13-Day Pikey Peak Trek

Nepal Pyramids Trekking & Climbing
13-Day Pikey Peak Trek
At a Glance
  • Duration13 Days
  • Difficulty Level Moderate
  • Places to Visit Lower Everest/Pikey Peak
  • Max Altitude 4,065m/13,335ft.
  • Group Size 2-15
  • Starts Shivalaya
  • Ends Phaplu
  • Activity Teahouse Lodge Trekking
  • Best Season Spring/Autumn

13-Day Pikey Peak Trek Overview

Pikey Peak Trek is now getting very trendy and is becoming one of the most popular new trekking routes in the Solu region of Nepal. The 13-Day Pikey Peak Trek is an epic journey that uncovers the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas in Nepal. Travelers on this classical trek are greeted by a jaw-dropping panorama of majestic snow-capped peaks.

It is certainly quite amazing to discover lush green hidden valleys, and picturesque Sherpa villages nestled amidst the rugged terrain. This beautiful teahouse trek offers a mesmerizing blend of natural wonders, where every step reveals a new vista that leaves trekkers in surprise.

It is truly believed that Pikey Peak was Edmund Hillary's favorite spot to view Mt. Everest. This belief is certainly very true as it showcases the most beautiful view of the world's highest peaks among other famed mountains.

The highlight of the Pikey Peak Trek is undoubtedly the sunrise view from the summit. In the morning, before the sun the dawn paints the horizon and the towering peaks with orange. This scene casts a spellbinding feeling and beauty that will remain in your memory forever. The serenity of the surrounding landscape creates an atmosphere of tranquility and connects you deeply with nature.

As you trek the valley you will come across to ample traditional settlements of Tamangs and Sherpa people. The Tamangs and Sherpas are known for their friendliness and hospitality. The warm hospitality of the local communities adds a soothing atmosphere and a homely feeling. The Pikey Peak Trek is a true gem for adventurers seeking both physical challenges and imperial beauty in the heart of the Himalayas.

This 13-Day Pikey Peak Trek offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayan range. This grandiose view includes Mount Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, and many other peaks. The trek is named after Pikey Peak, which stands at an altitude of 4,065 meters (13,335 feet) and is known for its stunning sunrise and sunset views.

The Pikey Peak Trek is a relatively new and less crowded trekking route compared to other famous treks in Nepal like Everest Trekking or Annapurna Trekking. It is an excellent choice for those looking for a less touristy experience while still enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas.

One of the highlights of the 13-Day Pikey Peak Trek is the cultural experience it offers. Along the way, you'll pass through several traditional Sherpa and Tamang villages, where you can witness their unique lifestyle, visit monasteries, and learn about their religious practices.

13-Day Pikey Peak Trek Highlights

  • Explore Picturesque Rhododendron Forests on the Serene Pikey Peak Trek in Nepal:

The relatively uncrowded Pikey Peak Trek offers breathtaking Himalayan views without the headaches of over-tourism. Located in the culturally rich Solu region of Everest, this is a peaceful adventure revealing Nepal's stunning natural beauty and Sherpa traditions.

  • Trek to the Pikey Peak Summit (4,065m/13,335 feet) for Sunrise and panoramic vistas:

The rewarding ascent to the top of Pikey Peak grants jaw-dropping 360° panoramas from the comfort of a spectacular viewpoint. Witness the first light of dawn washing over the world’s highest peaks. Enjoy one of the most exhilarating views of the Nepal mountain range including Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, and many other famed Himalayan Peaks

  • Witness the Sherpa Culture by Visiting Ancient Buddhist Monasteries and Their Traditional Villages.

This classical trek winds through remote villages, terraced farmlands, and ancient Tibetan Buddhist shrines. Interact with the legendary mountaineers – the Sherpa people – to learn about their lifestyle and centuries-old spiritual practices.

  • Relish at Blooming Rhododendrons and Diverse Landscapes from Dense Forests to Open Meadows:

The landscapes vary from lush rhododendron forests with chirping songbirds to wide-open meadows grazed by mountain goats. The biodiversity along the way creates an ever-changing vista for photography and nature enthusiasts.

