Siklis is the biggest and the earliest ‘Gurung’ settlement. The village is located right north of Pokhara, in the vicinity of ‘Annapurna Range’. Siklish still retains their age old animistic and Shamanism (Jhankri) practices woven in their daily life. Here, the modern Tibetan Buddhism and ancient ‘Bon’ practices come together. Even though Siklis village has significant income from remittance, the village remained untouched by modern bizarre.
The village is highly self sufficient. Beside regular farming, villagers spend their leisure weaving clothes, baskets and managing their resources. This picturesque trek passes through terraced fields, remote villages, rhododendron forest and high alpine meadows beneath the giants Annapurna II (7937 m) and IV (7525 m). A final high point reveals majestic views of the classic fishtail peak of Machapuchare. The trekking is off the main trails through villages of the Buddhist Gurung people of Tibetan origin. You walk through rice terraces and cornfields and then cut over a ridge clad in lush forest with Machapuchare at times dominating the Annapurnas. Your highest camp is at 3000 m, and from here you can reach a magnificent vantage point directly in front of Machapuchare (6993 m), a fitting climax to a trip adorned with variety.
Kathmandu arrival | Transfer to Hotel
Kathmandu sightseeing tour (Kathmandu Palace Square, Shyambhunath Stupa, Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath)
Fly to Pokhara | Transfer to Hotel | Brief tour of Pokhara
Drive to Bhujung Khola and trek to Ghale Kharka. Note: There are various options of starting this trek. Starting from bhujung Khola makes it more interesting.
Trek to Tara Hill top (4 hrs) and camp as this hill top offers the best view of the Annapurna panorama. DAY
Trek down to Parje Camp through the forest. Parje is 20 mints away from Siklish and offers great view of Lamjung Himal and Manaslu.
Rest and explore Siklis village.
Trek down to the valley basin and walk along the Madi river. Overnight in the camp.
Drive back to pokhara Day 10: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu