoholic drinks, drinking water, cold drinks, laundry, phone call
  • Tips for guide, porter and driver
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TRIP FACTS
  • Duration

    14 Days
  • Best Season

    Mar, Apr, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • Max-Altitude

    4,070m
  • Difficulty Level

    Moderate
  • Group Size

    4-14 pax persons
  • Accomodation

    Lodge
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