- Witness world highest peak Mt. Everest (8,848m) including other snowing peaks of Makalu (8,475m), Kanchenjunga (8,598m) and many more neighboring peaks from Pike Ridge (4,165m) which will thrill your mind
- Walk through interesting villages having monasteries, temples and mani walls and come across with locals which will help trekkers to get insights into the culture, tradition, and lifestyle
- Yak herding can be seen at different places accompanied by unique landscapes and sceneries
- As you walk along the beautiful remote “off the beaten trails”, you are certain to stumble upon the hidden wonders of the Himalayas and delight the warm and friendly Himalayan hospitality and rich culture.
The legend: Sir Edmund Hillary claimed that the Pike Peak (4,065) is the most astounding vantage point to gaze Everest’s view.
This trek is titled after the holy Pikey Peak. The name of the peak derived from the name of a Sherpa Clan deity. People of Sherpa ethnic groups celebrate the religious festival during the month of July to worship their tribal god, the eastern Chyabo Pikey, also known as Pikey Halpchen Karbu in the celebrations
Pike Peak (4,065 m) is considered as one of the most stunning off beaten trekking trail in lower Everest trekking. This trek is an ideal way to explore the Everest region without getting disturbed by any kind of crowds. One can relish exceptional views of mountains of majestic Himalayas specifically Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Gauri Shanker, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Thamserku, Mera peak and many more.
In addition, the sunrise and sunset view from the ridge is the most attractive part of Pikey Peak. Any trekkers will be overwhelmed when they witness the rising sun’s golden rays sweep through the silver mountains and changed their colors from ivory to gold.
Pikey Peak Trek is the perfect blend of wilderness experience and cultural exploration which is both educational as well as adventurous. If school is planning to involve students with an international excursion to a remote location where you will support communities, learn about the culture and explore nature at the same time then Pike Peak is an ideal option.
This trip integrates service learning with cultural immersion and nature exploration. Pikey Peak program provides an opportunity to transform the students’ CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) experience into something they’ll evoke for the rest of their lives.
Pikey is an ideal place for those who have limited time but wish to experience varied trek-see Everest in full scale, relish deep blue skies, visit an authentic village and experience the mountain weather without seasonal obstructions with family or solo.
The best season for Pike Peak trekking is autumn (September to November) and spring (March to May). The weather is sunny and warm and offers the commanding mountain vistas. If you wish to evade crowds and enjoy some alone time with nature and culture, you can undertake this trip during the winter (December/January and February). However, the temperature during winter could be callous for most trekkers.
Pike Peak’s journey starts with a scenic drive to Shivalaya. From here, the trails follow several less crowded picturesque settlements like Shivalaya, Bhandar, Namkhili, Ngawar Gompa, Pike Peak base Camp, Japre, and finally to Patalle. The trek winds through terraced fields, monasteries, and dense forests to the Pikey Danda. The view of the mountains throughout your journey is remarkable. More breathtaking is the sunrise and sunset views from the Pikey Ridge.
If you are lucky enough to trek in the flower blossoming season, you will find the wild orchids and Mongolia flowers welcoming you throughout your journey.
The trail is a domain to several herbal plants like sunpati, and native animals like Yak, Nak, Jopkyo, and Jomu where you find grazing at meadow all over the area especially during May to October.
Any trekker’s heart will fill with delight by the sound of the bells hanging around the neck of Yak and Nak. Accompanying the rich pastureland, there is a major cheese factory where trekkers can visit on the trail, have a cup of delicious tea or warm milk and fresh cheese.
The trekkers will encounter with diverse ethnic groups. In the low trail, Brahmin and Chhetri are inhabited whereas, as you ascend higher, you will find the majority of Sherpa and Tamang people populated in the region. Interacting with people as you pass the villages is an opportunity to get some insights on the unique culture and practices of Sherpa people living in highland.
Witnessing the busy daily schedule of women with household chores, farm and taking care of kids simultaneously is what everybody appreciates. Buddhist stupas and Mani stones are adorned by the whole region.
The stunning monasteries and stupas that you come across on your way to Pikey peak is an incredible experience. The lush valleys and forests of varied sorts of trees that you trek through enhance to the enjoyment of your journey.
