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Pikey Peak Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Max Altitude: 4065m
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Fitness Level: Moderate to Strenous
  • Group -Size: 2-15 pax
Trip Overview

Pikey Peak Trek recently added trekking trail in the lower Solukhumbu region. There is some claim that Mt. Everest view from this spot is the best. Though it may not be the best, definitely the view of Mt. Everest during this trek is one of the best. This is beautiful short trek to view the Everest, along with others including Lhotse, Makalu, and Kanchanjunga. This is the close trek from Kathmandu as well.

The ‘Pikey’ is named from local Sherpa deity representing sky over nature. Pikey Peak is a short trek in lower Solu region in which you start with a drive to Dhap Bazar and trek to Pikey Peak and end with a flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu.

Itenerary

Upon your arrival at Kathmandu international airport, where you will be greeted by our friendly representative and then we transfer to your pre-booked Hotel. Finish the check-in formalities and then go for a good rest. Depending upon your arrival time, you can take short walking tour around the Thamel – the bustling tourist town of Nepal. Thamel offers all services to tourists including world-class dining experience, Banks, Money changers, ATMs, Supermarket, Gear shop and others. In the later evening , we assemble you to our office for a trip briefing meeting. Overnight in hotel. If your arrival is late today, this tour and trip briefing will be shifted for tomorrow.
Enjoy your breakfast at the Hotel. Then be ready for a day tour of mystic and mysterious Kathmandu valley. The tour places includes Pashupatinath Temple, and Boudhnath Stupa. Pashupatinath Temple: It is the most famous Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located in the bank of Bagmati River. This is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotees from around the world and the UNESCO cultural heritage site. There are numbers of occasions festivities takes place in the temple complex and the cremation of dead body in the river bank can be attraction of the day. Boudhanath Stupa: One of the biggest Stupas in the world in terms of height and expansion, Boudhnath is located on the ancient trade route between Kathmandu and Tibet. Beautifully decorated, and situated in peaceful square surrounded by shops, tour to this UNESCO heritage site will be unforgettable. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy. You finish the tour in the afternoon. Later, you can prepare your gear, buy some gears if you want. Overnight in hotel.
Enjoy your morning breakfast and then start a long drive to Dhap to start your trek. The drive follows beautiful mountain landscape, forest and greenery, farming fields, river bed and dotted mountain villages. You follow the Sunkoshi river during the drive. Upon arrival, if you are still energetic and some time left in the evening, you can visit the local market area and observe the Sherpa lifestyle Dhap. Overnight at Local lodge.
In the morning you enjoy breakfast at your small hotel. Then start to walk through the stunning landscape of the Solu and Okhaldhunga, two districts of the eastern Nepal, border. You can stop by and visit Buddhist monasteries and stupa on the way while walking. The cultural performance in Jhapre if available is worth watching. You experience the culture of the Sherpa people here as well. Overnight at Local lodge.
You start in the early morning on the gradual trail to the summit of Pikey Peak, covered with colorful Buddhist prayer flags, and magnificent mountain views. On the clear weather, you are awarded with panoramic breathtaking views from Annapurna on the west to Kanchanjunga on the east. After you enjoy the beauty of Himalayan from the peak, you follow the ridgeline which is steep in the latter part to Jase Bhanjyang, and then continue to Loding and then finally to Junbesi – the beautiful Sherpa village on the popular Everest Base Camp trail from Junbesi. Overnight at Local lodge.
After breakfast at the hotel, you start the walk to Taksindu, crossing the river and climb through the forest up to Salung at first. The views of the Himalayan peaks including Mount Everest, Cham Lang and Makalu are awe inspiring. From the ridge, walk further to Taksindu and in the later afternoon visit the famous Taksindu Monastery. The Taksindu Monastery was built in 1946 and is usually open early morning or late afternoon. Overnight at Local lodge.
Today, you continue the trek towards Phaplu through the trail in forest. You hike up to the Chiwong Gompa – the monastery founded in 1923 and has outstanding celebration for the Mani Rimdu festival in autumn. Visit the monastery and then continue your walk to Phaplu – the small town with the airstrip from where you fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Local lodge.
You take a breathtaking and adventurous morning flight back to Kathmandu by a fixed-winged aircraft. You land at Kathmandu airport to feel the city air after so many days of wonderful and fresh mountain air. We transfer you to your hotel and left on your own to enjoy and relax. Overnight in a hotel.
After breakfast at your Hotel, we take you to the mysterious Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You will walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport Pick up and Drop.
    • 3 star standard (Nepal’s standard) hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu.
    • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) three times a day
    • Tea Coffee (3 times a day).
    • A professional trekking guide, Porter (Helper) and assistant guide for group size above 5 trekkers
    • Air ticket (Phaplu –Kathmandu)
    • Private transfer from Kathmandu to Dhap
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking Staff
    • Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour guide, Private transportation, and entrance fee.
    • Trekking Permit (TIMS).
    • Sagarmatha National Park Entry Permit.
    • Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, Fleece liner and a duffel bag.
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses.
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Tips for Guide Porter & Driver (Tips are not compulsory but expected)
    • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion

Equipment Checklist

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

  1. Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Sun hat
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  3. Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind
  4. Headlamp
  5. Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  6. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. Golves( not too warm and not light )

Core Body

  1. T-shirts
  2. Shirts
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  6. Women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs- Feet

 

1. Nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!

2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).

3. Lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.

4. Soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.

5. Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..

6. Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).

7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

9. Two pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.

10. Two pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.

11. light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.

12. A pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.

13. A pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  5. 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  2. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  3. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  4. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  5. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  6. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  7. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  8. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  9. 2 bandanas.

Optional

  1. One pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
  2. Favorite snack foods
  3. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  4. Binoculars
  5. One light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use
  6. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  7. A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip
  8. One small stainless steel thermos

 

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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