Maximum Altitude: 14115 ft
Duration: 6 days
Try to say Pike Peak ten times quickly. Hey, I have a new tongue twister for you.
It’s hard to think about Nepal and not conjure up images of the grandest mountain of them all: Everest. But there are so many trails to hike, so many mountains to climb and so many experiences to have in this small, mountainous, landlocked country. Let’s call out our inner Indiana Jones and find the hidden gems of Nepal.
We all are familiar with the EBC trail but do you know that there are two valleys in Solu Khumbu, the upper valley is known as Khumbu and lower valley is known as Solu. Together it is known as Solu Khumbu. Most of the people fly to Lukla and proceed towards Khumbu to the Everest base Camp. The Solu region however was majorly neglected by the trekkers. Lately the lower Solu region with unique trails of trekking and peak climbing in Nepal has seen immense growth in visitor’s number, largely due to its easy accessibility and also for its beaten path trails with not much tourist on it.
Sir Edmund Hillary himself witnessed the beauty of Everest from Pike Peak and said nothing can beat the panoramic beauty of Mt Everest from this point. Now you know how amazing this trek is going to be. The Pike Peak Trek is one of the most beautiful, off the beaten track, parts of the Himalayas. It takes you to the foothills of Khumbu region offering scintillating mountainous vistas of Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Manaslu, Mt. Gaurishankar, Mt. Numbur, Mt. Thamserku etc. The panoramic view during sunrise and sunset is the highlight of this trek.
The route to Pike Peak is relatively new and is not usually flocked with trekkers. With alpine forests of rhododendron, magnolia and pine, this trail is ideal for nature lovers. We will be passing through some of the most beautiful villages in the region. These remote villages and monasteries of the Solukhumbu region offers a chance to interact with local people to learn their way of life. The name Pike comes from the two titles of the Sherpas and Tamangs. As the name says, most of the locals along this trekking trail are from these communities.
The trek starts from the town of Dhap. Though this trail is recently opened, it is one of the most preferred choices for the trekkers because the trail passes from the Lower Khumbu region. The region is known to provide mesmerizing views of Mt. Everest and its neighboring peaks although situated at a lower elevation range. The trail follows the less crowded areas of Khumbu region, rhododendron forests and small villages. Considered as one of the best short treks in contention, the illustrious journey leads to the Pike Base Camp with the thick spread of rich Buddhist culture along the way.
You will be crossing traditional villages of Japle, Junbesi, and Taksindu which are home to different ethnic groups. You will spend the nights at tea houses, homestays, or monasteries. This is a unique way to discover authentic Nepalese culture; as these places are visited only by few travelers, the people will give you a truly warm welcome. And a cup of the typical salty Tibetan tea is always ready to be offered.
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There is a huge Buddhist influence when it comes to culture and architecture with mani stones decorating the entire region. Tibetan prayer flags are strung across the valleys. The trail also presents ancient stupas and chortens. Likewise, you walk through lush forests, where you can see exotic alpine vegetations. You will visit some of the oldest and prettiest monasteries in the region. Thuptenchholing Monastery in Junbesi is one of the most popular one. This fascinating monastery, believed to be built in 16th century is perched high above a valley surrounded by streams and tall pines. All its walls and ceilings are painted with Buddhist paintings (Thankas) and in the middle there is a huge statue of Buddha. This monastery is home to some 500 Buddhist nuns and monks, and is indeed a magical and peaceful place. You can wake up early in the morning and join the nuns in meditation.
You should start the journey to the peak as early as you can to enjoy the sunrise view of the Great Himalayas. Walking along the trail that passes through the lush rhododendron and pine forests, you reach the top of the summit. Pike Peak is beautifully decorated with the prayer flags by the Sherpa people and the previous trekkers. Once you on the top, you can have the mesmerizing sunrise view of more than 100 snowy peaks glittering in the sunrays. From Pike hill, you have the panoramic view of Mount Everest, Makalu, Lhotse, Chho-yo, Thamserku, Ama Dablam, Gaurishankar Himal and many more. Similarly, the snowcapped peaks of Rolwaling Himalayan Range, Langtang Range and others including Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu unveil their beauty in the sunrise. This sight is bound to leave you dumbfounded.
In the foothills of the Khumbu region, lays a beautiful trek with outstanding views of snow-capped mountains and a chance to experience some of the Nepali culture. The tranquil landscapes along with the views of Himalayan panorama offer a mystical vibe which is hard to find anywhere else.
Best Time To Visit
The fall season (September – mid-December) and the spring season (March-May) are the best seasons for the Pike Peak Trek. The climate is very pleasant and moderate, with beautiful views. The months from October and December provide the clearest skies but spring is when the whole evergreen forest covered with the blossom of colorful rhododendron blossoms making the trail look the prettiest.
How To Reach
Take a flight into the capital, Kathmandu, the only international airport in the country. From here, Dhap is around 8 hours away by road.
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