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Overview

“Join us and participate on an excursion of the picturesque, wild, and of the bitten trail for naturally and culturally rich the Sikles Eco-Trek in Annapurna Region completely isolated but closure destination and experience the Joy of Trekking in Nepal.”

The Sikles is an excellent and extremely well-preserved village rested on a small hill at an elevation of 1980m on the Lap of Annapurna Massif. In Sikles Eco Trek however the ultimate destination is Sikles -the great settlement of famous Gurkhas in Kaski district, one can explore the other neighboring habitats of Brahmans, Tamangs, and Gurung communities en-route to the villages like Hemja, Ghachok, Bhurjung Khola, Kharapani, Chyanglung, Ghalekharka, Parche, and Tanting. The Sikles Eco Trek that the Team Snowy Horizon proposing here is with charming villages, fascinating patterns of terraced fields, rhododendron forest, and high alpine meadows nestled below the towering mountains of Annapurna II (7937m) and IV (7525m) on its path of a small circuit along with the Lamjung Himal (6983m).

The villages like Parche, Sikles, and Tanting take you to the remote and far from city area however these days you have an excess of the motor road over there. The wild path between Ghale Kharka (1750m) to Sikles (Parche-1980m) is a fabulous trekking path and it crosses a ridge with the dense forest and variety of terrain through its highest peak Tara Hill Top (2800m)links the two villages named Khaimrang (1660m) with Sikles.

The Sikles Eco-Trek with team Snowy Horizon starts with a drive from Pokhara to Ghachok via Hemja at about 40 minutes and begins walking. Toward the north, in Sardi Khola bank we have the 1st Night camping schedule on a very good Seti River view on the lap of Mt. Fishtail. This trek passes through a less visited area of Annapurna II & Lamjung Himal massif. The trek also offers an abundance of flora and fauna.

The Major attractions of Sikles Eco Trek are:

  • The trek is one of the picturesque treks that unfold the natural beauty and cultural heritage.
  • The charming villages, intriguing patterns of terraced fields, rhododendron forest.
  • High alpine meadows nestled below the towering mountains of Annapurna II (7937m) and Lamjung Himal (6983m)
  • Previously known as the Royal Trek, as Prince Charles had a trek through the area in 1980 to visit the villages of Gurkha recruits.
  • The model eco trekking route shadowed at the corner of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
  • The spectacular short trek through the Gurung (Gurkhas) village and dense forest.
  • Alternatives to other short treks in the Annapurna region.
  • A wonderful experience of camping trekking in Nepal

Day-to-Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (1350m).

Arrival at 6:15 PM, welcome reception at Airport (TIA), transfer to hotel for check-in, along with full trip briefing.

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Ghachok, trek to Tatopani (1350m-3 Hrs.), Camping.

Today after early breakfast at 06:00-06:30 Hrs., transfer to the airport at 07:00 Hrs.; fly to Pokhara with an awe-inspiring internal flight across Nepal to the start of our trek in Pokhara (25 Minute). After arriving at the small landing strip we load up our vehicles and drive to the point of city attraction like David Fall and Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave in Pokhara and a small Lunch break at Hotel Center Lake, Lakeside, Pokhara, then continues drive to Ghachok via Hemja (1110m) about an hour which will be the actual starting point of our walk at (1200m). After 2 hours and a half, we arrive at the Tatopani Retreat (1350m) just across to the famous Seti River for the Camping which will be ready before we arrive from the walk on the motor road with stunning views of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna II. Approx.:20 Km. in distance, 1 & 1/2 Hrs.-drive, 3 hours trek, overnight Camping (1350m).

Day 03: Trek Tatopani via Chyanglung & Khaimrang to Ghale Kharka (1750m-5 Hrs.); camping. 

After having campsite breakfast in Tatopani Retreat we begin the first big trek. We first ascent in a traditional foot track with stairs up to about 350m elevations in the forest track and gradually descend via the Chyanglung Village toward the Sardi Valley across our 3rdsuspension bridge and make a gradual climb across a wide stream to our camp via Khaimrang village overlooking the whole Annapurna Range having a good introduction on a woodland path; Approx.: 8 Km. distance, 4–5 Hrs. trek, Overnight camping at Ghale Kharka (1750m).

Day 04: Trek Ghale Kharka (1750m) to Tara Hill Top (2800m-5 Hrs.); camping.

Today’s trekking will take us higher as we head through the alpine meadows heading for the wooded knoll of Tara Hill Top (Starlight Top). We are rewarded with a 360 view of the Annapurna Massif including the fishtail peak say Machhapuchhre. Beautiful terraces surrounding Pokhara and Tanting will be amazingly viewed if the weather permits. This will be the highest elevation we will cover on this trek. Here we are camping and enjoying the amazing sunset view before the dinner is served; Approx.: 6 Km. distance, 4- 5 hours trek; camping at Tara Hill Top (2800m).

