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If you are interested to know how much the Pikey Peak Trek cost, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will explore the costs and various factors that influence the Pikey Peak Trek cost.

Pikey Peak is a short trekking route that lies in the Everest region. The trek will take you through the stunning landscapes and vegetation of the region. The moderately difficult trekking route is a popular trekking destination. In comparison to other popular routes, Pikey Peak is less crowded. However, the route will take you through remote villages, ancient monasteries, luscious forests, and highlands pastures.

The elevation of Pikey Peak is 4,065 meters (13,369 feet) above sea level. Its low elevation makes it suitable for physically fit trekkers of all ages. It is an easily accessible trekking route with a stunning view of Mt. Everest. The route will take you on an off-beaten trail of the Everest region to the picturesque villages of Jubesi and Taksindu.

The Pikey Peak Trek is best for trekkers who want to witness the Mt. Everest but do not want want to take the arduous journey. The Pikey Peak Trek cost can differ from package to package. You can also plan your trip on your own. Let us look at the factors and things to consider in low-budget Pikey Peak Trek cost.

Factors Affecting Pikey Peak Trek Cost

Various factors affect the Pikey Peak Trek cost. The trek’s duration and season also affect the cost. Longer duration and peak season treks usually cost more. Similarly, the cost can also change depending on how luxurious you want your trek to be.

The normal Pikey Peak Trek cost for a person can range from USD 800 to USD 1000. This cost is for 8-10 days itinerary. The cost covers your transportation via bus or jeep, entry permit costs, accommodation, food, supplies, and a guide.

Here we have the detailed breakdown of the Pikey Peak Trek cost:

Document and Entry Permit Costs

You will need a tourist visa to enter Nepal. You can get a visa from the Nepal embassy situated in your country. You can also get a visa upon arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport. The tourist visa allows you to freely travel across Nepal. You can also participate in various activities including trekking. The rates for a Nepal visa are:

  • USD 30 for 15 days (multiple entries)
  • USD 50 for 30 days (multiple entries)
  • USD 125 for 90 days (multiple entries)

For Pikey Peak Trek, you will require to get two types of entry permits. It includes Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) and local permits. The TIMS costs about USD 20 per person. You can get the permit easily at the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) in Kathmandu.

The local permits include the Sagarmatha National Park permit, the Gauri Shankar Conservation Area Permit, and the local area permit. The Sagarmatha National Park and Gauri Shankar Conservation Area Permit each cost about USD 30 per person.

Meanwhile, the local area permit costs about USD 17. Taking insurance is helpful in case of emergencies, baggage loss, trek postponement, and trek cancellation. It is not difficult to get the permits. But if you want to avoid any hassle of getting the permit, we at Adventure Walkaway can happily help you.

Accommodation Cost

After a good day trek, good accommodation is necessary to rest for the night. A good night’s sleep is a great way to rejuvenate your replenished energy. As the Pikey Peak Trek route will take you to remote villages, do not expect luxurious accommodation facilities.

However, there are tea houses, lodging, and homestays available. They provide you with basic facilities. It will cost you between USD 5 to USD 10 per person per night. They also provide food options which will cost you extra. The accommodation can charge you extra costs for hot showers, electric heaters, battery charging, and internet. The extra charge can range between USD 2 to 6.

Some trekkers may think about camping out. It is possible to camp out but remember the temperature can drop low at night. If you have proper sleeping bags and camping gear to keep you warm, you can camp out.

Although a less crowded route, it is best that you reserve accommodation before the trek. The villages lie in remote areas and at some places, the accommodation is scarce. For booking and any inquiries related to accommodation at Pikey Peak, you can reach us at Aventure Walkaway.

Guide and Porter Cost

The next factor that affects the Pikey Peak Trek cost is hiring a guide and porter. Even for solo trekkers, it has become mandatory to hire a guide for safety purposes. The route itself is moderately challenging. But having a guide is helpful in many ways other than navigation. Similarly, hiring a porter relieves you of carrying heavy baggage during the trek.

Hire a guide who has a government license and the expertise of the region. A guide will ensure that you stay on the trail. Similarly, expert guides can provide you with insight into the region’s culture, religion, and customs. They also act as a bridge for communicating with the locals. It costs anywhere from USD 25 to USD 35 per day to hire a guide.

Trekking with a heavy backpack can be physically strenuous. So if you want to travel baggage-free, hire a porter. It costs you around USD 20 per day to hire a porter. But you can do without a porter.

A guide and porter can help to make your trekking experience more memorable. They also add to your security. The guides are trained to handle emergencies and also provide first aid. However, ensure that your guide is properly licensed. Also, check the insurance of both guides and porter you are hiring.
We have a team of government-licensed guides here at Adventure Walkaway. They have the local expertise and are trained to make your trekking experience memorable and safe.

Food and Drinks During the Trek

There are tea houses available along the Pikey Pike Trek route. However, the cost of food and water varies. You will notice that the cost will get higher as you move to the higher elevation. Similarly, the food menus will also get fewer as you climb higher.

The staple food for Nepalese everywhere is Dal Bhaat. You can have Dal Bhaat for lunch and dinner. The carb-filled meal is heavy and perfect for keeping your stamina during the trek. This staple food can cost you about USD 6 to 12 per person. Likewise, water can cost you anywhere from USD 1 to 4. Keeping hydrated can help to prevent altitude sickness.

