Sikles Village Trek - 8 Days

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The newly designed Sikles Village Trek takes you to the hidden gem of Pokhara. Siklesh villages trek is the best trek to explore the real rural Nepal, its people and life styles. Siklesh village is a large village inhabited by gurung people. There you can see the traditional Nepali houses and Gurung culture. Likewise, you can also enjoy the cultural dances of gurung people in this trek. Siklesh Village trek is a great way to explore the unexplored beauty of Nepal.

Major Highlights

  • Experience the real rural Nepal.
  • Encounter with the locals.
  • Warm hospitality of Gurung People.
  • Picturesque villages.
  • Gurung cultural Dances
  • Easy trials with stunning views.

Trip Description

Sikles Village Trek is a newly designed trekking route of Nepal. This trekking route is less popular and also known as virgin trial of Nepal.  Sikles Village is a gurung village located to the north east of Pokhara in the shadow of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. This village is known as the second largest gurung village with a well preserved Gurung Culture.

The Gurung culture is very preserved in Sikles village. You can encounter the warm hospitality of Gurung people and also can experience their Gurung culture which has still remained intact over the years. The home stays will provide you a typical Nepali taste of living in the villages. Since it is a less popular trial you can expect very few numbers of tourists on the way. You can fully enjoy the trials as there are fewer tourists.

This trek offers stunning pictures and many more attractions on the way. The trial passes through villages where you can get glimpses of village life style which is much more different than yours. You can explore the local foods and also buy the handicrafts made by the local villagers. Silkes Village Trek is a great idea to explore the hidden gem of the Pokhara.

Best Time to travel Sikles Village

Sikles Village Trek can be done throughout the year. But, the best time to travel to Sikles village is during Mid September to May. This season provides the best view, favorable weather and you can see the blooming rhododendrons throughout all your ways. Moreover, to have the best trekking experience it is better if you avoid trekking in rainy seasons.

Short Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m, 6hrs)

Day 02: Drive to Bijayapur Khola (30min drive)- Trek to Kalikasthan (1150m, 4hrs walk)

Day 03: Kalikasthan to Lama Chaur (910m, 5hrs walk)

Day 04: Lama Chaur to Sikles (1980m, 6hrs walk)

Day 05: Sikles to Forest Camp (2200m)

Day 06: Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon (1800m, 6hrs walk)

Day 07: Forest Camp to Hyanja (1070m, 6hrs walk). Drive to Pokhara (1hr drive)

Day 08:  Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 1
Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m, 6hrs)

The first day of our Sikles Village Trek starts with a long drive to Pokhara. We will have our breakfast at Kathmandu and drive towards Pokhara. The drive to Pokhara is scenic. We will drive through the snake like roads of Prithivi Highway. On the way we will also see some religious sites and major touristic destinations. Pokhara is a major touristic hub of Nepal full of natural beauty. It is a major stop for every trek around Annapurna Region. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 2
Drive to Bijayapur Khola (30min drive) - Trek to Kalikasthan (1150m, 4hrs walk)

The next day of Sikles Village Trek starts with a drive to Bijayapur.It takes about 30min to reach Bijayapur from Pokhara. After that our trial starts, we will be crossing through the flat area of rice fields and the river. Then we trek through different tribal villages before reaching the ridge of Kalikasthan. Overnight in Kalikasthan

Day 3
Kalikasthan to Lama Chaur (910m, 5hrs walk)

Today we will be trekking to Lama Chaur. Right after our breakfast we start our trial. The trial passes through local villages and fields heading towards Mardi Khola. On our way we will then cross Bhaise and Nawaldanda and then reach to Lama Chaur. It is about 5 hrs walk today. Lama chaur is a beautiful small village. You can see the green hills surrounding this village. Overnight at Lamachaur.

