Siklis Trekking

Siklis Trekking

Siklis Trek Nepal

Siklis, is one of the largest village by inhabited by the Gurung community which still reflects the traditional way of living performed by the people of this community. Situated at an altitude of 1981m, this beautiful village lies above the Mardi Khola and overlooks Annapurna IV in the north and Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal in the east. Siklis region was popular for its pristine forested surrounding making this region a perfect destination for bird lovers and it has many species of birds.

Siklis Trekking is one of the best trekking destinations for people who have no trekking experience in Nepal as it is not a high altitude treks. As the trail passes many human settlements along the way we can experience the ancient and traditional lifestyle of Gurung people and also can interact with the locals to experience the warm hospitality. Many people living in this region were also a part of British millitiary as a Gurkha Soldier, So if lucky we might hear some of the brave stories of the Gurkhas while they were serving the Britain.

Siklis Trekking lets you enjoy the terraced fields that are mostly covered with seasonal crops depending on the time of your visit. As the trail enters dense Rhododendron forests we will have plenty of time to get lost into the nature as this trek is also not that crowded allowing you to enjoy every moments of your stay with the local people. Siklis Trekking is also a perfect trekking for family trips that have small kids. Siklis trekking is suitable for people of all age with not such difficulty.

Siklis Trekking begins from the beautiful city of Pokhara. From Kathmandu you have options of either flying or driving to Pokhara. The trekking trail begins from Begnas Lake, from where we hike norther towards Baral along the Madi Khola. Crosiing many villages and terraced fields we pass Chymarand and finally reach the village of Siklis. Along the way we have wonderful Himalaya’s views along with traditional houses and friendly locals. Continuing further ahead we reach Hoga from where we reach Chisapani via Burijung Khola and Bharaburi. Siklis trek ends at Pokhara from where we head back to Kathmandu or any other destinations according to your plan.

Trip Details

  • Itinerary
  • Detail Itinerary
  • Trip Info
  • Weather
  • Equipment
  • Useful Info

Itinerary:

Day 01:
Arrival in Kathmandu [1,338m].
Day 02: Cultural tour around Kathmandu [1,338m]. "B". (06-07 hrs).
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara [930 m]. "B". (06-07 hrs).
Day 04: Drive to Vijayapur, Trek to Kalikastan [1,500 m]. "B,L,D". (04-05 hrs).
Day 05: Trek to Lamakhet [1,680 m]. "B,L,D". (05-06 hrs).
Day 06: Trek to Siklis [1,980 m]. "B,L,D". (05-06 hrs).
Day 07: Trek to Forest Camp [2,200 m] "B,L,D". (05-06 hrs).
Day 08: Trek to Ghale Gaon [2,000 m] "B,L,D". (06-07 hrs).
Day 09: Trek to Hyangja [1,070 m] and drive to Pokhara "B,L,D". (03 hrs).
Day 10: Fly to Kathmandu [1,338m] "B". (25 M).
Day 11: Trip ends! Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a life time. "B".


Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Detail Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1,338m]:
A representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will be waiting outside the airport according to your arrival time who will transfer you to the hotel. A short briefing session will be conducted after you have settled down. If you have any questions please do let us know.Overnight in hotel.

Day 02: Temple visit in Kathmandu [1,330 m] - (B): You will have breakfast in the Hotel. After breakfast we will drive to various UNESCO listed world heritage sites of Nepal which are situated inside the Kathmandu Valley. Swyambhunath is the initial heritage site that we will be visiting; a famous and important stupa for Buddhists which is situated at the top of a hill in Kathmandu Valley. The temple is also known as Monkey Temple due to hundreads of monkeys living around the temple area. We then head to the ancient palace of Kathmandu, Kathmandu Durbar Square which consists many historical temples such as temple of the living Goddess Kumari, the Jagannath temple, and the Kasthamandap, a famous three storey building which was built from a wood of a single tree. Later today we will visit the most scared Hindu shrine of the world, Pashupatinath followed by the visit to Bouddhastupa one of the oldest and biggest stupa in Nepal. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara [970 m] - (B): Early in the morning, we drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara, Nepal's lake city. Our bus follows a winding road over the valley rim and descends onto the Trisuli River. The journey is slow and steady as the road winds through villages and passing terrace fields before reaching our destination.

Pokhara is best known for its tranquil atmosphere and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Normally, we arrive by mid afternoon so you have time to explore or relax as you prepare for the journey ahead. Overnight in Hotel.

