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Sikles Trekking

DURATION12 Days ATTITUDE2000m STARTS ATKathmandu ENDS ATKathmandu GRADEEasy GROUP SIZE1-14 pax ACCOMODATIONHotel and Local Lodges MEALSBreakfast, Lunch & Dinner TRANSPORT Tourist bus and private car/van.

Trip Highlights

  • Unspoiled tourist destination
  • Astonishing mountain views and beautiful landscapes.
  • Visit beautiful Sikless village and Ghale Gaun.
  • Explore ethnic Gurung culture and their living style.

Trip Overview

Sikles is a recently explored trekking route and a comparatively developed one which is close to the Annapurna region where the friendly Gurung community dwells & upholds their ancient customs and traditions. Trekking Sikles is beautiful in nature and a well kept countryside of Nepal. The highest elevation is 2000m above the sea level & comfortable for the body, especially if you don’t want high altitudes. This trek is not a difficult one but varied flora and fauna can be found and at the same time it offers some wonderful views of Annapurna ranges. This trip is famous for giving us deep insights into the old traditions of the Gurung community who’ve lived in this stunning area for centuries…

The Sikles trails provide you lush green forest where various rare bird species have their homes. This trek also offers you remarkable sceneries and views of eye-catching snow capped mountains like Annapurna and Manaslu. You will trek through beautiful oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest and follow ancient gombas through Madi Khola valley. You will enjoy camping at unique sites of Sikles like Tang Ting and Bhujung, enjoying local dishes and observing daily lifestyles unfold around us. You get close-up views of famous mountain ranges like Annapurna IV, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. It is a comparatively easy and short trek through a diversity of geography from the lowland villages up to the richest and large numbers of Gurkha villages. This new trek offers village experiences where you will get chances to view houses made up of mud and rocks. The streets of the villages are narrow with back yards fenced by large rock formations. The villagers follow both the Shaman and Buddhist priests in their cultural rituals related to marriage and death. There is no fear of altitude sickness and steep walks. Therefore, this trek is recommended for all lovers of nature who want to explore best of Nepal’s rural mountain cultures…

The trekking season starts from March – May and September – December, this is the best time to treks in this area. Check out our fixed itinerary for Sikles trekking or send us an email if you want shorter programs to suit your timeframes, we’d be glad to help you always…

Itinerary

Day1 : Kathmandu ArrivalUpon your arrival in the Kathmandu (KTM) airport, you will be greeted by a representative from ‘Glorious Himalaya’. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a GHT Trekking display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your already booked hotel. After check in, you will visit the GHT office to meet your guide, & other participants will meet you at your hotel after you have been refreshed to brief you about the trip. Later in the evening you can have your supper & go to bed on your first night in the ancient city of temples, Kathmandu.
Day2 : Kathmandu valley sightseeingToday we explore Kathmandu on an organized 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. Here we will see Hindu holy men (sadhus) and pilgrims performing ritual bathing, and occasionally, funeral pyres burning on the ghats. The cremation site here is used by the royal family and also for the simple man living next door. Your early afternoon will be free to relax in the hotel garden or visit Thamel for some curious shopping. You will be supplied with your trek departure information in the afternoon. Meals included: 1 breakfast.
Day3 : Drive to Pokhara - (827m) 7 hrs DrivePokhara 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. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Overnight in the serene city of lakes.
Day4 : Drive to Lama Chaur from Pokhara & starts trek to reach Ghalche overnight at CampToday, our trek begins. Initially, we will drive to Bijayapur from Pokhara, which is thirty minutes drive. From Bijaypur we begin our trek. We cross past beautiful flat rice fields and then ascend to Chautara via Rakhigaon. Beyond Chautara our uphill climb continues to a Village dominated by Brahmins (one of the major castes of Nepal). 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. Overnight at Kalikasthan, We bunk out in with Full board meals (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) included
Day5 : Trek to Ghale GaonAfter the breakfast, we slide down towards Ghale Gaon. One of Nepal's most popular mid-hill destinations for home stay tourism, 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. On our arrival at Ghale Gaon we enjoy the hospitality of the host family that belongs to great Gurkha Warriors, the Gurungs. Our Accommodation will be in local house with full board meals (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) included
Day6 : Trek to Sikles (1980 m) Overnight at Camp.The trail stretches at a flat level along the river bank until you reach Khilan Gaon (village). 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 in the lovely village of Sikles with all meals inclusive
Day7 : Explore around Sikles Overnight at Camp.Today the entire day we explore around 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 flourmills driven by water current following old traditional systems will fascinate you. Besides, you can also explore the flanking rhododendron forest in Sikles. We enjoy our overnight accommodation in tents with full board meals (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) included
Day8 : Trek to Lama Khet Overnight at Camp
Day9 : Trek to Kalikasthan (1372 m) Overnight at CampAfter breakfast today, we cross past beautiful flat rice fields and then ascend to Chautara via Rakhigaon. Beyond Chautara our uphill climb continues to a village dominated by Brahmins (one of the major castes of Nepal). 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. Overnight at Kalikasthan, we bunk out in tents with full board meals (breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) included.
Day10 : After breakfast drive back to PokharaToday 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. You literally go on overdrive with your camera for some of the best pictures ever on our cruise back to Pokhara. Overnight at our hotel down by the lake.
Day11 : Drive back to KathmanduWhile 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 (a temple where people go to make special wishes which they hope will be granted by the deity). En route, you can enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people happily engaged in their daily life chores. From Naubishe, you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu. Overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu
Day12 : Departure dayOur office representatives will escort you to the airport for your final departure home. Meeting you was a good experience & we sincerely home you have enjoyed this unique trek & will remember us on your way home. Should you want to do any other programs, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We shall be glad to give you a choice of itineraries that are pocket friendly where prices are concerned. Planning trips with Glorious Himalaya is a lifetime experience that will never be forgotten. Sayonara! Have a safe journey home.

INCLUDES AND EXCLUDES

Includes

  • All required surface transportation as per the itinerary.
  • An experience and helpful trekking guide and porters salary / accommodations / insurance
  • All the three meals during the trekking period. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner with hot tea & coffee in a cup)
  • 3/4 star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on B/B plan.
  • All the required entry fees
  • TIMS card fees (Trekking Information Management System)
  • Kathmandu Sightseeing

Exclude

  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa which obtained at the airport on arrival {bring 4 copies passport size picture too}
  • Alcoholic beverages, bottle mineral and hot/boiled water, soft drinks and snack foods
  • Tips to the crews