Siklis villages lies south of the foothills of Annapurna. In this trek, we follow quieter forest trails, indulging with flora and fauna and Rhododendrons tree in Spring. Our roughly circular route also takes us among farms and villages of the Gurung community of Nepal, who practice an intriguing shamanistic religion and are quite unused of seeing foreigners. Climbing to the ridges of open pasture, we enjoy uninterrupted views of 7939m Annapurna II and 7525 Annapurna IV, as well as the fish-tail peak of Machhapuchhare, considered one of Nepal’s most beautiful mountains.
At the end of the trek, we spend a day in the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara, before getting back to Kathmandu, where you will have further day to shop and explore.
“Ramdung can offer you plenty of suggestions, if you wish to stay more days in Nepal. We arrange day tours inside historic city of Kathmandu valley, the mountain hill stations Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, rafting and jungle safari packages, helicopter and mountain flights tour etc.”
- All Airport – Hotel – Airport transfers (Pick up and drops)
- Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by Tour guide, entrance fee included
- 2 nights standard hotel in Kathmandu, b/b plan
- 3 nights standard hotel in Pokhara, b/b plan
- Siklis trekking permit, TIMS (Security card) & government taxes.
- Camping arrangement
- Food : 3 meals a day during the trekking day, tea and coffee
- Twin sharing accommodation in tea house/lodge
- One English speaking experienced Nepali guide
- 2 clients : 1 porter for carrying loads
- Nepali staffs wages, daily allowances and insurance
- Farewell dinner
- Rescue evacuation co-ordination (covered by your travel insurance)
- All transportation as per the itinerary
- International air ticket and airport taxes
- Lunch and dinner while stay in Kathmandu
- Nepal entry visa fee (40 USD for 30 days)
- Personal Trekking Equipment for trek
- Sleeping Bag Rental $12 and Down Jacket $12 if needed.
- All expenses of personal nature like: bar and beverages bills, telephone calls etc
- Personal Travel insurance
- Staffs tips
- All not mentioned in cost includes
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal! Ramdung Expedition representative will meet you at the airport and bring you to your hotel in Kathmandu. You can take a rest or if you are arriving earlier, can visit around the city.
In the evening we will hold a briefing session regarding your trip and get to know your Nepali trekking companion. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have. O/N Hotel.
Day 02 - Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Trekking staff will come to your Hotel early in the morning at 6:30 am to pick you up and then the bus leaves around 7.30 am to Pokhara. O/N Hotel (B)
Day 03 - Drive to Mardi Pul and Trek passing Ghachok, Camp near river side
It is then a short drive to the start of the trek at Mardi Pul. We meet with the the team and porters and set off to the village of Ghachok where we will have a leisurely lunch. Afterwards, we head towards Diphrang Bridge and cross the Seti Khola to camp on the east side of the river. There are hot springs here where you can bathe should you wish. There is also an abundance of bird and plant life in the valley and we should be there in time to have the chance to explore. O/N Camping (BLD)
Day 04 - Trek to Galegaon
Today we trek south along the banks of the Seti Khola, taking in the beautiful scenery. After lunch we head up towards the ridge that separates the Madi and Seti Khola rivers and camp at the village of Ghalegaon. From here we have magnificent views of the Annapurna mountain range, including the fish-tail peak of Machhapuchhare. O/N Camping (BLD)
Day 05 - Trek to Siklis.
Sunrise can be particularly memorable from the campsite, so be sure to be up early to catch the pink glow on the summit of Machhapuchhare. This is a tough day, starting with a climb up to the forested ridge where we will find a suitable lunch spot, somewhere in the region of Nyalulak Kharka. From here we follow the ridge through the rhododendrons, which bloom in spring, lending a wonderful splash of colour to the landscape, finally descending steeply through meadows to make camp just above the village of Siklis. Like many villages in the region, the inhabitants of Siklis are Gurungs, a people of distant Tibeto-Burman origin who live from sheep herding and cultivation of crops of millet, wheat, rice and maize. Many ex- Gurkhas live in the village and enjoy meeting trekkers. From the village there are excellent sunrise and sunset views of Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna IV (7525m) and Lamjung.
O/N Camping (BLD)
Day 06 - Trek to Gyamrang
Today we head down towards the Modi Khola, passing through terraces of millet and paddy, to lunch by the banks of the river. After our rest we make our way along the river for a couple of hours and cross the permanent bridge to head up through light forest to our camp at Gyamrang (1300m). Here we pitch our tents by the school, which Community Action Nepal is supporting. In the evening the local women's group may entertain us with singing and dancing. O/N Camping (BLD)
Day 07 - Trek to Bhagowatitar.
Leaving the village we start a gradual ascent towards the ridge top town of Yanjakot whose Gurung inhabitants have served with the Gurkhas. After the town we head towards our lunch stop at the village of Gairakharka. This is not a well-travelled route and the people we may encounter in the numerous villages scattered on the valley slopes above the river are unusually friendly. This is rural Nepal at its best and most industrious. After lunch we begin a grueling 500m descent down stone steps to the Modi Khola and our campsite which is located over the robust suspension bridge at Bhagowatitar (700m). O/N Camping (BLD)
Day 08 - Trek to Begnas Tal, drive to Pokhara.
