Pikey Peak
Nepal

Goli gompa
  • TRIP TYPE: Trekking
  • TRIP GRADE: Moderate
  • TRIP STYLE: Tea House
  • TRIP LEADER: Local Leader
  • GROUP SIZE: 2 - 10 people
  • NEXT DEPARTURE: 07 Mar 2021

Details

Our Pikey Peak trek follows a delightful trail in the lower Everest region known as Solu Khumbu while staying in local teahouse lodges. From the summit of Pikey Peak there is a view of the highest mountain of the world, Mt. Everest (8,848m).

After a drive from Kathmandu the trek begins from the small town of Shivalaya. This place is also known as the starting point for the traditional Everest Base Camp whereas these days most people fly directly into Lukla airstrip.

With this eight day trek and you will see a wonderful cross section of Nepal. After leaving Shivalaya you start by trekking through traditional Tamang and Sherpa villages and terraced fields then you enter the forest zone with rhododendron and bamboo then further up above the tree line into the alpine zone. 

Pikey Peak (4,065m) is a panoramic viewpoint of Himalayan mountains. From the summit you can see Mount Everest, Mount Numbur and Mount Lhotse. Our itinerary has been carefully designed for gradual acclimatisation to high altitude in order to maximise your chances of safely summitting Pikey Peak (4,065m).

Other highlights of this trip including a visit to the monastery called Thupten Chöling Monastery and tasting local cheese from the grazing Yaks (Naks) plus local organic foods.

  • In October 2019 we organised a reconnaissance trek led by Ade Summers, one of our International leaders, where he inspected the lodges and walked up to the summit of Pikey Peak (4,065m) following this itinerary. We have modified the itinerary based on this feedback
  • The acclimatisation schedule for our 8 day trek has worked well for our groups in the past with an excellent success rate of our trekkers reaching the summit of Pikey Peak.
  • We are Himalayan trekking specialists and we have been operating trips in Nepal for many years. Roland Hunter, owner and founder of The Mountain Company, has modified this itinerary based on his first-hand experience of the Everest region.
  • Read our AITO Traveller Reviews for Pikey Peak where our overall holiday rating is 100%. Our approach to organising trips in the Himalayas has helped The Mountain Company win awards such as 2018 Gold Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year and 2015 Bronze Award as AITO Tour Operator of the Year.
  • The Mountain Company will receive bespoke weather forecasts for the Everest region from EverestWeather.com and from our in house forecasting throughout the duration of this trek.
  • We send a Thuraya satellite phone on all of our treks in Nepal. It is essential for your guide to have reliable communications with us for logistics, planning and group safety.
  • We provide all porters with windproof jacket & trousers, crampons and shelter as per International Porter Protection Group (“IPPG”) guidelines.
  • We bring a comprehensive first aid kit plus high altitude medicine, antibiotics and other medicines. 
  • Pre trip support will be given by our Operations team with first hand knowledge of Pikey Peak trek. During high season we have a TMC representative from our UK Operations team based in Kathmandu.

Itinerary

Fly to Kathmandu

No meals

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

You will be met on arrival at Kathmandu airport and driven back to the hotel.  Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer.

Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Breakfast

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

This is a one day guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley visiting three out of the seven World Heritage Sites. You will start off by visiting Patan Durbar Square then drive to the Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath followed by the last stop of the day at the Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath. The tour is likely to finish around 4pm and the rest of the day is free to further explore Kathmandu.

Three major towns are located in the valley, Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur, each having a great artistic and architectural tradition. Kathmandu is the capital and the largest city in the country. Patan, the second largest is separated from Kathmandu by a river. Bhaktapur, the third largest, is towards the eastern end of the valley and its relative isolation is reflected in its slower pace and more distinctly mediaeval atmosphere. 

In the Valley the landscape is dramatically sculpted by the contours of the paddy fields. The towns and villages are alive with the colours of farm produce, ranging from pyramids of golden grain to the vivid reds of chilli peppers laid out on mats to dry in the sun. In the streets and towns there is a constant bustle of activity, especially in the bazaars and markets where the farmers sell their vegetables and fruit.

Drive to Shivalaya (8 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

Today we have an early start leaving the Kathmandu Valley in a private vehicle. Soon we escape the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu for the countryside driving through fields of wheat and millet, we see the farms and villages of rural Nepal. 

