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Pikey Peak Trek is a newly opened short trekking route to Pikey Peak summit (4,065m /13,336 ft) in the lower Khumbu region, offering the most incredible views of Nepal’s eastern Himalayas. Sir Edmund Hillary referred pikey Peak to be the best viewpoint of the Everest region. Indeed, the hilltop claims wide-angle views of the eight-thousanders in the Khumbu, including Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Cho Oyu, and Kanchenjunga. Moreover, the western Himalayan range, including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Manaslu, also comes into view.

The 7 days Pikey Peak trek gets you acquainted with the ethnic Sherpa culture and traditions in their homeland. The off-beaten trail passes unspoiled rich subalpine flora and offers a chance to spot rare animals of the Khumbu region while enjoying the mountain views.

The initial stretch of the trek heads from Dhap village in the lower Khumbu to Japre in the north. The trail proceeds to Pikey Peak Base camp, from where an early morning hike reaches Pikey Peak summit. Returning to base camp, traverse west to Chaulakharka, then Shivalaya, where the trek ends. It is an easy to moderate trek, suited for those individuals who prefer to taste the Everest region in a peaceful trail within a short time with ease.

Trip Highlights

  • Acclaim the Pikey Peak Summit at an altitude of 4,065m/ 13,336ft
  • Amazing views of 8 of the 8000m mountains like Mt Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri from Pikey Peak
  • Mesmerizing views of Numbur Himal range from Sherpa homeland of Japre
  • Visit the local cheese factory and gompa ruins of Ngaur Village 
  • Experience the traditions, culture, and lifestyle of Sherpa settlers in the lower Khumbu villages like Deurali, Kosinasa, Namkheli, and Shivalaya
  • Views of Langtang region from Deurali pass at 3,700m/ 12,139ft to the Deurali village
  • Scenic drive from Shivalaya to Kathmandu with views of Bhote Koshi river, terraced fields, and traditional houses
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu city

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights
Day 1 Arrival at Kathmandu then Cultural Sightseeing Tour
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap (7 to 8 hours, 59km), Trek to Sigane or Japre (2,920m/9,580ft, 4 to 5 hours)
Day 3 Trek from Japre to Pikey Peak Base Camp (3,640m/11,942ft, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 4 Trek from Pikey Peak Base Camp to Pikey Peak Summit (4,065m/13,336 ft) then to Chaulakharka (1,460m/4,790ft, 6 to 7 hours)
Day 5 Trek from Chaulakharka to Shivalaya (1,770m/ 5,807ft, 7 to 8 hours)
Day 6 Drive from Shivalaya to Kathmandu (7 to 8 hours, 198 km)
Day 7 Depart from Kathmandu


Trip Overview

The 7 days Pikey Peak trek takes you to one of the tallest hills and the best vantage point in the Sherpa homeland of the lower Khumbu region. Pikey Peak offers the most amazing broad views of the eastern and western Himalayas in Nepal.

The Pikey Peak trek itinerary begins with your arrival at Nepal, Kathmandu, via the Tribhuvan International Airport. Explore the wonders of Kathmandu by visiting any of the UNESCO World Heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square and Swayambhunath Stupa. On the next day, after full preparation, take a long drive to Lower Solukhumbu district. Upon reaching a small village called Dhap, begin the trek to Sigane or Japre village following subalpine forest. First views of Mt. Everest and the Numbur Himalayan range can be seen from Japre.

After spending a night at Japre, trek to Pikey Peak Base Camp. Mostly the trail is deserted and peaceful, with views of the Everest region mountains getting closer. Passing grassy ridge and old yak herders house, reach the base camp for the night stay.

Before dawn, on the fourth day, climb the much-awaited Pikey Peak summit at 4065m/13336ft. Amazing views of the eastern region mountains include Mt. Everest, Cho Oyu, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and the western region mountains like Annapurna, Manaslu Dhaulagiri are visible.

