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MANASLU CIRCUIT 17 DAYS

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PIKEY PEAK TREKKING

Max. Elevation: 4,065m / 13336 ft.

Duration: 9 days

Best Season: Spring / Autumn

Group: 2-16

Price: €999

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ABOUT

Pikey Peak Trek is a newly discovered trekking route in the Everest region. The isolated and secluded trails are less crowded with the buzz of tourism. Provides a perfect chance to experience the raw and wild stories of the Everest region. This Pikey Peak Trek takes you to beautiful areas on Everest inhabited by Sherpa. Learning about their true culture and lifestyles. Apart from this, the trail takes you across hilltops, ridge sections, and high cliffs providing panoramic views of Mount Everest and other neighboring peaks of the region.

The Pikey Peak Trek offers travelers to explore the rugged landscapes of the Everest region.  Along with magnificent views of the Himalayan ranges, Makalu, Everest, Lhotse, Kanchenjunga, and endless other mountain peaks. Traversing across lush woodlands to high alpine grounds the trek takes you across changing landscapes and microclimates.

The trek starts with a long drive from Kathmandu toward the tiny settlement of Dhap. From Dhap your trek officially starts towards Japre, a settlement perched above a deep valley with splendid views of Everest and Numbur Himal. Next, head towards Pikey Base Camp traversing across the grassy ridge, a beautiful forested trail covered with varieties of rhododendrons with views of the Mahalangur range. Following day head to the summit of Pikey Peak at an elevation of 4,065 meters. From the top witness splendid panoramic views of the Himalayas from Annapurna to Kanchenjunga. After that traversing through the steep sections of the deep wilderness, you will reach the settlement of Loding.

From Loding proceed towards Junbesi. A traditional Sherpa village nestled at an altitude of 2675 meters/ 8776 feet, a cradle of Sherpa culture and architecture. Along the way visit the Thubtenchoeling Monastery and learn about the insights of the monks. Next head towards the Taksindu trail and visit apple, and peach orchards and the ancient Taksindu Monastery built-in 1946. From Taksindu head towards Phaplu on route to explore the Chiwong Gompa established in 1923. Eventually, catch a flight from Phaplu towards Kathmandu.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Airport pick up and checkin to the hotel. After checking in, you take a rest or stroll around the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu. In the evening, join in for a welcome dinner hosted by the Alpine Club of Himalaya.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing and trek preparation

After breakfast, head on a guided tour of the valley towards various historical and spiritual attractions. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath), and the Buddhist shrine of Bouddhanath, the largest stupas in the world. In the afternoon join in for a short briefing regarding the trip with your trekking leader and other team members. Overnight in Kathmandu.

 

Day 3: Drive to Dhap (2850 meters), Trek to Japre (2920 meters) Drive 9 hrs. Trek- 2-3 hours

After breakfast head on a long drive from Kathmandu to Dhap which takes around 8 to 9 hours. Following the eastern highway, you pass various settlements and lush woodlands of central Nepal. Upon reaching Dhap, after a brief rest head towards Japre. Following the southern ridgeline, with majestic views of the Number Himal section of the Himalayan Range. As you progress you will reach the settlement of Sigane.
From Sigane follow a constructing road section for the first couple of hours. As, you progress you will reach the settlement of Japre, perched above a deep valley with splendid views of Everest and Number Himal. After a brief rest explore the village and visit the Gompas of the region.

 

Day 4: Trek to Pikey Base Camp (3640 meters). Trek 5 to 6 hours.

Today following the descending route you will reach the grassy ridge at Bhulbhule. The settlement house is a single tea house with grand views of the Mahalangur range. From Bhulbhule as you progress the trail splits and you will be taking the right turn which leads to Pikey Peak.
Along the trail, you will pass old houses and a series of Mani stone walls. The trail then contours the hillside below Taklung Danda and passes through a beautiful forested trail.
The woodland is covered with varieties of rhododendrons (which you can see in bloom if trekking in the spring). As you traverse out of the deep wilderness follow the trail for a couple of hours you will reach Pikey Base Camp.

