Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek | Magnificent views

13 Days

The Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek, a recently renowned gem, offers a serene journey through Central Nepal. This trek unveils the captivating beauty of the hillside region nestled between the Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayan ranges. Kapuche Lake, standing at an elevation of 3210m, claims the distinction of being the world’s lowest glacier lake.

The adventure begins with a brief exploration of the Kathmandu Valley, featuring visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Subsequently, a picturesque drive along the hillside highway connects Kathmandu to Pokhara. From there, another scenic drive takes you to Sikles, the trailhead of this remarkable journey. Sikles, a Gurung village is renowned for offering an authentic taste of Gurung cultures and traditional lifestyles.

Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek | beautiful view of annapurna south.

The trek then proceeds from Sikles to Hugu Goth and continues onwards to the mesmerizing Kapuche Glacier Lake. Continuing the trek, you will reach the next prominent destination, Nohtha, and transverse through virgin forests teeming with biodiversity. After savoring the panoramic vistas from the vantage points of Kori Danda and Thulek, the trek circles back to Pokhara, marking the conclusion of this extraordinary experience.
The Kori Danda trek with Kapuche Lake is categorized as one of the less challenging trails within the Annapurna region, with elevations ranging from 3000 to 4000 meters.

Best Seasons for Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek

The best seasons for the Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda trek in central Nepal are spring(March-May) and autumn(September-November).

The spring season offers mild and pleasant weather with comfortable daytime temperatures. Spring is considered one of the best seasons because it provides ideal trekking conditions with less rainfall, clear skies, and excellent visibility for panoramic mountain views.

Similarly, autumn is another season that is considered suitable for the trek. It offers stable weather conditions with dry and clear skies. The trails are generally less crowded compared to the peak spring season.

Seasons To Avoid For Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek

There are certain seasons you might want to avoid when you plan the Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek due to challenging weather conditions.

Monsoon Season(June-August): This is the period of heavy rainfall in Nepal. Trekking during monsoon season can be very challenging and risky due to slippery trails, leeches, landslides, and reduced visibility. Therefore monsoon is not considered ideal for trekking in this region.

Winter Season(December-February): The winter months bring cold temperatures and heavy snowfall at higher elevations. Trekking during this time can be extremely cold, and some parts of the trail may be closed due to snow. Accommodations and facilities may also be limited in the colder months.

Permits Required for The Trek

The specific permits required for the Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda trek are:

Annapurna Conservation Area Permit(ACAP): This permit is required for all trekkers entering the Annapurna Conservation Area, which includes the area where Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda are located. The ACAP is meant to help conserve the natural environment and sustain the local communities.

Trekkers’ Information Management System Card(TIMS Card): The TIMS Card is generally required for all trekkers in Nepal, although there were variations in its implementation in different regions.

Outline Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrival At Kathmandu Airport

DAY 2: Full-Day Kathmandu Sightseeing

DAY 3: Drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara

DAY 4: Drive from Pokara to Sikles and explore Gurung Villgage

DAY 5: Trek from Sikles to Hugu Goth

DAY 6: Trek from Hugu Goth to Kapuche Glacier Lake and back to Hugu Goth

DAY 7: Trek from Hugu Goth to Nho-ta

DAY 8: Trek from Nho-ta to Kori Danda

DAY 9: Kori Exploration-Thulek

DAY 10: Trek from Kori Danda to Sikles

DAY 11: Drive from Sikles to Pokhara

DAY 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

DAY 13: Departure

Trip Info

  • 4115 m
  • March-May/September-November
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Tea House
  • Private | Tourist Bus
  • All meals during the trek
  • Pokhara, Sikles, Thulek, Pokhara


Embark on an incredible 13-day journey through Nepal, starting with your arrival in Kathmandu, the country’s capital, where you’ll have time to acclimate to the local environment. The adventure truly begins on Day 2 with a full-day exploration of the Kathmandu Valley, visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square. From there, a scenic drive on Day 3 takes you to Pokhara, a charming lakeside city.

