Kapuche Lake with Kori Danda Trek

12 Days
  • Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu
  • Medium
  • Kaski
  • Adventure/Active
  • 12+
  • Private and Group
  • Fully Guided
  • Instant Booking
  • 3800m
  • March-May and Sep-Nov


Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek is a wonderful trip in central Nepal that follows a tranquil track that has gained a lot of recent attention. The trail travels across the slopes between the Annapurna and Manaslu Himal peaks. The magnificent Kapuche Lake and the path up to Kori Danda make for an unforgettable hiking adventure. Kapuche Lake, at an elevation of, is the world’s lowest glacial lake (3210m). And, of course, you may take in the unadulterated magnificence of the Annapurna landscape while out on this camping trip. In essence, Kapuche Lake and the Kori Danda Trek provide an exciting combination of ethnic culture and mountainous hiking.

In addition to having a remarkable setting and a natural environment that has been preserved in its original state, the trek is once in a lifetime experience.  The glaciers of Annapurna II, IV, and Lamjung Himal are the source of the glacial snowmelt that nourishes Kahphuche (Kapuche lake), making it the glacial lake in the Himalayas that is located at the lowest height. The key highlight of this excursion is Kapuche lake, which, in connection with Kori hill and Ghalegaon, can be found at the foothills of the Annapurna Mountains.

Trekking to Kori Hill Station, also known as the Kori Trek, is an off-the-beaten-path, wilderness excursion in Nepal that may be combined with the Kapuche Lake Hike. Beginner hikers are best served by taking a trail with a degree of difficulty ranging from easy to moderate. As far as experienced hikers are concerned, this is a simple undertaking; as a result, there is no risk of experiencing altitude sickness. Any time of the year is a good time to plan a trip to Nepal in order to learn about the Gurung, Magar, and Brahmin ethnic populations as well as the customs that they practice.


  • Beautiful vistas in Annapurna, Manaslu, and Himlung ranges.
  • Explore the trail between Annapurna and Manaslu trekking regions.
  • Trek across the pristine trail to Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda.
  • Enjoy ethnic Gurung culture and traditions.


We will on this day drive to Pokhara from Kathmandu. We are drive early morning at around 7 am. On the way, we will pass by a lot of farm villages and cities with views of snow topped peaks.

Pokhara actually is the most well-known valleys in the southern slope of Himalayas. It hides the best of Himalayan charisma with three arresting lakes in its region- Phewa, Begnas and Rupa. Overnight In Pokhara.

We start our journey on a jeep that takes us to Sikles village. Following three hours of driving, we will show up at an acclaimed customary Sikles Gurung Village.

On this day, we hike further to Hugu Goth passing several tiny hamlets and farmlands. We arrive at the far-off town of Hugu Goth, where we can stay overnight.

Today, you’ll trek from Hugu to Kahphuche lake and then trek back to Hugu. Kahphuche Lake is the lowest glacial lake in Nepal. This lake lies here at a height of 2,456meters above sea level. The path is easy and short compared to other trails in your journey. You’ll enjoy the beautiful mountain range and the peaceful wildlife of the trail.

After trekking for 2 hours, you’ll reach Kahphuche Lake. The beautiful mountains will surround you with the crystal clear blue lake upfront. The beautiful scenery provided to you by Kahphuche Lake will amaze you. After spending some time and taking some pictures you’ll return back to Hugu village. You’ll be trekking for a total of 4 hours and overnight camp in Hugu.

From Hugu Goth, it takes about 4-5 hours to reach Nohtha. We will have to cross the Hugu Khola and start to trek uphill through rhododendron, fir, and pine forests. The sight of mountains on this day is also the same (Annapurna II, IV & Lamjung Himal). However, the mountains become nearer. Overnight at Nhota

We will have to trek uphill to Kori Danda for about 4-5 hours. We will enter the meadows area leaving the tree lines. The top of Kori is the centre of Nepal from East to West. The view is spectacular from the top. We can enjoy the scenery of the cascading hills. We can get the sight of Pokhara Valley as well. The top vertical view is of mountains and down horizontal view is of the valley. Therefore, it is the photographer’s paradise too. Overnight at Tent/Shelter House.

Early in the morning, we will hike to Kori Upper Viewpoint which takes about an hour. The place offers a better view of Manang and Kaski’s old trade route. There is another trekking route as well. We can reach the Manang and meet the Annapurna Circuit Trek route as well. However, we will return back following the downhill trail to Tasa. Overnight at Tasa.

