Over looking the lakes of Pokhara, the Sikles region provides a great opportunity to see Nepal off the beaten path. The local villages are known for their brave Gurkha Warriors. During spring, red Rhododendrons are in bloom and makes the air sweet with their aroma. The trails take you away from the maddening crowds of tourist and one can enjoy the peaceful and tranquil Himalayan village. The early mornings are the best time to view sunrise touching the tips of the Fishtail and Annapurna. The morning reflections of the Begnas Lake make for an amazing experience.
|Day 01:||Drive From Kathmandu to Pokhara
Leave towards Pokhara early in the morning after breakfast, After about 6 hours of wonderful drive through bank of rivers, amphitheatre like terraces and local villages you will reach to Pokhara. Overnight in Pokhara.
|Day 02:||Drive to Lama Chaur/ Trek to Ghale Kharka
After breakfast we embark on the first day of our trek. Leaving the hotel to drive towards Lama Chaur and start the trek to Ghale Kharaka.The Trek follows a less frequented path in the direction of Gurung villages passing through the settlements, then through village fields to descend through a natural rock tunnel to reach our campsite at Ghale Karkha. The walk is a gentle ascend and decend.
|Day 03:||Trek to Jungle Camp
We continue along the west bank of the Seti Khola (river) and through several small Gurung settlements. The paths through the villages are paved with large stones and several of the ascents are stepped in the same way. Reach the Sardi Khola, cross it and make a steep ascent to our campsite on a ridge high above the river. There are wonderful views from here of Annapurna South (7273m), Hiunchuli (6336m) and Machhapuchare (6999m).
|Day 04:||Trek to Sikles Village
We start the day with a steep ascent from the campsite through oak and rhododendron forest toward the ridge which separates the Seti and Madi Kholas. In spring the forest is full of primula, orchids and rhododendrons in bloom. We come to an open meadow with fabulous views of Machhapuchare, then we continue up to the top of the ridge and make a short descent to reach an open meadow used by the local people as a buffalo pasture. A longer descent through the forest emergs into open grassy meadows above Sikles Village . The views from our campsite both at sunrise and sunset are breath taking.
|Day 05:||Excursion around Sikles
There is an opportunity to make an optional excursion north from sikles along a ridge for stunning views of Lamjung himal and the Annapurnas or alternatively just spend the day relaxing and taking in the spectacular mountain scenery or wandering around sikles. This is one of the largest Gurung settlements in Nepal.
|Day 06:||Trek to Lama Bagar
We make a steep descent from our campsite above Sikles through the small settlements . The walking is more gradual now along the west bank of the river. Good opportunities for bird watching – look out for kingfishers, and whitecapped river chats. Today our campsite for the night is Lama Bagar.
|Day 07:||Trek to Begnas Lake
Today we explore around from Lama Bagar, easy walking brings us gradually down the west bank of the river through forest and fields. We then ascend uphill through the forest to a small pass and then more gradually . Ascending to the top of an open grassy ridge we can experience panoramic views of the Annapurnas, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Lamjung and Manaslu Himal in the east. The lakes of Begnas and Rupa are below the ridge to the south.
|Day 08:||Drive to Kathmandu
Retrace our steps from the camp to the top of the ridge to watch sunrise over the mountains and then return to the campsite for breakfast. Descend steeply from the ridge and at a major trail junction take the trail towards the east. Ascend to the ridge to find a small camp site and head back to Kathmandu on a vehicle.