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- Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1,302m/4,270ft)
Upon arrival at Tribhuwan International airport, our representative will be awaiting you to welcome with Nepal Sanctuary Treks placard. You will be then escorted and transfer to hotel. Further details and short preliminary briefing will be provided after transferring to the hotel. Stay overnight in Hotel.
- Arrival at charming and exotic city engrossed with ancient temples and tradition. Fused with lively markets and the bustle of spice sellers and merchants.
- Day 02: Optional Kathmandu valley sightseeing and Trek preparation
Kathmandu is the cultural heart of Nepal and popularly known as “City of temples”. After having hearty breakfast, we will explore a vibrant and culturally rich Kathmandu valley. A guided cultural tour will be conducted inside the valley.
We will start off visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, the traditional heart of Kathmandu and an architecturally extraordinary complex of ancient palaces, temples, courtyards and shrines. You are then taken to Swayambhunath (monkey temple) which is the magnificent ancient religious architecture and center faith of Hinduism and Buddhism. Its lofty white dome and dazzling golden spire are visible from far and wide. Upon arriving at the top, you can hear the Buddhist songs “om mani paddle hum” resound everywhere. The candles and the aromatic fragrance of incense that burns constantly create a serene vibe, and we can turn the enormous prayer wheels which encircle the stupa.
Next, is Buddhist shrine of Boudhanath, one of the largest stupas in the world as well as the sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. You will observe the monk chant in the prayer hall while people lighting butter lamps and reciting mantras.
Further, we visit Pashupatinath temple, a Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the bank of Bagmati River. You can see elaborately dressed holy men meditating outside the temple and pilgrims placing offerings at the shrines. You can also observe people performing religious ritual and funeral pyres burn at open-air cremation.
After visiting fascinating cultural heritage sites, you will transfer back to the Hotel. The evening can either be spent strolling the marketplaces in Kathmandu or resting at the hotel.
Visit Heritage sites i.e. Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pashupatinath
- Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Shivalaya (1,790m /5,872 ft.); 7-8 hours’ drive
After having an early breakfast at the hotel, you will head on for a long drive to Shivalaya. The drive goes all the way through Kodari road (Tibet road) then turns off to Jiri & passes through the Bhotekoshi (River) which is one of the well-known rivers for the water based activities such as rafting and kayaking. After that, we traverse the bridge of the river falling down from Tibet border. After passing many villages, we arrive in Shivalaya for overnight.
- Day 04: Trek to Bhandar (2,200m/7,217 ft.): 5/6 hours walk
Today we leave Shivalaya behind and start our trek by traversing a stream and ascend steeply towards the Sangba Danda at 2150m. The ascent continues but the ascent eases a bit as we pass by the huge and prosperous-looking houses. We now make yet another steep ascent through the forest, and then cross a stream and then trek up the pass at 2705m at Deurali.
Once at the pass, we can witness a grid of Mani walls, carved thousands of times with the Tibetan Buddhist mantra. Beholding the absolutely scenic view of the Like River Valley, we follow the trail draped with beautiful rhododendron clusters, which plunges straight down to the hillside. After an hour, you will reach the periphery of Bhandar (2200m/7217 ft), a Sherpa village which is littered amusing prayer walls and small Buddhist temples.
- Walking through rhododendron, pine forest and several species of flora
- Pass through the Mani wall carved in Buddhist mantra
- Pass through a small village called Deurali where you can see superb view of Dudh Kunda Himal, Khatanga, Karylung, and Pikey
- Day 05: Trek to Namkhili (2,300 m/7,544 ft) - approx 6 hours walk
After breakfast, we leave Bhandar behind and take a descent to the LikhuKhola. The walk is through the shaded of rhododendron and pine forest, passing small tea houses and farming communities, climb up to Chaulakahrka and after lunch further climb up to Namkhili for overnight.
- View of Bara Himalaya range, Karylung, Lambur, and several other peaks
- Superb view of a picturesque village, forest and terraced farm across the valley
- Visit 3 main monasteries which are run by Pikey Hill Social Organization.