We will again do the downhill trekking today. Once we reach the Sikles Village, we will enjoy quality time with the locals. You can stroll around the village and learn more about Gurung culture in their own backyard. This is the biggest attraction of this trek. Mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, meadows and wildlife are there but the cultural aspect of the trek makes it more worthwhile.

This morning after breakfast take the bag and say to bye the Silkies village gets the jeep to drive to Pokhara for 5 hours. The afternoon has good lunch and sightseeing in Pokhara Phewa lake. If, you like to booting on the Phewa Lake for relaxing. In the evening which kind of meal want to have or your favourite food can choose and enjoy it overnight at the hotel.

Early in the morning, we will drive back to Kathmandu. After that, we will transfer to our hotel in Kathmandu. At hotel, you can just relax or go for last minute shopping. Overnight in hotel.

Lastly, Enjoy your last moment in Kathmandu with a stroll or souvenir shopping. Therefore, Marking the end of your trek, we will drive you to the Tribhuvan International Airport.



  • Airport pickup and drop by car/van/bus
  • TIMS cards
  • Entry permit
  • Meals during trek (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Experienced local guides and porters
  • All accommodation during the treks
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit) with regular check up of oxygen saturation


  • Any food, deserts and accommodation during your stay in Kathmandu.
  • Travel medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost.
  • Nepal entry visa fee and International air fare.
  • Personal equipment.
  • Tips for guide and Porter (Tipping is expected)
  • Personal expenses such as: Alcoholic beverages, hot shower, water bottle, cold drinks, hot water, battery charge and donation. etc.
  • Extra night food and accommodation due to any reason.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘price included’ section
  • Personal expenses such as: Alcoholic beverages, hot shower, water bottle, cold drinks, hot water, battery charge and donation. etc.
  • Extra night food and accommodation due to any reason.
  • Any other expenses which are not mentioned on ‘price included’ section


Trek Difficulty

Kapuche Trek with Kori Danda is an easy level of hiking. You don’t need much trekking experience to conquer the top. Anyone can hike this trek and yield a better experience from this trek. Make sure you have a proper trekking supply and enjoy your trekking escapade.

Best Seasons for Kapuche Trek with Kori Danda

All the seasons’ whether it be Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter are ideal for this trek. Trekking can be quite fruitful in any season. No matter which time you choose, you will enjoy every second of Kapuche Trek. The clear sight of spectacular mountain ranges can be seen through clear skies. The azure, untethered view of the snow-capped mountain like Mt. Annapurna, and Mt. Macchapuchre will soothe your heart. So, any season is considered to be the most preferred season for tours and trekking. The mountain region’s weather and temperature could be quite unexpected sometimes. Don’t worry we will be there to keep you safe.


If you are trusting us as your trekking partner, we assure you, You are going to get the finest treatment possible. The accommodation our company provides you with startle you in a positive way. We believe in consumer satisfaction very deeply. So whatever falls apart, we are your people, to count on us.


Wandering Trails provides you with a great transportation system. We will provide you with what you will need in transportation from Airplane, Helicopter, microbus or a nice jeep. From picking you up from your hotel to driving you in your sightseeing, we will do it all. Transportation will be budget-friendly but at the same time comfortable. The scenic driving from Kathmandu to Pokhara is present in this trek. We assure you a comfortable ride to soothe your travelling heart.

Some of ther transportation system we provide are:
● Private cars/Jeep
● Hiace (microbus)
● Helicopter (in luxury package)
● Domestic Airplane

Cultural Significance in Kapuche Lake and Kori Danda Trek

On your way to Kori Danda, you will be welcomed by the unique culture of the Gurung Community. They are very hospitable people. If you request your trekkers they will be more than welcome to help you experience the warm homestay or visit Ghalegaon. It is the best place to be and socialize with the local people.

Nepal is a very vibrant city to be in. The mere presence in any city in Nepal will rejuvenate you into a different person. Every city has its legacy, its history and its beauty. Nepal is like a flaming pot for cultures to harness into festivities and even in the practical lives of common people. Encountering such culture first-hand is both exciting and inspiring. Nepalese culture is mostly based on simplicity. It will give valuable lessons on “practical minimalism” for the first-hand observer.

Why you should consider visiting Kori Danda with Kapuche Lake?

