Annapurna and Siklis Trekking

13 Days

Annapurna Siklis Trek, which is known as Royal trek, is an off-the-beaten-track trekking destination in the Annapurna region that takes you to the corner of Annapurna Conservation Area.

After trekking through various quaint villages, rhododendron forest, pastures, and meadows, you will get to the corner of the Annapurna Conservation Area in this trek. The villages that you will go to during this trek rest below the towering mountains of the Annapurna region.

Most of the villages in the trekking route have a rich Gurung culture. The Gurung people in this trek have their own unique customs and traditions. So the Annapurna Circuit trek is also a great cultural trip.

Annapurna Siklis trek lies in the Annapurna sanctuary. This sanctuary is home to various species of birds and animals. The chirping of these beautiful birds amidst the lush rhododendron forests is quite delightful.

Annapurna Siklis Trekking by The Great Adventure trek starts after a scenic bus ride/ flight to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will trek to Mardipul. From Mardipul, you will trek through various villages like Khairpani, Nauli Kharka, Ghaile Kharka before getting to Siklis. You will spend one night in each of these villages. You will be mostly staying in a camp in these villages.

As this trek lies away from the busy trekking trails of the Annapurna region like Annapurna Base Camp trek or Annapurna Circuit trek, it is a perfect trek for all people looking for some authentic village experience.

The Annapurna Siklis trek by The Great Adventure Treks is merely 13 days long. You will trek for only 9 days in low altitude villages of this region. Annapurna Siklis trek is a wonderful way to experience the wonderful landscape, fresh trekking trails, high mountains and the cultural beauty of the Annapurna Region.

Main Attractions of the Annapurna Siklis Trek

  • Trek along the lush, dense forests of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
  • Visit Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Durbar Squares in Kathmandu.
  • Delightful time while traveling to and from Pokhara.
  • Boating in Begnas and Phewa lake.
  • Explore Nauli Kharka, Ghaile Kharka, Lamokhet, Khairpani and other surrounding villages.
  • Astonishing views of Mt Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Lamjung Himal, and Annapurna South from Siklis.
  • Mesmeric sunrise and sunset views from Siklis.
  • Walk in fresh trails and solitude of this trek.

Best Time for Annapurna Siklis Trek

The seasons of Autumn and Spring will be the best time for you to come to the Annapurna Siklis trek.

The number of trekkers who come to complete this trek in autumn and spring is higher than the number of trekkers in the summer and winter season. The mornings are quite clear in these two seasons. On top of that, there will be only a mild amount of sunshine and a low amount of precipitation in these seasons making it a trekkers delight.

The low altitude of this trek also allows for some wonderful time in the winter season as well. As the places along this trek are in low altitude, the winter is not really cold as the high altitude places in the Annapurna region. The views of mountains are the most wonderful in the winter season.

The low altitude of the places means that the amount of rainfall in the summer season is quite high. You can also come for the summer trek as long as you have the proper gear and are willing to be flexible with timings.

Annapurna Siklis Trek Difficulty

The 13 day Annapurna Siklis trek takes you to a maximum altitude of 2550 meters in Nauli Kharka. The altitude gains during this trek are also quite low. Adjusting to the altitude changes will be relatively easy.

Occasionally, you might also encounter some steep uphills and downhills along the way. Low altitude gains during the trek combined with few uphills and downhills mean that Annapurna Khopra Siklis trek is an easy trek.

You can complete this trek even if you don’t have a lot of trekking experience. The average trekking time for a day is also merely 5 hours. But make sure that you have a physical preparation of a couple of weeks before coming to this trek.

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive  to Pokhara, and Drive & trek to Mardi Khola Lampath 1,010m.

Day 04: Trek to Khairpani 1,370m. 5 hours walk

Day 05: Trek to Ghale Kharka 1,810m. 5 hours walk

Day 06: Trek to Nyauli Kharka 2,550m. 4 – 5 hours walk

Day 07: Trek to Siklis 2,030m. 5 hours walk.

Day 08: At Siklis rest day for local exploration.

Day 09: Trek to Lamokhet 920m. 5 hours walk.

Day 10: Trek to Kalikathan 1,540m. 5 hours walk.

Day 11: Trek to Lake Begnas and drive to Pokhara

Day 12: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu.

Day 13: International Departure.

If you want to extend your trip, please feel free to choose from our DAY TOURS, NEPAL TOURS or Jungle Safaris. here are some trip extensions that might interest you.

Extended Trips

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

We will welcome you today to this awesome Himalayan country of Nepal. Your flight will land in Tribhuvan International Airport. After landing, you will meet our representatives outside the terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport. You will head out to your hotel with them. Along the way, if you have some queries, you can ask our representatives. You will also meet your guide who will further brief you about the Annapurna and Siklis Trek by the Great Adventure Treks.

