Sikles Eco Trek is one of the lower hills trek for those who don’t want to go to alpine area but want to take enjoy of the alpine area by seeing mountains from very close distances. The trek offers perfect view of the Annapurna by close distance. The route goes via many village of many kinds ethnic groups settlement like gurung, chhetri, blacksmiths, so it will be extra-ordinary experience of culture, ritual, costume and so on. The second largest gurung village in Nepal, Sikles offers pastoral hospitality for you. Tara hill top view point is the best place to see the mountain view from where you can see full panoramic view of Annapurna with jungle walk, bird watching, butterflies are the extra gift of the trek to the trekkers.
TRIP IN FACTS
Days: 5 days from Pokhara.
Trek type: home stay ,camping, tea house
Highest altitude: 3210 Tara hill top
Best season: March-May, September-December
Day 1 Pokhara/Madi Valley – Yangjakot
Meet your trek leader at the Pokhara office at 8.00AM ready to embark on a scenic drive to the outlying village of Kalikasthan. Enter a world of friendly villagers, terraced fields, alpine meadows and rhododendron forest set before a back-drop of snow-clad peaks. Begin with a walk down to the Modi river (2hrs approx). Along the way pass through delightful little villages and enjoy mesmerizing vistas of the Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II mountains.
Cross over a long suspension bridge in the Modi Valley, pass through a densely shaded Sal forest, and ascend steeply to the village of Chachowk. Continue on to the village of Yangjakot where we spend the night in a homestay (1440m).
Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travelers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude – regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
Before your trip: Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor. We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatising to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
During your trip: While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly. Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:
Day 2-3 Trek to Sikles
This morning take a gradually descending track down to the Madi Valley (1.5hr approx). Cross the river and follow the path on the western flank of the river to the village of Chasu (1.5hr approx). A long flight of steep but well-laid stone steps tests your fitness and takes you past verdant terraced fields to Siklis (3hrs approx). This Gurung village is typical of the raw beauty of traditional Nepalese hillside villages. We spend the night in a Sikles home stay (1980m).
You’ll be hard pressed to find a more delightful place to spend your day than Siklis, a village with welcoming inhabitants, picturesque terraced fields, alpine meadows and views of the giants of the Annapurnas section of the Himalayas: Annapurna IV (7,525m), Annapurna II (7,937m) and the monolithic hulk of Lamjung Himal (6920m).
There are many activities with which to fill your time in this village. You can hike to viewpoints, explore the surrounding villages, and soak up the rhythm of local life. You can also help your host with the daily chores, perhaps getting your hands dirty in the farms!
Day 4 Trek to Ghalegaun:
After a tranquil day in Siklis, set out on the longest section of your trek. Leave the village and enter deep woods trekking westwards with snow-capped peaks to your right. Make a steep climb up to a grassy wooded knoll known as Tara Hill Top (4hrs approx). This is the vantage-point for a spectacular 360-degree view that encompasses most of the Annapurna massif. Clear skies will allow for unforgettable memories of this majestic panorama.
Descend through shady forests of rhododendron hung heavy with lichen and moss, with wild flowers on the sunnier banks and wild orchids attached to the branches above us, before arriving at Ghalegaun (approx 3hrs), our stop for the night (1620m).
Day 5 Pokhara
Head down to Bhurjung Khola, a tributary of the Seti River, following it south until you reach the road-head (2 hrs approx) where your transport awaits to return you to Pokhara (1 hr drive).
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