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.
Trek to Siklis
This picturesque trek passes through terraced fields, remote villages, rhododendron forest and high alpine meadows beneath the giants Annapurna II (7937m) and IV (7525m). A final high point reveals majestic views of the classic fish-tail 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 3000m, and from here you can reach a magnificent vantage point directly in front of Machapuchare (6993m), a fitting climax to a trip adorned with variety.
Even though there are several ways of getting to Siklis, the classic trail is still beautiful.
Day 01: We drove to Hemja from Pokhara and start walking to Seti confluence. Walk past field of Lachok and Ghachok. Even though the walking is on the dirt road, one can still get glimpse of beautiful country side. We walked across paddies and charming villages in the backdrop of Annapurna. The walking is fairly flat. After about 5 hrs of walking we arrive to Tatopani (hot spring), where we camped. One can drive directly to this place and start their trek as well.
Day 02: Follow Bhujung Khola to the base of Ghale Goan. We had lunch at the base of the big climb to Ghale Kharka. It took 5 hrs in total for us to get to Ghale Kharka. However the camping there worth the walking. we had a beautiful sunset over the Fishtail. Our camping ground was perched above the village.
Day 03: The trail from Ghale Kharka climbed for about 4 hrs to Tara Hill Top at 3,000m. The view from their was magnificent. One can see Fishtail, Annapurna and Lamjung Himal very close. We couldn’t camp there as the water was scarce. After taking picture and looking around for one hour, we trekked down to Jungle camp. There was not much to do as it was hidden between the forest.
Day 04: We gradually descended to Parche Camp next to Siklis Village. It was good to come out of the forest and being able to see till horizon. Lamjung Himal was looming right next to Siklis Village. The camping ground as huge enough for everyone to find their own private corner for diaries.
After lunch we went to Siklis Village. I was so surprised to see their extent of self-sufficiency. Weaving cloths, baskets are commonly seen in every house. It was unbelievable to see such kind of intact culture so close from Paokhara. The village corner was full of traditional water mill.
Day 05: We headed longway down to Madi river and followed the valley basin to get to the trail head where we caught a ride back to Pokhara.