Polar Trek

Sikles & Kapuche Lake Trek



Good to know

Duration5 days


Max Altitude2,426 m

Group Size1 +

Trip StartsPokhara

Trip EndsPokhara

Group StyleGroup and Private


Best SeasonMar-Jun & Sept-Dec


  • Most attraction of this trek is Kapuche Lake also known as virgin lake
  • The lowest glacial lake of the world
  • Situated at (2,426m)
  • The lake is about 1,200 square meters in area
  • Tea house and homestay cum camping type of accommodation available
  • Sikles is the largest village in this area rich in Gurung culture
  • Bird watching, herds of deer, hanging hives of wild honey bees, hot springs, falls, rhododendron forests

Overview about Sikles & Kapuche Lake Trek

Experience the captivating Sikles Kapuche Lake Trek, an enchanting journey that leads you to the world’s lowest glacial lake, Kapuche, nestled at an elevation of 2426 meters. This emerging trekking route, nestled in the North-East of Kaski, has quickly become a beloved choice among trekkers seeking new horizons. Embarking on this trail allows you to witness the unexplored beauty of the region.

The adventure begins with a scenic ride from Pokhara to Sikles, a charming Gurung village perched above the Madi Khola (river). This village stands as a highlight of the trek, offering an immersive opportunity to learn about and explore the vibrant Gurung culture at its finest. Designed as a relaxed yet rewarding trek, this journey leads you through a tapestry of terraced fields, enchanting rhododendron forests, cascading giant waterfalls, and a diverse array of landscapes.

As you traverse the path, you’ll be treated to majestic vistas of towering peaks, including the grandeur of Mt. Annapurna (7937m), the majestic presence of Mt. Annapurna IV (7529m), and the formidable grace of Mt. Lamjung (6993m), among others. A truly extraordinary moment awaits you as you arrive at Kapuche Lake, where you might even witness a live avalanche cascading down from the slopes of Mt. Annapurna. This experience adds a unique dimension to your trekking adventure.

The trek to this picturesque village offers a rare glimpse into a distinctive traditional culture, all while granting you unparalleled vistas of snow-capped mountains that loom above the pristine greenish-blue waters of the lake. Marvel at the serene beauty of the surroundings as you stand at the lowest elevation of this incredible glacial lake. This trek is a journey of discovery, offering a harmonious blend of culture, nature, and breathtaking panoramas.


Day 0: Day 0: Airport/Tourist bus park

Airport/Tourist bus park picks up on arrival and transfers to the hotel, short arrival info and trip plan at the office.

Day 1: Day 1: Pokhara to Sikles village (1,950m) 5 hours by private Jeep

After breakfast, we take a private Jeep and drive to Sikles on the way we can observe beautiful Gurung villages like Tapering, Chipli, Yangjakot, Tangting, Khilang, Parche and have glimpse of Annapurna 2, Lamjung Himal through the window of Jeep. After reaching Sikles in the afternoon, we can explore around and visit local shops, tower and the Mesium as well. Lunch on the way.

Day 2: Sikles to Hugu Goth (2,016m) 5-6 hours

After breakfast, we start our journey to Hugu Goth. On the way we pass the suspension bridge and a beautiful falls which is about 64m high. We will have some snacks on the way. We still walk along the ridge of the river and cross the forest as well. Lunch at Hugu. 

Day 3: Hugu to Kapuche Lake (2,426m) 3 hrs

Early morning hike to Kapuche lake and spend some time enjoying nature. Kapuche is also a place that offers the close views of small to mammoth avalanches spurred from the peak of Annapurna 2. A number of avalanches, even in a single day, glaciers and the glacial lake form the small heaven in Kapuche area. After having breakfast we trek down to Hugu and have lunch. Then trek down to Sikles village. 

Day 4: Sikles to Tanting village (1,580m) 5 hours

After breakfast, we commence our trek to Tanting village, which is just the opposite to Sikless village. Descent to the river where the power house is after passing the forest and the local farming lands. Lunch at Tangting. In the afternoon exploring the village and if the weather is clear we can see the Annapurna 2 and Lamjung Himal in the distance and also the beautiful sunrise next morning.

Day 5: Tanting to Pokhara 5 hours

After breakfast, we start our journey back to Pokhara by private Jeep passing some Gurung villages and bridges. Most of the time we see the Annapurna 2 and Lamjung Himal far behind. Our guide will drop you at the hotel. 

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What‘s included

    Necessary Required Permit (ACAP) and TIMS Card.
    A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly, English speaking, well-trained, Government license holding guide. Price includes his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance.
    02 guest to 01 porter (Max weight limit for a porter- 20 kg (10 kg per trekker, weight limit).) with their insurance, salary, food, accommodation and equipment.
    We provide an assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size.
    Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking.
    Pokhara to Trek Start Point and from Trek Ending Point to Pokhara by private vehicle.
    Three meals a day; breakfast, lunch and dinner and tea/coffee during the trekking.
    Snacks (cookies) and seasonal fresh fruits every day.
    First aid kit box.
    All applicable government and local taxes per the itinerary.

What‘s excluded

    Your Nepal Visa fees.
    All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.All the International air fare to and from Kathmandu.
    All meals and accommodation in Kathmandu and in Pokhara.
    Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu/Chitwan transportation (if you want we can organize for you with additional cost).
    Personal travel and health insurance as well as insurance for helicopter evacuation.
    In case of extra nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary. We can help you arrange extra nights’ accommodation.
    Your personal expenses such as (laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc).
    The tips to the trekking crews and drive.
    Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control.

Essential Info

Suggested Equipment List

Duffel/Rucksack bag

Walking Pole

Day pack.

Trekking shoes.

Sports shoes or sandals.

Sun Hat/cap

Warm woolen cap.

Warm fleece jacket or puffy jacket

Waterproof Gore-Tex layer

Pullover or warm sweeter


4/5 pairs of good quality socks

Hand gloves.

2/3 pairs of trekking trousers.

3/4 pairs of trekking shirts.

3/4 pairs of underwear (non cotton preferred).

Sun glasses

Water bottle

4 season sleeping bag

Flash or Torch light

Camera and batteries


Q1.Is this Trek suitable for beginners?

Yes, this is well-suited for beginners due to its manageable terrain and easy to moderate difficulty level.

Q2. What type of accommodations are available during the trek?

Comfortable tea houses and lodges are available along the trail, offering cozy stays with basic amenities.

Q3. What should I pack for the trek?

Pack essentials like comfortable clothing, sturdy trekking shoes, a daypack, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a camera to capture the breathtaking views.

Q4. Do I need prior trekking experience to join this adventure?

No prior trekking experience is required. A reasonable level of fitness and a sense of adventure are all that’s needed.

Q5. What is the best time to undertake this Trek?

This Trek is best enjoyed during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons, when the weather is pleasant and the views are clear.

Q6. How is safety ensured during the trek?

Our experienced guides are trained in first aid and emergency procedures. Safety briefings are provided, and communication devices are carried for any unforeseen circumstances.

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