A Trek to the Lowest Glacier Lake in the World
Kapuche Lake trek is one of the best emerging trekking routes of Nepal. Along with a unique location and pristine natural presence, the path is remote and less crowded than other trails. So, if you are looking for a trekking route that offers grand scenery, an isolated lifestyle, and a rarely hiked trail, then Kaphuche has much to offer. The Lowest Glacier Lake lies to the north-east of Kaski. It is a short trek that begins at Pokhara and goes through several villages and hills. Although the trekking route was recently discovered and opened for visitors, it has been slowly getting popularity due to its natural beauty and unique trekking experience.
Location and Altitude
The Kapuche Glacier lake is located at an altitude of 2546 meters from sea level. It lies inside the Gurung village Sikles of Kaski district in the Annapurna region. This lake has been declared as the lowest altitude glacier lake in the world.
Kapuche Glacier lake trek itinerary
We offer a 4 and 5 days Kapuche Glacier Lake Itinerary which can be customized as per your need and convenience.
- Day 01: Pokhara to Sikles -4 Hrs by Jeep 4WD drive
- Day 02: Sikles to Hugu (5-6 Hrs) on the way can see 64m Yedi waterfall, and Annapurna 2, Annapurna 4 and Lamjung Himal.
- Day 03: Hugu Goth to Kaphuche Lake (2 hrs walk up, 2 hrs roaming around and 2 hrs back to Hugu Goth)
- Day 04: Hugu to Sikles village 4 -5 hrs ( lunch at Sikles and drive back to Pokhara 4 hrs
Food and Accommodation
We will take care of all your requirements, including food, accommodation, guides, and porters. Typically, you will stay at guest houses, hotels, and teahouses, which serve lodgings and food. Traditional Nepali food of Dal, Bhat, and Tarkari is readily available, and some guesthouses even serve western dishes.
Kapuche Lake Trek Route Map
Can I go on the Kapuche trek without a guide?
This is a newly opened trekking route that has not been explored adequately, and the trail is mostly off-the-beaten-track. There are not enough signposts that can be used to identify the right path for the lake. For trekkers without a guide, it can be challenging to find a way and even accommodations and good food services. Additionally, the lake itself has frequent avalanches, which can create unforeseen problems for the trekkers. So, we recommend you go on the Kapuche glacier lake trek with an experienced guide.
How difficult is the Kapuche glacier lake route?
The trek route mostly goes through villages, grasslands, and small hills. It also has a maximum elevation of 2814m, which makes it a moderate-height trekking trail. As such, it is a relatively moderate trekking route.
How much does it cost for a Nepali citizen?
For a Nepali citizen, the cost of the Kapuche Lake trek is customizable according to the need of the customers and time requirements. We have ongoing departures for the trek every week, and we are open to negotiating provisions and the associated costs for the trek.
More about Kapuche lake
Kapuche Glacier Lake is claimed to be the lowest elevation glacial lake in the world. The temperature of the lake can reach sub-zero during winter, and the surface can turn into ice. The 0.12 Km2 Lake is about 40 meters deep.
The word Kapuche is a portmanteau of the words “Ka,” which means snow or ice, “pu,” which means breaking down and sliding, and “che,” which means landing on flat land. Essentially, ‘Kapuche” means fallen ice that has settled on a valley, which forms the glacial lake. The lake has a calm environment as it is situated amongst snow-capped mountains. There are also occasional avalanches that bring snow from the slopes to the lake. The lake is in a calm environment beneath the high mountains. However, there is no provision of boating, as it is not appropriately explored.
Discover the lifestyle in some remote villages of Nepal
Before Kapuche, we will first reach Hugu, which comes two hours earlier. Hugu has an ancient settlement with animal husbandry as a means of livelihood at 2,100 meters elevation. Hugu itself is about 6 hours away from the nearest human village called Sikles.
The extended Kapuche lake itinerary starts from Deep, and we pass human settlements like Aatighar Mauja, Thak, Tara Hill, Sikles, and Hugu. We spend a night each in Thak village, Tara Hill Top, and Sikles. Moreover, we spend two nights in Hugu. We can choose between lodge stay, homestay, and outdoor camping. Among these places, Tara Hill Top offers the best scenic view. We can visit caves and museums, pass through suspension bridges and witness some magnificent views.
This trek route is one of the least traveled trails. So, you will enjoy this trek without being disturbed by the crowd. This trek is best to do during Autumn and Spring.
Kapuche Lake trek can combined with Kori Himal Trek.