Trip Factors

Trekking Code: STE/AR/11

Duration: 10 Days 

Type of Trek: Camping 

Max Altitude: 2200 m. 

Minimum Pax: 2-12 

Mode of travel:  Land Transportation 

Grade: Easy going

Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]

The Siklis trek gives you an enchanting hike through culturally interesting colorful villages spread out in the backdrop of exquisite sceneries with incredible ecosystems. It’s a trip where you can also interact with the locals and learn of their culture. This is an outing for those who have less time but yet want to get close up to high mountain country…it’s a journey you want to do with the family and loved ones…

The Siklis trek unfolds the natural mountain rural beauty of Nepal. The appealing villages, fascinating patterns of terraced fields, rhododendron forest, and high alpine meadows nestled below the towering mountains of Annapurna II and IV are some of the primary features you come across as you hike the trails on this trip. The trekking route takes you to a region which is inhabited by the friendly Gurung community who are staunch in upholding their old customs and traditions. It would be worthy to stop for a while and interact with these interesting folks on your way. A final high point reveals the magnificent views of the fish-tail peak of Machhapuchare. 

The Siklis trek also offers bird lovers a real treat to a host of bird species which are found in abundance in the forests of the Siklis region. The cackle of birds chattering is heard throughout this trip….you’d just love it…

Day 1

Your arrival in Kathmandu

Day 2

Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara {914m}

Day 3

Drive from Pokhara to Bijaypur Khola {river} & then on to Kaliskasthan {1370m}

Day 4

Trek from Kalikasthan to Lamakhet {1680m}

Day 5

Trek from Lamakhet to Siklis {1980m}

Day 6

Trek from Siklis to Neuli Kharka or Forest camp {2200m}

Day 7

Trek from Forest camp to Ghale goan {village at 2000m}

Day 8

Trek from Ghale goan to Pokhara & then on to Hyamja {1070m}

Day 9

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Our office representative will be at the airport awaiting your arrival with our office vehicle to pick you up and transfer you to your designated hotel. After refreshing yourself, our tour executive will give you an orientation on your program. After this you are free to get familiar with your surroundings, this will help you to localize. Have supper and then get set for your first overnight in the valley of temples and cows, probably the most on earth.

Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m) 

we reckon this will take about six hours. We depart early morning at 7 o’clock for the six hours drive by a tourist deluxe bus to Pokhara (915m), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As we climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, we follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. We follow the Marsyangdi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes us directly into Pokhara. Blessed with pleasant weather, Pokhara is a tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with the beautiful mountains. We can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. This drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with the natural beauty found in this city of lakes. We can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.  

Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp) - Kalikasthan (1370m.) 

this takes about five hours. A broad trail starts through rice fields near the Army Camp, and then ascends through Rakhigaon to a Chautara, a resting place under a large pipal tree. En route, we can enjoy the views in blissful panorama. Then the trail gently climbs along a ridge top through Brahmin and Chhetri villages towards Kalikasthan (1370m.). At the end, we should climb a short distance to the campsite which is situated above the village with panoramic views of the mountains, Begnas Tal and Pokhara city. Stay overnight at camp. 

Day 4: Trek from Kalikasthan to Lamakhet (1680m)
 

this takes about six hours. We begin following gently a path passing through local villages of mixed ethnic groups and rice growing terraces up to Mardi Khola. Now the hike is easy as we walk along the riverbank. En route, we cross Bhaise, Nawaldanda, to reach Lama Khet. It is a small village where we bunk out overnight. This place is surrounded by lush green hills that stretch for miles which stirs the imagination for good thoughts. Stay overnight at camp.

Day 5: Trek from Lama Khet to Siklis (1980m.) 

this takes approximately six hours. The trail stretches at a flat level along the river bank until we reach Khilan Gaon. After this, we follow a path which is gently uphill for some distance and then gradually gets steep for some hours. En route, we pass Parju village. The trail again climbs till Siklis village. This is one of the oldest and largest Gurung villages found hereabouts. Most of the people around here serve in the Indian and British Army. Stay overnight at camp. 

Day 6 Trek from Siklis to Neuli Kharka or Forest camp (2200m.) 

This should take about five hours. This trek goes through rhododendron and oak forests following gently an ascending path in the beginning. After some distance, we walk over flatlands. The Forest Camp is surrounded by forests. It’s a wonderful hike. Stay overnight at camp. 

Day 7 Trek from Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon (2000m.) 

this will take about five hours. We trek through forests covered with rhododendron. While walking we cross the highest pass of this trek. After hiking through the pass, we descend steeply to reach Ghale Gaon. It is a small village which is mainly inhabited by the Gurung and Magar communities, very friendly people. Stay overnight at camp. 

Day 8: Trek from Ghale Gaon to Pokhara 

this will take about three hours. The trail then descends gently up to Hyamgja (1070m.). From here, we board a vehicle for Pokhara. Stay overnight at a hotel in Pokhara. 

Day 9: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 

this will take about seven hours. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Mugling and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach the famous Manakamana Temple. En route, we could enjoy the mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people happily engaged in their daily life chores. From Naubishe, we climb up to Thankot, which is the gateway to the capital city of Kathmandu. Overnight at our hotel

Day 10: Departure for home sweet home

We could probably do some last minute shopping and packing or maybe send a few post cards home telling the folks of your wonderful experience, they’d love it. Then prepare for your departure to the airport for connecting flight home.

Accommodation

A ‘Camping trek’ is a term used for sleeping in tents. The tents we provide are ‘Two men or couple domes’ or ‘A’ shaped. A foam mattress with insulation underneath is used for sleeping. Clients need to have their own sleeping bag. Bags or cloth packs are used as pillows. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, and this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better.

We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this program, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a choice of their own. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.

Dining

At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. 

After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites.

Cost Inclusion

  • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at KTM-PKR                                                                             
  • Norma/lodge/ home stay during trekking
  • One English speaking guide
  • Porter (1Porter for 2Pax)
  • 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) during Trekking
  • National park fees
  • TIMS
  • Airport pick up and drop
  • All ground transfer as per itinerary

Cost Exclusion

  • International Air Fare
  • Domestic Air Fare
  • Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) during Kathmandu
  • Tips to Guide & Driver
  • Bar Expense
  • Telephone, Laundry and Internet
  • Personnel Insurance
  • Emergency Evacuation
  • All other personal expenses
  • Nepal visa fee

The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn.  It is wonderful duringthis time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.