Days 4 through 10 lead you on a trekking expedition, starting with a drive to Sikles and an exploration of the Gurung village. You’ll trek to higher altitudes, reaching the remarkable Kapuche Glacier Lake, the world’s lowest glacier lake, and continuing on to Nho-ta and Kori Danda. Along the way, you’ll soak in breathtaking views, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural experiences. The trek concludes with a return to Pokhara and eventually back to Kathmandu. On Day 13, you’ll bid farewell to Nepal, departing from Kathmandu Airport, having filled your journey with unforgettable memories.


  • Experience the unspolied and pristine natural beauty of the region as you trek through dense forests, alpine meadows and remote villages, providing a sense of isolation and tranquility.
  • Kapuche Lake, also known as the Kapuche Glacial Lake, is a stunning high altitude lake surrounded by rugged mountain peaks. The lake is known for its crystal clear waters and the reflection of surrounding mountains on its surface.
  • Kori Danda offers a breathtaking panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
  • You will have the opportunity to interact with the local communities, including Gurung and Magar village. This provides a chance to learn about their cultures, traditions and way of life.


Day 1:
Arrival At Kathmandu Airport

After your flight lands in Kathmandu, you will disembark and proceed through immigration. Make sure you have all your necessary travel documents including your passport, visa and any required permits. Our representative from Himalayan 360 will be there to greet you and will escort you to the hotel. Upon reaching your hotel, check in and relax. In the evening, you can take a leisure walk to explore the vibrant streets of Kathmandu.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Day 2:
Full-Day Kathmandu Sightseeing

On your second day in Kathmandu, you will have the opportunity to explore some of the city’s most culturally and historically significant sites. Start your day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel to energize yourself for a full day sightseeing. Begin your sightseeing at Pashupatinath temple, one of the most sacred Hindu temples in Nepal. It is located on the banks of the Bagmati River and is known for its stunning architecture and religious significance.
Next, visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest stupas in Nepal and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This iconic structure is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhists and offers a peaceful atmosphere.
Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant in Boudhanath area. In the afternoon, head to Swayambhunath Stupa also known as the Monkey Temple. Climb the steps up to reach the stupa and enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains.
Visit Kathmandu Durbar square, a historic palace complex and also another UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore the ancient temples, shrines and Kumari Ghar(the living Goddess’s residence). After a day of sightseeing, return to your hotel and take time to relax and reflect on your experiences.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Day 3:
Drive from Kathmandu-Pokhara

On the third day of your journey, you’ll embark on a scenic drive from Kathmandu to the picturesque city of Pokhara. The road journey offers breathtaking views of the Nepalese countryside, terraced fields, lush forests, and the majestic Himalayan peaks in the distance. As you leave the bustling capital behind, you’ll notice the landscape gradually changing, providing a stark contrast to the urban sprawl of Kathmandu. After several hours of driving, you’ll arrive in Pokhara, a tranquil lakeside town nestled at the foothills of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges. Upon reaching Pokhara, you’ll have the rest of the day to relax, explore the lakeside area, enjoy a boat ride on Phewa Lake, and soak in the serene ambiance of this beautiful Himalayan city before embarking on your trek to Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda.
Overnight stay in Pokhara

Day 4:
Drive from Pokhara to Sikles and explore the Gurung village

On the fourth day of your expedition, you’ll depart from the tranquil city of Pokhara and embark on a captivating journey to Sikles, a picturesque Gurung village that marks the commencement of your Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek. As you bid farewell to Pokhara’s serene ambiance, the meandering mountain roads will guide you through a mesmerizing panorama of terraced fields, verdant forests, and awe-inspiring glimpses of the majestic Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges. Upon your arrival in Sikles, you’ll have the privilege of immersing yourself in the genuine Gurung culture, wandering along stone-paved streets, admiring traditional architecture, and basking in the heartwarming hospitality of the local community. Seize this opportunity to engage with the Gurung people, gain insights into their way of life, and relish the distinctive flavors of their cuisine. Your overnight stay in Sikles will set the stage for the upcoming trekking expedition, enriched by the cultural richness and warmth experienced in this enchanting village.
Overnight stay in Sikles

