Pikey Peak Trek - 7 days

Pikey Peak Trek - 7 days


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 mount 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 Junbesi, then Salleri, 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 8,000m 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.
  • Views of Langtang region from Deurali pass at 3,700m/ 12,139ft to the Deurali village
  • Scenic drive from Salleri 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 (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and then Cultural Sightseeing Tour
Day 2 Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap and Trek to Japre (2,920m/9,580ft) - 7 to 8 hours drive and 3 to 4 hours trek
Day 3 Trek from Japre to Pikey Peak Base Camp (3,640m/11,942ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 4 Trek from Pikey Peak Base Camp to Pikey Peak Summit (4,065m/13,336 ft), then to Junbesi (2,700m/8,858ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek
Day 5 Trek from Junbesi (2,700m/8,858ft) to Salleri (2,390m/7,840ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek
Day 6 Drive from Salleri (2,390m/7,840ft) to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 7 to 8 hours drive
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 4,065m/13,336ft. 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 toreaching Junbesi for an overnight stay.

On the following day, the trail traverses a rugged area heading to Bhandar, then to Deurali pass at 3,700, from where views of Langtang range can be observed on a clear day. From Deurali village, take a steep descend to Salleri village for the stay.

Bidding farewell to the Solukhumbu region, take a drive from Sallery 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.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - Transfer to Hotel and 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 and Trek to Japre (2,920m/9,580ft) - 7 to 8 hours drive and 3 to 4 hours trek

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 BP 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.

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 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 trek


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 Junbesi (2,700m/8,858ft) - 6 to 7 hours trek

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 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.

You will then follow the trail downhill to the rhododendron forests and reach Jase Bhanjyang. Continue the beautiful trail to Lamjura where you can rest for a quick lunch. The trail then slowly descends to the valley through lush rhododendron forests and in about a few hours, you will reach Junbesi. If you have time, you can visit the old monastery there and also admire the stunning views of Numbur Chuli peak.

Overnight stay in Junbesi.

Day 5
Trek from Junbesi (2,700m/8,858ft) to Salleri (2,390m/7,840ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek

Today is the last day of this trek. You can expect to reach Salleri from Junbesi in about 5 hours. The trail is comparatively easier as you descend down to Phalpu. This village is a gateway village in the lower Solu Khumbu and starting points for many treks in the Everest region. On this day you can expect to catch sight of Mt. Everest, Makalu, and surrounding peaks. En route, you can visit Chiwong Gompa perched on a cliff overlooking the valley. Continue the trail to Phalpu and complete the continuous uphill walk to Salleri.

Overnight stay in Salleri.

Day 6
Drive from Salleri (2,390m/7,840ft) to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 7 to 8 hours drive

Finally, the day has arrived for us to get back to Kathmandu. Salleri is about 335km away from Kathmandu and it should take only 8 hours to reach Kathmandu. The bus ride, although long and exhilarating at times, is exciting, with serene views. 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 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, and 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.


Optional Itinerary - 1

This itinerary entails the same route as the standard Pikey Peak trek except that you will take a detour to Thubtenchoeling Monastery. This route will take you to Phaplu from Taksindu.

Day 1         

Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)

Day 2

Drive to Dhap, Trek to Japre (2,920m/9,580ft) - 7 to 8 hours drive and 3 to 4 hours trek

Day 3

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

Day 4

Sunrise at Pikey Peak, Trek to Loding (2,515 m/8,251 ft)- 7 to 8 hours trek

Day 5

Trek from Loding to Junbesi, Visit Thubtenchoeling Monastery  (2,680m/8,790ft) Walking distance: 7 to 8 hours trek

Day 6

Trek from Junbesi to Taksindu  (2,960 m/9,711 ft) - 5 to 6 hours trek.

Day 7

Trek from Taksindu to Phaplu, Visit Chiwong Monastery (2,380m/7,806ft) Walking distance- 4-5 hours trek

Day 8

Drive from Phaplu to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 8 to 9 hours drive

Day 9

Departure

Optional Itinerary - 1

This 11-day itinerary is ideal for those who aren't pressed for time. The route traverses the trail through Salleri, Ghunsa, and Pattale leading to Jhapre. This trail is relatively less-crowded and lets your explore the traditional villages of Sherpa, Tamang and Magar people.

Day 01         

Arrival At Kathmandu  (1,400m/4,592ft)

Day 02

Kathmandu To Phaplu, Trek To Salleri (1,400m/4,592ft) - 8-9 hours drive, and 2-3 hours trek

Day 03

Salleri To Ghunsa (2,250m/7,380 ft)- 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 04

Ghunsa To Pattale (2,840m/9,315ft)- 7 to 8 hours trek

Day 05

Pattale To Jhapre (2,820m/9,249ft)- 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 06

Jhapre To Pikey (4,065m/13,333ft)- 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 07

Pikey To Junbesi (2,680m/87,90ft)- 4 to 5 hours trek

Day 08

Junbesi To Thuptenchholing, Back To Junbesi (2,680m/8,790ft)- 3 to 4 hours trek

Day 09

Junbesi To Phaplu (2,380m/7,806ft)- 5 to 6 hours trek

Day 10

Phaplu To Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) - 8 to 9 hours drive

Day 11

Final Departure


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Conor Barrett
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Nov 25, 2022
Amazing Trek
My friend from the USA recommended me this trek and I loved it. I had few days so I decided to do this trek. My guide who was also a friend of my friend, was a great company along the route. He would book in advance for my room and order delicious food. He would offer me hot water immediately after we reach the teahouse for overnight,.He would then ask me my preference for food and order it to serve the best. That was the best part. The trek was easy for me as I have been doing hiking and trekking a lot sicne 10 years. Nepal is truly the most beautiful country in the world and and for this reason you must choose the best travel company for best expereicne I want to Recommend Third Rock to you.
Kenneth Fremault
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Sep 28, 2022
Pikey Peak Adventure
Pikey peak trek is a great trek for everyone. You must go with someone who is highly experienced and fit for any issue that may arise while trekking, just like dol from Third Rock Adventures. He was quick and responsive to my orders and would look for the best available service. I had the bestest experience there in Nepal. In Thamel I got to meet the team and Naba. He was genuinely the best guy for Nepal Travel.
Jay Hall
flagsUnited States of America
Sep 28, 2022
Pikey Peak
The trek is unbelievably good. I loved the trail and the less-crowded teahouses. I consider myself lucky that I organized my trek through Third Rock. Naba was really helpful with every details and the price was comparatively good. I am definitely going with them again.
Bay De Kang
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Sep 25, 2022
Beautiful Trek
Rishi did his best part by taking care us from the very first day. I am much more thankful to Naba for his wonderful job of organizing everything from first Whatsapp text to the final departure. The trek is truly an amazing adventure. The local people were lovely and needless to say, the local food was out of this world for me. I am so in love with NEPALI people and their culture.
Colin Simmons
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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.
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Shawn Cain
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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
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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
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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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