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Trek to Nepal's Hidden Glacier

Venture beyond normal hiking trails as you hike to Nepal's low-altitude glacier on a trail that's as off-the-beaten-track as it gets.

Explore the Northern side of Pokhara and study the lifestyle of the Gurkhas on a trek that is about as off-the-beaten-track as it gets. You will visit the spectacular ice lake at the foot of the Annapurna IV Glacier (2400m) and see views of Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal and FishTail from a completely unique angle. If you only have a short amount of time to spend in Nepal, this adventure covers the best of the Pokhara region, away from the crowds. This hassle-free hiking package includes:

  • 6 days of trekking
  • 5 nights of accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis)
  • Local, professional English-speaking guide
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Permits and entrance fees
  • Transfer to/from Pokhara to Sabi

Perfect for: Hikers that don’t have much time, so are looking for a relatively short trek that’s truly off-the-beaten-track.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Pokhara
  • International airport tax
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Visa fee
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
  • Late check-out on hotels

This trip will run with a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Nepal has a huge variety of different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable)

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

This trek will be challenging at times, as you hike to the Annapurna IV Glacier, however, your guide will make sure that you have enough breaks and walk at a pace you feel comfortable at.

This trek requires moderate fitness. You will be trekking on average for 5 hours a day, reaching a maximum height of 2400m.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger. As you are only hiking to heights of 2400m however, it is unlikely that you will experience altitude sickness.

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry. Every single one of them is government licensed.

In order to ensure guides’ high standard of performance, the host provides them with top-notch in-house training that covers, Leave No Trace (LNT) principles, advanced wilderness first aid, hyperbaric chambers, oxygen system, mountain rescue and incident management.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Pokhara, where your guide will pick you up early on the first day, so you should plan to stay the night before. Your host can help you arrange the accommodation.

Finish point?
Your trip ends on the lakeside at Pokhara from where you can either take a transfer back to Kathmandu or you keep exploring the Annapurna region.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Book whichever flight suits you best.

From Kathmandu, you’ll need to make your way to Pokhara. Your host can assist you to make one of the following arrangements:

Fly: There are several daily flights to Pokhara from KTM. Flights only take 25 minutes and are by far the easiest option. Besides saving time, the flight allows you to witness some knock-out views over the Himalayas from above. Flights are GBP 100 one way.

Bus: A daily tourist bus for Pokhara departs from Kantipath in Kathmandu. The trip takes around 7 hours and costs GBP 7–10 each way. This is the cheapest option.

Private car: You can hire a private car to take you from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive time is a little shorter than the bus, and you can do some sightseeing along the way. This option gives you the most freedom. Priced from GBP 55.

Your host will contact before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Your host recommends you pack the following:

  • 1 Small daypack (20-30l)
  • 1 water bottle (1 ltr
  • 1 pair Hiking Shoes
  • Long sleeve cotton or polypropylene shirts
  • Hiking shorts
  • Warm Jacket
  • Medium sized towel
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Hiking Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Inner sleeping sheet
  • Four-season Sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • Money belt
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Torch/Flashlight
  • Personal medication / First aid kit
  • Water purifying tablets / UV Water Purifier

Location

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Pokhara is the gateway for trekkers and mountaineers to the Annapurna range. Not only does it offer spectacular scenery along the tranquil river, but a plethora of adventurous activities, cultural trips, and amazing food!

Start point?
You’ll start in Pokhara, where your guide will pick you up early on the first day, so you should plan to stay the night before. Your host can help you arrange the accommodation.

Finish point?
Your trip ends on the lakeside at Pokhara from where you can either take a transfer back to Kathmandu or you keep exploring the Annapurna region.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Book whichever flight suits you best.

From Kathmandu, you’ll need to make your way to Pokhara. Your host can assist you to make one of the following arrangements:

Fly: There are several daily flights to Pokhara from KTM. Flights only take 25 minutes and are by far the easiest option. Besides saving time, the flight allows you to witness some knock-out views over the Himalayas from above. Flights are GBP 100 one way.

