Sikles Trek

8 Days

Sikles Trek follows a scenic Himalayan trekking trail that lies close to the lakeside city of Pokhara. It takes you to Siikles, a picturesque Gurung village that has succeeded in preserving the rich Gurung cultural heritage.

Lying off grid from the popular Annapurna trekking trails, the route to Sikles village goes past other ancient Gurung villages, terraced fields and breathtaking views of the Annapurna Range.

Sikles route also crosses spots where honey-hunter harvest honey from the cliffs. As the trail lies close to Pokhara, few trekkers venture on this route making this one of the least crowded trails in the Annapurna Region.

Sikles Trek Route

Your Sikles Trek itinerary start with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Spend a night at the Pokhara and the next day continue driving to Bhurjung Khola. It is a scenic drive filled with heartwarming views of riverside settlements, verdant forests and fields. You begin your Sikles trek from Bhurjung Khola and head towards Ghale Kharkha. En-route you come across the sites used by the honey hunters to harvest honey from cliffs.

A peaceful mountainside village surrounded by pine trees and rhododendron forests, Ghale Kharkha is home valiant Gurkha soldiers who serve in the British and Indian armies. From Ghale Kharka you make your way to Sikles, the highlight of your trek. Dotted with traditional houses and neat stone steps, the village offers an insight into ethnic Gurung culture.

Sikles Trek offers you plenty of opportunities to interact with the locals and learn more about their day to day activities. Soak in the majestic view of the eastern Annapurnas- Annapurna II and IV aand the grand Lamjung Himal.

After a delightful stay return to Pokhara via Yangjakot, Kalikasthan and Begnas Lake. While descending to Pokhara, enjoy mesmerizing views of the lakes and green forests.

End your memorable 8 days Sikles trek with a drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

Sikles Trek Difficulty

Sikles Village Trek is an easy and short trek which can be done by people of all ages, provided they are reasonably fit and used to hill-walking. There’s no concern for altitude sickness as the highest elevation reached is only 2,850 metres at Tara Hilltop.

Maximum you will be spending 7 hours walking on the trail and minimum 3 hours. On average you walk 5 to 6 hours each day.

If you are looking for a short Annapurna trek with a bit of culture and Himalayan views, then mate this is the trek for you!

Sikles Trek Itinerary

Day 1 :
Day 1

Drive from Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft) to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft)
Duration: 6-7 Hours (200 km) Drive

Day 2 :
Day 2

Drive from Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) to Bhurjung Khola
Trek to Ghale Kharka (1,520m/4,986ft)
Duration: 30 minute drive, 5-6 hours trek

Day 3 :
Day 3

Trek from Ghale Kharka to Tara Hilltop (2,850m/9,348ft)
Walking distance: 6-7 hours trek

Day 4 :
Day 4

Trek from Tara Hilltop to Sikles Village (1,980m/6,495ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours trek

Day 5 :
Day 5

Trek from Sikles Village to Yangjakot (1,440m/4,724ft)
Walking distance: 5-6 hours trek

Day 6 :
Day 6

Trek from Yangjakot to Kalikasthan (1,370m/4,494ft)
Walking distance: 4-5 hours trek

Day 7 :
Day 7

Trek from Kalikasthan to Begnas Lake drive to Pokhara (800m/2,625ft)
Duration: 3-4 hours trek, 1-hour drive

Day 8 :
Day 8

Drive from Pokhara (800m/2,625ft) to Kathmandu (1,400m/4,592ft)
Duration: 6-7 Hours (200 km) Drive

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Sikles Trek