Our final day trekking, we ascend gently to our last real viewpoint of the mountains. From here we descend many hundreds of stone steps, winding our way through paddy fields and villages to Khanaswaanra, and views of the beautiful lake Begnas Tal. It is now only a short and pleasant walk down to the lake where we must say goodbye to our porters. It is a short drive to Pokhara where we check in to the hotel and enjoy a long-awaited shower. O/N Camping (BLD)
Day 09 - Free day in Pokhara
Sightseeing tour around Pokhara valley, which covers Fewa Lake, Devi’s water fall, Museum, Tibetan refugee settlement, Gupteshower cave and many more places as per the choice. O/N Hotel (BLD)
Day 10 – Drive Pokhara to Kathamndu
It takes 7hrs long drive along Trisuli river and various settlements to get back to Kathmandu.
You can spend time resting/buying souvenirs back to home. In the evening, we will host farewell dinner in traditional restaurant with cultural dance performances in celebration of your amazing trip. O/N Hotel (BD)
You have option to extend your trip continuing onto Bandipur, Chitwan Jungle Safari, River Rafting Adventure or Scenic Everest Flight. Notify us in advance !!!
Day 11 - Trip ends. Farewell and departure
The journey in the mountains of Nepal comes to an end today ! At last approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight, a representative from Ramdung Expedition will drop you to the airport. (B)
Normally, we use following 3 star standard hotels in Kathmandu depending on availability in our trekking package.
Hotel Manang. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.hotelmanang.com
Hotel Utse. Located in touristic hub, Thamel. www.utsehotel.com
Hotel Manaslu. Located in Lazimpat near to Thamel area. www.hotelmanaslu.com
while on trek, the lodges are fairly basic but perfectly adequate for the mountain type service. Two people will be accommodated in each room mostly in twin beds with foam mattresses. If you prefer private accommodation, you can choose “single supplement” option. It is important to consider that some places in the trek do not have sufficient lodges and rooms; in this case you’ll have to share room. Some lodges now have showers (charged at $3-$5).
it is mandatory to have travel insurance for the trekking and please submit us photocopy before departure to mountain. Standard policies often only cover medical evacuation to 4000m so make sure it covers up to 6000m.
You are expect to trek about 5-7 hours covering distance of 10-15 kilometer daily depending on trial conditions and state of the weather. You’ll be traveling through wilderness, remote countryside and high elevations. Trekking with a guide is not only safer but also for more enjoyable experience. Our guides and porters are expert in Himalayan treks and have more than one decades of experience in average.
It is recommended that you prepare for trek with suitable training such as climbing hills/stairs, jogging, exercise and gym to improve your stamina few months prior to trek. The trek will be more enjoyable if you are fit.
MEALS AND DRINKS
There are plenty of excellent restaurants to serve food and drinks in Kathmandu such as Rum doodles, Fire & ice, La Dolce Vita, Ktoo Steak House, Everest Steak, New Orleans, Gaia etc. Breakfast is provided at your hotel every morning. It will cost $ 3-7 per meal depending on meals item chosen and restaurant.
While on trek, the lodges or teahouse provide good quality food in sufficient quantities. Meals whilst on trek are included in the package which is breakfast, lunch, dinner and hot drinks. You can choose your meal from hotel menus. Meals in lodges are varied ranging from traditional Nepalese daal bhaat to pizza, apple pie, steak, pasta and so on.
It is safer to drink bottled, boiled and filtered water. A reasonable variety of both hard and soft drinks are available in cities and while on trek. You can purify your own water if you carry a canteen or water bottle and iodine drops or tablets.
Spring starts from March until May where temperature fluctuated between 20°c to 30°c. From June to August is summer season which is also time of monsoon with occasional thunderstorms and hot temperatures. From late September to end November is autumn and is best for trekking activities. Winter is from late November to February.
The trek will have a wide range of temperatures depending on the elevation and time of the particular day. In the mountains between 1000m-3500m, the night generally will be cool around 5°C and during the day temperatures every so often rise to 20°c. At the higher altitudes, temperatures range from 15° to -15°c.
Tips is not mandatory but generally after hard work something extra is expected. We recommend a tip for guide and porter as at least $70 (more will be appreciated).
CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT LIST
The following are what we recommend to bring as clothing and equipment needed for the trek. Trekking gear can be rented or purchased in Kathmandu at cheaper price; we can assist you with necessary arrangement. Except for your day pack, your luggage will be carried by porters. You’ll have strong and hospitable porter for two people. The weight limit for trek is 10-13kg per person. One porter can carry 20-25kg weight. Before the trek, you can store all your excess baggage in Kathmandu at hotel or at our office and take only which is required for the trek.
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
Sun Hat or scarf
Cotton tees or thermals
Gloves for hand
Lightweight cotton pants (long)
Thin inner socks
Thick, warm wool hiking socks
Comfortable Trekking boots
Sleeping bag rated to -20
Trekking bag or duffel bag
Large plastic bags (keeping items dry inside trek bag)
Trekking poles (recommended, optional)
Lonely Planet Nepal: A guide book of Nepal.
Annapurna: A book by Reinhold Messner about his expedition experience in the dead zone of Annapurna.
Trekking in Nepal: Written by Stephen Bezruchka is an nice book for all treks with and bibliography of additional books.
Trekking and climbing in Nepal: Written by Steve Razzetti, this book gives comprehensive knowledge of major trekking trails and climbing peaks.
Nepal Handbook: By Kerry Morgan. Recommended specially for Kathmandu Valley sightseeing’s.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya: By Stan Armungton. This book has detailed trek descriptions including restricted areas of Mustang, Manaslu, Dolpo and kailash.
Into Thin Air: By Jon Krakaur. A personal account of the Mount Everest disaster.
Travelers Tales: Edited by Rajendra Khadka, Traveler’s Tales, and San Francisco.
Mustang: A lost kingdom by Michel Peissel.