Difficulty : Comfort
Reference Code: SIKTNP
Trip Start: Kathmandu
Trek Start: Lamachaur
Trek Days: 7 Days
Maximum Altitude: 1980m.
Season: Spring and Autumn
Service: Full board
Trip End: Kathmandu
Trek End: Begnastal
Trip Durations: 13 days
Physical Rating: Comfort
Group Size: 2-16
In Sikles camping trek, we venture into rarely visited valley's deep within the Annapurna range. Traditional Gurung villages away from the tourist trail offer a cultural experience that is all often missed on the more popular trails. Walking through untouched primary forest is a rare joy anyway, but in the foothills of Nepal it is exhilarating. The trail follows the high alpine summer grazing route the shepherds use to herd their flocks above the tree-lines. The views from the ridges of the endless blue foothills as they roll southwards is unsurpassed anywhere in the nation. This new trek offers a truly captivating village experience where we get to see the real rural Nepal. We camp at unique sites, eat the local dishes and witness daily life unfold around us. We also get to see a side of the Himalayas rarely seen.
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu 1350m.
Namaste! And welcome to Kathmandu, the colourful capital of Nepal where ornately carved balconies mingle with beautiful shrines and temples. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting on arrival at the exit gate of Kathmandu airport. Our staff will welcome you and pick you to your accommodated hotel. Please seek our company palmplate to find our staff at the main exit gate of the airport. Rest of the day you can relax at the hotel or short evening walk around local market on your own as per your wish.
Day 02 Rest and preparation day
A well deserved rest day at cosy of hotel after a long tiring flight. This day, one can move around nearby local market to purchase or hire trekking equipment that is necessary for the trekking like sleeping bags, walking sticks etc, exchange currency as requirement or simply walk around in the local market or Kathmandu Durbar squire nearby with small entrance fee as per your preference on your own. Evening at the hotel lobby there will be pre-trip briefing in which you will be introduced with your trekking guide and explained about your trip in short, instruction for safety etc.
Day 03 Drive to Pokhara 820m.
Leaving Kathmandu behind early this morning, journey to the enchanting Nepalese town of Pokhara by private vehicle (approximately 7 hours). Pokhara enjoys a delightful setting on a lake beneath the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna range, making it an excellent place to relax and contemplate what lies ahead. Pokhara is part of a once vibrant trade route extending between India and Tibet. This is the land of Magars and Gurungs – hardworking farmers and valorous warriors who have earned world-wide fame as Gurkha soldiers. The Thakalis, another important ethnic group here, are known for their entrepreneurship. This afternoon you’ll have your trek briefing and preparation, but depending on your arrival time, there may be time to hire a small boat for a quick paddle on the lake. There are also plenty of cafes where you can put your feet up and enjoy international cuisine, while the main street is full of shops and stalls selling a wide range of Nepali and Tibetan souvenirs. If you need to hire some extra trekking gear, then there are numerous shops available offering everything you could possibly need.
Day 04 Drive to Lamachaur and Trek to Ghalche
Today, our trek begins. Initially, we will drive to Bijayapur from Pokhara, which is thirty minutes drive. From Bijaypur we begin our trek. We cross past beautiful flat rice fields and then ascend to Chautara via Rakhigaon. Beyond Chautara our uphill climb continues to a Village dominated by Brahmins (one of the major castes of Nepal). The trail beyond the village finally connects us to Kalikasthan. The view of Pokhara from the Village is fascinating and the mountain views to the north are equally enchanting.
Day 05 Trek to Ghale Gaon
After the breakfast, we slide down towards Ghale Gaon. One of Nepal's most popular mid-hill destinations for homestay tourism, Ghale Gaon is a wonderful village. En-route to Ghale Gaon we traverse through pleasant rhododendron forest savoring the exceptional views of Boudha Himal, Himalchuli, Manaslu in the east, Mt. Fishtail in the west and Lamjung Himal and Annapurna in the north. On our arrival at Ghale Gaon, we enjoy the hospitality of the host family that belongs to the great Gurkha Warriors, the Gurungs.
Day 06 Trek to Sikles 1980m.
The trail stretches at a flat level along the river bank until you reach Khilan Gaon (village). After this, you follow a path that is gently uphill for some distance and then gradually goes steeply up for some hours. En route, you pass Parju village. The trail again climbs until Siklis village. This is one of the oldest and largest Gurung villages found here. Most of the people here serve in the Indian and British Army.
Day 07 Exploration day
Today the entire day we explore around the lovely village. We can see lots of activities that are unique for any western trekkers in Sikles. The traditional Gurung lifestyles, the making of handicrafts in a traditional way, the cloth weaving procedure in the traditional way and the flour mills driven by water current following old traditional systems will fascinate you. Besides, you can also explore the flanking rhododendron forest in Sikles.
Day 09 Trek to Kalikasthan 900m.
After breakfast today, we cross past beautiful flat rice fields and then ascend to Chautara via Rakhigaon. Beyond Chautara our uphill climb continues to a village dominated by Brahmins (one of the major castes of Nepal). The trail beyond the village finally connects us to Kalikasthan. The view of Pokhara from the Village is fascinating and the mountain views to the north are equally enchanting.
