Pikey Peak Trek

Avoid the classic Everest Base Camp Trailratingbased on 1 review
  • Duration10 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Activity Trekking/Hiking
  • Max. Altitude 4065 meter
  • Group Size 1-20
  • Best Season September to May
Group Discount Prices
  
1 paxUS$690
2 - 6 paxUS$590
7 - 10 paxUS$545
11 - 15 paxUS$495
16 - 20 paxUS$445
Pikey Peak Trek Highlights
  • Exploring an imposing view of Mt. Everest and many more towering Himalaya surroundings
  • Newly opened less explored and less crowded trek
  • Preserved culture, greenery, and diversity of flora and fauna
  • Short and unique destination of the Everest region

If you have Everest-sized dreams, but not an Everest-sized budget or timeframe, consider this less-discovered, but equally exciting trek. The newly introduced Pikey Peak Trek in the lower Everest (Khumbu) region provides an interesting alternative to the crowded Everest trail. You’ll enjoy the best of Sherpa culture – missing somewhat from the commercialized Everest experience – and the same stunning Himalayan scenery. You’ll glimpse some of the most popular peaks –Everest, Dhaulagiri, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu – while making your way through authentic Sherpa villages and touring peaceful monasteries.

Nepal Trekking Experts (NTE) recommends an eight-day itinerary, but we can accommodate a shorter schedule for experienced hikers who are extremely fit. The longer time frame allows for an unhurried tour visiting some rustic Buddhist monasteries, gompas, and stupas. It also minimizes the risk of AMS by limiting the daily gain in altitude. Why not spend the extra time enjoying the lush forests of rhododendron, oak, and pine, rolling hills and pastures, and cascading waterfalls, as well as hiking through pristine, ridgetop villages surrounded by terraced fields?

The name Pikey is derived from a local Sherpa Clan deity. It represents the sky over nature. The peak itself may be the very best from which to view mighty Everest — Well, at least Sir Edmund Hilary thought so. The Pikey Peak Trek to this 4,067 meter from the sea level is easy to access and gives you the flexibility of driving or flying to the trailhead.

In addition, you may also choose classic Everest View Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo Valley Trek, challenging Everest Three High Passes Trek, Short Everest base camp trek, and many more awesome packages.

Accommodation on Pikey Peak Trek

Tea house hotels are plentiful within the infamous Everest Region of Nepal, with a range of quality available to you depending on your preference and needs. At lower elevations, you can choose more fully equipped tea houses with electricity, wifi, and en suite bathrooms with hot showers and western toilets. There are also more rustic, basic tea houses available, especially at higher elevations, that have simple rooms and basic services. Bathrooms might be shared and have a squat-style toilet. At these tea houses, you can pay a small fee for services such as wifi and hot showers. We provide you with a clean, -20°C sleeping bag to keep you cozy and warm.

Food on Pikey Peak Trek

Food in the Everest Region of Nepal is delicious and plentiful. Along the well-loved and well-traveled route to Lower Everest Region, there are many tea houses offering a range of options to suit your preferences.

  • Breakfast - You can enjoy local chapati bread or Tibetan bread with curry or go for more familiar eggs, porridge, muesli, or pancakes. This trek is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, but if you have any other dietary restrictions, you can let us know, and your guide will communicate with the kitchen staff.
  • Lunch & Dinner - You can choose from a variety of local dishes, including Dal Bhat (rice, vegetable curry, and lentil soup with unlimited refills!), fried rice or noodles, Mo Mo (local dumplings), Thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup), spring rolls, or western dishes like burgers, pasta, pizza, and potatoes.

Your package with Nepal Trekking Experts includes dinner in Kathmandu before you leave for your trek and three meals a day (with tea or coffee) every day of the trek, including travel days. If you'd like, you can purchase extra snacks, desserts, or fancy coffees when they're available.

Pikey Peak Trekking Permits

When trekking with Nepal Trekking Experts, the permit fees are included in your package. Your guide will require your passport to obtain the required permits on your behalf.

  • TIMS Card: The TIMS Card costs NPR 2000 per person and will be organized by local agencies.
  • Gauri Shanker Conservation Area Entry Permit: This permit can be obtained in Kathmandu at the Nepal Tourism Board Office or during the hike. It costs NPR 3000 per person.

Telephone

Most tea houses have phone service and mobile reception; however, due to the nature of being in the mountains, it can be unpredictable. If you would like, you can purchase a data SIM card in Kathmandu before you depart. NCELL is a recommended provider that offers 3G internet services in the Everest region.

Internet

Many tea houses have wifi to purchase for around 3 dollars per day, which is paid in local Nepali rupees. Please be aware that internet services may not be completely reliable due to weather and other issues.

Battery Charging

Despite trekking deep into the Himalayas, most of the tea houses have either electricity or solar power. Depending on the tea house, you might be able to charge your devices in your rooms. Otherwise, you can pay a few dollars (paid in local rupees) to charge your battery in the main dining hall. Carrying a power bank is recommended during your trek in the Everest region.

Transportation

All transportation fees and arrangements are included in your trekking package when you book with Nepal Trekking Experts. Flying in and out of Phaplu (the Pikey Peak Trek’s starting point) is appropriate for those who are short on time or simply want a shorter itinerary. For those with more time or on a stricter budget, you can take a scenic drive to Phaplu by jeep. The drive takes approximately eight hours (whether in a public or private vehicle), but that’s just a rule of thumb. Nepalese roads are not well maintained and may be quite bumpy. Services will be limited along the way.

