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DUDH KUNDA PIKEY PEAK TREK

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Destination

Pikey peak

Region

Everest Solu Region

Max.Altitude

4,600 Meters

Grade

Moderate

Activity

Trekking

Duration

12 Days

Route

Phaplu - Pikey peak - Phaplu

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation

Hotel / Lodge / tea house

Meal

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the trek

Transportation

Kathmandu /Phaplu / Kathmandu

Start/End

Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Person

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Overview

DUDH KUNDA PIKEY PEAK BASE CAMP CULTURAL TREK - LOWER SOLUKHUMBU EVEREST TREK

The 13,500 feet tall Pikey Peak Base Camp and Dudh Kunda Lake Trekking is moderate trek with view of mountains entwines with the Chyabe peak across east to west and holds a great value in local customs. In July locals worship their clan god, the eastern Chyabo Pikey, as Pikey Hlapchen Karbu. 

The Hiking Pikey Peak trail goes via Jiri-Chaulakharka-Ngaur- to reach the Pikey Daanda (Hill) area. Another trail leads from Pikey Daanda to Phaplu through Paanch Pokari and Tamakhani located north east from the district centre Salleri. The Pikey Daanda is most popular for its sunrise and sunset views and one can take pleasure in the magnificent sight of the peaks of Mt. Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjungha, Annapurna, Gauri Shankar, Lhotse, Lhotseshar, Nuptse, Ama Dablam, Numbur, Khatang, Karyalung, Shishapangma, Mera Peak and Thamserku. 

Pikey Peak Base Camp trekking is one of the popular trekking trails in Everest region, probably one of the lower places for where to see the Mt. Everest. The trail features the forests of rhododendron, Magnolia and wild orchid. During the cleansing ritual, thousands of Sherpas visit the lakes nearby from the entire Lower Solukhumbu region. 

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Itinerary

01
Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival meet and assist by Parikrama Treks representative. Transfer to hotel near tourist areas.

02
Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap Bazzar 2850m/7 hours by private vehicle.

The journey starts early morning leaving hustle-bustle Kathmandu valley to Dhap Bazaar via Okhaldungha by private vehicle which takes almost 7 hours driving along the  Sun Koshi, later joining Tama Koshi and become roaring big Koshi River until reaching Ghurmi where we take Dal Bhat in a small local restaurant for lunch. It takes about 4 hours of driving to arrive in Ghurmi. Then smooth drives go uphill continuously towards the north through the subtropical forests of Pine to dense forests of Rhododendron passing several countryside villages, beautiful landscapes, and valleys until reaching Dhap Bazaar (2850m) which takes about 3 hours. To explore the fascinated village with several local shops give you the different experience of knowing local people and culture, their way of life. In the clear sky, the awesome mountain view of Number Chuli feels you that you are already closed to the Himalayas. Stay overnight at Lodge. 

03
Trek from Dhap Bazzar to Jhapre 2815m/4 hours via Sigane

The morning after breakfast, the walking trail stays on dusty road head until reaching Sigane for 2 and half hours. Then trail from Sigane follows again a road under construction for the first couple of hours. The first village is called Jahpre (2815m). It’s perched above a deep valley with nice views of Everest and the Number Himal. There’s a pretty little Gompa and Stupa here. This is also another best viewpoint for all high Himalayan ranges to the north. Here you find few lodges with its comfort and plenty of food items. We stay overnight at Lodge. 

04
Trek from Jhapre to Pikey Base Camp 3585m/5 hours

Early morning what an awesome mountain scenery of Numbur Chuli and Everest including the eastern Himalayan range. The trekking trail starts on a dirt road for a while and quickly catches the gentle walking uphill through the Pine and Rhododendron forest until reaching Bhulbule (3210m) and it takes about 2 hours. You will find a small tea shop there. Then the trail continues again the gentle climbing uphill to arrive in Lhamuje (3330m) which takes an hour. Here is lunch place and newly built tea-house. In the spring season, you will enjoy different spices of Rhododendron flowers during the walk and the spectacular high Himalayan range. Afterward the trail stays gentle ups and downs in the ridge to arrive at very Yak pasture land where we can see many grazing Yaks. Then we pass very long Mani Wall and start climbing steep uphill with the zigzag trail to arrive Pikey Peak Base Camp (3585m) which takes about 2 hour and 30 minutes. You can visit the Yak Cheese factory and they produce Cheese during Monsoon. You find 2 basic lodges where serving basic local foods. We stay overnight at Lodge. 

05
Trek from Pikey Base Camp to Junbesi 2680m/6 hours via Pikey Peak 4065m

Early morning, the trail starts steep switchback uphill until reaching Pikey Peak (4065m) which takes about an hour. The unobstructed 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 trek goes downhill in the gully stone trail for few hours and enters the Rhododendron and Pine forest until Jase Bhanjyang (3550m) and it takes about 2 hours. Then trail stays on the ridge with up and down to arrive Lamjura (3530m) which takes about 2 hours. You can stop for lunch here. Then the trail goes long descent to the valley through fir and rhododendron forests until reaching Traktor and the trail stays level walking to Junbesi (2680m) passing several mani walls and stone Chhortens. It takes 2 and half hours. The Number Chuli to the north just looming high above the village. You may visit the old monasteries in the village by exploring the village to know their culture and way of life. There are several nice lodges with a good food menu. We stay overnight at Lodge. 