Enjoying the views, descend to the base camp, then continue the trek downhill to Ngaur. Visit the local cheese factory and the ruins of an ancient gompa. Descend to the settlements of Kosinasa and Gumba before finally reaching Chaulakharka for an overnight stay.

On the following day, the trail traverses a rugged area heading to Bhandar, then to Deurali pass at 3700, from where views of Langtang range can be observed on a clear day. From Deurali village, take a steep descend to Shivalaya village for the stay.

Bidding farewell to the Solukhumbu region, take a drive from Shivalaya to Kathmandu, passing by Tama Koshi and Bhote Koshi tributaries. Upon reaching Kathmandu valley, engage in collecting souvenirs and enjoy the night away. The final day marks the end of the wonderful seven days trip with a flight back home.

Route Map

Pikey Peak Trek Route Map Pikey Peak Trek Map

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Kathmandu then Cultural Sightseeing Tour

Kathmandu durbar Square Kathmandu durbar Square Area

As you arrive closer to the Tribhuvan International Airport, you’ll be mesmerized by the views of snow-capped mountains and green hills in the backdrop. Upon arrival, head to the terminal after completing all the customs formalities. You’ll be welcomed by our representatives from Third Rock Adventures, who will transfer you to the hotel in Thamel.

Thamel is the tourist hub of Kathmandu valley, located about 5 km from the airport. After settling in at the hotel, you can either stay back to relax or can head out for a cultural sightseeing tour. You will be taken to the nearest UNESCO World Heritage site, Kathmandu Durbar Square. Walking down the alleyways, you’ll come across many ancient temples and statues. Visit the museum there, which was once the long-reigning Shah dynasty’s palace.

If time permits, visit the Swayambhunath temple located in the city's western outskirts on a hilltop. The stupa offers mesmeric wide-angle views of the entire city. After enjoying the sunset, head back to the streets of Thamel and enjoy a welcome dinner with authentic Nepali food.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap (7 to 8 hours, 59km), Trek to Sigane or Japre (2,920m/9,580ft, 4 to 5 hours)

You will begin your day early in the morning as you have to take a drive from Kathmandu to Dhap. Stack up on snacks, energy drinks, and chocolate bars for the long drive. The route takes you to the north of Kathmandu on the Japanese-built Arniko Highway. The first half of the drive is smooth as the road is mostly blacktopped. The Sun Koshi river flows rapidly below the route. You might even spot some adventure groups enjoying rafting in the river.

Then as you head on to the Melamchi- Helambu road, the drive becomes exhilarating. But focusing on the views of the terraced fields of crops, small huts, and houses will keep you occupied. The winding road then takes you to Okhaldhunga. The road from there is blacktopped and is about 3 hours drive. The gradual climb takes you to Dhap, which is our trekking point.

After getting refreshed and munching on some food in Dhap, you will begin your trek to Sigane or Japre village. The trial starts with the first leg at a lush village filled with rhododendron and sub-alpine flowers. Then the view of the steep valley with terrace rice fields and vegetables comes into sight. The mountains open up as you reach Sigane village. The Sherpa homeland of Japre welcomes you with views of Numbur Himal and Mt. Everest. You will settle for the night at Japre. As it has been a long drive and trek, you will fall asleep quickly after a warm glass of local tea.

Overnight stay in Japre village.

Day 3: Trek from Japre to Pikey Peak Base Camp (3,640m/11,942ft, 6 to 7 hours)


Today is one of the most exciting days of the entire trip as you will be heading to the Pikey Peak Base Camp. You will begin your day early in the morning, then head up to the grassy ridge at Bhulbhule. From there, you take a right to Pikey Peak. There is an old herders house and a mani stonewall that you will come across.

Traversing below Taklaung Danda through a lush rhododendron forest, you will eventually reach Pikey Peak Base Camp. The views of the Everest range of mountains look amazing from here and will keep you wondering what you might witness the next day!

