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Pikey Peak and Dudh Kunda Mani Rimdu Trek

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Pikey Peak and Dudh Kunda Mani Rimdu Trek
Country: Nepal | Destination: Everest | Activity: Trekking | Grade: 5 - Challenging

Pikey Peak and Dudh Kunda Mani Rimdu Festival (22 days, 21 nights)

This trek follows the classic lower Everest trail to Junbesi and to Dudh Kunda (milk lake) - a holy lake for the Sherpas of the Lower Everest region. This was the trail used by trekkers and mountaineers for decades prior to the building of the Lukla airport. We will be trekking via Pikey Peak which is a great vantage point for spectacular views of the Eastern Nepal Himalayas including Numbur, Gauri Shankar, Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. After a days layover at Junbesi, you will join your camping crew for 4/5 day tented trek to Dudh Kunda. The trek culminates with you attending the Mani Rimdu Festival at the Chiwong Monastery near Phaplu. After attending Mani Rimdu for a couple days, fly out to Kathmandu from the Phaplu airport.

Mani Rimdu is one of the most important festivals for the Sherpas (and the Tibetans) and is a re-creation of legendary events. The ceremonies and dances re-create how Buddhism was established in Tibet by the great saint - Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava) - as he clashed with demons and evil to convert them to the protectors of the Dharma.

Crystal Mountain Treks - has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.
 


Day 01 - Kathmandu

Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free. Enjoy welcome dinner. Briefing during dinner. (Dinner) 

Day 02 - Kathmandu

Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in Nepal. Then visit Pashupatinath, Nepal's most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, with its two-tiered golden roof and silver door. Drive to Patan for lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum. Drive back to Kathmandu. (Breakfast and Lunch)

Day 03 and 04 - Kathmandu to Bhandar

Start early as it is a long drive to Shivalaya (8 hours approximately). The walk begins in Shivalaya and is a 2/3 hours uphill to Deorali followed by a steep descent to Bhandar (7,200 ft.). Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 05 to Day 07 - Bhandar to Pikey

We now follow an alternative trail that goes through Namkheli and the culturally rich Ngomar Gompa (monastery). Continue ascent to Pikey. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 08 to Day 10 - Pikey to Junbesi to Thupten Choling monastery

Ascend steeply to the summit of Pikey Peak. From here, there are spectacular views of the eastern mountains including Rolwaling, Gauri Shanker, Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga. Descend to Lase Bhanjyang and continue to descend to Junbesi. A rest day is planned at Junbesi. Continue to Thupten Choling Monastery which is one of the most important monastery's of the Sherpa people. The monastery was established by Trulshik Rimpoche in 1960 after his escape from Tibet. Overnight Lodge. (All meals)

Day 11 to Day 15 - Trek to Dudh Kunda and descend to Takshindu

Our camping crew will now join us for this section of the trip. Steadily ascend through Shengeephuk to Sasarbeni. From here we will day hike to Dudh Kunda (Milk lake), the highest point on the trek at 14,960 ft. This lake located at the foot of Numbur Himal is considered a holy lake. A contingency day is included to allow for possible contingencies. Descend to Tashindu. Overnight Tents. (All meals)

Day 16 to Day 18 - Takshindu to Chiwong Monastery

Trek on mostly level trail to Chiwong Monastery where we will attend the Mani Rimdu ceremonies for two days.

"Mani Rimdu is a 19-day sequence of sacred ceremonies and empowerments, culminating in a 3-day public festival. It's an opportunity for the local Sherpa and Tibetan communities, to gather and celebrate together with the monastic community."

Overnight Lodge/Tents. (All meals)

Day 19 and 20 - Fly to Kathmandu

Fly to Kathmandu. Free day in Kathmandu for possible flight delays. Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast)

Day 21 - Final departure

Airport transfer for final departure. (Breakfast)

Total Package Cost Per Person: USD 3,390

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Per person price (valid until December 31, 2017)

2-4 persons: US$ 4,280 per person
5 or more persons: US$3,390 per person

 

Single Supplement: US$300

 (Contact us for AUSD and Euro quotes and private departures)

 

Price includes:

  • Expert pre-trip advice and detailed information
  • All airport transfers; two full days sightseeing in Kathmandu as indicated in the itinerary and entrance fees to monuments.
  • 4 nights twin sharing hotel accommodation at Hotel Tibet in Kathmandu.
  • Chartered transfer: Kathmandu to Jiri
  • Airfare: Phaplu to Kathmandu
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary; Lodge/tent accommodations on the trek
  • Gauri Shankar Conservation Area fee
  • Trekkers Information Management Card
  • Gamow Bag (High altitude pressure chamber) and Pulse Oximeter
  • Satellite Phone

 

Price does not include:

  • Your international airfare
  • Nepal Visa
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Personal equipment (a suggested list will be mailed to you)
  • Your travel insurance (Required)
  • And other expenses of a personal nature

Available Dates
Status

19 October , 2017 To 08 November , 2017

15 October , 2018 To 04 November , 2018

Book this trip now as spaces are available.

This trip has the minimum sign ups required and is guaranteed to run.

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