We drive north-east of Pokhara for about 20km offroad to Sabi on a Jeep, from here we start our trekking towards Chasu, after a delicious lunch, recharged we set off along the Madi river, ahead lies an uphill climb on an almost endless stone-paved trail leading us towards the village of Skiles, as we take our steps towards higher ground through terraced paddy fields we get to see seasonal cattle farming grounds with herds grazing and people working in the field. Beautiful sceneries will fill your hearts as you break a sweat from the tough walk. Our walking ends at Sikles, where we call it a day. Overnight at a tea-house in Sikles.
We spend the day exploring Sikles village. Located in the lap of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II It is one of the biggest Gurung village, many of whom are descendants and still to this day serve as Gurkha warriors in the Indian and British army. Their unflinching bravery in the battlefield has glorified the Gurkhas since world war I. We might even get a chance to talk to those who fought the war as we walk through their grounds. Today we enjoy an authentic Gurung cuisine with locals at Gurung home. As we traverse we will have the opportunity to see native nettle cloth production, water-powered mills used and maintained by villagers, native bamboo handicrafters at work and hopefully, you take your opportunity to interact with the locals. The village offers an opportunity to see into their everyday life, their culture and customs. Overnight at a teahouse in Sikles.
After a delicious breakfast, we head toward the wilderness leaving away the village and towards deep jungles. We follow along Madi river crossing through seasonal wooden bridges, don’t worry we haven’t forgotten your lunches. After walking 2 hours we will come across a 60m waterfall, locally known as “Karane”, rarely visited, we stop here for a picnic lunch. Those who wish to bath in the clear waters are more than welcome as we relax for some time during lunch. Though no elevation gains we will be walking long hours through ups and downs until Hugu. Rested and energized we continue walking through the forest canopy and changing terrains until we get to Hugu. Grazing grounds for cattle, we spend the night here in the common bamboo and wooden huts made by herders. The local herders prepare dinner for us. Overnight Camping at Hugu.
Our Adventure begins early morning, as we look ahead to an ambitious walk to the foot of Annapurna IV Glacier, the trail steep and difficult at times but well worth the effort once we reach the pristine ice lake, Kaphuchhe, that is directly fed by the glacier. 40m deep and 400m wide Kaphuchhe lake flows down as Madi river. We explore the breathtaking views of Annapurna IV standing directly north and the Madi river valley in the south to get those perfect snapshots. We enjoy a picnic lunch in a safe spot before your trip guide leads the site exploration. The glacier here is prone to avalanches, 2 – 3 avalanches a day is quite normal. To see an avalanche as it happens is an experience hard to express in words. Fearsome and glories at the same time your trip guide will nonetheless brief you all the safety protocols to safely while exploring the site. We savor the time spent at the Glacial lake and take a one n half hour trek down to Hugu. Overnight Camping at Hugu.
After the amazement and wonder that is purely awestriking. We now start descending down to Skiles, the route now familiar will be easier and takes less time to get across. Through the forest canopy and past the waterfalls we come closer to civilization. You can indulge in ordering what food you want to eat after two days of the simple menu not to mention stretching your aching feets in bed. Overnight at Tea house in Sikles.
Don’t forget to have Gurung bread for breakfast as it’s now or never. We don’t have much walking to do today, so take time to soak in the views and surrounding, stopping for picture moments when needed. After 2-3 hours of walking, we arrive at Sabi, from here we take a Jeep back to Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.