Sickles and Tara Hill Top trek are one of the easy and popular treks in the Annapurna region. It is an alternative to other short and Perfect destination from Pokhara. It avoids the basic Annapurna trekking trail and finds a forgotten and unspoilt area of Himalayan Nepal. Siklis trek probes an uncrowded corner of the Annapurna Conservation Area under the shadows of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna three and Annapurna four.
Sickles and Tara Hill Top trek is occupied by the Gurung people and rarely visited by an outsider. Moreover, it is an amazing short trek and traverses a variety of terrain from low land villages and rich terrain up to Nepali’s biggest Gurung (Gurkha) village as well as blooming forests of rhododendron in the spring. The villagers accompany with Shaman priest and Buddhist priest in marriage, dying and dealing with ill destiny.
Siklis region is particularly good for bird watching because of its pristine forested surroundings where different species of birds thrive. The itinerary takes about a week, starting at Begnas Tal and heading north to the Madi Khola. Further then following the river’s west bank up to well – preserved Siklis (1980m) Gurung Village.
After backtracking a bit you strike westwards over the thickly forested ridge. The Ridge separates the Madi and Seti drainages and then descent via Ghachok another Gurung Settlement. Besides that, there are many other variations possible. As part of an effort to develop this into a model eco – trekking route, ACAP has a construction of a small museum and cultural facility in Siklis.
Three nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu and Two night in Pokhara including breakfast. This will be for the two nights before trek and One nights after trek in Kathmandu and Two night in pokhara after trek.
Flight ticket pathmandu to Pokhara and private jeep to Bijayapur.
All accommodation whilst on trek.
You are able to choose any food, any tea and coffee from menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Return transport to the beginning and end of the trek to Kathmandu.
An Annapurna conservation permit is also required for this area.
Trekking leader, guides accommodation and food.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Porter accommodation and wages while on trek.
Trekking Leader, guides and porters insurance.
An English speaking tour guide for Kathmandu sightseeing
Private transportation in Kathmandu including all airport arrivals and departures. This is also for the sightseeing tours.
All government texes and Service Charge.
Medical supplies (Frist aid kit).
Flights to and from Nepal.
Visa to Nepal. (Available when you land).
Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu if arrive early or late departure.
Personal expenses( bar bills, coke, beer, bottle of water, phone call, laundry service etc.
All the hotel accommodation or meals in Kathmandu.( in the case return early from trek due to any reason).
Tip for Guides and Porters.
Your Travel and rescue Insurance.
Arrival In Kathmandu
Welcome to the country of Top of The World! As you arrive in Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will receive you and transfer to the hotel and check into the hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!
A day in Kathmandu where we will take you to Swayambhunath which is a Buddhist stupa and Monastery, which is over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkeys and begin to learn about this fascinating country.The afternoon will be spent getting for the trek and some time to relax and make sure all the kit and packing is complete. Also the first time you can go shopping which in Thamel is an adventure in itself!
Drive or Fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Kathmandu to Pokhara by flight (45 mins) and we will have nice time to explore the lake site and enjoying with mountain view from the lake site then Oveer night in Pokhara at Hotel.
Drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur and Trek to Kalikasthan (1370m)
A 30 minute drive to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp) takes us to the starting point of the trek. The route takes us through rice fields then ascends through Rakhigaon. The views around are Then the trail gently climbs along a ridge top through the Brahmin and Chhetri villages towards Kalikasthan.
Trek from Kalikasthan to Sikles Phedi
The route begins by passing through local villages and rice terraces up to Mardi Khola. En route, you cross Bhaise, Nawaldanda to reach Sikles Phedi, a small village surrounded by lush green hills. Tonight, we will be camping right beside the river where you can do your washing and cleaning.
Trek from Sikles Phedi to Parche (1980m)
The trail goes uphill all the way to Parche, which is our today’s destination, where you can enjoy the magnificent views of Annapurna II, and Lamjung Himal. The trail climbs again until we reach Siklis village. This is one of the oldest and largest Gurung villages. Stay overnight at teahouse or camp.
Exploration Day at Parche
Today will be the exploration day at Parche. And, we will hike downhill to Sikles, one of the largest Gurung settlements in this area. This will give you enough time to discover the unique Gurung culture and heritages. In the evening you will be entertained by local cultural program at your camp side after dinner.
