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Bhandar Trek

Abhishek Subedi July 18, 2020

Being one of the new discovered trekking destinations, Pikey Peak trek offers its travellers a wonderful panoramic view of the snowy giants including some of the highest mountains of the world. Trekking in this area allows you to observe the lifestyles and culture of some of the ethnic groups of Nepal which includes Sherpa, Chhetri, Gurung and Tamang. Tasting some of the local cuisines we head forward observing the unique flora and fauna this region holds. The trekkers on this trekking trail is comparatively lower than other trekking trails of Nepal. However, in recent years people have started to include Pikey Peak in their travel books resulting in a slight increase in the number of people going there. 

Bhandar Trek

About the Bhandar Trek

Pike Peak trek includes the magnificent view of the tallest mountain of the world, Mount Everest along with other 8000ers i.e. Mt, Makalu, Mt. Lhotse and Mt. Dhaulagiri. Pikey Peak trekking is regarded as a moderate trekking trail which can be done without many difficulties. Bhandar trek begins with a tour of world heritage sites of Kathmandu city, which is also known as the city of temples.

The trip then takes you towards Bamti Bhandar which is approximately a 7-8 hour drive from Kathmandu. From Bhandar, you will gradually ascend in altitude as you head in the direction of Namkheli. With countless ups and downs you will finally reach Pikey base Camp at an altitude of 3,600 meters passing the village of Golla from where you will head to the summit of Pikey Peak and return back to Junbesi. Pikey Peak trek ends at Phaplu from where you will take a flight or drive back to Kathmandu.

This moderate level trek is suitable for both beginners and experienced trekkers. If you want a less crowded and short trail to experience the Everest’s magnificence then do join the Pikey Peak Trek. This trek is incredible in the spring, fall and winter months. Each month serves its beautiful trekking experience. The blooming bio diversity in spring, the clear blue skies and comfortable weather in autumn and the snow capped Himalayas in winter. 

Day 1 Cultural Tour in Kathmandu

You will have a sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley which takes in the key attractions in and around Kathmandu. Including AM: Visit 2000 years old Buddhist shrine Swayambhunath, situated on the top of the hill west of the city the most popular and instantly recognizable symbols of Nepal. The temple is colloquially known as the “Monkey Temple”. There are many small buildings and shrines down the hillside behind Swayambhunath. 

Bhandar Trek

Explore the colorful Kathmandu Durbar Square – The Old Royal Palace of Kathmandu, Temple of living goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, and 17th century temple known for colorfully painted erotic carvings, Kasthmandap temple a three story temple built from a single tree in 12th century. Visit Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the World. The holy river Bagmati and the burning Ghats and also visit one of the oldest and biggest stupa of Boudhanath.  

Day 2 Kathmandu to Bamti Bhandar

Bamti Bhandar, which is situated in the northern Part of Ramechhap district from Kathmandu, is at a distance of 235km.From Kathmandu.Bamti Bhandar is known as the settlement of Sherpa,which lies at an altitude of 2990 m above sea level. About 7/8 hours of bus/ jeep ride, one can easily reach Bamti Bhandar. Nepalthok or Khurkot can be reached for lunch if one can have a bus journey from early 6 am in the morning. There are 10/12 local hotels available for tourists at Bamti Bhandar. 

Day 3 Bhandar to Namkheli

Namkheli can be reached after 7- 8 hours of walking from Bamti Bhandar, Ramechhap district. It takes about 2-3 hours to reach Thadakhola for Lunch after taking the Break Fast from the Bamti Bhandar. Next after crossing Likhukhola situated at the border of Solukhumbu and Ramechhap, (border of province 1 & 3) following Chaulakharka–Lelepu,Namkheli can be reached after 3 hours of hike. You can see a very nice view of Numbur Himal from this route. 

