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Siklis Trek – 12 Days

The Siklis trek has always been one of the most requested and loved trekking areas among Yatra Himalaya clients, as it is one of the most picturesque treks for village life and the natural beauty of Nepal. The charming villages, intriguing patterns of terraced fields, rhododendron forest and high alpine meadows nestled below the towering mountains of Annapurna II (7937m) and IV (7525m) are some of the key features of this trek. Part of this trek is also known as the Royal Trek because Prince Charles trekked through the area in 1980. At that time he visited the villages from where many Gurkhas are recruited as part of an effort to develop this area into a model eco-trekking route. The whole area lies in the shadow of the Annapurna Conservation Area below Annapurna II and IV and Lamjung Himal.

The trekking here is short but spectacular through Gurung villages, rice terraces, cornfields and dense forest, making it one of the best alternatives for a short trek in the Annapurna region. The trail cuts over a ridge clad in lush green forest, with enchanting glimpses of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), Annapurna IV, and later, from Siklis, Lamjung’s great south faces.

This is a wonderful camping trek that begins from Pokhara, reached either by flight or bus from Kathmandu. Generally we camp near Begnas Tal lake and the next day we begin our trek north to Baral along the Madi Khola. Subsequently we walk to Chymarang and later arrive in the well-preserved Gurung village of Siklis (1980m). Along the way we have magnificent views of the Himalaya, as we pass quaint farms and enjoy the shade of scattered forests filled with various kinds of birds. We make a side trip from Siklis to get a panoramic view of Lamjung at close range. Afterwards we head to Hoga and then to Chipli, Burijung Khola, Bharaburi and on to Chisopani. Eventually our trek takes us back to Pokhara and we return to Kathmandu, either by flight or bus.

Day 1 :

<p>Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Transfer at hotel</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 02: Depart Kathmandu by bus/air for Pokhara (6 to 8 hrs depending on road conditions) by air 25 minutes. Camp near Begnas Tal (Lake)</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 03: Begin trek from Begnas Tal to Baral: From the lake at about 3,000 ft/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) which has its heads waters at the base of the Annapurna Glacier</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 04: Baral to Chyamarang: An easy day's walk, ascending to 4,000ft/1,212m as we follow the valley of the Modi. The Annapurna summits come into view above the foothill ridge tops. We pass villages, farms and scattered forests.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 05: Chyamarang to Siklis: We gain another 1,000ft/303m, crossing the Modi Khola and then climbing, steeply at times, to the hillside village of Siklis.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 06: Siklis to Hoga: The ascent takes about seven hours, the views becoming constantly more spectacular. Hoga is still under 10,000ft/3,030m, but the Annapurnas and Lamjung Himal (22,744ft/6,892m) are right in front of us.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 07: Layover day at Hoga: This can be a rest day or an opportunity for an ambitious day hike to the foot of the Annapurna IV Glacier (2 or 3 hrs. from camp). The trail is steep and difficult at times, but well worth the effort. The altitude at the view point is about 11,000ft/3,333m, so there should be no worry about mountain sickness. Return to camp at Hoga.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>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 5,000ft/1,515m.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 09: Chipli to Burijung Khola: A long day of steady climbing to a ridge top at about 9,000ft/2,727m and 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.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 10: Burijung Khola to Bharaburi: This involves a steep ascent from low farm lands to rhododendron forests. We have good views of Machhapuchhare (22,942ft/6,952m from our camp at 6,000ft/1,818m.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 11: Layover day at Bharaburi: Another chance to rest and relax or climb a ridge for better views of the Himalayan crest.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>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").</p><p></p><p>Note:The walk is about 5 hours.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>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.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 14: Fly from Pokhara : Transfer to hotel</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 15: Visit in Kathmandu</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Day 16: Depart</p>

Cost Includes

  • Transportation as per mentioned in the program traveling by local bus/tourist bus or private reserve bus, the functioning of the importance of group size Pokhara to Kathmandu by flight
  • Complete full board trekking in lodge to lodge (Tea House) (except the beverage
  • An English-speaking guide and necessary helper guides (Sherpas) (French speaking guide for necessary)
  • One porter for 2 persons
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project permit (ACAP), TIMS card
  • One night hotel in Pokhara
  • Nepali staff insurance

Cost Excludes

  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
  • Any expenses caused by reason beyond our control such as roadblock due to natural climates and accidents and unforeseen events. Etc…
  • Personal insurance (medical / repatriation of the participants)
  • Personal trekking equipment (sleeping bags etc)
  • Airport Tax and tips for trekking staff.
  • Drinking water, alcohol, hot shower for during a trekking
  • Visa fee

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Siklis Trek – 12 Days