Siklish Trekking is a short trek from around Pokhara. In this trek one can have the amazing panorama of mountain, including Annapruna South (7,219 m), Annapurna I (8,091m), Machhapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail - 6,997 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m) and Lamjung Himal (6,983 m) and in the distance Manaslu (8,163 m), Ngadi Chuli (Peak 29) and Himalchuli (7,892 m). The inhabitants of this area are mainly Brahmins and Chhetri, though you reach Siklis - the largest Gurung village in Nepal with 700 houses, a chance to see traditional Nepalese hill life. In the springtime, you can see white orchids and other flora in the forest. This is one of the areas where only a few tourists can be seen.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be received by our representatives and will be transferred to hotel. After checking into our rooms, we could relax at our own.
After breakfast, we drive to Changu Narayan (1500m.) which is situated approximately 20 kms east of Kathmandu. Changunarayan is said to be the oldest temple of Kathmandu valley and is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage monument list. It is said to have been built by King Hari Dutta in 323 AD and said to be the oldest temple in the valley. We then trek to Nagarkot (2175m.). Walking through the pine forest along the ridge through the villages with splendid view of the valley and mountains we arrive at Nagarkot. It is one the most panoramic destinations of Nepal for landscapes, mountain views including Mt Everest and magnificent sunrise and sun set view. Overnight in hotel.
Early in the morning we would have sunrise view from the hotel. After having breakfast, we would start a gentle walk for the first hour and go through the pine forest down hill enjoying the landscapes. Afterwards, we would walk through paddy field and small villages which offer us some knowledge about the people and their life style. Approximate walk of five to six hours will take us to Dhulikhel (1440m), an ancient town situated 30 kms east of Kathmandu. The Newar town of Dhulikhlel offers a traditional atmosphere along with spectacular views of the Himalayan range - with views of peaks like Dorje Lakpa ( 6966 mts.), Gauri Shankar ( 7,145 mts.) and Langtang ( 7,324 mts.). We can have a complete panoramic view of the snowy ranges from Karyolung in the east to Himalchuli in the west. The old part of this town is an interesting area to wander around with some fine old Nepalese buildings and several interesting temples. From there you can also take a day trip to the Tibet border or Tatopani, a place which is famous for hot sulfur spring. Overnight in hotel.
After breakfast at Dhulikhel, we walk to the Namo Buddha (1982m), situated on hill above Panauti. It takes about three hours to reach from Dhulikhel.. There is an amazing legend related to the Buddha, which is commemorated by an ancient stone slab and a stupa with the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. Later, we walk another three hours and reach the enchanting Balthali village offering excellent mountain views at an altitude of 1,730m. Overnight in Balthali Village Resort. Balthali Village resort is certainly not an ordinary place as many hotels and resorts have mushroomed extensively over the years. It is a very simple, unconventional, yet comfortable retreat centre with full modern amenities of western style toilets and attached bath rooms, hot and cold shower flows freely and tasty Nepalese traditional, organic cuisine is served at large by the friendly, hospitable and smiling local staff. The bar is fully stocked with local wines and native brews.
Today you will visit a typical Tamang village, Dada Gaun, where a Buddhist Community lives. It is very traditional and secluded from the modern world. Here people and animals live together side by side. We then walk to Pada Gaun (2100m), from where one can have extremely good views of the whole Himalayan range to north and beautiful green forest of Mahabharat. The walk on to Karnali, a hamlet of nature, and follow the banks of the Ladku River back to the resort.
Today, we take leisurely walk to the thriving Newari village of Panauti. Panauti is wedged between the Punyamata and Roshi streams. Panauti forms the shape of a triangle with a serpent (naga) idol standing at each of its three corners to protect from floods. Pride of this place goes to the massive, three-tired Indreshwor Mahadev. Some authorities believe this to be the original structure that was raised here in 1294 AD, which would make it the oldest surviving Nepal. The shrine area at the sacred confluence called the Khware’, is one of those tranquil spots that can intercept a dreamer for hours. On the way one can have an opportunity to come across lovely temples and interesting old houses, particularly beautiful areas some fourteenth century wooden temple struts. Having taken about six hours on foot journey, we drive to Kathmandu.
It is our day to explore this lively and exotic city. Our guide will take us to visit the World Heritage Sites of the valley and some other historically and culturally important places of the valley. In the evening, a farewell dinner would be served at Bhojan Griha, the delights of Nepali cuisine.