Siklis Trek (Annapurna Region)

Siklis Trek (Annapurna Region)

Overview

Although close to the main trekking region in the Annapurna region, Silkis Trek is a far less developed route with very few lodges or guest houses. Our destination is the beautiful and extremely well-kept village of Siklis, perched on a hillock at an altitude of 1980 m. Siklis is famous for its well maintained rustic flair and traditional Gurung village experience. The village has five traditional neighborhoods (Lama-thar, Sabha-thar, Harpu-thar, Dhaprang-thar and Gairi-thar), each bearing its own significance in the community. Here, the Jhankri (shaman) and Lama (priest) have important roles in this Buddhist community, marriage, death and day-today lives.
Siklis village lies above the Mardi Khola (1,981 m), overlooking Annapurna IV to the north and Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal to the east.

Siklis Trek is not very difficult, which allows time to study the wealth of flora and fauna to be found on route and taking in some wonderful views of the Annapurna range. The natural beauty is well represented by oak and pine forests set against the majestic views of Mt. Annapurna I (8,091 m), II (7,937m), III (7,555 m) IV (7,525M) and Lamjung Himal (6,905 m) peaks . The full grandeur of Mt. Manaslu (8,156 m) can be enjoyed from Telbung Danda. The region is particularly good for bird watching due to its pristine forest surroundings.

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu

Day 02: Drive Kathmandu/Pokhara to Kalikasthan (1370 m.)

Day 03: Kalikasthan to Lamakhet (1680m)

Day 04: Trek to Siklis (1980m)

Day 05: Via Nyauli Kharka (Forest Camp) trek to Ghalekharka (Ghale Gaon)

Day 06: Trek up to Hyangja. Drive to Pokhara (819 m.)

Day 07: Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight or drive. In Kathmandu

Day 08: Departure transfer.

Day 01: Arrival and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu

After arrival, snow leopard representative will meet you at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02: Drive Kathmandu/Pokhara to Kalikasthan (1370 m.)

Drive from Kathmandu/Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp)-Kalikasthan (1370 m.) which takes about seven hours. From Bijaypur we drive through rice fields near the Army Camp, and then ascends through Rakhigaon to a Chautara. We can enjoy the panorama views the road climb gently along a ridge top through the Brahmin and Chhetris villages towards Kalikasthan at (1370 m.). At the end, you should climb a short distance to the campsite which is situated above the village with panoramic view of mountain, Begnas Tal and Pokhara city.

Day 03: Kalikasthan to Lamakhet (1680m)

Trek from Kalikasthan to Lamakhet (1680 m.) which takes about six hours. You begin following gently path passing through local villages of mixed ethnic groups, rice terraces up to Mardi Khola. Now the trek is easy as you walk along the riverbank. En route you cross Bhaise, Nawaldanda, to reach Lama Khet. It is a small village where stay overnight. This place is surrounded by green hills which exhilarates you.

Day 04: Trek to Siklis (1980m)

Trek from Lamakhet to Siklis (1980 m.) and it takes approximately six hours.The trail stretches at flat level along the river bank until you reach Khilan Gaon. After this, you follow path which is gently up at some distance and steeply up for some hours. En route you pass Parju village. The trail again climbs till Siklis village. It is one of the oldest and big Gurung village. Most of the people serve in Indian and British Army.

Day 05: Via Nyauli Kharka (Forest Camp) trek to Ghalekharka (Ghale Gaon)

Trek from Siklis to Neuli Kharka or Forest camp (2200m.) which takes about four hours. This trek goes through rhododendron and oak forests following gently ascent path in the beginning. After some distance, you walk over the flat land. Forest Camp is surrounded by forests so there are no any tea houses and lodges so we have to take pack lunch and continue walk to Ghale Kharka or Ghalegaon. From Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon (2710m.) and it takes about five hours. You trek through forests covered with rhododendron. While walking you cross the highest pass of this trek. After pass, you descend steeply to reach Ghale Gaon. It is a small village which is mainly inhabited by Gurung and Magar community.

Day 06: Trek up to Hyangja. Drive to Pokhara (819 m.)

Trek from Ghale Gaon to Pokhara which takes about three hours. The supposed trek descends gently up to Hyamgja (1070 m). You board vehicle here to go to Pokhara.

Day 07: Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight or drive. In Kathmandu.

Pokhara to Kathmandu flight takes 25 minutes or by drive is around 6-7 hours.

Day 08: Departure transfer.

Snow Leopard Trek representative will pick you from the hotel to leave you at international airport for the departure.

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