Annapurna Siklis Trek

Annapurna Siklis Trek
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Facts About Annapurna Siklis Trek

Grade

Moderate

Max Size

1-15

Altitude

2713 m

Transportation

Privet Car/ Jeep

Accomodation

Lodge

Major Activity

Trekking & Tour

Himalayan Sights

Annapurna & Mardi Himal range

Starts/Ends

Kathmandu - Kathmandu

Duration:

12 Days

Trip Overview

Annapurna Siklis Trek near by Pokhara offers a wilderness experience of nature with camping trekking opportunity. The trekking route is less crowded up to the Siklis hill in Annapurna region which is culturally rich and naturally beautiful.

Annapurna Siklis Trek is a rarely visited valley which lies deep within the Annapurna range full of traditional Gurung villages. Siklis trek offers a cultural experience that is all too often missed on the more popular trails though lies away from the tourist trail. Walking through untouched primary forest and the foothills of Nepal is really exhilarating and joyful.

Annapurna Siklis Trek trail follows the high alpine summer grazing route where shepherds use to herd their flocks above the tree line. The scenery from the edegs of the perpetual blue foothills are beyond the expectation. This new trek offers a truly captivating village of rural Nepal and we camp at unique destination, consume the local dishes and witness daily life unfold around us.

Annapurna Siklis Trek Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m) Airport then transfer to the Hotel in Thamel
Food
Dinner
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Arrival at Kathmandu Airport then transfer to the Hotel evening welcome Nepali dinner with us.

Day 2 : Trip Preparation and Exploring Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur
Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Today is dedicated to exploring Nepal's rich cultural heritage and making final preparations for our journey. We have two exciting options to choose from:

Kathmandu Exploration
We embark on a journey to discover the captivating world heritage sites of Kathmandu, including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the magnificent Boudhanath stupa, the revered Swayambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple), and the sacred Pashupatinath temple complex. These iconic landmarks offer a glimpse into Nepal's vibrant history and spirituality.

Bhaktapur and Patan Excursion
Alternatively, we can opt for a visit to the charming cities of Bhaktapur and Patan. Bhaktapur is renowned for its well-preserved medieval architecture, while Patan boasts a wealth of ancient temples and traditional Newari craftsmanship. Both cities are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, showcasing Nepal's artistic and architectural heritage.

By late afternoon, we return to our hotel, ready to embark on the upcoming adventure with our hearts and minds enriched by the cultural treasures we have encountered.

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Pokhara - A Scenic Journey
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
900

Following an early breakfast, we depart for the tourist bus station after being picked up from our hotel. Our picturesque drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, spanning seven hours, dominates our morning, granting us glimpses of Pokhara Valley's serene beauty. Alternatively, a 25-minute flight option from Kathmandu to Pokhara is available.

Pokhara, a veritable paradise for tourists, beckons with its abundant natural and cultural treasures. Here, you'll encounter pristine lakes, mystical caves, revered Buddhist monasteries, and Hindu temples. Alongside these wonders, the awe-inspiring panoramas of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and other majestic peaks await your exploration.

Day 4 : Drive to Kalikasthan ( 1370m/4495ft) via Bijayapur Khola walk about 4hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1270

Our journey today takes us from Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp), followed by a drive to Kalikasthan (1370m), which consumes approximately five hours.

Setting out, we traverse a broad trail that winds through picturesque rice fields near the Army Camp, gradually ascending through the charming village of Rakhigaon. Along the way, the scenery unfolds in a blissful panorama, offering breathtaking views.

Continuing our trek, we gently climb along a ridge top, passing through the welcoming Brahmin and Chhetri villages that lead us toward Kalikasthan (1370m). As our day comes to a close, we ascend a short distance to our campsite, strategically positioned above the village. Here, we are rewarded with sweeping vistas of majestic mountains, the serene Begnas Lake, and the vibrant city of Pokhara in the distance.

Day 5 : Trek from Kalikasthan to Lama Khet (1680m/5511ft) walk about 6hrs.
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1680

Today's trek leads us from Kalikasthan to Lama Khet, a journey spanning approximately six hours. Our path unfolds along a gentle trail, guiding us through local villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups and terraced rice fields that stretch to Mardi Khola.

As we progress, our route becomes more relaxed, hugging the tranquil riverbank. Along the way, we traverse charming villages like Bhaise and Nawaldanda before reaching our destination, Lama Khet. This quaint village, where we spend the night, is embraced by lush, expansive hills that seem to stretch on endlessly, inspiring peaceful contemplation amidst nature's beauty.

Day 6 : Trek to Sikles (1980m/6495ft) - Embracing Gurung Culture, walk about 5/6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
1980

Our journey today, spanning around six hours, carries us from Lama Khet to the charming village of Sikles (1980m). We begin our trek with a leisurely stroll along the riverbank, tracing its gentle contours until we arrive at Khilan Gaon. From here, the path leads us on a gradual uphill ascent, eventually transforming into a steeper climb for a portion of our journey.

En route, we pass through Parju village, immersing ourselves in the local culture and landscapes. As our trek unfolds, we continue to ascend until we reach Sikles village, a historic Gurung settlement renowned for its antiquity and size. Here, we have the privilege of experiencing the rich Gurung heritage and traditions that thrive in this remarkable village.

Day 7 : Today's Journey to the Forest Camp (2200m/ 7217ft) Walk about 5/6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2000

Our trek today from Sikles to Neuli Kharka or Forest Camp (2200m) unfolds over approximately five hours. Along this scenic route, we meander through enchanting rhododendron and oak forests, tracing a gently ascending path that showcases the natural beauty of the region. After a while, our trail leads us across flat terrain, offering a pleasing contrast to our journey.

