Are you in search of an interesting outing to get rid of the Pandemic Hangout? If yes, you are at the right place. Go through the article and tell us your interest. We will customize your trip and help you explore Nepal’s hidden treasure. Kapuche Sikles trek is one of the newly emerged trekking trails amidst pristine natural beauties. Himalayan-Masters has recently explored a low altitude short trekking route near the Annapurna region.
The trail is amazingly beautiful with spectacular rhododendron and bamboo forests suitable for beginners. It can also be done as the acclimatization trek before attempting the elevated treks like The Annapurna Circuit trek, the Annapurna Base Camp trek, or the Everest Base Camp trek. The artistic Gurung community and their ancient cultures are the extra charms of the trek.
Although it is one of the lower altitude treks having only 2546 meters highest elevation, it offers wonderful views of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchre, and many other snow-capped peaks. Sikles trek is popularly known as the royal trek since 1980 after Prince Charles trekked in the area to see the village of Gurkha recruits.
Highlights Of Kapuche Sikles Trek
- Kapuche Glacier Lake: lowest altitude glacier-lake
- Crowdless trail
- Trek through the ethnic village of Gurung
- Low altitude treks with wonderful mountain views
The trek usually starts from Pokhara. A nearly 4 hours drive takes you to the beautiful village Sikles from where your trek to Kapuche Lake begins. The trek is so quiet that you can fully enjoy your trip. It can be the best alternative to the Ghorepani Poonhill trek.
The final destination of the trek is Kapuche Lake at an elevation of 2546 meters. It is the most important attraction of the Kaski district inside the popular Gurung village. Kapuche lake is also the world’s lowest altitude glacier lake.
Itinerary For Kapuche Sikles Trek (4 Days)
- Day 1: Drive to Siklesh
- Day 2: Trek to Hugu (Goth Ghar)
- Day 3: Trek to Kapuche Lake and then to Sikles
- Day 4: Drive back to Pokhara
Detailed Itinerary For Kapuche Sikles Trek
This itinerary excludes 2 to 3 days that you require before and after the trek. Besides the itinerary, you will have a wonderful time in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, one of the popular tourist hubs. The important tips about Kathmandu, Pokhara, and the options you can choose to travel between these two cities are explained below.
- Capital city of Nepal Kathmandu valley including two more cities ( Lalitpur and Bhaktapur)
- 7 UNESCO World Heritage sites including The Boudanath, world’s biggest Buddhist stupa
- The alluring flight into Kathmandu valley with the beautiful views of Himalayas and terraced valley drops you at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
- Kathmandu is such a wonderful valley in the world that it contains seven UNESCO world heritage sites including the Boudanath, the world’s biggest Buddhist stupa. Depending on your time and interest, you can have opportunity to visit some popular sites like Kathmandu Durbar square, Swaymbhunath temple – popularly known as Monkey temple, Pashupatinath temple and many others.
- If your trek begins right after the next day, you may have to do preparation for your trek including gear check, meeting with the company personals, guide and take enough rest to gain fortitude for upcoming adventure.
Options To Travel From Kathmandu To Pokhara
Option 1: Airway (25 minutes flight)
- If you have the limited time and get languor while having a long travel by bus, this option is amazing for you.
- Taking a short flight you can shorten your trip by one day.
Option 2: Roadway (5 to 6 hours drive)
- If you have enough time and fond of traveling in a luxurious tourist bus capturing the greenery through window pane, it can be the best option for you.
- You get the opportunity of beginning your trek in the fresh morning.
Pokhara is one of the beautiful and mysterious cities in the world that is about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. It is also the gateway for the Annapurna Conservation Area including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, and Manaslu – the three out of the ten highest peaks in the world.
Sports like trekking, rafting, bungee jumping, etc. are very much popular in Pokhara. The mysterious caves, Davis falls, beautiful and large lakes attract thousands of tourists around the world every year making this small valley an important tourist destination.
Day 1: Drive to Sikles (4 hrs.)
If you are already in Pokhara the previous day, you will be received by a jeep or a private car from your hotel. If you are taking a morning flight from Kathmandu, the jeep receives you from the airport and takes you to Sikles village from where the trek officially begins. It is nearly 4 hours drive through the bumpy country road. After having lunch at Sikles, you can spend the rest of the day with the following activities:
- Take a 30 min. hike to Sikles Park and Rising Danda to cherish with the astonishing view of Annapurna, Lamjung Himal and many other mountain peaks.
- Explore architectural villages and their unique cultures
- Have a look at village museum
- Enjoy the view of the whole village from the view tower