Pikey Peak Trek - 9 Days

Trek Route Summary

Easy to Moderate
Gentle to Moderate
Maximum elevation:
4067 m/13343 ft
Destination :
Region :
Lower Everest Region
Activity :
Everest Treks
Duration :
9 Days
Distance :
62 km / 38.5 miles
Group Size :
Min 02 and Max 10 (For solo, we offer a private package)
Nature of Trek :
Lodge to Lodge Trekking
Best Season :
March, April, May, June, September, October and November
Activity Per Day :
About 5-6 hrs walking
Accommodation :
Hotel in Kathmandu, Local Lodge / Teahouse during the trek
Transportation :
Private Transportation (Kathmandu hotel-Kathmandu Airport-Kathmandu Hotel, Kathmandu-Dhap Bazaar), Flight (Phaplu-Kathmandu)
Start / End Point :
Kathmandu / Kathmandu
Major Attractions :
World Heritage Sites (Temples, Durbar Squares, Stupas), Dhap Bazaar, Jhapre, Pikey Peak, Junbesi, Phaplu

Trip Highlight

  • Experience one of an authentic off-the beaten trail of Nepal
  • Spectacular observations of some of the highest peaks in the world such as Mount Everest, Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Dhaulagiri, Lhotse, Makalu, etc.
  • The perfect viewpoint by Sir Edmund Hillary- the Pikey Peak to be explored.
  • Mesmerizing sunrise and sunset over the glittering world-class peaks can be witnessed
  • Experience traditional Sherpa, Tamang and Magar culture
  • Trek in the Solu Khumbu without following the crowds to Base Camp

Trip Overview

One of the best alternatives to Everest Base Camp Trek, Pikey Peak Trek is a newly explored destination of Nepal situates in the lower Khumbu region.

Pikey peak is a great vantage point itself that offers mesmerizing sunrise and sunset views along with the views of glittering mighty peaks as Everest (8848m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Makalu (8463m), Lhotse (8414m), and Numbur Himal to the North and deep valleys dropping away into the clouds to the south.

As Sir Edmund Hillary mentioned, Pikey Peak is his favorite point to view Everest, people then began to visit this vantage point. This place carries cultural importance, as well as Sherpas, believe that their clan god lives at Pikey Peak and people gather, worship, and pray during the month of July.

The lustrous valleys, antique religious shrines as Mane walls, Chortens and monasteries, gorgeous vegetation, and rhododendron forests are other attractions of this trekking route.

Along with its tranquil landscapes, unique Sherpa and Rai culture, and beautiful mountain views trekkers are offered to have the picturesque views of sunrise and sunset along with distinctive way of living and cultures of the Sherpa people.

The journey to Pikey Peak commences with a scenic drive to Dhap Bazaar from Kathmandu which takes approximately 7-8 hours.

The actual trek commences from this very place and passes a plethora of ethnic settlements, changed landscapes, mesmerizing wildflowers including rhododendrons, lush valleys, antique monasteries, and beautiful vegetation combined with astonishing sunrise and sunset views.

Continuing the journey, you reach Pikey Peak on the 3rd day of the trek. Having 360 panoramic views of the surroundings including a number of world-class peaks, you trek to Loding and further to Phaplu before flying back to Kathmandu.

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlight Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m/4428 ft) Kathmandu
Day 2 Drive to Dhap Bazaar (3150 m/10334 ft) Dhap Bazaar
Day 3 Trek to Jhapre (2820 m/9251ft) Jhapre
Day 4 Trek to Pikey Base Camp (3640 m/11942 ft) Pikey Base Camp
Day 5 Sunrise at Pikey Peak (4065 m /13336 ft), Trek to Loding (2515 m/8251 ft) Loding
Day 6 Trek to Junbesi (2700 m/8856 ft) and Visit Thubtenchoeling Monastery Junbesi
Day 7 Trek to Phaplu (2380 m/7808 ft) Phaplu
Day 8 Fly back to Kathmandu(1350 m/4429 ft) Kathmandu
Day 9 Final Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Open All Days

One of the airport representatives from Holy Mountain Treks awaits you to welcome you outside the terminal gate of Tribhuvan International Airport. Upon your arrival, he/she will offer you a garland and shifts you to your hotel via the windy streets of Kathmandu.

After checking in, you take a rest or stroll around the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenirs. As there are no other scheduled programs, can relax in the hotel or just ramble around the streets of Thamel-the tourist hub of Kathmandu.

In the evening, you will meet your trekking leader who shall explore concerning the upcoming journey to Pikey Peak. You can do the last-minute shopping if some trekking gear and equipment needed from the shops nearby.

Altitude:1350 m/4428 ft
Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or similar hotel
Overnight at:Kathmandu

After an early meal, we leave our hotel for our scenic journey to lower Khumbu. The journey continues following the BP Highway passing the changing terrains of Bhaktapur, Cavre, Sindhuli, Udayapur, Okhaldhunga, and finally reaching the Solukhumbu districts of eastern Nepal. The route today is blacktopped mostly except for some graveled ones.

Along with the local settlements, one gets panoramic views of torrential rivers including Tamakoshi, Sunkoshi, Bhotekoshi, and Dudhkoshi, lush vegetation, rhododendron hills, and magnificent waterfalls.

Enjoy our lunch at half of the journey and will get typical Dal-Bhat usually. After lunch, the journey offers spectacular views of the mountain ranges including Mt. Gaurishanker, Mt. Number, and their neighboring peaks. Ultimately, we reach the village of Dhap and stay overnight there.

Altitude:3150 m/10334 ft
Accomodation:Teahouse/Local Lodge
Overnight at:Dhap Bazaar

After breakfast, we start our trek towards Jhapre initially walking the dusty road reaching Sigane. Following the bumpy road, we shall walk witnessing the panoramic views of the mountain ranges including the Number Himal ranges.

