Annapurna Siklis Trekking - Explore & enjoy short trek of Annapurnas

Annapurna Siklis trekking is a less visited trek in Nepal that starts from Pokhara is suitable for nature lovers who wish to explore the untouched culture and scenery. Annapurna Siklis trekking is near from Pokhara but still rough and wild, this trek passes through less visited area south of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal Massif. Annapurna Siklis trekking boasts wonderful mountain views and the local people are friendly and ever smiling to trekkers. 

Annapurna Siklis trekking

Annapurna Siklis trekking is a stunning short trek and traverses a variety of terrain from lowland farming villages and rich terrain up to Nepalese largest Gurung villages as well as blooming forests of rhododendron in the spring.  The historic hill trek to Siklis; one of the early southern Gurung settlements and the second largest Gurung village still retains an aura of ancient times. Here, the Lama (priest) and Jhankri (Shaman) have important roles in this Buddhist community, marriage, death and day to day lives. Siklis village situated above the Mardi Khola (1920m), overlooking Annapurna IV to the north and Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal to the east. Annapurna Siklis trekking is also one of the best areas for bird watching because of its pristine forested surroundings where many species of birds thrive. 

Annapurna Siklis trekking commences from Kathmandu with a scenic 200km drive or 35 minute mountain flight to Pokhara. This is an altitude free trek with some local guest houses. Accommodation in this trek is still basic hence we bring all the camping gears and kitchen equipments with us, wherever necessary we can build up our own cozy camp. 

Attraction of Annapurna Region

Annapurna conservation Area Project
Annapurna Region is one of the captivating lands of bio diversity in the world. The region is the largest reserved and protected area of Nepal. The unique biodiversity, the scenic grandeur in combination with the multi cultural and multi ethnic diversity make it the world's most popular trekking destinations. With the objectives of achieving a balance between the environment conservation and socio economic development, through people's participation, the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP) was launched from 1986 under the aegis of the national trust for nature conservation... See more.

The trust is governed by a board of trustees. Tourism is an essential for locals and the fastest growing industries in the Annapurna conservation area. The project serves as a new approach in the protected area management with its modalities based on the integrated conservation and development programs. Owing to its fame that it has gained in the history of the protected area management, the government of Nepal has given the trust the mandate for the management of the Annapurna conservation area.

Meaning of Annapurna
Annapurna is a Sanskrit name which literally means full of food (feminine form), but is normally translated as Goddess of the Harvests. In Hinduism, Annapurna is Devi, the universal and timeless Kitchen goddess, the mother who feeds her kids. Without her there is starvation, a universal fear: this makes Annapurna a universal goddess. Her most popular shrine is located in Kasi, on the banks of the Ghats. Her association with the giving of food (wealth) led her in time to be transformed into Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.

List of mountains we can see in the Annapurna region trekking
Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m),
Mt. Annapurna I (8091m),
Mt. Manaslu (8163 m),
Mt. Annapurna II (7937 m.) ,
Mt. Annapurna III (7555m),
Mt. Annapurna IV (7525m),
Mt. Annapurna south (7219m),
Mt. Nilgiri (7041m),
Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6998m),
Mt. Hiunchuli (6441m),
Mt. Lamjung Himal (6986m),
Tukuche peak (6920m),
Tilicho peak (7134m).

Culture and People of the Annapurna Region
One of the unforgettable experience of this region is culture and life style of local people. During trekking, trekkers encounter villages of different ethnic people. According to last census over 45,000 thousand people of different ethnic and tribal backgrounds with various religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Bon Po, Shamanism and Animism represented live in the Annapurna region. The dominant groups are Gurung, Magar, Thakali and Manangi. Generally, these people are subsistence farmers who depend on the forests for fuel, fodder and timber. Almost each of group have their own dialect and own cultures and traditions. Trekkers who go for trekking in Annapurna region are fascinated by the local people's culture and tradition.

Flora and Fauna
In Annapurna region, we can see the diverse flora and fauna. The range of geographical and climatic regions has led to this diversity. Below 1000 m in altitude the climate is tropical. These areas are heavily cultivated and the landscape, therefore, largely consists of terraced paddy fields for most of the year. As we  go to higher the natural vegetation changes from the tropical species to more temperate stands of forest trees including oak, beech and rhododendron. These finally give way to coniferous forests of pine and, ultimately, juniper just below the tree line.

Annapurna conservation area is the home of 102 species of mammals, 488 species of birds and 40 species of reptiles.  In this region, we can see pheasants named Danphe, Monal, Kaliz, Cheer, Kokilas, and Blood Pheasants, etc. Among mammals, blue sheep and Himalayan Thar can be seen in the area.

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Annapurna Siklis trekking short Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley or rest and packing for the trip.
Day 03: Drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m). 
Day 04: Drive and trek from Pokhara to Kalikasthan.
Day 05: Trek from Kalikasthan to Lammchaur. 
Day 06: Trek from Lamachaur to Siklis. 
Day 07: Trek from Siklis to Ghale gaon.
Day 08: Trek from Ghale Gaon to Pokhara.
Day 09: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and leisurely walk in Thamel. 
Day 11: Final departure.

Trip cost: please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek then we will provide you all the necessary information with the cost details as per your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Annapurna Siklis trekking - Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu airport (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by one of our trek leaders and transfer to hotel. In the evening, join the welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Enjoy the local meal with short briefing of Annapurna Siklis trekking. Overnight at hotel.   

Day 02: Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley or rest and packing for the trip.
Breakfast will be at hotel, we start a full day sightseeing around UNESCO Bhaktapur / Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. Or spend the day doing some packing for trip and rest. Overnight at hotel.  

Day 03: Drive or flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (825m).  
We take a scenic drive from Kathmandu through countryside to Pokhara, this is about six hours journey. Or take a mountain flight via the northern Himalayas to Pokhara. In the Evening stroll around Lakeside and enjoy the dinner at one of best eating place. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Drive and trek from Pokhara to Kalikasthan.
After early breakfast, we take a private coach drive to Bijayapur and trek through different tribal villages to kalikasthan, camping at the top of the mountain which offers the panoramic views of the Himalayas. Overnight at under tent or at basic huts.  

Day 05: Trek from Kalikasthan to Lammchaur.  
Breakfast will be at camp, passing waterfalls, the tracks moves down hill to the lush green river valley before climbing lamachaur. Overnight at a basic hut or under the tented camp.

Day 06: Trek from Lamachaur to Siklis.  
After breakfast, the trail climbs to siklis through dense rhododendron forest and Siklis (Largest Gurung Village) this is the best point to see the Himalayan panorama. Overnight at a baisic hut or under the tented camp

Day 07: Trek from Siklis to Ghale gaon.
After breakfast we descend through the lush forest and a small village to the pleasant village of Ghale. Enjoy the panoramic view of Fishtail. Overnight at a basic hut or under tented camp.

Day 08: Trek from Ghale Gaon to Pokhara.
This is a last day of our trek in the mountain area as our trail descends to Pokhara through the forest passing, a diverse range of tribal villages (Bhramins, Chhetris,Gurkhas and Thakali). Reaching Pokhara, we check in to hotel and enjoy your comfort stay. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 09: Drive or fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
If we drive, we take a tourist bus to Kathmandu, 200km, 6 hours drive. And, if we take a flight it takes 25 minutes to reach Kathmandu via northern Himalayas. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, check in to hotel. Rest and relax. Overnight at hotel. 

Day 10: Free day in Kathmandu for shopping and leisurely walk in Thamel.  
Breakfast will be at hotel; today is a free day for shopping or looking around. Join to the cultural show dinner in the evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Final departure.
After breakfast, we will drop you to international airport for your flight back to home. Wish you have a safe and sound journey back home. Hope to see you again in the future.

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Annapurna Siklis trekking Facts:

 Activities: Trekking & Hiking

Start/End: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Destination: Siklis Village

Trip Duration: 11 days

Max. Altitude: 2100 meters

Group Size: Min. 1 / Max.20

Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December

Trip Grade: Moderate+Leisured 

Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6

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