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Kapuche Lake Trek - 4 Days

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  • Duration 4 Days
  • Trip Grade Easy
  • Trip Destination Kapuche Lake
  • Starts at Pokhara
  • Ends at Pokhara
  • Max. Altitude 2546 meters
  • Trip Type Tea house trek
  • Transport Private Vehicle / Bus
  • Accommodation Hotel + Lodges


  • Safe and secure online booking system.
  • Advance and last minute booking services.
  • No hidden charges.
  • Encounter to diverse natural flora and fauna and ethnic Gurung culture and tradition.
  • Feasible for all age group with proper health condition.
  • Landing step at the lowest altitude glacier lake - Kapuche glacier lake at an altitude of 2546 meters above sea level.
  • Less crowded trail with authentic traditional vibes.

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
  • 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.

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    Early in the morning after breakfast, you will head towards Sikles from Pokhara. Sikles is around 36.7 kilometers away via off-the-beater trail and it will take about 3 hours to reach there. Enroute, you will pass through the small yet beautiful villages with lesser population and settlement, such as Taprang, Chipli gaun, and Khilang gaun. Also, you will be joining the pristine view of snow-capped mountains, green forests and hills.

    Upon reaching Sikles, you will be standing at an altitude of 1980 meters with the observation of beautiful remote (village) architectures, cultural presence, and tradition and lifestyle of local Gurung people. In Sikles, you can visit Eco-museum, view tower (for the sight of the whole village), hike up towards Rising Danda (Hill) and Sikles Park for the stunning view of mountains like Annapurna II, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal and many more. It will take around 30 to 35 minutes for an average walker to reach these places. After exploration, you will return back to Sikles and stay overnight.

      This is the second day of your Khapuche trek and the very first day of trekking. Today, you will walk for around 5 to 6 hours. In the morning, after breakfast, you will climb uphill via stone-paved paths and stone-stairs on the edge of a narrow trail of the high hills. On the way, you can see Edi Jharna (waterfall) around 64 meters tall, of which the view is top-notch. You can stay for a while and enjoy the picturesque moments there. Afterwards, you will climb a few big and steep stone paths following the rivers and bridges. After ascending for some hours, you will reach Hugu (Huwu). Overall, the trekking route is filled with green forest and walks along the river banks. At Hugu, you will not find any hotels or lodges, yet you will have to stay overnight at small tea houses utilizing the mats.

        Today, early in the morning, after breakfast, you will trek towards Khapuche lake. It takes around 2 to 3 hours to reach the lake site from Hugu village. The way is short and easy compared to treks of other days. Likewise, you will get the view of high mountain ranges and the serene wilderness of the route. On arrival at the lake, you will see the turquoise glittering lake surrounded by high snow-capped mountains. There are chances of minor or major avalanches at the region, so, if you get lucky you will have the sight of avalanches from Annapurna II. After spending some time in Kapuche lake, you will return back to Huwu village and then to Sikles village, following the same trial. As you will be majorly descending, it will take less time to complete the distance. Stay overnight at Sikles village.

          Today, you will have a short excursion in the village and take breakfast. Then, you will be moving towards Pokhara. While leaving the hotel/lodge in Sikles, the owner will put tika on your forehead and bid you farewell in their own cultural style. It will take around 3 hours by drive to reach Pokhara from Sikles.

          Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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          What's Included

          Domestic & International Airport Pickup – Drop-off Services

          • International Arrival Pickup
          • International Dropoff on your Final Departure Day


          • 3 Nights at Local Tea Houses in the Mountain (Twin Sharing Basis)


          • Pokhara to Sikles by local bus/jeep
          • Sikles  to Pokhara  by local bus/jeep 

          Food Services:

          • 4 Breakfast: Local and Continental Choices from the Tea House Menu
          • 4 Lunch: Simple and Light Lunch in Lunch Camp Tea Houses
          • 3 Dinner: Veg and Non-Veg Meals of your Choice Domestic and Continental Foods from the Local Tea House Menu
          • 1 Farewell Dinner in Kathmandu at Best Restaurant with the NTA Team 
          • Breakfast at Kathmandu Hotel

          Guide/Porter Services & Their Liabilities

          • English Speaking Government Licensed Trekking Guide
          • With a Minimum of 10 Years of Experience
          • All Meals for Guide
          • Insurances for Guide
          • Well Paid Salary as Per the Government`s Rate or the Concerned Association`s Circular Rate
          • First-Aid Kit Box Carried by Our Team

          What's Excluded

          • Nepal visa fees upon arrival in Nepal.
          • Tips and gratitude to the guides, drivers, porters, other staff, etc.
          • Extra-days expenses apart from the scheduled itinerary
          • Personal expenses like drinks, laundry, shopping, personal gears, hot shower, electronic battery recharges, WIFI.
          • All the other expenses which not mentioned in cost includes list.
          • Travel Insurance: It must be covered in both medical & emergency evacuation with a minimum value of USD 100,000 minimum.

          Availability & Private Trip

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          Start DateStart: MondayMay 20, 2024End DateEnd: ThursdayMay 23, 2024PricePriceUS $450StatusStatusAvailable
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          1 Travelers x US $550TotalUS $550(No additional taxes or booking fees)

          Frequently Asked Questions

          • Q1. Within how many days, can I do the Kapuche Glacier Lake trek?

            You can do Kapuche glacier lake trek within 4 days from Pokhara. But you can complete it in 3 days as well if you are bound with time, yet, there will be a rush which may prohibit you to enjoy the journey more. Also, if you are starting your Khapuche lake trekking from Kathmandu, additional 2 spare days may be required in order to cope with flight or road-way trip between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

          • Actually, no. You do not need any special training for Kapuche glacier lake trek. But as the average walking time ranges from 2 to 6 hours, you must be fit enough to cover these distances via forest-ways, stone-paved pathways and stairs, steep uphills and downhills. We recommend jogging, stretching, and some minor exercises before heading towards the trekking journey.

          • The cost for the Kapuche lake trek is 350 USD  approximately. However, any customization and modification in the trekking itinerary may lead to increase in price.

          • The views that you can see during trek to Kapuche lake are mountain ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri peaks, Lamjung Himal, forest of rhododendron trees, traditional villages and settlements, and so on.

          • The best months for Kapuche lake trek are from Mid February to Mid June and Mid September to Mid December. In this period of time, the views are great, though this trek can be carried out throughout the year when the weather is suitable. Make sure to check on the weather forecast while planning the trip. Likewise, if you want to see the frequent avalanches from Annapurna II during the trek, Mid February to April are the best months to visit Kapuche lake.

          • Kapuche lake trekking can be done within various time frames starting from 3 days, however, our standard itinerary presents the trekking route for 4 days. Here are other itineraries according to which we can organize this trip to Khaphuche lake.

          What Our Clients Say
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            Silvias PurjaNepal,March 02, 2022

            Annapurna Kapuche lake trek with best company

            Nepal Trek Adventure was the company we chose for our Khapuche lake trekking. They managed the trek, food, accommodation, flights, and road rides. All the services they provided were of the best and reasonable cost. We just had to go through the trail and enjoy the scenery. Heartily, we had a perfect Annapurna Kapuche lake trek with the best company. Kudos!

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            Marry LopchanNepal,February 28, 2022

            Trekking to Khapuche Lake

            We, the college mates went to Annapurna for trekking to Khapuche lake. There were 20 people in total. It had been a long time that we had not been to any places, and were tired of life going on a loop. This Kapuche lake trekking helped us a lot for peace and refreshment. Trekking to lake Kapuche was not hard, and we completed it with chills and lots of enjoyment. Best short trek in Nepal!


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