Day 05: Trek from Tara Hill Top (2800m) to Parche (2050m-5 Hrs.); camping.

Our day starts with watching the sunrise over the mountain peaks before we head off along a 2500m contour trail of wild orchids taking us to the village of Parche (2050m) just half an hour before from Sikles village which famous for being the home of the Gurkhas; Approx.: 10 Km. distance, 5- 6 hours trek; camping at Parche (2050m).

Day 06: Trek Parche (2050m) via Sikles (2000m) to Tanting (1650m-4 Hrs.); camping.

We depart from our camp after hot breakfast at Parche camp and stroll to the Famous Sikles village where we arrive in half an hour, visit the indigenous Gurung community’s museum along with the regional office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), then continue to our ultimate destination today’s village the Tanting; through the lower pastures and descents, we will make our way to camp. It will be a steep track, losing almost 650m in altitude, taking its toll on the legs. Over suspension bridges and grassy paths we will arrive in Tanting after ascending another 350m elevation in a wilderness silent motor path about an hour or two; Approx.: 8 Km. distance, 4- 5 hours trek; camping at Tangting (1650m).

Day 07: Trek Tanting to Madi Super Hydro Power Station (1 Hr.) drive to Pokhara; fly to Kathmandu.

Our last day of trekking will take us out of the village down a steep descent after the campsite breakfast, losing 300m in a short amount of time about an hour. We will wind through fields and small streams, there is a new Station of Madi Super Hydropower from where we will be picked up for 2 hours continues 4W/D to Pokhara. We will have lunch again at Hotel Center Lake Pokhara in Lakeside and transfer for our flight back to Kathmandu, and then drop to Alpine Hotel & Apartment in Thamel, Kathmandu. The warm farewell dinner will be provided at the Typical Nepalese cultural restaurant “The Bhojan Griha” with transfer service; Approx.: 30 Km. distance, 1 Hr. trekking, 2 Hrs., driving, and 25 Minutes flight. (Farewell Dinner).

Day 08: Final departure to your port of destination.

Today is a free day; we arrange a city tour for some major attractions like Swyambhunath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple and the Bouddhanath Stupa in the capital to spend exploring the city before catching the flight back to the final port of destination, farewell assistance as provided at the departure time.

Day-to-Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel (1350m).

Arrival at 6:15 PM, welcome reception at Airport (TIA), transfer to hotel for check-in, along with full trip briefing.

Day 02: Fly to Pokhara, drive to Ghachok, trek to Tatopani (1350m-3 Hrs.), Camping.

Today after early breakfast at 06:00-06:30 Hrs., transfer to the airport at 07:00 Hrs.; fly to Pokhara with an awe-inspiring internal flight across Nepal to the start of our trek in Pokhara (25 Minute). After arriving at the small landing strip we load up our vehicles and drive to the point of city attraction like David Fall and Gupteshwar Mahadev Cave in Pokhara and a small Lunch break at Hotel Center Lake, Lakeside, Pokhara, then continues drive to Ghachok via Hemja (1110m) about an hour which will be the actual starting point of our walk at (1200m). After 2 hours and a half, we arrive at the Tatopani Retreat (1350m) just across to the famous Seti River for the Camping which will be ready before we arrive from the walk on the motor road with stunning views of Mt. Fishtail and Annapurna II. Approx.:20 Km. in distance, 1 & 1/2 Hrs.-drive, 3 hours trek, overnight Camping (1350m).

Day 03: Trek Tatopani via Chyanglung & Khaimrang to Ghale Kharka (1750m-5 Hrs.); camping. 

After having campsite breakfast in Tatopani Retreat we begin the first big trek. We first ascent in a traditional foot track with stairs up to about 350m elevations in the forest track and gradually descend via the Chyanglung Village toward the Sardi Valley across our 3rdsuspension bridge and make a gradual climb across a wide stream to our camp via Khaimrang village overlooking the whole Annapurna Range having a good introduction on a woodland path; Approx.: 8 Km. distance, 4–5 Hrs. trek, Overnight camping at Ghale Kharka (1750m).

Day 04: Trek Ghale Kharka (1750m) to Tara Hill Top (2800m-5 Hrs.); camping.

Today’s trekking will take us higher as we head through the alpine meadows heading for the wooded knoll of Tara Hill Top (Starlight Top). We are rewarded with a 360 view of the Annapurna Massif including the fishtail peak say Machhapuchhre. Beautiful terraces surrounding Pokhara and Tanting will be amazingly viewed if the weather permits. This will be the highest elevation we will cover on this trek. Here we are camping and enjoying the amazing sunset view before the dinner is served; Approx.: 6 Km. distance, 4- 5 hours trek; camping at Tara Hill Top (2800m).