Upon reaching the Forest Camp, we find ourselves enveloped by the tranquility of the lush surrounding woodlands. Here, in this peaceful setting, our camp is embraced by the serene beauty of the forest, creating a serene ambiance for our stay.

Day 8 : Trek to Ghale Gaon ( 2000m/6561ft) - Embracing Local Communities, walk around 5/6hrs
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
Lodge
Elevation
2000

Our journey from Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon (2000m) encompasses approximately five hours of trekking. This leg of our adventure guides us through enchanting forests adorned with vibrant rhododendrons. During our trek, we also traverse the highest pass along this route, which provides breathtaking views.

Upon conquering the pass, we commence a steep descent, eventually arriving at the charming village of Ghale Gaon. This quaint settlement predominantly houses Gurung and Magar communities, offering us a unique opportunity to immerse ourselves in the local culture and traditions while savoring the warmth of their hospitality.

Day 9 : Trek to Hyangja ( 1070m/3510ft) and Return drive to Pokhara
Food
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accomodation
hotel
Elevation
1070

Our trek today, from Ghale Gaon to Hyangja, is a leisurely three-hour journey. The trail guides us on a gentle descent, eventually leading to Hyangja (1070m).

Upon reaching Hyangja, we transition to a vehicle that will transport us back to Pokhara. This marks the end of our trekking adventure, and we look forward to returning to the comforts of Pokhara after our enriching journey through the Annapurna region.

Day 10 : Return Journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Food
Breakfast, Lunch
Accomodation
hotel
Elevation
1350

Our day begins with an early morning breakfast, followed by a scenic drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu, a journey that spans approximately seven hours. Along the way, we are treated to magnificent views of towering mountains, lush green landscapes, terraced rice fields, fertile vegetable plots, and the vibrant tapestry of daily life unfolding around us.

For those who prefer a quicker option, there are also several flight choices available for the journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu, with flights departing at various times from morning to afternoon. Whether by road or air, this marks the final leg of our remarkable journey through Nepal's captivating landscapes.

Day 11 : Farewell and Departure
Food
Breakfast

Our representative will drop you to the International Airport (TIA) to assist you for your final departure to your destination or alternatively the next destination.

Cost Includes

  • 2 night hotel in Pokhara
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • Transfer by Kathmandu to Pokhara flight or private vehicle
  • An experienced English-speaking trek guide and Sherpa porters to carry luggage including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and lodging
  • Sleeping bags and duffel bags
  • All necessary paper works
  • National Park entry fee
  • TIMS Card fee
  • All government and local taxes

Cost Excludes

  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc.)
  • Tips for guides and porters

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Fequenty Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Annapurna Siklis Trek?

Annapurna Siklis Trek is a moderate trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, which takes you through traditional Gurung villages and offers stunning views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.

How long does the trek take?

The trek usually takes around 12 days depending on your itinerary and pace.

What is the difficulty level of Annapurna Siklis Trek?

The trek is considered moderate in terms of difficulty level.

What is the highest point of the trek?

The highest point of the trek is Siklis village, which is at an altitude of 2,040 meters.

What is the best time to do Annapurna Siklis Trek?

The best time to do the trek is from September to November and March to May when the weather is dry and clear, and the views are spectacular.

What is the route of the trek?

The route usually starts from Pokhara and goes through several traditional Gurung villages, including Kalikasthan, Lamachaur, Siklis, and Ghalegaun.

What permits are required for the trek?

You need to obtain the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card before starting the trek.

What is the accommodation like during the trek?

There are basic tea houses and lodges along the route that provide accommodation and meals.

Is it necessary to hire a guide or porter for the trek?

It is not necessary to hire a guide or porter for the trek, but it is recommended to do so for safety and convenience.

What equipment do I need to bring for the trek?

You need to bring warm clothing, comfortable trekking shoes, a backpack, a sleeping bag, a water bottle, and other personal items. Additionally, it is advisable to bring a waterproof jacket and pants, as well as a hat and gloves, as the weather can be unpredictable.

Additional Information

Additional Information About Annapurna Siklis Trek

Annapurna Siklis Trek is a less traveled trekking trail in the Annapurna region, and it is perfect for those looking for an off-the-beaten-path trekking experience. The trek takes you through the beautiful Gurung villages, lush forests, and stunning mountain landscapes.

The Siklis village is the main highlight of this trek, which is a traditional Gurung village known for its unique culture, architecture, and hospitality. The village has an ancient history and is famous for its handicrafts and weaving.

The trek offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, including Machapuchare, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, and Dhaulagiri. You can also witness stunning sunrises and sunsets over the mountains.

The trail is relatively easy and is suitable for beginners and families. However, there are some steep ascents and descents, so it is advisable to be physically fit and have some prior trekking experience.

The best time to do the trek is from September to November and March to May when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular. During the monsoon season (June to August), the trail can be slippery and challenging to walk.

The accommodation during the trek is basic, and you will be staying in tea houses and lodges along the trail. The food is usually simple and consists of rice, lentils, vegetables, and meat.

It is advisable to obtain the necessary permits, including the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekker's Information Management System (TIMS) card, before starting the trek.

Overall, Annapurna Siklis Trek is a fantastic opportunity to experience the unique culture and breathtaking natural beauty of Nepal while trekking in the beautiful Himalayas.

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