As this is a relatively new trekking trail, you will find most of the path deserted and nature all to yourself. The local Sherpa community is constructing a few tea houses to promote internal and external tourism. The tea houses are very modest and with only basic facilities. After settling down, you can head out and enjoy the views, click some pictures. The peak is only a couple of hours away from the base camp; however, the weather is generally unclear in the evening. Hence, we prefer to do the climb early in the morning the next day. Enjoy some local meals and drinks in the evening.

Overnight stay in Pikey Peak Base Camp.

Day 4: Trek from Pikey Peak Base Camp to Pikey Peak Summit (4,065m/13,336 ft) then to Chaulakharka (1,460m/4,790ft, 6 to 7 hours)

pikey Peak View from Pikey Peak

Finally, the wait is over! You will be heading to the much-awaited Pikey Peak summit on this day. Wake up early in the morning before dawn to enjoy the amazing views and begin the trek from behind the tea house. The path initially takes a gradual sloppy climb. Pikey Peak’s weather is cold during the winter seasons, with the snow partly covering the trail. However, it is generally an easy climb rest of the time.

In a short while, you will come across prayer flags decorating the ridge. You have reached the Pikey Peak summit! All that you have heard about this place is true as you are offered amazing Himalayan views. At an elevation of 4,065m/13,336ft, this is perhaps the best vantage point from which the Everest range and Annapurna range views can be seen. You can see up close views of Mt Everest (8848.86m/ 29,031.7ft), Kangchenjunga (8,586m/ 28,169ft), Lhotse (8,516m/27,940ft), Makalu (8,485m/ 27,838ft), and Cho Oyu (8,188m/ 26,864ft). You can see the views beyond 800km on a clear day comprising of Annapurna (8,091m/ 26,545ft), Manaslu (8,156m/ 26,781ft), and Dhaulagiri (8,167m/ 26,795ft). As the sun rays fall upon the mountains, they turn golden and glittery.

After cherishing those amazing views and clicking some pictures, you can head back on the same trail to Pikey Peak Base Camp. Have your breakfast there, then take the trail that goes to the left as you walk along the tree lines. One place worth visiting on the trail is most certainly the local cheese factory located at the entrance of Ngaur village. You will be welcomed by the pretty houses clustered together. Visit the ruins of a gompa/ monastery, which was heavily damaged by an earthquake. The locals have, however, managed to construct a new prayer wheel beside the gompa.

From there on, you will take a steep descent to Kosinasa (2,872m/ 9,422ft), passing by a forest line. Kosinasa is locally called Lamane. Have your lunch, then proceed on to the trail that follows the hillside. Eventually, you will reach a place called Gumba (2,980m/ 9,776ft) with a handful of houses and a gompa. The route takes a right, then a descend, passing through a forest to Namkheli village. Follow Likhu Khola (1,535m/ 5,036ft) and then stop at Chaulakharka pasture for the night stay.

Overnight stay in Chaulakharka.

Day 5: Trek from Chaulakharka to Shivalaya (1,770m/ 5,807ft, 7 to 8 hours)


Have some heavy breakfast because it is a long day’s trek. The first stretch of the leg takes you to Bhandar with a 750m ascend. The trail gets a bit rugged at some areas with a steep climb. Upon reaching Bhandar, you can take some rest and enjoy a warm cup of local tea. From there, you begin your trek to Deurali with a steady climb. The tough part of the trek is crossing the Deurali pass at 3,700m/ 12,139ft. However, the views from the past are rather interesting.

Continue your hike to the west from here, where you come to Deurali village. There are a couple of tea houses here, where you can enjoy a decent Nepali meal while getting the views of Langtang Himal.

After having lunch, continue on the trail that takes a steep descent then levels up until reaching Shivalaya village. The big village situated beside a swift-flowing river offers many tea houses. As it is a long day’s trek, you can make your stop here. But if you wish to walk more, then you can hike up to Jiri as well.