Day 04: Pokhara - Vijayapur- Trek to Kalikastan. [1,500 m]. "B,L,D": After a hearty breakfast at the hotel in Pokhara we will begin our drive towards the Bijayapur Khola, the initial point of our trek. The first phase of the trek today is filled with hiking along the paddy fields followed a crossing a river. As we cross the river the trail now heads up towards Kalikasthan where we will be spending the night. As we continue ascending in the direction of Kalikasthan we will stop on the midway for the lunch. Overnight in Tea house. (45 m drive), (04-05 hrs).

Day 05: Kalikasthan to Lamakhet (1,680m) (B,L,D): With the sun adding brightness we begin our trek today after breakfast in the tea house. The trail slowly goes through the local villages inhabited by many ethnic groups where we can witness the perfect example of people living in unity in diversity. Trekking gently along the terraced fields we reach Mardi Khola from where the trail is considered easy as it follows the river and we hike along the river bank. We finally camp at Lama Khet after passing the settlements at Bhaise and Nawaldanda. Lama Khet is a beautiful village surrounded by hills. Overnight in Tea House. Average Trekking time is 06-07 hours.

Day 06: Lamakhet to Siklis(1,980m) (B,L,D): The initial part of the trek today lead you along the river bank to Khilan Gaon on a flat trail. After reaching Khilan Gaon the trail begins to ascend gently for the first few minutes followed by steep uphill hike for couple of hours. While ascending gradually we pass a village named Parju from where the trail continues to rise towards Siklis village. Siklis is one of the oldest and biggest Gurung Village which is home for many brave Gurkha soldiers whose generations have been serving in British and Indian military. Overnight in Siklis. Average trekking time is 06-07 hours.

Day 07: Siklis to forest Camp (2,200m) (B,L,D) : After your breakfast at the tea house in Siklis Village we continue our trek towards Forest Camp or Neuli Kharkha. Today, the trail enters into the thick Rhododendron and Oak forests climbing gradually up in the beginning. Ascending for some distance the trail is gradual flat to Forest Camp. Overnight in Tea House. Average Trekking Time is 05-06 hours

Day 08: Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon(2,000m) (B,L,D): On this day we continue hiking in the Rhododendron forest. While trekking today we will cross the highest point of our trek from where we begin to descend towards Ghale Gaon, a small village mostly inhabited by the Gurung and Magar Community. Overnight in Tea House. Average trekking time is 05-06 hours.

Day 09: Ghale Gaon to Pokhara (B): This is the last day of our trekking. After breakfast at the tea house in Ghale Gaon we slowly head in the direction of Pokhara. Today’s trek is mostly downhill upto hyangja from where we take a car and drive to our hotel in Pokhara. Overnight in Hotel. Average trekking time is 03-04 hours.

Day 10: Mountain Flight to Kathmandu. [1,338m]: After breakfast in Pokhara, we have a mountain flight to Kathmandu; it is a thrilling exciting flight over forests, fields and villages with the Himalayas at the background. On arrival, we transfer to the hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Hotel.(22-25 m flight).

Day 11: Fly back home - (B): A representative from Adventure Treks Nepal will drop you to the airport according to your flight time. Trip ends. “NAMASTE!”

Note: If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Arrival and Departure Transport.
  • Full day sightseeing tour with entrance fee.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast.
  • Duffle Bag using for Trekking.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the Trekking.
  • Accommodation in Tea house (mountain lodge) while trekking.
  • Kathmandu - Pokhara drive and pokhara - Kathmandu by flight.
  • Pokhara Vijayapur and Begnas Pokhara  drive.
  • Trekking Porter with Insurance. (We Provide 01 Porter for 02 Pax).
  • Trekking Guide with insurance.
  • Trekking Region map.
  • Trekking Permits.
  • All Government taxes.
  • Office service charge.

Trip Cost Excludes:

  • International Airfare.
  • Your travel insurance of any kind
  • Nepal entry Visa fee (US$ 50 for 30 days and USD 30 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Drinks, Dessert, Juice, Mineral Water, Heater charge, Hot Shower during the Trekking and main meals in cities.
  • Tips for Guide, Porter and driver.

Weather information

We offer trekking in Nepal from mid-September to May. However within this period there are clear seasons in the weather. From early September the monsoon rains decrease. By mid-October through to December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 deg C at low altitude in October and nights can drop to below 0 deg C at higher altitudes.

