The Hidden lake and Glacier trek
‘The Hidden Lake and Glacier Trek’’takes us halfway between Heaven and Earth, where our familiar sounds of bagpipes are the merry chirpy tunes of the birds at home in dense foliage forests, conversations are frozen to whispers, and the footsteps of fellow trekkers are uncommon…down here in the great mountains of the Annapurna region, we will find the ‘God of the Glens’’…and there is no better way to explore nature than on foot…raw and rugged – this is adventure…redefined
This trek is a thriller that takes us into the soul of the Annapurna zone, but any and everything has its price, and in this venture, the price is more than the money we pay for this wonder trip, the exclusive price here are the physical demands that takes us high up into Himalayan wilderness above the timberline, and this is where the true beauty of the Himalayas are – its bliss! Our mountain journey begins from the lake city of Pokhara as we head down to Nayapul – our trek start point, and then we hit the trails through fertile paddy fields and as we gain some elevation we begin to see terraced hillsides with wheat and barley plantations blowing in the wind. Most of these lively villages are inhabited by the ethnic Gurung and Magar hill folks who greet us with welcoming smiles of warmth as we pass by. We’ve planned our itinerary well enough so you could hike the paths at a pace that’s comfortable to your body; giving us enough time to interact with the local folks and observe their interesting cultures, most of us will be amazed to note that these mountain folks live lifestyles that go back centuries in time and nothing has changed with the ancient practices they follow. We soon leave habitated zones to walk through rhododendron and oak forest, home to some of the most exotic birds in the world, the flowers hereabouts are simply lovely to behold as we gain above the tree-lines to reach Kopra Danda, where the wilderness is pure as we stare in disbelief at the massive peaks of Annapurna with Dhaulagiri to the west and the Kaligandaki river valley spread out below, the world’s deepest gorge. We then go above 4000m where the landscapes and wilderness are stunning, this is an area where nobody goes except the local shepherds with their cattle in the monsoon months; we also view the sacred hidden lake which is a masterpiece of nature to behold.
The breathtaking sights of Annapurna 1 at 8091m and Dhaulagiri at 8167m are some of the highest peaks in the region and the world. However, the main target of our trip is the stark wilderness near Annapurna south at 7237m, this is virgin territory, unexplored and rarely visited, if by few, this area is raw, rugged and strikingly beautiful – the crux of our odyssey that makes up ‘The Hidden Lake and Glacier Trek’’, for anyone seeking to discover the unknown from the known.