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Pikey Peak—New Trekking Trail to Add to Your List

Nepal, the land of Himalayas, has got a lot to offer you from the warm hospitality of people to the charming natural beauty that it holds. From snow-capped mountains—including some of the highest mountains in the world—to the hill covered with luscious green trees and the plains, it has got it all.

Individuals from all over the world come here to encounter such beauty along with the different activities that we offer. From all the activities, the terrain of the Himalayas can offer one with the best trekking routes. One can find the best route depending on their choice of difficulty. Trekking is certainly far from being comfortable, but in this madness, there is a certain kind of inexplicable joy, great traces of discomfort and a sort of satisfaction in the fight.

With surfeit trekking trails leading to the scenic view of the snow-capped mountains, luscious forest followed by the never-ending streams, numerous trekking trails are yet to be discovered. One of them would be Pikey Peak Trek.

Pikey Peak was claimed by Sir Edmund Hillary as his favorite spot to enjoy the view of Mt. Everest. Photo – Sundesh Gurung

Located in the Solukhumbu district of the Sagarmatha zone, Pikey Peak Trek is a newly discovered Everest region trekking route making it one of the less-traveled routes in the Everest region. The name of the mountain, Pikey, was derived from the local deity of the Sherpa Clan, representing the sky above nature.

The trek will take you to the beautiful areas of the Everest region which is inhabited by the Sherpa people. Although Sagarmatha Zone is renowned for places such as Lukla Airport, Namche Bazar, Dingboche, and Sagarmatha National park, Pikey Peak is one of the best hilltop destinations to deliver panoramic views of Mount Everest and the region’s other surrounding peaks such as Lhotse, Makalu, and Mount Kanchenjunga. The view over the giant peaks of sunrise and sunset is so magical that it will become your memory for life.

You can see tea houses lined up as you walk across the trail of Pikey. The standard and the comfort of the tea house depends on the location as you continue the journey up to Pikey. Rooms in these regions are drafty and they have no heating available, it would be better if you carry your sleeping bags. The staple food of Nepalese people is Dal Bhat, which includes rice, lentil soup, vegetable curry, and spinach and it is all you can eat. The availability of meat in remote and high altitudes will vary and is particularly scarce.

Jhangmu Sherpa and Doma Tshering, owner of tea-house in Pikey Base Camp. Photo – Sundesh Gurung

The itinerary for Pikey Peak depends on where you will start and end the trek and also with the season you choose to. In general, the itinerary comprises between 5-7 days. The winter trek, however, elongates the itinerary.

Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap

Day 02: Trek from Dhap to Jhapre (2830m)

Day 03: Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Base Camp (3640m)

Day 04: Hike Pikey Peak (4070m) and trek to Jase Bhanjyang

Day 05: Trek from Jase Bhanjyang to Junbesi (2390m)

Day 06: Trek from Junbesi to Salleri (2360m)

Day 07: Drive from Salleri back to Kathmandu

Tips for Pikey Peak trek:

-Walk slowly as the altitude rises.

-Appropriate trekking gears.

Photo – Sundesh Gurung

Pikey Peak Trek would be the best short trek if you are tight on time. One can visit here during the spring-season or winter-season. The winter trek offers not only beautiful mountain views and scenic snowy landscape, but also the cultural exploration of the Sherpas in the Everest region. Lying at 4067 meters above sea level, trekking to the Pikey Peak may not be very challenging for an experienced trekker in particular.

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Written by Ashish Magar

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