Winter trekking, from December to February, offers cool to mild and clear days with often very cold nights. Daytime temperatures at low altitudes will be mild, around 20 deg C and at night may drop to 0 or as low as -10 deg C at the higher points. Occasionally winter storms can bring snow as low as 2500m.

In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up occasionally bringing afternoon rainstorms. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March, with temperatures of up to 30 deg C and mild nights at low altitudes. The increase in rainfall in the hills is more than compensated for by the spectacular displays of rhododendrons and other wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions, as in April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common. This is a period that generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is traditionally a time when mountaineering expeditions commence their ascents.

The monsoon creates a rainy season in Nepal, which lasts from mid-June to mid-September. During this time the Nepal Himalaya is unsuitable for trekking, with the exception of a few remote valleys. We offer treks during this period in Low altitude Treks in the Nepal Himalaya, Tibet & India (Kulu, Ladakh).

The post-monsoon period: From early September the monsoon rain starts to decrease. By mid-October through to mid-December the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights and clear views. Daytime temperatures can reach 25-30 degrees Celsius at lower altitudes and decrease as you gain height. Over 3000 meters the daytime temperatures can vary as much as 10 to 20 degrees Celsius, and may be hotter or colder, depending on whether it is sunny or windy etc. At night at lower altitudes, temperatures do not normally drop much, although as you approach November it does get colder and the days shorter. Up high it can drop sharply at night, from 0 to minus 10 or 15 and more when camped on the ice or snow.

The pre-monsoon period: In March the cold, dry winter season begins to give way to warmer, wetter spring conditions. Mornings are usually clear with cloud build-up bringing occasional afternoon rainstorms. Views of the mountains in the middle of the day and afternoon may often be obscured. Daytime temperatures increase quickly in March with temperatures of up to 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At higher altitudes it is similar to the conditions of the post-monsoon period, however there is usually more snow, which has accumulated over the winter period. There are spectacular displays of rhododendrons and wildflowers at this time of year. Late spring conditions ie April and May, are generally hot at low elevations and as the clouds build up to the next monsoon, daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

List of Clothing Equipments & Personal Effects

  • Lightweight Trekking (walking) (Waterproof) boots and spare laces. If new one is being bought, “walk then in” to avoid blisters. Also bring spare laces.
  • A pair of track shoes for evening and walk around campsite.
  • Warm Jackets (Fiber fill or down) down should be adequate.
  • A rainproof jacket with hood or ponchos (Get guaranteed Waterproof)
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
  • A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers. Jeans are unsuitable to wear on treks.
  • Thermal underwear.
  • A tracksuit.
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/skirts.
  • Few pairs of cotton T-shirts.
  • At least 1 lightweight long sleeved shirt is particularly to avoid sun born.
  • A woolen hat for morning and evening and Sun cap (Hat) during the day and ensure it has a wide brim to cover the face and neck..
  • A pair of gloves.
  • A pair of sandals to shower and campsite.
  • Few pair of thin and thick woolen socks.
  • Underwear: normal quantity and swimming costume.
  • Sleeping bags for night. (At least -20 Celsius)

Equipment and Accessories

  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry gears while trekking. (We provide)
  • Daypack to carry personal day requirements. (25-30 Ltr) This is a small rucksack to carry personal requirement for the day
  • Water bottle.
  • Snow glasses and sunglasses.
  • 2-5 large plastic bags to separate clean and dirty clothes. Some small plastic bags for garbage.
  • Toiletries with large and small towels. Toilet paper can be by in Kathmandu and some villages in the mountains.
  • Wallet or money belt with compartment for coins.
  • Headlamp or torch light with spare batteries and bulbs.Candles or lighter to burn toilet paper and to lit on.
  • Snow gaiters essential during winter and High Altitude trekking.
  • Walking poles. (If you like to have).
  • Camera with spare batteries and films
  • Reading materials, 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
  • First aid kit with enough Personal medicine.

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.

Trekking in Nepal need not be considered risky affair as far as your health is concerned. Nevertheless, preventive measures such as a through medical checkup and inoculations before you start trekking can save you from unexpected hazards. Since the remote places of Nepal are not supplied with necessities that are essential for modern medical facilities and as the rescue and evacuation are measured in days, it is imperative to make a comprehensive first aid box consisting of basic drugs and accessories as part of the paraphernalia for trekking. Modern dentistry is unknown in the hill of Nepal so it is advised to have a checkup before departure from home. Tooth fillings; sometimes loosen in cold temperatures and high altitudes, so it is recommended to have them checked. Travelers are requested to bring medicine prescribed by their doctor at home. Common medicine for stomach problems, headache, and malaria is available in Kathmandu. Medicine is usually not available in remote areas. So necessary medicine is advisable to carry with you. Before going to Nepal, it is advised to get injections against typhoid, meningitis and hepatitis.

