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Pikey Peak Trek
Country: Nepal | Destination: Everest | Activity: Trekking | Grade: 5 - Challenging

Pikey Peak Trek


Everest and Makalu

Everest and Makalu as seen from Pikey Peak

Before Sir Edmund Hillary helped build the airport at Lukla in 1964, all Everest expeditions began at Jiri, where the Swiss had built a road. From Jiri it took seven days to reach Lukla. Now, most Everest trekkers fly directly to Lukla and fewer than a thousand trekkers begin their trek in Jiri. Thus, most miss travelers miss out on the rich Sherpa culture and stunning landscape of the lower Everest region which you will get to experience first-hand.

On this travel program, you have the opportunity to experience daily life in the villages of Yolung and Bamthi. Both are predominantly Sherpa villages which are also the birthplace of our guides Pema Sherpa and Kandu Sherpa respectively. Here you will be a guest at their homes and you will join in their daily chores – helping out in the corn/millet/barley fields, collecting wood and grass for the cattle, making butter (and butter tea), picking tea leaves, making flour from the grains, and more. Pema worked as a cook on Everest expeditions until 2015 when an accident on the mountain severely restricted his ability to venture to high altitudes. Kandu is one of the very few female trekking guides in Nepal.

The trip begins with a bus ride to Jiri from where you will hike a short distance into Yolung (Pema’s village). Yolung lies in a beautiful valley with around 200 houses. Most of the houses are near the village center where there is a large school and a monastery. You will be living in a home on the outskirts of the village a little away from the hustle and bustle of the village.

You'll then continue into Bamthi (Kandu’s village). From Bamthi you begin the journey to Pikey Peak, first descending to the river and then ascending to a small pass, through thick jungles of birch and rhododendrons, along fields of wheat, barley and millet, and through numerous villages, crisscrossing the jeep track until reaching Nagur Monastery. The trail is dotted with ancient chortens and small monasteries and offers views of the Rolwaling range. Pikey Peak is a great viewpoint offering a panoramic view of mountains from Kanchenjunga in the east to the Rolwaling range in the west (with Everest and Makalu in the middle).

You'll then make a steep descent to Junbesi, one of the most beautiful Sherpa villages and the gateway to the Thuktencholing Monastery. This is one of the most important monasteries of the Sherpa people which was established by the Thulsik Rimpoche who escaped Tibet with his followers. Around 700 monks and nuns live at this monastery.

The journey ends at Phaplu from where you fly back to Kathmandu. The trip also includes time to enjoy the sites in and around Kathmandu, including Bodhanath and Pashupatinath.

All North Americans are requested to book this trek through our partner, Crooked Trails, based in Seattle, WA. Apply for this program here.

Non-North Americans can book this trip directly with us.



 

DAY 1 - November 17, 2018

 

Arrival in Kathmandu, Nepal

Arrive in Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. Welcome dinner.

MEALS:  D

 

DAY 2 - November 18, 2018

 

Exploring the Kathmandu area

In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million Dew Drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. 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 storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square.

MEALS:  B

 

DAY 3 - November 19, 2018

Nuns at Thuktencholing monastery

Nuns at the Thuktencholing Monastery (near Junbesi)

Kathmandu - Jiri - Yolung

We start early as the drive (137 miles) to Jiri can take up to 8 hours. We will drive out of Kathmandu on the Kodari highway leading to the Nepal-Tibet border. At the Lamosangu Bridge, we continue east following the Pasang Lhamu highway, slowly snaking up the switchback until we arrive at Charikot. From Charikot, the road descends to the Tamakoshi River and then again ascends on switchbacks to Haat Danda. It is then a short descent to Jiri.

At Jiri, we begin our hike to Yolung. We ascend steeply to Deurali for about two hours (1,486 feet) and then make a 587 foot descent to the village of Yolung where we will be welcomed by our hosts. Today’s hike is approximately 3.62 miles.

MEALS:  B,L,D

 

DAY 4 - November 20, 2018

 

Yolung

 

Zangmu and Kandu enjoy boiled potatoes in their kitchen

At Yolung, depending on our group’s size, some may stay at Pema’s home and others at Zangmu’s home. Zangmu lost her husband, the village Lama, in the 2015 earthquake. She is a single mother raising three daughters.

November is usually the time when villagers at Yolung and Bamthi harvest corn and plant barley. We will spend a whole morning in the fields, possibly plowing the fields with bulls depending on the need. In the afternoon, we may take off to collect fodder for cattle. And later Zangmu will teach us how to make millet/barley beer and Nepali moonshine.

Note: While at the villages and while trekking, it is important to stay away from buffalo, especially those that are nursing a young, one as they can charge.

MEALS:  B,L,D

 

DAY 5 - November 21, 2018

 

Yolung - Deurali

We'll start early and follow the jeep track to the edge of the village. We then make a steep descent to Shivalaya, a small town along the river. From Shivalaya, we begin a short steep ascent to the telephone tower where we join the jeep track again. It is then a short gentle ascent to our lunch stop at Bhul Danda. After lunch, we leave the jeep track and trek through a thickly forested area to Deurali (hill pass in Nepali).

Yolung to Bhul Danda (lunch stop): 7 miles, 1,806 ft. ascent and 1,709 ft. descent. 4 to 5 hours of hiking.

Bhul Danda to Deurali: 2.05 miles, 1,384 ft. ascent and 62 ft. descent. 2 hours.

