Overview

Pikey Peak Trek is a comparatively newly opened off the beaten track trekking route in Solukhumbu region which invites us to explore the Everest and lower Khumbu region along the dramatically changing landscapes. It offers beautiful sunset and sunrise views over the towering peaks of this region along with the unique experience of Sherpa culture and lifestyle. Pikey peak is a seasonal snowy hill where local Sherpa people go for short hiking trips and to hang the prayer flag on the top. The Pikey named from the name of local Sherpa CLAN deity it represents the sky over the nature. During the monsoon time, local Sherpa people celebrate their CLAN god by worship ceremony by Buddhist Lama and group of Monks. In the monsoon time, they leave their domestic animals to feed hygiene grasses. We will get an opportunity to view the most admired Himalayan range in the World which includes mountains like Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8414m) and many other snow-covered peaks is the main feature of this trek. Being a freshly introduced trekking route, it provides the trekkers with the off-beaten trail trekking experience. 

 

Trek begins with warm traditional welcome and quick safety briefing followed by comprehensive trip briefing next day, introduction to your guide and entertain last minutes questions.

10 Nights 11 Days Available on request
Inclusions/Exclusions
What we'll give. What we won't

What is included in the tour

Kathmandu Portion:
3  nights in reputed 3 star Hotel on BB basis as per the itinerary in Kathmandu

  • Half day guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • 1 professional English speaking guide
  • Private transportation during sightseeing
  • All entrance fee during sightseeing

 

Transportation:

  • Private vehicle to and from trek initiation point.
  • All the necessary airport transfers as per the itinerary

 

Trek Portion:

  • Twin sharing accommodation on EP ( room only) basis  as per the itinerary in  lodge en-route
  • TIMS Card
  • EBC National park fee
  • Professional licensed holder Trekking guide
  • Assistant Guides as per number of clients
  • Necessary Porters (weight max. 12 kg per clients)
  • Insurance for Nepali staffs
  • Necessary equipment for trekking staff
  • Guide and porter daily allowance
  • Emergency  medical kit box
  • Trekking kit bag

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Any meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee)  during trek
  • Travel insurance (must cover expenses of rescue service including helicopter)
  • Personal Gears: ( all trekking gears are easily available on rent and buy in Kathmandu)
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Liquor beverages (soft and hard drinks)
  • Expenses of personal nature e.g. laundry, phone call etc.
  • Gratuity for staff
  • Expenses incurred due to unforeseen circumstances
  • Services not mentioned herein

 

Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Pasupatinath, & Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
  • Stunning panoramic view of Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8414m) and many other snow-covered peaks
  • Explore traditional Sherpa villages & experience their culture, traditions & hospitality
  • Visit of Pikey Peak Base Camp
  • Explore unspoiled off the beaten trail
Itinerary

Outline Itinerary:

 

Days

Particulars

Overnight

01:

Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel

Hotel (BB)

02:

Trek briefing in the morning and half day sightseeing tour of world heritage sites

Hotel (BB)

03:

Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap (2900m/9515ft): 8 – 9 hrs drive

Lodge (EP)

04:

Trek to Jhapre (2930m/9610ft): 4 – 5 hrs

Lodge (EP)

05:

Trek from Japre to Peaky Base Camp (3640 m/11,942ft): 6 – 7 hrs

Lodge (EP)

06:

Sunrise at Peaky Peak, Trek to Loding (2515 m/8251ft): 8 – 9 hrs

Lodge (EP)

07:

Trek from Loding to Junbesi, Visit Thubtenchoeling Monastery: 4 – 5 hrs

Lodge (EP)

08:

Trek from Junbesi to Taksindu (2960 m/9711ft): 5 – 6 hrs

Lodge (EP)

09:

Trek from Taksindu to Phaplu, Visit Chiwong Monastery: 5 – 6 hrs

Lodge (EP)

10:

Drive to Kathmandu: 8 – 9 hrs

Hotel (BB)

11:

Holiday extension or final departure

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Detailed Itinerary:

 

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300m/4265ft):

Arrival in Kathmandu where we will be met and transferred to Hotel just walking distance to any styles of good Arrival in Kathmandu greeted by Basanta Adventure representative and transferred to Hotel which is usually a walking distance to any good restaurants and shops. We will be given a short briefing on hotel facilities and safety as well as

 

Day 02: Trek briefing in the morning and sightseeing tour of world heritage sites:

After breakfast, trek briefing will take place around 9 am. All aspects of gear and conditions are discussed to make sure you are fully prepared for the trip, introduce guide and any last-minute questions would be answered. We then visit Boudhanath, also known as little Tibet. Then we visit Pasupatinath one of the revered holy temple of the Hindus, this temple is also known for its cremation ceremonies that take place next to the holy river Bagmati. O/N in Hotel at Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap (2900m/9515ft), 8 – 9 hrs drive:

Our great adventure begins with the exciting overland journeys towards the eastern part of Nepal to reach Solu, south of Everest where a drive leads past towns and villages of Himalayan foothills and to a lovely place of Dhulikhel. From this scenic spot drive continues heading east on winding dirt road to Ramechap and to Solu region for overnight stop a nice place on a green valley as journey leads above hills and descend past interesting town and farm villages then arriving at Phaplu near Salleri headquarter town of Solu-Khumbu district located southern part of Everest. O/N at Lodge in Dhap (EP)

Day 04: Trek to Jhapre (2930m/9610ft), 4 – 5 hrs:

