Pikey Peak Trek

Trek along unknown gentle trails in the Everest foothill forests for spectacular mountain views. Reach a 4046m peak with no steep climbs. 12 days.

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Pikey Peak Trek

Trek along unknown gentle trails in the Everest foothill forests for spectacular mountain views. Reach a 4046m peak with no steep climbs. 12 days.

The Pikey Peak Trek at 4068m is one of the best trails to pick if you want to get to the very top of a mountain without having to face any steep climbs. It is not only one of the lowest places from where you can see the peak of Mount Everest, but it boasts spectacular views of other peaks in the Himalayan range, including Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse and Mount Makalu – 4 of the 5 highest mountains in the world. And the best bit? The trek is an easy hike through forests of rhododendron flowers, magnolia, and wild orchids so it’s open to anyone. Your stress-free adventure includes:

  • 10 days of trekking
  • 2 days in Kathmandu
  • 9 nights of accommodation on the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Kathmandu
  • Private transfer from Kathmandu to Jiri
  • Flights from Phaplu
  • Airport Transfers
  • Local, professional English-speaking guide
  • Assistant leader during trek on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Welcome dinner in Kathmandu
  • Permits and entrance fees

Perfect for: Adventurers who want to summit a mountain and experience the local culture, but don’t want to push themselves too hard.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrival and overnight in Kathmandu

Once you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), your host will pick you up via private vehicle and drop you at your hotel. After checking in, you will have a 5:00 pm pre-departure meeting with the guides to run through the final plans and arrangements for the upcoming trek.

You’ll finish your first day with a team dinner to get to know everyone before you head to Jiri tomorrow!

Day 2: Kathmandu - Jiri

It’ll be an early morning as you begin the 203km journey from Kathmandu to Jiri (1955m). On your way, you will be driven through the Mude Deurali, the area which is considered to grow the best potatoes in Nepal - so make sure you’re hungry. Once you arrive in the beautiful village of Jiri, you’ll settle in for a local meal and final preparations for the trek tomorrow.

7 hours of driving

Day 3: Jiri - Shivalaya

As you leave Jiri, your trek will begin with a three-hour hike through the undulating pine forests before reaching your lunch spot. From here, it is a shorter trek downhill to Shivalaya where you will spend the night.

5 hours of hiking

Day 4: Shivalaya - Bhandar

The trek to Bhandar boasts spectacular views of the mountain range and Shivalaya Valley, so make sure you’ve polished your lenses before this part of the trek. You will spend lunch at Ghatte Khola before continuing onto Deurali and eventually Bhandar. Enjoy a meal cooked by your hosts and the sunset views over the valleys while you relax in the mountainside village.

6 hours of hiking

Day 5: Bhandar - Goli Gumbo

Between Bhandar and Chaulakharka, you will have the opportunity to visit the local villages, meeting some of the native residents to give you a glimpse into their daily lifestyle. From here, the rest of the day’s hike will be uphill towards Goli Ghumba (2980m), but with every step, the views get better and better; from the beautiful magnolia, pine and rhododendron forests to the mountain views of Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Annapurna.

6 hours of hiking

Day 6: Explore and Acclimatise at Goli Ghumba

As you reach higher altitudes, it’s necessary to spend some time acclimatising to the thinner air. Hence, you’ll have a rest day in Goli Ghumba where you can check out the local monastery as well as explore the culture of the village.

Day 7: Gumbo - Ngaur

It’s only a short trek through the forests to Ngaur (3350m) today and you will be able to reach your overnight in time for lunch. In the afternoon, you will hike to a nearby yak cheese factory where you will be able to see the cheese making process at a high altitude - not to mention sampling the delicious delicacy!

4 hours of hiking

Day 8: Ngaur - Pikey Base Camp

It is a five-hour trek from pine and rhododendron forests to barren terrain as you reach Base Camp. You’ll be able to spend the rest of the day here as you prepare to reach the Pikey Peak summit.

5 hours of hiking

Day 9: Pikey Base Camp - Khuni Khop

Today, you will hike to the Pikey Peak (4070m) summit in time for the sunrise; Edmund Hillary himself claimed the view from Pikey Peak is his favourite of Everest and you may be inclined to agree with him. On a clear day, it’s even possible to see from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga, which borders India in the far east. Once you have spent enough time gazing at the views, you will descend back to your hotel for breakfast before continuing onto Khuni Khop (2360m).

