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Sikles Community Trek

  Annapurna Region , Nepal

Duration

16 Days

Tour Type

Trekking

Group Size

2+

Accomodation

Hotel/Home Stay

Meal

B.L.D

Max. Altitiude

1980 M

Best Season

Through Out The Year

Departure from

Kathmandu

Hightlight

  • Experience of home stay trekking in Nepal
  • Gurung and other ethnic cultures
  • Close up views of Annapurna II, IV, Lamjung Himal, Mt. Machhapuchhre from Sikles
  • Eco Museum of Sikles
  • Moderate type of trekking in Nepal
  • Suitable for family trek
  • The world’s lowest glacial lake, Kapuche Lake (2,546m)

Overview

Sikles Community Trek is a moderate type of trekking around the Annapurna Region. It is recommended for those having no experience of trekking in Nepal or anywhere else as well.

Sikles Trek Nepal is a perfect package that lets you explore the Gurung Culture of the Gandaki Province. This region is highly populated by the Gurung ethnic community. You can also find other ethnic communities like Magar, Chhetri, Bahun, and Dalit.

Sikles Community Trek begins after the Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing Tour. First of all, you explore 4 of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Nepal.

Pashupatinath Temple, the Monkey Temple, Patan Durbar Square, and Bouddhanath Stupa will be visited. These Nepal heritage sites are worth visiting due to their cultural and architectural beauties.

After Kathmandu Excursion, you either fly or drive to the Lake City Pokhara. Pokhara is also called the Tourism Capital of Nepal. You can visit the natural and cultural sites of the city.

If you are fond of trying adventure sports activity, you can do them as well. Bungee jump, paragliding, zip flying, hot air balloon in Pokhara are some of the major activities. Boating on the Phewa Lake and Begnas Lake also makes your Sikles Community Trek more than a trekking in Nepal.

Sikles Trek Nepal is also recommended for family trekking tour. Due to the beatable difficulty, even from a child to a senior citizen can do this trek.

While doing this trip, you children get to learn the local culture of Nepal. They can also experience home stay trekking in Nepal. The firsthand experience of Gurung culture and tradition gives your children a lifelong memory. So, Sikles Community Trek is a perfect trip for cultural exchange programs.

Kapuche Lake Sikles Trek is also favorable for school and college excursion. If you take your students around the Annapurna Region, they can study about the indigenous ethnic groups and their socio-cultural aspects as well. It is a perfect site for doing researches on indigenous culture of Nepal.

For nature lover, the ACAP provides an appropriate location. They can also study about animals, plants, birds, and butterflies of the ACAP.

While traversing along the easy and well defined trail of the Sikles Community Trek, you will enjoy glimpses of the snowcapped peaks. Some of the prominent peaks you see are Annapurna II (7,937m), Annapurna IV (7,525m), Lamjung Himal (6,983m), and Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993m).

Conversation with the ex-Gurkhas gives you a feeling of patriotism and bravery as well. Those ex-soldiers, who valiantly fought in the Great Wars and many more are respected as the Brave Gurkhas.

You can observe the traditional tools and techniques of the Gurung community in Eco Museum of Sikles Village. Similarly, you will explore Kapuche Lake (2,546m) is the lowest altitude glacial lake in the world.

Sikles Community Trek Itinerary

Sikles Community Trek itinerary is designed as per your vacation in Nepal and desire to explore the places. You can find 6 Days’ Sikles Trekking itinerary to 16 days from Kathmandu. Additionally, 3 Days Sikles Village Trek is also available to begin from the Lake City Pokhara.

Lamjung Himal Sikles Trekking package needs 16 days so that you can have enough time for acclimatization and exploration.

Likewise, 4 Days’ Sikles Community Kapuche Lake Trek itinerary is also available to let you explore the Kapuche Lake (2,546m/8,353ft).

We have designed 12 Days Sickles Community Trek Itinerary with Kathmandu City Tour and Pokhara excursion.

