• Duration 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • Price from $499 / person
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Max Altitude 4065m

Pikey Peak Trek; a recently promoted incredibly great trip in the lower Everest Region can be your best choice if you are trying to find a less traveled area that still offers some of the best Nepal Trekking experiences in Khumbu which is close to Katmandu, this is a splendid and less discovered route. This short Pikey trek provides an opportunity to go to several Buddhist monuments and sites such as gompas, and stupas. Whichever route you choose Pikey Peak Trek; gives wonderful views of the Numbur Himal, Mt. Everest, and other mountain peaks. From Pikey Peak, one can see the various spectacular mountain view over 8,000 meters including Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Lhotse, Manaslu, and many other snow-covered peaks. The Pikey Peak Trekking is popular for its breathtaking sunrise and sunset views and one can take pleasure in the magnificent sight of the peaks beyond the Kathmandu valley to the plains along with lots of Himalayan range.

Pikey Peak Trekking Route and itinerary 

If you're restricted on time and you are fit, then we can customize a 4-5 days itinerary but a more comfortable tour of a 6 to 7 days trip allows you to hike without much physical demand and trek without stress enjoying some of the best scenery by adding some spare days on the Pikey Peak Trek with a good well-planned itinerary that permits you to hike on your own pace and enjoy the holiday with peace of mind with no rush. 

5 Days Pikey Peak Rapid Trekking Itinerary for short-timers and fit trekkers. Cost US$ 390/Person

Day 1: Kathmandu to Dhap by public shared jeep and trek to Jhapre. (Phaplu flights are available on Mon & Fri)
Day 2: Trekking to Pikey Peak Base Camp
Day 3: Pikey Peak Base Camp to Junbesi Trekking. 
Day 4: Morning excursion to Thupten Chholing Monastery and trek Phaplu or Salleri. 
Day 5: Phaplu to Kathmandu by public ground transportation (flights are optional). 

6 Days Itinerary and cost US$ 459

Day 1: Drive to Dhap (250km) from Kathmandu. 8/9 hrs drive
Day 2: Trek to Dhapre (2820 m) 5-6 hrs walk
Day 3: Trek to Pikey Peak Base Camp (3540m), 5 to 6 hrs walk.
Day 4: Trek to Junbesi (2567m) via Pikey Peak. Long way downhill.
Day 5: Morning excursion to Thubtenchoeling Gompa and trek to Phaplu / Salleri. (2364 m) 5-6 hrs walk.
Day 6: Catch a local jeep ride to Kathmandu (1300m) from Salleri 10/11 hrs drive. Some 300 KM drive

Flexible Itineraries 

There are several different routes to Pikey Peak and local people’s trails within the lower Khumbu area that engages getting to Pikey Peak. The usual durations (starting and ending in Kathmandu) are from 5 to 7 days depending on what you're planning for; we can craft a good tailored-made trip based on how much time you have. 

How to get there?  

There are three ways to get there. 1) This Pikey Peak Trekking begins with 30 minutes flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu. 2) Take a private or shared local jeep from Kathmandu to Dhap / Salleri which normally takes 8 to 10 hours depending on traffic and road conditions. 3) Follow the traditional Jiri Everest Base Camp Trekking route till Bhandar then trek toward Pikey Peak via Namkheli and Gola.

When is the best time to trek to Pikey Peak? 

Like most other trekking in Nepal, Pikey Peak Trek is also best in Autumn and Spring, and also the winter months given its lower altitude. It's best, however, to avoid this trek during the monsoon as it can be very wet in this region and leeches can be active in the wet season.

Should I take a flight or drive fine?  

If the time doesn’t allow a long ride or you want to opt for a shorter itinerary, it's best to fly both ways it costs US$ 318 per head for a round flight. If you have got longer time and want to avoid wasting on prices, you'll drive to Dhap by jeep or bus. It's a scenic drive that takes around 7 to 8 hours however be warned that driving is the most 'adventurous' option: roads in Nepal aren't well-maintained will be quite unsmooth and services are limited. We can arrange a 4WD private jeep if you ask which is much more comfortable than the shared public jeep. 

How much would be the cost of the Pikey Peak trek?  

This is the question that arises in the mind of most travelers trekking to this area; yes the price depends on the mode of your tour. Typically the trekking package price is US$ 570 to 590 for 7 7-day program based on two people sharing but your mode of transpiration differs the cost. Our standard price is USD 549 per person inclusive package with local group transport. 
If you prefer relaxing transpiration; the extra cost will be:
Flight from Phaplu US$ 158 / person same rate for vice versa.
A private jeep cost USD 230 for the group and the same rate for way back. 

