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2nd October 2006, 08:26 PM
Solukhumbu region in the northeastern part of Nepal is the abode of the highest peak in the world - Mt. Everest and the famous Sherpas. However, while the Khumbu region is famous for the world's highest mountain, the southern part i.e. Solu is famous for its biological diversity, virgin landscape and mountain vistas.
Solukhumbu has many exciting attractions in the southern region that are yet to be explored, such as the treks on the Dudhkunda Cultural Trails. The Dudhkunda Lake is believed to be the abode of Lord Shiva.
The devotees believe that taking a dip into the icy cold lake will absolve them from all their sins and bless childless families with children.
Amazing views of flora and fauna, experience of diverse cultures of Sherpas, Khaling Rais, Tamangs, Magars, Gurungs, make this journey a lifetime experience. This is a journey to a part of the world where very few people have set foot until now, a cultural journey for young to old and for all. Pikey Hill (4,065 m) is one of the tallest hills of Solu. From Pikey you can see most of the central and eastern Himalayan peaks Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest), Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Annapurna, Gauri Shanker, Lhotse, Numbur, Khatang, Karyalung, Shishapangma, Mera Peak, Thamserku, Lhotseshar, Nuptse and a little of Ama Dablam. The peak also offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset views during good weather. The trail passes through some of the most beautiful settlements of the region. A trail through Jiri-Chaulakharka-Ngaur- leads to the Pikey Danda area. The trail starts at Phaplu and passes through Kerung, Pattale, Jhapre, Pikey peak, Lamajura, Junbesi and ends at Salleri.
The name Pikey is derived from the name of a Sherpa clan deity. During the month of July the locals hold celebrations to worship their clan god, the eastern Chyabo Pikey, as Pikey Hlapchen Karbu. There are other interesting possibilities of undertaking tourism activities at Pikey such as paragliding, mountain biking, birdwatching, pilgrimage and meditation. From here the trail descends through dense forest finally meeting the Everest trail at Beni. July is a good time to take a trip to Pikey, as this is when the local people hold their celebrations of the clan god, the eastern Chyabo Pikey. From Pikey one can also continue on to the Dudhkunda trail. Rumjatar and Jiri are other alternative entries to Pikey Cultural Trail.