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Starts from: Pokhara

Ending: Pokhara

Duration: 16 days

Best season: Spring and autumn.

Sikles Trekking is a new and innovative trek that breaks away from the norm. For this camping trek we venture into rarely visited valleys deep within the Annapurna range. Sikles Trekking leads the wilderness exploration away from traditional Gurung villages. We pass through upper areas further from Pothana and will be walking through untouched primary forest.  It is a rare trek through the foothills of Nepal and it will be exhilarating. Besides the beautiful landscapes you will experience typical cultural villages.

Sikles trekking starts from Pokhara heading due north towards the holy mountain, Machapuchare. Our ridgeline route offers wonderful views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. Climbing though oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest we follow ancient trails to the Madi Khola valley and stay in the villages of Sikles, TangTing and Bhujung.

The trail follows the high alpine summer grazing route the shepherds use to herd their flocks above the treeline. The views from the ridges of the endless blue foothills are unsurpassed anywhere in the country. This new trek offers a truly captivating village experience where you will get to see the real rural Nepal. We camp at unique sites, eat the local dishes and witness daily life as it unfolds around us. We also get to see a side of the Himalayas rarely seen.

Trip Highlights:

Private city guided tour in Kathmandu – Explore Annapurna’s eco touristic destination, encounter different varied cultural regions in front of Himalayas – dramatic views of the snow capped Annapurna Himalayan panorama, Mt Manaslu, the Western Himalayan range’s giant Dhaulagiri. This trek is ideal for both camping and lodge trekking.  We will find beautiful eco lodges with foods and typical hill terraced cultural lifestyle.  This trek is deal for every age group.

Sikles Trekking Itinerary details

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer at hotel and welcome Dinner

Day 02: By Bus: Kathmandu to Pokhara (6 to 7 hrs depending on road conditions).By air: 25 minutes. Camp near Begnas Tal

Day 03: Begnas Tal to Baral:

From the lake at about 909m, the trail meanders along a low ridge with superb views. We pass several villages, some selling fish smoke over open fires. From the ridge, we descend to the Modi Khola river.  The Modi Khola has its headwaters at the base of the Annapurna Glacier.

Day 04: Baral to Chyamarang:

An easy day's walk, ascending to 1,212m as we follow the valley along the banks of the Modi. The Annapurna summits come into view as we clear the foothill’s ridge. We pass villages, farms and scattered forests.

Day 05: Chyamarang to Siklis:

We gain another 303m, crossing the Modi Khola and then climbing, steeply at times, to the hillside village of Siklis.

Day 06: Siklis to Hoga:

The ascent takes about seven hours, the views becoming more and more spectacular. Hoga is still less than3,030m but the Annapurnas and Lamjung Himal (6,892m) are right in front of us.

Day 07: Restday at Hoga:

This can be a rest day or an opportunity for an ambitious day hike to the foot of the Annapurna IV Glacier that lies 2 or 3 hrs from camp. The trail is steep and difficult at times, but well worth the effort. The altitude at the viewpoint is about 3,333m, so there should be no worry about mountain sickness. Return to camp at Hoga.

Day 08: Hoga to Chipli:

A long trekking day, first descending to Siklis. Leaving the gorge of the Modi Khola, we climb west about 5 hrs to Chipli. The walk is not too arduous as the altitude in Chipli is still about 1,515m.

Day 09: Chipli to Burijung Khola:

A long day of steady climbing to a ridge top at about 2,727m.  Then a long descent to the gorge of the Seti Khola. We will camp two hours short of Burijung Khola (midway down the ridge). Here, we have a spectacular panorama of Machhapuchhare Himal mountain.

Day 10: Burijung Khola to Bharaburi:

Todays trek involves a steep ascent from low farm lands to rhododendron forest. We have good views of Machhapuchhare (6,952m) from our camp at 1,818m.

Day 11: Restday at Bharaburi: Another chance to rest and relax or climb a ridge for better views of the Himalayan range.

Day 12: Bharaburi to Chisopani:

We backtrack down to the Seti Khola, by passing Burijung Khola and carry on along the banks of the river to Chisopani ("Coldwater").

Day 13: Chisopani to Pokhara :

A relatively easy six-hour day of level walking along the Seti to the lovely Pokhara valley. Transfer to hotel in Pokhara.

Day 14: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu: Transfer to hotel.

Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and other activities.

Day 16: Transfer to Airport for departure.

Trip Cost Includes

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • (standard) hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All accommodation and meals during the trek
  • A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and transport
  • Domestic flights and airport departure taxes
  • An experienced English-speaking trekking guide, assistant trek guide and porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter). This includes their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Rescue arrangement service
Trip Cost Does Not Include
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu/City
  • 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

Meals

Are standard and vary according to the availability and place.

