Siklish Trekking - is a spectacular & panoramic short trek around Pokhara city. The Max elevation is 3000m and it doesn't effect the trekkers even those who have not done any trekking. So anyone can do this trek easily without any problem.
Siklish is the biggest Gurung village with the forest of national flower rhododendron which blooms in the spring time. One can have the amazing panoramic view of mountain, including Annapruna South (7,219 m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail - 6,997 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m) and Lamjung Himal (6,983 m) and in the distance Manaslu (8,163 m), Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) and Himalchuli (7,892 m). The inhabitants of this area are mainly Brahmins and Chhetri, though Siklish is the largest Gurung village in Nepal with 700 houses, you will get a chance to see traditional Nepalese hill life. In the springtime, you can see the blooming of white orchids and other flora in the forest. This is one of the areas where few tourists go for trekking.
After Breakfast 6 hrs Drive to Pokhara about 200km by Tourist Bus through good scenery of River and countryside. Check in to the Hotel. Free afternoon on your own. Take a walk around Lakeside or you can do boating at fewa lake. O/n Hotel. (You can fly to Pokhara takes 25 minutes Flight)
Early morning start with a steep climb and then an easy undulating walk towards Ghachowk village passing rice and millet fields. The trail continues with a climb to Diprang village and descends to the Seti river to Kharpani (1275m) where you camp. Small natural hot springs are located here. About 4 hours walk
The trek goes along the Seti river and ascends towards Nayangaon a fairly large Gurung village. You continue the trek and climb a steep hill to Chianglung village to Sardi Khola river for lunch. After lunch you will visit Khaibrang village and Ghalekharka village (2250 m) to camp for the night. About 5 hours walk.
The route becomes steeper as the trail goes through a beautiful Rhododendron forest upto the ridge top (2560 m). From here you walk through a Cedar forest before reaching Parje (1870 m). About 7 hours walk.
Rest day visit Siklish (2850 m), which is the largest Gurung settlement in Nepal. Set overlooking the Mardi river valley. Siklish is inhabited by Gurungs, one of the many Nepalese hill tribes. Magnificent front views of Lamjung Himal and the Annapurna range.
A steep 2 hours descent along stone steps. You follow the Mardi river passing through numerous villages and cultivated fields and Lamakhet. About 6 hours walk.
Continue to follow the trail along the Mardi river through rice fields and forests to reach Bhainse for lunch. From here you walk to Kalikasthan (1518 m). About 5 hours walk.
This camp spot has good views of the surrounding Annapurnas. Hike towards Begnas. Lunch at the lakeside. About 3 hours walk. Transfer by van to Pokhara. O/n at Hotel.
Note: This itinerary can be customized as per situation.
Certain basic trekking equipment is essential on all routes we described in this site. Depending on the area and season, we will provide you with a comprehensive list of necessities. Here is some recommended Equipments List for trekking in Nepal.
Lightweight walking boots. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
A pair of track shoes. To wear in the camp at night or when the boot is wet.
Warm jacket. Fiber fills or down should be adequate. This is especially necessary during winter from December to February. A rainproof jacket with hood or a poncho. Get the one that is guaranteed waterproof.
Woolen shirts and thick sweaters. During winter months, December through February these items are essential. Thick sweaters can be purchased in Kathmandu. 1 lightweight long sleeved -shirt is particularly suitable for avoiding sun burn.
A pair of lightweight/ heavy weight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks. Cheap loose cotton pants are available in Kathmandu. Heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night. Windproof/ waterproof trousers are necessary on all treks going above 10.00ft.
Thermal underwear. These are excellent to sleep in at night in the winter months thermal underwear are quite invaluable.
A tracksuit useful for wearing in camp and in the tent. 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts.
As you do not carry it yourself this may be synthetic or down, but it must be 4 season. As most treks pass through a variety of climatic conditions, a long zip is a good idea. A cotton/fleece liner helps keep your sleeping bag clean. Good sleeping bags are expensive but can be rented easily in Kathmandu (Only for treks starting and finishing there)
Choose a high factor suncream (Factor 20 or stronger) to protect your skin against the sun at high altitude. A combination sunblock/lip salve is ideal for facial protection.
You should have your own supply of plasters, aspirin, diarrhea tablets and also a comprehensive blister kit. (Please do not give medicines to local people without consulting the trek leader.)
a) A woolen hat to wear in the morning and at night. During winter it is an essential item.
b) A sunhat and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck.
b) A pair of gloves. Leather with lining and woolen are best. c) 1 pair of sandals to wear in the cities and in camp.
d) 4 pairs of thin and 4 pair of thick woolen socks.
e) Underwear” normal quantity and swimming costume, hankies.
a) Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking
b) Daypack: This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day e.g. toilet items, camera, film towel, soap, a boot etc.
c) Water bottle.
d) Snow glasses and sunglasses
e) 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones.
f) 6 -10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
g) Wallet and /or money belt with compartment for coins.
h) Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can buy in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
i) Small headlamp and/ or torch with spare batteries and bulbs
j) candles and lighter to burn toilet paper.
k) Snow gaiters essential during wither and all treks going over at other times.
l) An umbrella (optional), which is quite useful to as a sunshade and useful when it rains.
m) Reading materials, camera and film, game items (optional), note book, rubber band, pen and pencil, envelopes, a diary, a calendar, a pocket knife, binoculars (optional), a small pillow or headrest (optional). Thermoses (optional)- an inflatable sleeping mat, trekking map, adequate quantities of passport photograph