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Kapuche glacier

Kapuche glacial lake trekking

Difficulty: Moderate
Max Altitude: 2450m
Duration: 05 days
Cost: $220
Season: Spring/Autumn
Accommodation: Hotel/Teahouse
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Highlights

  • Lowest altitude glacier journey in Nepal, probably in the world too
  • Trending short trek destination in Nepal as of 2022
  • Traditional and typical Gurung Sikles village
  • Panoramic Himalayan views from the very beginning of the journey
  • High chance of observing live avalanches
  • Enjoy the jaw-dropping views of Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Lamjung Himal and many more

If you are up for some adventures and have a short holidays time in Nepal, this emerging destination and the journey is perfect for you. Kapuche glacier trek or Kapuche lake trek or Kapuche glacial lake trekking is a beautiful journey that takes you far away in the wilderness within a short time. 

Resting in the unique geographical location, right under the Annapurna Himalayas, with its pristine form, Kapuche lake is a beautiful glacial lake. One can also hike or walk all the way to the top of the Kapuche glacier which is the melting point for the lake. Less crowded and recently discovered Kapuche trail is an amazing trail that offers different and unique experience to the travelers. This glacial lake lies to the North-East of Pokhara and not too far from Sikles village. 

If you are looking for a quick getaway, Kapuche glacier or lake trek can be the best choice for you. One can start the journey either from Kathmandu or Pokhara. Main entry point is the Sikles village, beautifully nestled beneath the Himalayas itself and you should start the journey from there either to Kapuche lake or towards Kori, another trending destination in the Himalayas of Nepal.

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Kapuche glacial lake trekking outline itinerary

OPTION 1 (Easy)

Day 01: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara first then drive further to Sikles village (11hrs)

Day 02: First day of hiking or trekking towards Hugu Goath (5.5hrs)

Day 03: Trek from Hugu Goath to Kapuche lake, get back to Hugu for the overnight (6hrs)

Day 04: Trek from Hugu Goath to Sikles village (5.5hrs)

Day 05: Drive from Sikles to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu

OPTION 2 (Difficult)

Day 01: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara first then drive further to Sikles village (11hrs)

Day 02: Trek from Sikles village via Hugu Goath to Kapuche lake straight (9hrs)

Day 03: Trek from Kapuche lake to Sikles village (11hrs)

Day 04: Drive from Sikles to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu

Porter service: $20/day per porter

Kapuche glacial lake trekking detailed itinerary

*BLD denotes Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner*

OPTION 1 (EASY)

Day 01: Drive (or fly) from Kathmandu to Pokhara first then drive further to Sikles village, LD, Lodge

Early in the morning, we will drive from Kathmandu towards Pokhara. After 6-8 hours of drive, we will arrive in Amarsingh Chowk of Pokhara from where we will get a taxi to Kau Khola bus station. Riding on a reserved jeep, we will drive further to get to Sikles village. Beautiful Sikles is only 3-4 hours of off-road drive from Pokhara. Rest and overnight in wonderful Gurung village, Sikles. 

Day 02: First day of hiking or trekking towards Hugu Goath, BLD, Lodge

After early morning breakfast, we will start our journey. As we keep walking further and further, the Annapurna Himalayas along with Lamjung Himal start to get more and more beautiful. In many turns, you will see the panoramic views of the breathtaking gigantic mountains from up close. Then you enter the forest and the normal trails, uphill and downhill and flats, and on and on. You will cross two suspension bridges on the way, witness a huge waterfall and also avalanche (if lucky) above Kapuche. After 5-7 hours of hike, you will arrive in Hugu goath, a beautiful small village, right next to the riverside, offering beautiful stay for the night.

Day 03: Trek from Hugu Goath to Kapuche lake, get back to Hugu for the overnight, BLD, Lodge

After early breakfast, we shall continue and trek while also enjoying the views of magnificent peaks along the way. 1.5-2 hours, you will be in Kapuche lake. After tiring walk, we shall rest and sip our drinks, take some photos in the lake. One can also hike to the glacier (2 hours trip both way), if he/she wants to go extra mile and take more shots of the glacier from close distance. But, be careful that the avalanche can come sliding down anytime and it can be life-threatening too. Be wary of the danger, consult to the local hotel owners and you're good. After taking some lunch, we will hike down to Hugu for the overnight stop. 

Day 04: Trek from Hugu Goath to Sikles village, BLD, Lodge

Time to retrace back to Sikles village, the same way. There is an alternative to this trail too which is being constructed and maybe very soon, it will be complete and travelers don't have to hike back the same way or they can even take the vehicles back to Sikles or Pokhara from Hugu goath straight. But, that's about the future and you will be updated soon about it. 

Day 05: Drive from Sikles to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu, BL.

After spending some quality time in Sikles village, enjoying the sunrise, roaming around the village and having good breakfast, we will drive back to Pokhara and then further to Kathmandu to finish our short trekking journey in the lap of the Annapurna Himalayas.

OPTION 2 (Difficult)

Day 01: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara first then drive further to Sikles village (11hrs), LD, Lodge

Early in the morning, we will drive from Kathmandu towards Pokhara. After 6-8 hours of drive, we will arrive in Amarsingh Chowk of Pokhara from where we will get a taxi to Kau Khola bus station. Riding on a reserved jeep, we will drive further to get to Sikles village. Beautiful Sikles is only 3-4 hours of off-road drive from Pokhara. Rest and overnight in wonderful Gurung village, Sikles. 

Day 02: Trek from Sikles village via Hugu Goath to Kapuche lake straight (9hrs), BLD, Lodge

After early morning breakfast, we will start our journey. As we keep walking further and further, the Annapurna Himalayas along with Lamjung Himal start to get more and more beautiful. In many turns, you will see the panoramic views of the breathtaking gigantic mountains from up close. Then you enter the forest and the normal trails, uphill and downhill and flats, and on and on. You will cross two suspension bridges on the way, witness a huge waterfall and also avalanche (if lucky) above Kapuche. After 5-7 hours of hike, you will arrive in Hugu goath, a beautiful small village, right next to the riverside. Have a hearty lunch there, take some rest and continue the journey to Kapuche glacial lake for the night stop.

Day 03: Trek from Kapuche lake to Sikles village (11hrs), BLD, Lodge

Early in the morning, hike as close as possible to the Kapuche glacier, take some photos, get back and spend some jolly moments in the lake. Have your breakfast, and continue down to Hugu goath. Get some lunch and lift your bags again to get to the Sikles village. After long and tiring day, you will probably arrive at village in the night time. Time to party with your group.

Day 04: Drive from Sikles to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu, BL.

After spending some quality time in Sikles village, enjoying the sunrise, roaming around the village and having good breakfast, we will drive back to Pokhara and then further to Kathmandu to finish our short trekking journey in the lap of the Annapurna Himalayas.

Cost for 1 PAX: $330 /-

Cost for 2 or more PAX: $220 per person

Note: Trip cost varies with the group sizes.

Kapuche glacier and Kapuche lake trekking cost breakdown

Cost Include

  • All ground transportation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea / coffee in cup during trek
  • Required permit
  • Teahouse lodge accommodations in the mountains
  • Guide service
  • Healthy diets and clean drinking water
  • Duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket (provided on request but to be returned after)
  • First Aid medical kit
  • Company t-shirt and certificate of appreciation
  • All government Tax and VAT

Cost Exclude

  • Personal expenses of any sorts
  • Porter services
  • Extra accommodation and meals behind schedule
  • Travel and emergency rescue insurance
  • Gratuities to the staffs (mandatory)
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