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sikles-trek

Overview

Rough and wild, this trek cuts through a less traveled country south of Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal massif. Good mountain views and rough terrain, the local people are unaccustomed to trekkers. This trek is a spectacular short trek of low land villages and rice terraces up to 3000m. Where there are the biggest Gurung (Gurkhas) villages. One other highlight is flower forests of rhododendron

Details Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrive International airport and transfer to Hotel.
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu International Airport , meet Eco-friendly Trekking airport representative transfer to your hotel. Short briefing will follow concerning the trekking agency's formalities such as payment remaining balance of the trip. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or rest in hotel then.

Day 02 - Half day sightseeing around Kathamandu. O/N at hotel
This is good time to explore the city's some places of interest after finalizing trekking permits or/and conservation permit or/and national park permit. Today you are visiting three of the famous world cultural heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in Kathmandu . You will visit first the Swayambunath Stupa ( Monkey Temple ). It is said that Swayambunath Stupa is more than 2,500 years old, and it symbolizes knowledge. The painted eyes on all four sides symbolize the all-seeing power of Buddha. It is an important Buddhist place where pilgrims from all over the world come. It is situated to the west of the city on a hill some 77 meters above the valley.
It is a 30 minutes drive with Eco-friendly guie to Boudhanath Stupa , another important Buddhist pilgrims site. This ancient Stupa is considered one of the biggest in the World. Every morning and evening, many Buddhist devotees come here to pray and circumambulate enabling the visitors to observe local religious practices.
The sacred Hindu temple Pashupatinath is considered the holiest cremation ground, and people bathe in the Bagmati River with a faith of cleansing themselves spiritually. Many Sadhus or Hindu Ascetics live here. During religious festivals, Hindus come to make offerings, and it is sometimes very crowded.
Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu .

Day 03: Kathmandu to Pokhara.
Early in the morning after breakfast about 6:00 , Trekking guide of Eco-friendly Treks & Expedition will come to pick you up from your hotel reception and will head to bus park. After about 6 hours wonderful drive through bank of rivers, hill passes, terraces and local villages you will reach to Pokhara. After a rest, you will have boating on Fewa Lake . Overnight in Pokhara

Day 04. Pokhara - Kharpani
Duration: 6hrs
Height: 1370m
After breakfast leaving hotel drive to Mardipul and start the trek to Karpani.Trek follow a less frequented path in the direction of Ghachok passing through the settlement of Lhachock (975m) then through village fields to descend through village fields to descend through a natural rock tunnel to reach our campsite at Karpani. Walkking gently uphill and downhill.

Day 05 Kharpani to Ghale Kharka
Duration: 5hrs
Height: 960m
Drive or fly. We continue along the west bank of the Seti Khola (river) and through several small Gurung settlements. The paths through the villages are paved with large stones and several of the ascents are stepped in the same way. Reach the Sardi Khola, cross it and make a steep ascent to our campsite on a ridge high above the river. Wonderful views from here of Annapurna South (7273m), Hiunchuli (6336m) and Machhapuchare (6999m). about 5 hrs walk with two steep ascents.

Day 06 Ghale Kharka - Parche
Duration: 6 hrs
Height: 2700m
After breakfast drive to Bhurjung Khola and We start with a steep ascent from the campsite through oak and rhododendron forest toward the ridge which separates the Seti and Madi Kholas. In spring the forest is full of primula, orchids and rhododendrons in bloom. We come to an open meadow with fabulous views of Machhapuchare, then continue up to the top of the ridge (2621m). we make a short descent to reach an open meadow used by the local people as a buffalo pastures (about 2400m). then a longer descent through forest, emerging into open grassy meadows above Sikklis (2000m). we get good views from our campsite both at sunrise and sunset. About 7-8hrs walking with one steep ascent and one steep descent.

Day 07 Excursion to Sikkles Gurung Village and north
Duration: 5 hrs
Height: 2500m
Opportunity to make an optional excursion north from sikklis along a ridge for stunning views of Lamjung himal and the Annapurnas. Alternatively spend the day relaxing and taking in the spectacular mountain scenery or wandering around sikklis, one of the largest Gurung settlements in Nepal .

Day 08 Sikkles - Laamokhet
Duration: 5hrs
Height: 920m
We make a steep descent from our campsite above Sikkles through the small settlement of Khitang down to the Madi Khola. The walking is more gradual now along the west bank of the river. Good opportunities for bird watching - watch out for kingfishers, blue throated beeaters and whitecapped river chats. We lage of Laamokhet. This is one long steep descent trek today.

Day 09 Laamokhet - Kalikasthan
Duration: 6hrs
Height: 1419m
Explore around (optional rip: can be climbed unnamed peak) From Laamokhet, easy walking brings us gradually down the west bank of the river through forest and fields. We then ascend steepy through the forest to a small pass and then more gradually continue to Kalikastan (1150m ). We stop in the village before continuing along a broad trail and ascending to the top of an open grassy ridge with panoramic views of the Annapurnas, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Lamjung and Manaslu Himal in the east. The lakes of Begnas and Rupa are below the ridge to the south. We camp a little below the ridge.Day over with one steepish ascent.

Day 10 - Kalika Sthan - Pokhara
Duration: 6 hrs
Height: 1400m
Retrace our steps from the camp to the top of the ridge to watch sunrise over the mountains and then return to the campsite for breakfast. Descend quite steepy from the ridge and at a major trail junction take the trail to the east. Ascend to the ridge to find a small camp site .

Day 11 - Pokhara to Kathmandu .
Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu . Overnight stay at hotel.

Price Cover

All trips can be customized and extended as per requirements

Trip Cost includes:
04 nights hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara on BB plan, , all meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner with tea\coffee), accommodation in camping, a guide, cook, helper, porters, ground transportation, entry permits, all necessaries fees for Nepalese staffs (all meals, equipments, insurance).

Trip cost does not include:
Lunch / dinner while in Kathmandu & Pokhara, Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, cold drinks), cigarettes, clients personal insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses, sleeping bag, down jackets, airport tax (International) emergency rescue flight & expenses if require, etc.

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