Sikles Trek

Sikles Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

12 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Nyauli Kharka (2,550m).

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive/ scenic flight (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu).

Best Season:

All over the year.

Sikles Trek of the Annapurna region is a less explored trek destination located in the northeast of Pokhara. The trekking offers you untouched natural environment with beautiful villages and experience of traditional cultures throughout your track.

The village is the least explored location that lies above the Mardi River but it’s quite interesting as Prince Charles of England visited this community in the ’80s as the Sikles community holds the 2nd largest Gurkha community in Nepal.

Some magnificent views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7535m), Mount Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Hiunchuli (6366 m), Fishtail (6999m) , Lamjung Himal, and many other crystalline snow-capped peaks can be seen in clear weather.

Apart from the beautiful mountain views,  - Cultivated land, terraced field, landscapes, traditionally built houses, stone-paved path, Gumbas, & wide varieties of chirping birds throughout the track makes trekking to Sikles longing for every trekkers.

Additionally, you pass through the oak, bamboo and rhododendron dense woods.

The villages is pretty much occupied by the Gurung ethnic group and ex Gurkhas who participated in the Second World War. Buddhism is the dominant religion here. Shaman practice can also be observed on festive occasions, rituals and ceremonies like marriage, or sometimes even for curing illnesses.

Although Sikles trial is a less explored one, this region will not disappoint you in rendering experience of a lifetime as well as heart-touching memories. Observing handmade local handicrafts, viewing the Begnas Tal (lake) - the 2nd largest lake after Phewa lake, taste local foods, be close with the locals and observing their culture, tradition, and lifestyle are few activities around here

Our journey starts from a scenic flight or drive to Pokhara.


Why Choose Sikles in all?

  • A least explored yet amazing village place inhabited by ex- Gurkhas.
  • Some magnificent views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Hiunchuli, Fishtail, Lamjung Himal,
  • Bird watching and track through oak, bamboo and rhododendron forests.

Trip Outline

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02: Drive/ Fly to Pokhara. O/N at Hotel
Day 03: Drive to Mardi Khola and Trek to Lampatha (45min drive & 3-4 hrs walk)
Day 04: Trek to Khairpani (1370m)(4-5 hrs walk)
Day 05: Trek to Ghale Kharka (1810m) (4-5 hrs walk)
Day 06: Trek to Nyauli Kharka (2550m) (4-5 hrs walk)
Day 07: Trek to Sikles (2030m) (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 08: Trek to Lamokhet (920m) (5-6 hrs walk)
Day 09: Trek to Kalikathan (1340m) (5 hours walk)
Day 10: Trek to Lake Begnas for Lunch & drive to Pokhara at Lakeside (2 hrs walk & 1 hr drive)
Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu.
Day 12: Final Departure.

Starting Price

USD 799 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Kathmandu

Departure from: Kathmandu

Day 1

Arrival in city of temples; Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

You will be meet/ greet by our representative from Himalayan trekkers and transfer to Hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive.

Day 2

Scenic flight/ drive to Pokhara.

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, you may either drive for 6-7 hours or take a short flight of 30 minutes to Pokhara, from Kathmandu.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive.

Day 3

Drive to Mardi Khola and Trek to Lampatha.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, you will be driven till Mardi Khola. The drive will be about 45 minutes. From there you start your trek towards Lampatha. You have to walk for about 3 to 4 hours. You will see the amazing Annapurna Mountain Range from here. Stay overnight at a guest house.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 45 min drive and 3-4 hrs trek

Day 4

Trek to Khairpani (1,370m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's walk will be around 4 to 5 hours from Lampatha to Khairpani. On the way you pass through Lhachowk and Ghachowk village, where reside the people of Brahmin and Chhetri culture. You walk further to reach other villages namely, Dhipang or even called as Khairpani, where the people of Gurung community reside. You will see the terraced field along the trail, as the soil is very fertile in this region.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 5

Trek to Ghale Kharka (1,810m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

With the mountains following you throughout your trek, you cross through Seti River and walk for about 4 to 5 hours to reach Ghale Kharka.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 6

Trek to Nyauli Kharka (2,550m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today's destination separates Mardi Valley from Seti river. You pass through the dense and beautiful forest of oak, bamboo, and rhododendron. After a walk of 4 to 5 hours, you will reach Nyauli Kharka, where you will stay overnight at a guesthouse.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ homestays Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 7

Trek to Sikles (2,030m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sikles is a less explored destination to date. Even if people have been to Pokhara for so many times, only a small number have been to Sikles village. On the contrary, it is an amazingly beautiful village to explore if you have a short time availability of 1 to 2 weeks only. To reach Sikles from Nyauli Kharka, you have to trek for about 5 to 6 hours. There are a few good numbers of guest houses to stay overnight.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 8

Trek to Lamokhet (920m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From the altitude of 2030m, you hike down to 920m to reach Lamokhet from Sikles. You walk for about 5 to 6 hours. Stay overnight at a guest house in Lamokhet.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 9

Trek to Kalikathan (1,340m).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

From Kalikathan, you will get the amazing view of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m), Annapurna range, Manaslu (8156m), Peak 29 (7541m), and Himal Chuli (7,839m). But, for that, you have to trek for 4-5 hours crossing the terraced fields and enjoying the amazing view and landscapes.

Accommodation: Tea house/ lodges/ guest house Estimated Walking Distance: 4-5 hrs

Day 10

Trek to Lake Begnas for Lunch & drive to Pokhara at Lakeside.

Meals included: BL

Today after breakfast, you trek till you reach Begnas Taal (Lake).

Begnas is another very popular and beautiful lake in Pokhara valley. You can do boating and fishing in this lake. After spending certain time and having lunch by the bank you are now driven to Lakeside. Stay overnight at a hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs walk & an hour drive

Day 11

Return back to Kathmandu.

Meals included: BB

After breakfast, you drive or fly back to Kathmandu. You are on your own for the rest of the afternoon for shopping and doing your personal work, or strolling around the Thamel area.

Then in the evening, you will be taken for a complimentary dinner by a representative of Himalayan trekkers.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min flight/ 6-7 hrs drive.

Day 12

Departure from Kathmandu.

After breakfast, it's time for us to drop you back at the airport. It's sad that it is already time for us to depart but we hope you had a wonderful trip and hope to see you soon again in Nepal.

We wish you have a happy and safe journey back home.

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferred accommodation.

In general we arrange a 3-star hotel with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges / home stays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • TIMS
  • Permit
  • Entry Fees
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Guide, Driver, and Porter
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with Tea)
  • Accommodation
  • First-Aid Kit
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International airfares and airport tax
  • Nepal Entry Visa Fees (USD 25/40/100- 15/30/100 Days, Cash On Arrival)
  • Trekking Equipment
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide, Porter, and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable condition such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation etc.


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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