Pikey Peak Trek

9 Days

This is a short trek to see Mt.Everest Himalayan Range. Pikey Peak Trek was a famous trekking before the trekking from Jiri to Everest base camp disappeared, this was before 2008 AD. As told by legend – history repeats – this Pikey peak trekking is now trending. Many people are loving this short and sweet trek to get an excellent view of Mt Everest and its surrounding Himalayan range.

Mt. Everest, Mt. Nuptse, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Numbur, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, and numerous other peaks are visible during this trek. Additionally, cultural & traditional excursions from this trek can be unbeatable.

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Zoomed view of mountain during our Pikey peak trekking in 2021

Not far from the city but located in a remote area of Nepal, the Pikey Peak Trek is a historic plus stunning trekking path. Pikey trek is also known as the lower Everest hiking.

The Pikey Peak viewpoint, which is the highest point of this hike at about 4000 meters (13,120 feet) above sea level, provides a panoramic picture of the mountains including Everest, Choyou, Makalu, and many more.
Pikey Peak is hill station close to mount everest on the route of historic jiri to ebc trekking trail, offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the mountains, including Mt. Everest.

Nowadays, Pikey peak route is less known than the other Everest trekking routes, but it has again begun to acquire popularity, and many tourists are choosing this route as their easy trekking close to Everest. You can breathe in the pure air of Himalayan scenery while amazing with the views of the local Sherpa people, their local cultures, and rural landscapes.

How long is Pikey peak trekking?

  Depending on the path you follow & itinerary you take, the walk can last anywhere between 8 and 12 days. As this trekking trail is in the middle of local villages and every day life of mountain people – there are many possible routes for pikey peak trekking. Please let us know you lower Everest trekking duration and we will be able to design your trip accordingly.  

 If you want to experience the splendor of Everest but you have a limited holiday/vacation for Nepal travels, you should choose this option, which offers you a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of less crowded hiking trails and breathtaking vistas of the Everest Himalaya Ranges.

In the good weather, you can see numerous peaks on every day hike. The view of mountains looks awesome with the contrast of hills, valleys and villages in between your eyesight and the towering snow capped mountains.

Trek highlights of Pikey Peak trekking in Lower Everest

Following are some highlights of the Pikey Peak Trek that is better to know before starting your hike.

  • -Look into the less traveled region of lower Everest and explore the traditions of diverse ethnic groups; such as the Sherpa, who are considered to be members of the mountainous population.
  • -Breathtaking scenery in contrast with the warmth of the always-smiling locals.
  • -Experience along the home stay’s while getting change for cultural exchange.
  • -Amazing view of the tallest peaks, including Mount Everest, Mount Makalu, Lhotse, Makalu, Choyou, and their neighboring ranges.
  • -traveling to various historically significant and aesthetically pleasing monasteries in the lower Khumbu region.
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View from pikey peak hill station

The best time to hike Pikey Peak trail

The ideal season for the Pikey Peak Trek is from September to December in the fall. Whereas, trekking in the months from march to early June will give you the fragrance of rhododendron along the trekking trail of Pikey peak.

Whereas, from February to June in the monsoon, mysterious clouds in the sky and trails full of flowers are a beautiful face of nature. If you want to take part in some of the festivals while trekking in Nepal – please check our calendar for the festivals.

Since Nepal’s major festivals are celebrated during Sep to Nov season, autumn in Nepal is a happy time of year. Similar to the spring, Autumn brings joy as a variety of flowers grow over the entire nation. But the flowers are not as much as you could see in the spring season.

Monsoon trekking to Pikey or any trekking in Nepal during the rainy season is not recommended. In Nepal, the monsoon season brings a lot of rain, raising the risk of a landslide and a flood. Leeches will also encroach you throughout the forest trail, and the trail will be slippery. But given that the entire walking track would be covered in lush greenery.

The trekking trail of Pikey in monsoon will not be dry but greenery and moving clouds will surely make this trip amazing. Monsoon trekking to Pikey may be ideal for enthusiastic botanists.

Bitterly cold winter weather trekking in Nepal has clear sky, open view of the surroundings & mountains but this may not be ideal time to trek, if you are not used to cold weather. If you plan to hike Pikey Peak in the winter, we advise you to investigate whether or not the tea houses are open at higher elevations. As people move to lower elevations to escape the cold and snow, the tea shop frequently remains closed.

