Hidden Lake and Glacier Trek

Hidden Lake and Glacier Trek is yet another trek in the heart of Annapurna Sanctuary. This beautiful trek contains a Hidden Holy Lake which is the major attraction of this trek at an altitude of 4250m. To go this magnificent area you will have to pass through the popular and cultural villages in Annapurna region including Ghandruk Village, Tadapani, and Chhomrong. Besides getting acquainted with traditional Gurung Villages you can see marvelous mountains views, including Annapurna south, Himchuli, Machhapuchhre and other mountains.

This is a Camping trek with few days spent in Teahouses. Hidden Lake and Glacier Trek start from the Pokhara valley and take you towards the Paddy fields, Rhododendrons, and Oak forests. Passing through the trek you will be heartily welcomed by the local people, mainly this area is inhabited by Gurung and Magar community. They will welcome in their traditional way and you can also get opportunities to learn and observe the lifestyle, culture, and tradition of their local people.
Trip Code: HLAGT61
Starts: Nayapul
Finishes: Nayapul
Duration: 17 Days
Difficulty: Moderate
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Mar-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 4250m/ 13943.6ft
Trip Views: 977
Activities: Trekking
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Travel Style: Budget Comfortablecheck Luxury
Special Discount: 5 %


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Breakfast: 16
Lunch: 12
Dinner: 12
Car
Jeep
Hotel: 5 Night(s)
Teahouse: 2 Night(s)
Camping(Tent): 7 Night(s)
Home Stay: 2 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Major attraction Hidden Holy Lake
  • Homestay in popular Gurung Villages (Ghandruk, Tadapani and Chhomrong)
  • All Camping Trek
  • Inhabited by Gurung and Magar community

Why this Trip

  • Hidden Lake and Glacier Trek is the stunning and elegant trek which will take you towards the Hidden Holy Lake through the popular trekking areas including Ghandruk Village, Tadapani, and Chhomrong where you can also explore the Annapurna region Mountains and the beauty of this place.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
  • • A trekking permit is a must to travel to controlled areas. Permit, however, is issued only to groups. Individual trekkers will not be issued trekking permit.

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL
    It's always a pleasure to welcome our clients to our home country and therefore we will be waiting for your arrival at the airport. After that you will be transferred to the hotel and in the evening you will be excited to try out our traditional cuisines.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up Thamel Tour
    • Cultural Show
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    On this day, we will first visit the famous Patan Durbar Square and continue the sightseeing according to your desire. This is the day when we will prepare the necessary documents for the tour.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Sightseeing
    • Private transportation
    • Entrance Fee
    • Food and wine tour(Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO POKHARA
    Today we drive to Pokhara which is known as ‘City of Lake’. 6 to 7 hours’ drive from the Kathmandu we reach the Pokhara. If time permits, we go for the boating at the Phewa Lake and go for an evening walk in the Lakeside.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transfer to Pokhara
  • placeDAY 4 : EARLY SIGHTSEEING AND DRIVE TO GHANDRUK (1950M)
    Early morning after having the breakfast we leave the Pokhara and drive to Nayapul. Nayapul is an entrance to Ghandruk village. After reaching Nayapul and driving for further 1 hour we reach Ghandruk Entrance. We walk for an hour before we reach the Ghandruk village. Upon reaching the fascinating Ghandruk village local people come to welcome and offer their hearty hospitality. At night local people gather up and entertain the guest with unique folk songs and typical dance of Gurung community.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Homestay

    Activities:

    • Private Jeep transfer to Ghandruk
    • Sightseeing
  • placeDAY 5 : TREK TO TADAPANI (2590M)
    We wake up to the beautiful morning view of the mountain from the Ghandruk and start our trek towards the Tadapani which is at an altitude of 2600m. We carry on to the trail for about 4 hours through a forest with rich vegetation to Tadapani. We’ll be staying overnight in a small village in the middle of the forest.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Homestay

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK TO BAYELI KHARKA (2900M)
    In the morning we can see the beautiful sunrise over the mountains in Tadapani. After the breakfast, we start our trek towards the Bayeli Kharka. It takes 5 to 6 hours to reach the Bayeli Kharka from the Tadapani. During this trek we cross through the forest with the beautiful view of surrounding contain Rhododendron trees and different varieties of flora also.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

