Asiana Treks

Sikles Trekking

Duration
12 days
Max. Elevation
2200m
Group size
1 - 15
Level
EASY
Transportation
Tourist bus / Private van.
Best Season
August to November and March to June.
Accomodation
Hotel / teahouse.
Meals
B/L/D
Starts at/ Ends at
kathmandu / kathmandu
Trip Route

Highlights

    • Some of the best views of the Annapurna mountain range, Fishtail, Manaslu, and Lamjung can be seen on the Sikles trip.
    • Investigating the Gurung people's culture, traditions, and way of life.
    • You'll go across stunning mountain ranges with serene surroundings.

Overview

Overview

Sikles Trekking offers an adventure off the beaten road and provides a cultural introduction to the Gurung Villages of Ghale Gaun and Parche. The hill that rises over the Sikles hamlet offers stunning views of the Eastern Annapurnas. To get to Parche Village, the walk travels through hospitable communities, terraced fields, alpine pastures, and rhododendron forests. The journey continues through a shaded forest of rhododendrons that are covered in moss and lichen, as well as wildflowers and orchids that are in bloom on the branches above.
Since it is one of the scenic treks that reveals the natural beauty of Nepal, Sikles Trekking in the Kaski district has become the most popular trekking destination. You'll be traveling through a rhododendron-filled, verdant woodland as well as a stunning mountain range and environment. One of the intriguing walking routes in the Annapurna range is the Sikles trip. This is a breathtaking short trip through a Gurung (Gurkha) village and a forested area. Moreover, it is Nepal's second-largest Gurung village. Due to its well-preserved traditional culture, tradition, ceremonies, and rituals, this village is one of the most well-known tourist sites in Nepal. Sikles is a prominent ethnic village with over 850 families and most of which are Gurung and follow their sociocultural customs from ancient times.

Sikles Trekking is a magnificent trip to the least visited Pokhara. Visitation of Kaphuche Lake is the ultimate goal of the Sikles Kaphuche (Kafuche) Lake Trek. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a few minor snowslides while visiting Kaphuche Ice Lake as they slide down to the lake with the sound of snow and ice sliding. The words "Ka" and "Phu" in the Gurung language used locally denote ice or snow, sliding down following the break, and settling on plain land, respectively. This indicates that this Ice Lake, which is named "Kafuche" in the local Gurung language, is generated by a continual avalanche from Mount Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal.

Trip Itinerary

Your trip day starts today when you arrive to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. Upon your arrival, you will be received by our representative at the airport. He will be carrying a signboard with our company’s name on it. Then you will be transferred to the tour hotel and checked in. A trip briefing will follow later today and the time will be notified to you by the representative who picks you up from the airport. We will come to meet and brief you about the trip at the fixed time. Until then just relax or explore a bit of surrounding.

We take you for a day tour of cultural heritage monuments in Kathmandu valley after breakfast. The tour will give you a mixed insight of history, culture, art, architecture and spirituality of Kathmandu valley. The sites include; Swoyambhunath aka Monkey Temple: The oldest of all sites in Kathmandu valley, Swoyambhunath is an important Buddhist spiritual site having the history over two thousand years old. This site has gained a popular name as monkey temple as this small forested hill is a good habitat for hundreds of monkeys. The visit there will heighten your spiritual and cultural experience. Patan City including Patan Durbar Square: A tour to medieval city of Patan gives you a great insight about ethnic Newari culture, Budhhist spirituality, religious harmony, art and architecture while you stroll around the charismatic alleys taking you to magnificent local community squares known as Bahal and eventually leading you to an incredible medieval palace square. The monuments and skill of the local artisans displayed on those monuments in the square will stun you with their unbelievable charm. Boudhanath Stupa: The largest of its kind in the world, this magnificent stupa is a very important center of faith for the people following Tibetan Buddhism. This place is nice Circular Square with the stunning stupa in the middle of it which spreads a lot of spiritual vibrations around the atmosphere.

Today you leave Kathmandu for Pokhara by road. We drive through heavily terraced fields and some villages on the way to Pokhara. While driving, you will see the snowy peaks of the Annapurna and Manaslu range. Lunch is served on the way in a local restaurant. Upon arrival in Pokhara you will be transferred to hotel. In the evening you will enjoy walking around the Lake side and ride on the boat at Phewa Lake. Overnight in hotel

A 30 minute drive to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp) takes us to the starting point of the trek. The route takes us through rice fields then ascends through Rakhigaon. The views around are mesmerizing. Then the trail gently climbs along a ridge top through the Brahmin and Chhetri villages towards Kalikasthan. Overnight at lodge

The trail passes through local villages and rice terraces up to Mardi Khola. En route, you cross Bhaise, Nawaldanda to reach Lama Khet, a small village surrounded by lush green hills.

Today the trail remains flat along the river bank until we reach Khilan Gaon. After that, you follow a path which is gently uphill for some distance and then gradually gets steeper. The trail climbs again until we reach Siklis village. This is one of the oldest and largest Gurung villages. Stay overnight at lodge

The route passes through rhododendron and oak forests on a gradual ascent before leveling out. Overnight at camp

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 lodge

The trail descends gently to Hyamgja (1070m) where a vehicle awaits to take us back to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel

After breakfast we drive to Kathmandu. After 6 hours driving we will reach Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel



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Sikles Trekking

Includes

    • Airport picks up and transfers to Hotel.
    • Accommodations in Kathmandu and Pokhara at the 3-star category with breakfast.
    • A day sightseeing in an old heritage site in Kathmandu with a city guide.
    • First aid medical kit, Oximeter to check pulse, heart rate, and oxygen saturation at higher altitudes.
    • Necessary Land transportation Kathmandu- Pokhara-Nayapul.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area and poon hill Entry Permit.
    • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System.
    • An experienced and first aid trained license holder trekking guide.
    • Equipped and insured trekking porter (one porter for 2 persons, one porter carries 25 KG).
    • Meals, insurance, salary, equipment, accommodation, and transportation of our trekking crew.
    • Tea House accommodation on a twin or multi-sharing basis during the trek.
    • Applicable government taxes (13% VAT and 10% tourism service charges)
    • Cultural dance with farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Doesn't Include

    • Nepal entry visa.
    • Domestic airport tax.
    • Your Travel/Medical insurance.
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu.
    • Hot shower while on the trek.
    • Single supplements in hotels except for solo trekking service.
    • Bar bills and laundry.
    • Battery Charges (Available during trek with Extra cost).
    • Optional trips are not specified in the itinerary.
    • Tipping to guide and porter.
    • Personal trekking equipment.
    • Drinks (including tea) and Bar Bill (beverage).

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