Day 4
Lama Chaur to Sikles (1980m, 6hrs walk)

The fourth day of our trek begins with a flat trial along the bank of the river which takes us to Khilan Village on our way to Sikles. Then after, the trials gently go up and we will have a steep climb for about an hour or more until we reach Parju village. A final climb will take you to Sikles Village. Sikles village is a Gurung village and a home to most of the Indian and British Army. You can see the typical Nepali houses in the village and experience the gurung culture and dances. The home stays will give you a typical Nepali feel in Sikles Village. Overnight in Sikles

Day 5
Sikles to Forest Camp (2200m, 6hrs walk)

After having our breakfast at Sikles we trek forward to Forest Camp. Most of our trials today go through dense forest of Rhododendron, Oak and Pine trees. The trial goes uphill and downhill until we reach to a flat surface surrounded by forests which is Forest Camp. Overnight at Forest Camp.

Day 6
Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon (1800m, 6hrs walk)

We will have our breakfast at Forest Camp and then start our trial. We will be heading towards Ghale Gaon today. Walking through a trial that goes through forests blanketed with rhododendron trees and meadows, we will cross some small settlements on the way. The trial mostly goes downhill today. After a few descents we will reach Ghale Gaon. Ghale Gaon is a small village where majority of people are gurung and magars. Overnight at Ghale Gaon.

Day 7
Ghale Gaon to Hyanja (1070m, 4-5hrs walk). Drive to Pokhara (1hr drive)

Today is the final day of our trek. We will have our breakfast at Ghale Gaon and then trek towards Hyanja. It takes about 4 to 5 hours to reach to Hyanja from Ghale Gaon. From Hyanja we will take a vechicle and drive back to Pokhara which takes about one hour. Overnight at Pokhara.

Day 8
Drive back to Kathmandu.

The Sikles Village Trek ends here. Today we will drive back to Kathmandu following the same route. Upon reaching Kathmandu our representatives will drop you to your respective hotel or you can also extend your tour if you want.

Cost Includes

  • Private vehicle transfer.
  • Seasonal fresh fruit.
  • Experienced, well trained, English speaking guide with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period.
  • One porter for each two member in a group (with all his expenses, insurance, equipment during your travel period)
  • Entrance fees for sightseeing/monument visits as per itinerary.
  • Actual Adventure Down jacket, sleeping bag, Duffel bags and walking poles (to be returned after trip completion)
  • Actual Adventure T-shirt
  • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader)
  • All government and local taxes.

Cost Excludes

  • Tips for guides, porters and drivers.
  • Nepalese visa fee.
  • Extra night accommodation due to any reason in Kathmandu.
  • Extra luggage charge.
  • Personal expenses not included in the itinerary.
  • Recommended Travel and Medical Insurance
  • All alcoholic drinks
  • Extra charge for the single supplement rooms.
  • Extra fees for the battery charge and hot shower during the trek.

Nepal Tourist Visa

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport of Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. 'On Arrival' visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. Choice is yours.

If you have obtained visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter into Nepal.

Visas obtained on Arrival at the Entry and Exit points are 'Tourist Visas'.  They bear multiple Re entry facility. Tourist Visa 'On Arrival' is the only entry visa to Nepal. If you are visiting Nepal for the purposes other than Tourism (sightseeing, tour, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and families), you should still get ' Tourist Visa' to get into the country.  However, you must change the category of visa as per your purpose and length of stay in Nepal from Department of Immigration by producing required documents.

Nationals of designated countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.

Please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival at the airport (TIA)  if you have not acquired Visa prior to boarding the plane.

1st  Step

    • Fill in ' Arrival Card '
    • Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up  prior to your arrival  visiting our official website  Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport).  If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after.  If so, you will have to fill it up again.

2nd  Step

    • Make payment  at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)
    • Get the receipt

While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.

On Arrival Visa Fee

15 Days – 25 USD

30 Days – 40 USD

90 Days – 100 USD

3rd Step

    • Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form,  payment receipts and your passport
    • Hand in your documents to immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.

Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:

  • Children below 10 years
  • Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year.  Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.
  • Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
  • Chinese Nationals

Officials from China, Brazil, Russia and Thailand do not need Entry Visa based on reciprocal visa waiver Agreement

Visas of all kinds including ‘Gratis’ issued at the Airport are Tourist Visas. Contact Department of Immigration for extending your visa or changing the category of your visa. Tourist Visa extension can be done from Immigration Office, Pokhara too. Non tourist visa extension can be done only at Department of Immigration (if eligible) for a period of maximum one year (except business visa).

Tribhuvan International Airport is the only international airport of Nepal. Immigration Office, TIA (Tribhuvan International Airport) under Department of Immigration has been facilitating tourists flying to Nepal by providing Visa on Arrival. 'On Arrival' visa procedure is very quick and simple. You can expect some queues during peak Tourist season. If you wish to skip those queues, you can also consider getting Visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions stationed abroad prior to your arrival. Choice is yours.

If you have obtained visa from Nepalese Diplomatic Missions, then you must enter Nepal within six months from the visa issued date. Your total stay is counted starting from the day you enter into Nepal.

Visas obtained on Arrival at the Entry and Exit points are 'Tourist Visas'.  They bear multiple Re entry facility. Tourist Visa 'On Arrival' is the only entry visa to Nepal. If you are visiting Nepal for the purposes other than Tourism (sightseeing, tour, travel, mountaineering, trekking, visiting friends and families), you should still get ' Tourist Visa' to get into the country.  However, you must change the category of visa as per your purpose and length of stay in Nepal from Department of Immigration by producing required documents.

Nationals of designated countries are requested to acquire Visa prior their arrival from their nearby Diplomatic missions (Embassies/consulates) of Nepal Government.

Please follow these simple procedures for Tourist Visa on Arrival at the airport (TIA)  if you have not acquired Visa prior to boarding the plane.

 

  • 1st  Step
    • Fill in ' Arrival Card '
    • Fill in Online ‘Tourist Visa ‘form ( you can fill it up  prior to your arrival  visiting our official website  Department of Immigration / fill it up using Kiosk machines upon your arrival at the airport).  If you fill it from the website, you will get submission Receipt with barcode, please print it out and bring it along for acquiring visa. It works for fifteen days and becomes invalid then after.  If so, you will have to fill it up again.

 

  • 2nd  Step
    • Make payment  at the bank according to your visa requirement ( 15/30/90 Days)
    • Get the receipt

While you can use different modes of payments (at visa fees collection counter), we advise you to carry some cash to be on the safe side.

On Arrival Visa Fee

15 Days – 25 USD

30 Days – 40 USD

90 Days – 100 USD

3rd Step

    • Proceed to the Immigration Desk with your online form,  payment receipts and your passport
    • Hand in your documents to immigration officer for visa processing. He/she issues visa to you upon his/her satisfaction.

Gratis Visa (Visa for Free)

Gratis Visa is issued free of cost in case of following categories of Visa applicants:

  • Children below 10 years
  • Up to 30 days for SAARC Citizen (except Afghanistan) visiting Nepal for the first time in a given visa Year.  Afghan citizen are eligible for Gratis Visa on Arrival only upon the recommendation of Department of Immigration. If you are an Afghan citizen, you can request concerned institution inviting you to Nepal for necessary paperwork with Department of Immigration to get you Gratis Visa 'On Arrival'.
  • Non Residential Nepalese(NRN) card holder ( issued by MoFA /Nepalese diplomatic missions abroad)
  • Chinese Nationals

Officials from China, Brazil, Russia and Thailand do not need Entry Visa based on reciprocal visa waiver Agreement

Visas of all kinds including ‘Gratis’ issued at the Airport are Tourist Visas. Contact Department of Immigration for extending your visa or changing the category of your visa. Tourist Visa extension can be done from Immigration Office, Pokhara too. Non tourist visa extension can be done only at Department of Immigration (if eligible) for a period of maximum one year (except business visa).

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Price From USD 920 USD $ 820/person
820
Total $ 820 USD

Trip Facts

  • Private vehicle transfer
  • 1-16
  • 2000m