The Gurung village of Sikles has been established by the ACA project as a model trekking village and is an internal part of their Eco-route. It is located to the north east of Pokhara, at about 2000 meters elevation, in the shadow of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. It is a large village, possibly the second largest Gurung village in Nepal, and is a well-preserved example of traditional Gurung culture. While here, the trekker can easily spend several days experiencing local life-style, handicraft production and sight-seeing. Of particular interest are the local cloth weaving and the ancient water driven flourmills.
Uphill from the Sikles Village lies the glacial lake—Kopuche, which is a wonder in itself as this is the only glacial lake at such a low altitude. Kapuche Lake is the lowest glacial lake in Annapurna region of Kaski district of Nepal situated at an altitude of 2450 meter above sea level. Ka pu Che Lake can be reached in a day walk from sikles. You will have the breathtaking views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II just in front of you. During the trekking to Kapuche lake, you can enjoy witnessing Huge waterfall on the way to Hugu. During the trek, you will hike following places: Aarmala, Thak, Tara Hill, Sikles, Kafuche Lake and Hugo.
Above the village is Rishing Danda, from where a marvelous panoramic view of the peaks of Annapurna II and Lamjung can be seen. This place is also famous as a point from which to see avalanches thundering down off the mountain sides. Folk songs and dances are an important part of Gurung life and cultural performances are common occurrences in Sikles. Of particular interest here is the Ghantu dance, traditionally performed by three young girls.
Siklis Annapurna Trek is a short and east trek that will take you to the Nepal’s largest Gurung Village where the local people are unaccustomed to trekkers. During this Sikles Trek, one would be able to have good mountain view of south of Annapurna II and massif Lamgunj Himal.
This Siklis trek starts with a drive from Pokhara to K.I. Singh Bridge and passes through Armala and over the pass to Tara Hill Top and Siklis largest Gurung settlements. From Siklis, the route to Kopuche Lake via Hugo Goth.