Siklish Trek is a spectacular short trek and traverses a variety of terrain from low land villages and rice terraces up to 3000m. The combination of forest, traditional villages and superb mountain panoramas make this trek unforgettable. Rough and wild, this trek cuts through less travelled country south of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal massif. The Siklish village which is one of the largest Gurung village has been established by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project as a model trekking village and is an internal part of their eco route, situated at about 2000m in the shadow of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Above the village is Rishing Danda (2352m) from where a wonderful panoramic view of the peaks of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal can be seen. We can see lots of Rhododendron flowers, Orchids and many other flowers in the spring and also many birds including Vultures in this area.
Duration: 13 days
Maximum elevation: 2352m (Rishing Danda)
Best season: October to December – February to May
Trekking type: Tea house, camping, home stay.
*Walk through villages then climb through forests into the in front of Lamjung Himal.
*Magnificent views of Annapurna range and many other mountains.
*Visit most famous Gurung village Siklish.
*Experience different culture, Hindu and Buddhist and Nepali village life.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)
Our representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or She will brief you on the immediate arrangements and escort you to your hotel. The trip leader will hold a short briefing in the hotel regarding trek arrangements and general orientation to Kathmandu.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Today, we visit the most historical and Spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed in world heritage sites. We visit Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Bouddhanath, which is one of the largest Stupa in the world and the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara (823m / 30 min)
After breakfast, we transfer you to airport to board flight for Pokhara. It is 30 minutes very exiting flight. During the flight you will get opportunity to see many mountains. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport our guide will pick up you and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon our guide will take you around Lakeside and other popular places of Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive to Chaur (1 hr 30 min), trek to Gale Kharka (1600m / 4-5 hrs)
From Pokhara, we drive through centre of the Pokhara town, Lama Chaur, small villages and rice fields to Chaur. There is Annapurna conservation Area Project office before Chaur where we should show our permit and entry. We get very nice views of many snowy peaks, green rolling hills and beautiful villages during our drive. There are about 15-20 houses with some local shops in Chaur. Leaving Chaur, we walk through middle of the village and descend down Sardi khola. Beyond school, cross Sardi khola by small wooden bridge. After few minutes, we join with small main path and turned to the left side. We walk along the water channel to long suspension bridge. There are chirping many little birds and can see wild bee hives in the rocky cliff. Below the bridge, there is a small dam for irrigation. We climb up for a while, cross Sardi khola by very long steel suspension bridge. After this bridge, walk through rice fields for 10-15 minutes and then follow river bank. We cross Sardi khola by log bridges several times. There is a very nice green ground near by the river before start climb up to Gale Gaon. After about 40 minutes steep climb from this ground, we arrive in lower Gale Gaon. This is beautiful village, more than 75% people are belonging to the Tamang tribe in this village. Here are growing lots of sugar cane, vegetables, rice and millet. The local people are very polite and they like to enjoy with tourists. From the middle of the village, climb steep up again. About another 20-25 minutes later, we arrive in upper Gale Gaon. There is beautiful camping ground above the village (20-25 minutes) on the top of the small ridge line. We have wonderful views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna south, Hiuchuli and several villages from camp.
Day 5: Trek to Neuli Kharka (2100m / 5 hrs) or Parche)
Leaving Gale Kharka, we climb steeply up through dense forest. Although it is steep climb, we can enjoy very much. There are singing many different birds and can see lots of wild flowers along the way. In the spring the forest is very colorful, we can see lots of different Rhododendron flowers in this jungle. After little bit more than 1 hour walk from Gale Kharka camping ground, we arrive in small open place, there are some very old huts for water buffalo. We have nice view of Machhapuchhre from here. After about 1 and half hour walk from open place, we arrive at the end part of the steep climb and then walk along the ridge line for a while. There is a rest place (Chautara) on the top. From this rest place, we follow ridge for 5 minutes and descend down. There is a sign to go Neuli Kharka and Tara hill. Along the ridge line leads to Tara hill and right side down leads to Neuli Kharka. At the bottom there are also 2 different trails, we follow left (not straight down) hand side trail. The path is very clear and descends gradually through dense forest. This is the mixed forest of pine, Rhododendrons, Oak and others. Here are growing lots of bamboo groves. It is very easy 1 hr 20-30 min walk to Neuli Kharka from the ridge. Neuli Kharka is surrounded by thick forest. This is a meadow, here is a very simple hut with 2 rooms. One is for kitchen and another is for porters. It has huge compound around camping ground. There are not any hotels or lodge. The water is little far from camp.
Day 6: Trek to Parche (2050m / 3 and half – 4 hrs)
From Neuli Kharka, we gradually descend through dense forest. There are small ups and downs on the way. After 1 hr we arrive in small open meadow, here are some big boulders and grassy ground. From here the vegetation start to change and the trees are becoming small. About 1 hr 20-30 minute walk from open place, we reach in small hut and a rest place. Leaving this place, descend down to the little deep place and follow the lower path. This path joins directly to the camping ground. It has very nice and huge green ground at the top of Parche village. Here is football ground too. This ground is enough for many groups. Here are several kitchen rooms, water tap near by the kitchen and cultural show place. Here are comes many young women from Parche village to sell drinks and souvenir things. From here, we have very nice views of Lamjung Himal, Siklish and Tangting village. Parche village (1900m) is just 10–15 minutes down below the camp and Siklish is about 20-25 min walk from this ground.
