Walking Holidays in Nepal - Nepal - Peekey Peak


Holiday Highlights
  • Witness the most awe-inspiring views of Mount Everest and the Himalayan Range
  • Exceptional lower altitude walking within the Himalayas, highest peak at 4065m
  • Quiet, authentic Nepal, avoiding crowds and giving back to local communities


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No doubt you probably haven’t heard of this emerging trek we’re offering (not yet anyway), but we believe it truly has all the stunning appeal of the “famous” Nepalese treks, just without the tourist crowds and very high altitude. Furthermore, you gain the reward of supporting local communities who haven’t yet benefitted from the steady flow of tourism within Nepal. This trek also has the added advantage that it is a continuous one-way route, unlike other Nepal Treks which tend to be out and back routes.

So, what is Peekey Peak? Peekey Peak itself is a mountain peak within the Himalayan Region standing proud at 4065m with arguably the best panoramic views of Mount Everest and the Himalayas; Edmund Hillary (the first to summit Everest) said so himself! Spectacular unobstructed views patiently await you at Peekey Peak. As well as the legendary Mount Everest, the lesser known, but equally awe-inspiring mountains of Numbur Chuli, Karyoling, Gaurishankar and Langtang (to name a few) are a feast for the eyes; it truthfully is a breath-taking moment.

Walking in Nepal has long been associated with towering, snow–capped peaks, the obvious fear of altitude sickness and more recently, the influx of tourists on the increasingly popular routes. Whilst conquering Everest Base Camp or the Annapurna region may be the focus for some, these areas are really just a small piece of what diverse Nepal has to offer.

The Walking

This ‘off the beaten path’ trek has the perfect balance of interest, from the striking colours of vast Rhododendrons and Orchards to unforgettable views of the worlds’ Mountain Giants, and from the almost silent surroundings of nature to the occasional encounter with the unbelievably gracious locals, this trek is exceptional and deserves to be recognised. It is an excellent lower altitude alternative to the more challenging, busier routes, without any compromise on your cultural or walking experience.

You will follow in the historic footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay as they approached Everest Base Camp in preparation for the first summit of the world’s highest mountain. Flashes of colour catch your eye as you pass the emblematic prayer flags, and wonderful depictions of faith on the painted Mani Walls*. Soon you will witness the sun rising against the majestic backdrop of snow-capped mountains from atop Peekey Peak, there will be no doubt in your mind as to why Hillary declared this his favourite view of Everest! 

*Mani walls are stone plates inscribed with a form of prayer as an offering to spirits of place. You should always walk clockwisehow around them, as according to Buddhism you will receive good karma to travel in the same direction as the earth moves.


Guided

This trek is fully guided (as are all of our Nepal treks), as a guide is essential when trekking in the Himalaya. Your guide will not only ensure you are taking the correct paths, but also that you have a fully immersive, cultural experience as they share their in-depth knowledge with you. Your guide will also communicate with your accommodation host who may speak little to no English, to ensure you are comfortable and meet any additional needs you may have. The guide is private to you and will be Nepali, as will your porter who carries your main luggage during the trek. We go to great lengths to ensure that the guides and porters are suitably paid and looked after by our local walk managers. The guide and porter will eat with you and in most cases stay in the same accommodation if possible.



Our programme is subject to changes en-route due to weather conditions. Should the need arise en-route due to your individual circumstances the guide may be able to alter the programme to suit your needs.  

Day 1 Depart from home (generally an overnight flight).

Day 2 Arrive in Kathmandu - you will be metand transferred to your city hotel. Our local representative will meet you at the hotel to go through the trek briefing. Dinner can be taken either at your hotel or at a local restaurant of your choice. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 3 You will be collected from your hotel and transferred back to Kathmandu airport for your domestic flight* to Phaplu (25 mins). On arrival in Phaplu, you will be met and transferred to your first trek lodge in Patale (1 hour). Explore the village or take some time to rest before beginning your trek. Overnight Patale.