Day 05: Trek from Tara Hill Top (2800m) to Parche (2050m-5 Hrs.); camping.

Our day starts with watching the sunrise over the mountain peaks before we head off along a 2500m contour trail of wild orchids taking us to the village of Parche (2050m) just half an hour before from Sikles village which famous for being the home of the Gurkhas; Approx.: 10 Km. distance, 5- 6 hours trek; camping at Parche (2050m).

Day 06: Trek Parche (2050m) via Sikles (2000m) to Tanting (1650m-4 Hrs.); camping.

We depart from our camp after hot breakfast at Parche camp and stroll to the Famous Sikles village where we arrive in half an hour, visit the indigenous Gurung community’s museum along with the regional office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), then continue to our ultimate destination today’s village the Tanting; through the lower pastures and descents, we will make our way to camp. It will be a steep track, losing almost 650m in altitude, taking its toll on the legs. Over suspension bridges and grassy paths we will arrive in Tanting after ascending another 350m elevation in a wilderness silent motor path about an hour or two; Approx.: 8 Km. distance, 4- 5 hours trek; camping at Tangting (1650m).

Day 07: Trek Tanting to Madi Super Hydro Power Station (1 Hr.) drive to Pokhara; fly to Kathmandu.

Our last day of trekking will take us out of the village down a steep descent after the campsite breakfast, losing 300m in a short amount of time about an hour. We will wind through fields and small streams, there is a new Station of Madi Super Hydropower from where we will be picked up for 2 hours continues 4W/D to Pokhara. We will have lunch again at Hotel Center Lake Pokhara in Lakeside and transfer for our flight back to Kathmandu, and then drop to Alpine Hotel & Apartment in Thamel, Kathmandu. The warm farewell dinner will be provided at the Typical Nepalese cultural restaurant “The Bhojan Griha” with transfer service; Approx.: 30 Km. distance, 1 Hr. trekking, 2 Hrs., driving, and 25 Minutes flight. (Farewell Dinner).

Day 08: Final departure to your port of destination.

Today is a free day; we arrange a city tour for some major attractions like Swyambhunath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath temple and the Bouddhanath Stupa in the capital to spend exploring the city before catching the flight back to the final port of destination, farewell assistance as provided at the departure time.

Full Board Service Cost : Please contact us by email or call us 

Cost Include

  • Airport-hotel-airport pick-up and drop by private vehicle in Kathmandu with a welcome reception.
  • 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu on BB Plan twin sharing.
  • Flight tickets for Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu-Internal flights to all members.
  • All surface transportation as per itinerary by private vehicle.
  • Full board meal (BLD) during camp freshly cooked by our cook.
  • Complete camp furniture, kitchenware, dining, kitchen, toilet, and shower tents at the camp.
  • Required camping logistics transfers by vehicle or porters, cook, kitchen staff, and helpers.
  • Trained, experienced, and assisted trekking guides for trekking.
  • 2:1 porters for members to carry the members’ logistics.
  • Food, insurance, salary, equipment, transportation, local tax for guide, and staff.
  • Annapurna conservation entry permits (ACAP fees).
  • TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management System).
  • Medical supplies like first aid kit provided at camp.
  • All necessary paper works and formalities.
  • Government taxes and our service charges.
  • Snowy Horizon T-Shirt/Souvenir.

Cost Exclude

  • Items of personal nature and laundry expenses.
  • Expenses of uses of any electronic devices like phone, Internet, etc.
  • Clothing, packing items or bags, personal medical kit, camera/video fees, or trekking gears.
  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, change in Government regulations, etc.
  • Any additional staff, other than specified.
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks other than campsite services.
  • Rescue, repatriation, medicines, medical tests, and hospitalization expenses.
  • Medical and Travel Insurance with helicopter search and rescue.
  • Personal trekking gears, bags, sticks, water bottles, etc. for the trekking members.
  • Nepal custom duty for import of expedition goods.
  • Tips to staff, purchase of gifts, and souvenirs.
  • Any other item not mentioned in the “THE PACKAGE INCLUDES” section.

Notes

  • The itinerary is changeable and modifiable as per the needs and time frame of trekkers.
  • Cost will be re-calculated if the itinerary is changed or modified.
  • Additional activities may be added as per the trekker's request with appropriate additional cost.
  • The cost may also be affected due to the requirement of a number of guides and porters.
  • For any kind of change please contact us by mail or call.
Trip Facts
  • Grade: Moderate Climb
  • Elevation: 2800
  • Location: Annapurna Region
  • Season: Spring (February-May) and Autumn (September-December)
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Group Size: 02-15 person per Group
Trekking FAQs

You will be taken immediately to the lower altitude first and will be provided first aid as the immediate treatment and then if necessary the guide will call the rescue helicopter to fly you down to Kathmandu or Pokhara using your rescue insurance.