Day 5:
Trek from Sikles to Hugu Goth

On the fifth day of your expedition, your trekking adventure begins as you depart from the charming Gurung village of Sikles. The journey involves a gradual ascent into the captivating Annapurna region, where the trail meanders through lush forests, enchanting rhododendron groves, and pristine landscapes. With each step, the vistas become increasingly breathtaking, providing tantalizing glimpses of the surrounding mountain peaks that adorn the horizon. Your destination for the day is Hugu Goth, a picturesque campsite nestled harmoniously within the natural splendor of the Himalayas. Here, you’ll set up camp, cocooned by the serene ambiance of the mountains, and indulge in the simple yet profound joys of life amidst nature’s embrace. It’s a precious moment to unwind, foster connections with fellow trekkers, and relish a hearty meal before resuming your trek towards the spellbinding destinations of Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda.
Overnight stay in Hugu Goth

Day 6:
Trek from Hugu Goth to Kapuche Glacier Lake and back to Hugu Goth

Day six marks a thrilling high point of your journey as you set out on a challenging trek to the captivating Kapuche Glacier Lake. Beginning with an early start and fueled by a hearty breakfast at Hugu Goth, you’ll traverse diverse terrain, from alpine meadows to rocky landscapes. Along the ascent, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramas of the surrounding mountains and the untouched wilderness. Kapuche Glacier Lake, nestled at an elevation of 3,210 meters, is a tranquil jewel reflecting the glacial wonders of the Annapurna region. Take in the serenity, capture the moment in photographs, and savor a packed lunch by the lake’s shores. After this mesmerizing experience, you’ll make the descent back to Hugu Goth, where you can relax, and enjoy a well-deserved meal with fellow trekkers. This day encapsulates the essence of your adventure, offering both physical challenges and moments of profound natural beauty that will stay with you long after your journey’s end.
Overnight stay in Hugu Goth

Day 7:
Trek from Hugu Goth to Nho-ta

Day seven of your trekking adventure continues with a journey from the serene surroundings of Hugu Goth to the next destination, Nho-ta. The trek takes you through enchanting landscapes of the Annapurna region, as you ascend higher into the Himalayas. The trail will lead you through pristine forests rich in biodiversity, offering opportunities for birdwatching and immersion in the natural beauty of the region. As you trek towards Nho-ta, you’ll gradually gain altitude, providing stunning vistas of the surrounding peaks and valleys. Nho-ta is a charming stopover point, offering a tranquil campsite where you can rest, take in the majestic scenery, and prepare for the adventures that lie ahead. This day embodies the spirit of exploration and the thrill of discovering the hidden gems of the Annapurna region while drawing you closer to the heart of the Himalayas.
Overnight stay in Nho-ta

Day 8:
Trek from Nho-ta to Kori Danda

Today, you’ll continue your exhilarating journey from the serene Nho-ta to the mesmerizing Kori Danda. As you set out, the trail will lead you further into the pristine wilderness of the Annapurna region. You’ll traverse through dense forests, meadows adorned with colorful alpine flowers, and rugged terrains. The ascent towards Kori Danda will challenge your trekking abilities but reward you with panoramic vistas that make every step worth the effort. Reaching an elevation of approximately 4,115 meters, Kori Danda offers a breathtaking viewpoint where you can soak in the majestic beauty of the surrounding Himalayan peaks. This day encapsulates the essence of high-altitude trekking, combining physical exertion with the thrill of reaching new heights and being surrounded by the awe-inspiring grandeur of the Annapurna range.

Day 9:
Kori Exploration-Thulek

Day nine unfolds as a day of exploration and discovery in the high-altitude wonderland of Kori, with a visit to the neighboring Thulek. The day begins with a hearty breakfast in the picturesque setting of Kori Danda, surrounded by the breathtaking vistas of the Annapurna Himalayas. From there, you’ll set out to explore the remarkable landscapes, pristine forests, and unique features of Kori. Be prepared to be enchanted by the rich biodiversity, including a variety of flora and fauna that call this region home.