● Local authentic Gurung culture and tradition.
● Exquisite glacier lake view.
● Beautiful panorama of mountain ranges.
● Variety of Wild birds and forests.
● Lowest Glacier in the world – 2450 Meters

LifeStyle of People

The Gurung is the region’s most extensive ethnic group; other ethnic groups include the Magars, Thalkalis, Tamangs, Brahmins, Chhetris, etc. Other than agriculture and animal husbandry, economic options like business and emigrant endeavour supply additional sources of financial income in these settlements (for instance, a handful of Gurung men and women recruited in Indian or British armies). Agriculture is presently the spine of the village economy, with locals farming millet, maize, rice, barley, potatoes, buckwheat, native peas, and beans. Conventional farming techniques such as hoeing and ploughing are still present in all hilly settlements. Cattle and sheep persist to graze on authorized kharkas (grazing land).

The indigenous people who live in the foothills of Nepal’s Annapurna Range were initially wandering tribes from Tibetan-influenced regions. This region’s preliminary ethnic groups include Gurung, Magar, Thakali, Manange, and Loba. These racial tribes practice Hinduism or Tibetan Buddhism and have different mother tongues, customs, and rituals. They have mostly been employed in traditional occupations such as agriculture and livestock rearing.

Dresses are worn by Gurung Community

Gurung men wear a vest like a top that ties in the front and a long cotton cloth that is wrapped around the waist and tied with a belt. The women wear a velvet top and a sari skirt, often in a deep red colour. Jewellery represents wealth in Nepali culture and Gurungs are no different.

Fun and Festivities of Annapurna region

Since the Gurung communities are pre-dominant in this region, they practise Bon, Buddhism or Hinduism as their religion. The main festival celebrated by ethnic communities in the Annapurna region is:

● Tamu Losar
It is also known as the New Year of the Gurung Community. They feast, and perform various dances like Kauda Naach and Ghatu Naach to enjoy their day. This festival usually lies in Winter (December/January) according to Gurung Sambat.

Tamu Lhosar celebrates the start of the Tamu Sambat or Gurungs’ Calendar Year, and in the Tamu Lhosar, Gurung locals arrange rallies in traditional attires and perform cultural dances. They also visit the Buddhist shrines and monasteries and assemble in a commonplace to take part in various processions and enjoy the banquet of Sel roti (Nepali crispy bagel) and Achaar (Nepali pickles).

Topography of Kapuche Lake Trek with Kori Danda

Kapuche Lake Trek with Kori Danda or Sikles village trek is an authentic off-the-beaten-path trek through beautiful villages! The place is located in the hilly region filled with ravines and occasional pastures known as Kharka. Locals have navigated their life chores in these hilly terrains. Sikles Village is situated at an elevation of 2011m from sea level.

Flora and Fauna

A sum total of 101 mammal species have been documented in the Conservation Area so far. Annapurna Conservation Area is prosperous in biodiversity and maintains 1,352 species of plants, 128 species of wild mammals, and 518 species of birds. 40 species of reptiles, 23 species of amphibians, and 348 species of butterflies.

Some of the animals you can spot on Conservation are:
● Red Panda
● Musk Deer
● Snow Leopard
● Lynx
● Leopard Cat
● Great Tibetan Brown Bear
● Himalayan Brown Bear

Leading to Kori Danda Trek with Kapuche Lake

This drive will take most of our morning time, leaving much of the afternoon to get a warming glimpse of Pokhara Valley and fall in love with its ethereal beauty. You can observe the glistening white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. we will go for an evening walk around Phewa lake. Then we will be heading to Sikles village. This village is widely inhabited by Gurung caste people. After reaching Sikles village we will visit the Gurung museum and do a village trip. We can see amazing views of Lamjung Himal and Mt Annapurna II and Annapurna IV.

Hence to get the enhanced of long hours hike, trekkers need to be well proficient with endurance, stamina, and physicality. For this, there are various pieces of training such as cardio exercise, short hike, and hike through escalating and descending trails, etc. In the long run, those could help you to get through the trek’s difficulty. Likewise, the training will help you to explore furthermore terrains in the future. So choose your trek to be convenient and enjoyable.

A Guide Before Climbing

The trek to the higher advancements is arduous as the level of oxygen is very low up in the mountains. Because of this, even a short hike can be fatiguing. Similarly, the Kori Danda Trek with Kapuche Lake introduces you to higher elevations demanding good physicality. So, the trek can be completed contentedly with proper training and physical groundwork. Depending upon the type of trekkers, training and physical preparation can vary accordingly. It requires a month or two for training and preparation if you possess a basic level of physical fitness and strength. Enhancing your endurance, reflexes, and core muscles is the best way to train. This result helps you with comfy high-altitude treks.

In contrast, a minimum of 4-5 months of training and preparation is a must for a beginner and physically inactive person. This trek demands 5-6 hours of hiking each day on average on rugged landscapes. So, you need to be well-trained. Improving cardiovascular and strength training is essential for the trek.