Acclimatization

Our Sikles Trek itinerary is planned with an awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up too fast causes a medical condition serious enough to kill you. The higher the altitude the less oxygen is in air. For example, there is 50% less oxygen than of the sea level. Your body needs some days to adapt to this ‘less oxygen’ environment. So for a safe trek, it is absolutely essential to allow sufficient time for acclimatization. Sensible planning is therefore required to minimize the risk of AMS. We especially advise the guest(s) with known heart, lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorder are symptoms of AMS.

Leader(s) and Staff Arrangements

The most significant thing that makes your Sikles Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced and helpful trek leader and crew members.  Professional guides will lead your trip. All of our trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their experience appropriate to each individual trek. With an objective of sustaining local communities All Trekkers Team supplies only Nepalese staffs that have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of ATTm are also trained with and educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering (applies to expeditions)

The Trekking Group

For the Sikles Trek, there will be one guide, assistant guide and Sherpa porters for luggage carrying (2 trekkers:1 porter) This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group become sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Sikles Trek for group of any size, but generally have a maximum of twelve people, as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this.

Porter Care:

Though often overlooked, it is important to mention. The trekking and expedition companies in Nepal are built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make the journeys to these remote areas possible. So it's very sad for that there is a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We assure all our porters are to be well treated, well paid and we provide a decent level of shelter, clothing and footwear. Porters who become sick are to be treated with the same care, attention as other team members - to rescue porters from dangerous situations is our duty. And for the porter's sake we inform that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight to a maximum of 15kgs. If you need to have more weight than this additional porters can be hired.  Thus we support the working conditions of the porters

Health and Experience Required:

Walking in this high Mountain Region usually requires maximum 6-8 hours of walking every day.  Climbing in the high mountain is the challenging part of your adventure and will require long hours of walking. You should be prepared max 14 Km of walking or jogging exercise everyday 1 month before your Trek starts. And also a positive attitude and a strong determination are important.  Previous hiking/camping experience is good to have but technical experience is not required.

Travel Insurance:

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that you be protected with an insurance policy.  Should medial issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs) happen it is important to be prepared. Please mind that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

Packing list and equipments:

  • Clothing:
  1. Big backpack
  2. Smaller backpack for your personal stuff (If you are using a porter and for short sight seeing)
  3. Two pair of wool long socks
  4. Three pairs of light trekking socks
  5. Fast drying underwear
  6. One pair of shorts
  7. One pair of light trekking pants
  8. One pair of warm winter pants
  9. Two technical long/short sleeve shirts (dry fit, fast drying)
  10. One fleece sweater for trekking
  11. Winter jacket/Dawn jacket
  12. Rain coat
  13. Comfortable “walked in” trekking boots
  14. Flip flops (you gonna need them to rest your feet after trekking and for the bathrooms)
  15. One fleece sweater for cold mountain evenings
  16. Thermal underwear, top and bottom
  17. Cap
  18. Winter hat
  19. Scarf, Buff or skiing mask
  20. Gloves
  21. Sunglasses
  22. Fast drying towel
 
  • Toiletries – Besides the basic necessary tools you are taking with you everywhere (shampoo, tooth paste and brush, shower gel, cream), you should also bring:
  1. Wet wipes
  2. Sun cream
  3. Toilet paper
  4. Antibacterial hand gel (Detol)
  5. Nail clipper
  6. Lip balm
  7. Tropical anti mosquito spray
 
  • Medical kit:
  1. Pain killers
  2. Something for diarrhea
  3. Pills against cold
  4. Nose spray
  5. Altitude pills
  6. Plasters
  7. Anything about blisters (needle, compeed)
  8. Sore throat drops
  9. Cream for muscle pain
  10. Pills and other medicaments you usually use
  • Other necessary thing you must have:
  1. Water purifying tabs (above 3000m the bottle water is way too expensive)
  2. Water bottle – 1+L
  3. Head lamp (for early morning trekking and the power cuts)
  4. Strings for hanging clothes
  5. Lighter and candles
  6. Swiss knife (with all the additions)
  7. Pens or Pencils (for you and for give a way to local kids)
  8. Note book (You want to make notes of your adventure)
  9. Camera
  10. Snacks (Protein bars or biscuits for the time between meals on the trek)
  11. Batteries, power bag
  12. Phone (Emergency, internet, alarm, clock, music, photos …)
  13. Book (optional)
  14. Hooks (optional)
  15. Map
  16. Guide book