Your trek will lead you to Thulek, a nearby vantage point situated at an elevation of approximately 4,115 meters. From Thulek, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding peaks, valleys, and glaciers, making it an ideal spot for photography and taking in the sheer grandeur of the Annapurna region.

Throughout the day, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with your fellow trekkers, and marvel at the natural wonders that unfold before you. This day is a testament to the beauty and diversity of the Himalayan landscapes, providing a memorable experience that will stay with you long after your trek is complete.
Overnight stay in Thulek

Day 10:
Trek from Kori Danda to Sikles

Day ten marks your descent from the high-altitude splendor of Kori Danda back to Sikles. The journey begins with a sense of accomplishment as you bid farewell to Kori Danda’s stunning vistas and set out on the return trail. As you descend, you’ll retrace your steps through the enchanting landscapes, dense forests, and alpine meadows that have become familiar on your trek. The descent offers a unique perspective of the terrain you traversed, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the region from a different angle. Keep an eye out for wildlife and enjoy the tranquility of the natural surroundings. Upon your arrival in Sikles, you’ll have a chance to rest, reflect on your trekking adventure, and immerse yourself once again in the warm hospitality of the Gurung village before concluding your memorable journey.
Overnight stay in Sikles

Day 11:
Drive from Sikles to Pokhara

On the eleventh day of your expedition, you’ll bid farewell to the tranquil village of Sikles and embark on a scenic drive back to the lakeside paradise of Pokhara. As you leave behind the rustic charm of the Gurung village, the journey retraces the winding mountain roads, offering you a final opportunity to soak in the awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain ranges. Along the way, you can reflect on the incredible trekking adventure you’ve undertaken and the memories created in the heart of the Himalayas. Upon your arrival in Pokhara, you’ll have the rest of the day to unwind, explore the lakeside area, and perhaps treat yourself to some relaxation by Phewa Lake or a visit to Pokhara’s vibrant markets and eateries. It’s a day to celebrate your successful journey and indulge in the tranquility of this enchanting city before continuing your travels or returning home with a heart full of Himalayan memories.
Overnight stay in Pokhara.

Day 12:
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

The twelfth day of your journey signifies your return from the serene lakeside haven of Pokhara to the bustling capital city of Kathmandu. Following breakfast in Pokhara, you’ll commence a picturesque drive that retraces the scenic hillside route, providing one last chance to absorb the breathtaking Nepalese landscapes. This drive will take you through a varied terrain, from the tranquil Pokhara Valley to terraced fields, verdant forests, and charming rural settlements nestled beneath the towering Himalayan peaks. As you approach Kathmandu, you’ll transition from the tranquility of Pokhara to the vibrant dynamism of the capital. Upon your arrival in Kathmandu, the evening will grant you a moment to relax, reflect on your trekking odyssey, and, perhaps, embark on some final shopping or city exploration, marking the conclusion of your extraordinary journey through the heart of Nepal.
Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Day 13:

Today, marks the conclusion of your remarkable journey as you will bid farewell to Nepal and embark on your journey back home. Our representative will transfer you to the airport, where you will board your flight, taking with you the cherished memories of your trek to Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda, the rich cultural experiences and the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Nepal.


Cost Includes

  • Trekking permits(ACAP and TIMS card).
  • Accommodation as per Itinerary
  • Meals During trek
  • Trekking guide and porters
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • Trekking equipment
  • First aid kit

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare
  • Nepal visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips and gratuities to guides and porters
  • Emergency expense


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Where is Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek located?

Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda trek are situated in central Nepal, in the hillside region between Annapurna and Manaslu Himalayan ranges.

What makes Kapuche Lake special?

Kapuche Lake is renowned as the worlds lowest glacier lake, positioned at an elevation of 3,210 meters. Its unique setting and serenme beauty are major attractions.

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