OVERCOMING ALTITUDE PROBLEM:
This is often known as Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), which is particularly a matter of important medical consideration while trekking in the Himalayas. Altitude Sickness means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3000 meters. Early mountain sickness will manifest itself in headache, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue; etc can be encountered as initials of the sickness. The major information source on prevention and treatment of the sickness is Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) and Adventure Treks Nepal (P). Ltd. is the confide life member of it. We assure every trekker that all our guides have followed the training conducted by HRA with the understated information.

CAUSE/FACTOR OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. Less Oxygen
2. Low Pressure i.e. Barometric Pressure
3. Rapid Ascent
4. Possible Dehydration
5. Hypothermia TYPE OF ALTITUDE SICKNESS

  TYPES ALTITUDE SICKNESS
1. AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness
2. HAPE - High Altitude Pulmonary Edema
3. Hace - High Altitude Cerebral Edema

SYMPTOMS
1. (AMS) ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS
Mild symptom feels like hangover/not feeling good
a. Headache
b. Fatigue/Tiredness
c. Nausea
d. Shortness of breath
e. Loss of appetite
f. Sleep disturbance
g. Dizziness

2. (HAPE) HIGH ALTITUDE PULMONARY EDEMA (Water in lungs)
a. Increasing shortness of breath even at rest
b. Severe cough-dry/Productive
c. Very tired-Unusual fatigue while walking
d. High Pulse rate i.e. 110
e. Blueness of face, lips, finger nails that means inability to transport Oxygen into the blood

3. (HACE) HIGH ALTITUDE CEREBRAL EDEMA (Water in the head)
Severe symptoms of altitude sickness
a. Severe Headache
b. Vomiting
c. Walking like a drunk (Ataxia)
d. Mental confusion/Altered mental status
e. Irritable-Does not want to be bothered by other people
f. Unconsciousness or Coma
TEST - Tandem walking test, Heel to toe step fall off from the line.

DECISION MAKING
1. Find out the main problem i.e. at altitude. Assume all problems are Altitude Sickness unless proven otherwise.
2. If it is an altitude problem with mild symptoms, stay at the same altitude until the symptoms are completely gone. Take an Aspirin tablet, try to go up but listen to your body. If symptoms are worsening, go down.

PREVENTION
1. Acclimatization: - After a 1000m. Ascent, stay one more night for acclimatization.
2. Do not make RAPID ASCENT; don't go too fast too high.
3. No alcohol, sleeping pills and smoking.
4. Drink more fluid 3-4ltrs a day… clean, boiled or treated water/tea/coffee/soup/juice etc.
5. Do not carry heavy packs.
6. Climb higher sleep lower.
7. Do not travel alone.

TREATMENT
1. DESCENT is the best medicine; do not wait for the Helicopter.
2. Medicine:
a. Oxygen.
b. Diamox…for AMS 125mg. Before dinner, for sleeping problem if feeling suffocated.
c. Nafedipine for HAPE
d. Steroids/Dexamethasone for HACE
3. Hyperbolic Bag - Gammow Bag
4. Golden Rules
a. Awareness of ALTITUDE SICKNESS
b. If you have mild symptoms, do not go higher. Take Aspirin.
c. If you have worsening symptoms, go down.
d. Do not leave your team member behind unattended, either trekker or porter.
5. IMPORTANT
a. Go up slowly.
b. Drink plenty of fluids (at least 3 liters per day)
c. Get all information about Altitude Sickness before your trekking tour that will make you confident to make your tour successful.

Our advice: Drink 3-4 ltr of water minimum a day, don't exhaust yourself so much and breathe deep and take rest more than usual.

Physically prepare yourself: It is important that your body is adequately prepared for the physical challenges of trekking. It is thus important that you assess your own condition and train accordingly. In general, the fitter you are, the easier it will be for you to handle the rigors of the trek. A well-rounded training program would include strength training, aerobic cross training, and hiking (ideally at high altitude but not necessary).

Mentally prepare yourself: Mental preparation is often overlooked. You should always keep a positive state of mind, but not ignore the signals your body sends you. Your mental stamina will, without a doubt, make the most difficult parts of the trekachievable.

We will keep the packing list update asnew equipment becomes available. If you have reviews or suggestions please send us an email.

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