12 Days Sickles Community Trek Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350m/4,429ft)

Day 02: Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu & Trek Preparation

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft) -6 Hours

Day 04: Drive to Bhujung Khola (1,219m/2,953ft) and Trek to Ghale Kharka (1,370m/4,495ft) -6 Hours

Day 05: Trek to Sikles (1,980m/6,496ft) - 5 Hours

Day 06: Exploration of Sikles

Day 07: Trek to Tangting (1,685m) -4/5 Hours

Day 08: Trek to Yangjakot (1,200m/ -4 Hours

Day 09: Trek to Kalikasthan (1,080m/ and Drive to Pokhara (913m/ -6/7 Hours

Day 10: Pokhara Day Tour

Day 11: Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 12: Final Departure

Sikles Community Trek Route

Sikles Community Trek route begins from Bhujung Khola (1,219m). You either fly or drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Then, you take a private jeep or public bus up to Bhujung Khola.

Then route of Sikles Trek moves along Ghale Kharka to reach Sikles Village (1,980m). After spending a 2 nights and two day, you move towards Tangting; then Yangjakot or Hyangjakot. Finally, you trek to Kalikasthan (1,080m) and drive back to Pokhara.

In this way, Sikles Community Trek route takes you around the beautiful ethnic villages of the Annapurna Region. Annapurna Sikles Trek is a perfect blend of culture and nature of the Gandaki Province, Nepal.

Sikles Community Trek Map

Sikles Community Trek map revolves around the Annapurna Trekking Region.  The Sikles trekking begins from the elevation of 1,219m and reaches up to Sikles Village at an altitude of 1,980m.

While following the map of Sikles Trek, you come to witness the flora and fauna of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Gurung, Magar, and mixed ethic cultures of the lower Annapurna Region gives you a lifelong experience of distinct culture and tradition.

Sikles Trek Difficulty

Sikles Community Trek difficulty is classified under the moderate type of trekking in Nepal. The highest elevation to reach in this Sikles Community Trek package is Sikles Village (1,980m).

The major attraction of Sikles Village Trek is Sikles Village. It is a beautiful Gurung village that lies on the lap of the Annapurna Massif (8,091m).

As the trekking trail rises and falls below 2,000m, Sikles Community Trek difficulty can be beaten by a beginner trekker. This trekking package is recommended for Family Trek in Nepal.

The Sikles Community Trek route is well maintained, you don’t have to worry even if you have no experience of trekking in Nepal.

You don’t have to worry about acute mountain sickness (AMS) or any kind of altitude sickness. Moreover, it is completely a teahouse trekking in the Annapurna Region. From local to continental cuisines are found in the stopovers.

Sikles Kopuche Lake Trek is a community trek in Nepal. So, you find home stay services that help you become familiar with the local culture, tradition, and lifestyle as well.

Short trekking hours also help you overcome the difficulty of Sikles Trek. Average trekking hours per day is 4/5 hours. While trekking, you can take enough rest that prevents you from altitude sickness.

All the factors that determine the trekking difficulty in Nepal are moderate and food-accommodation services are available as per your desire and choice. Therefore, Sikles Community Trek difficulty is not a problem even from a child to senior citizens.

Conclusion:

Sikles Trek is an appropriate trekking package that is recommended for a family trek in Nepal. Even the trekkers without previous trekking experience can do this trek without any risk of AMS or altitude sickness.

Annapurna Sikles Trek Nepal rewards you with natural and cultural attractions as well as eye-catching vistas of the snowcapped peaks.

Itinerary

On your arrival day, the representative of Nepal Trekking Routes receives you at the Kathmandu International Airport. S/he takes you to the hotel which is booked for your accommodation purpose. You can either take a rest or a stroll around the tourist hub, Thamel area.

Today, the tour guide of  Nepal Trekking Routes takes you around the UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the Kathmandu Valley. You will visit Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath Temple, Bouddhanath Stupa and Patan Durbar Square. The art and architecture of these historical and religious sites are worth visiting to get information about beauty. The majestic scenery of the entire Kathmandu Valley from the top of Monkey Temple is really superb! In the evening, the trekking guide gives you all the info regarding Sikles trekking package like type, trek difficulty and major attractions, etc.

After having breakfast at the hotel, the journey towards Sikles begins in a private jeep or tourist bus. The drive to the lake city Pokhara gives you a wonderful experience of snowy peaks of Manaslu region and amazing landscapes. The trade centers situated on the edge of the Trishuli and the Marsyangdi Rivers also make your roadway trip memorable. The mountain villages, the hills covered with different species of plants and the road winding along the rocky ridges are also attractive. After 6 hours of continuous drive, you reach Pokhara, one of the most illustrious tourist hubs of Nepal for the night station. After you are checked in the hotel for the accommodation, you can take a stroll around the lake city.

