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Kapuche trek

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Trip Overview

Kapuche Glacier Lake Trek-The lowest Glacier Lake in Nepal Overview

Kapuche Lake trek is one of the best emerging trekking routes in 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 northeast of Sikles 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 gaining popularity due to its natural beauty and unique trekking experience.

 A perfect place for adventure and nature enthusiasts to explore.
    • A clear and up-close view of the Annapurna II, 26041 ft. Annapurna IV (24690 ft) and Lamjung Himal (22911 ft).
    • The largest Gurung community in Nepal is known for its unique culture, customs, and traditions. You will be well-acquainted with Sikles village, its culture, and its lifestyle.
    • The area around the lake is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, including lush forests and alpine meadows.
    • Explore the lowest-altitude glacier lake in Nepal.
    • Hike through verdant vegetation, rhododendron forest, and terraced fields.
    • An easy hike that people of all ages can do.

Outline Itinerary

  1. 1

    Arrival at Kathmandu and transfer to hotel

    Highest Altitude 1400 m


    After your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be picked up by a private vehicle and drop you off at your hotel. You can rest in your hotel room and get rid of your jet lag from your flight to Kathmandu.

    In Kathmandu you will be placed in a deluxe hotel. You will be provided with breakfast in the morning. So, rest well for we have a lot of new things to experience in the morning.


      • Overnight stay at a hotel
  2. Day2

    Fly or Drive to Pokhara

    Driving Hours 7 Hrs
    Flight Hours 25 mins
    Highest Altitude 1400 m


    Our second day is filled with beautiful scenic views from the ride to Pokhara, we will take a tourist bus to get to Pokhara from Kathmandu. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful surrounding views of the landscapes and the mountains. We will stop on the way for lunch and reach Pokhara in around 6-7 hours. We will have dinner in Pokhara and stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

    You can also take a flight to Pokhara which takes about 25 mins.


      • Overnight stay at a Hotel White Pearl Pokhara
      • Included Breakfast
  3. Day3

    Drive from Pokhara to Sikles village

    Driving Hours 3 Hrs
    Highest Altitude 1980 m / 6496 ft


    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.


      • Overnight stay at Namaste Guest House, Sikles.
      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
  4. Day4

    Trek from Sikles to Hugu Goth

    Highest Altitude 2100 m/ 6890 ft
    Trek Duration 6-7 hrs


    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 Sikles.


      • Overnight stay at Tea house
      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
  5. Day5

    Trek to Kapuche Lake (Virgin Ice Lake), Explore and back to Hugu Goth.

    Highest Altitude 2450 m/ 8058 ft
    Trek Duration 4-5 hrs


    We trek to Kapuche lake which is about a 2-hour trek. We’ll spend a couple of hours to explore a lowest glacier lake of Nepal.  After spending couple of hours at Kapuche lake we will hike back to Hugu where we will spend the night.


      • Overnight stay at Teahouse
      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner )
  6. Day6

    Trek to Sikles and back to Pokhara

    Driving Hours 3 Hrs
    Highest Altitude 1980 m / 6496 ft
    Trek Duration 6 hours trek


    On the last day, we begin early and hike towards Sikles for about 6 hours. We will take lunch at Sikles village and  back to Pokhara or Jeep  by bus which takes another 3 hours.


      • Overnight stay at Hotel White Pearl Pokhara.
      • Included standard meals ( Breakfast + Lunch  )

Detail Itinerary

 Itinerary of Kapuche Glacier Lake 

Day 1: Drive to Armala and trek to Thak Village via Atighar Mauja, 5-6 hours. Overnight at Thak Village.

Day 2: Trek to Sikles Village via Tara Hill Top, 8 hours.

Day 3: Trek to Hugu Goth, 5-6 hours. Overnight at Hugu Goth

Day 4: Hike to Kaphuche Lake and return to Hugu Goth. Overnight at Hugu Goth.

Day 5: Trek to Sikles, 4-5 hours and drive back to Pokhara.

The extended Kapuche lake itinerary starts from Pokhara 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 a 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.

