Pikey Peak Trek

12th year anniversary
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This is a most beautiful area & is relatively a new trek; and one still largely off the tourist route, this is Peekye Mountain at (4070m), a very special mountain in that it is considered the protector of Golla region. Golla is a small Sherpa village of about 40 houses scattered over the slope of Peekye at an altitude of 3060m, and dominated by a range of snow-capped mountains: Gaurishankar, Karylung, Numbur and Katanga. The religious life of this village is very pulsating thanks to its four small monasteries, all belonging to the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism.
The months of March and April are a wonderful time to visit the area. The forests are full off beautiful rhododendrons, magnolias, wild orchids and edelweiss. At this time of year too, a great Sherpa festival takes place: the Dumje, for which, different families take turns each year in bearing the cost of the celebrations. This is a good opportunity to see the monks dancing sacred dances (cham) in the monastery courtyards as you enjoy the famous Sherpa warmth. For those who like deep blue skies, snow and the mountain climate, autumn and winter are the best seasons to come. At the end of October or beginning of November (according to the Lunar calendar), a great festival takes place in Chiwong monastery in which the monks perform the sacred dance festival of Mani Rimdu over a period of several days. Each season of the year has its own beauty and it’s a wonderful time to be in this area.

Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

Day 03: Kathmandu to Jiri (1955m)/5hrs drive

The road goes through hills. When the weather is good, there are beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains. Jiri is the centre of Dolakha district and is occupied mainly by the Jirels, an ethnic community. Overnight camp

Day 04: Jiri to Shivalaya (1770m)/4hrs

A 4 hrs trek through beautiful forests and a number of hamlets. The trail goes down to Shivalaya, a small village inhabited by Tamangs and Newars, on the bank of the Shivalaya River. Overnight camp

Day 05: Shivalaya to Bhandar/Changma (2190m)/5hrs

A few hours climb leads to Deurali, a small hamlet from where one can see Dudh Kunda Himal, Khatanga, Karylung and Peekye. Then the trail goes down for ½ hour to Bhandar, a Sherpa village with two stupas and a small monastery. Overnight camp

Day 06: Bhandar/ Changma to Namkhile (2320m)/4 hrs

The trail goes down and after 1 hr one arrives at the Likhu Khola, a river forming the boundary to Solu-Khumbu district and Sagarmatha zone. On the other side of the river, a good climb of 3 hrs leads to Namkhile, from where it is possible to see fine views of Numbur Himal. Overnight camp

Day 07: Namkhile to Golla (2980m)/2 hrs

From Namkhile, the path is a hard 2-hour climb through a forest of pines and rhododendrons. Golla is a typical Sherpa village, whose inhabitants are mainly farmers. Each household has some cows, and dzom (a cross between a yak and cow). Overnight camp

Day 08: We rest on this day in Golla Village

A stay in the village provides an opportunity to experience the daily life of the people. You can enjoy delicious Sherpa food. Visit the 3 main monasteries of this village and a school run by Peekye Hill social organization. In spring season there will be a Dhumje Mask dance festival. Spring season is also a fantastic time to trek in this area. Overnight camp

Day 09: Golla to Ngaur (3350m)/4hrs

A 4 hr walk through a forest full of rhododendrons leads to the hamlet of Ngaur, situated on the top of a hill. From here, the view towards Gaurishankar and Dudh Kunda Himal is spectacular. Ngaur has six houses and a small monastery. Fifteen minutes from there is a cheese factory, where one can taste and buy cheese made from nak (female yak) and dzom’s milk. Overnight camp

Day 10: Ngaur to Chamdingma (3510m)

The trail goes through the pasture land where Sherpas from the Golla area pass the summer with their cattle. The snow capped mountains can be seen again. This is a nice place to camp in.

Day 11: Chandingma – top of Peekye (4065m) – Chandingma

From the top of Peekye, one can see Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and some smaller peaks and at night the lights of Kathmandu valley is visible. It’s a great sight. Overnight camp

Day 12: Chandingma to Junbesi (2670m)

A 3 hr descent leads to Jasa Warnyang, a pass at about 3,800m. From there, one climbs 2 hrs through pasture land with a good view of Peekye before arriving at Pambuk La, another pass (4000m).After going down 2 hrs through a pine and rhododendron forest, we arrive in Takur, a Sherpa village. Half an hour later and you are in the beautiful village of Junbesi. Overnight camp

Day 13: Junbesi to Thubten Choling Monastery to Junbesi

Thubten Choling Monastery was founded by Trulshi Rinpoche, a high Nyingmapa Lama, after he left Tibet in 1959, following the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Trulshi Rinpoche is one of the most important lamas of the Sherpa people. Five hundred monks and nuns are currently living in Thubten Choling. Overnight camp

Day 14: Junbesi to Chiwong monastery

Chiwong Monastery is a Nyingmapa monastery built in 1929.The monastery is famous for its sacred dance festival, the Mani Rimdu, which lasts for 3 days and takes place in the 10th Tibetan month (November-December). The aim of Mani Rimdu is to expel harmful forces. During the festival, the Sherpas from Solu- Khumbu gather in the courtyard of the monastery. It is an occasion for them not only to witness the ceremony, to make offerings and to earn value for their next life, but also to meet friends and enjoy good food and drink. This is a great time to camp out here.

Day 15: Chiwong monastery to Phaplu

Phaplu is a small Sherpa town with an airport and a hospital, which was built by Sir Edmund Hillary. Overnight camp

Day 16: Fly to Kathmandu

From Phaplu we take a 30 minute flight to Kathmandu. And your day is free.

Day 17: Free day in Kathmandu.

Day 18 : Final Departure, transfer to airport.

  • All transfer in a Non Air conditioned private vehicle
  • 4 nights in Kathmandu hotel (tourist class) on BB basis
  • Trekking on organized camping basis
  • 3 meal during trek, sleeping tent, dining & toilet tent.
  • All kitchen utensils & other equipments
  • National park fees & TIMS fee
  • One English speaking guide (Sirdar)
  • Porters (1 porter for 2 members) one porter is allowed to carry maximum of 25 kg of total weight
  • 1 Sherpa (assistant guide) for every 4 members
  • Daily wages of Nepali staffs, meal and accommodation
  • Insurance of guide & porter
  • Domestic flight fare as per the program
  • Lunch/dinner in Kathmandu
  • Laundry, telephone calls, emergency evacuation if required, Donation, tips
  • All personal nature expenses

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