Siklis trekking is one of the popular and moderately easy trek. It is situated at the north east of Pokhara at an altitude of 2000meters. This trek is one of the untouched trek of the natural environments with beautiful villages and traditional culture of Nepal. Hardly few visitors had visited this place. In 1980 the prince Charles of British had visited this 2nd largest gurung (gurkhas) community to develop this place into an ideal eco- trekking route so this place is also known as royal trek. It is snuggled down below the lofty mountain Annapurna II (7937m) and IV (7525m).
This trekking offers you the most magnificent view of Mt. Dhaulagiri8, 167m, Hiunchuli 6336m. Machapuchre (fishtail) 6999m and Lamjung Himal(6986m.), Annapurna II 7939mand Annapurna IV (7525m)and many other peaks which will be the main site to view this majestic mountain in a complete package. Abundant flora –thick rhododendron forests, orchid’s etc. and fauna and different species of birds chirruping can be detected throughout your trail. You will be observing the local handicrafts made by the local people residing here. You will be also viewing two best lakes called Rupa tal one of the 3rd biggest lake in Nepal and the Begnas tal is one of the 2nd largest lake after phewa lake.
This trekking starts from an airstrip to pokhara or we can also go through the tourist vehicle which will maximum take 6 hours to reach. On the next day we will be hiking Begnas lake where will be our campsite from here we move to the north of Baral along with the Madi Khola at (1920m). Consequently, to Chymarang and finally we reach at fine conserved Siklesh (1,980m) through the Gurung gurkha villages. On this site we can view the entire view of the mountain given above and we will passes through the pristine meadows with dense rhododendron and different kinds of birds. After exploring all the e feature is siklis trek we then heading to Hoga and we can relaxed here and explore the areas and take snaps of the Himalayas and natural inhabitants of the area and we then hike towards the Chipli, Burijung Khola, Bharaburi and then to Chisopani and consequently we reach to Pokhara city from there we will return back to Kathmandu by flight or either by private tourists bus.
This trekking can be done on the months of February to June and September to November. The other remaining month is also good for the trek but due to the heavy rain we might not able to view the stunning scenery.
Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) provides you with the great facilities like you can chose the detail itinerary according to your vacation plan so if you want to book this trip you can easily go through our websites or email us or contact us.
Day 1 - Drive or Fly to Pokhara
We can reach Pokhara by two means of transportation. Driving by a bus or private vehicle takes about six hours whereas a flight takes only 30 minutes. Both the drive and flight will provide you rich views of landscapes and mountains.Pokhara is a beautiful city, often known as the city of lakes. The mountains of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna massif are seen very near when the weather is clear. Phewa lake beside the city is a beautiful and the most visited lake in the city. You will stay in a hotel in the lakeside overnight.
Day 2 - Drive to Bijaypur, Trek to Kalikasthan
The starting point of trek lies at a 30-minute driving distance from Pokhara city. We will drive you to Bijaypur near an army camp. This is the place from where we will start the trek. We will walk along the bank of Bijaypur river, passing by the fields and the villages of Rakhigaon and Chautara. The destination for the first day’s trek will be Kalikasthan at 1370 meters altitude. We will reach there after walking for 5 hours from Bijaypur. Kalikasthan is a village primarily populated with Brahman and Chhetri communities. The views of Pokhara City, Begnas lake and the peaks all can be seen from this single point. We will be camping nearby for overnight stay.
Day 3 - Trek to Lamakhet
From Kalikasthan, the path is pretty easy and leveled. As we move along, we can see the fields in the slopes of the hills, known as terrace farming. Few villages with mixed communities will be crossed today. For sometime, we will walk beside Mardi Khola (stream) and then come across the villages of Bhaise and Nawaldanda. Finally after five hours of walk or so, we will reach Lamakhet. It is a small village at an altitude of 1680 meters where we can stay overnight in a lodge or camp.
Day 4 - Trek to Siklis
The path from Lamakhet is also easy and almost flat at the beginning. We will reach Khila Gaon by the afternoon. From there, the trail starts to ascend. It will take almost six hours to reach the ultimate highlight of this trip, Siklis village. It is a village at an altitude of 1980 meters with one of the largest and oldest Gurung communities. From here, one can enjoy the magnificent views of mountain peaks such as Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu. Overnight stay will be in a lodge or camp
Day 5 - Trek to Nyaulikharka
After Siklis, the path is ascending at the beginning. It goes through the forests of oak and rhododendron while you can walk and enjoy bird watching. After some time, the trail gets flat and easy. It takes five hours of walk to reach Nyauli Kharka at 2200 meters altitude. Nyauli means owl in Nepali language. There is a dense forest and a forest camp in this area. We will stay in a lodge or camp during the night.
Day 6 - Trek to Ghalegaun
We continue our journey through the forest. In the flowering season (Feb to April), the forest is covered with beautiful rhododendron flowers. We will climb for some time and descend to Ghale Gaon. It is located at an altitude of around 2000 meters in Lamjung district. It’s another village of Gurung and Magar communities known for its splendid beauty and the hospitality. A lodge will be available for the night stay. If not, we will stay in camp as usual.
Day 7 - Trek to Hyamja
Walking down through the forest and villages, we will move forward to Hyamja. It will be the last day of trekking. It will take three hours to reach the trekking endpoint, Hyamja at 1070 meters altitude. As we move, we pass the villages of different communities such as Gurung, Thakali, Brahman and Chhetri. From Hyamja, you will be transferred back to Pokhara city by a private vehicle. You will stay overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
Day 8 - Drive to Kathmandu
On this day, you will return back to Kathmandu. On the way, you will be able to see beautiful landscapes. Most of the road runs along the banks of rivers Marsyangdi and Trishuli. It will take six to seven hours of drive to reach Kathmandu. The tour comes to the end.
