Pikey Peak Trek

Destination
Nepal
Activity
Trekking
Accomodation
Tea House
Region
Everest Region
Start / End Point
Dhap/Salleri
Duration
4 Night 5 Days
Max. Altitude
4,065 m (13,336 ft)
Meals Included
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Group Size
2 -30
Nature of Trek
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season
Spring and Autumn
Activity Per Day
5 - 6 hours trek
Transporation
Jeep/ Local Buse
Grade
Moderate

Overview

Pikey Peak Trek is a short but mesmerizing trek that takes you through charming villages, lush landscapes, and authentic Sherpa culture in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal. Pikey Peak viewpoint stands at an altitude of 4,065 m (13,336 ft) and offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan giants, including Everest and Kanchenjunga. On this 5 days Pikey Peak Trek, immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature, experience the warm hospitality of local communities, and witness the stunning sunrise or sunset spectacle from the peak. The Pikey Peak Trek promises a unique blend of adventure and cultural exploration in the heart of the Himalayas.

Why you will love the Pikey Peak Trek?
    • Explore lesser-known trekking routes in the lower Everest region.

    • Ascend to Pikey Peak summit for glorious sunrise and sunset panoramas over the Himalayan ranges.

    • Enjoy breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, Makalu, Numbur range, and Kanchenjunga.

    • Immerse yourself in the rich Sherpa culture and experience their warm hospitality.

    • Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries in the lower Khumbu region.

    • Learn about the significance of chortens, mani walls, and prayer flags along the trek.

How are the views from Pikey Peak?

    Most trekkers prefer to stand at the base of Everest rather than looking it from afar; however, that isn’t the only thing Pikey Peak offers. Even Sir Edmund Hillary claimed that the mountains view from Pikey Peak is his favorite. 

    Yes, I agree, you will not be close to Everest, but have you considered the sunrise and sunset scenery over five different mountain ranges? Instead of trekking the crowded path and choosing the expensive option of EBC, why don’t you trek to Pikey Peak and enjoy the sunset on the second day of trekking and sunrise on the third? 

    The five mountain ranges, including Mahalangur, Gaurishankar, Langtang, Kanchenjunga, and Makalu, welcome you with mountains like Mt.Everest (8,848 m), Makalu (8,481), Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Gaurishankar (7,134 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Nuptse (7,861 m), Numbur (6,958 m), Sishapangma (8,027 m), Thamserku (6,608 m) and Mera peak (6,476) m. Not only the sunset and sunrise but the view itself from Pikey Peak is also so unique it will linger in your memory forever.

Where is the Pikey Peak Location?

The Pikey Peak trekking route starts from Dhap, a small village in the Lower Khumbu region of Solukhumbu district inside the Sagarmata Zone of north-eastern Nepal. Depending on your itinerary, the route ends either at Dhap or Salleri.

Trekking to Pikey Peak is accessible via road or air. The journey to Dhap takes either a 7 - 8 hours drive by road or 30 minutes flight by air, landing at the Phalpu airport. However, you will still need to drive after reaching the Phalpu airport by flight. 

The Pikey Peak itself is located at an altitude of 4,065 m (13,336 ft) inside the Tapting village development committee in Solukhumbu District.

How are Food and Accommodation during Pikey Peak Trek?

The food and accommodation during the pikey peak trek are very basic. Unlike the well-known Everest Base Camp Trek, pikey peak is still flourishing as the main highlight of the region EBC trek shadows it. The major accommodations of the Pikey Peak Trek are in the teahouses, run by locals from here. The teahouses are very basic, and you can’t find any luxury hotel like Everest during this trek. They offer rooms on a shared basis and have a common dining room where you can have your meal. Most tea houses have Wi-Fi; however, they charge you extra rupees. Other services like hot drinking water, laundry, and hot showers also cost you extra. 

The food items during the pikey peak trek offer a mixing blend of local and western food items. 

They offer options like Tibetan bread with curry, chapati bread, various egg dishes, porridge, muesli, and pancakes for breakfast. 

The menu/food items for lunch and dinner are similar so you can choose according to your preferences. The items include Dal Bhat(unlimited refills), fried rice or noodles, Mo Mo, Thukpa, spring rolls, burgers, pasta, pizza, and potatoes.

Pikey Peak Trek Overview:

The five day Pikey Peak Trek starts and ends at Kathmandu. On the first day, we will drive from Kathmandu to Dhap, a small village in the lower region of Solukhumbu district. Driving via Jeep from Kathmandu takes us about 7 - 8 hours to reach Dhap. After resting, we will trek from Dhap to Jhapre, which takes 4 to 5 hours. Jhapre is another small village in the Solukhumbu region influenced by Tibetan Buddhism.

On the second day, we trek to the Pikey Peak Base Camp, leaving the village of Jhapre. The trek is mostly uphill and takes 5 - 6 hours. On the third day of the Pikey Peak Trek, we will hike to the Pikey Peak and witness the dazzling sunrise view over the majestic peaks. After the spell-binding views from the top of Pikey Peak, we trek back to Jhunibesi. On the fourth day, we will trek from Jhunibesi to Salleri, which takes about 5 - 6 hours. 

On the fifth and final day of pikey peak trekking, we drive from Salleri to Kathmandu, which takes 7 - 8 hours of drive on a shared Jeep.

How is the Pikey Peak Trek Difficulty?

The Pikey Peak Trek is moderate in terms of difficulty and is suitable for trekkers with a moderate level of fitness. While complete beginners with a good level of fitness can also hike the Pikey Peak Trek, we recommend the seven days pikey peak itinerary for them. 