Equipment List

Trekking is simply walking in the hills or the mountains – be it for a day or weeks or more. Certain basic trekking equipment are essential while you’re trekking to any parts of the trekking destinations. The items may differ from the area to area and on season to season. The following are the list of the equipment that we suggest you for your trekking in Nepal Himalaya.


  • Jackets (Fiber or down).
  • Woolen shirts and thick sweaters.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood or poncho.
  • Tracksuit.
  • Track shoes
  • Trousers
  • Thermal Underwear and Thermal coat
  • 2 pair of loose fitting long shorts/ skirts
  • Pair of Gloves
  • Pair of sandals
  • Thermal underwear.
  • Woolen hat
  • Long sleeved shirt.
  • Towel and Hankies.
  • Light weight walking boots
  • 2 pairs of thin socks and 2 pair of woolen socks

Equipment’s and Accessories

  • Snow glasses and sunglasses
  • Trekking Sticks.
  • Duffle bag or kit bag to carry to gear while trekking.
  • 2-4 plastics bags 2-4 large plastic bags to separate clean clothes from dirty ones. 6-10 smaller plastic bags to dispose garbage.
  • Daypack bag to carry your personal requirements.
  • Water Bottle, water purifying tablets
  • Toilet articles and towels, Toilet paper
  • Umbrella (optional)
  • Headlamp, Torch, Candles
  • Matches / Lighters
  • Binocular, Camera, trekking map and compass, pillow, knife,  passport photograph, reading materials, pencil, rubber, pen and notebook, lip guard
  • Toilet papers.

