Stanford Nepal Medical Project 2018 Pikey Peak Camping Trek

29 June 2018 Cultural immersion trek to Pikey Peak Base Camp

Today was a shorter trek than other days, approximately two and a half hours, where we traveled up to pikey peak base camp. The weather was foggy with a light drizzle, a welcomed change to the hot and humid weather our trekking group had experienced days prior. The day began with a beautiful view of glacier mountains followed by a grea t breakfast that consisted of hot chocolate, all you can eat eggs, and rice porridge. During the trek we ran into a cheese factory that contained huge amounts of wheeled cheese beyond human comprehension. Unfortunately, our group could not buy a whole wheel of cheese as the cheese still needed 3 full months to be fully processed. The method in which the cheese is processed is washing of the cheese wheels with salt water after the cheese wheel has been initially left out for 48 hours. This “rinsing” is essentially repeated for the remainder of the three months. Over all, the aroma from the cheese factory was amazing and made for an unexpected experience during our short trek. After the cheese factory, the view of the landscape consisted of vast forests where it was clear that we were above the clouds. Although I struggled a little during the trek, the scenery certainly made up for my sweat. When we finally arrived at the pikey peak base camp, hanging around with the yaks was a go to pastime, one can never go wrong with observing yaks. Our group ended the day by playing a multiple of card games, essentially resting to tackle and conquer peeky peak early tomorrow. Hot soup time coupled with dinner and a daily spotlight on a very cold day was the perfect end to the day.