Pike Peak Trek- 16 Days

Pike (pronounced Peekay) Peak Trek also known as "High Solu Trekking", visits the less traveled part of the Solukhumbu-Everest region of Nepal.  This moderate trek is ideal for those who want to veer off the typical tourist trails and try something new.

One of the treks main highlights is a sunrise hike up to Pike Peak, 4065m, one of the tallest hills of Solu, to see the incredible panorama which includes four of the highest mountains in the world Mt. Everest, 8848m, Mt. Kanchanjanga, 8598m Mt. Lostse, 8586m and Mt. Makalu, 8475m, as well as countless other 6000 and 7000m peaks including Ama Dablam 6812m, Thamserku 6623m, Kantega 6780m, Kusum Kangaru 6370m and Mera Peak, 6650m. Pike is grassy hill where Yaks and Naks graze in summer. 

Rather than meeting up with other tourists on the trail you will meet endless mule-trains laden with large sacks lumber. The bells on their necks echo into the valleys. Pike Peak Trekking is a great way to learn about traditional Sherpa culture as the valleys surrounding Pike are a haven of Sherpa culture which have not been tainted by tourism.  The heart-warming hospitality of the locals is a highlight of the Pike Peak Trek.  . These remote villages and monasteries of the Solukhumbu region and offers a chance to interact with local people to learn their way of life.  Wherever we stop we will be offered the typical salty Tibetan tea.

There are few guest houses are found in the area, as these villages have rarely seen tourists.  Hence, we make the Pike Peak Trek a Camping Trek, ideal for nature lovers with alpine forests of rhododendron, magnolia and pine, wildflowers, and wildlife.

At the beautiful Sherpa village of Junbesi you will experience Sherpa culture and ancient Tibetan-Buddhist religion. A most fascinating monastery, believed to be built in 16th century, sits in the middle of Junbesi. All its walls and ceilings are painted with Buddhist paintings (Thankas) and in the middle there is a huge statue of Buddha.

The famous Thuptenchholing Monastery is home to some 500 Buddhist nuns and monks.  The beautiful monastery is perched high above a valley surrounded by streams and tall pines; a magical and peaceful place.   Tibetan prayer flags are strung immense distances across the valleys.  

We can wake up early in the morning and join the nuns in meditation.  It is a wonderful experience to relax to relax to the hum of their prayers reverberating through the brightly frescoed walls. There are occasional intermissions when instruments like horns, cymbals, and drums are played before returning to the humming of prayer.    

At the Tibetan herbal medicine clinic, we can get a check up by the doctor who diagnoses health problems by simply studying the pulses in your wrist.

The trek to Shengeephuk takes us through a mossy forest where there is a cave fashioned from an overhang of rock with bricks and a window. This cave, high on a wall of the valley, is where the highly respected, late Rimpoche spent three years in meditation. Shengeephuk opens up to a breathtaking view of a gigantic valley fed by endless springs. 

The trail climbs steeply uphill to Taksindo La pass, 3070 metres. There is a huge stupa and a large decorated gate at the peak of this pass where we descend on a rugged flagstone path into another valley.

The clear alpine Dudh Kunda (Milk Lake) is considered a holy and locals believe that taking a dip in it on the full moon night in August will bring them blessing.  From Dudh Kunda there is another breathtaking panorama of Everest, Numbur, and down into the forested valley.  

According to your time and interest, there are various options for the Pike Peak Trek.   From Pike Peak, you can continue on to or Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar and then fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.

 

Trip Highlights

 

  •     A moderate hike with very few trekkers
  •     authentic local culture, uninfluenced by tourism
  •     Tibetan Buddist Monasteries
  •     magnificent view  from Pike Peak
  •     glacial Dudh Kunda Lake
  •     A camping trek requires a large staff. Choosing a camping trek provides jobs, like guide, cook, cook’s helper and porters. This income will be saved for their further study and to support their families.
     

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m

Day 2 : Drive to Darap (Hile ) 2840m

Day 3 : Trek to Jhapre, 2820m

Day 4 : Trek to Samdingma, 3200m

Day 5 : 3 hr ascent to Pike Peak, 4090m, and 2 hr decent to Chandingma, 3510m

Day 6 : Chandingma, 3510m– Junbesi 2700m

Day 7 : Rest day and visit Thuptenchholing Monastery, 2920m

Day 8 : Trek Junbesi to Shengeephuk, 3940m, 6-7 hrs

Day 9 : Trek Shengeephuk to Sensare Danda, 5-6hrs

Day 10 : Trek to Dudh Kunda, 4561m, 4 hrs

Day 11 : Trek to Taksindu La, 2800m, 5-6 hrs

Day 12 : Trek Sensare Danda to Beni, 3800m, 4hrs

Day 13 : Explore in Taksindu Buddhist School / Monastery

Day 14 : Trek to Phaplu 3-4hrs

Day 15 : Phaplu / Kathmandu Flight

Day 16 : Departure from Kathmandu

Cost Include(s)

