Siklis trek in Kaski district has been most loved trekking areas among trekkers, as it is one of the picturesque treks that unfold the natural beauty in Nepal. The charming villages, intriguing patterns of terraced fields, rhododendron forest and high alpine meadows nestled below the towering mountains of Annapurna II (7937m) and IV (7525m) are some of the key features of this trek. This trekking also known as royal trek as Prince Charles had a trek through the area in 1980 to visit the villages of Gurkha recruits, as part of an effort to develop this into a model eco-trekking route. But it has yet shadowed at the corner of the Annapurna conservation area under the Lamjung Himal and Annapurnas II and IV.
During the trek in the area, you can have a view of Great Mountain and rough terrain. This trekking is a spectacular short trek through the Gurung (Gurkhas) village and dense forest. Therefore, it has been one of the alternatives to other short treks in Annapurna region. The trekking is off the main trails through Gurung village and takes through rice terraces and cornfields and then cuts over a ridge clad in lush green forest and enchants by the panoramic views of Machapuchare (fishtail peak) and other mountains lying along the region.
This is no doubt a wonderful camping trekking. The trekking begins from Pokhara, where we reach either by direct flight or bus from Kathmandu, generally we camp near the Begnas Lake, next day we begin our trek from Beganas Tal (Lake) and heads to the north to Baral along with the Madi Khola. Subsequently, to Chymarang and finally we reach at well-preserved Siklesh (1,980m) through the Gurung villages. Throughout the way, we can have magnificent views of Himalaya, farms and scattered forests filled with various kinds of birds. We make trips along the Siklis and explore the areas which have yet been unexplored and we head to Hoga and have rest explore the areas and take snaps of the Himalayas and natural inhabitants of the area and we head to Chipli, Burijung Khola, Bharaburi and then to Chisopani and subsequently we reach to Pokhara and return back to Kathmandu either by flight or bus.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at international airport, After the completion of Visa formalities you have to come downstairs to collect Luggage and proceed to outside from terminal Building. Please look at your Printed Name and Our Company Signboard Annapurna Foothills Treks & Exp and follow them. Meet our representative; you will be transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. You should clear your dues before we proceed for the trip. You are free to relax or explore around the city in the very first day.
Day 02: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Drive to Pokhara (900 meters) for 7 hours by tourist bus. Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:30AM to pick you up then leaving around 7:30AM to Pokhara. Overnight stay at hotel with breakfast included tea and coffee.
Day 03: Pokhara to Bijayapu khola - kalikasthan (1370m)
Drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp)-Kalikasthan (1370m.) which takes about five hours. A broad trail starts through rice fields near the Army Camp, and then ascends through Rakhigaon to a Chautara, a resting place under a large pipal tree. En route, you can enjoy the views in panorama. Now the trails climb gently along a ridge top through the Brahmin and Chhetris villages towards Kalikasthan at (1370m.). At the end, you should climb a short distance to the campsite which is situated above the village with panoramic view of mountain, Begnas Tal and Pokhara city.
Day 04: Kalikasthan to Lamakhet (1,680m)
Trek from Kalikasthan to LamaKhet (1680m.): which takes about six hours. You begin following gently path passing through local villages of mixed ethnic groups, rice terraces up to Mardi Khola. Now the trek is easy as you walk along the riverbank. En route you cross Bhaise, Nawaldanda, to reach Lama Khet. It is a small village where stay overnight. This place is surrounded by green hills which exhilarates you.
Day 05: Lamakhet to Siklis(1,980m)
Trek from Lama Khet to Siklis (1,980m.): and it takes approximately six hours.The trail stretches at flat level along the river bank until you reach Khilan Gaon. After this, you follow path which is gently up at some distance and steeply up for some hours. En route you pass Parju village. The trail again climbs till Siklis village. It is one of the oldest and big Gurung village. Most of the people serve in Indian and British Army.
Day 06: Siklis to forest Camp(2,200m)
Trek from Siklis to Neuli Kharka or Forest camp (2200m.) which takes about five hours. This trek goes through rhododendron and oak forests following gently ascent path in the beginning. After some distance, you walk over the flat land. Forest Camp is surrounded by forests.
Day 07: Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon(2,000m)
Trek from Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon (2000m.) and it takes about five hours. You trek through forests covered with rhododendron. While walking you cross the highest pass of this trek. After pass, you descend steeply to reach Ghale Gaon. It is a small village which is mainly inhabited by Gurung and Magar community
Day 08: Ghale Gaon to Pokhara
Trek from Ghale Gaon to Pokhara which takes about three hours. The supposed trek descends gently upto Hyamgja (1070m.). You board vehicle here to go to Pokhara.
Day 09: Fly or Drive To Kathmandu
We take the A/C tourist coach for Kathmandu. The bus leaves at round 7:30. We have snack and lunch break on the way to Kathmandu. Shop some souvenir for dear ones back home in the evening and enjoy last hours in Nepal. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu
Today, it is free day in Kathmandu. You have options to visit ancient old Buddhist & Hindu temples in Kathmandu is know as city of temples. There are many UNESCO listed World Heritage sites. Evening shopping time for dear ones back home. We have farewell dinner today.
Day 11: Fly back to home
Wilderness Excursion will drop you off at the airport. See off and wish you safe journey back home
Packing List for Sikles Trek
Personal Trekking Equipment
Personal first aid kit (small and simple) Aspirin, Moleskin, Adhesive tape, Band-Aids. Scissor, Blade,
Drugs/medications/prescriptions Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for travelers' diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.
This above list is only an advice for you. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands. If you have questions please email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristel de Bruyne,
We had an amazing 12 day trek to Annapurna Base Camp in April 2017. Our communication upfront with Pradip went very easy and we got some good information. We met up in Kathmandu to make the payment and we left for Pokhara as we want to spend few relaxing days there before starting the trek to Annapurna Base Camp. We met our guide in Pokhara before we leave and began the trek. Our guide did his very best to make sure everything was arranged well! We had an amazing time in Annapurna Base Camp; we would ...
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