Sikles Trekking provides you a great chance to explore Lakes, Rivers and spectacular views of many stunning Himalayas in Annapurna region like Annapurna and Lamjung Himal along with Cultural Village Tour, where you can closely observe the local culture of Mongolian people with their unique traditions, beliefs, and lifestyles. You can explore the beautiful Rhododendron Forest with amazing wild habitats, Greenery, The warm welcome and most of all Bird Watching.
This Sikles Trek is basically trek to one of the least developed area of Nepal. Reaching upto 2000m, this trek is great for those who want to know the Gurung culture because it probably is the second largest Gurung village of Nepal and one can see well preserved Gurung Culture here.
After your arrival in Kathmandu, our representatives will pick you up from airport. You will be transported to the hotel and brief introduction will be given about the trek.
Second day of the programme is succeeded with sightseeing around Kathmandu along with the trek preparation. Sightseeing includes tour around Swayambhunath (monkey temple), Bauddhanath (Buddhastupa), Pashupatinath/Biggest Hindu Temple & Patan Durbar Square.
From Kathmandu, we drive to Pokhara for around 7 hours scenic drive with breaks in the way. This drive is very likable as we travel from scenery filled way and getting away from Pollution of Kathmandu. If we arrive earlier in Pokhara we can roam around Pokhara and Lakes around it.
After a short drive to Milanchowk, we trek to Kharpani following the scenic environment and national conservation area and finally to the Kharpani (Hot spring water). There we can see vegetations, temples and monasteries. In this pond people believe that it have healing power. Overnight is at Kharpani.
Today's trek is little longer, with us having to walk up-to 7 hours. We travel from beautiful Gurung village and then cross the high ridges, rivers, streams, etc then ascend to the jungle filled area which leads us to Ghalegaun. This area is famous for Gurungs residing here. Overnight is at Ghalekharka.
Through the twisted roads and after crossing some streams, after 5 to 6 hours of wall we arrive at our designation i.e Nyaulikharka for overnight stay.
Nyaulikharka which is a summer grazing field for cattles, from here we trek to Parche walking 6 hours. Reaching the settlement of Chipli and then crossing some streams and settlement we reach to Parche that is a step nearer to Sikles. We can, either walk some distance further and reach to Sikles or overnight at Parche.
From Sikles we trek to Chansu after crossing some settlements of Tauneswanra and couple of streams and then again leaving behind Paiyon Danda. Interacting with locals and enjoying the sceneries, floras, faunas, plants, we finally reach to Chansu for overnight stay.
From Madi River, we start our trek to Kalikasthan and also see some conservation area. Through the beautiful forest, ridges, hillsides and terraced landscape we arrive Kalikasthan for our overnight stay.
From Kalikasthan we directly take a walk to Pokhara or go to Lake Begnas for short visit. This will be a short trek to Pokhara ranging from 3 to 4 hours.
For the journey back to Kathmandu we can either take scenic drive or take beautiful Mountain View flight. Both the journey is amazing offering travelers the journey of lifetime.
You will be transferred to airport for further journey after short farewell program.
- An experienced, English-speaking and government-licensed trekking Guide
- Staff costs including their salary, insurance, equipment, food and accommodation
- Airport pickups and drops ina private vehicle
- All necessary paper
- A comprehensive medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
- Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after trip completion)
- All government and local taxes
- All ground transportation
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
- Teahouse accommodation during the hiking
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the Hiking
- Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter)
- All government and local taxes
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- Personal expenses, Personal equipments
- All kind of beverage including mineral water, hot water and alcoholic drinks
- Travel insuranceNepal visa fee
- International air fare
- Tips and gratuities for trekking staff and drivers
- Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
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Sikles trekking is beneficial in term of Health gain. You are likely to lose some fats and get better breathing capacity and get greater heart endurance. Sikles Trek is worthy for awesome adventure also. You can thrive with culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geographyand ungorgetable history crafted with the place. Enchanting Lakes, Sno-Capped Mountains, Rivers are some of the highlights and you can be benefited with the presence of Gurung culture that are followed by Gurung tribes
We organize trekking in Annapurna region for any number of people. If the group consists of more than 16 pax, we will split the group and arrange accordingly. We will assign one trek leader, one assistant leader for the group of four pax and porters (one porter between two members ) to carry members luggage. This arrangement ensures that the group can still go ahead as scheduled itinerary despite any member gets sick on the way in the trekking.