Trails and Average Hiking

The hiking trail distance in Kori Danda Trek with Kapuche Lake is 117km approximately which is a lot less than other base camps. We also have to average hike of 10-15 Km in a day.The trek is not strenuous but somehow a bit rough. So, the physical fitness of an individual determines the success of the expedition. The trail to the base camp follows through rocky sections at a high altitude from sea level. Therefore, an average level of fitness is required.

The trails leading to Kori Danda could be quite strenuous but easy at the same time. So, the trails can be easy to trek along..

What should we be prepared for?

Higher altitude means more adaptability problems. The most common one is Altitude sickness in Himalaya Region. Altitude Sickness is the chief problem while trekking in the Himalayan region. Many people sometimes suffer way too much from altitude sickness and won’t be able to make it up to the top. The atmospheric pressure decreases with the upsurge in elevation due to which nasal bleeding and intracranial pressure might be prone. Along with it, the oxygen level is comparatively low at higher altitudes. Therefore, we will require a certain amount of time to acclimate to the surrounding environment.

The trek to Kori Danda Trek with Kapuche Lake inaugurates from the enthralling city of Pokhara which is situated at an elevation of 820 m. On completing the trek successfully, you’ll be at an elevation of 4,130 m after a few days’ walk. Therefore, there is a high possibility of getting altitude sickness while trekking to the Kori Danda with Kapuche Lake

Headache, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, insomnia, etc. are the main symptoms of altitude sickness. So, if you experience any of these symptoms, descend to a lower elevation immediately. Turning a blind eye to these symptoms can lead to serious issues and even can lead to death.

Don’t stress about the risk of getting altitude sickness. There are various ways to prevent and minimize altitude sickness.
The following is the list of preventing the risk of getting altitude sickness:
● Climb gradually
● Avoid drinking alcohol
● Stay hydrated
● Eat a sufficient amount of carbohydrates
● Sleep at lower altitudes
● Take medication

How are trekking trails?

Trekking trails are also one of the trouble factors while trekking in the majestic Himalayan region. Though the trails to the Kori Danda Trek with Kapuche Lake are not as challenging as other Himalayan trails, it is quite strenuous. The trail consists of rocky and sheer pathways, ascends and descends, zigzag routes, and so forth. Due to this, trekkers require to have a basic level of fitness and stamina to overcome the strenuous trail.

To diminish the difficulty on the tracks, you need to conserve your physical strength and ascend at a slow pace. Besides, staying hydrated, eating a sufficient amount of carbohydrates, and keeping energy boosters are plus points along the trails.

Why Wandering Trails?

We understand your dilemma in choosing the right travelling agency to make your travel as smooth as possible. Not only that, but we also acknowledge the fact that good constructive criticism is a primal factor of growth for any travelling company. To make your problem vanish by offering various solutions, Wandering Trails is not only accomplished but also the best in our field. Choosing us as your travel pals won’t be upsetting, we promise you that.

The reasons why we are not only experts but also the best in our field:

● Been in the field of tourism for 10+ years
● Best accommodation in transportation, management of food and lodging
● Best experienced trekkers and porters to aid you
● Very detailed briefing before trekking
● Best Sightseeing services you could get as possible
● Best reviews so far from our beloved customers

Recommended Gears for the Trek

The Kapuche Lake and Kori Trek can be appropriate and pleasant if you are geared up with a proper packing list. Therefore, being prepared with the packing list prior to the trek comes in handy.

The necessary packing list for the trek are mentioned under the following points:


  • Jackets (Windproof or Down)
  • Waterproof outerwear
  • Thermal wears
  • Woolen hat or cap
  • Pair of gloves
  • Shoes
  • Tracksuits and trouser
  • Trekking boot
  • Towel


  • Bags
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Camera, binocular and mobile phones
  • Extra batteries or power bank
  • Water purifier tablets
  • Headlamp and torch
  • Trekking Sticks
  • Lighters
  • Whistle
  • Toilet papers and tissue papers


Nepal has amazing cultural aspects and diversified ethnic groups. Kori Danda with Kapuche Lake not only provides you bliss from natural beauty but also the warmth of the Gurung Community. Although the trail has been newly uncovered, it is gradually accumulating popularity even among foreigners nowadays due to its extraordinary experience. Besides, one can experience typical ethnic villages of Gurung and Magar tribes on the way to Kapuche Lake. We hope you will visit this beautiful place and first-hand experience the love, bliss and prosperity that this trek has to offer.

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Kapuche Lake with Kori Danda Trek
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