The Kapuche Sikles trek is a recently discovered trekking route that offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration. This low altitude trek is ideal for beginners, and it can also serve as an acclimatization trek before embarking on higher altitude treks such as the Annapurna Circuit trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek, or Everest Base Camp trek.
The trail is adorned with beautiful rhododendron and bamboo forests, which add to its spectacular natural beauty. Moreover, the artistic Gurung community with their ancient culture and traditions are an added attraction for trekkers.
Despite having a maximum altitude of only 2546 meters, the Sikles trek offers magnificent views of the Annapurna range, Machhapuchre, and many other snow-capped peaks. This trek has been famously known as the royal trek since 1980 when Prince Charles trekked in the area to explore the Gurkha recruits’ village.
Himalayan-Masters has recently explored this trekking trail, making it a unique opportunity for adventure seekers to explore an off-the-beaten-path destination.
Itinerary For Kapuche Sikles Trek
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
The given itinerary is one of the version to trek to Sikles, if you do require more days to trek to Silesh, do contact us so that we can setup different itinerary up to your requirment.
SIkles Trek Itinerary
On Day 1 of the Kapuche Sikles trek, you will be picked up from your hotel in Pokhara by a private car or jeep, or from the airport in Kathmandu if you arrive in the morning. The drive to Sikles village, where the trek officially begins, takes approximately 4 hours over a bumpy country road. After lunch in Sikles, you can choose from several activities for the rest of the day, including a hike to Sikles Park and Rising Danda for stunning views of the Annapurna and Lamjung Himal mountain peaks, exploring architectural villages and their unique cultures, visiting the village museum, and enjoying the view of the entire village from the view tower. Overnight accommodation is at a lodge, and the total walking/driving time for the day is 4 hours.
On Day 2, after breakfast at the lodge, the trek begins at around 7 am with a 5-6 hour hike to Hugu, which is known for its Goth Ghar huts. Along the way, you'll encounter narrow, bush-filled trails that may be challenging to navigate, and you may also encounter wild animals. However, the trail is full of natural beauty, including panoramic mountain views, dense forests, blooming rhododendrons, terraced farmland, beautiful landscapes, and amazing waterfalls. Overnight accommodation is at one of the Goth Ghar huts, where you'll need to carry your own food, water, and sleeping bags.
On Day 3, you'll have an early breakfast and then trek to Kapuche Lake, the highest point of the trip. It's a long, tiring day of walking, with a 2.5-hour hike from Hugu to Kapuche Lake, a few hours spent exploring the lake, and another 5-6 hour hike back to Sikles for overnight accommodation at one of the best teahouses.
On Day 4, you'll spend a few hours in the morning exploring Sikles before being driven back to Pokhara in a private car or jeep, bidding farewell to the hotel owner with a khadi around your shoulders. The drive back to Pokhara takes a few hours, and you'll arrive in one of Nepal's best tourist hubs.