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Siklish Trek Via Begnas Lake

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Max Altitude: 2100 m
  • Fitness Level: Easy
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Group -Size: 2-15 pax
Trip Overview

Siklis Trek has recently been renowned that offers the most spectacular views of the Annapurna Ranges and Lamjung Himal (6931 m/ ……….ft). This low altitude trek, Siklis Trek via Begnas Lake, passes through rarely visited area of the villages and traverses through varied terrains. Beautiful small villages and terraced farming fields are main attractions of the walk with one of the largest Gurung villages of Nepal in Siklis. This is ideal trek for beginners without primary trekking experiences in the Nepal Himalayas.
The trek begins from Pokhara’s Begnas Lake - beautiful lake city of Nepal. From here you trek northern bound along the Modi khola to Baral and to Chyamrang village. You will enjoy rural life, and if lucky meet some of the ex-Gurkha soldiers of the WWII. 

On the way back you will see more villages in the outskirt of Pokhara including Ghale Gaon and reach Pokhara to finish your trek and to Kathmnadu.

Itenerary

Arrival in Kathmandu. Meet with our friendly representative at the arrival terminal of only International airport. And, then you will be transferred to your hotel. You check-in at your Hotel and then after short rest you can go to explore market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do. Later we take you to our office for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
You start the day with delicious breakfast served at your Hotel. The sightseeing involves tour of two religious and cultural sites of Pashupatinath temple and Boudhanath stupa. Pashupatinath Temple: It is one of the most celebrated Hindu temples in South-Asia. The temple is devoted to Lord Shiva. This place is a UNESCO world cultural heritage site. The Bagmati river flowing besides the temple is religiously and spiritually significant for Hindus where cremation of dead body takes place. Pashupatinath temple holds the most of prominence during Shivaratri – Shiva’s birthday and thousands of pilgrims gather in the night to celebrate the day. Boudhanath Stupa: It is one of the biggest Stupas in terms of size and height in Nepal and located in east of Kathmandu in the ancient trade route between India-Nepal and Tibet. The site is peaceful and culturally filled with intermixed influence of Tibetan and Sherpa roots. Stupa built in the trading route between Kathmandu and Tibet has four pairs of eyes directed towards all four directions. It is believed to be influenced by Mahayana Buddhist philosophy. After short tour of city we return to hotel and prepare for the trek. Overnight will be spent at hotel.
Pokhara – the beautiful lake city of Nepal nestled in the lap of the majestic Annapurna – is located 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Early morning you embark for long yet scenic and adventurous drive to Pokhara. As you drive out of the Kathmandu valley the road descend to the Trishuli River valley on the other part. The Highway is narrow in breadth, and snake bend in shape thus make the drive thrilling. After scenic and adventurous drive, arrive at the hotel and rest the remaining evening. You can utilize your rest time exploring around the lakeside or shop around. Overnight in a hotel.
From your hotel, drive to the Begnas Lake in the morning after the breakfast. The lake at about 3,000 ft/909 m is beautiful stop for some time. From here the trail meanders along a low ridge with superb views. You pass several villages during the day. From the ridge, you will descend to the Modi Khola (river) which originates at the base of the Annapurna Glacier. Overnight in the local Hotel/lodge.
Today you ascend gradually following the Modi river valley. You can enjoy the view of the majestic Annapurnas from top of the ridges multiple times. You pass various small settlements, villages, beautiful terraced farms and scattered forests during the walk. Overnight in Hotel.
You continue to gain height but not much – some 1,000ft/303m to reach to the village of Siklis. You cross the Modi river, and climb steep to the hillside to reach the beautiful village of Siklis. Overnight at the local lodge.
Another chance to rest and relax or climb a ridge for better views of the Himalayan crests. Overnight local lodge.
You backtrack down to the Seti Khola, bypassing Burijung Khola and carry on along the banks of the river to Chisopani. Overnight local lodge.
Walk along the Seti Khola for the day. It is relatively easy along the river to the beautiful Pokhara valley. Arrive Pokhara and check-in to your Hotel, luxury living after few days of mountain and village life. If you want to spend some good time in the bank of Fewa Lake in the later afternoon, you may start from Chisopani in the early morning. Overnight in the Hotel.
Drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. You are driving the same highway you took to Pokhara at the beginning of the trek. Alternatively, you can fly one way back which is highly recommended for which we need to arrange separate arrangements on your request. Arrive Kathmandu and stay Overnight in a hotel.
After breakfast at your Hotel, you embark on the mysterious and marvelous Kathmandu city tour. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You walk through the narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power and trade between Tibet and India – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour, return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in the Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, we transfer you to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your wonderful trip in the majestic Himalayan region ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport Pick up and Drop with friendly representative
    • 3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu (Nepal’s 3 star hotel can be bit different than other international standard)
    • 3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Pokhara (Nepal’s 3 star hotel can be bit different than other international standard)
    • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation during the trekking in twin sharing basis
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking
    • Tea Coffee (3 times a day)
    • A professional trekking guide, Porter (Helper) and assistant guide above 5 pax.
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking Staff.
    • All land transportations (Kathmandu – Pokhara – Kathmandu and Pokhara – Begnas | Chisopani – Pokhara)
    • Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour guide, Private transportation, and entrance fee.
    • Trekking Permit (TIMS).
    • Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, Fleece liner, and a duffel bag.
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, or cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
    • Tips for Guide, Porter, and Driver (tips not mandatory but highly expected.)
    • Travel insurance that should cover emergency evacuation in case of need

    Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion

Equipment Checklist

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu. The quantity of your gears/equipments for shorter treks can be lesser, and you may wish to travel light.

General

  1. Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

 

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Sun hat
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  3. Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind
  4. Headlamp
  5. Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  6. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. Gloves( not too warm and not light )

Core Body

  1. T-shirts
  2. Shirts
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  6. Women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

 

Lower Body – Legs- Feet

1. Nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!

2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).

3. Lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.

4. Soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.

5. Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..

6. Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).

7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

9. Two pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.

10. Two pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.

11. light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.

12. A pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.

13. A pair sandals (Optional).

 

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  5. One small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  2. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  3. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  4. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  5. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  6. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  7. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  8. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  9. Two bandanas.

Optional

  1. One pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
  2. Favorite snack foods
  3. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  4. Binoculars
  5. One light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use
  6. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  7. A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip
  8. One small stainless steel thermos

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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