The road follows the Sun Kosi river until our lunch place in Khadi Chur. After lunch we cross the river and zig zag up into the foothills. Looking out of the window we can see rural Nepal life slowly going about their daily chores.

After arriving to the town of Jiri we have a further one hours drive to get to our destination at Shivalaya and where we check into a friendly Sherpa tea house lodge.

Walking 9km (6 to 7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

After breakfast, your guide will take to the check post where your permit and National Park ticket will be inspected. Then we start the trek and once over a bridge over the river we head up into the hills. We are following the historical trail used by the 1953 Everest expedition when the highest mountain in the world was climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzin Norgay.

We will have some short rest stops at the various settlements we pass through and taking some time to watch the farmers working hard in their fields of wheat and millet. After about an hour to walk through the settlement of Sangba Danda, this is a good place for a rest and enjoy the view. 

We have to join the newly constructed road after about an hour for just 20 minutes before heading back on to the trail to contour and ascend on stone steps for a further 2 to 2 ½ hours onto the ridge at Deurali Pass. The pass is visible ahead on the ridgeline with a phone mast and houses. We will stop for lunch and as we eat our traditional dhal bhat lunch we can see many terraced field villages on the far away hills.

After lunch there is a short 1 to 1 ½ hours descent to the village of Bhandar. On the way we will pass an old and impressive Mani (pray) wall and we will make sure we pass on the respect left side. Our tea house is right next to the local Stupa and Gompa (Monastery) which we can visit after we have had a rest and a cup of tea in our tea house lodge.

Walking 8km (6 to 7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

Today is a challenging but rewarding day today as we start the ascent of Pikey Peak. Once we leave the village of Bhandar, we head off the main Jiri to Lukla trail and join the less trekked trail to Pikey Peak. 

We descend down to the main river and along the way we will see the village Mani (pray wall) and village life. After we have crossed the river we start ascent to our next destination of Goli Gompa. We will stop for lunch after 1 1/2 hours in Likhu Pike (1,898m) at a traditional tea house surrounded by fields of wheat and millet, goat and cow and marigold flowers in the garden. If the weather is clear there are views of Mount Numbur and the lake at Dudh Khunda.

After lunch you leave the lodge on steep stone staircase for ½ hour and then for a further ½ hour on a flatter section of the trail. After another ½ hour you cross an old abandoned road that brings you to a small kharka (meadow). Then follow the tree log staircase and shortly after you pass an old grassy mani wall and small stupa.

It is a further hour or so to the lodge at Namkheli at 2,400m and along the way we see mani walls, a Hindu Shrine and Nepali rural life.

Walking 9km (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

In the morning after two hours of walking up the stone steps, you reach the top of the ridge and see the wonderful prayer flags of Goli Gompa. When we arrive at Goli Gompa where we can visit one of the three monasteries and later relax with a cup of tea and enjoy the spectacular Himalaya views.

From Goli Gompa we will get our first view of our object Pikey Peak which is directly opposite us. The trail follows through the forest of mature pine gaining height throughout the day however the trail today is not as steep as yesterday and on the way we will have a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains. Also we will pass many Mani (pray) walls and Mani stones with ancient Buddhist stone inscriptions. After a while we will pop out of the forest into the settlement of Ngaur with several teahouse lodges and old gompa (monastery).

Walking 4km (3 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

Today we will reach Pikey Peak Base Camp. We leave Ngaur village in the pine forest, walking through rhododendron trees following a lovely stone trail. After an hour we will emerge from the forest a get a view of Pikey Peak Base Camp a few hours more up the trail. We will arrive for lunch and you get a view of Goli Gompa in the ridge below.

After lunch we will stretch our legs and walk a bit more by walking further up the trail to gain a bit more altitude and have a look at our trail for tomorrow. Just an hour up the trail we will see the Summit and pray flags of Pikey Peak Two as well as the spectacular view looking back down the valleys below. We will return to Pikey Peak Base Camp for a relaxing afternoon looking forward to our summit the next day.

Walking 8.5km (7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

A great day in the hills awaits you today and if the skies are clear you can see views of Mount Everest as well as Thamserku, Khangtega, Kangchenjunga, Numbur, Khatang, Karyolung, Mera, Salpa Bhanjyang, Ramdung, Manaslu, Dhualagiri, Gauri Shanker, and Dorje Lapka peaks.