Details of Trekking Equipment’s

  • Camp shoes/sandals: A luxury for your feet at the end of the day. Sandals or running shoes will be better you can buy for cheap in Kathmandu, are a necessity for showers during the Khumbu and Annapurna treks.
  • Thermal shirts/underwear: Good thermals, both tops and bottoms are the best for cold weather in trekking
  • Nightwear thermals: Good for making warm nights in the sleeping bag, Silk-weight is lightest and warm,
  • Fleece/sweatpants: Good for the cold evening and morning.
  • Day-wear T-shirts/Shirts: On the lower altitude trekking weather will be hot, T-shirts and shirts are recommended
  • Trekking pants: Recommended to have 2 pairs
  • Wind pants: If your trekking pants are reasonably windproof then special wind pants are not needed. If you do bring a pair, it is not necessary to have Gore-tex. Similar, non-waterproof is quite OK.
  • Underwear: Regular everyday type.
  • Neck gaiter: For winter trekking they are really the best for staying warm
  • Trekking poles: Trekking poles are very useful especially for downhill, in popular trekking in Nepal you can buy the wooden trekking poles selling by children, trekking can be done without trekking poles also
  • Sunglasses: Good wraparound glasses suitable for snow, its bright up there, but specialized glacier glasses with side pieces are not needed. Contact lens wearers report very few problems except cleaning them in the conditions.
  • Mittens/gloves: A good pair of wind-proof gloves is essential. You can buy in Kathmandu cheap if you don’t have it.
  • Sun hat/woolen hat: Trekking in spring and summer of lower altitude is more hotter and whole day sun shining, you can bring the hat or small cap to protect from Sunburn, on the upper part of trek more cold and windy so you can have woolen hat to make your head warmer.
  • First aid kit :All our trekking our tour and trek leaders carry the first aid kit box including the medicine for altitude sickness and diaoheria and other small problems, you should bring any personal medicines that you need, some time your local medicine is more effective than we provide
  • Water purificationSome places on the tea house trek can buy the Mineral water but it is discourage for an
  • Water bottle: Two water bottles are recommend 1 liters bottles, bring the good one to take boiling water and be leak proof, European Aluminum bottles are best .
  • Torch / Flashlight: Flash light or head lamp is necessary
  • Towel: During the trekking there are no available Towel at guest houses so you need one small and light towel for trekking
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with sunscreen: The sun is strong at altitude, especially after snow. Bring at least sunscreen and lip balm WITH SPF 15, and better still SPF 30+. You can buy in Kathmandu
  • Moisturizer: The air is dry and windier with dust some part of the trek so moisturizer is good to car for skins.environmental point of view because of the plastic bottles, hot and boiled water can get from the guest house. Iodine tablets and water purification drop chlorine is recommended to take.
  • Toiletries: shampoo, soap, scissors, hair products, tooth brush and tooth paste, tissues, sun cream, chap stick, antiseptic hand wipes, face washer etc.
  • Daypack: This should be comfortable and a good waist band that transfers some of the weight to the hips is most important. It needs to be big enough to take a jacket, fleece, water, camera and odds and ends. Kathmandu now offers a range of cheap fall-part packs to top of the range.
  • Footwear: One pair of sturdy light to middle-weight hiking boots. Typically these are combination of nylon and leather. We suggest boots with a Gore-tax lining to be waterproof. These types of shoes have a lug sole for good traction and provide lateral support for the ankles that is essential while hiking (for example; the Vasquez Clarion and the A solo Approach). Heavy-weight all-leather backpacking boots are not recommended. Be sure your footwear is broken in and fits well. Boots should fit comfortably over one thin liner sock and a mid-weight wool sock. This reduces chafing and blisters. Tennis shoes or sandals are also useful for in camp use or bathing.
  • Socks: Four pairs of liner socks. Four pairs of mid-weight wool socks. Socks and footwear should be coordinated for a proper fit.
  • Back pack: For travel in Nepal and for trekking a back pack is more suitable than a suit case. If you plan on trekking, hiking a sturdy and comfortable back pack and day pack is essential. You should have your back pack expertly fitted to you before your departure. Your back pack should also have a water proof cover. Normally you need 2 one is 60 litters and another 25 is more suitable.
  • Sleeping bag: Down-filled Sleeping bags are better for Nepal tour and trekking. Beg, borrow or steal a good one (i.e. 4-5 season) because high altitude nights will be cool. Good down is fluffy, light and thick. A muff (an extra section around the neck) makes a big difference to the overall warmth of a bag. Reasonable sleeping bags are cheaply available for rent or buy in Kathmandu. We advise you to take -20 is batter.
  • Sleeping bag liner: Cotton, silk or fleece. Saves washing your sleeping bag and adds warmth.
  • Down jacket/Gore-Tex: This Jacket is needed for trekking up to 3200m also cold in the evening and morning, if you don’t have it and wanted to use for only Nepal trekking you can rented in Nepal.
  • Fleece jacket: Most trekkers consider this essential, but alternatives are a thick thermal top or a light down jacket. In Kathmandu you can get almost any sort of copy fleece you need
  • Rain Jacket/ Wind Shell: The jacket should be very water repellent and roomy.
  • Layering: Keeping the proper temperature is best accomplished by adding or taking off layers of clothing. While hiking during the day, you may be in shorts or skirt and a long-sleeved shirt. During the evening, as the temperature cools, you will add a sweater and, perhaps, a parka. Bringing the items outlined below will ensure that you are adequately prepared. Make sure that your clothing is sized to allow your layers and still move comfortably.


Before You Go

Nepal Trekking is a beautiful adventure and biggest way to explore and understand the language of mountains. Nepal is mesmerizing due to geographical diversity, natural beauty, and variety of indigenous cultures. Watching the breathtaking view of world’s highest mountain Mt. Everest (8848m) is a common dream of people around the world. Also, there are the highest Himalayan passes, gorgeous deep valleys, beautiful glaciers and high-altitude lakes- all of this amounts to an overwhelming experience for any trekker.

Cost Included

  • Tea House and Lodge accommodation during the trek.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Jeep Transportation from Pokhara to Sikles and Sikles to Pokhara.
  • 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 pole if needed.
  • ACAP permit and TIMS card.
  • All government and local taxes

Cost not Include

  •  Other 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 conditions, in case of itinerary modification with a view to a safety concern, illness, change of government policy, political instability raises strike, moment, etc.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned in including section

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