*Flights are dependent on number of passengers, if no flight, then a private car transfer will be arranged (7.5 hours)

Day 4 Today is a good introductory circular walk for you to get used to the surroundings, terrain and to acclimatise. This is a fairly short walk up to a view point at 3140m where you can have stunning views of the Himalayan Mountain Range, before descending back to the village via an alternative route. You can also take a detour to visit a traditional Nepalese temple. Overnight Patale.

Ascent: 300m. Descent: 300m. Distance: 6 miles. Time: 4 hours (including temple visit).

Day 5 Patale (2840m) to Jhapre (2815m) Ascend out of Patale, passing the locals cherished potato fields. You will soon have your first glimpse of the National Flower of Nepal, the beautiful Rhododendron. These colourful forests surround you as you weave in and out of the shaded pine trees, through meadows and past small streams. Pass more striking Rhododendrons and Orchards before reaching the village of Jhapre perched above a deep valley with stunning views of Mount Everest and Numbur Himal; this is one of the best view points for the high Himalayan range to the north. Overnight Jhapre.

Ascent: 900m. Descent: 925m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 5.5 hours.

Day 6 Jhapre (2815m) to Peekey Peak Base Camp (3585m) If the weather is clear, your morning begins with spectacular views of Numbur Chuli, Mount Everest and the rest of the Eastern Himalayan Range. You then start out of the village ascending past the traditional Stupa. Soon you become engulfed in bright pinks, reds and yellows as you enter the vast Rhododendrons woodland. If the weather is clear, the views of the mountains and over the villages are spectacular, it is quite rewarding seeing how far you’ve walked from. You will walk past a couple of small temples, a mountain lake and a few Mani Walls* (including the longest in Nepal) before reaching a yak farm. This is where you begin your steady ascent (steep in places) up to Peekey Peak Base Camp which takes about an hour; you will now begin to notice the decline in temperature and increased cloud as you climb higher. Overnight Peekey Peak Base Camp.

Ascent: 1050m. Descent: 280m. Distance: 8 miles. Time: 5 hours.

*Mani walls are stone plates inscribed with a form of prayer as an offering to spirits of place. You should always walk clockwise around them, as according to Buddhism you will receive good karma to travel in the same direction as the earth moves.

Day 7 Base Camp (3585m) to Peekey Peak (4065m) and onwards to Namkheli (2600m) Early bird catches the worm! For the best views of Mount Everest and the Himalayas (Edmund Hillary* said so himself), you need an early start to reach the top before breakfast. Spectacular unobstructed views await you! You will be able to see Mount Everest, Numbur Chuli, Thamserku, Khangtega, Khatang, Karyoling to the north, Kanchenjunga to the east, Manaslu. Dhaulagiri, Gaurishankar, Dorje Lakpa and Langtang to the west. Your descent back to Base Camp should take between 30-40 mins where you have a well-earned breakfast before setting off again.

After breakfast, you begin your long descent for today initially on a high contour around the trees. You will pass a small cheese factory which marks the beginning of Ngaur which is a lovely cluster of houses on an outcrop. You will also spot the remains of a Gompa which was significantly damaged in the 2015 Earthquake, they have built a new small prayer wheel next to it. Continue along the undulating dirt road for about an hour until you reach the next small village called Gumba which has a lovely temple. Leaving Gumba, you begin your long descent to Namkheli which is a very steep path. Overnight Namkheli.

Ascent: 590m. Descent: 1970m. Distance: 9 miles. Time: 7.5 hours.

*Edmund Hillary was a New Zealand mountaineer who along with Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, became the first confirmed climbers to summit Mount Everest in 1953.

Day 8 Namkheli (2600m) to Bhandar (2190m) Today the trail drops to Likhu Khola as you descend gradually through shaded Rhododendron forest and past small villages with primary schools (the children run out to see you!). Once you reach the river, cross over the somewhat nerve wrecking bridge (we were assured it holds 10 yaks!) and up through the village until you reach your lunch spot.