Porter

Our tailor-made packages do not include a porter, so you can make the decision based on your own needs and preferences. Although not necessary, having a porter can make a massive difference in the enjoyment of your trek. If you are new to trekking at high altitudes, then we would recommend having a porter in the Everest region carry your bag. One porter carries the bags of two people (around 20kg) so that you can carry a small daypack. If you are undecided, we would be happy to discuss porters in more detail when you book your trek.

Useful Information

Pikey Peak Trekking Tips

  • Appreciate and respect the local culture and customs
  • For your safety always stay on the uphill side of a trail when being passed by yaks/donkeys.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol at altitudes above 3000 meters is not recommended
  • Drink a minimum of three liters of water per day
  • Remain aware of symptoms related to altitude sickness and be honest about any signs with yourself and your guide
  • Even when not mandated there are always benefits to using the invaluable services of a guide on a trek
Itinerary
  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

NTE representative meets your flight at Kathmandu airport (per flight information provided). Airport to hotel
transfer followed by a familiarization walk and trek briefing. Time to prepare and pack for your trek.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast
  • Accommodation:2/3 star hotel

Free day at your leisure. We find that a buffer day allows for flight delays, unforeseen issues in reaching
Kathmandu, and extra time to pick up necessary gear.

  • Max. Altitude:2850m
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Early morning departure from Kathmandu with a drive down the newly opened B. P. Highway to Ghurmi in
the Koshi River basin. From Ghurmi, the road leads to the higher elevation passing through the Rhododendron
forest to Dhap Bazaar. Spend the night in a guest house and explore the town.

  • Max. Altitude:2815m/9236ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Your trek begins on a dirt road passing through the village of Sigane. You’ll already spot scenic views of Mt.
Everest and Numbur Himal through the rhododendron foliage. Tour Jhapre village and visit the local
monastery. Overnight in lodge accommodations.

  • Max. Altitude:3640m/11942ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Start your day’s trek with a bracing view of the Himalayas. The trail climbs through the Rhododendron forest
and opens out into a Yak pasture. Cross the long Mane wall to reach Pikey peak base camp. A visit to a yak
cheese factory rounds out this interesting day.

  • Max. Altitude:2680m/8793ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Today’s high point is, you guessed it, the high point of the trek. Climb along the rocky ridge to Pikey peak.
You’ll enjoy unfettered views of Dhaulagiri, Kanchanjunga, Mt. Everest, Thamsherku, Numbur Himal and
Kangtega. Begin your descent to Lamjura pass then to Junbesi. Highlights include the alpine landscape, Himalayan views and Buddhist landmarks of Mane walls and Stupas. Take time in the end to visit the local monastery at Junbesi.

  • Max. Altitude:2920m/9580ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

Enjoy pristine Sherpaland and take a side-trip hike to Thupten Chholing Gompa. The trail ascends following
the Junbesi River.

  • Max. Altitude:2380m/7808ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation:Tea house

The trail winds down the Junbesi River and crosses the suspension bridge to the town of Benighat at the
confluence.

  • Max. Altitude:1400m/4593ft.
  • Meals:Breakfast and Lunch

Take ground transportation back to Kathmandu. Check-in at your hotel and relax. Alternatively, a 35-minute flight back to Kathmandu is a scenic thrill. Enjoy the aerial view of the snowy peaks and reflect on your amazing adventure.

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    What's Included
    Cost Includes
    • Complimentary airport pick up and drop off
    • Complimentary welcome dinner
    • Two-night stay on arrival in Kathmandu with breakfast included.
    • All necessary trekking permits for Sagarmatha National Park, TIMS card, etc.
    • All accommodations during the trek
    • Three meals a day during the trek
    • A cup of tea or coffee with the meal
    • Fresh fruit each day if and when available
    • Complimentary duffel bag/agency T-shirt
    • Kathmandu to Dhap and Phaplu to Kathmandu by local Bus/Jeep
    • Government-registered and first-aid-trained professional local guide who speaks English
    • First-aid kit
    • Staff insurance, meals, accommodation, equipment, transportation, etc.
    • Rescue arrangements if necessary
    • Agency service charge and government tax/VAT
    • Certificate of achievement
    Cost Excludes
    • International airfare and  Nepal visa fee
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu 
    • Porters to carry your backpacks (we provide porters on request)
    • Personal Insurance, personal expenses, loss of property and theft, etc.
    • Sightseeing costs (temples, monasteries, etc)
    • All beverages, snacks, and additional expenses such as laundry, hot showers, battery charging, Wifi, etc.
    • Tip to staff.
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    Dates & Availability
    Start:SaturdayMay 25, 2024
    End:MondayJun 03, 2024
    PriceUS$690
    StatusGuaranteed

    Note

    Are you satisfied with the group departure dates? Aside from that, we organize private trips or any special dates you prefer. Let's talk to our local specialist now.

    1Travelers' Reviews
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      Lifetime experience!

      We were desperate to see the world's tallest mountain Everest and also looking for a less explored and less crowded trekking route in Nepal. Fortunately we found Nepal Trekking experts recommended by our close friends and booked the Pikey Peak trek without any hesitation. And of course it turned to the perfect decision. The agency owner Rajesh and his team were brilliant from the beginning of our arrival to the end of the trip. We have travelled to many countries in the world and ever had such an experience so far. The greenery, landscape, Tibetan culture and stunning Himalaya surroundings(Everest) were just fantastic. For sure you will never ever regret taking their service for your upcoming holidays which I can not recommend highly enough. We will definitely book our next trip with you guys soon!

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      SandraSep 28, 2020Germany
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