06
Visit Thubten Choling monastery and camp farther up the valley

This morning you follow the river once more, meandering through fields and flowers, towards a very special place, Thupten Choling, home to 800 monks living in tiny cottages dotting the hill behind the main Gompa. His Holiness the late Trulsik Rinpoche founded the monastery in the 1960s after fleeing Tibet. Thupten Choling houses feed and educate a large population, 80% of whom are Tibetan refugees. This is one of the first contact points for the many Tibetans who find their way into Nepal each year. Although most refugees continue on to India, about 40 nuns per year stay on and join the monastery.

From here you continue up the valley for another hour to your first campsite where you are joined by the full camping crew for the first time. You will now be camping each night until you reach Taksindu.

07
Trek to Yak Kharka

As you will be ascending steadily in the next few days, it is important to pay attention to how you’re your body is acclimatizing. Your visit to Pike Peak earlier in the trek has helped considerably with your acclimatization, however, do pay attention to any of the early signs of altitude sickness and make sure you drink plenty of water. Today takes you through a magical forest up towards a pass near where you will spend the night.

08
Trek to Saharsbeni

Over the next two days, you follow a ridge bringing you ever closer to the snow-covered peaks of the Rowling Himal. It is hard to imagine, but this lonely trail teems with pilgrims at a festival time! You will most likely have the whole landscape to yourself and camp in meadows, surrounded by rock faces and yak grazing.

09
Trek to Dudh Kunda

Dudh Kunda Lake (4560m), at the foot of Mt. Number and Karyalung Glacier, is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva. The full moon in August sees pilgrims flock to the lake as Buddhist and Hindu devotees believe that taking a dip in the icy lake will absolve them of their sins. It only takes a couple of hours walking from your last camp and you can spend the rest of the day at leisure in this incredibly stunning place.


10
Trek to Timba

After a morning Kora (circumambulation of the lake) you retrace our steps to Thadarbug and rejoin the classic pilgrim route towards the Taksindu La. You follow the ridgeline south and camp in one of the herder's camps along this trail.

11
Trek to Taksindu

This morning you continue down the ridgeline towards the main Jiri to Everest trail at Taksindu La, from where you again have great mountains views. A short descent takes you to the Taksindu Monastery and the village where you can stay in a local tea house.

12
Trek to Phaplu, optional visit to Chiwong Gompa

Today you leave the main trekking route again and take a beautiful path down to Phaplu through the forest. You have the option to hike 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. You continue on down into Phaplu and celebrate the completion of a great trek in your cozy tea house in the village.

13
Drive or Fly from n Kathmandu

This is a cushion day for the eventuality that may arise for delays or cancellation of flight or any other reasons beyond our Phaplu to Kathmandu (35 minutes) and transfer to the hotel.

14
Extra day

In case everything works out fine then you may have the privilege of using this day for sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley hunting souvenirs or any other option that may interest you. Overnight Hotel

15
Transfer to airport for final departure

You are saying goodbye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us and we expect that you plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal again. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, a representative from Parikrama Treks will transfer you to the airport.

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What is Included

  • All land transfer, arrival and departure as per the itinerary.
  • Hotel accommodation with bed and breakfast on Twin sharing basis as per the itinerary.
  • Food during the trek 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) in specified local lodges or prepared by our cook.
  • An English speaking experienced & professional trekking guide (license holder).
  • Porters (1 porter carries the luggage up to 25 kgs of 2 participants during the trek).
  • City tours as mentioned in the itinerary with English speaking guide and all land transportation with private car/jeep/van.
  • All necessary trekking and climbing related permit including TIMS, National Park Entrance fee and ACAP Fee.
  • Insurance, proper warm clothing, shoes, sunglass and daily wages for guide and porter.
  • Camping Trek daily wages, Guide, Sherpa helpers, Cook, Kitchen Boys, Porters, with food allowance while trekking.
  • Accommodation in 2 man Tents during Trek supported with dinning tent, Kitchen tent, Toilet tent, Shower tent, Table, chairs and Mattress.
  • Necessary kitchen utensils.

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What is Excluded

  • Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu or in Pokhara stay
  • Personal gears and expenses of personal nature and Personal medical and travel insurance emergency evacuation.
  • Hard and any form of soft drinks, tea/coffee (pot size).
  • All confectionery and snacks, Charges for desserts including shower and boiled drinking water, Phone calls, Laundry and alcoholic beverages etc.
  • Any airfare: Domestic International departure taxes and any excess baggage charges.
  • Tips and Gratitude for Guides and Porters according to custom of trekking in Nepal.
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Equipment List

Equipment Checklist

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning camping or tea-house trek in Nepal.  Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, wind breaker and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in a light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture wicking long sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightwight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and day pack
  • Waterproof cover for daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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