Day 7: Rest day / hike to view point (Rishing Danda - 2352m / 2 hrs 30 min - 3 hrs)
After breakfast, we hike to the view point (Rishing Danda). We gradually ascend and then join with main path above Siklish village (2000m / 35-40 min). We can see many water buffalos around here in the huge slope green ground. From here, we steeply climb up and pass several memorial rest places and water taps and finally arrive in Rishing Danda, a view point. It is on the top of the ridge, here is a rest place in Rishing Danda. The Lamjung Himal (6983m), Annapurna-IV (7525m), II (7937m) is standing just in the front. There is also very old Tiger trap; it was used by local people to kill Tiger in the ancient time. After visit around and enjoy with Mountain views, we come back down to the camp for hot lunch. Or we can visit Siklish village and come back to camp for late lunch. In Siklish, there is main ACAP office of this area. Siklish is much bigger than Parche village. In the afternoon, we enjoy visiting around and play in the ground. In the evening, we can see cultural program of Gurung people. They perform their dance with traditional dress. Many young women, men and children come together for this program.
Day 8: Trek to Sabi (950m / 5 – 6 hrs)
From Parche camp, we descend down to the village and walk through middle of the village. After village, the path steeply descends down to the bottom, valley floor. The village has connected with a small new road but we don't follow it. There are more than 3000 stone steps, several nice rest places and water taps on the way. It is very nice views of many villages, rice terraces, rolling green hills and Modi khola valley. There is one long suspension bridge and small market at the bottom. This place is called Siklish Phedi or Maitali. We gradually descend down to the Modi river bank and then follow it for 20-25 minutes and arrive in Sonda. There are several shops, local hotels and a beautiful rest place under Pipal tree. Few min later, we cross small stream by suspension bridge, continue towards Modi khola bank again. We walk along the valley floor and follow the river. In several places, we get little higher from the river. There are lots of honey bees in the cliff before Sabi. We can see it from very close. From here it is very easy and short walk to the camping ground of Sabi. We cross small stream by very old bridge in Sabi. Sabi is small nice place. Here are some local hotels, camping ground and ACAP office. Here is a small rough road. From here we can see Lamjung Himal clearly.
Day 9: Trek to Kalikasthan / Thulokot (6 hrs)
Leaving Sabi, we walk along the small rough road. About 25 min later, we arrive in Lamakhet. Here are some local tea shops and daily bus service to Pokhara. We can see beautiful views of Lamajung Himal, Annapurna IV and II from here. The direct old path to Chitre is damaged and washed away by the river, so we follow the road for 30-40 minutes and then descend down to Chitre. We walk through rice field and the forest for 25-30 min and arrive in Chitre. There is very nice rest place under Pipal and Banyan tree in Chitre. From here, it is very easy walk along the rough road and through beautiful villages. Here are growing lots of rice and fruits including coffee plants in this area. About 1 hr later, we reach in Bhaise, here are some shops and local tea shops. This place is famous for Orange. This village has connected by small rough road and has daily bus service from Pokhara. After 10 min we steeply climb through beautiful forest of Oak and Rhododendron to Kafle Danda. We can see many nice Orchids, birds and hear very good sounds of these birds. The road is goes up by making long switch backs. It offers good views of mountains and many green rolling hills. From here, we leave the road and gently climb through the ridge line. We pass several beautiful villages and arrive in Thulokot. Thulokot is the best place of this trekking route. It is on the top of the ridge. From here, we can see all Annapurna ranges, top of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu range and whole Pokhara valley. We can see also very nice Sun rise and set view from here. Here is nice green ground with kitchen room for camping but water is very far. There are also home stay available but very simple.
Day 10: Drive to Pokhara (20 min walk / 1 hr 30 min drive)
From Thulokot, we descend down to Kalikasthan market and drive to Pokhara. Here is black topped road to Pokhara. We will drive through beautiful villages to Pokhara. In the afternoon we relax or visit around the market.
Day 11: Sightseeing around Pokhara
Today, we drive to Sarangkot early in the morning to see Sun rise view. It is about 40-50 minutes drive. This is the best view point to see all Annapurna range, tip of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and can see whole Pokhara valley and Fewa Lake. We come back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast we visit World peace Stupa. We can drive near Stupa when we go up. It is very nice views of Annapurna range, Manaslu, Pokhara valley and several green rolling hills also from here. After visit this place we walk through Ranivan forest along the ridge line. It is very nice and enjoyable walk. We can see many birds and flowers in this forest. It will take about 1 hr to come down. We arrive in Dam side and walk down to Davi’s fall, Tibetan refugee camp and Siddha cave. After then we back to lake side for lunch and visit International Museum and lake side area in the afternoon.
Day 12: Fly back to Kathmandu
We fly back to Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel. In the afternoon we visit around Thamel market for shopping and have farewell dinner at traditional Nepali restaurant with pure Nepali cultural program.
Day 13: Departure from Nepal
We will transfer you in international airport for your international flight.