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Trek to Nepal's Hidden Glacier

Ice lakes, remote trails, epic scenery - hike as off the beaten track as it gets on the way to Nepal's Annapurna IV glacier

Duration

5 nights

Annual Leave

5 days off work

Location

Nepal

Starts & Ends

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

Average Rating

16 Reviews

Difficulty

Challenging

Mountainous terrain, steep slopes and plunging valleys - it was always going to test you.

Why it's Much Better

Cross wooden bridges and trek remote trails to visit rarely seen mountain views that will leave you speechless, including Annapurna IV and the Madi River valley

Climb up to the spectacular Annapurna IV Glacier and swim in the mirror clear waters of Kaphucchhe Lake

Get a taste of local life and culture in Sikles, one of the largest (and friendliest) Gurung villages in Nepal

Explore a picture-perfect wilderness of terraced fields and rugged valleys surrounded by the ever-present mountains and bathe beneath the 60m-waterfall known as the ‘Karane’

Celebrate successfully completing the trek in the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara – you’ve earned it

What's Included

Guides

Local, expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

5 nights in teahouses along the trail

Transfers

To and from Pokhara and Sabi and into the wilderness

Porterage

All your overnight luggage will be carried for you

Permits

All entrance fees and permits are taken care of

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Itinerary

Day 1

The trek begins

On your Feet

Approx. 6 hours of trekking

Distance

30km

Elevation

1283m up / 120m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Meet your host in Pokhara and then take a jeep deep into the wilderness, stopping for a delicious Nepali lunch along the way.

Set off along the Madi River, checking out the spectacular terraced scenery, before trekking uphill on the stone path that leads to Sikles (2000m), one of the largest Gurung villages in Nepal, where you'll spend the night in your first teahouse.

Day 2

Explore Sikles Village

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of trekking

Distance

18km

Elevation

1150m up / 220m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Meals

All meals

Spend the morning exploring Sikles village and chatting to some of the friendly Gurkha warriors who served in the Indian and British armies.

Enjoy some authentic Gurung cuisine in a local home and then check out the water-powered mills that are still used to make the villages traditional bamboo handicrafts.

Day 3

Trek to Hugu

On your Feet

Approx. 7 hours of trekking

Distance

12km

Elevation

520m up / 440m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Meals

All meals

Fill up on breakfast ready for your longest day of hiking, before heading back into the wilderness.

Walk across wooden bridges as you trek to the rarely visited 60m waterfall known as the ‘Karane’ – the perfect picnic stop.

Bathe in the clear waters, relax on the shore and then follow the trail across rich grazing land to Hugu, where you’ll spend the night in bamboo and wooden huts made by the local herders.

Day 4

Visit a glacial ice lake

On your Feet

Approx. 4 hours of trekking

Distance

8km

Elevation

520m up / 440m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Meals

All meals

Rise early and follow the commitment-testing trail to the foot of the Annapurna IV Glacier (2400m.) As the area is prone to avalanches – sometimes seeing two or three a day – your guide will brief you on the necessary precautions to safely explore the area.

Enjoy a picnic lunch, swim in the 400m-wide Kaphucchhe Lake, take in the epic views of Annapurna IV and the Madi River valley and then return to Hugu for the night.

Day 5

Last full day of hiking

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of trekking

Distance

12km

Elevation

440m up / 520m down

Accommodation Type

Teahouse

Meals

All meals

Trek through the forest and past scenic waterfalls as you follow the descending trail back to Sickles in time for dinner.

Day 6

Back to Pokhara

On your Feet

Approx. 5 hours of trekking

Distance

25km

Meals

Breakfast and lunch

Elevation

120m up / 1283m down

Enjoy a last Gurung breakfast and then hike back to Sabi, soaking in the surroundings and taking some final photographs along the way.

Climb into a jeep for the drive back to Pokhara and enjoy some freetime exploring this lovely trekker getaway.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

Accommodation

On the trail

Accommodation

Teahouse

Rooms

Twin or triple share

Meals

All meals

You’ll be staying in teahouses - mountain lodges with a communal dining area and basic toilets that are usually sorted by gender. Wifi, phone charging and hot showers are often available for a small cost.

Need To Know

Meeting Point

Start

Where

Host's office in Pokhara

When

Time confirmed prior to departure

Your host will meet you at their office in Pokhara. As the pick up may be early you should plan to stay in Pokhara the night before. Your host can help you arrange accommodation.

End

Where

Host's office in Pokhara

When

Approx. 5:00pm

Your host will return you to their office in Pokhara at the end of the trip.

Kitlist

Bags

  • 1 rucksack/duffle bag for the porters to carry your overnight kit (a duffle bag can be purchased in Kathmandu for approx. $20)
  • 1 day pack (approx 30ltr) with waterproof cover

Clothes

  • 1 pair hiking boots
  • Comfortable shoes for camp
  • Long sleeve cotton or polypropylene shirts
  • Hiking shorts and socks
  • Warm Jacket
  • Sunhat / warm hat

Sleeping

  • Inner sleeping sheet
  • Four-season Sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)

Other

  • Sunglasses and Suncream / lotion
  • Money belt
  • Mosquito repellent and Personal medication / First aid kit
  • Torch/Flashlight
  • Towel (medium sized)
  • 1 water bottle (1ltr)
  • Water purifying tablets / UV Water Purifier

Meet Your Host

Jagan and team

You’ll be led by Jagan and his team of highly-trained, experienced and friendly Nepalese mountain guides who’ve grown up in the foothills of Nepal’s epic peaks. They have an intimate knowledge of the mountains having led groups safely around the Himalayas for over a decade. Just by joining them on an adventure you’ll be supporting their mission to improve guiding standards and porter welfare, and also ensure young people in Nepal get the most from the country’s tourism industry.

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