Day 02: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu

After having a breakfast at your hotel in the morning, you will head out for a half day sightseeing tour of the capital city of Nepal- Kathmandu. The modern city of Kathmandu is proud of the heritage of its ancient culture. Architecture of this city is gorgeous. The city is a mix of modern buildings as well as temples of the medieval age.

Pashupatinath Temple:

Pashupatinath Temple is the most popular and the largest Hindu temple in the world which lies on the banks of the river Bagmati. Hindu devotees who worship Lord Shiva come to this temple all year round, especially on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. Pashupatinath is a two-storied temple. The temple area has other monuments surrounding it.

Boudhanath Stupa:

Boudhanath is a holy Buddhist site in Kathmandu. It has a history that dates back two thousand years. 1979 A.D was the year it was declared a UN World Heritage Site. There is abundance of adherents of all faiths in Boudhanath. Rotating the prayer wheels while circling this monastery is the favorite activity of tourists.

Kathmandu and Patan Durbar Squares:

Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square are really popular amongst tourists. Kings of Kathmandu and Patan resided here in the medieval times. Patan Durbar Square’s crowning jewel is the temple of Krishna Mandir. Hanuman Dhoka complex is the most awesome complex inside Kathmandu Durbar Square. Visiting the museums located in these Durbar Squares is also a great activity.

Day 03: Drive to Pokhara onwards and trek to Mardipul – Lampath 1,010m.

You will head out to the starting point of your trek- Pokhara- today. You will get to Pokhara after a bus ride of 6-7 hours.  The bus ride takes you along winding paths that go around the loft hills and crests that encircle Kathmandu and Pokhara.

On arrival in Pokhara, you will meet our trekking staff. After the meeting, you will begin the trek. The trek starts from the main highway to Baglung and Jomsom. The trail diverts as it follows the banks of the Seti River to camp high from the river at Lampatha. From here, the early morning views of the Annapurna Himal are spectacular.

Day 04: Trek to Khairpani 1,370m. 5 hrs

Leaving the campsite at Lampatha or Mardipul, you will follow the banks of the Seti River. First, you will reach the small village of Mardipul, where you will have a small break. Trekking further, you will cross a river in your way. You will head towards the north through the villages of Lhachok and Ghachok. These straggling linear settlements provide much human interest. The valley has relatively fertile soils as can be seen from the intensive use of the terraced hillsides. Today’s walk is easy, with a slight altitude gain. Your campsite is at the Gurung village of Dhipang (Khairpani). The wide river terraces of the Seti River narrows into a more pronounced V-shaped gorge where it flows from the source of Mt.Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III and IV glacier.

Day 05: Trek to Ghale Kharaka 1,810m. 4 – 5 hrs.

From Khairpani, the trail heads east as you cross the Seti River. It is a short distance upstream from the village. There are also a few small hot springs a few meters downstream. However, the icy cold water of the Seti is not warm enough for bathing. From here, the trekking route climbs steadily through the terraced fields of Khajibung. The path levels off after trekking through a short, steep staircase. You can get an excellent view of the snow-capped mountains along the way.

The trek continues towards the ridge, reaching the saddle, before descending to the less visited Gurung village of Chyanglung. After a brief stop here, you will descend to Sardi Khola for lunch. After lunch, you will trek through steep trails that take you alongside terraced fields and to the village of Kyabrang. From here, a further climb to the top of the ridge brings you to your campsite at Ghale Kharka. You can get magnificent panoramic views of the Annapurnas and of Mt.Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) from your campsite.

Day 06: Trek to Nauli Kharka 2,550m. 4 – 5 hrs.

The next two days of the trek passes through the serene heavily forested ridge, which separates the Seti and Mardi Valley. As you head out in the morning, you will walk through enchanting oak, rhododendron and bamboo forest. The orchids and birdlife along the way are a pure delight for any nature lover. The trail narrows as you trek further. Although the path is well-defined, you need to keep a sharp eye open for your guides and fellow trekkers.

The morning’s walk is short and we lunch in one of the few clearings made by the locals as grazing areas for their water buffalo. In the afternoon, you will continue to ascend on the high ridge (2,650m). From here, the path gently descends to Baradhara (also known as Nauli Kharka) on a lovely pasture. It will take you 4-5 hours to complete the trek from Ghale Kharka to Nauli Kharka (2550 meters).

Day 07: Trek to Siklis 2,030m. 5hrs.

From your campsite, you will slowly descend through the thick forest towards the largest Gurung village in the Annapurna region at Siklis. The men of Siklis have a long tradition of serving as gallant soldiers in the Gurkha Regiment to both the British and Indian armies. The huge ‘whaleback’ peak of Lamjung Himal 6,986m dominates the skyline above the village, a mere 10 kilometers away. Today’s trek is 5 hours long.

