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Price includes:
All ground transportation including airport pick up and drop off
All necessary government permits and national park fees
All sightseeing fees noted in the itinerary
Hotel in Kathmandu
Domestic airfare
All accommodations
Guides and all necessary potters
3 healthy meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
All hot beverages such as coffee and tea
All airport taxes
Waterproof duffel bag
Hiking t-shirt

Price does not include:
International airfare
Visa fees and travel insurance
Any medical costs
Gratuities for staff
Meals in Kathmandu
Alcoholic beverages, laundry and showers

Recommended Trekking Gear List

The items listed here are essential to have for the trip but there are a few "nice to have" optional items that are also listed. Please feel free to reach out for additional information or recommendations.

First Layer Clothing
Base layer top (2) - 1 synthetic for day, 1 for night (can be cotton for comfort)
Base layer bottom (1 or 2 synthetic)
T-shirts (2 or up to you)
Mid-layer long sleeved shirt (1 or 2 synthetic material like polyester or polypropylene)
Hiking shorts (2 pairs - synthetic or cotton)
Underwear (breathable, how many is up to you)
Travel clothes to wear around Katmandu before and after the trek (these can be left at the hotel in secured storage)

Outer Layer Clothing
Fleece jacket, soft-shell jacket or wool top
Soft-shell long pants or trekking pants
Gore-Tex or other breathable waterproof jacket
Gore-Tex or equivalent breathable waterproof rain pants
Down Jacket - synthetic is ok, must be very warm and puffy for night, camping, and rests (if you tend to get cold easily, get a warmer, heavier jacket (temps could range from 0-30 degrees)
Wool or fleece hat
Buff
Waterproof gloves (softshell)
Warm mittens (for colder nights)
Optional lightweight gloves (glove liners)
Sun hat (baseball cap, safari hat, something to keep the sun off)

Gear
Small daypack (30-40 liter) - an internal frame backpack is best and bookbag types are not recommended (there are many quality brands to choose from including Osprey, Deuter, North Face, Gregory, Red Fox, to name a few)
Sleeping bag - down or synthetic 0-20 degrees (Fahrenheit)
Sunglasses 100% UV (glacier type that wrap around and give more protection to the eyes)
Headlamp (small LED models with spare batteries)
SUNSCREEN: waterproof, SPF 30 or higher, broad spectrum (2-3oz tube)
Sunscreen lip balm, SPF 15 or higher
2 water bottles (1 quart Nalgene bottles are best)
Pocket knife (e.g., a Swiss Army Knife - very handy!)
Trash bags (3 - for separating out your dirty laundry and organizing)
A large expedition bag will be provided by SMA upon arrival in Nepal. You can use your own expedition bag or luggage to carry your items over there, then borrow the SMA expedition bag.

Personal Items
Toiletry kit to include:
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Small soap (1- 2 oz. plastic bottle of something like Dr. Bronner’s soap)
Shower towel
Shampoo
Glasses or contacts, as needed
Any necessary medications
3 zip-loc bags (1 large for a notebook, 2 any size for miscellaneous use)
Optional Trekking poles
Optional Compass, star-chart, or binoculars
Optional Camera (batteries and a charger)
Optional External power brick (for charging phone/iPod)
Optional Journal/notebook and pen
Optional Any munchies you can’t get along without (e.g., chocolate, energy bars)
Optional Personal first aid kit (for blister care, etc.) *SMA Guides will have a well-equipped group supply of basic first aid and medications that will always be with us.

One of the most important items you will have for trekking is….Your BOOTS! The best boots for this trip are quality, light to medium-weight hiking boots that are waterproof. Go to a reputable gear shop and help get fitted for the ideal boot. You will be in them most of the day so get the right ones that fit you! (Scarpa, Lowa, LaSportiva, Salewa, Merrell, Asolo, Vasque are the best brands)
New boots MUST be broken in prior to coming to the trip. Breaking in a new pair of boots can involve several weeks so make sure you do it early and well before you arrive in Nepal!

Footwear
Light to medium weight hiking boots that are waterproof!
Sport sandals (such as Tevas or Chacos, Crocs) or lightweight running shoes for at camp (using bathroom at night, chilling in teahouse) Sport sandals, such as Tevas, Crocks, or Chacos, work very well for this and can be used for stream crossings in the backcountry. Running shoes also work well but do not dry as quickly. Thick wool socks (3 pairs)
Optional Liner socks (2 pairs of thin wool, polypro, Thermax, or similar - not cotton!)
Optional Down booties- totally luxurious but nice for walking around at the Teahouses

The Pikey Peak Trek is a pristine destination located in the southern part of the Everest region. The journey will take you through unique life unfolding experiences. The trek offers amazing views of forests, flora and fauna. The beautiful trail passes through the dense Rhododendron and alpine grasslands. As the elevation increases, high altitude corp forests begin to dominate the landscape. This area is famous for yak pastures. The beautiful hike up to Pikey Peak (13,336 feet) early in the morning is rewarded by the magnificent views of the sunrise over the mountains. The panoramic views of the eastern Himalayan range, especially Mount Everest, Mount Makalu and Mount Numbur, make your journey the experience of a lifetime. The views of the surrounding Solu Valley dotted with Sherpa, Magar, Rai, Chettri and Tamang settlements add value to your visit. Pikey Peak is considered as an abode of both the Buddhist and Hindu. This trek offers one the best overall adventure experiences and gives you an opportunity to explore unique local cultures and traditions.

October 15: Arrive in Kathmandul
October 16: Drive to Jantre Patalepani (3030m)
October 17: Hike to Tulu Gumpa (2800m)
October 18: Hike to Samdhingma (3580m)
October 19: Hike to Ascent Pikay Peak (4050m)
October 20: Hike to Junbesi and visit the Thuptenchholing Monastery (2675m)
October 21: Hike to the Taksindu Monastery
October 22: School opening ceremony
October 23 - 25: Medical mission
October 26: Hike to Phaplu
October 27: Flight back to Kathmandu
October 28: Departure from Kathmandu

Reserving a Trip

We make preparing for your trip easy! Our area managers are here to help—from choosing the right trip and checking availability to reserving your place to stay. Our office manager will normally be your single point of contact. They will oversee all of your arrangements, answer any questions that you may have, and help you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Choosing Your Trip

We suggest that you read the trip information to choose the right adventure for your ability level and interest. Trip information is available for on each page or can be sent to you via fax, email or mail. Our office manager can answer any questions you might have and they would be happy to refer you to someone who has traveled with us before for a reference.

Reserving Your Place

Early reservations are recommended since group sizes are limited and airlines often sell out of their best fares many months in advance. Once you have submitted your reservation request with us, one of our travel consultants will contact you the following business day to confirm your arrangements and will charge the initial deposit to your major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or American Express). You can then download a trip application (in PDF format) and send it to us by mail with two recent passport photos. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 303-507-2530. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM Mountain Time.

Upon receiving your deposit, we will send you a confirmation letter, a detailed trip itinerary, visa information (if required), a travel insurance application and a pre-departure information booklet with a recommended equipment list, suggested reading list and general information needed to prepare for your trip. Our experienced staff is happy to assist you in your preparation for your adventure with us.