It all depends on the time and altitude of your trek. You may require Down Jacket, warm fleece jacket, warm thermal underwear, trekking pants and shorts, sleeping bag, trekking boots and a backpack, camera and your personal medication. Consult lists of cloth and equipment on our website as a guide and use a common sense to pack enough but not too much at the same time.

You need comfortable trekking shoes preferably with Gore-Tex style lining for ultimate comfort and thick verbatim soles to have comfortable walk on rocky paths.

On popular trails we will stay in lodges and guest houses and the meals will be cooked for you with continental menu meals often available as well as soups and noodles and rice dishes; on some routes there will be a limited choice and on some more remote routes only local Nepal Dal Bhat and curry or instant noodle soups will be available.

In General treks vary in duration from 2 to 4 weeks; average one would trek between 4 to 6 hours per day.

In principle if you have trekking experience anywhere in the world and you are currently fit for trekking, there is nothing to stop you from Himalayan trekking in Nepal. You just need to increase your cardiovascular capacity to be able to cope with high elevation, where the oxygen density is much lower.

On the trek we provide all accommodation, food and we cover park fees, so you need to take only small amount of money to purchase water, small snack and tea outside meals, localsouvenirs, tips or donations to monasteries if you wish to donate small change. $20 per day should be sufficient to cover such expenses.

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You should have a general good level of physical fitness, general hiking experience, do not have any chronic or acute issues with your leg functions and be mentally comfortable with multi-day hikes, than you are ready for trekking.

In Nepal it is not customary to tip but porters and guides would expect and appreciate a small tip. Your tip will go long way to help their families.

It all depends on the area with most of the trekking routes having local VHF Phones; increasingly more places get mobile coverage of varied capacity; in remote communication is not available or very limited so the only option would be a satellite phone.

It depends on trekking route and altitude; typically a trekking porter would carry load of 15 kg to 25 kg and camping porter would carry load up to 40 kg.

Trekking is an adventure activity involving multi day walk on village trails, National Park trails and climber’s trails often on reasonably steep terrain and snow at higher altitudes often crossing high passes in the range of 5500 m/18000 ft.

Majority of trekking is done with lodge/guesthouse accommodation unless you prearranged camping based trip. There are very few trekking areas where lodge accommodation is unavailable and we will offer there a tent accommodation only.

We ensure travel safety for all our guests’ women or men travelling with our company. Nepal is generally very safe and welcoming to foreign tourists. We have very good relationships with lodges we use and our guides aware all the time of whereabouts of every guest on the trek. Our groups are small and we ensure continues visual contact.

Camping trekking is a trekking where we provide you with tent accommodation and full board with meals to be cooked by professional trekking cook in a mobile camp equipped with akitchen and with adequate support staff of kitchen helpers, guides and porters.

At high altitude your cardio-pulmonary system is affected by low oxygen density and you can suffer from general breathing difficulties to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) as well as your skin is susceptible to sunburn if not protected by cloths or sunblock. The AMS is preventable through appropriate trekking pace and undertaking acclimatization.

On most established treks bottled water is ubiquitously available as well as locally purified drinking water is available in many villages along the trek. Otherwise, you can use boiled water supplied by the tea house or camping crew.

Trekking is for you and everyone who is patient and physically fit and enjoys outdoors.

You will trek anywhere from 5 km to 15 km depending on condition of trekking trail and the altitude of the trekking route.

Depending on trekking area you may require a special trekking permit while other areas would require only conservation/national park entry permit and Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) Card.

It depends on the location and choice of trekkers. Both difficult as well as easy treks are available.

You need to obtain travel insurance before you arrive to Kathmandu. Your insurance should cover rescue insurance and it should allow the expense of helicopter supported medevac. Nowadays such policies are readily available through many airfare booking agents. Try ihi.com if you cannot find your insurance.

Post-monsoon period from September to December and pre-monsoon season from February to May are the best period for trekking in Nepal. In winter, December till February, at high elevation is very cold and heavy snowfalls may impede crossing of high passes but trekking in low elevations below 3000 m is accessible all year round. In summer, June till August is a monsoon season and trekking is very wet, however in rain shadow areas such as Upper Mustang trekking in monsoon season is feasible and pleasant.

We highly recommend having a guide with you. You will travel in wilderness areas and at high elevations so from safety aspect you should not be alone. Travelling through villages there are many trails and if you took wrong path accidentally it may be difficult to communicate with locals to get back on the right path or to secure food or accommodation. They will be unlikely to speak English

In Nepal children below 18 years of age are required to trek accompanied by their parent or guardian.

Tea house trekking is a trekking where your accommodation and meal are arranged in a local lodge/house with full board services.