  • Escape the Crowds and Breathe Easy on This Shorter Himalayan Trek Perfect for those with limited time:

The Pikey Peak Trek avoids the traffic jams of more popular routes like Everest Base Camp. This relatively low altitude and moderate trek difficulty opens the Himalayan experience to beginner trekkers. It’s a great alternative for travelers who want to escape the crowds and commercial trail and experience tranquility and off-the-beaten-path setting.

  • Combine Pikey Peak with Visits to Thupten Chholing Monastery and the Mystical Chiwong Gompa:

Extend your spiritual journey by exploring the ancient Buddhist monasteries around the Lower Solu region. Discover the rare Thanka paintings at Thupten Chholing and the mystical aura surrounding the Chiwong Gompa - home to flying monks.

Best time to do 13-Day Pikey Peak Trek:

The best time for this 13-Pikey Peak Trek is during the Spring and Autumn season in Nepal

  • SPRING is March, April, and  May. Spring has always been the best season to trek in any trekking destination in Nepal.
  • AUTUMN is September, October, and November - when the weather is great and the views are crystal clear.
  • WINTER is December, January, and February. Due to climate change trekking in winter in Nepal is getting quite popular these days. If the sub-zero temperature doesn't bother you, then you should opt for winter trekking to Pikey Peak as winter offers the most beautiful crystal clear weather.

What is the Accommodation and Food like at Pikey Peak Trek:

Accommodation in the Pikey Peak Trek is evolving with time but as for now the accommodation facilities along the route are pretty BASIC. The basic teahouses provide simple but clean rooms that are perfect for trekkers looking for a budget-friendly option. These rooms are equipped with the essentials, such as beds, blankets, and shared toilets. Though the facilities may be basic, they offer a cozy and rustic charm that adds to the trekking experience.

They also have communal dining areas where trekkers can gather and enjoy traditional Nepali meals together. These dining areas often have a warm and inviting atmosphere, making them a great place to relax and socialize after a long day of trekking.

Regardless of basicness, you can expect a warm and friendly welcome from the people and lodge owners. They take pride in providing a homely atmosphere and ensuring that their guests have a comfortable stay.

It is worth noting that due to the remote location of the Pikey Peak Trek route, the availability of accommodation may vary, especially during peak trekking seasons.

when it comes to food, they offer every variety of food options that a teahouse could offer. Until now there have been no complaints whatsoever over the food and the hygiene practice that Pekey Peak Teahouses has to offer to the trekker.

However, the 13-Day Pikey Peak Trek is a great option for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and those seeking a less crowded trekking experience in Nepal. It offers a combination of stunning mountain views, cultural exploration, and a chance to greatly enjoy the natural beauty of the Himalayas.

Permits Required for Pikey Peak Trekking

13-Day Pikey Peak Trek requires the following permits. However, Nepal Pyramids organized all essential permits before you arrived in Kathmandu. These permits are necessary to regulate and manage the trekking activities in the region, as well as to protect the natural environment and cultural heritage.

  • TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card:

The TIMS card is a mandatory permit for all trekkers in Nepal. It helps in maintaining a record of trekkers and provides necessary information in case of emergencies. The cost of the TIMS card varies depending on the season and nationality of the trekker. TIMS is either issued by the Nepal Tourism Board or the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).

  • Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit:

Pikey Peak lies within the Gaurishankar Conservation Area, which is a protected area in the Himalayas. To enter this conservation area, you must acquire the Gaurishankar Conservation Area Permit (GCAP). However, the requirement of the GCAP depends on the destination you choose to start and end. The permit can be obtained from the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation in Bhaktapur.

  • Local Municipality Permit:

In addition to the above permits, you may also need to obtain a local municipality permit, depending on the route you choose for your Pikey Peak trek. Some trekking routes require permission from the local municipality to ensure the safety and well-being of trekkers. However, the requirement of the Local Municipality Permit depends on the destination you so choose to start and end. 

Trekking without the necessary permits can lead to fines or even legal consequences. So, it is essential to obtain the appropriate permits before embarking on your Pikey Peak trekking adventure.

