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    10 Best Reasons to Choose Pikey Peak Trek

    Balaram Thapa
    Balaram ThapaUpdated: Feb 1st 2023  |  Short treks
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    When most people decide to travel to Nepal, seeing Mount Everest is usually at the top of their list of things to see. However, not everyone has the time or ability to climb the peak or trek to base camp. For those looking for a quiet trek into the Himalayas and for one of the most beautiful views of the highest mountain in the world, the Pikey Peak Trek is perfect.

    The trek is short, with incredible views but also has so much else to be enjoyed by all kinds of trekkers. Check out our list below for Nepal Hiking Team’s top reasons why everyone should visit Pikey Peak.

    01. Quiet Trekking Route

    Most trekkers who want to see Mount Everest choose longer and more challenging treks to Everest Base Camp. Many people want to say they made it to base camp, forgetting that other treks also allow for incredible views of the highest part of Earth. The Pikey Peak Trek allows for great views and an opportunity to experience local culture and the Everest Region without the huge number of trekkers which are found on other routes.

    02. Incredible Sunrise and Sunset Views

    Pikey Peak itself is known for being a spectacular place to watch the sunrise over the Everest, Kanchenjunga, and Dhaulagiri Ranges and the sunset over the foothills of the Himalayas. For most trekkers, the sunrise trek to the peak is the highlight of their trip. The sun glistening over some of the world’s highest mountains is sure to captivate anyone and everyone.

    03. Some of the Best Views in the Everest Region

    Throughout the entire trek, travelers will be treated to views of Everest, Makalu, Gauri Shanker, Lhotse, and Mera Peak. Sir Edmund Hillary said many times that the view of Everest from Pikey Peak was his favorite. Additionally, the views of lush forests and green hills throughout the other parts of the trek are a real treat.

    04. Perfect Short Trek to See Everest

    Most people believe they need at least a few weeks to experience the Everest Region; however, this trek proves that isn't true. Taking only seven days, including traveling to and from the trailhead, this is a perfect adventure for those on a short trip or those who do not have the desire to spend more than two weeks trekking.

    05. Learn About Sherpa Tamang and Magar Cultures

    While hiking up through the hills into the mountains, trekkers pass through the villages of Tamang, Magar, Rai, and Sherpa people. The teahouses used for accommodations will allow travelers to be close to and learn about all three cultures and the way of life in the hills. Here, most people practice Buddhism, and there are many stupas and monasteries in the region for travelers to enjoy.

    06. The Best Views of Valleys and Rhododendron Forests

    Before reaching the incredible mountain views, trekkers drive and walk through beautiful forests and valleys filled with various flora and fauna. During the spring months, there will be rhododendron blossoms, like in many hilly areas of Nepal.

    07. Explore the Lower Everest Region, Which Most Tourists Miss

    Most tourists who travel to the Everest Region are focused on base camp and the trails leading up to it; however, the Pikey Peak Trek goes through the Lower Everest Region. The average tourist rarely explores this part of Nepal, which has helped keep the area's nature and culture pristine and much less developed than more trafficked areas. For those looking to get off the beaten path, the Pikey Peak trail is perfect.

    08. Visit the 19th-century Buddhist Monastery of Thupten Choling

    Thupten Choling

    The Thupten Choling Monastery is a special experience for those trekking to Pikey Peak. With over 1000 nuns and monks, it was one of the main arrival points for Tibetan refugees. Those staying here continue to follow the Tibetan lifestyle and strictly follow Tibetan Buddhism. Resources here are limited, and nuns and monks have no access to public healthcare. Trulshik Rinpoche is said to be one of the last who was educated in old Tibet. This monastery is considered to be one of the spiritual centers in eastern Nepal, making it an especially significant stop on the trek.

    09. Relatively Close to Kathmandu

    The trailhead is located in Dhap, only a six-to-seven-hour drive from Kathmandu. While most people choose to travel this way, there are also flights from Kathmandu to Phalpu taking only 30 minutes. This is one of, if not the most easily accessible trek from Kathmandu, which has amazing views of Mount Everest and surrounding peaks.

    10. The Trek is Suitable for Most People

    While there are some challenging sections of the trail, it is a moderate trek suitable for nearly everyone. However, as with any trek in Nepal, it is important to have prepared appropriately. Regular exercise and previous trekking experience will make the trek significantly easier for trekkers. It is also necessary to mentally prepare for the trek, as most people are not used to walking for several hours, day after day.

    Trek Details

    The Pikey Peak Trek is located northeast of Kathmandu. It is fairly easy to access, with options to travel by private vehicle, bus, or plane. For those short on time, flying is the best option as there are several airlines with regular flights. However, buses or private vehicles are a much more affordable option when traveling on a budget. Nepal Hiking Team can help to arrange transportation to ensure the trip goes smoothly.

    This trek is perfect for those wanting to see Mount Everest but who do not want to make the trip to base camp. Additionally, it is good for those who do not have the fitness level to complete the Everest Base Camp Trek. The isolated culture due to low tourist numbers also makes the trek ideal for those wanting to experience genuine life in rural Nepal.

    For the Pikey Peak Trek, a TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems) Card will be needed in addition to a Sagarmatha National Park Permit. This is easily done in Kathmandu at the Tourist Service Center or can be done for you by tour agencies such as Nepal Hiking Team.

    On this trek, travelers will be staying in teahouses, where they will be provided with nutritious meals. Many people find this more comfortable, especially when hot showers are available for an extra cost. However, due to the lack of tourists traveling in the area, expect primarily Nepali food and very simple accommodations.

    We recommend traveling to Pikey Peak in spring or autumn. The rhododendron blooms in the spring add a splash of color to the deep green forests. The clear skies and comfortable weather make for a perfect trekking experience in autumn. While the hills and mountains are beautiful in the winter, many teahouses close, and it can become quite cold. In the summer months, during monsoon season, the weather is not ideal as the area gets a significant amount of rainfall, making the trails and roads muddy.

    Sir Edmund Hillary himself chose Pikey Peak as his favorite view of Mount Everest, and the view surely will not disappoint anyone who chooses to make the trip there.

    The rich culture, incredible forests, and stunning views make a memorable trek suitable for most fitness levels, making it the perfect trek for those wanting a glimpse of the world’s highest peak. If you require more details or help planning your trek to Pikey Peak, contact Nepal Hiking Team for an incredible trekking experience.