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Sickles Tara Hill Top Trek

Trip Introduction

Sikles and Tara hill top trek is one of the easy and popular trek in the Annapurna region, An alternative to other short and Perfect destination from pokhara to avoid the basic Annapurna trekking trail and find a forgotten and un spoilt  area of Himalayan Nepal. Siklis trek probes an un crowded corner of the Annapurna Conservation Area under the shadows of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna three and Annapurna four.

 

Siklis trek is actually occupied by the Gurung people and rarely visited by outsider. It is an amazing short trek and traverses a variety of terrain from low land villages and rich terrain up to Nepali’s biggest Gurung (Gurkha) village as well as blooming forests of rhododendron in the spring. The villagers follow with Shaman priest and Budhist priest in marriage, death and dealing with ill fate.

 

Siklis region is particularly good for bird watching because of its pristine forested surroundings where different species of birds thrive. The itinerary takes about a week, starting at Begnas Tal and heading north to the madi khola, then following the river’s west bank up to well – preserved Siklis (1980m) Gurung Village.

 

After backtracking a bit you strike westwards over the thickly forested ridge that separates the Madi and seti drainages and then descent via Ghachok  another Gurung Settlement. There are many other variations are possible, as part of an effort to develop this into a model eco – trekking route, ACAP has founded the construction of a small museum and cultural facility in Siklis.

 

 

Facts Of Trip

Trip Grade: Moderate

Best Month: March / May ,September / December

Per Day Average  walking : 5  hours

Trek Type: Lodge, Tea House Trekking

Maximum Elevation: 4,106m

Duration :  13 days

Region:  Annapurna Region

The Route: KTM- Pokhara – Sickles - Pokhara

Mode of TravelFlight and Ground transportation

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu

Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!

 

Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing

A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!

 

Day 03: Drive or Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight (45 mins) and  we will have nice time to explore the lake site  and enjoying with mountain view from the lake site  then Oveer night in Pokhara  at Hotel.

 

 Day 04:  Drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur and Trek to Kalikasthan (1370m)

A 30 minute drive to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp) takes us to the starting point of the trek. The route takes us through rice fields then ascends through Rakhigaon. The views around are Then the trail gently climbs along a ridge top through the Brahmin and Chhetri villages towards Kalikasthan.

 

Day 05: Trek from Kalikasthan to Sikles Phedi

The route begins by passing through local villages and rice terraces up to Mardi Khola. En route, you cross Bhaise, Nawaldanda to reach Sikles Phedi, a small village surrounded by lush green hills. Tonight, we will be camping right beside the river where you can do your washing and cleaning.

 

Day 06: Trek from Sikles Phedi to Parche (1980m) 

The trail goes uphill all the way to Parche, which is our today’s destination, where you can enjoy the magnificent views of Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal. The trail climbs again until we reach Siklis village. This is one of the oldest and largest Gurung villages. Stay overnight at teahouse or camp.

 

Day 07:  Exploration Day at Parche

Today will be the exploration day at Parche. And, we will hike downhill to Sikles, one of the largest Gurung settlements in this area. This will give you enough time to discover the unique Gurung culture and heritages. In the evening you will be entertained by local cultural program at your camp side after dinner.

 

Day 08: Trek from Parche to Tara Hilltop (3055m)

Again the trail passes through forests of rhododendron going gradually uphill to Tara Hilltop. From Tara Hilltop, you will be seeing breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges. 
 

Day 09:  Trek from Tara Hilltop to Bhurjumg Khola and drive to Pokhara

Today, after having breakfast with the panorama of mountains, we then descend down Ghale Kharka, which also one of the largest Ghale settlements. We will be having lunch here and further trek down to Bhurjumg Khola, which is going to be  the end of our trek. We then drive half an hour to reach Pokhara. Here, we will have our trekking farewell dinner party with our Porters, Assistants and Guide. 

 

Day 10: Sight-seeing tour in Pokhara 

Late morning, we will start our sightseeing of Devi’s Falls, Gupteswor Cave, International Mountain Museum, Seti Gorge, and boating in the Fewa Lake. Or, this can be done in the fourth day of our trip. If so, today, we leave Pokhara at 10 am for the first day of Seti River Rafting to Damauli, where our rafting crew will be waiting for us. After having a short safety briefing by our Head River Guide, we start our rafting in Seti River for around 2 hours to reach our first river beach camp. Seti is one of the warmest and scenic rivers in Nepal popular for white-water rafting. And it requires no prior experience. This river has grade III rapids which is suitable for families and beginners.

  

Day 11: Sightseeing in Pokhara.

We spend the day together in Pokhara and will take boats across the lake. Here we will walk up to the World Peace Stupa. Where we can see all the mountains and the city of Pokhara. It is a very interesting place and a chance to learn about Buddhism. After this we will walk back down the other side and then there is a chance to visit the Mountaineering Museum if the group would like to.Evening will be spent in Pokhara.

 

Day 12: Pokhara to Kathmandu

We will get up early and after breakfast head to Tourist Bus park where we will then drive  back to Kathmandu or Drive to airport and fly to ktm. We will be back in the city where we will go to the hotel and the rest of the day is then free for shopping, and a rest.A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.

 

Day 13: Depart to home. Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

We believe that after a day trekking it is important to have the best available accommodation and food. This is why we use only the best lodges and hotels and allow our customers to choose the food they wish to eat from the menu available. Unlike many other trekking companies our price includes all meals on trek.

 

This price includes the following:

Three nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu  and Two night in Pokhara including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and One nights after trek in Kathmandu  and Two night in  pokhara after trek.

Flight ticket pathmandu to Pokhara  and private jeep to Bijayapur.

Airport taxes.

All accommodation whilst on trek.

You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Return transport to the beginning and end of the trek to Kathmandu.

Trekking Permits.

An Annapurna conservation permit is also required for this area.

Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.

Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.

Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.

An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing

Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.

All government texes and Service Charge.

Medical supplies (Frist aid kit).

Cost Not Includes

Flights to and from Nepal.

Visa to Nepal. (Available when you land).

Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.

Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.

Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.

All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason).

Tip for Guides and Porters.

Your Travel and rescue  Insurance.

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    Equipment Check – List

    What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

     

    The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 

     

    GENERAL CHECK - LIST

    The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

    -Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

    -Fleece jacket or pullover.

    -fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

    -Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

    -Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

    -Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

    -Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

    -Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

    -Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

    -water bottles.

    -Tolietries.

    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

     

    TREKKING  CHECK LIST

    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

     

    MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

    In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

    -Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

    -Mountaineering  Safety harness.

    -Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

    -120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.

    -Mattress.

    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.

     

    Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

     

    EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.

    -Helmet.

     

    FIRST AID MEDICINE

    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional).

    -Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

    -Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

    -Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

    - For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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