Kapuche lake trek is the short 4 days Trek to Kapuche lake in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is the trek to the lowest altitude glacier lake situated at an altitude of 2546 meters. This ideal height makes Kapuche one of the promising destinations in Nepal, as all other glaciers in Nepal are situated above the altitude of 4000 meters above sea level. The trek to Kapuche starts from Pokhara and continues to Sikles and Hugu villages, and finally to Kapuche lake and returns back to Pokhara. If you are in Kathmandu and want to do this trek, you will be transferred first to Pokhara via air flight or road transport (depending on the client's choice), and then stroll forward to the destination.
During Kapuche lake trekking, you will discover the newly flourished trekking trail covered with unique and authentic remote locations, meadows, and stunning white mountains like Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, and so on. Though the turquoise glacier lake - Kapuche is the major attraction of the trekking journey to Khapuche. Likewise, you will stroll through the green lush woodlands of rhododendron, terrace lands, stunning green topography, diverse species of animals and birds, wild honey bees, and so on. Similarly, if you are lucky enough, you will see avalanches towards the lake from Annapurna and other high mountains. The sounds and visuals of snow and ice falling on the lake is another unforgettable view of the lake site.
The Sikles Kapuche lake trekking is a newly discovered yet emerging trekking destination in Nepal among national and foreign travelers. The trail is less crowded and remote in comparison to other trekking trails in the Annapurna region of Nepal. During the trial, you will explore the villages like Sikles and Hugu, which itself is an allure for understanding the local Gurung cultures, traditions, norms, and lifestyle.
The lake Kaphuche is comprised of three words with different meanings. Here, 'Ka' means "Snow or ice", 'Phu' means 'melting and sliding down', and 'Che' means 'settling or landing on the flat land'. Overall, Kaphuche means 'lake formed by melting snow sliding down and settling on the flat land to form a lake'.
Kapuche Lake Trek Facts
- Trek destination: Kasko district, Annapurna region, Nepal
- Trek duration: Four days
- Trekking hours: 2 to 6 hours (On average)
- Trekking difficulty: Easy to moderate
- Trip cost: USD … per person
- Highest altitude: 2546 meters (Kapuche Glacier Lake)
- Lowest altitude: 822 meters (Pokhara)
- Required permits: ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit) and TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) Card
- Best months: Mid February to Mid June and Mid September to Mid December are visually best months. Still, this trek can be done throughout the year when the weather conditions are good enough for the best pristine view of mountains and surroundings.
Major Attractions of Kapuche Lake Trek
- Kapuche lake - the lowest altitude glacier lake situated at an altitude of 2546 meters.
- Recently discovered and rapidly emerging less crowded trekking route.
- Majestic view of high mountains like Mount Annapurna, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail), and Lamjung Himal.
- Hiking through the forest of rhododendron, villages of Sikles and Hugu, bridges, rivers, cascades, etc.
- Hospitality and cultures, values, lifestyle, and traditions of Gurung people.
Sikles Kapuche Lake Trekking Route
Kapuche lake trekking route begins from Pokhara and continues to Sikles village, Hugu (Huwu) village, and finally to the lake Kapuche. Then, the journey continues back to Pokhara with the same route followed in previous days. Following are the average driving and trekking time required to complete this Kapuche glacier lake trekking:
- Pokhara to Sikles village: 3 hours (by road driving)
- Sikles to Hugu village: 5 to 6 hours (by hiking)
- Hugu to Kapuche lake: 2 to 3 hours (by hiking)
- Kapuche lake to Sikles village: 3 to 4 hours (by trekking)
- Sikles village to Pokhara: 3 hours (by road driving)
These are the estimated time for completing the Kapuche lake 4 days of trekking for average walkers and hikers. The time may vary according to the walking speed and endurance of the travelers. Here are some of the itineraries that you may follow to reach the lowest glacier lake in Nepal, by chilling and enjoying the remote and natural environment slowly but gradually.
Kapuche lake 5 days trek itinerary
- Day 01: Drive to Soti and trek to Siklesh
- Day 02: Trek from Siklesh to Hugu
- Day 03: Trek from Hugu to Kapuche lake
- Day 04: Hike from Kapuche lake to Siklesh
- Day 05: Drive from Siklesh to Pokhara (2 hours trek to Soti and drive to Pokhara)
Kapuche lake 7 days trek itinerary
- Day 01: Drive or fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara
- Day 02: Sightseeing around Pokhara city
- Day 03: Drive to Soti and trek to Sikles
- Day 04: Trek from Sikles to Hugu
- Day 05: Trek to Kapuche lake and return back to Hugu
- Day 06: Trek to Sikles and drive to Pokhara
- Day 07: Drive or fly back to Kathmandu from Pokhara
These are some of the sample itineraries that we can run as per the client’s demand. Still, Kapuche glacier lake trekking is fully customizable. You can contact us and let us know about your demand and requirements, and we will organize everything accordingly.