Day 10 Trek to Begnastal 650m. and drive to Pokhara 820m.
Today begins with a steep descent to Rudi Stream, which we cross and then follow for about half an hour. As we climb again we are duly rewarded by further views of the Annapurna and Manaslu Ranges. The sights here are truly heartwarming. You go on overdrive with your camera for some of the best pictures ever on our cruise back to Pokhara.
Day 11 Early morning drive to Kathmandu 1350m.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling, and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach the famous Manakamana Temple (a temple where people go to make special wishes which they hope will be granted by the deity). En route, you can enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people happily engaged in their daily life chores. From Naubishe, you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu.
Day 12 Rest and final shopping day
Weather permitting we take a short early morning flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu on day. We'll return to the hotel and have free time during the afternoon for further sightseeing or shopping. Shop in some of Kathmandu's many markets for clothing, embroidery, carpets or ceramics. If shopping is not your thing, take a trip over the Bagmati River to the adjacent city of Patan, with its abundance of temples and monasteries.
Day 13 Final departure
A.We say 'Namaste' for memories that will last a lifetime. There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the hotel at any time. Check out time from the hotel is at 12 noon. If you are departing later, you can arrange luggage storage at the hotel. For your final departure, our staff will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport approximately 3 hours prior to your international flight time.
All ground transportation as per itinerary
4 night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu with B/B plan.
1 night hotel accommodation in Pokhara with B/B plan.
½ day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley with English Speaking Cultural guide
Domestic flight from PKH-KTM with airport tax (Optional)
TIMs (Trekking Information Management system) card
Annapurna Conservation Area Entry Fee
Food for the members on camping basis
All camping equipment and camping charges
Medical supplies(First aid Kit will be available)
All required Nepalese staffs (salary, food, clothing, accommodation)
All Nepalese staffs insurance as per Nepalese government rules
Company service charge, VAT and government taxes etc.
International flight with airport tax.
Nepalese Entry Visa fee
Food during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
All personal equipment and personal expenses
Photography Charges, Monument charges and Monument entry fees
Personal Medical and travel insurance(must cover helicopter rescue evacuation cost)
Telephone and internet charges
Alcoholic beverage, bottled drinks and cold drinks during the trip
Rescue evacuation charges if required
Staff and porters Tips...
Clothing and Equipments List
» Pack to pack out - bring enough waterproof bags to carry all non-biodegradable rubbish back down the mountain.
» Remove all unnecessary packaging before leaving home.
» Bring enough warm dry clothes so that you can wrap up rather than burn firewood in the evenings.
» If you are going to trek higher than 5000m or you know it will be cold, buy an aluminum water bottle which can also be used as a hot water bottle at night.
» The easiest way to keep hydrated while trekking is to buy a 1 x liter platypus-drinking bladder to carry in your day pack.
» Make sure to buy proper trekking socks. Don’t buy synthetic socks as these promote sweating and can give you blisters. Always carry a few blister pads in your first aid kit and keep them handy in your day pack.
» Walking poles are very useful while trekking and helpful when descending.
» Please remember that waste disposal and recycling facilitates are limited in Nepal. When buying batteries make sure they are rechargeable and/or high quality so they last longer, and take them home to recycle.
There is no definitive list. What you bring will vary according to the area, time of year and the length of your trek. Below is a suggested check list which you should adapt to your own needs. Ask yourself: Will there be snow/how long /high is the trek/are we camping?
» Good quality trekking boots with ankle support
» Lightweight shell/raincoat with hood
» Detachable fleece liner or separate fleece
» Fleece trousers
» Shorts and / or convertibles trousers- quick drying
» Sun hat and warm hat(good quality)
» Spare T-shirt x 3
» Sweat towel x 2
» Spare socks x 3 ( walking sock and thin inner sock)
» Small day sack
» Sun cream
» Small water bottle aluminum doubles as a hot water bottle.
» Iodine or water purifying kit,
» Soluble vitamin tablets to taste water or powder fruit drink
» Talcum powder
» Walking sticks or Trekking poles(good quality)
» Camp shoes/trainers/flip flops to wear in evening.
» Spare underwear 3
» Toilet kit
» Pen knife
» Bum bag
» Head torch(good quality)
» Biodegradable washing liquid / soap
» Ear plugs
» Sleeping bag liner(good quality)
» Sleeping bag(good quality-30)
» Bin bag/ gasbag to keep kit dry
» Small towel
» Lip balm
» Available in KTM
Personal First Aid (Aids Kit)
» Blister plasters
» AMS medication like Diamox
» Eye drops – it can get very dusty on trails
» Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen
» Rehydration sachets, Imodium and antibiotics for traveler’s diarrhea
» Sterile dressing
» Sticking plasters and tape
» Throat lozenges / sweets
» A sewing needle etc.
This trekking equipment list has been prepared by Adventure Zambuling Treks (P) Ltd.