7 Days detailed itinerary with a more comfortable plan. 

Day 01: Kathmandu - Dhap (9676 ft / 2950 m)
After breakfast, your guide picks you up from your hotel in Kathmandu. Drive to Dhap, from Kathmandu which will be around 8/9 hours. From here the road takes us into the Gangatic Plains of the Terai, 50km north of the Indian border. The route diverts from the main highway, ascending the mountainous, winding road to the trailhead, Dhap, where we’ll stay for the night.

Day 02: Trek to Jhapre (9251 ft / 2820 m)
The trail quickly leaves the road, as an undulating path takes you through the forest of brightly colored rhododendrons, white sub-alpine flowers, and endless views of the foothills of the greatest mountain range on earth. The valleys are steep-sided, with terraced fields of rice and vegetables carved into the hillsides and it is here that you’ll start to fully appreciate walking through the Sherpa homeland. The day is a relaxed 5-6 hours of walking on quiet trails. Soon we reach to Japre (2920 m/9580 ft), perched above a deep valley with nice views of Everest and Numbur Himal. There’s a pretty little gompa and stupa here, and this is your stop for the night, overnight is in the quiet mountain village of Japhre.

Day 03: Trek to Pikey Base Camp (11,942 ft / 3640 m)
After Japre, the path climbs up to a grassy ridge at Bhulbhule. There is one lodge with no name and nice views of the mountain peak vary from here. Before long when Bhulbhule, the path splits and you'll flip right to Pikey Peak. You will pass some previous yak huts and an extended Mani Wall. The path contours the side below Taklung Danda and goes through a fine-looking wooded trail. There are several rhododendrons here on tier path (which you'll see blooming if trekking in spring). As you allow the forest, it is a short walk to Pikey Peak base camp, a pair of hours away. From here, it's a brief climb to the summit at 4065 m / 13336 feet. Unless you've got an extraordinarily clear evening, it is a wise idea to climb to the summit in the morning for sunrise. 

Day 04: Trek to Loding (8,251 ft / 2515 m)
Begin your day early to catch a nice sunrise at Pikey Peak then hike to Loding, you'll follow a gradual path to the summit, coated with prayer flags. The views are breathtaking! If the weather is clear, you'll be rewarded with wide views from Annapurna to Everest. From the highest of Pikey Peak, you'll follow a ridgeline that starts flat and steepens as you enter the forest to Jase Bhanjyang, wherever breakfast is waiting. After breakfast, you'll continue your walk down to Loding, which passes through some steep sections within the forest. At Loding, you'll have a couple of decisions for accommodation that are easy and charming. 

Day 05: Trek to Junbesi ( 8856 ft / 2700m) 
Begin the day by walking 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 striking 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 bit more improved, and you're likely to meet a few other trekkers for the first time.  Some 2-hour walk on a pleasant trail takes you 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—afternoon excursion to Thupten Chholing Monastery

Day 06: Trek to Salleri (7754 ft  / 2364 m)
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 (usually falls at the end of October and the beginning of November on Full Moon Day). Continue down into Phaplu and celebrate the completion of a great trek at your cozy tea house.. 

Day 07: Back to Kathmandu (4264 ft  / 1300m)
We’ll be saying goodbye to the Himalayas and making the return trip to Kathmandu. The route takes us out of the Solu Khumbu, across the mighty Sun Kosi river, with its origins hailing from Tibet, hundreds of kilometers away, and finally back to the main highway that takes us from the flatlands back into the Kathmandu Valley. The trip Concludes and farewell friend! 

Highlights

  • A newly promoted less touristic area that offers off-the-beaten-track trekking.
  • Sherpa culture Buddhist monasteries, monuments, and religious sites.
  • Lush green forest and beautiful countryside landscapes.
  • Fully inclusive package including guide, porter, meals, accommodation, and transfers. 

Itinerary

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Pikey Peak Trekking Itinerary of 5 Nights and 6 Days

We begin our day by catching a local jeep from Kathmandu in very early. Drive to Dhap will be some 9/10 hours depending on traffic condition. Stay overnight at Dhap in local trekking lodge.  

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Basic Trekking Lodge
  • 2932M
  • Dhap

We start the trek, and as us near Sigane, the mountains that you will get to know very well come into view — the peaks of the Numbur Himal section of the Himalayan Range.

From Sigane; the trail the road under construction for about two hours. The first village you get is Japre (2920 m/9580 ft), perched above a deep valley with nice views of Everest and Numbur Himal. There’s a a pretty little Buddhist monastery and stupa here, and this is your stop for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Basic Trekking Lodge
  • 2820M
  • Jhapre

The trail goes up to a grassy ridge at Bhulbhule. There’s a lodge with a nice views of the Everest range. 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 lovely forested trail.