We leave camp and start climbing up to Pikey Peak Two at 4,060m. It is well worth an early rise if the skies are clear for a more spectacular view. We should reach the summit after just over an hour and we can get our summit photo next to the summit pray flags.

Once at summit of Pikey Peak Two we descend down from the summit to a pass where it is well worth the extra effort to climb back up for 15mins more for the summit of Pikey Peak One. This is slightly higher at 4,063m versus the altitude of Pikey Peak Two at 4,060m. 

From the summit of Pikey Peak One we continue our trek for a further 2 hours with a descent to Jase Bhanjyang at 3,550m where at times this is a steep rocky descent. After a well-earned lunch at Jase Bhanjyang we trek through rhododendron forest and meadows often with flowers to our destination of Lamjura Pass. Lamjura La is and back on the main Jiri to Lukla trekking route.

Walking 6km (4 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

Today starts with a descent down through rhododendron forest on a good zigzag trail descending into the valley below. After about 1 ½ hours we emerge from the forest into farmland and walk through fields of wheat, barley and potatoes. As we walk through the fields it’s like time hasn’t moved on with the farms plough the fields with oxen and the locals working the fields by hand.

After a further 2 hours we walk through small settlements with the pray flays and stupas before arriving at the Sherpa village of Junbesi, in time for lunch.

After lunch we can visit the Thupten Chöling Monastery, which is well worth the extra 3-hour round trip. The monastery was established in the 1960s and it is also known as Tibetan Refugee Camp, where more than 1000 small nuns and monks’ houses can be seen. There is also an option to visit the Edmund Hillary school this after or a Monastery in Junbesi village.

Walking 9km (6 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

If you didn’t visit the Hillary school yesterday, we will have a chance this morning as we leave Junbesi village. Once we cross the river to have a short 30-minute climb to gain the ridge which is called “Shimi Danda or Bean Ridge.” It is a lovely walk through the forest and once we emerge we can look back and see the Lamjura Pass we crossed yesterday and our route down to Junbesi.

We descend down to the river after a further hour we cross the Dudhkund khola river on a classic Nepali suspension bridge and followed by a short climb up to Ringmo village for a late lunch.

After lunch we continue our journey on a high open trail, on the way wild herbs grow, “Tite Pathi” is used by the locals for coughs and colds. After a few hours we can have a cup of tea at a local tea house and admire the views of the mountains in front of us. We can see Thamserku, Kangtega,and Mera Peak. below we can see the airport at Phaplu. We stay at one of the teahouse lodges at Taksindu La.

Walking 10km (6 to 7 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Teahouse lodge

From Taksindu La we walk uphill for about 2 ½ to 3 hours to the viewpoint. The trail follows through old forest on a good path. We walk along the ridge up with only occasional views of the mountains as the area was heavily wooded. The viewpoint is 3,700m where there is a large communication pylon and solar panels. From the viewpoint we descend on a trail down to the town of Phaplu.

Drive to Kathmandu (8 hours)

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Today is an early start as we board our transport to Kathmandu. Driving through the Nepali countryside while watching rural life as we pass by. We join the main BP highway following the Sun Koshi river, into the Kathmandu Valley.

Fly home

Breakfast

Transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight back home.  End of trip.

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What's Included

  • All transfers including airport collections.
  • Private vehicle for drive to Shivalaya and from Phaplu back to Kathmandu.
  • One day sightseeing in Kathmandu with Nepalese cultural guide and private vehicle.
  • Twin share room at Hotel Tibet or Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu.
  • Twin share room with common bathroom while on trek.
  • Breakfast only at hotel in Kathmandu, all meals included while on trek. Trek meals include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits plus two course dinner (soup and main meal) plus up to two cups of hot drinks per meal.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits and fees, Nepalese guide(s) and porter(s). We provide one trekking guide for group size of two people and two guides for a group size of three people and three guides for group size of six people plus.
  • The porterage allowance for your main bag to be carried by a porter is 15kg.
  • Bespoke weather forecasts for Solu Khumbu region from EverestWeather.com throughout the duration of this trek.
  • Thuraya satellite phone for organising logistics and medical evacuations, it can also be also used for personal calls at extra cost.
  • Trekking map given to you on arrival to Kathmandu.
  • Rubberised luggage tags posted to you before departure.
  • Full financial protection for all monies paid to us through our membership of Association of Bonded Travel Operators Trust (our ABTOT membership number is 5365) and having an Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (our ATOL number is 10921).
  • Pre departure support and advice from The Mountain Company by email, phone or face to face meetings in London. After booking with us we will send our comprehensive “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes.

