Sikles Trekking Route
Rough and wild, this trek cuts through a less traveled country south of Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal massif. Good mountain views and rough terrain, the local people are unaccustomed to trekkers. This trek is a spectacular short trek of low land villages and rice terraces up to 3000m. where there are the biggest Gurung (Gurkhas) villages. One other highlight is flower forests of rhododendron
Day 01: Drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur and Trek to Kalikasthan (1370m)
Day 02: Trek from Kalikasthan to Sikles Phedi
Day 03: Trek from Sikles Phedi to Parche (1980m)
Day 04: Exploration Day at Parche
Day 05: Trek from Parche to Tara Hilltop (3055m)
Day 06: Trek from Tara Hilltop to Bhurjumg Khola and drive to Pokhara
Day 01: Drive to Bijayapur and Trek to Kalikasthan (1370m)
You will start your trip with a short drive to Bijapur River where you will also find an army camp. From the camp you will walk through paddy fields and ascend through Rakhigaon. The trail then climbs along a ridge through beautiful villages towards Kalikasthan.
Day 02: Kalikasthan to Sikles Phedi
After breakfast you will continue on the trail and encounter local villages and paddy terraces all the way to Mardi River. You will go through Bhaise, Nawaldanda and then finally arrive at Skiles Phedi, which is a small village surrounded by lush green hills. You will stay there for the night.
Day 03: Sikles Phedi to Parche (1980m)
The trail from Sikles Phedi to Parche starts with an uphill section. Along the way you will see views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. The trail then climbs again till you reach Sikles Village, which is one of the oldest and biggest Gurung Villages around.
Day 04: Exploration Day at Parche
As the exploration day at Parche we will take a short hike back to Sikles Village where you will be able to see the the old Gurung heritage, architecture and culture.
Day 05: Parche to Tara Hilltop (3055m)
The trail to Tara Hilltop is full of Rhododendron forests. It climbs gradually all the way to Tara Hilltop and upon arrival you will be able to see breathtaking views of Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges
Day 06: Tara Hilltop to Bhurjumg Khola and drive to Pokhara
On the final day , after breakfast with the panoramic view of awesome mountains we will start our descent to Ghale Kharka, a relatively large Ghale settlement where we can rest for a while and also grab lunch. Moving on further down you will get to Bhurjung River where our trek will end. Then we will drive back to Pokhara.
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented jointly by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) to ensure safety and security of trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations. Trekking companies will be asked to furnish personal information of trekkers like their passport numbers, nationality and their contact address and their itinerary. The data will be uploaded in visitors’ database which can be accessed in case of accidents and/or natural calamities in order to inform the concerned institutions about the number of trekkers inside a certain trekking area. TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authorized trekking agencies. Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed. The provision of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers. As per the recent MoU signed by NTB and TAAN, TIMS card is applicable in all trekking areas of the country including restricted areas. Group trekkers will have to pay Blue TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 per person, while FITs have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000. Similarly, group trekkers from SAARC countries have to pay Rs 300 for TIMS cards, while FITs from the SAARC region have to pay Rs 600 each.