Kaphuche (Virgin Ice-lake) Trek

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Kaphuche trek begins from the Aarmala goes through much human settlement and beautiful hills along with the dozen of attractions to reach the virgin ice lake called Kaphuche, In the northeast of Kaski district. The route from the elevation of 1,573 meters at Aarmala to 3,450 meters at Kaphuche offers a brilliant view of snowcapped mountains, green hills, wild lives, typical Nepali village culture and many more. At the same time, the route connects the village like Aatighar Mauja, Thak, and Sikles. The key attractions of this trekking route obviously are the Kaphuche.

Kaphuche (Virgin Ice Lake) has been claimed as the lowest elevation glacial lake in the world. The lake temperature falls below minus in winter season and sometimes the surface water changes into the stiff icy ground. The lake with 1,200 square meters in an area is tranquil glacial lake indeed. Regarding the name, Kaphuche is actually a noun from Gurung language. It refers to the plain surface made of crumbled snow and ices. Kaphuche is also a place that offers a close view of small to mammoth avalanches sourced from the peak of Annapurna 2. A number of avalanches even in a single day, glaciers and the glacial lake format the small heaven in Kaphuche area. However, there is no facility of boating in the lake as it is a virgin and newly explored lake in wild area beneath the high mountains.

Additional Information

Before, reaching Kaphuche, there is a placed named Hugu in two hours of walking distance. The specialty of Hugu is centuries old culture of animal husbandry in the elevation of 2,100 meters. From sea level. There could still be seen the goat and buffalo shades and the shade-culture in Hugu. Surrounded by more than half a dozen high mountains. Hugu is 6 hrs far from the nearest human settlement called Sikles.

Early to Hugu and Sikles, Tara hills are one of the most attractive places in this trek. It is a green hilltop at 2814 meters that offers the view of a long array of Annapurna range. In this range, virgin peak Mt. Fishtail which is locally known as Mt. Machhapuchhre and the Annapurna could be witnessed from a very close distance of Tara Hill.

Bird watching, herds of deer, hanging hives of wild honeybees, hot springs, shrines, beautiful falls, river, and rhododendron forest are some of the major attractions of this trekking route suspension bridges, caves, beautiful valley view, sunrise and sunset view, Sikles Eco museum also are the additional attractions of Virgin ice lake (Kaphuche) trek.


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TOUR DETAILS
  • Duration 6 Days
  • Activities Trekking
  • Trekking starting from Pokhara
  • Max-Altitude 3,450 mm
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Min. 2Pax
  • Tour Type Private tour
ACCOMODATION

Hotels, Tea Houses and Lodges

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Airport Pick up and drop off service by Private Coach.
  • 2 night’s accommodation with breakfast at the Standard Hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 1 night’s accommodation with breakfast at the Standard Hotel in Pokhara.
  • Three-time food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while you are on trekking.
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • Professional English speaking trekking guide (trained by Ministry of tourism) his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment etc.
  • Surface Transfer to the destination from Kathmandu.
  • Tourist Bus Ticket to Pokhara then Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Food(Lunch & Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, drinks, donation, souvenirs etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (it is expected).

FAQs

  • Explore the cultural and natural beauty of the Annapurna region.
  • Visit Hindus and Buddhist holiest Muktinath temple.
  • Superb views of Mt. Manaslu, Pisang peak,
  • Annapurnas, Himalchuli peak, and fishtail mountain.
  • Thorong La pass (5,416m.) – one of the longest pass in the world.
  • Hike along the world deepest gorge – Kali Gandaki river.
  • Explore beautiful remote villages.
  • Sightseeing in UNESCO world cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley.

Sep-Dec/March-April

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency. (1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR). We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel. The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export, and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined. Despite having security advantage of traveler’s cheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes.

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipment however these are the necessities list we prepared to keep your comfort and utility in mind. We never recommend our clients to bring over equipment which is not necessary for the trek. Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide-brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fiber
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T-shirts ( bring Lightweight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu) Sweater
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take an extra pair of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers, toothpaste, toothbrush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Biodegradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters, and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, the tip is the accepted and honored way to say thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget, and appreciation of their work.

There is a grading system that classifies the difficulty of trekking trails. There are four categories: Easy, moderate, difficult and strenuous-. The challenge both technicality and geographically increases as you move higher through the scale. Easy trekking could be suitable for all people while strenuous and difficult treks are meant only for those who have previous experience. The reason we have categories is to help our clients choose a trek or climb in the Himalaya that is suitable for their level.

Easy

This is for the trekkers who do not have previous experience or are not looking for a difficult physical challenge. These treks usually vary from 2-5 days and can reach up to an altitude of 3000m. These treks are usually on well-maintained paths and pass. They typically involve walking up to 5 hours a day. Easy trekking is always located around 2000m (6500ft) to 4000m (13000ft). These treks allow for very scenic vista points including excellent locations to view sunrise’s over the Himalayan range. Recommend trekking at this grade includes; Ghorepani Poonhill, Nagarkot Dhulikhel, Dampush Sarangkot, Shivapuri.

Moderate

Moderate grade trekking is suitable for those trekkers who have time and want to spend between 1-2 weeks in mountain areas. Clients are encouraged to have a good level of physical fitness and adequate physical training ahead of time is necessary. This grade is recommended for any trekker looking for something a little more challenging than just a simple walk. These trekking areas are mostly base camp treks, which will include panoramic views of the Himalaya. Some trekking trails at this grade include: Annapurna Base Camp trekking, Gokyo Lake trekking, Langtang Helambu trekking, Tamang Heritage trekking, Panchase trekking are the selected trekking trails at this grade.

Tough

We recommend to our clients that you have previous easy and moderate trekking experience. We also encourage clients to have a high level of physical fitness and knowledge about trekking systems that includes proper clothing systems, proper body care etc. Tough treks include walking through rough trails for 6-7 hours each day and crossing high passes. There are difficult treks that include trekking to advanced base camps as high as 5200m/17000ft. In the tough trekking grade, you may also experience glacier crossings on snow/ice. You will be facing high altitude air and continuous walking over huge stretches of Himalayan valleys. Annapurna Circuit, Chola pass, Three Pass trekking, Manaslu circuit trekking, Kanchanjungha Base camp trek, and Makalu base camp are all in the difficult grade of trekking.

Challenging trekking

Above 5500m-6200m peaks, high passes are included in this grade. The biggest difference between difficult and challenging is that the terrain is greater in height and length. There is often greater exposure with some technical sections requiring a ‘steady head’ and occasional use of rope for safeguarding. There is also a greater feeling of remoteness, isolation and lack of rescue assistance. These are genuine expeditions where climbing skills, experience and fitness are necessary. Dhaulagiri Circuit trekking, Three Pass trekking, Sherpani Col Pass trekking, Amphu Lapcha pass, and some great Himalayan trail are all in the difficult grade of trekking.

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