Pikey Peak Trek - 11 Days


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Pikey Peak Trek is a comfortable trekking route at an altitude of 4,068m, being one of the tallest mountains of Solukhumbu (lowland of Everest region). The trek is famous for its majestic sunrises, Himalayan ranges, Sherpa culture and their traditions. Sir Edmund Hillary described Pikey Peak as one of the best viewpoints of Nepal. Apart from Everest, you can get a clear view of Gigantic Dhaulagiri (8,000m) on west to Kanchenjunga (8,586m) on east. 

The sunrise and sunset over the magnificent Himalayan range of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjungha, Gauri Shankar,
Lhotse Shar, Numbur, Khatang, Karyalung, Annapurna, Nuptse, Amadablam, Shishapangma, Thamserku and Mera peak are the
highlight of this trek. In the season of August, there occurs a cleansing ritual.Thousands of devotees walk to the lake for the festival from the village all around Solukhumbu. 

Beside, starting from Shivalaya one can also start the trek by going to Phaplu which takes 30 minutes by air. The following day you trek to Thuptenchholing Monastery (Little Tibet) where you can observe traditional Tibetan medicinal therapy. The trekkers can also enjoy and shareSherpa culture, and the cultural show will also be performed on your request. 


Arrive in KathmanduYou will be welcomed by a Great Nepal Representative at the airport and be transferred to your hotel. Your Great Nepal Representative will explain briefly about the travel itinerary. There will be a welcome dinner tonight where you will enjoy local cuisine and folk dance, overnight stay in the hotel.

Today day you will have a full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City consists of Kathmandu Durbar Square (City of Temple), Swoyambhunath (Monkey temple) and Patan City (City of fine arts). Kathmandu Durbar Square is a complex of palaces, courtyards and temples like Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Kumari Ghar (Abode of the Living Goddess), Taleju temple, built between the 12th and 18th centuries, used to be the seat of the ancient Malla Kings of Kathmandu. The Great Stupa of Swayambhunath stands on a hill to the west of Kathmandu. Its name means "The Self-created, Self-existent Buddha" also known as Monkey temple. Patan City is noted for its craftsmen and metal workers. The diversity of the Medieval culture that allowed both Hinduism and Buddhism to flourish has left a rich legacy of impressive sightseeing in this city for today's visitors.

Our journey starts early morning leaving hustle bustle Kathmandu valley to Dhap Bazzar via Okhaldungha by private 4W land cruiser which takes almost 7 hours driving along the Sun Koshi. It takes about 4 hours of driving to arrive in Ghurmi. After a smooth drive goes uphill continuously towards north through the sub-tropical forests of Pine to dense forests of Rhododendron passing several countryside villages, beautiful landscapes and valleys, we will reach Dhap Bazar (2850m/9350ft) which takes about 3 hours. Exploring the fascinated village with several local shops give us the chance of knowing local people and culture, their way of life and in the clear sky, we will view mountain Numbur Chuli.

Morning after breakfast, we will walk on a dusty road until reaching Sigane for 2 and half hour. Then trail leads us to a road under construction for the first couple of hours, the village called Jahpre (2815m). It is a deep valley offering nice views of Everest and the Numbur Himal. There is also pretty little Gompa and Stupa here. This is also another best view point for all high Himalayan range to north. There are few lodges with its comfort and plenty of food items.

Early morning, the base camp welcomes you with awesome mountain scenery of Numbur Chuli and Everest including eastern Himalayan range. The starting trekking Trail is bit dusty for a while and quickly catch the gentle walking uphill through the Pine and Rhododendron forest until we reach Bhulbule (3210m). It takes about 2 hours to reach here. The trail continues with a gentle climbing uphill to arrive in Lhamuje (3330m) taking an hour. In the spring season, you will see different spices of Rhododendron flowers during the walk and spectacular high Himalayan range. After a while, the trail stays gentle ups and downs in the ridge to arrive very Yak pasture land where we can see many grazing Yaks. Then we will pass very long Mani Wall and start climbing steep uphill with a zigzag trail to arrive Pikey Peak Base Camp (3585m) taking about 2 hours and 30 minutes. You will visit Yak Cheese factory.

Early morning after breakfast,the trail starts steep switch back uphill until reaching Pikey Peak (4065m) taking about an hour. The sunrise view over the Himalayan range and the spectacular views of mountains including Mt. Everest, Number Chuli, Thamserku, Khangtega, Khatang, Karyoling to the north, Kanchenjunga to the east, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa, Langtang to the west. Then, the trek goes downhill in the gully stone trail for few hours entering to the Rhododendron and Pine forest until Jase Bhanjyang (3550m) taking about 2 hours. Then trail is up and down to reach Lamjura (3530m) taking about 2 hours. Then we will descent to the valley through fir and rhododendron forests until we reach Taktor. We will trek to Junbesi (2680m) passing several Mani walls and stone Chhortens which takes 2 and half hours. The Numbur Chuli is to the north just looming high above the village. You will visit old monastery in the village with explore the village to know their culture and way of life. It is facilitated with several lodges.

