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Siklis Trekking

Siklis Trekking

Group size: 

Minimum 2 pax

Max-Altitude: 

3800

Trip Grade:
 
Moderate

You are likely to walk for 6-7 hours each day over steep hilly terrain on usually rough trails but no real extremes of weather. Moderate trails entail reaching up to 5500 m with daily ascends of around 400-700 m. You will also be facing high altitude air with a low level of oxygen on some days and are therefore required to have a positive attitude and be physically fit. Previous hiking or camping experience is preferable.

Destination: 

Nepal

Best Season: 

Feb to Jun & Sep to Dec

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu,Pokhara and Trek House during the Trek

Overview

Siklis Trekking in the Annapurna region is one of the popular and moderately easy treks located at the northeast of Pokhara at an altitude of 2000 meters. Trekking to this Siklis region is one of the untouched beautiful natural environment with beautiful villages and traditional cultures of Nepal. Hardly few visitors had visited this place although it is quite popular nowadays.

In 1980, Prince Charles of England visited this 2nd largest Gurung (Gurkhas) community to develop this place into an ideal eco - trekking route. So this place – Siklis is also known as the Royal Trekwhich is snuggled down below the lofty mountain Annapurna II (7937 m) and Annapurna IV (7525 m).

Siklis trekking offers you the most magnificent views of Mount Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Hiunchuli (6336 m), Machapuchre (Fishtail – 6999 m), Lamjung Himal (6986 m), Annapurna II (7939 m) andAnnapurna IV (7525 m) and many other peaks in one complete package. Abundant flora – thick rhododendron forests, orchid’s, pine, juniper, oak, etc. and fauna with different species of birds chirruping can be detected throughout your trail. You will be observing the local handicrafts made by the local people residing here. You will also be viewing two best lakes - Rupa Tal (lake) - one of the 3rd biggest lake in Nepal and the Begnas Tal (lake) - one of the 2nd largest lake after Phewa Tal(lake).

Trekking to Siklis starts from a scenic flight Pokhara or by a tourist vehicle on land which takes a maximum of 6 hours to reach. On the next day onwards we start trekking every day to finally reach fine conserved Siklis (1980 m) through the Gurung (Gurkha) villages.

On our trail, we can spot the entire views of the mountains mentioned above & we will pass through the pristine meadows with dense rhododendron. After exploring all the features in Siklis, we thenconsequently reach Pokhara. From Pokhara, we will return back to Kathmandu by flight or either by private tourist bus.

This trekking can be done in the months of February-June and September-November. The other remaining months are also good for trekking but due to the heavy rains - we might not be able to view the stunning scenery. GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) lets you customize the itinerary and also organizes this trek as according to your vacation schedule. If you want similar packages like this, you can simply browse the Annapurna Section of our website. To book this trip, simply contact or email us.

Itinerary

Day 1
Drive or Fly to Pokhara

We can reach Pokhara by two means of transportation. Driving by a bus or private vehicle which takes about six hours whereas the flight takes only 30 minutes. Both the drive and flight will provide you rich views of landscapes and mountains. Pokhara is a beautiful city, often known as the city of lakes. The mountains of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna massif are seen very near when the weather is clear. Phewa lake in the city is a beautiful and the most visited lake in the city. You will stay in a hotel in the lakeside overnight.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 2
Drive to Bijaypur, Trek to Kalikasthan

The starting point of trek lies at a 30-minute driving distance from Pokhara city. We will drive you to Bijaypur near an army camp. This is the place from where we will start the trek. We will walk along the bank of Bijaypur river, passing by the fields and the villages of Rakhigaon and Chautara. The destination for the first day’s trek will be Kalikasthan at 1370 meters altitude. We will reach there after walking for 5 hours from Bijaypur. Kalikasthan is a village primarily populated with Brahman and Chhetri communities. The views of Pokhara City, Begnas lake and the peaks all can be seen from this single point. We will be camping nearby for the overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Camp.

Day 3
Trek to Lamakhet

From Kalikasthan, the path is pretty easy and leveled. As we move along, we can see the fields in the slopes of the hills, known as terrace farming. Few villages with mixed communities will be crossed today. For some time, we will walk beside Mardi Khola (stream) and then come across the villages of Bhaise and Nawaldanda. Finally, after five hours of walk or so, we will reach Lamakhet. It is a small village at an altitude of 1680 meters where we can stay overnight in a lodge or camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge or Camp.

