Where is Pike Peak?
Also known as ‘Low Solu Trekking’, Pike peak lies in the Solukhumbu-Everest region of Nepal. It is one of the least visited part of the khumbu region offering an incredible panoramic view which includes four of the highest mountains in the world (Mt. Everest, 8848m, Mt. Kanchenjunga, 8598m Mt. Lhotse, 8586m and Mt. Makalu, 8475m) as well as other 6000 and 7000m peaks including Ama Dablam 6812m, Thamserku 6623m, Kusum Kangaru 6370m and Mera Peak, 6650m.
When should I plan 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 as there are five different species of 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!
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. 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. Still, trek in July is not recommended as it is the peak of monsoon season; a time of leeches, muddy, slippery trails, clouds and rain.
What is the cost for this trip?
Our 10 days Pike peak trek costs USD 1050 if you’re a group of 2 – 6 people. Depending upon various factors like the number of trekking days, number of trekkers, trekking season, etc. and other various factors, cost for the trip can be negotiated. Contact us for further details.
How hard the Pike peak trek can be if I’m trekking in Himalaya for the first time?
Well, Pike peak trek is very doable for every enthusiast travelers who dreams of seeing the world’s highest mountain (Mt. Everest) along with other 8000m mountains and other countless peaks. All you need to do is pay great attention to your physical fitness and acclimatize properly throughout the trek to achieve what you came for.
Trip grade is moderate and one who has enough walking experience previously can do this trek as the trail is 100% safe and there are no technical elements to the journey; just one foot in front of the other.
Do I need travel insurance for Pike peak trekking?
A big yes! Annapurna Foothills strongly recommends you have sufficient insurance coverage to you go into this remote area. Travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability, and medical treatment is recommended. The insurance must cover 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.
Why Pike peak with Annapurna Foothills?
Not just because we’re a local tour operator but our trekking guides are professionals for sure and they have done this trek several times. Also, our great safety record allows us to operate with full liability insurance. All client funds are deposited in a regulated trust account. We spend more providing the best amenities, logistics and safety measures and things that many lower-cost programs don’t facilitates with.
What is your policy on Leave No Trace?
We (Annapurna Foothills) operate eco - friendly and are highly committed to Leave No Trace. Garbage which is burnable are sorted and burnt and those which can be recycled are taken back to Kathmandu.
How much will I be spending on trail per day?
You won’t be spending much on trail as accommodation and 3 meals a day are included in your trip price while booking with Annapurna Foothills. USD 20 to 30 (NRS 2000 - 3000) per day per person will be enough since you have to personally pay for items like beverages and drinks, charging electronic devices, Wi-Fi, hot showers etc.
What happens in case of emergency or if I need to leave the trek beforehand?
Well, it depends upon the kinds of emergency you’re going through. If you have to leave the trek due to ill-health or severe injury, we will arrange an emergency air rescue which will fly you out of the mountains to Kathmandu for medical attention. Make sure your insurance covers high altitude mountain rescue.
If you are able to walk down, one of the assistant guides will guide you down to a lower elevation where you can wait for the rest of the team or fly out to Kathmandu ahead of the group.
Even if you leave the trekking beforehand, we are committed to pay the porters, and guides for the duration of the trip for which they are hired. So, refunds for the unused days for your trip will not be given.
Do you also offer tailor - made departures?
Yes, we do offer tailor - made departures. If our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient, we can reschedule the departures accordingly.
Can I hire only Guide and a Porter from you?
Yes, you can hire Trekking and Climbing Guide and Porter services from us. We can offer customizable services of Guides, Porters, Domestic Flights and Documentation.
What type of food can I expect on Pike peak trek?
Meals in the Himalaya mainly consist of a diet rich in carbohydrates because our bodies do not process fat and protein efficiently at higher elevations. Each teahouse offers continental food, which you can choose from the menu. Food will be typical but fresh, warm, tasty and delicious. Normally every vegetable served in the tea houses are locally produced. This is usually organic which is good for your health. For those who prefer non-veg, make sure to check with the guide if the meat is fresh before you place the order. Basically, you will have dinner and breakfast at the lodge where you stay overnight and lunch will be on the way.
How do you deal with drinking water standard on Pike Peak trekking?
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring water purification tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
How big will be the group size?
We mainly focus on small groups. We take up to 10 trekkers in a group so that we can provide personal care to each of our members. If you have group of more than 10, please contact us for amazing group discounts and customized services.
Is it safe to travel as a single women or girl?
Yes, it is safe to travel to Nepal and to do solo trekking as a single women or girl. We are more responsible for this matter and we ensure all security and safety for solo women traveler. Upon request we can also arrange for a Female trekking guide as well.
What about simple medication on the trek?