It is now all uphill until your destination, on and off the dirt track with steep rocky ascents whilst off road. You will pass local farms as you enter the main village of Bhandar, this is a significantly larger village to the ones you have previously stayed at – the noise of the odd car was strangely unfamiliar! Overnight Bhandar.

Ascent: 770m. Descent: 985m. Distance: 5 miles. Time: 6 hours.

Day 9 Bhandar (2190m) to Shivalaya (1770m) Todays’ walk begins uphill with some steep sections as you make your approach to Deurali sitting at 2200m. This is a lovely little village perched high on the ridge with brilliant Himalayan views. Take a rest here and enjoy a cold drink before beginning your final descent to the riverside village of Shivalaya where you spend your last trek night with fond peaceful Nepalese memories! Overnight Shivalaya.

Ascent: 715m. Descent: 1130m. Distance: 5 miles. Time: 5 hours.

Day 10 You will be met at your lodge in the morning and transferred by car back to Kathmandu. The drive takes approx. 6-7 hours depending on traffic as you near Kathmandu – please note the roads are not very smooth at the beginning on your journey. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 11 Day at leisure to explore the wonderful city of Kathmandu and relax after your rewarding trek. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 12 Transfer to Kathmandu airport for your flight home or take a domestic flight to Chitwan National Park for our fascinating Jungle Extension – the perfect way to end your Nepal Adventure!


Kathmandu

Nepal’s capital and largest city of 1 million people is located on a plateau at 1,400m and is a bustling, vibrant city rich in culture and heritage.  As soon as you leave the airport you are immediately consumed by the sights and smells of a way of life far removed from that of our own – it’s amazing! Most tourists stay and visit the oldest area of the city called Thamel, where the narrow streets are always bustling, and every other shop is selling hiking gear at very reasonable prices.  There are also many restaurants in this area where you can sample some excellent Nepali and Tibetan food.  During your stay in the city it is worth taking a guided tour (not included) of the main attractions including visiting the great Durbar square full of ancient palaces, temples and artistic shrines where the Buddhist and Hindu religions predominate side by side.  Also take a trip to the Pashupatinath Hindu temple of Lord Shiva, renowned for its gold gilt roof and richly carved silver doors.


Group Departure Dates

We have group departure dates in addition to our Independent guided walking for this trek. 

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Peekey Peak Trek

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During your stay in Kathmandu, a range of 3-5* hotels are available.

Whilst trekking, you will stay in basic, yet comfortable lodges. Please do bear in mind that these are basic facilities where western tourism is relatively new, this area in particular is also still recovering from the huge impact the 2015 earthquake had.

All lodges have single beds with blankets and pillows - you will also be given a good quality sleeping bag by our local partners. All lodges have a single plug socket, either in the room or in the common area; within the room there is also a single lamp (sometimes solar powered). There are shared eastern style toilets within the accommodation grounds, some of which double up as a shower (the hosts provide hot water in a bucket and a jug on request for your shower – four hot “showers” are included but you can pay additionally for more should you wish). It is just at Peekey Peak Base Camp where no hot water is available.

The hosts are happy, welcoming and try to meet all your needs as best they can. Their home-cooked food is tasty, and portions are generous – there is a separate dining cabin at each accommodation. Wi-Fi is available at the last two lodges.

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Availability Information

It is possible to go anytime from mid-September when the Monsoon finishes (and the leeches disappear), through to late May when the Monsoon starts. With today’s unpredictable weather patterns there is a possibility that May and September will be affected by Monsoon rains. In the mid December – February winter months it will be cold as you climb higher and the walking may be affected by snow.  The best time to go is from October to December and during March and April. As this area is relatively ‘new’ in terms of documented walks, you will avoid the crowds that the more popular regions of Everest & Annapurna get at this time of year.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit.

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