What's Not Included

  • International flight to/from Kathmandu.
  • Travel & trekking insurance.
  • Nepal visa for 30 days at US$40 (approx £25).
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Personal clothing & equipment, please see the Appendix for suggested kit list.
  • Tips (guidance on amounts included in our “Nepal Pre Trip Information” notes).
  • Other items not listed in “What is included”.

Accommodation

Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu

Hotel Tibet is located in Lazimpat next to the Radisson and is our usual hotel for our standard trips in Nepal.

We have used Hotel Tibet for over 15 years and our previous clients enjoy staying at this property due to its good location, comfortable rooms and high level of service. There is a garden terrace next to the restaurant on the ground floor and the roof terrace with the Yeti Bar overlooking the city.


Teahouse lodge in Nepal

While on trek at a teahouse lodge in Nepal there are twin share rooms with common bathroom and a heated communal dining room. 

We will provide all meals at the lodges and include breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and biscuits plus two course dinner (soup and main meal) plus up to two cups of hot drinks per meal. We regularly inspect and select the best lodges in each location.


Practical Information

Communications

We bring a Thuraya satellite phone for logistical, safety and personal use. Personal calls charged at £4 (US$5 or €4.50) per minute and £2 (US$3 €4.50) to send and receive SMS text.

Clothing and Equipment List for Pikey Peak

For the safety of everyone in the group and to help ensure a successful trek, you are required to have the following items in our clothing and equipment list tailored for Pikey Peak trek.

As a reminder, the weather on this trek will vary season to season and day to day as you ascend to higher elevations. During the first couple of days on Pikey Peak trek you are likely to experience quite warm conditions and you will experience the coldest temperatures at Pikey Peak Base Camp at an altitude of 3,640m where overnight lows can get down to around -8˚C.

 Each trekker should bring one backpack for gear required during the day. Your day backpack will contain items such as warm clothes, jacket, camera, water bottles, personal first aid kit and snacks.The rest of your personal equipment packed in a duffel or kit bag will be carried by a porter. The maximum weight allowance for your duffel bag  is 15kg. Please ensure that your bag is marked clearly on the outside for easy identification.

We suggest you print the kit list and tick items off as you pack them then weigh your kit bag before you come on trek.

Footwear:

  • Walking boots. A pair of water repellent boots with ankle support.
  • Walking socks.
  • Trainers or trail shoes. Can be used in lodge in the evenings.
  • A pair of knee high gaiters used to keep boots dry if walking through deep snow or on wet ground.

Clothing:

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers (goretex or similar). For use if it rains or snows during the trek.
  • Trekking trousers. Minimum two pairs of trousers.
  • Long sleeve shirts (not cotton). Minimum two shirts.
  • Micro fleece.
  • Mid to heavyweight fleece.
  • Sleeveless/ gilet or body warmer type fleece. This will help keep your core warm while not bulking when layering up. Gilet fleece can be used in combination with base layers, other fleeces and down jacket to provide maximum warmth and insulation.
  • Thermals or base layer for top & bottom (merino wool or synthetic).
  • Fleece pants. To be worn around camp or added as an additional layer when the temperatures start to drop higher up.
  • Medium weight down jacket (eg Nuptse jacket by The North Face)

Handwear:

  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens and/or gloves.

Headwear:

  • Wool or fleece hat.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bandana or scarf. (eg. Buff Headwear check out http://www.buffwear.com)
  • Bring extra batteries.
  • Sunglasses.

