pikeypeaktrekking
pikeypeaktrekking
pikeypeaktrekking
pikeypeaktrekking
Pike Peak Trekking
Pike Peak Trekking
  • Duration:9 Nights 10 Days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Group:1 - 12
  • Activity:Hiking & Trekking
  • Pickup:TIA Airport
  • Max altitude: 4060m

About Pike Peak Trekking

Pike (pronounced Pikey) Trekking also known as "Low 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 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 basic  Tea houses are found in the area, as these villages have rarely seen tourists 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.    

We trek to the other side of the valley to Ringmu, where endless mule-trains laden with large sacks lumber into the hinterland. The bells on their neck echo into the valley. The trail climbs steeply uphill to the pass at Taksindo, at  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.

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

Ready to challenge yourself with an interesting climb of a 6000m peak? We organize exciting adventure climbs of Island Peak 6189m and Lobuche East Peak 6119m as an add on climb to any of the Everest region treks. We recommend our guests to do the Everest Base Camp Trek or Gokyo Valley and Everest Base Camp Trek or Khumbu Three High Passes Trek before attempting for either Island Peak or Lobuche East Peak.

Highlights of Pike Peak Trekking

  • a moderate hike with very few trekkers
  • authentic local culture, uninfluenced by tourism
  • tibetan Buddist Monasteries
  • magnificent view  from Pike Peak
  • lower solu trek 

Itinerary

Expand AllHide All

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Flying to Kathmandu is in itself an exciting and memorable experience. On a clear day you will get a panoramic view of the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range. In the airport, after completing the visa formalities, collect your luggage downstairs. As you exit the airport terminal, you will be met by our representative carrying your name on a signboard as well as our company signboard, Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. You will be taken to your hotel in our vehicle, where you will be served free welcome drinks, tea or coffee or juice as you check in.

The Managing Director of our company will meet you in the hotel and provide more information about the expedition. Your dues must be cleared before we proceed on the trip. Afterward, you are free to relax or explore around the city.

  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Private Car

Journey starts early morning leaving hustle bustle Kathmandu valley to Dhap Dalda via Okhaldungha by private 4W land cruiser which takes almost 8 hours driving along the Sun Koshi, later joining Tama Koshi and become roaring big Koshi River until reaching Ghurmi where we take Dal Bhat in small local restaurant for lunch. It takes about 3 hours of driving to arrive in Ghurmi. Then smooth drives goes uphill continuously towards north through the sub tropical forests of Pine to dense forests of Rhododendron passing several country side villages, beautiful landscapes and valleys until reaching Dhap Dalda (2930m) which takes about 3 hours.

To explore the fascinated village with several local shops give you the different experience of knowing local people and culture, their way of life. In the clear sky, the awesome mountain view of Numbur Chuli feels you that you are already closed to the Himalaya.

Today the trail is easy, and we can see wild orchids, beautiful landscapes as we walk along the Solu – Okhaldhunga border. We also visit Buddhists stupas, monasteries and learn a lot about Sherpa culture on this trek.

Then trail from Sigane follows again a road under construction for the first couple of hours. The first village is called Jahpre (2815m). It’s perched above a deep valley with nice views of Everest and the Number Himal. There’s a pretty little Gompa and Stupa here. This is also another best view point for all high Himalayan range to north. Here you find few lodges with its comfort and plenty of food items.  

  • Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 10 hrs
  • 2,820 m/9,249 ft
  • Private 4 Wheel

Today we pass through rhododendron forests, see yak grazing in the pastures, and look at those beautiful mountains from new angles. Today Pike Peak comes into view. We visit the age-old monasteries, Buddhists stupas and Mani stones. 

  • Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 3,640 m/11,939 ft

The climb to the summit of Pike is steep, but fairly easy. From the top of Pike, we will see Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and other great peaks. After feasting our eyes on the view, we head back down to Jase Bhamjang 

  • Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 4 hrs
  • 3,550 m/11,644 ft

We walk down a gently declining trail through the unique landscape of pine and rhododendron forests, passing through the small village of Tumbuk before reaching the beautiful village of Junbesi on the edge of the forest, with a great view of Numbur Mountain. 

  • Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 2,700 m/8,856 ft

We spend a day to explore Junbesi and surroundings. We hike 1.5 hr to the 16th century Thupten Chhulen Monastery where about four hundred Sherpa and Tibetan monks and nuns reside for meditation. Some monks also live in meditation caves carved in the side of the hill near the monastery. We may hope for a blessing from the Lama in this monastery who is of a very high level incarnate of Buddha. There is also a traditional Tibetan herbal medicine clinic, or amchi, at Thupten Chhulen.  

  • Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3 hrs
  • 2,700 m/8,856 ft

The trail joins the Phaplu to Everest Base Camp Trekking trail, and continues along a level path towards the north east. After we reach Salung, a small village with a prayer wall marking its boundary, the path starts to gently descend. After about an hour, the path rounds a corner, and to the north is a magnificent view of Numbur, 6959m, at the head of the Dudh Khund river valley. A little further on is a teahouse with an even better view. There are apple, apricot and peach orchards at Ringmu.

