Table of Content:
- Introduction of Pike Peak Trek
- Information about Pike Peak Everest View Community Trek
- Detailed 11 days Itinerary Pike Peak Everest View Community Trek
- Necessary Trekking Gears
- Sunrise view of nearly 100 snow-capped peaks including Mt. Everest from Pike Peak
- Drive to Bhandara of Dolakha district via Arniko Highway, then Kodari Highway (Tibet Highway) and finally turn towards Jiri Road
- Hike to Thupten Choling Monastery during Junbesi Acclimatization Day
- Off the beaten path trekking through dense rhododendron and pine woodlands
- Visit Cheese factories
- Completely a teahouse trekking
- Totally supporting to community.
Pike Peak Everest View Community Trek
Pikey Peak Trek is a comfortable trekking route that takes you around the lower elevation of the Khumbu region. Pikey Peak (4,068m) is one of the tallest mountains of Solukhumbu district located at the lowland of Everest region. Pikey Peak (also Pike Peak) is named after the Sherpa patron God, the eastern Chyabo Pikey or Pikey Halpchen Karbu. Therefore, the Sherpa people of Solukhubmu region gather into the peak to worship their tribal deity, Pikey in the month of July.
This trek in Nepal is popular for its majestic sunrise and sunset view of the Himalayan ranges, Sherpa culture and their traditions. People say that even Sir Edmund Hillary declared Pike Peak as the best viewpoint that gives the 360-degree panoramic view of Mt. Everest. Therefore, it is also recognized as Pike Peak Everest View trek as it shows the eight-thousanders and other peaks of this region. As the trekking tail of this trek goes past some of the ethnic communities, people prefer calling it Pike Peak Everest View Community trek.
The major inhabitants of this region are Sherpa, Tamang and Magar ethnic groups living in the best example of social harmony. You can find the reflection of Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition and the Shamanic culture followed by the Magar Community. The chortens, mani walls, stupas and monasteries are found at large in this region that gives you peace of mind. Thupten Choeling Monastery, Chhewang Monastery and Ngumar Monastery are some of the prominent Buddhist shrines of this region.
Pikey Peak community Trek is renowned for its sunrise and sunset and magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges. You can relish the enthralling sight of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjungha, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse Shar, Numbur, Khatang, Karyalung, Annapurna, Nuptse, Amadablam, Shishapangma, Thamserku and Mera peak. Pikey Trek Base Camp trekking is one of the most popular off the beaten path trekking of Everest region. More importantly, it is probably one of the lower elevation viewpoints to see the Mt. Everest (8,848m).
Variation of geographical landscapes has contributed in the existence of diverse species of flora and fauna preserving its unique biodiversity. The Himalayan animals like Himalayan thar, snow leopard and musk deer live in the dense forests of rhododendron, magnolia and wild orchids. You can do Pikey Peak Everest View Community Trek all times of the year, the best time for this trek is spring and autumn. Trekking to Pike Peak in spring gives you the best vistas of nature when rhododendron flowers beautify this region just like a bride on her wedding day. Doing this trek in autumn, you come across a large number of pilgrims going for holy dips into the lakes of this region.
Pike Peak trekking trail moves through Jiri, Chaulakharka and Ngaur to reach the Pikey Danda (Hill) area. Another trail will lead from Pikey Danda to Phaplu through Panch pokari and Tamakhani which is situated at the north east from the centre district of Salleri. The main highlight of this trail is observing local monasteries; the Chewang monastery will be the best opportunity to explore spiritual paths. You can observe different cultures, languages, life style of the Tamang, Magar and Sherpa community.
While trekking to Pikey peak, you will be able to experience sunrise views surrounded by mountain peaks like Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri and including Everest. Then we will walk down via unique landscape to Junbesi valley. The following day you trek to Thupten Choling Monastery (Little Tibet) where you can observe traditional Tibetan herbal therapy. You can also savour local food and drink while enjoying the Sherpa cultural shows performed on your request. Finally, you will continue trek back to Junbesi and return Phaplu from where you can catch a return flight to Kathmandu.
