Pike (pronounced Peekay) Peak Trek also famous as “High Solu Trekking”, gives you an opportunity to visit the less traveled part of the Solukhumbu-Everest region of Nepal. This moderate trek is ideal for those who want to trek the less traveled route.
One of the treks major highlights is the sunrise hike up to Pike Peak (4065m) one of the tallest hills of Solu, which provides you the opportunity to see the incredible panorama which includes four of the highest mountains in the world: Mt. Everest( 8848m), Mt. Kanchanjanga (8598m), Mt. Lostse,(8586m) and Mt. Makalu(8475m) as well as countless other 6000m and 7000m peaks with Ama Dablam( 6812m), Thamserku (6623m), Kantega (6780m). Kusum Kangaru (6370m) and Mera Peak (6650m). Pike is grassy hill where Yaks graze in summer.
Rather than meeting up with other tourists on the trail you will meet endless mule-trains loaded with large sacks lumber. The bells on their necks echo into the valleys. Pike Peak Trekking is a great way to learn about traditional Sherpa culture as the valleys surrounding Pike are a sanctuary of Sherpa culture which have not been tainted by tourism. The heart-warming hospitality of the locals is a highlight of the Pike Peak Trek. These remote villages and monasteries of the Solukhumbu region and offers a chance to interact with local people to learn their way of life. Wherever we stop we will be offered the typical salty Tibetan tea.
There are a small number of guest houses are found in the area, as these villages have rarely seen tourists. Hence, the Pike Peak Trek a Camping Trek, is ideal for nature lovers with alpine forests of rhododendron, magnolia and pine, wildflowers, and wildlife.
At the beautiful Sherpa village of Junbesi you will get to experience Sherpa culture and ancient Tibetan-Buddhist religion. A fascinating monastery, believed to be built during the 16th century, sits in the middle of Junbesi. All its walls and ceilings are painted with Buddhist paintings known as Thankas and in the middle there is a huge statue of Buddha.
The famous Thuptenchholing Monastery is home to some 500 Buddhist nuns and monks. The attractive monastery is hanging high above a valley enclosed by streams and tall pines; a magical and peaceful place.Tibetan prayer flags are strung immense distances across the valleys.
We can wake up early in the morning and join the nuns in meditation. It is a wonderful experience to relax and hum of their prayers echoing through the brightly frescoed walls. There are occasional intermissions when instruments like horns, cymbals, and drums are played before returning to the humming of prayer.
At the Tibetan herbal medicine clinic, we can get a check up by the doctor who diagnoses health problems by simply studying the pulses in your wrist.
The trek to Shengeephuk takes us through a mossy forest where there is a cave fashioned from an overhang of rock with bricks and a window. This cave, high on a wall of the valley, is where the highly respected, late Rimpoche spent three years in meditation. Shengeephuk opens up to a breathtaking view of a gigantic valley fed by endless springs.
The trail climbs steeply uphill to Taksindo La pass, 3070 metres. There is a huge stupa and a large decorated gate at the peak of this pass where we descend on a rugged flagstone path into another valley.
The clear alpine Dudh Kunda (Milk Lake) is considered a holy and locals believe that taking a dip in it on the full moon night in August will bring them blessing. From Dudh Kunda there is another breathtaking panorama of Everest, Numbur, and down into the forested valley. According to your time and interest, there are various options for the Pike Peak Trek. From Pike Peak, you can continue on to or Everest Base Camp and Kalapattar and then fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
|1||Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m|
|2||Drive to Darap (Hile) 2840m|
|3||Trek to Jhapre, 2820m|
|4||Trek to Samdingma, 3200m|
|5||3 hr ascent to Pike Peak, 4090m, and 2 hr decent to Chandingma, 3510m|
|6||Chandingma, 3510m– Junbesi 2700m|
|7||Rest day and visit Thuptenchholing Monastery, 2920m|
|8||Trek Junbesi to Shengeephuk, 3940m||6-7 hrs|
|9||Trek Shengeephuk to Sensare Danda||5-6hrs|
|10||Trek to Dudh Kunda, 4561m||4 hrs|
|11||Trek to Taksindu La, 2800m||5-6 hrs|
|12||Trek Sensare Danda to Beni, 3800m||4hrs|
|13||Explore in Taksindu Buddhist School / Monastery|
|14||Trek to Phaplu||3-4hrs|
|15||Phaplu / Kathmandu Flight|
|16||Departure from Kathmandu|
The Best Months for Pike Peak Trekking
Every season has its own beauty however those who come in March or April will be awed to see the rhododendron forests in bloom. There are five different species of the national Rhododendron which account for the range of colors: red, purple, pink, magenta, and white and many wildflowers including wild orchids. Fall trekkers who come in September and October after the monsoon has passed, will find the weather is clear and the landscape lush and green.