We climb a steep trail through a forest to Taksindu La Pass (gaining 500 m in about 1.5 hours) The trail is lined with chortens (engraved spinning prayer wheels). The Taksindu La divides the lower Solu sub-region, from the upper Khumbu. From the pass we get another excellent view of Mera North, 6476m, Mera Central, 6461m, Mera South, 6065m, Thamserku, 6623m, Kantega, 6780m, Kusum Kangaru, 6370m, Numbur, 6975 m, and Karyolung, 6511m.

A Buddhist monastery is perched on the saddle of the pass. This remote monastery serves not only as a religious, social and educational focal point for the area. The elderly of the community spend their leisure time there; it operates as the area’s only school providing multi-education, where general subjects are incorporated into the Buddhist curriculum. Unlike the Thupten Chhulen Monastery, this monastery has no financial links with outside communities. The local Taksindu Monastery Committee runs the school by collecting donations of money or food from the community, but it is scarcely enough to cover the cost of teachers’ salaries and food for the students. Donations from visitors to this monastery would surely be put to good use. 

  • Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 6-7 hrs
  • 2,930 m/9,610 ft

The trail from Taksindu to Phaplu is nearly level; we pass through forest, pastures and Sherpa settlements. The alpine forests are full of wildlife and birds. In Phaplu, this last evening in the mountains is the ideal opportunity for a farewell party with your sherpa guides and porters, and a good chance to sample some chhang, try Nepali and Sherpa dance and look back on the memorable trekking experiences. The staff will be hoping for some precious and well deserved tips

  • Breakfast,Lunch & Dinner
  • Lodge/Tea House
  • 3-4hrs
  • 2,469 m/8,098 ft

We take morning flight from Phaplu to Kathmandu . Upon arrival, our staff will be there to receive us and help us transfer to our hotel. The remaining time is unscheduled, allowing you to shop or look around Kathmandu. There will be a farewell party in the evening

  • Breakfast
  • Hotel
  • 1,300 m/4,265 ft
  • Domestic Flight

We will accompany you to the International Airport in time to board your flight. 

  • Breakfast
  • Private Tourist Vechile

What's included

  • Transfer from Airport – Hotel – Airport: Car, Van, Hi-ace or Coaster in a private vehicle.
  • Authentic Nepali welcome dinner with Live Nepalese Cultural Program.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu, Two nights on Twin share Bed and Breakfast Basis.
  • Accommodation during Trek ; local lodges 7 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms ,beds with comfortable foam mattress and pillows)
  • English speaking experienced Sherpa guide (Govt. Trained/License Holder).
  • One Sherpa guide-assistant if group size is more than 4 Trekkers.
  • Porters: One porter for 2 Trekkers basis.
  • Trek Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation.
  • Personal insurance for Nepalese staff.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Duffle bag for Trekking.
  • Annapurna Foothill’s Tshirt.
  • Energy Supplies ( Snickers, Mars, Bounty) and Fresh Fruits on the Trek
  • First aid medicine kit.
  • TIMS permits & all required permits or Official Documentation.
  • Excess baggage charge(s) (Domestic Flights).
  • Kathmandu to Dhap Hill  by private 4W
  • One way airfare between Phaplu to Kathmandu (Airport Tax Included)
  • All government and local taxes.

What’s Excluded

  • Your Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee.
  • Lunch & Dinner in cities - allow $ 10 to 14 for per meal in Tourist restaurants.
  • Beverages (soft drinks, mineral water,boiled water and beer).
  • Tips for guide, porters and driver (customary).
  • Any personal expenses not mentioned in above services.
  • Additional night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early return from Trek (due to any reason) than the planned itinerary.   

Availabilities

FromToStatusPrice  
start date13 Apr, 2020end date22 Apr, 2020Available$950
start date26 Apr, 2020end date05 May, 2020Available$950

Departure Note:

Guaranteed - We already have trekkers booked for those dates and you can join the group. 

Available - The date is available to book and once you confirm your trip it will be guaranteed.

Limited - The departure date is filling fast and only limited seats are available to join. 

Closed- The Trip cannot be booked on that specific date. Contact us for customized dates. 

The departure dates are your arrival dates in Nepal.

We have set dates for departure to the Amazing Pike Peak Trekking. So, pick your preferable date and let the adventure begin. 

Pike Peak Trekking Trekking is available and can be done throughout the year. So, if the date you prefer is not listed on our departure dates then you can contact us directly to book the trip on your own desired date. 

We have listed the price up to 12 trekkers at maximum. If you are more than 12 trekkers, then please feel free to contact us for amazing discounted group price and further booking process.

Private Trips to Pike Peak is possible on any date of the year. Contact us to design your own private trips with you loved ones. 

Solo Trips: Single trekkers are always welcome to join the trek. On your arrival at Kathmandu, you’ll have a single room in Kathmandu Hotel as per your requirement and have to share a room at the local teahouses during the trekking. 

- tell us

Useful Info

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 Trekking

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 Trekking 

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 Trekking 

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 (09-10 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.

Client Reviews