Sikles trekking is considered a moderate trek suitable for those who can hike for 5 – 7 hours a day. Obviously hiking in will not be so easy rather physically demanding but is doable, however our itinerary is scheduled for the proper acclimatization while gradually gaining the altitude in the trekking. It will be advisable to have some walking and hiking or other outdoor activities which will contribute to comfortable accomplishment in reaching Rara Lake. No technical skills or use of crampons are required for this trekking. It is highly recommended for the trekkers to consult with the doctors before coming for this trekking. Trekkers who have asthma, allergy or any other diseases related to hurt, lungs should take more precaution for this trekking.
Trekkers need to have traveling insurance which covers the comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and medical treatment costs). Insurance companies in Nepal do not provide travelling insurance for the foreigners and the trekkers need to get the travelling insurance from one of the international insurance companies. Sunrise Adventure Trek will have accident insurance for the trekking staff.
Accommodation in Kathmandu will be arranged on twin sharing basis on BB plan except the extra cost for the single supplement (depending on the room availability ) according to the choice of the standard of the hotels before and after the trekking. Accommodation during the trekking will be arranged at standard teahouses/ lodges with unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses on twin sharing basis. The trekkers will have to share washing and toilet facilities. If the trekker is a solo traveler, he/she will have to share a room with the trekker of same sex.
Trekkers are provided three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during Sikles trekking. They can enjoy wide variety of food from typical Nepali food,Tibetan food to all types of international cuisine (Continental, Italian, and Indian.). Unlike other trekking companies, Sunrise AdventureTrek allows trekkers to choose the food from the menu at the hotel / lodges in the trek. When the group is too big for the hotels/ lodges to provide individual dishes, set menu will be arranged in most places. We use the lodges / hotels which serve hygienic, nutritious and good food for the trekkers for them to get enough energy for the hiking.
Any trekker can get altitude sickness while trekking in the high altitude despite strong physically fitness. What is important is giving enough time for the proper acclimatization for the trekking. Sunrise Adventure Trek has planned the itinerary with gradual altitude gain giving enough time for acclimatization for the trekkers. Hiking slowly specially in the high altitude help prevent AMS ( Acute Mountain Sickness ). If anyone feels dizzy, suffer palpitation or severe headaches and loss of appetite, he / she will be moved to the lower altitude immediately or arrange the helicopter rescue in the severe case of AMS and the client has to pay for it.
A variety of clothing is necessary for the Sikles trek. While choosing the equipment trekkers need give emphasis on two simple aspects: Lightweight and Functional. The items should be lightweight, dependable, and adaptable to a variety of extreme weather conditions. The quality of the trekking equipment you choose has a lot to do with how warm, dry, and safe you will remain. For this reason you have to be critical of quality and the proper fit of clothing.
- T – shirts - Hiking shorts - Undergarments - Full sleeves shirts - Long light weight cotton pants - Fleece or wool pants (seasonal) - Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants. - Insulated pants / nylon windbreaker - Light and expedition weight thermal tops. - Fleece jacket or pullover - Waterproof shell jacket - Down jacket - Light warm fleece hat / woolen hat - Sun hat - Lightweight gloves. - Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal).