Day to Day Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)
On the arrival day, our team member welcomes you at the Kathmandu International Airport. Then, he transfers you to hotel in Kathmandu as per the booking.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing Tour
Today, the tour guide of A1 Excursion takes you around the historical, cultural and religious sites located in Kathmandu. Out of ten UNESCO World Heritage Sites, seven are located in the Kathmandu valley and they are worth visiting sites. And it is not possible to observe all of them in a single day, so, you will explore some of them. You go to the old palaces like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur to rejoice their artistic beauty. You can also learn about their historical background and important information during the sightseeing tour.
Day 03: Exploration of Religious Sites and Trek Preparation
After taking breakfast, the tour guide will lead you towards the shrines which are religiously important. You will visit Swayambhunath Stupa (The Monkey Temple) which shows an alluring vista of the entire Kathmandu Valley. Pashupatinath Temple, located on the bank of the Bagmati River and regarded as the Shrine of Lord Shiva, is another attraction of this tour. Then, you go towards the eastern side of the Kathmandu Valley to visit Bouddhanath Stupa which is one of the important Buddhist shrines. In the evening, the trekking guide of A1 Excursion gives you all the instructions about Pike Peak Everest View Community Trek.
Day 04: Drive to Bhandar (2,190m/7,185ft) -8 hours.
Today, you are going to reach Bhandara of Dolakha district via a private jeep or maybe public bus. You drive along Araniko Highway for some time; then Kodari Highway (Tibet Highway) and finally turn towards Jiri Road. Crossing the Bhote Koshi River, the road ascends through some beautiful villages, amazing landscapes and distant view of the snowy peaks. Passing Jiri and Shivalaya, two of the recognized starting points of Jiri Everest trek or Pike Peak trek, you reach Bhandara for the night station. It is a small Buddhist village which has a few stupas decorated with the prayer flags and chortens.
Day 05: Trek to Namkheli (2,300m/7,546ft) -6 Hours
The trail today descends towards the Likhu Khola and then ascends through some dense rhododendron and pine forests until it reaches Chaulakharka. On the way, you can enjoy the view of picturesque villages, small teahouses and terraced farmlands. The breathtaking vistas of Barha Himalayan Range, Karylung, Lambur and other snowy peaks motivate you to move ahead. Finally, you reach Namkheli viilage where you can visit a few monasteries maintained by Pikey Peak Social Organization.
Day 06: Trek to Ngamor Gumpa (2,800m/9,186ft) -7 hours
After breakfast, you begin the journey towards Goli Gompa Danda by crossing pine and rhododendron forests. Goli Danda is a small Sherpa Village that contains some stupas decorated with chortens, mani walls and prayer flags. Here, you can taste the delicious food items prepared by the Sherpa people in the lunchtime. Moving ahead along the dense forests enjoying the songs of the birds, you reach Ngamor Gumpa to spend the night at a lodge. You can visit a local Buddhist gompa and cheese factory (you can even taste the fresh cheese being prepared in front of you!). From Ngamor Village which is situated on top of a foothill, you can enjoy the captivating sight of Gaurishankar Himal and Numbur Himal.
Day 07: Trek to Pikey Peak Base Camp (3600m/11,811ft) -5 hours
You begin today’s journey by walking through dense woods of rhododendron and pine trees enjoying the fascinating mountain views. As this region is famous for Numbur Cheese Trekking Trail, you visit some cheese factories on the way. On the way, you can have the breathtaking view of Mt. Gaurishankar, Manaslu region, Annapurna Himalayan Range and many more. You go past some mani walls which are carved with beautiful Buddhist paintings and script to reach Pikey Peak Base Camp. Varieties of flora and fauna seen on the way encourage you to move further towards your destination.
Day 08: Hike to Pikey Peak (4,065m/13,346ft) and Trek to Junbesi (2,680m/ 8,793ft) -7 Hours
Today is the most awaited moment of the entire Pikey Peak Everest View trek as you are going to reach the summit of the peak. You should start the journey to the peak as early as you can to enjoy the sunrise view of the Great Himalayas. Walking along the trail that passes through the lush rhododendron and pine forests, you reach the top of the summit. Pikey Peak is beautifully decorated with the prayer flags by the Sherpa people and the previous trekkers. Once you on the top, you can have the mesmerizing sunrise view of more than 100 snowy peaks glittering in the sunrays. From Pikey hill, you have the panoramic view of Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Chho-yo, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Gaurishankar Himal and many more. Similarly, the snowcapped peaks of Rolwaling Himalayan Range, Langtang Range and others including Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu unveil their beauty in the sunrise.
