Kapuche Lake Trek | 4-Days Itinerary | Cost| Details

Duration 4-5 Days Difficulty2546m

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.

A gateway to Kapuche lake Sikles Village

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

Kapuche Glacier lake trek map/ route from Pokhara

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?

A boy crossing wooden bride en route to Kapuche lake trek

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.

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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.

 

Lowest Glacier lake in Nepal Kapuche Lake

 

Kapuche Lake trek can combined with Kori Himal Trek. 

 

Price From US$ 200

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TRIP DETAILS
  • Duration 4-5 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Pickup Point Pokhara
  • Best time to visit Any Time of the year
  • Max-Altitude 2546m
  • Difficulty Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private and group tour
ACCOMODATION

Homestay, Tea Houses and Camping

Itinerary

A Couple of hours 4WD drive will take us to the Largest Gurung community village, Sikles. Upon reaching Sikles, we will explore the beautiful village and Rishing Dada. We will enjoy some magnificent views along the way. We spend the night in Sikles Village at Namaste Guest House.

On this day, we hike further uphill for about 5 to 6 hours. We will reach the remote village of Hugu Goth, where we have to a self arrangement of meals and will spend the night.

We trek to Kapuche lake which is about a 2-hour trek. We’ll spend a couple of hours at the lake. Since there is no facility of accommodation, we will hike back to Hugu where we will spend the night.

On the last day, we begin early and hike towards Sikles for about 4 hours. From there we will come back to Pokhara by bus which takes another 3 hours.

You decide what is best and we’ll take care of the rest

  • The itinerary mentioned is a standard guideline. It can be fully customized according to your needs, requirements, and availability.
  • The cost of the trek can also be changed according to your group size, needs, and time boundary.
  • You can easily add additional activities to the Itinerary. You just have to let us know before confirming the trip.
  • This trip can also start from  Kathmandu. You have to let us know if you want to begin there. In that case, the Itinerary will extend by a few days. Consequently, the cost will also increase.
  • The addition or removal of activities will increase or decrease the cost of the trip respectively. This will be done through mutual understanding between the agency and the client(s).

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Tea House and Camping accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Most ground transportation as per the itinerary.
  • Professional English speaking, Eco Trained trekking guide his meals, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, medicine, transportation, etc..
  • Porter service (2 trekkers: 1 porter).
  • Sleeping Bag and Trekking sticks (to be returned after trip completion).
  • All necessary paperwork
  • All government and local taxes
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Other any transportation except Included in the section.
  • Personal expenses (bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.).
  • Additional costs or delays caused by management out of control like landscape, bad weather condition, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment, etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned in including section

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