The maximum altitude during Pikey Peak Trek is 4,065 m (13,335 ft), and it is the Pikey Peak Viewpoint. We will spend one night at Pikey Peak Base Camp, which works as an acclimatization stop. Moreover, as we will spend a few hours on the viewpoint, there won’t be any altitude-related issues. 

Like most of the other treks in the Himalayas of Nepal, the terrain on the Pikey Peak Trek also varies in each section, with many ascents and descents. You will be walking on some well-maintained and forested trails, which slowly lead to uneven or rocky trails, but the Pikey Peak trek isn’t overly technical.

It is already known that weather conditions in the Himalayas aren’t predictable, even during peak trekking seasons. You should prepare accordingly and accommodate your safety if the weather changes or unforeseen events occur. We suggest you take experienced guides on the Peaky Peak Trek to reduce the chances of unforeseen events. If you want to learn more about the best weather conditions, check out the best season for trekking Pikey Peak Trek section.  

The pikey peak trek is also accessible in terms of walking duration and distance. The longest day will be during the Pikey Peak summit day, as it is 7 - 8 hours of trekking. Other than this, the two days are a drive of 7 - 8 hours, and the remaining two days are more manageable, with only 5 - 6 hours of trekking each day.

Pikey Peak Height:

Day 1: Kathmandu to  Jhapre

Starting Altitude: 1400 m (4,594 ft)
Final Altitude: 2,921 m (9,583 ft)
Altitude Gain: 1,521 m (4,990 ft)

Day 2: Jhapre to Pikey Peak Base Camp 

Starting Altitude: 2,921 m (9,583 ft)
Final Altitude: 3,640 m (11,943 ft)
Altitude Gain: 719 m (2,359 ft)

Day 3: Pikey Peak Base Camp to Pikey Peak ViewPoint and trek to Jhapre:

Starting Altitude: 3,640 m (11,943 ft)
Maximum Altitude: 4,065 m (13,336 ft)
Final Altitude: 2,700 m (8,858 ft)
Altitude gain: 425 m (1,395 ft)
Altitude loss: 940 m (3,084 ft)

Day 4: Jhapre to  Salleri:

Starting Altitude:  3,640 m (11,943 ft)
Final Altitude: 2,362 m (7,749 ft)
Altitude loss: 1,278 m (4,193 ft)

Day 5: Drive from Salleri to Kathmandu:

Starting Altitude: 2,362 m (7,749 ft)
Final Altitude: 1,400 m (4,594 ft)
Altitude loss: 962 m (3,157 ft)

Pikey Peak Trek Photo

Pikey Peak Trek Itinerary:

  1. day 1

    Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap and trek to Jhapre:

  2. day 2

    Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Peak Base Camp:

  3. day 3

    Pikey Peak Base Camp to Pikey Peak ViewPoint and trek to Jhunbesi:

  4. day 4

    Junbesi to Salleri:

  5. day 5

    Salleri to Katmandu:

What's Included?

    • All ground transfers inpublic bus /sharing Jeep as per availability.
    • Tea houses accomodation during the trek ( Private room )
    • One highly experienced, helpful and friendly guide, and his food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance.
    • All meals, during the trek. You can choose dishes from the lodge menu which mostly includes options as follows:
      • Breakfast: Cereal, Porridge, rice pudding, egg dish with bread and toast, bread with jam and honey, Pancakes with jam and honey, with tea or coffee.
      • Lunch Items: Dal Bhat (mostly recommended), noodles soup, fried noodles, momo, spaghetti chapati, Spring roll, macron,  sizzlers, swiss rosti, pizza, veg curry with plain rice, Tibetan Momo, Thukpa, Thenthuk, french fry, fry potato, boil potato and much more.
      • Dinner: Mostly same as lunch items but may vary in some hotels.
      • Note: The menu also depends on the Teahouse or Hotel, so the food items may vary.
         
    • Complete trekking arrangements with the required TIMS for trekkers and permits. 
    • Dry fruits along the trek and tea/coffee break during the trek

What's Excluded?

  • Anything related to International flight airfares such as Nepal entry visa fees, excess baggage charges, International flight tickets, and so on.
  • Supporter / porter to carry your luagge during the trekking. ( One porter carries upto 25 kg of 2 pax )
  • All accommodations and meals before the trek, extra night accommodations due to early arrival in Nepal late departure, or early return from the trek.
  • Personal expenses before the trek such as (renting sleeping bags, buying trekking shoes, and so on), during the trek (any shopping, boiled water, tea coffee(if more than 3 times), cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, hot showers, telephone call, Wifi, cell-phone, camera battery recharges and so on).
  • Travel insurance, which covers high-altitude helicopter rescue and evacuation along with medical costs.
  • Tips and gratuities for guides and porters.
  • Additional costs, such as additional days due to delays caused by natural/uncontrollable phenomena such as bad weather, landslides, and change of plans(itinerary modifications) due to safety concerns, illness, and soon.
  • Lastly, all of the costs and expenses that aren’t listed in the “What’s Included?” section.

What are the Permits required for Pikey Peak Trek:

You will need three permits for Pikey Peak Trek. While the TIMS card isn’t necessary for the SoluKhumbu region of Nepal, it guarantees the insurance of your guides during if anything happens on the mountain. So, we recommend you take the TIMS as well and it costs only 1000 NRS.
The permits required for Pikey Peak Trek are:

  1. Sagarmatha National Park entry permit/Khumbu region permit: NPR 3,000 per person

  2. Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit (GCAP): NPR 3,000 per person

  3. Local Area Permit: NPR 2,000 per person/week

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