However, guest houses and restaurants along the trekking trail might be closed according to the flow of tourists at the specific time of the year. Anyway, it will not be an issue for trekkers to stay overnight as there are villages and guesthouses not far (not more than a day hike) from each other.

Peak weather in Pikey

The weather at Pikey Peak changes depending on when you travel there. Being at the base of Everest, it experiences cloud cover whenever that region does. If you visit during the off-season, the mountaintop may occasionally be obscured by clouds even if the hillsides may still be sunny. For this reason, we advise against undertaking this walk in the summer or the winter. The weather is generally favorable throughout this season, with a few exceptions.

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Greenery view in the pikey peak trekking in monsoon

Trip to Pikey Peak, difficulties

The difficulty of the Pikey Peak Trek may be on your mind. If so, Pikey Peak is neither the difficult nor the challenging trek. The majority of people can perform it without any trouble because of its lower elevation. Trekkers and hikers can complete it fairly comfortably if they can walk for 5 to 6 hours each day. But there will always be ups and downs. Due to the lower elevation, the journey is not too strenuous despite having a perspective at the highest level of 4065 meters.

Making a Trek Plan

This is a wonderful (less traveled) route if you’re looking for a quick hike in the Kathmandu area near the Everest region. This can be completed in 8–12 days if you’re feeling really fit or just lack the necessary time. However, a more relaxed 9-day walk offers a chance to exercise physically without stress and the chance to see several Buddhist places (monasteries, gompas, and stupas). Both routes provide breathtaking views of Everest and the Numbur Himal mountain range. However, is it the best Everest vista in Nepal? You must determine this for yourself.

By extending the Pikey Peak trek by a few days, you may take your time and savor the breathtaking surroundings. This route is ideal for trekkers who don’t desire the additional physical challenge that the 3-day option entails because it allows for a more leisurely pace.

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Physical Requirements for the Pikey Peak Trek

It is not sufficient to simply show up with your equipment and guidebook for people who are willing to attempt a Pikey Peak Trekking, even for a single trip. There are no quick escapes from a mountainside, therefore you must be physically and emotionally prepared to reach the height and distance.
Therefore, if you’re thinking about climbing a peak, we advise that you put in the necessary time and effort to get ready for the challenge that the mountains will present.


A few weeks previous to the walk, jogging, running, swimming, and leg exercises would be sufficient physical preparation. Additionally, have a Pikey Peak Trek Map on hand and think about reading the Pikey Peak blog before you go out on your adventure.

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Pikey Peak Trek cost

Costs for the Pikey Peak Trek in 2023 range from USD 550 to USD 850; these costs cover local transportation, a guide for the trek and a porter to carry your backpack, as well as your lodging in a tea house, daily meals, the required permit, and your participation in the trek with a government-approved organization.

Utilizing amenities like wifi, additional blankets, boiled water, hot baths, and laundry will add to your overall expenses.

Pikey Peak Trek Itinerary for 9 days

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1338m
  • Day 02: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap Bazaar 2850m
  • Day 03: Trek from Dhap Bazaar to Jhapre 2815m
  • Day 04: Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Base Camp 3640m
  • Day 05: Trek from Pikey Base Camp to Junbesi 2680m
  • Day 06: Exploration trip to Thuptenchholing Gompa 2920m
  • Day 07: Trek from Junbesi to Phaplu 2380m
  • Day 08: Drive from Phaplu to Kathmandu
  • Day 09: Final Departure from Kathmandu

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Details Pikey Peak Trek Itinerary for 9 days

On your arrival at Kathmandu International airport, one of our staffs will pick you up and transfer you to the Hotel. After arriving at the hotel, you can rest and spend the remaining day as per your preference. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

We will leave Kathmandu in our private vehicle to Dhap Bazaar. The path follows the Sunkoshi River which joins Tama Koshi River further ahead on our drive forming a large Koshi River until reaching Ghurmi. We will enjoy typical Nepali food and continue our drive along the dense rhododendron forests. We will pass numerous settlement areas before reaching Dhap Bazaar which will take approximately take 7 hours to reach. We will explore the local bazaar and observe the lifestyle of the inhabiting people. Overnight at a lodge in Dahp Bazaar.

Today we will continue along a dusty road leading us to Sigane. Again the trail continues along the bumpy roads to Jhapre. It is famous for exceptional vantage points to view the mountains residing in the northern region of the country. We can clearly see the Everest (8848m) and the Numbur Himal from here and we will also visit gompas and stupas in the village. Overnight at a lodge in Jhapre.

