Siklish Trekking goes through traditional Gurung villages away from the tourist trail offering a cultural experience that is all too often missed on the more popular trails. Walking through unharmed primary forest is a fantastic joy, but in the foothills of Nepal it is thrilling. We begin from Pokhara heading due north towards the holy mountain of Machhapuchhre. Our ridgeline route offers wonderful views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Climbing though oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest we follow ancient trails to the Madi Khola valley and stay in the villages of Siklish, Tang Ting and Bhujung.
Siklish Trekking trail follows the high alpine summer grazing route, which the shepherds use to herd their flocks above the tree line. The view from the ridges of the endless blue foothills as they roll southwards is unparalleled anywhere in the kingdom This new trek offers a truly charming village experience where we get to see the real rural Nepal. We camp at unique sites, eat the local dishes and take in the daily life unfolding around us. We also get to see a side of the Himalayas range.
Trek: Siklish Trek
Trek starts: Pokhara and Begnas Tal
Trek duration: 18 days
Maximum altitude: 3500m
Grade: Easy & beautiful
Accommodation: Lodge / Camp
Trek ends: Pokhara
Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and a representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will welcome and transfer you to your selected hotel by private vehicle.
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by private vehicle with an expert tour guide.
- Kathmandu Durbar Square
- Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple)
- Boudhanath Stupa (Large white Buddhist Stupa)
- Pashupatinath (Hindu Temple)
- Patan Durbar Square (Ancient city)
- Bhaktapur Durbar Square (55-window palace)
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara by bus (6-7 hrs) (202kms) or by flight (45 mins) and stay at a Pokhara hotel near the lake side.
Day 4: Trek to Begnas Tal. Stay overnight at camp.
Day 5: Trek to Baral. From the lake at about 909m, the trail meanders along a low ridge with superb views. We pass several villages, some selling fish smoked over open fires. From the ridge, we descend to the Modi Khola (river) which has its heads waters at the base of the Annapurna Glacier.
Day 6: Trek to Chyamarang. An easy day’s walk, ascending up to 1212m, as we follow the valley of the Modi. The Annapurna summits come into view above the foothill ridge tops. We pass villages, farms and scattered forests.
Day 7: Trek to Siklish. Crossing the Modi Khola and then climbing, steeply at times, to the hillside village of Siklish.
Day 8: Trek to Hoga. The ascent takes about seven hours, the views becoming constantly more spectacular. Hoga is still under (3030m), but the Annapurna and Lamjung Himal (6892m) are right in front of us.
Day 9: Acclimatization day at Hoga. This can be a rest day or an opportunity for an ambitious day hike to the foot of the Annapurna IV Glacier (2 or 3 hrs from camp). The trail is steep and difficult at times, but well worth the effort. The altitude at the view point is about (3333m), so there should be no worry about mountain sickness. Return to camp at Hoga.
Day 10: Trek to Chipli. A long trekking day, which at first descends to Siklish. Leaving the gorge of the Modi Khola, we climb west about 5 hrs to Chipli. The walk is not too arduous as the altitude in Chipli is about 1515m
Day 11: Trek to Burjung Khola. A long day of steady climbing to a ridge top at about (2727m) and then a long descent to the gorge of the Seti Khola. We will camp two hours short of Burjung Khola (midway down the ridge). Here, we have a spectacular panorama of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail (6993m).
Day 12: Trek to Bharaburi. This involves a steep ascent from low farm lands to rhododendron forests. We have good views of Machhapuchhre from our camp at 1818m
Day 13: Acclimatization day at Bharaburi. Another chance to rest and relax or climb a ridge for better views of the Himalayan crests.
Day 14: Trek to Chisopani. We backtrack down to the Seti Khola, by passing Burijung Khola and carry on along the banks of the river to Chisopani (“Cold water”). The walk is about 5 hours.
Day 15: Trek to Pokhara. It is a relatively easy six-hour day of level walking along the Seti Khola to the lovely Pokhara valley. Transfer to hotel in Pokhara.
Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus (6-7 hrs) (202kms) or by flight (45 mins) Transfer to your selected hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 17: Souvenir and sightseeing in Kathmandu.
Day 18: A representative of Unique Nepal Adventure Trek will drop you off at Tribhuvan International Airport by private vehicle.
- Airport pick-up and drop off by private vehicle.
- Four nights in your selected Kathmandu hotel with breakfast.
- A full day’s sightseeing in Kathmandu by private vehicle.
- Welcome & farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
- All meals during the trek (lunch, dinner, breakfast and tea or coffee).
- Camping in twin shared tents with mattress or home stay lodge.
- All necessary equipment for camping.
- One fluent English speaking government trained license holder trekking guide.
- Dependent on group size, cook, kitchen boy and extra porters
- One porter for two people to carry luggage.
- All expenses for guide and porters – meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation (bus/flights) etc.
- First Aid kit bag.
- Government and local area taxes where applicable.
- TIMS card fees (Trekking Information Management System).
- All necessaries transportations.
- Two nights in a Pokhara hotel with breakfast.
- Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) entry fees (See the ‘Trekking Permits’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
- Nepalese entry visa fee. (See the ‘Visa Information’ link under ‘Trekking Info’ for current fees)
- Travel insurance.
- Soft and alcoholic drinks (mineral water, hot water, coke, fanta, beer, spirits, etc).
- Snacks (Chocolate, biscuits etc).
- Hot water, hot shower, heater charge, battery charge, phone calls and laundry service.
- Donation, tips and personal expenses.
- Emergency evacuation and medical equipment.
- Hire equipment and other personal items (sleeping bag, down jacket, hiking boots camera, toilet rolls etc).
- In case of natural calamities i.e. political unrest, cancellation of flight due to weather, landslides, etc, the extra charge will be borne by themselves.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.