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01:Arrive to Kathmandu (1400 m/4593 feet) and Transfer to Hotel
  • Day 02:Half day city tour/ afternoon trek briefing and preparation / welcome dinner.
  • Day 03:Drive to Shivalaya (1,838m / 6,030 feet) - 8 hours
  • Day 04:Trek to Bhandar (2180m / 7,152 feet) - 9km 6/7 hours
  • Day 05:Trek to Namkheli (2400m / 7,874 feet) 8km 6/7 hours
  • Day 06:Trek to Ngaur (3419m / 11,217 feet) 9km 6/7 hours
  • Day 07:Trek to Pikey Base Camp (3640m / 11,942 feet) 4km 3 hours
  • Day 08:Summit Pikey Peak (4,065 m / 13,335 feet) and Trek to Lamjura La (3530m / 11,581 feet) 9km 7 hours
  • Day 09:Trek to Junbesi (2700m / 8,858 feet) and afternoon EXPLOREATION 6km 4 hours
  • Day 10:Trek to Ringmo and further Trek to Taksindu La (2968m / 9,737 feet) 9km 6 hours
  • Day 11:Trek to Phaplu (2413m / 79168 feet) 10km 6/7 hours
  • Day 12:Drive Back to Kathmandu 8/9 hours
  • Day 13:Trip Ends - Transfer to Kathmandu International Airport

13-Day Pikey Peak Trek Detailed Itinerary

                            What's Included
                            • PERMITS: All Essential permits required to trek in the region.
                            • PICKUP AND DROPS: Airport pickup and drop facilities on both Domestic and International flights are included.
                            • ACCOMMODATION: Three-star with twin bed sharing hotel Accommodation in KATHMANDU on a Bed / Breakfast basis.
                            • WELCOME DINNER: Welcome dinner in a typical traditional Nepali restaurant.
                            • SIGHTSEEING: Half-day guided city sightseeing to two most sacred World Heritage Sites with a paid entrance fee.
                            • TAXES: All Government and Local tax.
                            • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: All Ground transportation to and from the preferred destination as per the itinerary – PRIVATE VEHICLE.
                            • STAFF TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation for all staff as required.
                            • EQUIPMENT: Fundamental trekking gear like a sleeping bag with fleece liners, Primaloft jacket, Rain Poncho, Yak-Track, Trekking Poles, etc.
                            • LODGING: Local Tea-house accommodation on a twin-sharing basis – A single supplement is provided on request OVER MINIMAL COST, however, depends solely on the availability.
                            • DRINKING WATER: Properly boiled hot water for drinking is provided every evening and morning – so it’s wise to have bottles equivalent to 3 liters or bottles along with a Rehydration Bag (camel bag).
                            • GLORIOUS FOOD: All Meals (Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast with hot beverages) during the trek.
                            • TREK LEADER AND ASSISTANT GUIDE: An experienced trek leader holding legitimate licensing leads the group, along with assistant guides based on group size. Groups of 3 or more are typically assigned at least 1 assistant guide.
                            • PORTERS: The porter to trekker ratio is 1:2 - meaning 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. However, for groups larger than 4 trekkers, an additional porter is provided specifically to assist with hot water supply during the trek.
                            • STAFF INSURANCE & ALLOWANCES: Insurance coverage, wages, and allowances for all trek staff are included.
                            • SAFETY CONCERNS: Emergency equipment including oxygen cylinders and a comprehensive medical kit is available at all times during the trek.
                            • COMPLIMENTARY TAKE AWAY: Trekkers receive a duffel bag, t-shirt, multi-functional headwear, baseball hat, trekking map, and completion certificate to take home.
                            What's Excluded
                            • NEPAL VISA: A fee of $50 that is levied on a 30-day Nepali visa.
                            • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE: The cost of all international flights.
                            • PERSONAL EXPENSES: All personal expenses that may include Nepalese SIM card, internet, battery charging, hot shower, laundry, fizzy drinks, Alcohol, etc.
                            • EMERGENCY: A medical examination of any kind, High Altitude Evacuation over any circumstances, Air Evacuation and Rescues.
                            • DONATIONS: Donations of any kind.
                            • STAFF TIPPING: Tipping is entirely a personal matter, however, it’s a trekking culture.
                            • EXTRA NIGHTS: Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu on early arrival or Late departure.
                            • SANCTIONS: Permits or the letter of Authorization that is required for special Filming, big Drones, and Filming Cameras.
                            • INSURANCE: All-inclusive Travel or medical insurance is a must.
                            • EXTRA PORTER: Over request Extra Porter or Assistant is provided that may include the cost of $25 per day.
                            • OPTIONAL TOURS: Optional tours and sightseeing or any activities during free time.
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                            • Safety is our Prior Concern
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