Sometimes getting lost in the right direction and taking the path that has been less travelled is the best decisions in life, if you’re favorite things include seeing destinations less frequently travelled. Sikles trek is amongst the easy trekking destinations. This route is very less traveled and in its pristine state. Sikles lies in the most classical region of Annapurna but has been overshadowed by the famous routes like Annapurna circuit or Annapurna base camp.
Sikles is a village located at hilltop, above Madi Khola parallel to Annapurna I, at an elevation of (1980m). Sikles village is predominantly inhabited by the indigenous community of Gurungs. Sikles trek is a cultural trek as well and when In Sikles you live like a local, eat like a local and sleep like a local. This is one of the most extremely well kept traditional villages in Nepal. It also maintains primitive country elegance which practices eco tourism. Clean rooms in the locally built mud and stone huts, fresh meals of daal bhat made out of fresh local produce and warm hospitality is Tourism heritage of the village.
Trails usually encompasses in and out through the forest of beautiful national flower, Rhododendron. The trails naturally crafts an attractive dwelling for different mixture of birds. This virgin destination for short treks in Nepal is now slowly picking up as a bird lovers hub as well. Sikles trek is classified as short and easy trek and can be done by even novice trekkers!
Arrival in Kathmandu
You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day and whatever it is we welcome you to Nepal! Thank you for choosing Siklis village trek with budget trekking. On this first day we transfer you to your hotel/hostel. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country. Meal Plan N/A
Trek Preparation and Shopping
This is an important day because today is the day when you will meet with your guide. The guide or one of our team members will brief you about the trek about more or less everything you need to know. After briefing we would thoroughly go through the trekking gear that we have. Furthermore, if there is anything that is not according to the trekking standard we will do last minute shopping of the trekking gears. On the other hand one of our backend office staff will get busy preparing required permits and logistics. Meal plan – N/A
Kathmandu – Pokhara
We board tourist bus from tourist bus park in Thamel by 6:45 and leave the station at 7:00am. The bus takes around 7 hours from Kathmandu to Pokhara after multiple breaks in between. Overnight in Pokhara! Meal plan N/A
Kalikasthan to Yangjakot(1680m)
We drive to our put in point of Bijaypur which is 30 minutes away from Pokhara on a vehicle. We begin walking on the very day but only for 3-4 hours. From the very first moment on foot on the flat rice fields we start observing village life of people. We walk on the trails that passes right through the rice paddy fields and talk to the villagers working on the fields. Since Sikles is a village trek, we trek through villages from the very first day and it is the same today. En route, you cross Bhaise, Nawaldanda to reach Lama Khet, a small village surrounded by lush green hills. We call it a night in Yangjakot. Yangjakot is a beautiful village on the slope of a hill. The view of the mountains is splendid while the weather is clear. Meal plan B,L,D.
Yangjakot to Siklis (1980m)
We walk on the banks of Modi khola for majority of time. The entire days walk takes around 7 – 8 hours of trek and the trail ascend very gradually until the last hour. We come across small patches of houses as well as forest. The last hour of the trek is however the most difficult section of the trek and is steep uphill. Overnight in Siklis. Meal plan B,L, D.
Siklis to Neuli Kharka or Forest camp (2200m)
The route passes through rhododendron and oak forests on a gradual ascent before leveling out. Overnight at camp
Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon (2000m)
Again the trail passes through forests of rhododendron before it descends steeply to reach Ghale Gaon. It is a small village which is mainly inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities. Overnight at camp
Ghale Gaon to Pokhara
The trail descends gently to Hyamgja (1070m) where a vehicle awaits to take us back to Pokhara.