Snacks can cost you around USD 3 to 5. So, on average, the food and drinks cost during the Pikey Peak Trek will come around USD 30 to 40.

Transportation Cost

For transportation, you have a few options. You can hire private transportation which is going to cost more. Or you can opt for public transportation that is relatively cheap and budget-friendly.

There is easy access to the road from Kathmandu to Jhapre. From Jhapre, your trek will begin. You can get to Jhapre via public transportation, shared jeep, and private jeep. The next option is to take a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. It is the most expensive option. It can cost you around USD 360 to 380 or a round trip per person. However, domestic flights in Nepal only allow 10 kg of luggage per person.

If you want to save time and do not mind paying a little more, you can take the flight option. For a convenient traveling experience, you can hire a private jeep. But if you want to travel in a budget-friendly manner, you can travel by public transportation or shared jeep.

Supplies and Gear Costs

Another factor that affects your Pikey Peak Trek cost is the supplies and gear costs. Proper clothing, shoes, equipment, and gear are essential for trekking. You do not need specialized gear and basic ones will do.

Your clothing should include a down jacket, waterproof/windproof jacket, fleece inner, waterproof trousers, full-sleeved shirts, moisture-wicking inners, and trekking socks. Similarly, you need a comfortable trekking boot with good ankle support. As the temperature can get cold in higher elevations, carry insulating layers, scarves, gloves, and hats.

Likewise, a comfortable backpack with an adjustable strap is essential. You will also need a sleeping bag, collapsible trekking pole, headlamp, water bottle, and first aid kit. For personal hygiene, carry toiletries, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer. For female trekkers, it is best to carry menstrual hygiene products as their availability is limited.

The equipment and gear can cost you around USD 200 to 500. You can rent gear and equipment in Kathmandu. Rather than buying, renting can help reduce your Pikey Peak Trek cost.

Things To Consider on Low Budget Costs:

Many trekkers want their trek to be budget-friendly. While it is possible to cut expenses here and there, it is best not to compromise your trekking experience. Most times you get what you pay for and Pikey Peak Trek cost is no exception. A low budget can often lead to uncomfortable experiences. It will undoubtedly leave you with a bad taste in the mouth.

There are things you should consider on a low budget cost trek. It includes:
The guides may not be well-experienced or have efficient knowledge about the region. Similarly, they may not have any training to tackle emergencies.

The services can be irregular. The low-budget cost agencies often overlook the standard operating procedures and guidelines. This can put trekkers at potential risk.

The low-budget costs agencies may neglect the appropriate safety measures. Guides without much experience may not know about acclimatization, symptoms of altitude sickness, and how to tackle them. It can put your life in danger.

Another thing to consider on a low budget cost trek is the exploitation of porters. The low budget agencies pay low salaries to the porters. There are chances of them exploiting their staff and neglecting their well-being.

Agencies operating on low budget costs may overlook the concept of sustainable trekking. The guides and porters who are on low pay do not feel the need to conserve the environment.

So as you can see, the low budget costs can overlook many important factors. It can compromise with your experience, safety, guides & porters wellbeing, and even environment conservation. They can even compromise with your lodging and food services.

We highly suggest you do not cut corners for a good experience. But you can customize your trek itinerary. If you need any further information related to the Pikey Peak Trek cost, you can visit our website or contact us.

Frequently Asked Question

What is the average Pikey Peak Trek cost?

The cost of Pikey Peak Trek can vary depending on various factors. The average cost for the trek can range between USD 800 to USD 1000. This cost covers your transportation, accommodation, food, permits, and guide fees. For detailed information, you can check our website or contact us.

How difficult is the Pikey Peak Trek?

Pikey Peak Trek is considered a moderately challenging. It sits at an elevation of 4,065 meters. It is relatively lower so, there is a minimum risk of altitude sickness. Trekkers need to ascend and descend on rugged and steep terrain. Therefore, trekkers need to be physically and mentally fit. Proper preparation is necessary before embarking on the journey.

Do I need to hire a guide for the trek?

We recommend any trekkers hire a guide, especially for beginners. Guides help you to navigate the terrain. They provide you with insights into local culture and traditions. Similarly, they also help you to communicate with locals. In case of any emergencies, the guides are trained to ensure your safety and provide first aid.

What is the best time for Pikey Peak Trek?

You should choose either spring or autumn for trekking to Pikey Peak route. These two seasons are the best for trekking in Nepal. The weather conditions are stable and the temperature is warm. Similarly, there is excellent visibility. You can enjoy the scenery and mountain views to the fullest. The trail is also dry and safe during these two seasons.

What is the highest altitude reached during the Pikey Peak Trek?

The highest altitude you will reach during the Pikey Peak Trek is 4,065 meters (13,369 feet). It is relatively situated at a lower altitude so the risk of altitude sickness is minimal. But we highly suggest you to be fully prepared. It is necessary to acclimatize and ascend gradually to avoid altitude sickness.

Tej Bahadur Gurung

With an experience of almost two decades, founder Mr. Tej Bahadur Gurung has established Nepal Alternative Treks as a widely recognized and reliable tourism operator. His degree in Tourism Studies and devotion to the sector has given him in-depth knowledge about trekking, climbing, cultural, and geological aspects of the country. He is a pioneer in introducing the concept of ‘off-beaten tracks’ and ‘alternative routes’ as well as treks and tour packages surrounding it.

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