Siklis Trek has been specially designed to offer you the opportunity of exploring the famous Annapurna Region’s dramatic mountain views on a route that is not frequented by hordes of tourists. It is also a low-altitude trek that is suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit.
The village of Siklis lies in an eastern corner of the Annapurna Conservation Area and is home to the Gurung community; originally herders from western Tibet and now involved in agriculture; growing rice, corn and millet on irrigated terraces. The wealth of these prosperous and friendly people is partially a result of the employment of many of their men in the Gurkha regiments in India. Gurungs have their own language and are very musical. Although essentially Buddhist, some are now Hindu – but often observe all festivals.
Our Annapurna Siklis Trek route will take you through dense forests that host a wide variety of birds while the open ridges give close-up views of the Annapurna range; including such peaks as Lamjung Himal (6983m) to the east, Annapurna II (7937m), IV (7525m), the sacred peak of Machhapuchhare (6997m) and further west, Dhaulagiri (8167m).
Villages offer simple, clean accommodation and a warm welcome. Local food is tasty and freshly prepared with a variety of dishes on offer. A full day in Siklis allows for ample opportunity to explore the region and begin to get to know its friendly and hospital people.
The Siklis trekking in the Annapurna Region begins and ends in the lake city of Pokhara in central Nepal: which is reached from Kathmandu by either a 25m flight along the Himalayas or a 6-7 hrs “exhilarating” bus drive through scenic middle-hill forest and agricultural scenery. A short drive from Pokhara leads to the start of the trek.
While Spring (September, October) and Autumn (April, May) are the best trekking months, we offer this trek throughout the year. All you need is a good pair of boots, a day pack, warm clothing, sun screen and camera. Our Annapurna Siklis trek includes transport, accommodation, meals and drinking water with porters to carry your luggage.
- Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (9,10m/2,986ft): 5-6 hrs drive
- Day 04: Drive to Hemja Besi (Milanchowk) – Trek to Khairpani (1,530 m/5,100ft) :20 min. drive, 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 05: Khairpani – Ghale Kharka (2,713 m/9,000ft): 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 06: Ghale Kharka – Nyauli Kharka (1,650 m/5,424 ft): 5-6 hrs trek.
- Day 07: Nyauli Kharka – Siklis (1,980 m/6,600ft): 5 -6 hrs trek
- Day 08: Excursion day in Siklis.
- Day 09: Siklis – Lamakhet (1,450 m/4,800ft): 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 10: Lamakhet - Kalikasthan (1,090 m/3,600ft): 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 11: Kalikasthan – Begnas Lake and drive to Pokhara (910 m/2,986ft): 2hrs trek and one hour drive
- Day 12: Pokhara – Kathmandu 5-6 hrs drive
- Day 13: Final departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.