Morning starts on easy-moderate walks on winding trail heading into several farm areas and spread-out villages with distant views of snow-capped peaks towards north, as first day trek continues with few stops to observe local farm life and witness the villagers and children as they often see foreign people passing their villages, as walk leads further west to reach at Jampre for overnight stop, a moderate size farm village with time to interact with the local. O/N at Lodge in Jhapre (EP)

 

Day 05: Trek to Pikey Base Camp (3640 m/11,942ft), 6 – 7 hrs:

After Japre, the trail climbs up to a grassy ridge at Bhulbhule. There’s a single lodge with no name and nice views of the Everest range from here. Soon after Bhulbhule, the trail splits and you'll turn right to Pikey Peak. You’ll pass some old yak houses and a long Mani stone wall. The trail then contours the hillside below Taklung Danda and goes through a beautiful forested trail. There are many rhododendrons here along a level path (which you can see in bloom if trekking in the spring). As you leave the forest, it’s not far to Pikey Peak base camp, about 2 hours away. From here, it's a short climb to the summit at 4065 m / 13336 ft. unless you have an unusually clear evening, it’s better to climb to the summit in the morning for sunrise. Our guide will organise a prayer and offer Lungta (Prayer flag) for good health and happiness for the entire member. O/N at Lodge in Pikey Peak base camp (EP)

Note: Offer Lungta or prayers flag (printed prayers for the peace and good health/happiness) together with our Guide. Offering prayer flag in high passes and sacred sites is believed to bring good fortune and long life in Buddhist culture.

 

Day 06: Sunrise at Pikey Peak and Trek to Loding (2515 m/8251ft), 8 – 9 hrs:  

Starting early in the morning, you'll follow a gradual trail to the summit, covered with prayer flags. The views are breathtaking! If the weather is clear, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views from Annapurna to Kanchenjunga. From the top of Pikey Peak, you'll follow a ridgeline which starts flat and then steepens as you enter the forest to Jase Bhanjyang, where breakfast will be waiting. After breakfast, we'll continue our walk down to Loding, which passes through some steep sections in the forest. At Loding, we'll have a couple choices for accommodation which are both simple and charming. O/N at Lodge in Tengboche (EP)

Day 07: Trek to Junbesi (2675m/8776ft), Visit Thubtenchoeling Monastery, 4 – 5 hrs:

We'll start the day by heading down the ridgeline for breakfast at Jase Bhanjyang. Leaving there, there are a few options for the descent to Junbesi. The most likely is a stunning shortcut trail that leaves the ridge shortly after Jase and descends steeply through spectacular old growth forest to Taktor. This path meets the Everest Base Camp trail coming from Jiri. The tea houses from here are a little more developed, and we're likely to meet a few other tourists for the first time. From Taktor, it is a couple of hours on a lovely trail to Junbesi. Junbesi is a traditional Sherpa village sitting at an altitude of 2675 m/ 8776 ft, and is the cradle of Sherpa culture and architecture. The Sherpas consider the Solukhumbu a sacred valley. In this remote part of Nepal that borders Tibet, Buddhism flourishes and there are numerous Buddhist monasteries along the way. O/N at Lodge in Junbesi (EP)

Day 08: Trek to Taksindu (2960 m/9711ft), 5 – 6 hrs:

This morning, hit the trail bound for Taksindu. Cross the river at the bottom of town and climb through the forest up to Salung, from where there are views of Mount Everest (8848 m/ 29,028 ft), Chamlang (7319 m/ 2, 4012 ft) and Makalu (8481 m/ 27,824 ft), weather permitting. There are also gorgeous views out across the valley to Chiwong Monastery and down towards Phaplu. Continue on the trail, contouring and then dropping down to a stream before a short climb up into Ringmo, famous for its apple orchards and interesting apple products such as apple rakshi (alcohol), cider and apple pie. From here, there's a final short climb to Taksindu La, from where there are again great mountains views, and then a short descent to the Taksindu Monastery and our lodge. The Taksindu Monastery was built in 1946 and is usually open early morning or late afternoon. Please make sure to leave a donation if you visit. O/N at Lodge in Taksindu (EP)

Day 09: Trek to Phaplu (2413m/7918ft), Visit Chiwong Monastery, 5 – 6 hrs:

Today, leave the main trekking route again and take a beautiful path down to Phaplu through the forest. There's also the option of hiking up to Chiwong Gompa, perched high on a cliff overlooking the valley. This monastery was founded in 1923 and has magnificent celebrations for the Mani Rimdu festival in autumn. Continue on down into Phaplu and celebrate the completion of a great trek at our cozy tea house. This will be our last night with trekking crew except trekking Guide, this is best time to tip the staff (not compulsory but it’s a customary), an impromptus little ceremony and always enormous Sherpa smiles. Then something of a party is inevitable. Try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong. O/N at Lodge in Phalpu (EP)

 

 Day 10: Drive to Kathmandu:

Start early morning to reach at Kathmandu from Phaplu on local vehicle like jeep, the continue drive over hills and valley with steep ups and downhill past many farm villages and town till it reaches a good road on the main highway, and then a smooth overland ride back into city life of Kathmandu, and then transfer to your hotels, after a glorious adventure and experience on Pikey Peak Trek. O/N at Hotel in Kathmandu (BB)

 

Day 11: Holiday extension or transfer to airport for final departure:

Today holiday extension for another tour or we will transfer  to the airport for final departure. Tour concludes.