Day 4
Trek to Siklis

The path from Lamakhet is also easy and almost flat at the beginning. We will reach Khila Gaon by the afternoon. From there, the trail starts to ascend. It will take almost six hours to reach the ultimate highlight of this trip - Siklis village. It is a village at an altitude of 1980 meters with one of the largest and oldest Gurung communities. From here, one can enjoy the magnificent views of mountain peaks such as Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu. Overnight stay will be in a lodge or Camp.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge or Camp.

Day 5
Trek to Nyaulikharka

After Siklis, the path is ascending at the beginning. It goes through the forests of oak and rhododendron while you can walk and enjoy bird watching. After some time, the trail gets flat and easy. It takes five hours of walk to reach Nyauli Kharka at 2200 meters altitude. Nyauli means owl in the Nepali language. There are dense forest and a forest camp in this area. We will stay in a lodge or camp during the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge or Camp.

Day 6
Trek to Ghalegaun

We continue our journey through the forest. In the flowering season (Feb to April), the forest is covered with beautiful rhododendron flowers. We will climb for some time and descend to Ghale Gaon. It is located at an altitude of around 2000 meters in Lamjung district. It’s another village of Gurung and Magar communities known for its splendid beauty and the hospitality. A lodge will be available for the night stay. If not, we will stay in camp as usual.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.

Accommodation: Trekking Lodge or Camp.

Day 7
Trek to Hyamja

Walking down through the forest and villages, we will move forward to Hyamja. It will be the last day of trekking. It will take three hours to reach the trekking endpoint, Hyamja at 1070 meters altitude. As we move, we pass the villages of different communities such as Gurung, Thakali, Brahman, and Chhetri. From Hyamja, you will be transferred back to Pokhara city by a private vehicle. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara. 

Day 8
Drive to Kathmandu

On this day, you will return back to Kathmandu. On the way, you will be able to see beautiful landscapes. Most of the road runs along the banks of rivers Marsyangdi and Trishuli. It will take six to seven hours of drive to reach Kathmandu. The tour comes to the end.

Meals: Breakfast.

Accommodation: A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu.

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team (GHHT) arranges it’s best for comfortable and pleasant accommodation and also provides you nourished hygienic food. We will be staying at the standard hotel (rating of 2 – 3 Star) in Kathmandu whereas, in the remote areas, we will be staying at a tea house or a local lodge. We can also arrange luxurious rooms from 4 – 5 Star hotels in the cities with an additional charge but the remote mountainous regions have no such facilities.

Tea houses and local lodges in the remote region will have a usual bed with usual mattress and a pillow. Only a few of them have electricity but the rest rely on lanterns or candles lights. Booking of the room is done prior to the starting of the trek. If in case we are not able to book the room in advance, we can book it upon reaching there as these areas have ample of lodges and tea houses. If for some reason, we aren’t able to book a lodge/teahouse - we can easily set a camp which will be the most adventurous part of the trek itself.

Included in the Price

    • All the transportation between airport and hotel
    • A 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke Inn or similar) and A 3 Star Hotel in Pokhara
    • Standard lodges/tea houses during the trek
    • Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Pokhara
    • Welcome and farewell dinners
    • All accommodation and meals during the trek
    • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
    • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons
    • All necessary paperwork and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
    • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Price

    • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
    • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
    • Excess baggage charges
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
    • 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

Fixed Departures - 2018



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 March 14th YES
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 March 28th YES
 April 2nd YES
 April 9th YES
 April 15th YES
 April 22nd YES
 3rd May YES
 17th May YES
 20th May YES
 27th May YES
 14th June YES
 23rd June YES
 6th July YES
 28th July YES
 4th August YES
 17th August YES
 2nd September YES
 8th September YES
 12th September YES
 17th September YES
 22nd September YES
 28th September YES
 4th October YES
 9th October YES
 14th October YES
 19th October YES
 29th October YES
 6th November YES
 11th November YES
 18th November YES
 5th December YES
 16th December YES

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