Virgin Ice Lake Trek trails begins from the Deep of Pokhara Metropolitan City and goes through many human settlements and beautiful hills along with the dozens of attractions to reach the virgin ice-lake called Kahpuche, in the north east of Kaski district.
The route from the elevation of 904 meters at Deep to 3,450 meters at Kahpuche offers the brilliant views of Snowcapped mountains, green hills, wild lives, typical Nepali village culture and many more. At the sametime ,the route connects the villages like Armala, Aatighar Mauja, Thak and Sikles.
The Key attraction of this trekking route obliviously is the Kapuche. Kapuche has been claimed as a lowest elevation glacial lake of the world. The lake temperature falls below minus in winter season and sometimes the surface-water changes into stiff icy ground. The lake with 1,200 square meters in area is tranquil glacial lake indeed. Regarding the name-Kapuche is actually a noun from Gurung language.It refers the plain surface made of crumbled snow and ices.
Kapuche is also a place that offers the close views of small to mammoth avalanches sourced from the peak of Annapurna II. A number of avalanches even in a single day,glaciers and the glacial lake format the small heaven in Kapuche area. However,there is no facility of boating in Kapuche as it is a virgin and newly explored lake in wild area beneath the high mountains.
Before reaching Kahpuche, there is place 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 a half dozen of high mountains. Hugu is 6 hours far from nearest human settlement called Sikles.
Kapuche Lake is the lowest glacial lake of Nepal, situated at an altitude of 2400 mtr above sea level. It lies in Kaski district of Nepal. It can be reached easily in couple of days from Pokhara. Pokhara is the gate way to many trekking destinations.
Trekking Gears or Trekking Equipment Required
What to pack for the trek is one of the important questions. Not having proper gears can prove troublesome, cause health issues or just simply ruin your mood. So, here is a general idea of what you should bring to Annapurna Base Camp trekking.
- A light weight trekking boots. It is not impossible to do this trek in sneakers or trainers. Many people have. Just that you will be walking in snow for some part of the trek and boots offer more safety. If you are a women trekker, check out these best hiking boots for women of 2017.
If you will be trekking this one time only, no need to spend on hiking boots. Just make sure that your shoes are well fitting, light and comfortable.
- A pair of crocs
- Four pair of liner socks. Two pair for warm climate and two pair for cold climate. Trekking/liner socks are better but it is okay if you only have the normal ones.
- Few pairs of underwear. There are trekking underwear that you could buy in home. They are good for other outdoor activities as well. Normal ones can be bought in Nepal.
- A high-quality best down jackets and a down pant. You can buy or rent a good down jacket and a down pant in Nepal for cheap for a $1 or less per day.
- T-shirts and trousers keeping in mind both cold and warm temperature you will be traversing.
- A set of thermals. Or, you could layer up.
- A light sleeping bag. This can be bought or rented in Nepal too.
- A trekking pole. Though relatively easy, there are many ups and downs in this trek and a trekking pole can assist you. Else, you could find a sturdy stick en route and use it to support yourself.
- Two pairs of Gloves. One for warm weather and one for cold.
- A woolen hat
- A torchlight or a head torchlight
- A First aid kit including Diamox and Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS)
- Toiletries– Toilet paper, hand sanitizer, water purifiers, sunscreen, moisturizer, toothpaste and toothbrush.
- A waterproof map of Annapurna Base Camp
- Snacks you like and entertainment such as books, cards, an iPad etc.
If you are unsure of what equipment to buy in Nepal and what to bring from home, this article will help you decide whether to buy trekking equipment's at home or in Nepal.