Early morning after breakfast, you will hike to Thupten Chholing Gompa (2920m) which was founded in 19th Century and practiced by Tibetan Buddhism for round trip 3 hours. The trail is gentle climbing up hill along Junbesi Khola. We will return same way back to Junbesi. You may enjoy the meditation with local nuns and monks in the Monastery and explore the village.

After breakfast early morning, we will leave Junbesi village crossing by steel bridge walking on the dirt road along the Junbesi Khola until we reach Benighat which takes 1 and half hour. We will continue to walk on the dirt motorable road until reaching Bhagbani and a short walk up hill to Phaplu (2380m) which takes about an hour walking. People spend a night here to catch flight back to Kathmandu or 9 hours drive by local jeep next day. Here are plenty of nice lodges.

Flying from Phaplu to Kathmandu takes about 35 minutes and our car will be waiting to you to transfer you to hotel.

On this day we will visit: Boudhanath It is also called “Khasa Chaitya”, Newari Chaitya, Standard Tibetan Jarung Khashor located in Kathmandu. It is 11 km far from the center and northeast of the Kathmandu. The massive mandala of Boudhanath is known to be the largest spherical stupas in Nepal and also in the world. It is also enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Bhaktapur Durbar Square: This site is also enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Site which is 13 km east of Kathmandu. The main attractions of Bhaktapur are 55 window palace, Batasala Temple, Statue of Bhupatindra Malla, Nyatapole Temple, Golden Gate, Lion’s Gate and Mini Pashupati Temple. Changunarayan Temple It is the oldest temple built in the 4th century in the Lichhavi Dynasty. The travellers come to see the stone statue of Garuda kneels in front of the west face of the temple. On the north of the temple is the statue of Vishnu seated on a Garuda which dates to 9th century. The beautiful carve image of around 1500 years old. And return to hotel after having cultural farewell dinner on the occasion of the success of the trek.

Sadly your most memorable journey ends today. A Great Nepal representative will escort you to the airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way home you have plenty of time to think about your recent adventure and to plan your next wonderful adventure in Nepal.

Inclusion

  • All transportation as per itinerary including airport transfers.
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu with all monument fees
  • 3 Nights accommodation at 2/3 stars Hotel in Kathmandu on BB basis
  • All your standard Meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner) during the trekking time
  • Accommodation in the best available Lodges, Guesthouses during the trek (on twin share basis)
  • Government licensed holder local English speaking Sherpa Guide throughout the trek
  • The required number of staff and Porters to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, and transportation for office staffs
  • Sagarmatha (Everest) conservation’s Area park fees
  • TIMS (Trekker Information Management System) and other necessary permits
  • Trekking equipment’s i.e. – down Jacket, sleeping bag (which needs to be returned after the trek)
  • Farewell dinner at local Nepali restaurant with cultural show in Kathmandu.
  • First aid medical kits
  • Great Nepal Treks Trip Completion certificate 

Exclusion

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu
  • Snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, water and personal items, Wifi access fees in lodges while trekking.
  • Your travel insurance (compulsory), this must include helicopter rescue (Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses. (These should be covered by your travel insurance provider)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Helicopter charter and all accommodation on flight cancellation due to bad weather
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like( natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances)
  • Lodge fees for hot showers, towels, laundry or other services and Personal trekking gear
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Which is not mandatory but highly appreciated)
  • Any items not mentioned on above include section

To enable all expedition members to acclimatize well and hence maximize their chances of success, our expedition programs are prepared with sufficient time for acclimatization. Adaptation to the altitude takes time and there can be no short-cuts, even if supplementary oxygen is used in the final stages. The atmospheric pressure at the base camp is half of that at the sea level. A thorough program of acclimatization is built into the itinerary which consists of regulated height ascents, followed by descents and rests before the final ascent to the summit. This will prevent the climbers to get rid from altitude sickness

Although our guides carry first aid medical kit, it is better to carry a supply of first aid items for your own personal use according to your health conditions. Here are the list of some general as well as some special medications you may require:
- Antiseptic cream (Betadine)
- Sunblock SPF 30+
- Throat lozenges
- Painkillers and anti-inflammatory such as Aspirin, Paracetamol, Ibuprofen etc.
- Band-aids, bandage, compression bandage and 'Second Skin' for blisters
- Re-hydration salts. (Trioral, Electrobin, Oral Rehydrating Salt)
- Dextrose glucose tablets
- Water treatment tablets
- Your prescription medications
- Antibiotics for longer climbing and expedition style tripsdfsiosdfiajsf

You will be affected by high altitude problems if it is your fist trip at a high altitude. The altitude has some important beneficial effects on the human body and your trips have been designed to enable these. Please familiarize yourself with the information on AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) and understand how to avoid it and read on benefits of high altitude and take advantage of these to improve your body' metabolism.