Walking further after lunch, one can have vivid scenery of Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and several others. Our journey will be stopped reaching the ethnic village of Jhapre. After check-in at the hotel, we shall rest for a while. Then we shall go around to explore the stupas and monasteries nearby.

Walking Hours:5-6
Trek Distance:13km
Altitude:2820 m/9251ft
Accomodation:Teahouse/Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Jhapre

Leaving Jhapre, we climb up via grassy ridges reaching Bhulbhule; a place with panoramic views of Mt. Everest. After Bhulbhule, the trail splits and turns right towards Pikey Peak passing some of the old houses and yak sheds.

A long Mane wall is on the way and the trail passes below the Taklung Danda and passes via gorgeous forested trails that contain numerous rhododendron trees and other wildflowers. Passing the forests, the trail continues for the next 2 hours reaching Pikey Peak Base Camp. We shall spend our overnight there.

Walking Hours:5
Trek Distance:15km
Altitude:3640 m/11942 ft
Accomodation:Teahouse/Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Pikey Base Camp

Beginning early in the morning, we ascend towards Pikey Peak gradually. Once we reached there, we get the panoramic views of the Himalayas as like Mt. Everest (8848m), Number Chuli (6959m), Thamserku (6608m), Kangtega (6685m), Khatang (6853m), Kanchenjunga (8586m), Manaslu (8163m), Dhaulagiri (8167m), Gaurishankar (7134m), Dorje Lakpa (6966m) and Langtang.

Capturing the breathtaking views of the sunrise and sceneries around, we trek down following the way of Loding. The trail passes via some of the steep sections inside the deeply forested lands.

With the lustrous sceneries of the surroundings, we reach the village of Loding and spend overnight. This place has a couple of choices for accommodation and eateries and mostly are charming and basic ones.

Walking Hours:7-8
Trek Distance:14 km
Altitude:Pikey Pea: 4065 m /13336 ft & Loding: 2515 m/8251 ft
Accomodation:Teahouse/Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Loding

The journey continues downward via ridges reaching Jase Bhanjyang. Further walking onwards, we can choose either of the routes to reach Junbesi.

The most likely is a stunning shortcut trail that leaves the ridge shortly after Jase and descends steeply through spectacular old-growth forest to Taktor. This path meets the Everest Base Camp trail coming from Jiri.

Walking approximately for the next 2 hours, we shall reach Junbesi, a traditional Sherpa village elevated at 2700m above sea level. It is considered a cradle of Sherpa culture and architecture. Along the way, you can witness a couple of Buddhist monuments. Reaching Junbesi, we shall check in the teahouse and get some refreshment.

In the late afternoon, we shall go to visit Thubtenchoeling Monastery. Elevated at stands at an altitude of 3050 meters this monastery is known as the little Tibet where you will get to learn about the ancient and traditional Tibetan Medical Therapy.

The monastery is also popular as a center of religious tourism and its reputation has further been boosted by the fame of the most revered His Holiness Trulshi Rinpoche who passed away into Parinirvana only a few years ago. Exploring this sacred monument, we hike back to our teahouse and spend it overnight.

Walking Hours:6-7
Trek Distance:9 km
Accomodation:Teahouse/Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Junbesi

Following the dusty trail, we trek following Junbesi Khola till we reach a steel suspension bridge. Crossing the river, we reach Beni Ghat. Continue the trek following the forested lands, pastures, large meadows with the scenic beauty of the landscapes, Himalayan ranges, and terrains until we reach Phaplu.

In the evening, participate in Sherpa cultural programs and enjoy the last night in the Himalayas.

Walking Hours:4
Trek Distance:11km
Altitude:2380m/7808 ft
Accomodation:Teahouse/Local Lodge
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Overnight at:Phaplu

We bid farewell to the Himalayas and board our plane for the flight back to Kathmandu. Spending about 35 minutes in the craft, we land at Kathmandu Airport and a private vehicle awaits us to shift our hotel.

The rest of the time either we can rest in the hotel or visit some cultural, religious, and historical shrines situated inside Kathmandu valley. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites as Swyambhunath, three durbar squares (Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur) Swyambhunath, Boudhanath, and Changunarayan are some of the touristic zones which can be explored this very day.

Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or similar hotel
Overnight at:Kathmandu

We are leaving Kathmandu today after an epic journey of the lower Khumbu region of Nepal. One of the representatives from Holy Mountain Treks shifts you to the airport 3 hours before our scheduled flight.


Price Includes

  • Airport pickup/drops for domestic transfer via private vehicle according to the itinerary
  • Domestic flight: Phaplu– Kathmandu incorporating departure taxes
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Standard Teahouse accommodation is possible finest local lodges throughout the trek.
  • The crew includes one professional and seasoned trekking leader proficient in English along with an assistant guide (6 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) incorporating their salary, equipment, transportation, food, accommodation, and accidental insurance
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket to utilize throughout the trek
  • Holy Mountain Treks T-shirt, trekking map, and certificate to mark the achievement of the trip
  • First aid medical kit
  • TIMS,and other Permits (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All government taxes and office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Charges for a tourist visa (find out more on Nepal Visa Information)
  • International airfares, travel and rescue insurance
  • Trekking equipment and clothing for personal use
  • Additional night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Phaplu caused by early arrival, deferred departure, early return to Kathmandu from the trip than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • All kind of beverages (water, alcoholic or nonalcoholic hot/cold drinks)
  • Personal expenses including phone calls, internet usage/data, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower, extra porters, etc
  • Altitude chamber (PAC) or additional oxygen
  • Tips for guides and porters. Tips is expected but not mandatory

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