  • Transportation from airport-hotel-airport.
  • 2 nights stay in hotel on B/B plan.( 2-star hotel category)
  • All camping equipment
  • Meals prepared by our cook.
  • Foam mattress
  • Sleeping tents, dining tent & toilet tent
  • Table and chairs
  • Wages of Sherpa porters, cook and guide
  • Insurance for  Sherpa porters, cook and  guide
  • All transportation mentioned in the program
  • All trek permits, park fees and local taxes. Trek Permit & Any required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Airfare  -Phaplu - Kathamndu
  • Drive to Darap from Kathmandu by jeep 


 


Cost Exclude(s)

  •  International roundtrip Airfare
  • Nepal visa fee: US$ 30
  • Travel & Health Insurance- Emergency Helicopter Rescue Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Any meals ( Lunch & Dinner) in kathmandu – keep $ 10-15 per meal for standard tourist restaurent
  • Alcoholic Drinks, Cold Drinks, Mineral Water, Beverages,
  • Tips for guide, Cook, Sherpa and Porters Yak men and Donkey men (it is customary to tip)
  • Any Other Cost, which is not mentioned in Cost Includes Items as above
  • Unforeseen Costs such as Flight Cancellation or Delayed, Sick in Trek, and Helicopter rescue in Trek,
  • Cost accrued due to bad weather etc which is out of our control
  • Guided tours of Kathmandu Valley can be arranged on request
Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
12 March, 2017 27 March, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
17 March, 2017 01 April, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
01 April, 2017 16 April, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
10 April, 2017 25 April, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
17 April, 2017 02 May, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
02 May, 2017 17 May, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
18 May, 2017 02 June, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
12 September, 2017 27 September, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
20 September, 2017 05 October, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
04 October, 2017 19 October, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
10 October, 2017 25 October, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
20 October, 2017 04 November, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
30 October, 2017 14 November, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
12 November, 2017 27 November, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
24 November, 2017 09 December, 2017 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
12 March, 2018 27 March, 2018 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
17 March, 2018 01 April, 2018 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
01 April, 2018 16 April, 2018 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
10 April, 2018 25 April, 2018 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
17 April, 2018 02 May, 2018 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
02 May, 2018 17 May, 2018 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now
18 May, 2018 02 June, 2018 USD 1500 per person Available Book Now

The Best Months for Pike Peak Trekking

Every season has its own beauty however those who come in March or April will be awed to see the rhododendron forests in bloom.  There are five different species of the national Rhododendron which account for the range of colors: red, purple, pink, magenta, and white and many wildflowers including wild orchids. Fall trekkers who come in September and October after the monsoon has passed, will find the weather is clear and the landscape lush and green.

A winter trek is possible for those who don’t mind the cold, anytime from December to March.  In February local Sherpa tribes celebrate their New Year festival of Losar or Yulsang. The Sherpa warmly welcome tourists who come to help celebrate their favorite festival!

The Dumji Festival in May or June, is another very special celebration honoring the birth of Guru Rinpoche.   During the four-day long Dumji celebration the Junbesi monastery becomes alive with dancing and drinking as well as more serious rituals and masked dances performed by the monks.  The sacred dance performed by the monks is locally known as Chham.  If you time your Pike Peak Trek to coincide with the Dumji Festival (the date is determined by the lunar calendar) you will get a wonderful chance to experience the famous Sherpa hospitality and culture.

In July each year, the Sherpa people of the valleys around Pike gather to celebrate their clan god called Pike Lhapchen Karwoo.  Sherpas decked out in their finest attire  come to thank the god of Pike and all the sentient beings for helping them and ask blessing.  A July trek is not recommended because of it is the peak of monsoon, a time of leeches, muddy, slippery trails, clouds and rain.

Drinking Water on the Pike Peak Trek

We provide drink boiled water and suggest that you bring chlorine tablets as an extra precaution. Mineral water is available in a few places, but there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Fitness/Health

If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.


Local Customs You Should Know About on the Pike Peak Trek

Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.


Travel Insurance for the Pike Peak Trek

It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Flight Delay/Cancellation

Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.

If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay the trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you could travel by land (10-12 hours by jeep) or choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Phaplu, you will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation.  Your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting.

If you wish to make an alternative arrangement Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions will assist in making the booking, but will not cover any additional costs of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.

There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.

It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.

If flight cancellations at the end of the trek delay the return to Kathmandu, the client is responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Phaplu.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 16 Days

Price : US $1500 p/p

Trip Grade : Moderate

Group Size:2 - 12 Persons

Maximum Height:4561m

Activities:Trekking

Transport:Domestic flight and private vehicle

Starting:Kathmandu

Ending:Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu:2 Nights ( BB plan)

Camping services:Meals on the climbing period 13 days camping (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tang juice, fruit, tea and coffee

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