As soon as you take your breakfast, you begin the journey towards the Bhurjung Khola in a private jeep. The Bhurjung Khola, situated at the bottom of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre, is famous for rainbow trout fish farming. After reaching there in about 1.5 hours, you can observe the rainbow trout fish farming of Annapurna region. Then you follow the trekking trail going uphill and move further to Ghale Kharka, a famous stopover during Sikles trek.

In the course of trekking, you will enjoy the welcoming sight of the snowy peaks of Annapurna region and ethnic villages. You can relish the eye-catching outlook of the green hills and snowcapped mountains like Mt. Machhapuchhre and Lamjung Himal. You spend the night by experiencing the first home stay facility during the Gurung Cultural Heritage trail. You can take the real taste of the cuisines prepared by the locals using the crops and vegetables produced in their own fields.

Today’s journey is the most memorable day of the entire Nepal Sikles trek as you are going to reach the utmost destination. The trekking route ascends towards the steep hill along the dense rhododendron forests which shelter varieties of bird species. Across the ridge, you reach Tara Hill which is an optional overnight stops during Sikles Eco-tourism route. The village is the vantage point of Annapurna range and Lamjung Himal which unveil their charismatic looks during the sunshine.

While moving ahead through the rhododendron forests, you may have occasional glimpses of Lophophorus (Pheasant, the national bird of Nepal). Then, you come to find another beautiful village Parche (Parje) which is famous for Super Madi Hydroelectricity Project. Finally, by going along the steep trail, you reach Sikles, one of the oldest and largest Gurung villages in Annapurna region. The Gurung community people welcome you by offering red Tika (color), garland and khada, a type of Tibetan shawl. Overnight stay at a homestay enjoying the typical Nepali cuisines prepared and served by the Gurung woman.

You can sleep until late in the morning today as you are not going any further destination but exploring the village. There are many things to learn and more things to experience from natural vistas to cultural shows in Sikles village. You can hike to Sikles Park and Rising Danda for the stunning vistas of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal and other peaks. You can also visit Eco Museum to learn about the culture, tradition, art and attire of the honest ethnic group. Likewise, you can find environment-related materials and specimens of different species of butterflies, reptiles and insects in it. Besides, you can talk to the friendly and helpful people who will tell you more about their rites, rituals and history including some anecdotes of the World Wars perhaps!

The handicrafts, cloth embroidery and four mills (Ghatta) being operated with the help of water current are the traditional uniqueness preserved in here. In the evening, the Aama Samuha (Mothers’ Group) performs cultural shows in order to entertain the tourists to visit their hamlet. Folk dance and cultural dances of the Gurung community is a significant aspect to learn about.

Today is the second day you are going to spend in Sikles village, so you go to the local schools. There are three schools: Annapurna Secondary, Sthanpati Lower Secondary School Nalku Primary School in Sikles village for facilitating the children for quality education. You can take a visit to these schools by taking permissions from the school administration for exchanging your English with Nepali or Gurung language. If you are visiting Sikles under Students Exchange Program, it is high time you share your experience with the students there. You can interact with the teachers and students to know more about the education system which is being followed there. This interaction makes you more familiar with them and it will be easier to spend the remaining time.

In the evening, the Aamaa Samuha (the Mothers’ Group) performs the cultural shows of their typical ethnic community. You can learn music and dance of the Gurung community in the village.

Today also you can stroll around the village where you can talk to the senior citizens and interact with them. They help you learn more about their culture and tradition including interesting anecdotes regarding their origin, surrounding and many more. In the daytime, you can go to schools and share your experience with the children and the teachers. You can share the ways to improve knowledge on different subjects and learn from the students there about speaking Nepali and Gurung Languages. You can make bird watching tour around the village or go to the riverside to relish the authentic rustic life. In the evening, practise some Gurung cultural songs and dances with the local people who are honest and wonderfully helpful. Sharing the same kitchen with the family, you can also learn to cook Nepali cuisines and teach them to cook your cuisines.

