Sikles Trek – 8 Days

Trip Facts

  • Duration 8 Days
  • Trip Difficulty easy
  • Max. Altitude 2450m
  • Start and End Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Best Time March - April and Oct - Dec
  • Accommodation Teahouse

Sikles, situated within the Annapurna region, stands as one of its most venerable villages. Perched on a quaint hilltop at 2,000 meters, this idyllic Gurung community overlooks the Mardi River. Notably, it attracted Prince Charles of England in 1980, drawn by its historic connection to the Gurkhas, many of whom are veterans of World War II and reside here. For those seeking a serene natural escape on a manageable trek, Sikles offers a perfect retreat.

The Sikles Trek, a path less trodden in the Annapurna circuit, is emerging as a favorite among trekkers. Its charm lies in the picturesque villages, cascading terraced fields, and vibrant rhododendron woods. Ideal for those who wish to delve into the stunning landscapes and rich culture near Pokhara, this trek is gaining traction.

Setting out on the Sikles trek unfolds a panorama of lush rhododendron forests, striking mountain vistas, and expansive landscapes. Ascending to 2,000 meters presents a spectacular view of the Annapurna and Lamjung Himal ranges.

This journey is not only a feast for the eyes but also an educational experience, offering insights into the area’s cultural fabric, traditions, and everyday life. With its highest point at 2,550 meters, the trek is accessible to beginners and poses minimal risk of altitude sickness, making it an excellent choice for novice trekkers.

What's included

  • Accommodation during the trek
  • All land transportation
  • A English speaking guide and porter (1 porter for every two trekkers)
  • All required permits including TIMS, and ACAP
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
  • Hotel in Pokhara (Breakfast includes)

What's not included

  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Travel insurance
  • All extra expenses (Beverages)
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • All other expenses not mentioned in the include section

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

    Begin with a 7-hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas, verdant hills, and dramatic river valleys along the way. Upon arrival, prepare for the upcoming trek with a detailed briefing, last-minute shopping, and packing. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 2: Pokhara to Tangting (1,650m/5,515ft)

    Start with a 1-hour picturesque drive to Chasu from Pokhara. From Chasu, cross a suspension bridge over the Modi River and pass through charming villages with breathtaking views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and the Modi Valley. The trail initially follows a wide off-road path, then ascends steeply via a stone staircase to the Gurung village of Tangting. Spend the evening exploring this captivating village and enjoy overnight stay in a basic teahouse or homestay.

  • Day 3: Trek to Sikles

    Descend to the river and enjoy a packed lunch. From there, ascend another hill, tackling a long flight of stone steps. The path winds through lush terraced fields leading to Sikles. This Gurung village offers spectacular views of Annapurna IV, Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal. Overnight in a teahouse.

  • Day 4: Exploration Day in Sikles (2,350m/7,710ft)

    Spend a day exploring Sikles, starting with an optional hike to Rishi Danda for closer views of the Annapurnas. Wander through the village’s steep stone streets, meet locals, and visit the local Eco Museum. Overnight in the same teahouse.

  • Day 5: Sikles to Tara Hill Top (2,800m/9,185ft)

    Enjoy a leisurely morning before departing Sikles after an early lunch. Ascend through forests to Tara Hill Top. Camp overnight at this serene location with no facilities, trading comfort for a spectacular natural setting and sunrise views of the mountains the next morning.

  • Day 6: Tara Hill Top to Ghalekharka/Khadarjung (1,669m/5,475ft)

    After witnessing a sunrise over the mountains, start the descent mostly through thick forests to either Ghalekharka or Khadarjung. Overnight in a basic teahouse or homestay.

  • Day 7: Ghalekharka/Khadarjung to Pokhara

    Enjoy a relaxed morning with a short 2-hour walk to the road head, followed by a 1.5-hour drive back to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.

  • Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu

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