Duration: 8 days

The town of Sikles lies over the Mardi Khola Valley where a trekking will help you explore one of the early Gurung settlements. Sikles trekking takes you to the remote villages and habitation south of Annapurna II massif. With astounding Himalayan perspectives, our trekking passes precarious landscape with quaint towns. If you go there in the spring season, the route to Sikles is blooming with rhododendron forests. The trek can be done with adult family members and friends.

This charming trek provides you dazzling views of Himalayan vistas, stops at tea house and cabin offices. You will come across unique Himalayan culture and see the history of Gurkha warriors in their natural habitat. In the course of your journey, you will come across Seti River, Lhachok, Ghachowk, and the most prominent Ghalegaun. In Sikles trek, you will get to stay in traditional accommodations in Gurung villages for the most part of the trek. Sikles trek is presumably a rich trail in terms of Himalayan culture, hospitality and friendliness, which basically differentiates itself with a number of social differences from other parts of Nepal.

The gives you staggering views of Annapurna region. In addition, a prominent attraction is the witnessing of Nepalese shaman and cleric that belong to the Gurung. To sum it up, this trip takes you in a Himalayan journey with flavors of culture and biological diversity, and at the end of it all, you will feel energized and invigorated.

  • Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours.
    This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to explore the various sites of Pokhara. Pokhara is tourist’s paradise with 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. Stay overnight at hotel.

    Day 02: 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 blissful panorama. The trail then gently climbs along a ridge top through Brahmin and Chhetri villages towards Kalikasthan (1370m.). At the end, you should climb a short distance to the campsite which is situated above the village with panoramic views of the mountains, Begnas, Tal and Pokhara city. Stay overnight at camp.

    Day 03: Trek from Kalikasthan to LamaKhet (1680m.) which takes about six hours.
    Your path begins passing through local villages of mixed ethnic groups and rice growing terraces up to Mardi Khola. Then the trek is easy as you walk along the riverbank. En route, you cross Bhaise and Nawaldanda, to reach Lama Khet. It is a small village where you stay overnight. This place is surrounded by lush green hills that stretch for miles which stirs the imagination for good thoughts. Stay overnight at camp.

    Day 04: Trek from Lama Khet to Siklis (1980m.) which takes approximately six hours.
    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 steeply up 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. Stay overnight at camp.

    Day 05: Trek from Siklis to Neuli Kharka or Forest camp (2200m.) which takes about five hours.
    This trek goes through rhododendron and oak forests following a gently ascending path in the beginning. After some distance, you proceed over flat land. The Forest Camp is surrounded by forests. Stay overnight at camp.

    Day 06: Trek from Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon (2000m.) which takes about five hours.
    You trek through forests covered with rhododendron. While walking, you cross the highest pass of this trek. After hiking through the pass, you descend steeply to reach Ghale Gaon. It is a small village which is mainly inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities. Stay overnight at camp.

    Day 07: Trek from Ghale Gaon to Pokhara which takes about three hours.
    The trail then descends gently to Hyamgja (1070m.). You board a vehicle here to go to Pokhara. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

    Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu –¬†seven hours.
    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 chores. From Naubise, you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu.

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