Bus: A daily tourist bus for Pokhara departs from Kantipath in Kathmandu. The trip takes around 7 hours and costs GBP 7–10 each way. This is the cheapest option.

Private car: You can hire a private car to take you from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive time is a little shorter than the bus, and you can do some sightseeing along the way. This option gives you the most freedom. Priced from GBP 55.

Your host will contact before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Pokhara - Sabi - Sikles

Your host will meet you in Pokhara where they will take you in a Jeep North-East to Sabi.

You will be able to enjoy a delicious Nepali lunch before you start the trek towards Chasu.

Set off along the Madi river, where you will continue trekking uphill on the stone paths towards the village of Sikles (2000m).

On the way, you will be able to see endless terrace paddy fields, the grazing grounds of the cattle and spectacular views of the surrounding scenery.

The trek will finish in Sikles, where you will spend the night in a local teahouse.

2 hours of driving, 5 hours of hiking

Day 2: Explore Sikles Village

Today, you will spend the day exploring the Sikles Village, one of the biggest Gurung villages in Nepal.

Located between Lamjung Himal and Annapurna II, the village is home to many Gurkha warriors in the Indian and British army. You will have a chance to talk to those who fought the war as you explore the grounds.

For lunch, you’ll enjoy authentic Gurung cuisine with the locals at Gurung home.

In the afternoon, you will get a taste of local life and culture, as you check out the native nettle cloth production, water-powered mills used and native bamboo handicrafters.

Spend another night in local teahouses before you start the trekking tomorrow.

5 hours of hiking

Day 3: Sikles - Hugu

Today will be the longest day of hiking, so fill up on breakfast before you head into the wilderness. Your guide will take you along Madi River, crossing wooden bridges on the way.

Two hours into your walk, you will visit a 60m waterfall, locally known as “Karane”. This rarely visited waterfall is well and truly off-the-beaten-track, so makes for the perfect picnic stop. You can even bathe in the clear waters as you relax.

In the afternoon, follow the ups and downs of the forest and grazing grounds towards Hugu. Here, you will spend the night in bamboo and wooden huts made by the local herders.

8 hours of hiking

Day 4: Hugu - Glacial Ice Lake - Hugu

Your day will begin early, as you start the ambitious walk to the foot of Annapurna IV Glacier (2400m).

While trail can be steep and difficult at times, it will be well worth the effort as your reach the ice lake. The Kaphucchhe lake is 40m deep and 400m wide, with breathtaking views of Annapurna IV and the Madi River valley.

The glacier is prone to avalanches, seeing two or three per day, so your guide will brief you on all of the safety precautions you should take. We enjoy a picnic lunch in a safe spot before your trip guide leads the site exploration.

Once you’ve spent enough time at the Glacier Lake, start the descent back to Hugu where you spend the night.

4 hours of hiking

Day 5: Hugu - Sikles

Start the descent back to Sikles on your fifth day.

The route should now be familiar and easier so will take less time to get across. Enjoy the last full day of walking through the forest canopy and past the waterfalls.

Tonight, indulge in whatever food you want to celebrate the last night, after the few days of simple menus.

7 hours of hiking

Day 6: Sikles - Sabi - Pokhara

Enjoy your last morning of Gurung breakfast, before you start the hike back to Sabi.

Soak in the views and surroundings on the way to Sabi as there will be plenty of time for photos on this final leg.

Your Jeep will pick you up and take you back to Pokhara where you can explore the spectacular trekker getaway.

3 hours of hiking, 2 hours of driving

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be quite basic. There are different star hotels available in the city but during the trek, you will be staying at local tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you will need a sleeping bag. WiFi is often available, sometimes for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers.

Dates & Prices

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Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

1 Night Accommodation in Pokhara Payable Before Departure
1 Night Accommodation in Pokhara £30.00
Transfer Kathmandu - Pokhara Payable Before Departure
Private Vehicle (offers most flexibility) £55.00
Flight ( 35min, incredibly scenic) £100.00
Airport Pick-up & Drop-off Payable Before Departure
Airport Pick-up & Drop-off £15.00

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