Siklis a fascinating village perched in a beautiful location. You will have an opportunity to chat with ex-Gurkha soldiers who are only pleased to discuss their association with the British and Indian armies. Your campsite, which is located above the village, provides stunning views, particularly at sunset and sunrise.

Day 08: At Siklis for a local hike and visit the village.

Today is a leisure day at Siklis. After a late breakfast, you will head out to a short walk around the village or catch up with the dairy.

Day 09: Trek to Lamokhet 920m. 5 – 6 hrs.

The initial part of the trek from Siklis to Lamokhet is a long, steady descent towards the Mardi Khola Valley. This valley lies at an altitude of merely 800 meters. After you reach the bottom, you will follow the river downstream as you head south passing through small farm villages and cultivated fields. After trekking for 2-3 hours, you will reach Tabrang Pheding. You will have your lunch here. The area around Tabrang Pheding has subtropical vegetation. It has a wonderful backdrop of the soaring snow-capped Himalayan peaks. After trekking for a few hours, you will reach Lamokhet. You will be camping by the river in the small Chettri and Brahmin settlement of Lamokhet. Today’s trek is 5-6 hours.

Day 10: Trek to Kalikathan and at Thulokhote 1,540m. 5 – 6 hrs.

You will head out to trek in the morning. The trail leads you to a river downstream as you cross the Mardi Khola to its east bank. You will continue on an easy trail to Bhainse, where you will have your lunch. The trek from Bhainse to Kalikasthan is a steady climb through terraced landscapes. Your campsite is only a short distance further on. The campsite, which is a site of the Gorkha dynasty, is an interesting area.

In fine weather conditions, you get a wonderful panoramic view of the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna region. These include Mt.Dhaulagiri (8,167m) in the west, Annapurnas (8,091m), Manaslu (8,156m), Peak 29 (7,541m), and Himalchuli (7,839m) in the east. The trek from Lamokhet to Kalaikathan is 5-6 hours long.

Day 11: Trek to Lake Begnas and drive to Pokhara.

After grand morning views of the Himalayan chain of mountains, you will make a long descent towards Lake Begnas. The walk begins in the morning as you trek through farm terraces and strewn villages. Along the way, you get superb scenery of the surrounding landscapes. The trek ends after a walk at Lake Begnas. After lunch (depending on the time of arrival), you will board a bus which will take you to the beautiful lake of Phewa at Pokhara for the last overnight stop. The bus ride from Begnas to Phewa lake will take about half an hour.

Day 12: Fly or drive back to Kathmandu.

You have two options to get to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You can either take a flight or get a bus to Kathmandu. Flights are cosy and take only 25 minutes to reach Kathmandu. You can also have great views of mountains. Bus rides, on the other hand, are cheap. They also offer beautiful views of hills, mountains, and rivers along the way. On arrival, the staff of The Great Adventure Treks will transfer with complimentary transport to respective Hotels. Thamel is a popular destination for tourists to o buy some souvenirs or other items you might need.

Day 13: Transfer to Airport for International departure.

We will transfer you to the Tribhuvan international airport today so that you can take your flight back home. The representative from The Great Adventure Treks and Expeditions will drop you at the airport about 3 hours prior to the flight. Confirmed air ticket and other necessary travel documents should be with you before setting out to the airport. We could also arrange another tour for you in Nepal if you want.

  • Pick up from the airport and transfer to hotel
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu in a 3-star level hotel.
  • Kathmandu sightseeing by car.
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara by tourist bus.
  • Accommodation in Pokhara (3 star level hotel )
  • An Professional trekking guide with government license.
  • A porter who will carry your baggage (2 guest 1 porter: 25 kg max )
  • All Accommodation during Trekking(Tea House)
  • Food during Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project Permit ( ACAP )
  • TIMS (Trekkers Information Management system) card.
  • Necessary Equipment( sleeping bag and Down Jacket)
  • Food, salary  Transport, clothing for Guide and Porter
  • Insurance for Guide and Porter
  • First aid kit from The Great Adventure Treks and Expedition
  • Emergency Rescue  Help ( covered by your travel insurance)
  • Begnash to Pokhara by car.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • Government tax and service charge.
  • All program as per Itinerary
  • Airport drop.
  • Airport departure to your sweet home
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Any kinds of Drinks( soft and Hard Drinks)
  • Visa, international flight ticket
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara monuments fees
  • Personal Nature expenses
  • Tips for Staffs
  • Rescue and Evacuation cost

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Annapurna and Siklis Trekking

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