You can witness the sunrise view of the ethnic villages, alluring landscapes and green forests of Annapurna region. You spend the day enjoying the beautiful scenery of the snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna range and Lamjung Himal. After you take your meal, you can again go to the schools and conduct discussion programs with the children and teachers. You can observe the cultural shows performed by the students and show your cultural shows to them. You can exchange the beautiful aspects of your culture and tradition with one another. You can take a short walk around the village to enjoy the flora and fauna found there. The most striking feature of Pokhara Sikles trek is the first hand experience of shamanism which is performed in almost all ceremonies. The priests of Gurung, Jhakris and Lamas perform such rites and rituals from birth to marriage to death ceremony. They believe that the shamanistic practices make their ancestral deities happy and they will be protected! In the evening, you can learn culinary art of the local people and participate in the cultural shows to be more knowledgeable.

You have spent complete four nights five days in exploring the typical culture and tradition of Sikles village. You have learned about the education system being followed in the village schools and the teaching materials used there. You have exchanged the culture and tradition of yours with them and learned theirs. After breakfast, the Aamaa Samuha of Sikles conducts a farewell program as a part of unique hospitality of this community. After the farewell program, you start the trekking down to Tingtang village, another Gurung village in the region. You follow the trail that takes you along meadows and terraced fields with seasonal crops enjoying the natural beauty. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Madi River, you reach Tangting Village which is also running a home stay facility. You can enjoy the breathtaking view of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Machhapuchhre from this classic Gurung village. Overnight stay at a home stay by sharing the food items prepared by the host and yourself!

As soon as you take your breakfast, you trek down towards Yangjakot by following the sloppy trail that passes along the dense forests. On the way, you walk past the terraced farming lands, ethnic villages and a few suspension bridges. Witnessing the pure natural environment and listening to the chirping of the birds, you reach Yangjakot, another stopover during the trek. This is another typical Gurung Village serving the guests with home stay facilities for their accommodation. You can have the magnificent panoramic view of the snowcapped peaks of the Annapurna region and the captivating landscapes. Overnight rest at a home stay relishing the typical organic food items prepared by the host.

From Yangjakot, you will follow the trail that goes along the Madi River to reach Kalikasthan. Enjoy the mountain views and lively landscapes, dense forests and gurgling water during the trekking to Kalikasthan. From there, you catch a private jeep to reach the lake city Pokhara where you spend the night at a hotel. You can celebrate the completion of the  trekking routes of Sikles trek 15 days itinerary with your friends to make this Nepal visit more memorable.

You can sleep till late morning today as you don’t have to cover longer distance along the trekking trail. After becoming fresh and taking breakfast, the tour guide takes you for Pokhara day tour around the lake city Pokhara. There are many places to explore in Pokhara, the most popular tourist destination of Nepal like Phewa Lake, Devi’s Fall, Tal Barahi, and so on. If you can manage time, you can experience some of the adventurous activities like paragliding, zip flying, hot air ballooning from Sarangkot. Pokhara hot air ballooning is one of the best experience once in lifetime you shouldn’t miss out! You can experience boating on Phewa Lake for making this trip more remarkable! Return to the hotel for the night station.

After taking breakfast at the hotel, you will go to Pokhara Airport to catch a flight to Kathmandu. You take a flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara enjoying the last glimpse of the snowy peaks of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu region. The aerial view of the lush valleys, wonderful landscapes and trade centers is really difficult to describe in any words! After landing at the Kathmandu International Airport, the team member of A1 Excursion takes you to the hotel. Becoming fresh, you can go for shopping to buy some things like souvenirs, Nepali garment, thankas or other typical stuffs. You can give these tokens of love from the Nepal visit to gift to your people back in the home country. Or, you can spend the time by celebrating with the parties with the fellow travelers to make this vacation more notable. In the evening, our agency organizes the farewell dinner at a restaurant giving you the impression of Nepalese culture and tradition.

Today is the final day of your Sikles-Wisdom Nepal trek 12 days itinerary which was really a wonderful experience. The representative of our trekking agency goes to the Kathmandu International Airport along with you for final see-off. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to make your trekking in Nepal in an organized way. We hope to see you again next time and wish you a happy and safe journey.

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