Kahpuche Glacier Lake Trekking - 8 Days

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Overview

Kahpuche Glacier Lake Trek is the new trekking trail in the Annapurna region of Nepal. This trek starts from Pokhara with 4 hours driving to the beautiful village Sikles. All glacier lakes in the country are situated 4,000 meters above sea level but Kahpuche glacier lake is unique in that it is idyllically located just 2,546 meters above sea level. Kahpuche Lake has been declared as the lowest altitude glacier lake of the world where the temperature falls below minus in the winter season and sometimes the surface-water modifies into the stiff icy ground. The lake with 1,200 square meters in the area is a peaceful glacial lake indeed. On the subject of the name, Kahpuche is actually a noun from the Gurung language. It refers to the plain surface made of crushed snow and ice.

Kahpuche Trek offers some extraordinary views of the snow-capped mountains, verdant hills, and Nepali village culture, among others. The trekking route goes through the villages of Armala, Thak, Aatighar Mauja and Sikles. The complexity of roads and trails is the cause why tourists don’t reach Kahpuche Lake. To those who wouldn’t mind it a little difficult to see the gorgeousness of nature and growing expansion of this lake, Mandala Holidays will help you.

Trip Highlights

  • Trek to World's lowest glacial lake, Kahpuche 2546 m
  • This trek provides some of the excellent views of the mountain range Annapurnas, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, and Lamjung.
  • Exploring the culture, tradition, and lifestyle of Gurung people in Sikles
  • Visit the Eco-Museum at Sikles village

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) Kathmandu (1300m)

Namaste & welcome to Mandala Holidays! Upon your arrival, you will be greeted by a representative from Mandala Holidays. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Mandala Holidays with Group leader’s name display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to the Hotel. (Overnight at hotel)

Day 2
Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara. Transfer to hotel, half day sight seeing around pokhara & Overnight at Hotel.

After breakfast, we will drive to the airport (5 km) for a flight to Pokhara. 25 mins. Flight to Pokhara is spectacular with a Himalayan view all along its route. You can enjoy the ambience of Pokhara in the natural settings with the towering Himalayas in the backdrop. Visit Devi’s Fall and Tibetan Refugee Camp. Explore Phewa lakeside market. Phewa lake boating in the evening to catch the reflection of the Himalayas on the Phewa Lake.

Day 3
Drive to Armala and trek to Thak village via Atighar Mauja (5-6 hrs) overnight at Thak village

We begin by getting on a private vehicle that will take us to Armala. It is about an hour drive. Upon reaching Armala, we start our trekking. We walk for about 6 hours in a continuously elevating narrow trail until we reach Thak village. We will enjoy some magnificent views along the way. We spend the night in Thak village.

Day 4
Trek to Sikles via Tara Hill top (8 hrs) overnight at Sikles

On this day, we walk for about 8 to 9 hours until we reach Tara Hill Top. The place also has a viewpoint that offers some fantastic views. after a couple of hours of walking, we will arrive at a famous traditional Gurung village Sikles. Overnight at Sikles Village.

Day 5
Trek to Kaphuche Lake Explore,back to Hugu Goth.O/N at Hugu Goth.

We start 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 for accommodation, we will hike back to Hugu where we will spend the night.

Day 6
Trek to Sikles and Drive back to Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel

On this 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 4 hours.

Day 7
Fly Back to Kathmandu. Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley.

After breakfast, we will drive to the Pokhara Airport and fly back to Kathmandu. After checking in Hotel, drive to Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is the living heritage of Newars, the aboriginal of Kathmandu. Patan in the south of Kathmandu is also known as the ‘city of fine art’. This is also believed as the oldest existing Buddhist city in the world.

Day 8
Final Departure

Our office representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport for your International Departure. If you prefer to stay longer, you can go for short tours such as jungle safari at National parks, rafting, mountain biking etc.

Inclusions/Exclusions

Inclusions

  • Arrival, Departure and Domestic Airport transfers
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu flight
  • Guided sightseeing tour Kathmandu and Pokhara city
  • English speaking professional Tour guide
  • Entry fee to monumental sites
  • Trek Transfer by private vehicle
  • 2-nights accommodation in Kathmandu on BB Basis
  • 2-nights accommodation in Pokhara on BB Basis
  • English speaking professional Trek guide
  • 3 nights accommodation in Tea House during the trek AP Basis
  • Farewell Gala Dinner
  • First Aid Kit
  • Permit fee and TIMS card
  • Salary, Insurance of Trek Guide
  • Nepal Government Tax, VAT and Company Service Charge

Exclusions

  • Nepal entry Visa Cost
  • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Trekking Gears and Equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance and Rescue (It is necessary in case of emergency)
  • Extended Stay due to any natural disaster
  • Anything not included in inclusions

Gear

  • TREKKING GEAR

    1. Ruck sack bag with rain cover. 

    2. Day Pack Bag – Recommended for treks with summit day

    3. Head Torch with spare batteries. 

    4. U V protection sunglasses. 

    5. Water Bottles: 2 bottles of 1 liter each

    FOOTWEAR

    1. Non-skid, deep treaded, high-ankle trekking shoes 

    2. Pair of lightweight Slipper/Sandals 

    CLOTHING

    1. Quick Dry Warm lower or Track Pants. 

    2. Full sleeves T-shirts/ Sweatshirts. 

    3. Pair of thick woolen socks. 1 pair for every two days of trekking

    4. Thermal Body warmer Upper & Lower. 

    5. Undergarments. Qty – 1 for every day of trekking

    6. Warm jacket closed at wrist & neck.

    7. Full sleeves sweater. 

    8. Rainwear ( Jacket & Pants ).

    9. Pair of waterproof, warm gloves. 

    10. Woolen cap. 

    11. Sun shielding Hat. 

    TOILETRIES

    1. Personal toiletries kit (Small Towel, Toilet paper, paper soap, Bar soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, cold cream, etc.)

    2. Sun screen lotion small pack. 

    3. Lip Balm small pack. Qty-1

    MISCELLANEOUS

    1. Camera (Optional) 

    2. Carry your medicines in plenty in case you have any specific ailment. Consult your doctor before joining the trek.

    3. Dry fruits, Nuts, Chocolate bars (Optional

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Kahpuche Glacier Lake Trekking

Trip Facts

  • KTM-PKR-KTM flight, 4WD Jeep
  • Min 2 pax
  • 2456 m
  • Tea house/Homestay
  • Sep-Nov & Mar-May
  • Tea House Trek
  • ACAP & TIMS
  • Moderate