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Pikey Peak-Heritage walking holidays 13 Days

The trek which is supposed to be made in one of the most beautiful areas, and one still largely off the tourist route, is that of Pikey Mountain (4070m), a very special mountain in that it is considered the protector of the Golla region. Along the way we view (on a clear day) on a large part of the Nepalese Himalayas from Dhaulagiri in the west to Kanchenjunga in the east. We walk through the villages of different tribes, over ridges of more than 3500 meters, with beautiful views of the high peaks, and through dense rhododendron forests. Here and there are Buddhist monasteries where we can experience ancient rituals. It is, in particular, the area of the Sherpas.

Golla is a small Sherpa village of about 40 houses spread over the slope of Pikey at an altitude of 3,060m, and dominated by a range of snow-capped mountains: Gaurishankar, Karylung, Numbur and Katanga. The religious life of this village is very vibrant thanks to its four small monasteries, all belonging to the Nyingmapa school of Tibetan Buddhism.

For those who like deep blue skies, snow and the mountain climate, Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition would like to arrange trekking in autumn and winter since they are the best seasons to watch around. At the end of October or beginning of November (according to the lunar calendar), a great festival takes place in Chiwong monastery in which the monks perform the sacred dance festival of Mani Rimdu over a period of several days.

And at the end of March or beginning of April (according to the lunar calendar), a festival called Dumjee takes place in the monasteries of Golla and Junbeshi and the monks perform the sacred mask dances, which is also the same form of worship as the Mani Rimdu at Chiwong

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 03: Fly to Phaplu (2469 m) and walk to Junbesi (2700 m)
Day 04: Junbesi to Thupten Choling Monastery (2920 m)
Day 05: Thupten Choling Monastry to Jase Bhanjyang (3549m)
Day 06: Jase Bhanjyang to Chhamdingma (3600m)
Day 07: Chhamdingma to Pikye Peak (4065m) and Ngaur (3350m)
Day 08: Ngaur to Chaula Kharka (1460m)
Day 09: Chaula Kharka to Bhandar (2190m)
Day 10: Bhandar to Jiri Bazaar (1995m)
Day 11: Jiri Bazaar to Kathmandu (1300 m) by vehicle: 8-9 hours drive
Day 12: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu or Half day Bhaktapur Sightseeing
Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu

Important Information:

Our Guest’s security is of dominant concern while traveling with Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition. The trekking leader has the authority to adjust or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is necessary due to unfavorable circumstances. Unfavorable weather conditions, the health condition of a group member, or an unexpected natural disaster can force changes to the itinerary. However, every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary. The lead guide will try his/her best to ensure that the trip goes smoothly and according to plan, but please be ready to be flexible if necessary.

 

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Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu

You are welcomed to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal renowned for historical monuments, Hindu Temples, and Buddhist Stupas/Monasteries. We meet our guests at the Tribhuvan International Airport. A representative will be waiting with a Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition placard with our guests’ names displayed. After dropping luggage at the hotel, guests are taken for a short sightseeing tour. In the evening, guests are invited to a Welcome Dinner at a Nepali restaurant.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

A local guide will be available. According to your wishes, the guide will escort you for sightseeing. Sightseeing may include the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Pashupati,  Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, and the Swoyambhunath areas.  Starting after breakfast, usually at 9.00am, the exploration of Kathmandu Valley can continue until 5.00pm. Lunch and dinner, you will be responsible for.

Day 03: Fly to Phaplu (2469 m) and walk to Junbesi (2700 m)

Today we begin our journey with the flight from Kathmandu to Phaplu, a small Sherpa town with an airport and from there we start walking to Junbesi, a Sherpa village, along with the other trekking staffs who will be already at Phaplu by bus. It takes around 2 hours. Ten minutes walk down to the east of Phaplu is Salleri, the headquarters of Solukhumbu district. On Saturdays, a great market fair takes place at the spot that lies at 30-minute’s descent below Phaplu. There is a fine view of Mount Numbur to the north west of Phaplu.