Altitude sickness is the reaction of the body adjusting to decreasing amounts of oxygen. The high altitude slowly decreases the flow of oxygen means the higher you climb, the flow of oxygen is very thin resulting the malfunction of body. Altitude sickness most commonly occurs from above 2,800 meters (9,200ft) but this is different for everyone - there is simply no way of knowing your own susceptibility prior to being at altitude thus it is vital for you to monitor your own health. AMS occurs when the body is unable to adopt at the higher altitude having less amount of oxygen. At an altitude of 5490m (18000 ft.), the oxygen availability becomes just the half of the availability at sea level. While only a third of oxygen is available at the summit of Mt. Everest. Symptoms may be mild and subside/go away after a day's rest, or if it is ignored it could lead to death.

Symptoms can appear within 1-2 hours although most often appear 6-10 hours after ascent and generally subside in 1-2 days as the body adjusts to altitude. They may reappear as you continue to go higher. Symptoms of AMS usually occur gradually and can be one or a combination of the following:
• Headache: Due to the less amount of oxygen in air, the blood influences the blood vessels to spread wide in order to supply more oxygen to the brain and which cause them to show the early symptom of AMS.
• Dopiness: The trekkers or climbers feel very sleepy but could not.
• Shortness of breath: The breathing pattern changes as the breathing becomes faster and deeper than normal in order to get enough oxygen and rapid pulse
• Loss of appetite and nausea: Despite of physical exercise, the trekkers don’t have an appetite to eat. They will feel as if they want to vomit.
• Pins and Needles: Sensation of a limbs falling asleep.
• Fatigue: Physical pressure while trekking the long hours followed by Insomnia shows the next symptom of AIMS which is fatigue.
• Dizziness: A feeling of falling down, it is the early symptoms of AMS.
• Malaise: Malaise is the feeling of being sick which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.
• Swelling of hands, feet & face: Due to the accumulation of fluids, the tissues swell which is also one of the symptoms of AMS.

Symptoms associated with more severe Acute Mountain Sickness includes:

  • Cyanosis (alteration of skin color into bluish or purplish)
  • Chest tightness or congestion
  • Confusion
  • Coughing up blood
  • Decreased consciousness or withdrawal from social interaction
  • Grey or pale complexion
  • Inability to walk in a straight line, or to walk at all
  • Shortness of breath at rest

At high altitude, all people will experience some of the above symptoms in a mild form. If the body is unable to adjust to altitude these symptoms will persist and if they are left untreated, altitude sickness may progress to High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE) or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). Edema means simply fluid accumulation in your interstitial body tissues. Both HACE and HAPE can be fatal if ignored.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
If one accumulates of fluid in the lungs and mild fever then, there is a chance of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). The filling of fluid in the lungs is Pulmonary Edema. The fluid blocks the passage of fresh oxygen to get into the lungs which causes the shortage of oxygen. Though the exact reason for the HAPE has not been identified, scientists think that pressure of blood vessel around the lungs is directly proportional to the altitude. As a result the smaller blood vessels leak allowing the fluid to escape to the lungs. The treatment for the HAPE victims is to give the oxygen at the rate of 4 liters a minute, using Portable Altitude Chamber (PAC). In case of unavailability of PAC bag or oxygen, one is taken down to the low altitude which is the only way of life-saving. HAPE can also lead to unconsciousness which may also results to death in a short period of time.

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)
HACE is the accumulation of fluid in the brain due of the swollen blood vessels to the brain. HACE is also seen within a couple of hours and can send the patient to coma and take his/her life in just few hours likewise to HAPE. The excessive flow of blood to the brain due to the low-level oxygen causes vasodilation which eventually leads to leakage of blood vessels to the brain. A 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose to those who suffer from such sickness and then 4mg Diamox is given an every six hours gap. Similarly, 2-4 liters/minute oxygen is given and one is taken to down if it is necessary.