A winter trek is possible for those who don’t mind the cold, anytime from December to March. In February local Sherpa tribes celebrate their New Year festival of Losar or Yulsang. The Sherpa warmly welcome tourists who come to help celebrate their favorite festival!
The Dumji Festival in May or June, is another very special celebration honoring the birth of Guru Rinpoche. During the four-day long Dumji celebration the Junbesi monastery becomes alive with dancing and drinking as well as more serious rituals and masked dances performed by the monks. The sacred dance performed by the monks is locally known as Chham. If you time your Pike Peak Trek to coincide with the Dumji Festival (the date is determined by the lunar calendar) you will get a wonderful chance to experience the famous Sherpa hospitality and culture.
In July each year, the Sherpa people of the valleys around Pike gather to celebrate their clan god called Pike Lhapchen Karwoo. Sherpas decked out in their finest attire come to thank the god of Pike and all the sentient beings for helping them and ask blessing. A July trek is not recommended because of it is the peak of monsoon, a time of leeches, muddy, slippery trails, clouds and rain.
Drinking Water on the Pike Peak Trek
We provide drink boiled water and suggest that you bring chlorine tablets as an extra precaution. Mineral water is available in a few places, but there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.
If you have a reasonable level of fitness, this trek should be more than manageable. The altitude becomes more noticeable the higher we go, so we walk at a slow pace and take plenty of breaks to rest and acclimatize.
Local Customs You Should Know About on the Pike Peak Trek
Ethnic groups of the hilly and mountain regions are predominantly Buddhist, and you will see many mani stones, stupas, gumbas and prayer wheels. It is respectful to pass these objects with your right side nearest to the object, in a clockwise direction. Avoid sitting or standing on mani stones, stupas, tables used for worship or anything that is a religious symbol, as that is considered disrespectful.
Travel Insurance for the Pike Peak Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Go Himalayan Adventures can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.
Domestic flights to mountain regions can be delayed or cancelled due to bad weather. Be aware that you may have long waits in the airports. From our side, if a flight is cancelled we make sure you get on the next possible flight.
If flight cancellations at the start of your trek delay the trek to the point of disturbing your onward travel schedule, you could travel by land (10-12 hours by jeep) or choose an alternative trip; there are many excellent options in the Annapurna, Langtang and other regions. If you do not wish to take an alternative trek, and wait in Kathmandu for the flight to Phaplu, you will be responsible to bear all additional expenses including food and accommodation. Your original trek may be shortened due to the days lost in waiting.
If you wish to make an alternative arrangement Go Himalayan Adventures will assist in making the booking, but will not cover any additional costs of the alternative arrangement. The refunded money of the unused flight ticket would be credited to the concerned client, however.
There will be no refund for the days of the trek that are missed. You will not be entitled to any refund for services in the package (ie hotel, transport, flight) that you did not use due to the cancellation.
It is advisable to allow one or two extra days at the end of your trip to allow for flight delay/cancellation.
If flight cancellations at the end of the trek delay the return to Kathmandu, the client is responsible for all your expenses during the wait in Phaplu.