Day 04: Junbesi to Thupten Choling Monastery (2920 m)

After breakfast we start our trek following the path which leads to Thupten Chholing Gompa. The founder of this monastery is Trulshi Rinpoche, About five hundred monks and nuns are currently living at Thubten Chholing Gompa. We can visit to this monastery. During walking we can have a look to several villages they are Idingma, Sumjingma and Mapung.

Day 05: Thupten Choling Monastry to Jase Bhanjyang (3549m)

Right after the breakfast we begin walking. The trekking path slowly ascends up and we get to the Shey-La monastery, where we may collect some information regarding Buddhist culture. This is a good view point for the whole Junbeshi valley and the lower valley of Salleri also can be seen well. From here then the trail heads flat forward to Traktur village. From this village the path goes crossing through a forest into the valley. After few hours walk we arrive to Jase Bhanjyang.

Day 06: Jase Bhanjyang to Chhamdingma (3600m)

Today our path again goes through the beautiful forest which is full of pine, juniper, different kinds of rhododendrons and bamboo as well as colorful birds and wild animals. The lower part of the area is covered with thick forest. On the way to Chhamdingma the various snow-clad mountains can be seen well again.

Day 07: Chhamdingma to Pikye Peak (4065m) and Ngaur (3350m)

Today is the day of our goal. Hence, we wake up early in the morning and climb towards the top of Pikey peak. It is one of the best locations. From here we can observe panoramic view of world’s renowned mountains including Mt. Everest and other peaks around Kanchanjunga and Annapurna. From Pikey we walk to Ngaur from where we can enjoy the spectacular view of Dudh Kunda Himal as well as Mt. Gaurishankar. We can visit to the gompa and can see lots of Mani walls here.

Day 08: Ngaur to Chaula Kharka (1460m)

After breakfast we head to Chaula kharka village. The path goes slightly down and we walk through a forest which is full of Nepal’s National flower Rhododendrons. In spring the forest becomes reddish because of rhododendron blooming. We walk enjoying the beauty of the nature and we arrive at Chaula Kharka. This village is the settlement of local Sherpa people whose main profession is framing.

Day 09: Chaula Kharka to Bhandar (2190m)

Today we walk through the path which descends to the Likhu khola, a river, where we can reach after leisurely walking of two hours. This river is the border line of Ramechhap district. From this river the path ascends and we walk upwards to Bhandar. It takes half an hour to get to there, it is a Sherpa settlement where we can observe the traditional culture and warm hospitability. We can visit to the gompa here. A check post of Gaurishankar Conservation Area lies here. We can see several stupas and many Mani walls too.

Day 10: Bhandar to Jiri Bazaar (1995m)                                                    

We begin to walk to Jiri in the early morning after breakfast. Jiri Bazaar is a big local market. From here the path goes uphill to the village of Deurali. On this day this Deurali becomes the highest point on our route. After here the trail descends down to Shivalaya. Where, we can study about culture of local residents Tamang and Newar people. Then from here we go forward to Jiri Bazaar.

Day 11: Jiri Bazaar to Kathmandu (1300 m) by vehicle: 8-9 hours drive

Today we drive back to Kathmandu by bus or private vehicle. The pitched road passes through hilly area which offers us to view the terraced fields, beautiful rural settlements as well as road side small markets and the jungles. If the weather is good, there are beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains.

Day 12: Rest/Shopping in Kathmandu,

This day is free too. If you wish, a sightseeing trip to the ancient temple/king’s seat of the world heritage site of incredible Bhaktapur can be arranged.  The tour lasts 4 hours, and will cost an additional upcharge. In the evening, a Farewell Dinner is given by Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition.

Day 13: Departure from Kathmandu

A Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition staff representative will take our valuable guests to the airport (3 hours prior to your flight) and bid goodbye. It will be not only goodbye, but also the welcome for next visit to Nepal.