- Hiking boots - Light and comfortable camp shoes - Thin, lightweight inner socks. - Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Down Sleeping bag - Trekking bag / Duffle bag ( to carry for the porter ) - Day pack ( to carry with the trekkers to put the things required during the day time ) - Large plastic bags ( to keep items dry inside the trekking bag ) - Water bottle - Head lamp with spare bulb and batteries - Trekking poles - Personal medicine box - Sunglasses with UV protection. - Books, dairy, pen, walkman and any other game instruments
- Quick drying small towel - Toothbrush / paste - Soap - Face and body moisturizer - Sun block for lips - Tissues / toilet rolls - Wet wipes - Feminine hygiene products - Anti bacterial hands wash
All our trek leaders are well experienced who have led trekking in Annapurna region. Their in-depth knowledge about culture, custom, the geological surroundings as well as their professionalism, sincerity, and their hospitality make your dream of successful trek a enjoyable, memorable event in your life. Although our trek leaders are not highly educated, they are well experienced, professionally trained and posses good leadership skills to operate the trip smoothly. Their smiling faces, loving and caring attitude will make your even a hard walking day a pleasant one. All trekking staff of Sunrise Adventure Trek are locally employed and have the adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, history and the safety measures in running the trips. Their attitude and the efforts will be always concentrated on the less impact of the trekkers to the local culture, custom, nature and the eco system.
We are strongly committed to the porters rights. We make sure that they are well paid and have the proper clothing, foot ware and shelter. We are aware that no porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities and the weight limit should be adjusted for altitude, weather and trail condition. We request our members not to have more than 15 kg weight of luggage to give to the porters. Porters who become sick while in the trekking are treated with high priority just like the other trekking staff or the members. If needed helicopter is sent and rescued in case of sever condition of sickness or accident. All porters are insured for sickness and accident.
Nepal, as a tourist destination is good for all seasons, however, the best seasons for trekking to Annapurna region are Spring (March – May) and Autumn (mid Sept. – mid Dec. ). Trekking in autumn season is noted for clear weather and excellent views of silvery mountains against blue sky. It gets colder towards the end of December. This trek can be done in any month except January and February.
1. How difficult is trek to Sikles and how can we prepare?
Trek to Sikles is an easy trek as compared to others. And our company also provides well-skilled guides and potters to help you during the trek. People with weak ankles, lungs, hearts problems may suffer more difficulty on trekking. Well preparation is needed for every trek.
2. What about safety measurements and altitude sickness do the guides and porters have their insurance in Sikles trek?
Worrying for safety measurements? Our guides having long experience are much professional for handling such issues with various means of safety measurements. For common health issues like: headache, common cold, diarrhea, vomiting, we provide you first aid medicines. In case of being sick in the mountain, Sunrise Adventure Trek will make proper arrangements rescue by helicopter, for this you should have better travel insurance. If our guide and porters may suffer from sickness, they have also travel and medical insurance and we will also rescue by helicopter.
3. What about guide & porter, do they have well training?
Guides and potters provided to our guests had complete accomplishment of several trainings required for their professions by the Ministry of Nepal Tourism. Having well experience in tourism sector as a guide or potter, make easy to explain all the information required for trekking and can create very familiar environment to the guests.
4. What about communication system during trek?
As all the porters and guides are well certified by the Ministry of Nepal tourism they can easily understand and speak English languages during the trek. On the other hand, we can also provide you guides and potters according to your own understanding languages.
5. Do I need to give tips to guide and potter and if how much?
It’s difficult to mention about tipping which is up to your happiness, but guides and potters do expect the tips at the end of the trip. However, normally people can give minimum 10% of their total payment to the guide and porter.
6. What kind of food, drinking water and accommodation do we have on Sikles trek?
Trek to Sikles with Sunrise Adventure Trek includes trekking lodges or guest houses as accommodation with twin bed sharing room, if you are in a group and if you are solo traveler, you have private room. Regarding meals, we will have some options to choose like: continental foods, Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine etc. For drinking water, you can buy the mineral bottles or safe drinking water from hotel either you can bring water tablets.
7. How many hours should I walk per day and what happened if I am a slow walker in the group?
Normally, we have to walk around 5 to 7 hours per day, if you are slow in walk the team leader will professionally manage to you walking with our assistance guide and potter.