Walk through the rhododendron forest along a level path which you can witness in bloom if trekking in the spring season. As soon as you leave the forested trail, it’s not long to Pikey Peak base camp, about a couple of hours away. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Basic Trekking Lodge
  • 3540m
  • Peak Base Camp

From Pikey Peak Base Camp, it's a short hike up to the summit at 4065 m / 13336 ft. We start early on gradual trail to the top, covered with prayer flags. The views are wonderful! If the weather permits, you'll treasure the memory of panoramic of 180 degree from Kanchenjunga to Langtang Himalayan range.

After enjoying the view at Peak, we will head to Junbesi; a beauful classic Sherpa Village consisting many lodges and apple gardens. We can go for a excursion to Thupten Chholing Monastery if we arrive early at Junbesi. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Trekking Lodge
  • 2700M
  • Junbesi

It is short and easy day today to Salleri. If you are strong enough and not tired; you can have a side trip to Chowong Goma but if you would like to head to Salleri straight and relax it is some 5 hours walk today. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Trekking Lodge
  • 2960 m
  • Salleri

Catch a early morning jeep to Kathmandu from Sallri. It takes about some 12 hours ride. Alternatively flight to Kathmandu from Phaplu are available on Monday and Friday (Cost US$ 154/person) 

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Not included
  • 1300m
  • Kathmandu
Customized Trip

What's Included

  • A registered English Speaking local trekking guide.
  • 1 Sharing porter to carry your main pack.
  • Meals: 5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 5 Dinners during the trekking.
  • Teahouse and home stay accommodation on twin/triple sharing basis in trekking.
  • Shared public jeep/bus transfer to and from the trekking. 
  • Pikey Peak Trekking permit. 
  • Guide and porter fee with all their expenses.
  • Taxes and documentation fees.

What's Excluded

  • Accommodation, meals and transfers in Kathmandu.
  • Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu, we can arrange as per guest request.
  • Bar bills and beverages such as coke, fanta, mineral water
  • Personal travel insurance, internet, phone calls, laundry.
  • Rescue operation charge in case of emergency.
  • Gratitude and tips for guide and porters.

Availabilities

Wilderness Excursion (P) Ltd is a local tour operator so we guaranty small private groups departures any dates that suits your date and time.
Start Date End Date Status Note Price  
April 20, 2024 April 25, 2024 Available US$499
April 27, 2024 May 02, 2024 Available US$499

Useful Information

For your information; Phaplu flight can be delay by few hours or canceled for a day or more rarely, it may happen even in top trekking season but as an option there are local jeeps or bus available to Kathmandu from Salleri in case the flight is cancelled. Pikey Peak trek can be customized as per client’s requirements. And the length of itinerary and the group size will differ the tour cost, so please kindly provide us your details for tailored itinerary. International tour leader are encouraged to get special discounted rate and attractive complimentary.

FAQs

How difficult is Pikey Peak trek? Yes we labelled this trek is moderate for used to trekkers in term of difficulty but can be too tough for not experienced trekkers. The trek involves much ups and down. The highest elevation you will reach is Pikey peak that is almost a 4000 meter above sea level. Though the route is not challenging path but you may find is very aerobic. It can be long way downhill on day 4th. We suggest you to slit this day and make it 7 days trek if you prefer comfortable trek.

The top of Pikey Peak is at an elevation of 4,065m. This is an unbelievable panoramic viewpoint of the Himalayan range. From the summit you can see Mount Everest, Mount Numbur and Mount Lhotse. The late Sir Edmund Hillary once said "Pikey Peak is the most astounding place to gaze at Mt. Everest close from Kathmandu

Pikey Peak lies in lower Khumbu region of Solukhumbu District of Nepal. The trekking route starts from Dhap - a 7 to 8 hours drive away from Kathmandu and trek ends at Salleri; the district headquarter of Solukhumbu. You can also reach the trekking destination by a 30 minute flight to Phalpu from Kathmandu and flights are available on Monday and Friday only.

It is not mandatory to hire a guide for Pikey Peak trek but as the route is not yet very established like other traditional route so some trail are tricky and confusing with yak headers trail so it is suggested to hire a guide or at least a porter cum guide makes your trek easier and comfortable with peace of mind.

The best season to trek to Pikey Peak is from September to November and March to May though this trek is doable around the year. Trekking in monsoon (June to August) can be wet and views may be disturbed by cloud sometimes though the trail is peaceful and full of green in summer with very colorful alpine flower blooming. You hardly meet other trekkers in the low season but a happy trek solely.

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