Pikey Peak Research Trip

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Pikey Peak Research Trip


April 02, 2025
12 Days from AU$12,880


Research Trip along a forgotten trail to see Mount Everest, the yaks and the schools the Sir Edmund Hillary built.

12 Days in Nepal from AU$12,880

This is old style Himalayan peaks and guesthouses, but broken into short and achievable walks. Long forgotten section of the old Everest trek, with very few visitors and very modest accommodation. Walk through rhododendron forests, yak pastures and alpine meadows. If you can walk 6km a day, then you can complete this adventure.

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The next scheduled departure date for this trip: April 02, 2025



Your tour escort for this slow travel adventure in Nepal: Ewen Bell

Sir Edmund’s Footsteps

The inspiration for this journey comes from Sir Edmund Hillary himself, who spent his later life in the Pikey Peak region of Nepal. He dedicated that stage of his life to building schools that would benefit Sherpa communities, and every so often would ascend to Pikey Peak to get another glimpse of his beloved Everest.

Our itinerary has been researched by Roy Francis, and good friend of ours and incredibly respected mountaineer. Roy has been leading treks and climbs in Nepal for over twenty years. He developed this itinerary for people who feel that trekking to Everest Base Camp is just too serious an adventure for them, but would still like to get a look at Everest. The longest sections of walking are 6km, with mostly gentle gradients and a team of our own Sherpas to carry our packs.

The route takes in a long forgotten section of the old Everest trek, with very few visitors and very modest guest houses. This is old Nepal, but broken into short and achievable walks. We walk through rhododendron forests, yak pastures and alpine meadows. If you can walk 6km a day, then you can complete this adventure.

This trip will be led by Ewen Bell, Roy Francis and Tsering Dolker, with the help of a team of additional guides and porters who are local to the region.

Research Trip

Research trips are once off itineraries where we test out new routes and locations to see if elements of the route might be viable for future Be Your Best itineraries. The details of such trips can change on short notice, and typically they cover a small region but offer more time in that region to discover new highlights.

The travel style is often very basic and prone to unforeseen compromises. They are adventures in the true sense of the word! Always chat with Ewen or Shellie first before booking onto a research trip to make sure you are fully aware of the rough edges in the package.

Itinerary & Highlights

Arrival in Kathmandu
– Our team will collect you at Kathmandu Airport
– All meals, transport, accommodation and permits are included during the tour

Dhap to Pikey Peak
– We have a long drive to the Dhap region, south of Everest.
– Dhap itself is at an elevation of 2900m, so we spend a night lower down before moving on.
– Jhapre is our first destination by foot, a Sherpa village only slightly higher than Dhap.
– Walk to Bhulebhule is possibly the hardest day of the trip, gaining 500m of elevation in 6kms.
– Bhulebhule is also the least comfortable lodgings, and we’ll arrange tents instead for this night.
– Pikey Peak Base Camp is only slightly higher up and an easy walk day.
– We rest for an entire day to ensure good acclimation before ascending to Pikey Peak.
– Early start to head up to Pikey Peak at 4000m and sunrise with Everest.

Downhill to Phaplu
– From here on the walking is downhill and we get to enjoy quality oxygen again.
– Junbesi is another Sherpa village, and where Hillary built his first school in the region.
– We have a day trip to meet the nuns and monks at Thupten Chholing.
– Our trekking adventure finishes in Phaplu with a charter flight back to Kathmandu.

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If you have any questions, just drop us a line and we can make a time to chat over Zoom or come see us in Melbourne CBD for a chat and a coffee πŸ™‚

The Basics

– All meals, accommodation, transport, tipping and permits are included. 
– Accommodation in Kathmandu is very comfy, but once we enter the Everest section of the tour expect only very basic guesthouses. Sleeping bags and towels will be provided by our ground team so you don’t have to pack extra gear.
– Weather conditions will be very cold above 3000m, with sub-zero at night but typically comfortable during the day while the sunshine is out.
– Elevations on this trip are not difficult, because we take time to acclimate. Ascending slowly is the key to avoiding drama, and we are experienced at designing trips to minimise any risk of altitude sickness. You do not need special medication or training to complete this journey.
– Packing and pre-departure docs will be supplied in advance of the trip. A limit of 10kg per pack is enforced for the safety of our porters and guides.

 

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Pikey Peak Research Trip


12 Days – Kathmandu
Twin Share AU$12,880
Single Room +$700
Group Size: 10

2025 April 02
Finishes 2025 April 13
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FAQ for Nepal


How Long Have you Been Running Tours to Nepal?

It's been thirteen years since Ewen and Shellie first started guiding trips to Nepal. Their favourite season is winter when the air is cool and dry in the mountains, giving clear views of snow-capped mountains.

How Much Cash Do I Need?

Not much at all. All meals, permits and ground transport are covered already. If you're not buying much in the way of souvenirs then $20 for a sim card and maybe another $50 for drinks should cover the basics. We also provide a more detailed "Pre-Departure Pack" when you book in the tour.

Are The Walks Hard?

No, most of the walking is very very easy. There are a few steep bits that are very short, but we also have the added impact of a little altitude in the mix. So we do everything gentle, and every walk is optional.

What Shoes Are Good Shoes?

Solid walking boots with high ankle support is a good option, or "trail runners" that are designed to provide superior cushioning for arthritic conditions, but also excellent traction on uneven terrain. We don't do heavy walks on the Be Your Best tours, but we do expect to traverse dusty and rocky trails.

How Cold Are The Guesthouses?

Very cold. We travel on the edges of winter and the night air can drop to zero degrees. Guesthouses are energy poor and offer no heating, so we supply sleeping bags for additional warmth where necessary. Some people feel the cold more than others, while some people get too warm inside the sleeping bags. Please note that not all our itineraries travel to higher elevations or use trekkers guesthouses.

Do We Have Electricity Every Night

Yes. Everywhere we travel is good for electricity, although the supply can drop out for hours at a time. Charging camera batteries or a laptop each day is never a problem.

Will I Have Mobile and Internet Access?

Yes there is mobile networks at every place we stay on the tour. The networks do vary so roaming connections may vary also. We recommend a local sim-card for cheap internet access as hotel internet is often slow.

How Do I Get A Visa?

We supply all travellers with a detailed Pre-Departure Pack when they book for a tour, which includes how to apply for "Visa on Arrival" and a lot of other information such as help with packing. For more general information we recommend you read through the brochure shown below.


Email for a Chat

If you have any questions, just drop us a line and we can make a time to chat over Zoom or come see us in Melbourne CBD for a chat and a coffee :)