- Breathlessness
- A dry cough, developing to a wet one with blood-tinged discharge or saliva
- Tightness in the chest & blueness/darkness of face, lips & tongue
- Low fever up to 38°C/100°F
- Severe fatigue, progressing to coma

- Severe headache symptoms not relieved by painkillers or lying down
- Confusion, disorientation & drowsiness
- Nausea/vomiting
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Blurred or double vision/retinal hemorrhage

Certain medical conditions (such as respiratory disease) or medications (such as sleeping pills) can increase the risk of altitude sickness - it is important that you inform your guide of any medical conditions or medications before ascending to altitude. You can help your body to acclimatize and avoid altitude sickness by:

  • Avoiding alcohol, tobacco and substances that can interfere with good delivery of oxygen to the body or cause dehydration
  • Eating small, frequent meals high in carbohydrates
  • Drinking plenty of water – the test of sufficient amount of water intake is ability to urinate colorless urine
  • Taking it easy or have a rest. Walk at a slower pace than you would at sea level and avoid over-exertion
  • Climb the mountain gradually and stop for a day or two of rest for every 600m/2000ft above 2,400m/8000ft
  • Climb high but Sleep at a lower altitude if possible
  • Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness

Most travelers are able to successfully acclimatize by following the previously mentioned guidelines. However, there are instances where medical treatment is required. Ultimately, the best treatment for acute mountain sickness (AMS) is to descend to a lower altitude and rest. Early diagnosis is important. Acute mountain sickness is easier to treat in the early stages. The guide will monitor you all the time for symptoms and will pace you appropriately to minimize your exposure to AMS.Cooperating with the guide and reporting if any of the above-described symptoms are seen allows your guide to undertaking appropriate and timely action to minimize your exposure to AMS.  Sufficient time for acclimatization (After 3000 meters) is also another method to minimize AMS. Following precautions can be done in order to get rid of AMS:

• Don’t ascent up rapidly.
• Never use alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
• Drink more fluid 3-4 liters a day, clean boiled water / tea / coffee / soup / juice etc.
• Climb high and sleep low.
• Don’t go trekking alone, take guide/porter.
• Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local people, guidebook.
• Descent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.
• Never leave or descent sick person along.
• Avoid getting cold.
• Take an easy and comfortable trekking route even if it is longer.
• Sleep more than normal.

Your Guide will carry some medications in First Aid Kit and may suggest for medication such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, combination of them or specific AMS medication. Standard and effective medication for prevention of AMS is Acetazolamide (Diamox) and it may be given to help improve breathing and reduce mild symptoms. This drug can cause increased urination. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids and avoid alcohol when taking this drug.With severe cases of AMS, our guide will contact our office in Kathmandu and arrange your evacuation by helicopter. Before we accept you on the trek we will require that you purchase health and travel insurance including helicopter rescue and hospitalization.

You never know when the unexpected situation comes and put you in hearse condition.  So such cases you will be rescued by Helicopter. You are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation. So, before coming to Nepal, please make your travel insurance. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform office about requirement of a helicopter. For evacuation, we require the name of the sick person and the exact location from where helicopter can airlift you. You should not leave the place after calling Helicopter for evacuation though you are feeling better than before.

On the trek, there is a facility of purchasing safe drinking water in teahouses.It is better if you carry the water purifying pills on your own. On camping trek, the water will be treated with Potassium permanganate or Iodine. On the trail, water from the streams is safe to drink, but better not to use it directly for drinking.

Security and a safe journey is our core objective of trekking. Our guide holds licenses issued by the Nepal Government and our staffs are local, honest, kind and genuine. But we also insist you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on ‘camping trek’ please take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite and put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent when you feel sleepy. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on ‘Tea house arrangement, never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out.

Accomodation

You will be staying in 3 star hotels (as mentioned in itinerary) while you are in  Kathmandu. While visiting the rural areas, especially high altitudes, you will be staying in teahouses. It is important to note that teahouses are small lodges run by locals and are a very popular type of accommodation in high altitudes and rural areas. They tend to be quite on the cheaper side and only offer limited services.It is important to be open-minded and not expect all the services you get in city areas. The rooms are typically small with twin beds, clean blanket, pillow and bed sheet. Normally people tend to carry their own sleeping bags for sanitary reasons. The only area, that is usually heated is the dining area, so be ready to face some cold night. Toilets in teahouses are typical squat-style and are very small but clean. Likewise, hot water is not available, but you can easily get some for a small fee. If you have any other questions related to accommodation, food, and other details during your visit to Nepal, you can always contact our operators who are available 24X7 at your service. 

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Trip Facts

  • Duration: 11 Days
  • Trip Grade: Moderate Moderate
  • Country: Nepal
  • Region: Solukhumbu
  • Max. Altitude: 4,068m/13346ft
  • Best Season: Spring/Autumn
  • Group Size: Min 2 Pax
  • Trip Start/Ends: Kathmandu
  • Trek Style: Tea House Trek
  • Transportation: Domestic Air/Land transportation

Trip highlights

  • Explore lower Khumbu region 
  • Mani walls, Buddhist Stupas, Himalayan floras and faunas and ancient monasteries through out the trial
  • Fascinating sunrise views surrounded by mountain peaks like Kanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Everest and other peaks
  • Observe traditional Tibetan medicinal therapy at Thuptenchholing Monastery (Little Tibet)
     

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