We will wake up in the early morning to view the first golden rays of the sun falling on the silver lining of snow-capped mountains. Relishing the view, we will continue our trek along a dusty road for some time and then start walking uphill until reaching Bhulbule. From here, the trail becomes steep and ascends through the rhododendron forests and small settlement areas of Lhamuje. The trail beyond Lhamuje opens out to reveal a pasture where we can see grazing Yaks. We will cross a long Mani wall and climb along the winding road to Pikey Base Camp. We will visit the Yak Cheese Factory and can enjoy the magnificent views of the majestic mountains surrounding the valley. Overnight at a lodge in Pikey Base Camp

The day begins with an early morning trek along the steep rocky ridgeline to the Pikey Peak (4065m). We can marvel on the gorgeous sunrise view over the mountains 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 beautiful views in our cameras, we will descend to Junbesi followed by the descent to Lamjura. Crossing many Mani walls and Chortens on our way we will reach Junbesi. We will visit an old monastery situated in this village and enjoy the beautiful view of Numbur Himal in the North. Overnight at a lodge in Junbesi.

Today will be our exploration day around the village. We will hike up to the Thuptenchholing Gompa which was founded in the 19th century. The trail ascends uphill along the Junbesi Khola to the Gompa. The Gompa offers in-depth insights into the culture and religious heritage of the region. After spending some time here, we return to Junbesi. Overnight at a lodge in Junbesi.

Today we will follow the descending dusty trail along the Junbesi Khola until reaching a steel suspension bridge. On crossing the bridge we will reach Beni Ghat. We will continue our walk along the trail filled with scenic pleasures before reaching Phaplu. We can explore the area as we bid farewell to the Rolwaling region. Overnight at a lodge in Phaplu.

Morning after breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu by our private vehicle which takes about 9 hours and transfer you to the hotel. You can spend the rest of the by relaxing or shopping for gifts and souvenirs. Overnight at a 4-star hotel in Kathmandu.

In the morning, after breakfast, we will drive you back to Tribhuvan International Airport for your scheduled flight to your next destination.

Overview

The Pikey Peak Trek is a popular trekking destination in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal. It offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest, and takes trekkers through a diverse landscape of forests, traditional villages, and high-altitude meadows.

The trek starts from Jiri and takes about 8 to 10 days to complete, reaching a maximum altitude of 4,065 meters at the summit of Pikey Peak. Accommodation during the trek is typically in teahouses or local lodges, offering basic but comfortable rooms and meals.

The trek is considered moderate to challenging, and a good level of physical fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended. Essential items to pack include warm clothing, trekking gear, adequate footwear, personal hygiene items, and a first-aid kit.

Overall, the Pikey Peak Trek is a unique and rewarding experience, offering an immersive cultural and natural adventure in the heart of the Nepalese Himalayas.

FAQS

What is Pikey Peak Trek?

Pikey Peak Trek is a popular trek in the Solu-Khumbu region of Nepal, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges including Mount Everest.

What is the best time to do the Pikey Peak Trek?

The best time to do the Pikey Peak Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) months when the weather is clear and the views of the mountains are most favorable.

What is the maximum altitude reached during the Pikey Peak Trek?

The maximum altitude reached during the Pikey Peak Trek is 4,065 meters at the summit of Pikey Peak.

How difficult is the Pikey Peak Trek?

The Pikey Peak Trek is considered a moderate to challenging trek, as it involves several days of hiking and reaching high altitudes. A good level of physical fitness and previous trekking experience is recommended.

What is the trekking route like?

The trekking route starts from Jiri, takes you through lush forests, traditional villages, and high alpine meadows, and culminates at the summit of Pikey Peak.

How long does the Pikey Peak Trek take?

The Pikey Peak Trek typically takes about 8 to 10 days to complete, depending on your pace and itinerary.

What are the accommodation options during the trek?

Accommodation during the Pikey Peak Trek is mainly in teahouses or local lodges, which offer basic but comfortable rooms and meals.

What should I pack for the Pikey Peak Trek?

For the Pikey Peak Trek, you should pack essentials such as warm clothing, trekking gear, adequate footwear, personal hygiene items, and a first-aid kit. You can refer to a comprehensive packing list for more information.

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