After enjoying the enthralling morning view of almost all the mountains from the top, you trek to Junbesi for the night station. The trail now, descends towards Chamdingma which is a stop while returning from Pike Peak Everest View Community trek. You have to cross Jasa Warnyang Pass (3,800m) and some pasturelands showing the alluring view of Pikey Hill. Then, the trail goes past another pass, Pambuk La (4,000m) and lush pine and rhododendron forests to Takur, a small Sherpa village. Overnight stay at a lodge at Junbesi.
Day 09: Acclimatization Day at Junbesi - 6/7 Hours
It is your acclimatization day theoretically but practically, A1 Excursion has managed the rest day at Junbesi to show you the Buddhist monasteries. ‘Junbesi’ is the word derived from ‘Jun’ (moon) and ‘besi’ (plain); figuratively it means ‘the place where the moon takes a rest’. As its name suggests, Junbesi is really a splendid stop to spend a couple of days or say, one at the least! Actually, there are three monasteries: Junbesi Monastery, Ngagyur Segon Lungrig Sedrup Monastery and Thupten Choling Monastery which are worth visiting to learn more about Buddhist art and culture.
To utilize the rest day here, you hike to Thupton Choling Monastery that is often called to be a little Tibet. During the unrest in Tibet due to certain circumstances in the 60’s, the famous lama Trulsik Rinpoche came to Solukhumbu region and settled. To reach Thupten Gompa (3,000m), you have to walk along the uphill and downhill path that is about 3.5 km long. The gompa is the home to around 700 nuns and monks who are in search of peace of the world. Although it is quite challenging to ascend to the monastery location, the rewards you get and feel outweigh the hardships. The trail goes through the green coniferous forests sheltering species of birds and animals along the Junbesi Khola.
After enjoying the natural scenery and feeling the peace of mind, you descend to the hotel for the night station.
Day 10: Trek to Phaplu (2,390m/7,841ft) -3/4 hours
Today, you will do a moderate trekking following the main trail of Pikey Peak Everest View trek along the Junbesi Khola. Crossing the suspension bridge over the Junbesi Khola, you reach Beni Ghat, another stopover of Solukhumbu region trekking. Then, you follow the trail filled with scenic pleasure and ethnic cultural villages to reach Phaplu, an important hilly town. Here you will leave the classic Rolwaling Valley Trekking region behind and can enjoy the Sherpa cultural shows on your request. You can taste the typical Sherpa cuisines prepared with delicacy and served in the best hospitality.
Day 11: Drive Back to Kathmandu - 8/9 hours
After having breakfast, you catch a private jeep to return to Kathmandu driving along the road winding uphill and downhill. On the way, you can enjoy the majestic Himalayan view and many ethnic villages situated on top of hills. As soon as you arrive at Kathmandu, the representative of A1 Excursion transfers you to the hotel. In the evening, our agency organizes farewell dinner at a cultural restaurant as a part of hospitality.
Necessary Trekking Gears:
- Duffel or Rucksack bag (Provided)
- Down Sleeping bag (Provided)
- Down Jacket (Provided)
- Hiking pants
- Waterproof & Windproof jacket
- Rain coat or Umbrella
- Full-sleeves shirts
- Jumper or Fleece jacket
- Pair of T-shirts
- Trekking Boots (water proof is better)
- Sandal, Toilet paper
- Cotton thick socks (2 pair), Woollen socks to wear with boots
- Sun-hat & fleece hat
- Sun block for lips
- Sun lotion
- Goggles or Sunglasses
- Thermal long underwear sets
- Insulated pants
- Trekking poles
- Wind breaker pants
- Water bottle
- Flash light or Head light, Batteries
- Swiss army Knife
- Personal Dry Towel
- Personal toiletries and medication which should be labeled
- Snow leg Gaiters