Kapuche glacier lake trekking – lowest altitude glacier lake of Nepal

Kapuche glacier lake trekking

Now festive vibes are over, and the best season for trekking has already begun in Nepal. If you are looking for places to explore this autumn, we have come up with a great option, i.e. magnificent  Kapuche glacier lake trek for you. The lake is gradually grabbing the eyes of people who appreciate the beauty of nature. So, keep reading to know everything in detail.

About Kapuche glacier lake trek

Kapuche is derived from the Gurung language, where ‘Ka’ represents ice or snow, ‘Pu’ means breaking down, and ‘Che’ finally means settling or landing on flat land. Combining all, ‘Kapuche’ means a valley made up of crushed ice or snow. The Kapuche trek is located at 2450m above sea level to the north-east side of the beautiful Kaski district, making it Nepal’s lowest altitude glacier lake.

The trekking trail has recently recognized, and only a few people have been there. So, compared to other trekking trails of Nepal, it is less crowded, but one can be amazed by its pristine and unique location. The lake offers a peaceful environment as it is located amongst the mesmerizing snow-capped mountains. The trekking trail leads you to the miraculous blue beauty, Glacier Lake, out of no -where in the Midwest of the forest. The fascinating deep blue tranquil water and the frozen lake appears heavenly. Moreover, there is no place within this altitude you could see the snow melting from the mountain peak.

Kapuche lake
Aerial view of Kapuche lake

Although the trail has recently discovered, it is gradually gaining popularity even among foreigners nowadays due to its unique experience. Similarly, one can experience typical ethnic villages of Gurung and Magar tribes on the way to Kapuche Lake.

Kapuche glacier trek
Kapuche glacier lake

Major highlights of the Kapuche glacier lake trek:

  • It is the lowest glacier lake of Nepal, located in the Annapurna region at an altitude of 2450 m height from sea level at Madi Rural Municipality-1, Kaski. 
  • The dimension of the lake as per Japanese researchers: length: 400 m, width 300 and depth of 40m
  • The best time to visit Kapuche Lake is from November to December, as you can witness the fascinating sky bluish lake.
  • Besides the lake, another highlight of the Kapuche trek is Sikles village, Nepal’s second-largest Gurung village.
  • Furthermore, the trail passes through dense forest, Rhododendron trees and terrace rice fields.
  • Most importantly, trekking is easy compared to other popular treks of Nepal and can be done by any age group.
  • You can witness the close-up views of mountains and Glacier Lake from low altitudes.
Sikles village - Kapuche trek
Beautiful Sikles village on the way to Kapuche trek

Kapuche trek itinerary

Although it is the emerging trekking trail of Nepal, you can customize your itinerary route and days according to the availability of your time and need. However, the standard trekking Itinerary is of 4 days from Pokhara.

Day 1: Pokhara to Sikles (1950m)

You can easily get a jeep from Pokhara directly to Sikles, and with 4 hours of drive, you will reach there.

Day 2: Sikles to Hugu (2026m)

The second day can be moderately strenuous as you have to trek for about 5-6 hours continuously. On the way, you can explore Yedi waterfall, Annapurna 2 and 3, Lamjung Himal.

Day 3: Hugu to Kapuche lake (2450m)

With 2-3 hours of walk, you can reach the lowest altitude lake of Nepal, Kapuche Lake. After roaming and exploring the beauty of the lake, walk downhill to the Hugu Goth.

Day 4: Hugu Goth to Sikles (about 4-5 hours of walk) and then drive back to Pokhara

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