INCLUDES & EXCLUDES
What is included?
- All the transportation between airport and hotel
- 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard) and 3 nights in a 3 star hotel in pokhara with breakfast
- 8 nights in standard lodges/teahouses during the trek
- Transportation from Pokhara to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Welcome and farewell dinners
- All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
- All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
- An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
- All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
- All government and local taxes
What is not included?
- Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
- Tips for guides and porters
3 star hotels in Kathmandu will be provided and in days during the trek you will have standard tea houses as accommodations. Rooms will be on twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you need a single room. Cases may be different for solo travelers and odd numbered groups or genetically different peoples travelling together. Standard teahouses will be provided during the trip days.
During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.
The best seasons to join this trek are autumn and spring. The weather is clear and views are breathtaking. Winter obviously is a good choice but you need to withstand strong colds. Summer or Monsoon will be affected by rainfalls but a good choice if you are into botany.
Hotel and Lodge:
Ganesh Himal Hiking team arranges the best comfy and pleasant accommodation and provides you the well-nourished hygienic foods. Throughout your stay in Kathmandu i.e. 3 nights you will be staying at the best standard hotel which will be rating at 2- 3-star hotel. Although if you want to stay at 4- 5-star hotel in the well sumptuous hotel and are able to pay for this expenses then you have this kind of choices but for the luxurious hotel the payment should be deposited by the clients itself. As the Ganesh Himal Hiking team company can only afford the hotel which is the rate at 2-3 star hotels. However once you are set for your trek there will be no such facilities like in the city of Kathmandu and one should not expect like Kathmandu as we are trekking to the remote area so, we will be staying at tea houses and local lodges. In such hotel there will be a usual bed and of course pillow. Most of the lodges of this region depend on lanterns or candle only a few has the facility of electric lights nonetheless you will be getting clean hygienic food which is most important. Most of the lodges will be already booked earlier before your trek however in some situation we will be not able to book in advance but not to worry we can book -in while reaching there because there are ample of lodges and some tea houses in this region and if not we can easily set a camp which will the most adventurous part of the trek itself is interesting and adventurous.
Meals and Drinks:
We the company totally focuses on client’s meals by making sure that each and every client get the same portion which is clean hygienic and nourished which is most necessary while trekking. While trekking all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided but in the Kathmandu city sometimes breakfast and sometimes dinner are included where you can go through the each detail itinerary below. During trek breakfast and dinner will be served in the lodges or teahouses and for the lunch our expert trek leader or guide will be taking you the best clean hotels. However we suggest you carry a water purification tablets to purify the water as on the way you will get normal water but if you want bottled mineral water you will easily get in some shops or tea houses but the expense of the bottled water should be paid by the client itself as it is not included in package.
Best Season to Travel:
The flawless seasons for Nepal visit will be in the spring season in the month of March to May and autumn season on September and November. Even in winter one can travel but only if you can bear the cold weather season. We strongly recommended the clients not to trek on the monsoon season on the month of June, July and August because during this period it rains heavenly and in day afternoon the sun rays will be extremely blazing heat so, it will be difficult to trek. So, we suggest every client trek in the specific seasons.
Throughout your trekking your luggage will be carried by our porters and you have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trek can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed. The Nepal domestic airlines do not exceed more than 15 kg which also includes your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg then some charge should be deposit which is not included in the package.
Guide/Porter on Trek:
We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained trekking guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Also we will be providing you a cordial and sincere porter who will be carrying your 10 kg luggage of each client. Like if you are trekking in a huge group like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group.
Group Size, Guide and Crew Member:
Ganesh Himal hiking team arranges trek with the minimum solitary client to maximum 16 clients in a group. In the larger group we will be arranged by dividing the groups. However one can stay in the same lodge but during your trek you will be having a different guide. We the Ganesh Himal Hiking team offers one guide for maximum 10 people in the group and if the number exceeds more than 10 till 16 then we will be providing you 2 guides.
Personal Expenses on Trek:
Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee around $ 25 for visiting heritage sites of Kathmandu, meals while you are in Kathmandu and the normal meals will cost around $ 5-7. It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.
Gears Available in Kathmandu:
For the trekking equipment you can easily get it at Nepal country stores at the reasonable price and if you like you can also rent the trekking equipment. You don’t have to carry or buy from your hometown because all the trekking gear can be easily available in this country –Nepal.
A Typical Day on Trek:
On a customary day you are necessary to trek for 4-6 hours each day. After breakfast we will start to walk and then we will be stopping for a lunch and after lunch we will walk for 3-4 hours to reach our destination. After lunch we will be trekking only for few hours and we will reach our trekking destination in 1—2 hours. Like in some days you will reach your destination in afternoon hours and then you can have lunch and then relax, or take shower, read a novel or wander around the area and even you can play cards with the group, guide and all.
Our Greetings at Airport:
We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.
Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:
Our usual itinerary of the trek is 8 days which is main customary and pragmaticwhich has also included your arrival day, departure day or Kathmandu sightseeing day tour are all included in this package itinerary. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.
Client’s safety is our main priority and makes sure that each and every client is well taken care of. If by chance anyone got sick during trek we will take you to the hospital and if one is seriously ill then we will rescue a helicopter and then they will take you to the hospital and all the expenses are carried out by the travel insurance company so, make sure to cover the insurance policy. For the further information you can go to the Nepal Travel Insurance page.
Booking and Payment:
For booking any trip, trek, expedition first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trek you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable. The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card so, lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.
An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas
hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014
We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.
Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.
Visited October 2015