On the trek, our guide will carry a first aid kit. We also recommend you carry your own. Almost all modern medications are available in Kathmandu for a fraction of the price you will pay in the west. Just get your doctor to make out a list and get them here before you leave for the trek.
Do I really need a guide for this trek?
Well, it depends on your skills, money and time available. Most people usually goes with guide as the trail is newly opened and without guide and other staff, you would be on your own in harsh weather or in a medical emergency. So, we strongly suggest our clients to do the trek with professionals and we believe our guides are highly experienced and for sure professionals making your safety their foremost priority.
Are there any ATMs along the trail? Can I use my credit cards there?
Although there are some ATMs available in Phaplu, ATMs might run out of cash or machines might not work promptly. Thus, carrying some cash is always a good option.
En route to Pike peak trek, most places don’t accept credit cards. There are few ATM booths in Phaplu but they are highly misleading. So we highly recommend you to convert currencies into Nepalese Rupees or withdraw money from ATMs in Thamel, Kathmandu before leaving for trek.
Is there Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger available during the trek?
Most of the tea Houses will offer Wi-Fi, hot shower, battery charger with a small amount of money. The WI-FI service may not be very fast but can check emergency message or important updated for your work.
Do I need to join a group or can I do the trek solo?
There is no requirement to join a group or departure dates. We always try to be flexible with our trips for our guest’s convenience. We are open to changes on the trip details as long as the proposed itinerary or suggestions does not harm your own chances of acclimatization.
Private or Solo Trips is possible but a bit more expensive compared to joining a fixed date. We highly recommend hiring a reputable guide service for a safe and secure trekking experience. With Annapurna Foothills, there is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a private solo trip or join a departure date. We assign local professional guides, porter etc whom you could trust with your life as they are highly experienced and give first priority to your safety.
How long do I have to walk on an average per day on trek?
On average, a day on a trek would be 5-6 hours long. The longest day can be up to 7-8 hours and 3-4 hours is the shortest day. It also depends on your rhythm of walking. We usually start early so that you could reach the destination on time making sure that you’ve got enough time to explore and enjoy the composure of the place.
Can I along with my little children do this trek? Is there any age limit?
For sure, you can. As there’s a saying which quotes that age is just a number and if you’re physically and mentally fit, there’s no age limit to do this amazing trek. If you are trekking with your family members or need any special attention and requirements for the trip, we highly recommend you for scheduling private trek with few extra days and make necessary arrangements for your convenience. The only requirement is to have a good walking experience previously.
How do I communicate with my family back in hometown when I’m on trek?
At most villages along the Pike peak trail, the tea houses will have internet facility. Most of the lodges offer Wi-Fi service. The internet speed will be very basic. You can also purchase Nepalese SIM cards (NCELL or NTC) but their coverage will be limited. And our climbing guide will also carry a satellite phone for emergencies with minimum cost.
In case of bad weather and our Phaplu flights get cancelled or delayed, what are the possible alternatives that we will have?
If our domestic flights to or from Phaplu get cancelled or delayed because of bad weather, we’ll have two major options;
• Reschedule your flight next day. Additional expenses like accommodation, food etc. need to be paid by guests.
• Other option will be a Helicopter flight which will be expensive compared to regular flights. Cost will depend upon availability, number of members and baggage weight.
Where am I supposed to leave the unwanted stuffs in Kathmandu when I’m on trek?
You can store the unwanted stuffs in the locker room at the hotel where you’ll be staying in Kathmandu. They’ll provide you a baggage tag which you’ve to keep it with you safely or you can hand over it to our guide. And after your return from trek to hotel, you can collect those stuffs by giving them the same baggage tag that they’d gave you previously.
Can I bring my medication with me?
Yes you can. But be sure to bring the prescription and its original container so that you don’t have to face any sort of hassle from custom inspection.
What is the luggage limit for porters?
Annapurna Foothills will provide one porter for two trekkers to carry 25 kg of luggage (maximum 15 kg for each trekker). Porter are those staffs who not carry only your luggage but also lift your spirit to reach new heights and your affection and generosity can be the reason for them to work hard to take you to your destination.
What is your cancellation policy?
Regarding cancellation, if a client voluntarily or involuntarily terminates/cancels the trip once the trip has started, no refund will be given for missed or unused services of the trip regardless of the reason i.e. sickness, or any other unfortunate events.
In case if any guests wish to cancel their trip prior to their departure for any reasons then a written application should be sent by the guests to us, 2 Weeks prior to the Trip starting date. If the cancellation is made beyond the time limit then USD 200 per person will be charged. As per our company policy, deposit amount is non- refundable and can be utilized with the timeframe of one year from the trip confirmation date.
Count me in for the trip. How do I book?
We’ll be happy to welcome you soon in Nepal and provide you our expert team to do the blessed Pike peak trek in Himalaya of Nepal.
Please get in touch for further details.