Annapurna Sikles Trek is a short and beautiful trek around Sikles village and Kapuche lake from Pokhara. Sikles is the largest and wonderful Gurung village in Annapurna Conservation Area(ACAP) Nepal. The unspoiled Sikles village provides an excellent views of Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu, and Lamjung Himal. Also, Sikles community home stay trek that is recently opened, a new trekking trail in Annapurna region. So, you will meet a few trekkers on the trail. The views of whole Annapurna mountain range from Tara Hill top is supper amazing. The short Sikles Trek begins from Pokhara to Sikles village, Tara Hill, Ghalegaun and Pokhara. This is a perfect trip to enjoy natural and cultural beauty of Nepal. Sikles and Kapuche Lake trek is for beginners like families with children to senors with limited time trekking in Annapurna. For booking inquiry regarding 7 days Sikles Kapuche Lake Trek departure dates/cost for 2023/2024, please email us at [email protected] and call or message on WhatsApp at +977 9851023742.
Trip Name: Sikles Trek
Trip Duration: 7 days
Trip Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Trip Season: Aug to Dec, Jan to Jun
Trip Altitude: 850m- 3210m
Trip Cost: USD 490-USD 830
Group Size: 01 - 12 people
Trip Package: Private/Group Trek
Mode of Transfer: Bus / Car / Flight
Start/End of Trip: Kathmandu /Kathmandu
Sikles Trek 7 days is a beautiful off the beaten trekking in Annapurna Nepal where you can enjoy pretty much close view of Mt Annapurna.
The 7-day trekking around Sikles village and Kapuche Lake is one of the most picturesque trek full of natural and cultural beauty.This is a short and beautiful trek near Pokhara with quiet trail of amazing views of Annapurna. Pokhara Sikles Trek known as Sikles village Trek is a home stay trek famous for cluster building and local tribes-the Gurung cultures.A less explored trekking around Sikles in Annapurna is for everyone who loves local natures and cultures. A good fitness level is required to enjoy this trek as the trails ascends and descends frequently.
The short trekking around Sikles and Kapuche Lake in Annapurna is good for family with children to solo and small group travelers.To avoid traffic of trekkers on the trail, Sikles Trek is perfect as it offers up close view of the entire Annapurna mountain range from Tara Hill Top. Annapurna Sikles Trek begins from Pokhara and trek passes traditional villages and thick forest of oak, rhododendron and bamboo.A new trek route in Annapurna where you will experience truly a captivating village experience and the real rural Nepal. Sikles is the biggest Gurung village of Nepal with enrich cultures. Annapurna Sikles Trekking in Spring is amazing due to the colorful rhododendron flowers and large white magnolia tree.
Sikles Trek Package
We offer budget, standard and full fledged package to Sikles Trek. Please write us email to know about these package price and what is inclusion in the cost. We come to see you soon by mail with all details price of budget, standard and full fledged trip. Sikles Trek Package price ranges from USD 350 to USD 950.
Sikles Trek with guide
Sikles Trek with guide is much easier, more secure and enjoyable.The trail is well marked for most of the trek, but there are parts where it’s not clear which way to go.Guides aren’t expensive in Nepal that US$ 30 a day).They provide you with some company and their expertise will help you. Moreover, if something should happen, you will have someone to help you.
Accommodation and food on the trek
Most of the guest houses, hotels and tea houses in this area are very basic and provide minimum comfort.The bathrooms are communal with no toilet paper and in some of the hotels hot water is limited.Restaurants and hotels serve mostly vegetarian meals, the most popular dish is Dal Bhat (steamed rice and lentil soup that is generally served with vegetables), but you can also find dishes with beef or chicken.
Sikles Trek Permit
All trekkers in Nepal must acquire the Trekkers’ Information Management Systems (TIMS) Card. The TIMS Card is mandatory to ensure the safety and security of trekkers in the general trekking areas. In addition to the TIMS Card, you also need a to get a ACAP permit to do the Sikles Trek . A copy of your passport and two passport-size photographs are required to obtain a TIMS Card and ACAP permit.
Private and Group Trek
We organize group and private trek to Sikles Village Annapurna . The bigger your group, the more discount you can get. We handle all group sizes and assign one assistant guide for a group of 12 or more trekkers. Each group will lead by a guide and porters.We assign one porter for every two trekkers. The luggage weight limit is 9 kg per trekker. Hence, a porter will not carry more than 18 kg of combined weight.
Communication on Sikles Trek
During the Sikles Trek , you can use the internet at lodges/tea houses for an extra cost. However, at high altitudes, we will communicate using the phone. Depending on the kind of network you use, you might get signals at trekking regions, but they might not be strong enough. If you wish, you can buy a local sim card in Kathmandu
Sikles Trek Difficulty and Preparation
Sikles Trek is an easy grade trek. You need to walk generally 4 to 5 hrs a day, taking regular breaks enjoying stunning mountain views. Ghorepani trek trail ascend and descend fairly. So you need to have an average physical fitness and strong determination. Some days may require longer waking hours.Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform us before booking the trek.
Last Minute Booking Trip
For those unable to book a trip in advance, We do accept a last-minute booking. To take advantage of this facility, you need to pay 100% of the trip cost 24 hours before the trip departures. We do our best to operate a trek at any time, but in case of last-minute booking, we can not be responsible for delays due to circumstances beyond our control such as bad weather or the unavailability of lodging. Contact us at 977-9851023742 (Jitendra) or email us at [email protected] for more information.
Drive by bus and car or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
The distance from Kathmandu to Pokhara is just 210 Km (130 mi), so the bus travel time is around 6 to 7 hours.The hilly road from Kathmandu to Pokhara is quite dangerous with many curves and old trucks overtaking buses and cars at high altitude.On the top of it, the buses are old and can break down at any time and make your travel time even longer.If you can, you should definitely take a 45 min flight. Even though it’s more expensive than the bus, you will be safer and save your precious time.
Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Travel by bus or by flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara, on the shores of scenic Phewa Lake.
Day 2: Pokhara to Lamakhet/Yanjakot (5 hours)
Trek to Lamakhet, a picturesque village along the Modi River. Overnight in Lamakhet/Yanjakot.
Day 3: Lamakhet/Yangjakot to Sikles Village (5/6 hours)
Trek to Siklis, passing Parju Village along the way.
Day 4: Rest day at Sikles.
Explore Sikles and take the opportunity to observe the daily life of the Buddhist Gurung people.
Day 5: Siklis to Ghalekharka (5 hours)
Trek to Ghalekharka via Tara hilltop overnight at Ghalekharka.
Day 6: Ghale Kharka –Pokhara via Sardi Khola.
Trek for approximately 3 hours to Sardi Khola and then drive to Pokhara (2 hours drive).
Day 7: Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Drive or fly back to Kathmandu. In the afternoon free day is for shopping souvenir for your family members and friends. In the evening, join our farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with authentic Nepali meals and traditional culture dances.
Best Season for Sikles Trek
The Sikles Trek can be done all year round, however it’s easier when there isn’t rain or snow on the trails.So, the best time to do the Sikles Trek is from March to June and September to December. In these months, the weather is clearer and the temperature moderate, when only the morning and evenings are a bit chilly, leaving the days perfectly clear for splendid views of the mountains.
Equipment for Sikles Trek
In case that you’re travelling just with a carry-on suitcase or backpacking in Southeast Asia, you don’t need to worry about the clothes you need to bring for the trek because you can rent everything you need in Kathmandu and Pokhara. And the prices are really good.But you must bring:
Sun hat or scarf
Warm fleece hat
Sunglasses with UV protection
Thin, lightweight inner socks
Thick, warm woolen hiking socks
Hiking boots with spare laces
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Gaiters for hiking in winter
Lightweight cotton long pants
Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Light weight thermal tops
Fleece jackets or pullovers
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jackets
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F
Headlamp with spare batteries
Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
Basic First Aid Kit
Large plastic bags – for keeping Items dry inside the trekking bags
Tissue /toilet roll
Anti-bacterial hands wash
The Ghorepani Poon hill trek has a very low chance of altitude sickness. Here you might experience some mild symptoms like being tired and more easily out of breath. However, as you will descend to lower altitudes on the same day this should not pose a problem.
Passport and Visa
All foreigners except Indian nationals need a visa to enter Nepal. You can get an on-arrival visa at Tribhuvan International Airport or Nepal border regional offices. For a visa application, you need a passport valid for at least six months, a passport size photo, and visa application fees.The current visa cost for 30 days is US$50 which you have to pay in USD cash. Children under the age of 10 will get a free visa. Chinese citizens and citizens of SAARC countries:Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka get a free visa.The citizen of Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan will not get visa on arrival in Nepal.
Tipping in Nepal
Nepali culture accepts tipping and views it as proof of good service. However, tipping is at the traveler’s discretion and should reflect the quality of service provided.We advise you to tip at the end of the trek.
After completion of Poon Hill Trek, if you have extra days, we can arrange sightseeing tours around Kathmandu. Also cater your 2 nights 3 days Chitwan Jungle Safari tour, paragliding, rafting, canyoning, Everest Mountain Flight, Heli tour to ABC, EBC and Langtang.
Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency and 1 USD =Rs 120 NPR.You can exchange most foreign currencies in banks and other financial institutions or money exchanges in Kathmandu or Pokhara. Money exchanges display exchange rates visibly for the public.
Please note that only Indian Rupee Notes (INR) of 100 and 2000 denominations are legal in Nepal. We recommend you to bring cash and exchange them for Nepali Rupees at money exchanges instead of traveler's Cheque are not accepted now in Nepal.You can also withdraw cash in Nepalese Rupees using your credit/debit card from ATMs in Kathmandu or Pokhara. You can withdraw up to Rs. 35,000 for a fee of Rs 500. Most banks in Asia do not accept old, torn and faded foreign currency notes so bring clean new notes.
Travel insurance is compulsory for Sikles Trek. Though this is an easy trek with low risk of AMS. However, this mountain journey is not a normal visit due to the possibility of unforeseen or unexpected events such as injury, illness, flood, landslide and sudden climate changes.All trekkers must provide a copy of their comprehensive travel insurance policy certificate. The policy must cover medical and emergency repatriation - including helicopter rescue and evacuation expenses at high altitudes. We kindly request you to send your detailed insurance policy copy before trekking departures. In case of emergencies, we will use the documents you sent us for rescue. It will help us arrange a quick and effective rescue operation, transfer for emergency medical help, etc. Please make sure with the insurance company that they cover helicopter evacuation at high altitude trek along with medical costs.
Expenses of Personal Nature
Our package does not include meals and accommodation costs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Moreover, all our valuable clients need to bring personal spending money to cover visa fee, travel insurance policy purchase, beverages, snacks for the trek, hot (tea/coffee) and cold drinks, tips to guide and porter, souvenirs and so on. We recommend you to bring cash in major currencies which you can easily exchange for rupees in Nepal. Sikles Trek accept only Nepalese currency.
Water and Electricity
Electricity is available for camera and mobile battery recharge at an extra cost. You can buy either packed mineral water from local lodges and en route shop or fill your water bottle with boiled water at an extra cost. If you require, we can provide you with water purification pills. You shouldn't drink water from rivers, taps and wells in trek as the water might not be drinkable.
Solo Travelers-Single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Minimum Age-You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a our tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.