In the evening, interact with the locals to know their way of life and enjoy some local brew and meals.

Overnight stay in Shivalaya.

Day 6: Drive from Shivalaya to Kathmandu (7 to 8 hours, 198 km)

You will bid farewell to the lower Khumbu region and the amazing views of mountains as you take a ride back to Kathmandu city. The bus ride, although long and exhilarating at times, is exciting with serene views. You will pass by the Tama Koshi river, climb to some villages like Charikot and Mudu, then take a downhill ride to Bhote Koshi.

Once you make a stop for lunch along the way, then proceed on to the Arniko Highway. In a couple of hours, you will reach Dhulikhel and into the Kathmandu valley. After about 7 to 8 hours drive, you will reach Kathmandu.

After a long ride, you might want to take a couple of hours of rest at your hotel. In the evening, head out to the streets of Thamel to enjoy the night market. You can visit a local pub or restaurant to relish intercontinental cuisine or authentic Nepali dish. You can also visit the souvenir shops to collect the famous Pashmina shawls, Dhaka hats, thangka paintings to take back home.

Overnight stay at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 7: Depart from Kathmandu

It is time to bid farewell to the beautiful country Nepal as you will be driven to the international airport after breakfast. Depending upon your departure time, you can head to the local souvenir shop to pick up some items as memory if you missed it out the other day.

As our representatives bid you farewell in the terminal, you will reminisce about the amazing time you had with the locals and the views of the Khumbu Himalayas seen from Pikey Peak. If you wish to extend your trip here in Nepal or stay a couple of days more in Kathmandu for some Yoga and meditation practices, consult with us. If you wish to opt for a similar trek like the Mardi Himal Trek in the near future, please contact us.




Trip Reviews

Travel experiences of our clients who recently returned from their trips.
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Colin Simmons
flagsUnited Kingdom
Feb 19, 2021
Best Short trek in Everest region
Great Trek, best-short trek to enjoy stunning views of the mountains including Everest. Adding to this, it is easy trek as well. I agreed to the statement: Edmund Hillary referred pikey Peak to be the best viewpoint of the Everest region. The guide and porter were amazing people. They were helpful and did their job. Great service by the company.
Best Destination
Shawn Cain
flagsUnited Kingdom
Feb 19, 2021
Simply the best!
We booked our Pikey Peak Trek with Third Rock Adventures as recommended by one of our close friends who had traveled with them few years back. We had a nice time and were paid back for every dime that we spent. Experienced guide with a cheerful smile made it even more easier at some of the difficult portions on the trail. We will recommend you to our friends. Thank you guys!
Kent Joseph Joseph
flagsAustria
Oct 09, 2020
Wonderful Experience
I have just returned from doing Pikey Peak Trek. Our guide was first class, professional, friendly, knowledgeable and he looked after us 110%. I wouldn't choose another trip without him. All my questions were answered quickly by the travel expert at TRA. Naba did a meeting at Thamel, Ktm. He was so professional and kind person. The trek was successful without any problems. Our guide, like I mentioned earlier, did his best job. I was explained every details of the trek and given ample time to enjoy my time in the mountains.
Derrick Perez
flagsUnited States of America
Oct 03, 2020
Unforgettable Experience
TRA staff even beyond giving the best experience ever. We trekked to Pikey Peak Viewpoint with our guide Babu. He was awesome as he managed everything accurately and timely. We are more than happy that we chose you over hundreds of trekking agency. We always had the feeling that Naba would be the best for us and we were right. From the very first day in Kathmandu, to all the way back home, we were taken care of by the company. Great Company, highly recommended!!!!
We wanted to do the short trek-other than Everest Base Camp Trek.
the stunning and incredible views from Pikey Peak VIEWPOINT.
This trek is best for anyone. You won't require prior trekking experience.

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