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Pikey Peak Trek - Starting Point & Overnight Options

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Pikey Peak Trek - Starting Point & Overnight Options

Some friends and I are planning to do a 7 day Pikey Peak trek in October and have narrowed it down to two possible itineraries. I've done some web searching and don't necessarily find anything to recommend one over the other, but was curious if anyone knows of a reason (or reasons) one might be the better choice.

Option 1;

Kathmandu to Bhandar

Bhandar to Ngaur

Ngaur to Pikey Peak

Pikey Peak to Junbesi

Visit Thupten Chöling, return to Junbesi

Junbesi to Phaplu

Return to Kathmandu

Option 2:

Kathmandu to Shivalaya

Shivalaya to Bhandar

Bhandar to Namkheli

Namkheli to Ngamor Gumpa

Ngamor Gumpa to Pikey Peak for sunrise, on to Junbesi

Junbesi to Phaplu

Return to Kathmandu

I appreciate any insight!

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1. Re: Pikey Peak Trek - Starting Point & Overnight Options

Climbing Pikey Peak coming from Bhandar implies a 2500 meter rather direct and steep climb. Bhandar to Ngaur in one day is impossible for most people (and in 2017 there was no real accomodation in Ngaur).

It is easier to do this route in reverse.

Actually the easy way to Pikey Peak is starting from Dhap Bazar, along the road Olkhaldunga Salleri, which can be reached by bus or jeep from Ktm.

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2. Re: Pikey Peak Trek - Starting Point & Overnight Options

Also, the road from Shivalaya to Bhandar is poor, and if it's just after the monssoon rains, busses to Bhandar are unreliable (i have seen a bus being pulled by a tractor !).

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3. Re: Pikey Peak Trek - Starting Point & Overnight Options

Thanks for the input, Pierre!

Now I'm curious why all the guides I've corresponded with have suggested doing it in this direction rather than the opposite way.

Do you think road conditions are likely to have dried out by mid-October?

The timing is tight on this trip, and I've struggled to find trekking options that don't involve any part of the Annapurna circuit (crowds), can be done without flying (fear, unreliability), cover five days of trekking that correspond to road-accessible start/end points, and will offer some good mountain views.

So far Pikey Peak has been the most appealing option, but if you have any other route recommendations, please let me know!

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4. Re: Pikey Peak Trek - Starting Point & Overnight Options

Pikey Peak is fine, but Mohare Danda is an alternative 5 day trek.

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