The ridge above the village of Sikles commands incredible views above the Eastern Annapurnas, including Annapurna IV (7,525 meters) Annapurna II (7,939 meters) and the hulk of Lamjung Himal (6,932 meters), and another dozen or more summits. All are impressively above 6,500 meters while, sliding down from the heights of Annapurna II, is the huge icefall and glacier that feed into the Mardi Khola. The large village of Sikles is dominated by Gurungs, one the ethnic groups found only in Nepal. Many Gurungs have served in the British Army as Gurkhas.
High Hike Nepal will be more than happy to organize Sikles Tara Hill Top trekking and undoubtedly trekking in Nepal with us will be a lifetime experience.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1334 meters above sea level)
Upon arriving in Kathmandu (Tribhuvan International Airport), a High Hike Nepal representative will meet you and help you transfer to your hotel by private bus. Enjoy a free evening to explore Kathmandu and recover from your jet-lag. Meet the High Hike Nepal staff during a short pre-tour briefing before dinner.
Day 2: In Kathmandu (1334 meters)
A half-day guided tour around Kathmandu city’s historical and cultural landmarks. Visit Bouddhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple, the most important sites of Buddhism and Hinduism in Nepal. Catch the playful antics of the monkeys and beautiful city views at Swayambunath temple. Get lost in Kathmandu’s old city bazaars, public squares, and former royal palaces at Durbar Square.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara (820 meters/7 hrs drive or 45 minute airflight)
Head towards Pokhara either by car or plane. The short flight gives you a spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalaya or the drive on the Prithivi Highway takes you along the Trisuli River. Enjoy traditional Nepali cuisine (dal bhaat) in Mugling. After an hour’s drive, the road leads you along the side of the Marsyandi River to Pokhara. Get the last essentials needed for your trip and take in the atmosphere of Lakeside Pokhara in the evening.
Day 4: Pokhara to Ghalegoan (2713 meters/4 hrs trek)
An hour’s drive from Pokhara takes us to Bhurjung Khola, from where we start our trek to Ghalegoan. Along the route we will see the place where the local village men go hunting for honey. The area is also culturally rich and displays a diverse variety of ethnic traditions. The housing and farming styles gives you in-depth insight into life in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal.
Day 5: Ghalegoan to Tara Tops (3056 meters/4 hrs trek)
Today’s trek is mostly uphill. Leaving behind the well-established tourism village of Ghalegoan, we trek upwards along the upper reaches of the Seti River towards Tara Tops. On route we will stop at a view point from where we get panoramic views of the Himalaya including Lamung Himal, Annapurna South, Fish Tail, and Annapurna III and IV. The views of the Himalaya are truly amazing and a highlight of the journey. Once returning down, you can also get dramatic views of the Pokhara Valley. Continue trekking onwards to our overnight stop at Tara Tops. Tara Tops is a unique and beautiful campsite.
Day 6: Tara Tops to Parche (1760 meters/4½ hrs trek)
Leaving behind the campsite at Tara Tops we bid farewell to the breathtaking views and trek mostly downhill through magnolia and rhododendron forests towards Parche in the lower foothills.
Day 7: Parche and Village Visit (1760 meters)
Today is for exploring the area around Sikles, which is a Gurung-dominated region. The Gurkha soldier, usually recruited from this area, is renowned for his hardiness and skill in battle. We explore the area and trek to another view point where we can again get stunning view of the mountains and glacier which roll down from Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, and Lumjung Himal. We return to Parche for the night for evening entertainment by the local community.
Day 8: Parche to Lamakhet and transfer to Pokhara (820 meters)
Trekking from Parche, we head towards Lamakhet and the main road. The trek is mostly downhill through rural farming lands and at times passes alongside the Mardi Khola River. From Lamakhet, it’s about an hour and a half drive back to Pokhara along some rough and ready roads.
Day 9: In Pokhara (820 meters)
We take a day of sightseeing around the beautiful lake-side town of Pokhara. Paddle across the lake in a row boat and make the 40 min trek through the jungle to the World Peace Pagoda. From this hilltop location, you can get amazing views of the Himalaya and the lake below you. From the Pagoda, trek down the other side and visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp and Davis Falls before returning back to Pokhara for a free afternoon and evening.
Day 10: Pokhara to Kathmandu (1335 meters/6 hrs car ride or 45 minute air flight)
Travel back to Kathmandu overland to the see the green and fertile landscape of Gorkha and Dhading districts or enjoy spectacular mountain views by plane. In evening you will joining the group dinner and drinks to celebrate your trekking success with High Hike Nepal Trek.
Day 11: Departure Day
A High Hike Nepal Trek representative will accompany you to the airport to catch your returning flight. We hope to see you again soon! Namaste!!