Trek from Parche to Tara Hilltop (3055m)
Again the trail passes through forests of rhododendron going gradually uphill to Tara Hilltop. From Tara Hilltop, you will be seeing breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.
Trek from Tara Hilltop to Bhurjumg Khola and drive to Pokhara
Today, after having breakfast with the panorama of mountains, we then descend down Ghale Kharka, which also one of the largest Ghale settlements. We will be having lunch here and further trek down to Bhurjumg Khola, which is going to be the end of our trek. We then drive half an hour to reach Pokhara. Here, we will have our trekking farewell dinner party with our Porters, Assistants and Guide.
Sight-seeing tour in Pokhara
Late morning, we will start our sightseeing of Devi’s Falls, Gupteswor Cave, International Mountain Museum, Seti Gorge, and boating in the Fewa Lake. Or, this can be done in the fourth day of our trip. If so, today, we leave Pokhara at 10 am for the first day of Seti River Rafting to Damauli, where our rafting crew will be waiting for us. After having a short safety briefing by our Head River Guide, we start our rafting in Seti River for around 2 hours to reach our first river beach camp. Seti is one of the warmest and scenic rivers in Nepal popular for white-water rafting. And it requires no prior experience. This river has grade III rapids which is suitable for families and beginners.
Sightseeing in Pokhara.
We spend the day together in Pokhara and will take boats across the lake. Here we will walk up to the World Peace Stupa. Where we can see all the mountains and the city of Pokhara. It is a very interesting place and a chance to learn about Buddhism. After this we will walk back down the other side and then there is a chance to visit the Mountaineering Museum if the group would like to.Evening will be spent in Pokhara.
Pokhara to Kathmandu
We will get up early and after breakfast head to Tourist Bus park where we will then drive back to Kathmandu or Drive to airport and fly to ktm. We will be back in the city where we will go to the hotel and the rest of the day is then free for shopping, and a rest.A group dinner will be had in the evening to celebrate the end of the trek.
Extra days are available at your own cost but we will be happy to arrange this for you.
Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety. All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns. This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wishes are taken into account, however, the Treks leader decision is final.
Book our fixed departures
1. Equipment Check – List
What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about! We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.
The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow.
2. GENERAL CHECK – LIST
The following basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag, should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment to make your decision.
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)
- Waterproof sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)
- Lightweight thermal gloves.
- Underwear (4)
- Shorts (2)
- Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms.
- Sun hat or Scarf.
- Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.
- T- shirt (2)
- Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).
- Sunglasses with UV protection.
- Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season
- Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.
- Small padlock to lock trek bag.
- Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)
- Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.
- Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)
- Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.
- Water bottles.
- Small wash towel.
- Footwear appropraite to the trip.
- Waterproof shell trousers / pants. (Preferably berathable fabric)
3. TREKKING CHECK LIST
In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel outer.
- Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).
- Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.
- Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)
- Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.
- Gaiters (optional).
- Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)
4. MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST
In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:
- Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.
- Mountaineering Safety harness.
- Mountaineering Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal preference).
- 120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking caravines.
- Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).
- Prussik loops .
- Climbing helmet (optional).
- Jumer (Ascender & Descender).
- Pocket Knife.
- Head lamp.
- Rope and Snow bars.
- Ice crew.
- High altimeter.
Most if not all of this equipment will be needed for any trip that crosses steep, snow – covered ground, or which includes sections of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.
5. EQUIPMENT RENTAL
In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.
- Sleeping bags.
- Down Jackets.
- All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)
- Ice hummer.
- Climbing Harness .
- 2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.
- 12 – point Crampons.
- Plastic Climbing boots.
6. FIRST AID MEDICINE
- Bandage for Sprains.
- Plaster/ Band- aids.
- Iodine or Water filter(optional)
- Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.
- Antiseptic ointment for cuts.
- Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
- Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.
- Oral rehydration salts.
- Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).
- Anti – diarrhea medication (antibiotic).
- Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)
- Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.
- Diamox (Altitude sickness – can be bought in Kathmandu.
- Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).
- For more details please see our staying healthy topic.