Day 5: Sunrise at Pikey Peak and Trek to Loding (2515 meters). Trek 3 to 4 hours.

After an early breakfast, head towards the summit of Pikey Peak at an elevation of 4,065 meters. Apart from the altitude, the climb is non-technical, so take it slow and take frequent rest. The gradual climb takes you to the summit. From the top witness the splendid panoramic views of the Himalayas from Annapurna to Kanchenjunga. After soaking in the energy of the mountains head towards Pikey Base Camp.
Next, following the ridgeline start your trek, as you progress you will be traversing on flat grounds and eventually through lush woodlands to Jase Bhanjyang. From, Jase Bhanjyang traversing through the steep sections of the deep wilderness you will reach the settlement of Loding.

 

Day 6: Trek from Loding to Junbesi (2675 meters), Visit Thubtenchoeling Monastery. Trek 3 to 4 hours.

Today start your trek following a descending trail, on a ridge section to Jase Bhanjyang. From here there are several trails taking you towards Junbesi. You will be taking a shortcut trail that leaves the ridge and descends steeply through spectacular old-growth forest to Taktor. Along with this section witness grand views of the woodland covered with ferns and orchids. As you progress the trail joins the Everest Base Camp trail coming from Jiri.
From Taktor, after a couple of hours, trek you will eventually reach Junbesi. A traditional Sherpa village nestled at an altitude of 2675 meters/ 8776 feet, is the cradle of Sherpa culture and architecture. After a brief rest head out to explore the monasteries of the area and start friendly conversations with the monks and the locals getting an insight into their culture and lifestyle.

 

Day 7: Trek from Junbesi to Taksindu (2842 meters). Trek 5 to 6 hours

After breakfast, we will start our trek, towards the river basin after crossing the river climb through the forest up to Salung. From Salung witness grand views of Mount Everest (8848.86 meters/ 29,028 feet), Chamlang (7319 meters/ 2,4012 feet), Makalu (8481 meters/ 27,824 feet), and gorgeous views out across the valley to Chiwong Monastery and down towards Phaplu.
Next head towards the settlement of Ringmo, a region renowned for its apple, and peach orchards. Here try various apple cuisines of the region. After exploring the orchards, start the final leg of your trek. Traversing across an uphill section you will reach Taksindu La. From here witness the views of the Mahalangur range, after a brief descent you will reach Taksindu Monastery bbuiltin1946. After exploring the monastery head towards the tea house.

Day 8: Trek from Taksindu to Phaplu (2413 meters), Visit Chiwong Gompa. Trek 5 to 6 hours.

Today leave the main trekking route again and take a beautiful path down to Phaplu through the forest. There’s also the option of hiking up to Chiwong Gompa, perched high on a cliff overlooking the valley. This monastery was founded in 1923 and has magnificent celebrations for the Mani Rimdu festival in autumn. Continue on down into Phaplu and celebrate the completion of a great trek at your cozy tea house.

 

Day 9: Drive from Phaplu to Kathmandu. (optional 30 minutes flight)

After an early breakfast bid farewell to the mountains and catch a flight towards Kathmandu Valley. Upon reaching Kathmandu head towards your accommodation.

 

SERVICE INCLUDE

  • All airport/hotel pick up and drop 

  • Kathmandu to Dhap by Jeep 

  • 3 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast

  • An experienced English speaking Trekking Guide and a Porter during the trek

  • Salary, food, insurance, and lodging cost for guide and porter ( 2 Trekkers-1 Porter )

  • During the Trek, we will have Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Tea/Coffee each time only

  • Farewell Meals and Breakfasts while in Kathmandu

  • National Park Permit and TIMS

  • Duffle Bag 

SERVICE EXCLUDE

  • Nepal entry visa fees

  • International & domestic airfare 

  • Bar bills, laundry, and other expenses of personal nature

  • Travel insurance including evacuation

  • Meals in the city

  • Tips for local staff, guides, and porters

  • Desserts, Hot Shower, Hot Water, Wi-Fi, Mineral Water

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