Sikles Trekking is a good trekking route in the southern Gurung settlement of Nepal above the Mardi Khola (1,980m) overlooking Annapurna IV to the north and Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal to the east. It boasts good mountain views and is unaccustomed for trekkers. It is a spectacular short trek and traverses a variety of terrain from low land villages and rich terrain up to Nepali’s largest Gurung (Gurkha) village as well as blooming forests of rhododendron in the spring. The trekking route offers wonderful views of the Annapurna and Manasulu ranges. Climbing though oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest and follow ancient trails to the Madi Khola valley and staying in the villages of Sikles, Tang Ting and Bhujung. This new trek offers a truly captivating village experience where we get to see the rural Nepal. Trekkers can enjoy by camping at unique sites, eat the local dishes and witness daily life unfold around us.
Day 1 : Kathmandu Arrival
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be met by our representative. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 : Kathmandu valley sightseeing
We get to explore Kathmandu for a sightseeing tour. This will include a visit to the Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. We also visit Pashupatinath, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River and home to the most famous Hindu temple in the country.
Day 3 : Drive to Pokhara – (827m)
Pokhara is a tourist’s paradise full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Day 4 : Drive to Lama Chaur from Pokhara & start trek to reach Ghalche
We will drive to Bijayapur from Pokhara, which is a thirty minutes drive. From Bijaypur, we begin our trek. We go past beautiful flat rice fields and then ascend to Chautara via Rakhigaon. Beyond Chautara, our uphill climb continues to a village. The trail beyond the village finally connects us to Kalikasthan. The view of Pokhara from the Village is fascinating and the mountain views to the north are enchanting. Overnight at Kalikasthan.
Day 5 : Trek to Ghale Gaon
After breakfast, we head down towards Ghale Gaon. Ghale Gaon is a wonderful village. En-route to Ghale Gaon, we traverse through pleasant rhododendron forest savoring the exceptional views of Boudha Himal, Himalchuli, Manaslu in the east, Mt. Fishtail in the west and Lamjung Himal and Annapurna in the north.
Day 6 : Trek to Sikles (1980 m)
The trail stretches at a flat level along the river bank until you reach Khilan Gaon. After this, you follow a path which is gently uphill for some distance and then gradually goes steep for some hours. En route, you pass Parju village. The trail again climbs until Siklis village. This is one of the oldest and largest Gurung villages found here. Most of the people here serve in the Indian and British Army.
Day 7 : Explore around Sikles Overnight at Camp.
The entire day we explore the lovely village. We can see lots of activities that are unique for any western trekkers in Sikles. The traditional Gurung lifestyles, the making of handicrafts in a traditional way, the cloth weaving procedure in the traditional way and the flour mills driven by water current following old traditional systems will fascinate you. Besides, you can also explore the flanking rhododendron forest in Sikles.
Day 8 : Trek to Lama Khet Overnight at Camp
Day 9 : Trek to Kalikasthan (1372 m)
We head past beautiful flat rice fields and then ascend to Chautara via Rakhigaon. Beyond Chautara, our uphill climb continues to a village. The trail beyond the village finally connects us to Kalikasthan. The view of Pokhara from the Village is fascinating and the mountain views to the north are equally enchanting.
Day 10 : After breakfast drive back to Pokhara
The day begins with a steep descent to Rudi Stream, which we cross and then follow for about half an hour. As we climb again we are duly rewarded by further views of the Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. The sights here are truly heartwarming.
Day 11 : Drive back to Kathmandu
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal’s first Cable car is operated to reach the famous Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people happily engaged in their daily life. From Naubishe, you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu.
Day 12 : Departure day
Our office representatives will escort you to the airport for your final departure home.
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