Sikles Trek/ Kapuche Lake - 7 Days

Sikles Trek/ Kapuche Lake

Having been recognized as the glacial lake situated at the lowest altitude in Nepal, this is one of the easiest and exciting treks for all ages. The recently opened trail of Kapuche Lake. an isolated destination in the Annapurna region, where you will have to pass through the beautiful settlement of Sikles. The Gurung village of Sikles will give you an insight of the traditional and typical lifestyle and civilization of the gallant Gurungs of Nepal.

To say the least, this short trek is a complete package of the scenic panoramic views of Annapurna Himal, experiencing the mountains, glaciers and the cultural background of Nepal.

Overview

Starting Trek point: Sikles

Ending Trek point: Sikles

Highest altitude to gain: Kapuche Lake (2450 m)

Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Seasons to avoid trekking here: None

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Altitude information: Kathmandu (1,400m)
Your arrival will be awaited by our representatives at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). You will be transferred to the hotel rooms in the city along with your luggage. There is no specific activity designated for this day. You will meet the rest of the trekking team and representatives and you will have all the freedom to prepare yourself for the next day.

Overnight in Kathmandu
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 2
Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara and drive to Sikles (4-5 hours)

Altitude information: Kathmandu (1,400 m), Pokhara (822 m), Sikles (1,900 m)
We leave the bustling city of Kathmandu and fly to Pokhara. The flight experience guarantees unforgettable panoramic mountain scenery and an aerial view of Pokhara also popularly known as “The city of lakes”. From Kathmandu to Pokhara it is a half an hour flight and from Pokhara, we drive to Sikles which takes about 4 hours. The jeep ride is full of mountain views with Annapurna range and Lamjung on the left and Madi river flowing beneath us. We will stay overnight in the beautiful village of Sikles.

Overnight in Sikles
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 3
Trek from Sikles to Hugu Goth (5-6 hrs)

The village of Sikles is a must visit location if you are one of those trying to observe and indulge in the typical Gurung village. Sikles somewhat gives out the vibe of Ghandruk village with the similar kind of hospitality, housing and scenic view of Annapurna range.
The trail is full of waterfalls and suspension bridges with ups and downs but since we are acclimating today expect some steep uphill walk. There are no mobile networks after Sikles.

Overnight in Hugu Goth
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 4
Trek from Hugu Goth to Kapuche and return to Hugu Goth (4-5 hours)

Altitude information: Hugu Goth (2,100 m), Kapuche Lake (2,450 m)
We hike to the highest point of this trek called Kapuche glacial lake situated at only 2,450 m lowest altitude for a glacial lake in Nepal. We will have to walk through a thick forest and some landslide debris to walk to this isolated glacial lake.
We watch the sunrise over Lamjung Himal, have our breakfast and move towards Kapuche Lake. It will take us about 2 hours to reach Kapuche Lake from Hugu Goth.
After some spectacular pictures and peaceful time at the Kapuche Lake we return to Hugu Ghot where we will spend our night.

Overnight in Upper Hugu Goth
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 5
Trek from Hugu to Sikles (5-6 hours)

Altitude information: Hugu Goth (2,100 m), Sikles (1,900 m)
We walk back to the beautiful village of Sikles at our own pace. Reaching Sikles signifies that the days of walking are over.
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Overnight in Khopra Danda
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 6
Drive from Sikles to Pokhara (3-4 hours)

Altitude information: Pokhara (822 m), Sikles (1,900 m)
We will have a leisurely breakfast and lunch here and take a ride to Pokhara city.
Pokhara city is one of the most popular tourist hubs of Nepal. There are ancient caves, historic waterfalls, temples, and numerous vibrant lakes for everyone to enjoy along with boating, paragliding, cycling, and many more.

Overnight in Pokhara
Lunch, breakfast and dinner included

Day 7
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Altitude information: Kathmandu (1,400m), Pokhara (822m)
We can return to Kathmandu by bus, minivan, or airplane. The return to the capital denotes an end to our memorable journey.

How difficult is this trek?

This is one of the easiest treks in Nepal. There are little to no risks while trekking to this region and there are no days where you are forced to make any massive gain of altitude.

What is the accommodation like?

Till Sikles the accommodation is very standard and sufficient but since this is a trekking route that has opened very recently after leaving the village of Sikles you might have to make some compromises in infrastructures.

What kind of fitness is required to complete this trek?

People of all ages and all fitness levels can complete this trek comfortably. Preparing physically through cardio workouts, lower body workouts, and core strengthening exercises are highly recommended. No special training or physical fitness is required but if you can maintain a certain level of fitness before starting this trek it will be a bonus point.

Is Altitude sickness a worry?

There are no lethal cases of altitude sickness recorded while trekking to this part of the Annapurna Conservation Area as the maximum altitude we gain is only 2,500 meters. Avalanches and landslides are bigger issues in this trek rather than altitude sickness.

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Sikles Trek/ Kapuche Lake

Trip Facts

  • Kapuche Lake (2,450 m)
  • Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara and Drive to Sikles