- Day 06: Trek to Ngaur Gompa (3,350m/10,980ft)- approx 6 hours walk)
Again walk starts with the climb up to Goli gumba danda where it is also Sherpa settlement and there are some Buddhist Monastery and all the way climb up to Nagaur Gumpa at 3350M. Camp nearby Buddhist Monastery and Cheese factory. This day you may have more mountains views and beautiful valley views. This day you will be walking in the forest of rhododendrons.
- Walk through a shaded dense forest of rhododendron and pine trees.
- Visit cheese factory
- Day 07: Trek to Pike Base Camp (3,585m/11,761 ft)- 7 hours walk
Today we continue to trek uphill through small communities. As you ascend you will get opportunity to see more amazing vistas of Himalayan range. We walk through forest; past Mani walls carved into the rock face on the way. We also visit the cheese factory as well.
- Walk through shaded dense forest of rhododendron and pine trees.
- Visit cheese factory
- View of Gaurishankar, Manaslu, Annapurna Range and several other peaks
- Pass through several inscribed Mani walls.
- Day 08: Climb to Pike Peak (4,065 m/13,336 ft.) – Japre (2,870m./9,416 ft.) - 7-8 hours walk
Today we have to wake up early morning and start to trek up to Pikey Peak. Initially we walk through forest, until it opens up and we then continue upward. Once we arrive at the prayer flags that spot on the summit, then you can see the glimpse of mesmerizing vistas of sunrise over the majestic mountain like Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Khumbu Kharna, Ama Dablam, Bharuntse, Mera Peak, Kangteka, Tamserku, Tauche Peak, Dudh Khunda, Numbur Himal, Gaurishankar, Langtang range, Gosaikund, Ganesh Himal and the Annapurna range In addition, more than 100 other peaks can be seen from this viewpoint at 4,065m/13,336 ft.
After enjoying the view from the Pikey summit, we walk back downhill to base camp for breakfast. Then we start to trek on the ridge to Bulbule and trek to Japre. Along the trail, we start to notice the stupas and monasteries, which means that we have entered the premises of Jhapre, a place with the prominent presence of monks. We can explore the stupas and monasteries herein
- Visit beautiful and ancient Japre Buddhist Monastery
- Witness jaw-dropping mountainous vistas of Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Pumori, Gauri Shanker and even the mountains in the Langtang region, like, Langtang Lirung, Naya Kanga, and Ganesh Himal, etc.
- Fantastic vistas of green valley from Pikey Peak Summit.
- The trails pierce the dense forests, while at other times stretches through the blue pines and rhododendron clusters
- Day 09: Japre to Patalle (2,840m/9,317 ft) - 5-6 hours walk
On this day, you will be walking on the ridge to Phokte ridge and have a chance to take a glimpse of Mount Everest and several other peaks till to Phokte danda. We walk through shaded rhododendron and pine forests. If you are lucky, you can see Ghoral, deer and red fox. We stop for lunch at Singaney. After lunch, we climb uphill for 2 hours that takes you to Patalle.
- A glimpse of Mount Everest on the way to Patalle.
- Come across with local people of different ethnic groups i.e. Sherpa, Magar and Gurung
- If you trek on Saturday and Sunday then you can explore the weekend local market.
- Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu. 6 hours drive
Today we bid farewell to the mountains and drive back into the Kathmandu Valley. Once you arrive Kathmandu, our representative will transfer you to Hotel. You can either take rest or go for shopping to buy a souvenir for your dear ones.
- Day 11: Departure
It is time to fly back to home keeping all the terrifying experiences of Nepal in mind.
The representative from Nepal Sanctuary Treks will transfer you to TIA airport where you should check-in 3 hours prior to your scheduled flight.
- Buddhist Monastery, and blossom of rhododendrons, magnolia, wild orchid
- Explore typical Sherpa culture and tradition
- Explore Local village and Local market
- Beautiful landscapes and mixed Hindu and Buddhist settlement
- Clear and stunning sunrise and sunset views
- Backdrops of glorious Himalayan Range i.e. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Katenga, Thamserku and many other peaks
- Rich in wildlife such as mountain tars, bear, leopards, jackals, and birds like the Lophophorus
- Visit cheese factory and Japre Buddhist monastery