6 hours of hiking

Day 10: Khuni Khop - Phaplu

It is an easy 5-hour hike to Phaplu, through the local villages, where the hiking part of your adventure will finish. Enjoy a relaxing dinner with your team before you fly back to Kathmandu.

5 hours of hiking

Day 11: Phaplu - Kathmandu

After breakfast, it’s a 20-minute scenic flight over the mountains back to Kathmandu. Enjoy a night in the city celebrating a successful trek with your team.

20-minute flight

Day 12: Last day in Kathmandu

Enjoy a lie and breakfast in at your hotel. You can spend your last day exploring the city or take the transfer back to the airport, and back to reality.

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, road conditions, etc.

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. There are different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek, we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. Wifi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers for a small surcharge.

In Kathmandu, you’ll stay at the centrally situated Kathmandu Resort Hotel. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television and wifi. Should you wish to treat yourself to a more comfortable place in Kathmandu, just let your host know and they will upgrade you to stay at the renown Kathmandu Guest House. The hotel is located in the heart of Thamel, close to the shopping centres and the heritage sites. The en-suite rooms offer air-conditioning, satellite television, 24/7 room service, and a balcony to look over the thriving city.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu - Deluxe Room Payable Before Departure
Upgrade to KGH Hotel in Kathmandu £55.00
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Full Day of Sightseeing in Kathmandu £65.00
Additional Night in Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Kathmandu £25.00

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Location

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The trail to Pikey Peak is one of the best options for anyone keen on avoiding overly steep ascents. The trail gives you brilliant views of some of the highest mountains in the world including Everest.

You’ll also visit Kathmandu on this trip, Nepal’s bustling capital famed for its World Heritage sights which include the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Drinks
  • Snacks
  • Visa Fee
  • Travel Insurance (incl. Helicopter Evacuation)
  • Tips for guides (optional)
  • Late check out in hotels

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 person and a maximum of 12.

Nepal has a huge variety in different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable!)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

Since the trek is designed keeping in mind beginner-level trekkers, the walk will be easy. There are some more challenging aspects of the trek, but your guide will take it at a comfortable pace for you.

This trek is open to any fitness! You will trekking on average for 5 hours a day, reaching a maximum hight of 4070m.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger.

No gear is provided. You’ll need to bring all your own equipment (see below). Much hiking gear is available to rent or purchase in Nepal. The guides can help you making a good a choice.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed.

In order to ensure guides’ high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management.

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months to trek to Pikey Peak due to the warmer temperatures, clearer views and to avoid the monsoon season! Although this trip can be taken during winter, the cold weather can be very harsh.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

Your host recommends to pack the following:

  • 1 pair rucksack/backpacks
  • 2 pair lightweight trousers
  • Sunglasses
  • 1 small daypack (20-30l)
  • Trainers
  • Money belt
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Mosquito repellent
  • 1 Torch / flashlight
  • 1 Swiss army knife
  • 1 Swimming costume
  • 1 pair shorts
  • Underwear (including thermals)
  • Personal medication / first aid kit
  • 1 Washing kit
  • 1 pair of strong walked-in mountain boots
  • 1 four-season sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • 1 down jacket / All-weather anorak
  • 1 water bottles (1 ltr.)
  • 1 pair waterproof gaiters / over trousers
  • 1 Inner sleeping sheet
  • 1 Medium sized towel
  • 1 Fleece/warm sweater
  • 1 Sweatshirt/light sweater
  • 2 Long sleeve cotton or (polypropylene) shirts
  • Warm waterproof gloves
  • 3 Pair heavy wool sock, 2 pairs light socks
  • Cotton headscarf/bandana
  • Waterproof pack cover
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Water purifying tablets (if you don’t want to buy bottled water)

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Kathmandu, a city famed for its historical sights and bustling city centre.Your host will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Aiport (KTM) at any time of the day to be transferred to your hotel.

Finish point?
Your host can either drop you off at your hotel in Kathmandu or transfer you back to the airport.

Getting there and away?
Kathmandu is accessible via the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Book whichever flight suits you best. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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