MEALS:  B,L,D

 

DAY 6 - November 22, 2018

Rinchen and grandmom 

Rinchen and Grandma welcome you to their home in Bhandar

Deurali - Bhandar

In the early morning, enjoy views of the Mt. Gauri Shanker and other peaks in the Rolwaling Range. We may be able to visit the cheese factory and the nunnery in this area. From Deurali, it is a short descent of 2.11 miles and 1,573 feet to Bhandar (approximately 2 hours).

MEALS:  B,L,D

 

DAY 7 - November 23, 2018

Granny and Rinchen 

Rinchen watches as grandma separates husk from the barley

Bhandar

At Bhandar, depending on our group’s size, some will stay at Kandu’s home and others at another Sherpa home nearby.

Depending on the need, we may plow the fields using bulls or we may learn how to milk a cow and churn butter. Later we will be taught how to make potato bread and shaykpa stew for dinner.

MEALS:  B,L,D

 

DAY 8 - November 24, 2018

 

Bhandar - Goli

Today is a long, roller-coaster day of hiking (about 7 hours). We make a gradual descent of about 2,800 feet on the jeep track to the Likhu River for about 2 hours. It is then a three-hour steep ascent of about 2,286 feet to Namkhile where we will stop for lunch. After crossing the Likhu River, we follow a small trail along terraced fields of cardamom and alder trees. Later we trek through terraced fields of paddy, corn, and barley. We are now on the Pikey-Everest marathon trail.

After lunch, we again hike steeply through birch and rhododendron forests, crossing several rocks painted with Buddhist mantras. We finally arrive at a large bowl which is the village of Goli where we stop for the night.

Bamthi to Namkhili: Distance – 6.62 miles. 2,804 ft. ascent and 2,286 ft. descent. 4 to 5 hours.

Namkhili to Goli: Distance – 3.56 miles. 2,347 ft. ascent. 2 hours.

MEALS:  B,L,D

 

DAY 9 - November 25, 2018

 

Goli - Pikey

Everest as seen from Pikey Peak

Everest and Makalu as seen from Pikey Peak

Following the jeep track to the edge of the village, we then enter the forest and begin our ascent to Nagur Monastery which is about an hour away (1.87 miles). At Nagur, there was a nunnery which was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. Some of the nuns continue to live in a nearby shed. There is also a small cheese factory. We continue our ascent through the forests and soon notice that the tall trees are replaced by small Rhododendron shrubs, azaleas, and barberry bushes. The berries attract bees which arrive in large hordes during the months of June through August. While these bees are not aggressive, they can sting if agitated. From Nagur it is about two hours to the base of Pikey where there are a few lodges operated by local shepherds who rear yaks and dzos (hybrid between yaks and cattle).

MEALS:  B,L,D

 

DAY 10 - November 26, 2018

 

Pikey Summit - Junbesi

Trail from Pikey to Junbesi

On the descent from Pikey to Junbesi

We begin our day early in the morning to catch the best views from the summit of Pikey Peak (13,200 feet). It is possible to view Kanchenjunga, Everest, Makalu, Rolwaling, Numbur, Gauri Shanker and many other peaks from East to West. We then descend to the saddle at Jase Bhanjyang where we stop again for tea and snacks.

From Jase Bhanjyang we ascend along the ridge, crossing a few more pastures and shepherd huts, until we start making a sharp descent through a thick rhododendron forest. After descending about 2,000 feet, we reach a clearing with a small settlement. We continue through the village of Taktor and rejoin the jeep track past the village. A little further, we leave the jeep track and descend on a walking trail to the village of Junbesi.

MEALS:  B,L,D

 

DAY 11 - November 27, 2018

 

Junbesi - Phaplu

Junbesi village

Junbesi Village

We start late in the morning and make a gentle ascent to Thuktencholing Monastery. The monastery was established by Thrulsik Rimpoche who had escaped Tibet along with thousands of his followers. The Rimpoche has now passed on to the next realm and searches for his reincarnate. The monastery is a complex of the main chapel, meditation caves that have been built along the mountainside, living quarters and learning halls for the young initiates. We will take a tour of the monastery and then enjoy lunch with a few of the monks and nuns.

After lunch, a jeep will pick us up and drive us for about an hour to Phaplu.

MEALS:  B,L,D

 

DAY 12 - November 28, 2018

 

Phaplu - Kathmandu

An early flight back to Kathmandu. The day is free to catch up on laundry and shopping.

MEALS:  B

 


DAY 13 - November 29, 2018

 

Kathmandu

This is a contingency day in Kathmandu. If bad weather prevents us from flying to Kathmandu, we will take a jeep back which is about 9 hours of driving.

MEALS:  B

 


 

DAY 14 - November 30, 2018

 

Departure

Transfer to the airport for departing flights home.

MEALS:  B

 


Total Package Cost Per Person: USD 2,295

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Per person price (valid until December 31, 2019)

2 or more persons: US$2,295 per person

Single Supplement: US$300

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

 

All North Americans are requested to book this trek through our partner, Crooked Trails, based in Seattle, WA. Apply for this program here.

Non-North Americans can book this trip directly with us.

 

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/local home accommodations on the trek
  • Gauri Shankar Conservation Area fee
  • Trekkers Information Management Card

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

17 November , 2018 To 30 November , 2018

13 April , 2019 To 26 April , 2019

10 October , 2019 To 23 October , 2019

Book this trip now as spaces are available.

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

Limited spaces are available so please contact us to inquire about the departure status.

This date is unavailable. please contact us to inquire about other trip departure dates or booking this trip as part of a Custom Itinerary.



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