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Dhap Pikey Base Camp Trek

Abhishek Subedi July 18, 2020

Dhap Pikey  Base Camp Trek is an amazing experience which takes place in the Khumbu region of Nepal. Indulge in the pristine scenery, culture and traditions. If you have a limited time and wish to enjoy the breathtaking Mt Everest up close, this trek fulfils all your wishes. The views of the Himalayas such as Everest, Makalu, Gauri Shanker, Lhotse, Mera Peak and many more is a memory to cherish. As much as the Himalayas entertain you, the biodiversity of this region is just as pristine. Throughout the trek we shall cross several lush forests adding up to the enjoyment of the journey. The Rhododendron forests, Orchids, Magnolia flowers and the blooming diversity are certain to keep you company throughout the trail.

Dhap Pikey Base Camp Trek

Pikey is situated in the Lower region of Solukhumbu district at an altitude of 4,070 m. From Pikey peak, one can get the grand view of nature; can experience the traditional livings of different ethnic groups like Sherpa, Chhetri, Tamang and Gurung. Tourists can taste the varieties of local cuisines and observe some rare plants and animals. Likhupikey Rural Municipality of Ward no. 1 of Solukhumbu district and Pikey region of Ward No 8 of Solu dudh kunda rural Municipality is considered as the most important places of natural and biological variety. Tourists can observe the best view of the highest peak of the world Mt. Everest in the short trek. 

About the Dhap Pikey Base Camp Trek

Tourists can have a pleasing view at nature’s unique scenes, villages and living way of Sherpa, Tamang, Chhetri, Gurung and Sunmuwar. To reach Pikey peak, bus or jeep ride from Bamti Bhandar of Ramechhap district -the Okhaldhunga dhap-Khinji Phalate -Salleri of Solukhumbu district and then trek can be followed. Another alternative can be flight to Paplu airport of Solukhumbu district. The villages belonging to Likhu Pikey rural municipality include villages like Chaulakharka,Gole. Similarly, other villages of Solu Dudh Kunda municipality like Kerung, Tapting, Tamakhani, Gorakhvani, Salleri and Junbesi also lie at Likhu Pikey rural municipality. Likewise, other villages of Okhaldhunga district and Ramechhap district such as Patale, Kiji Demba and Bamti Bhandar are also the part of Likhu Pikey Peak Trek.

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 Drive from Kathmandu to Dhap and trek to Japre

You will start the day taking a long 8 to 9 hours drive from Kathmandu to Dhap, a municipality in Darchula district of Nepal situated on the banks of Mahakali River. Here you will experience the Brahmin and Chettri ethnic community. From Dhap, you will begin your trek. As you move along you’ll reach Sigane which will initiate the Himalayan view sightings such as Numbur Himal. You will follow the trail which will lead you to Japre village situated at an altitude of 2920m. This village presents beautiful Mt Everest and Numbur Himal views and a small Gompa to explore.

Dhap Pikey Base Camp Trek

Day 2 Trek to Pikey Base Camp

Today, you will begin our trek to the Pikey Base Camp. You will leave Japre and follow the trail towards Bhulbhule, a village development committee in Lamjung District. Here, you will see a nameless lodge which presents clear views of Everest and surrounding mountain ranges. Leaving Bhulbhule, you will proceed towards the Pikey Peak Base Camp. On your way you will see old yak houses and Mani stone walls. You will follow the trail that passes below the Takung Danda and move through the forests. In the spring season, you will see beautiful blooms of Rhododendron flowers along the trail. Leaving the forest, for trekking around 2 hours we’ll arrive at Pikey Base Camp. From the base camp, all it takes is a short climb to reach the 4065m summit. The best time to climb the summit is in the morning to witness the glorious sunrise over the Himalayas.

Day 3 Sunrise at Pikey Peak and Trek 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 4 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 5 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. 

Dhap Pikey Base Camp 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 6 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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