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Day 4 Namkheli to Golla

It takes around 3-4 hours to reach Golla (2900 m) from Namkheli. Golla is considered to be Sherpa language which is called as Gumba dada in Nepali.There are 2/3 hotels at Golla for tourists. Travelers can stay and have lunch and visit 3 Gompas at Golla named as Orgen Sanang Chholing Gomp, Pema Dechhen Choling Gompa and Guru Padhma Sambhav Gompa. The Gwale caste of Sherpa are the inhabitants of Golla.

Day 5 Golla to Pikey Base Camp

You will walk in the jungle. If you come in the spring you will see a lot of Rhododendron flowers. You have the chance to see many wild birds and animals. You can see a great view of many snow-capped mountains. Three hours trek after early morning breakfast from Golla following Lamomane-Dallemane-Muktumje through the dense forest will lead to Naur dada which consists of 4/5 hotels. During the trek one can observe beautiful villages of Koshinasha, Golla and Gupchuka. After having lunch from Naaur dada 2-3 hours of uphill trek. It will lead to reach Pikey Base camp which is situated at an elevation of 3,600m .

Day 6 Pikey Base Camp to Pikey Peak and Descend to Junbesi

This is the main highlight of the whole trip as you are going to witness the pink Himalayas during the beautiful moment of sunrise. You will begin the trek early in the morning. Following the trail leading to the summit decorated with prayer flags you will get glimpses of breathtaking views along the way. In beautiful weather, the panoramic views of Annapurna, Kanchenjunga and surrounding mountains are simply astounding. After enjoying the serene sunrise from the top of Pikey Peak you will have to descend following the flat ridgeline which further steepens as you enter the forest. The forest will lead you to Jase Bhanjyang and continue towards Loding, a VDC in Solukhumbu District. 

Day 7 Junbesi to Thupten Chholing and Back to Junbesi

Thupten Chholing is a celibate Buddhist monastery located in the high and remote mountains of Nepal. Founded by His Holiness Thrulsik Rinpoche in the 1960’s after fleeing Tibet, it is an independent and autonomous institution. Consequently, Thupten Choling has been able to remain authentically traditional, and hidden from the outside world. Due to its remoteness and increasing population. The 700 resident monks and nuns live with dwindling resources, no public health facilities, and have little chance of sustaining themselves in the long run unless their limited resources are managed wisely. After breakfast, we will take a hike of the Thupten Chholing Monastery 2800m. Explore the monastery and meditate with nuns. Rest of the day is on your own to explore. 

Day 8 Junbesi to Chwang to Phaplu

After the morning breakfast, trek for 3 hours to reach Chiwong monastery. Chiwong monastery is situated at an altitude of 9,000 feet. On the cliff of Chiwong hill about 3 hours walking distance from Phaplu airport. Also, SoluKhumbu district at one time Chiwong Monastery echoed with the prayers and scholastic activities. Of many monks and nuns who resided here. Chiwong Monastery has the privilege to host the Dza-Rong-Phuk Sangey Ngawang Tenzing Jangpo from 1955-1958. His Holiness Thrulshig Rinpoche has lived in this monastery from 1960-1967. 

Bhandar Trek

Chiwong monastery Celebrates Mani Rimdu festival on the full moon of October every year. The Mani Rimdu Festival is a colorful occasion that takes place in the most spectacular of settings in the foothills of the Himalayas. Performed by the monks of Chiwong monasteries, it depicts the victory of Buddhism over the ancient ‘Bon’ religion. Phaplu is situated at an altitude of 2400m. There is an airport, hospital and nurse. There are 8/10 hotels for tourists. It is also possible to sightsee around Salleri Bazar, headquarter of Solukhumbu district after eating lunch at Phaplu.

Day 9 Drive from Phalpu to Kathmandu Valley

This is your final day in this village. You will bid farewell to the beautiful Himalayan views, the cultures and architectures and return back to Kathmandu. As you drive back you shall enjoy the scenic views. As you arrive in Kathmandu. You will have ample time on your hand which you can utilize by strolling around the hustling and bustling Kathmandu city.

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