    • Camping and Cooking by the porters
  • placeDAY 7 : TREK TO KHOPRA RIDGE (3870M)
    Today is the shortest day trek to the Khopra Ridge from the Bayeli Kharka. Walking through the Bayeli Kharka and passing through the delightful forest we reach at the Khopra Ridge after a 5 hours trek. Reaching the Khopra we can see the adorable view of mountains, including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna South, Fang and Nilgiri. From the Khopra Danda viewpoint, we can also see the Kali Gandaki river flowing.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 8 : TREK TO KAIRE LAKE (4200M)
    Early morning after breakfast, we start trekking to Kaire Lake which is considered as a holy lake. It will take 4 hours to reach there. Reaching there we will take rest and spend overnight in there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 9 : EXPLORE KAIRE LAKE
    Today we give our bodies some rest and adjustment to high altitude. We enjoy the stay at Kaire Lake by exploring the area. During Badau During the day of Full Moon Night (Purnima) held an interesting festival every year, it's celebrated in the month of August and September. The whole day we will explore the area and enjoy the superb ambiance surrounded by mountains and natural vegetations.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 10 : TREK TO CELLI KHARKA (3850M)
    Leaving the Kaire Lake today we move towards the Celli Kharka. Walking around 5 hours from Kaire Lake we reach our today's destination. From Celi Kharka , we can see the spectacular view of Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South Mountain in near proximity.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 11 : TREK TO HIDDEN LAKE (4250M)
    Today is the important trek of this trip as today we go to Hidden Lake. Walking through the amazing path and wonderful views of natural sceneries we reach there after a 5 hours trek. Enjoying the views we will camp at short distance from the lake and spend today night there.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 12 : TREK TO ANNAPURNA SOUTH BASE CAMP (3400M)
    Today we will trek down to the Annapurna South base camp. Walking to the path we can view the eye catching views of mountains and natural beauty. After a 5 hours trek we will reach Annapurna south base camp where we set our tents and spend overnight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Camping

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 13 : TREK TO CHHOMRONG (2100M)
    We Leave the Annapurna south base camp with the beautiful views of Annapurna south and Fishtail Mountain. We descend steeply to the valley basin at Ghurjung River. We from here Climb along the mountain side to Chhomrong which is situated high up on the mountain ridge. Chhomrong is a Cultural village of Gurung people. The village boats the majestic view of Annapurna South (7,219 m), Fishtail (6,993 m).

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 14 : TREK TO SHIVAY VIA JHINU DANDA (1220M)
    We leave the Chhomrong and trek down to the Modi Khola valley and to the hot springs at Jhinudanda. After resting for a while in Hot spring, we continue the journey and reach Shivay from where we can get the vehicle to Pokhara. But we spend our night at the village because of the tiredness.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accomodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 15 : DRIVE TO POKHARA
    We drive to Pokhara early in the morning followed by 4 hours drive. The whole day is free for sightseeing in the Pokhara.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transfer to Pokhara
    • Sightseeing
  • placeDAY 16 : DRIVE TO KATHMANDU
    From Pokhara we’ll take our car and head towards Kathmandu. The Vehicle passes through the Trishuli River and picturesque villages which takes about 7 hours to arrive in Kathmandu Valley, transfer to Hotel.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accomodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transfer to Kathmandu
    • Evening visit to Pashupatinath
  • placeDAY 17 : DEPARTURE
    This day we will have a friendly lunch and souvenir program. Goodbyes are always the toughest but with heavy hearts we will see you off to the airport to catch the flight.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accomodation:

    Activities:

    • Shopping arrangements
    • Souvenir
    • Airport drop
    • Farewell Lunch
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport transfers with an escort by Private Vehicle
    • Standard/Deluxe rooms in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin/double sharing with breakfast
    • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu along with ticket fees
    • Accommodation during trek (or camping in case of need)
    • All meals (Breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trek
    • Authorized English-speaking guide along with required Porters for the trek
    • All applicable government tax
    • All expenses for all staff –meals, accommodation, salary, equipment, insurance, transportation
    • All necessary paperwork 
    • Medical kit (carried by your leader)
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Map of Hidden Lake 
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Sim card service
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Photos and videoes of the trip
    • Certificate of apreciation
  • Exclusions
    • International flights; Nepalese visa fee;
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary;
    • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu;
    • Travel and rescue insurance;
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.);
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s); representative comes to take you airport from the hotel.

     



FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
  • 5. Is this a popular trek ?
    Hidden Lake and Glacier trek is relatively new trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary that will take you towards the Hidden Holy Lake through the popular trekking areas including Ghandruk Village, Tadapani, and Chhomrong where you can also explore the Annapurna region Mountains and the beauty of this place.
  • 6. Can I do solo trek ?
    This trek is newly opened trek so it’s better to do in group but if you want to do solo our guides and local community will help you throughout the journey.
  • 7. Is Travelling in Hidden Lake and Glacier Trek is safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. In general, locals are very respectful and welcoming.
  • 8. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life in mountains. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
  • 9. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    During Camping, our expert camping cooks prepare a wide range of delicious meals which is good for your health and give energy for the strenuous climbing. All the cooking material will carry by your porters.
  • 10. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 11. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Pokhara can be arranged either on a car or jeep or in deluxe bus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We also arrange the drop off and pick up from the starting and ending point of the trek on private a car or a jeep.
  • 12. What is the best season for trekking in Hidden Lake and Glacier ?
    October, November, December, March, April and May are the best time to do this trek.
  • 13. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal, make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like altitude sickness, dehydration or any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange helicopter for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 14. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable, so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal innerwear to escape the severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough land, so invest in good quality shoes or rent it from us at a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly gel up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 15. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety in the mountains.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking in higher lands, you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It's easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying directly to the property.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you'll need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guides' schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there's an emergency cases. But it's true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 21. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 7-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because number of hours of walk really depend on clients' speed.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    You cannot use the credit card during the trek. You have to withdraw the money before you start the trek. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    You have to carry your personal bags with water bottle and medicines remaining bags will be carried by porters to make you easy to trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

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