Kaphuche (Virgin Ice-lake) Trek
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.
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.