Personal Equipment:

  • Sleeping bag.  Maximum overnight lows at Pikey Peak Base Camp will be around -8 Celsius. Note: it is possible to rent a bag in Kathmandu from Shonas Rental.
  • Fleece or silk liner for your sleeping bag. A liner protects your sleeping bag from getting dirty and helps by adding extra insulation to keep you warm at night.
  • Recommended size is 30 litres or larger as you need to have enough space to carry water bottles, camera, snacks and extra clothing such as down jacket etc. It is also a good idea to bring a rain cover to keep the contents dry.
  • Trekking poles (Black Diamond with “Flick Lock” are best). Having two poles is mandatory as required for your safety on steep and loose sections of the trail and for walking through deep snow higher up.
  • Stuff sacks for keeping your gear dry and organised. Or even better are fold- drybags such as from Exped.
  • Two water bottles (Nalgene wide mouth bottles are the best).
  • Sunscreen and lipsalve with a high SPF.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Water purification tablets (Pristine, Biox Acqua or Acqa Mira).
  • Favourite snack food.
  • Books, ipod and cards etc.
  • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards.
  • Insurance certificate.
  • Earplugs (optional).
  • Baby wipes (optional).
  • Hand sanitizer (optional).

Travelling:

  • Duffle bag or large backpack for your personal gear on the trek (carried by a porter). Bring a small combination padlock to secure the bag.
  • Travel clothes. You will need casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.
  • Toiletry bag include toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, etc.

Personal first aid kit:

Note: we provide a comprehensive group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as:

  • Any personal medications.
  • Blister treatment (Compeed patches are the best).
  • Rehydration powder eg Dioralyte.
  • Analgesics (paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin).
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape.
  • Throat lozenges.
  • Diamox (helps with acclimatisation).

Threat and risk assessment for Pikey Peak

Participants should be aware trekking, mountaineering and travelling in a developing country are activities that involve a risk of personal injury or death. As a condition of booking you must accept these risks and be responsible for your own actions and involvement. 

Adventure travel requires an open and flexible attitude. You may experience extreme conditions, unpredictable weather and last minute changes to the itinerary beyond our control. The ability to work in team is an important aspect of all of our trips.

As a part of our planning process we have performed a detailed threat and risk assessment for our Pikey Peak. It is worth pointing out all of our trips have a certain degree of risk, this is of course part of the attraction of adventure travel and why so many people choose to join this type of holiday. However by identifying the potential hazards on Pikey Peak we can assess the level of risk and implement control measures to reduce this happening.

Our full threat and risk assessment for Pikey Peak is available to clients on request. For your information we have listed below a summary of the significant risks and hazards identified by us:

  • Falls and trips resulting in physical injury eg. slipping on ice or falling off the path. There are exposed sections on the descent from the passes so it is necessary for anyone joining this trek to have accurate foot placement while walking and confidence in walking on rocky terrain without a defined trail
  • Altitude illness including but not limited to AMS, HACE and HAPE.
  • Getting lost or becoming separated from group eg. crossing high passes in whiteout.
  • Severe bad weather and conditions when camping.
  • Climatic injuries (dehydration, sun burn, heat exhaustion, hypothermia or heat stroke). Please note it will very hot and humid with temperatures often more than 30 Degrees Celsius for the first three days of the trek.
  • Crossing a river with no bridge resulting in drowning and/ or a fall.
  • Rock fall and landslides.
  • Lightning strike.
  • Wildlife, pack animals (eg. donkeys or horses) or stray dogs. Pack animals have been known to knock people off the path. Dogs can attack and bite, we advise you discuss rabies vaccination with your doctor.
  • Earthquake.
  • Risk of fire in the hotel or lodge.
  • Endemic local diseases. We advise you discuss vaccinations with your doctor before departure.
  • Physiological injury such as heart attack, appendicitis, hernia, toothache etc. in a remote area.
  • Road traffic accident. We use a private bus or jeep from Kathmandu to Ngadi.
  • Contaminated food and/ or water.

This trip visits a remote area where you are away from normal emergency services and medical facilities. In case of a serious injury requiring hospitalisation evacuation could take up to several days and may impede your ensuing recovery. Helicopters are the most usual means of evacuation, however they are not always available or they may be hindered by poor weather and flying conditions.

Weather and climate for Pikey Peak

The traditional trekking season in Nepal is late September to May, with October and November generally recognised as having the best weather. Spring is also a popular time of year with warmer weather and the advantage of seeing spring flowers and rhododendrons in bloom.

This trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the altitude and the time of day. In the mountains between 1,000m and 3,500m the nights will be cool, normally around 5˚C, and during the day temperatures sometimes rise to 25˚C.  At higher altitudes temperatures range from about 15˚C to -15˚C.

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