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Hidden Lake Trek – Discovering Hidden Gem In The Annapurna Region

(3 Reviews)
  • 9 Days 8 Nights
  • Max People : 20
  • Wifi Available
  • 365 days Departure
  • Age : No Age Limit
  • Pickup: Airpot

Hidden Lake Trek details:

Journey into the Unknown

The Hidden Lake Trek is not just another hiking route; it’s an expedition into the unexplored. This unexplored trail offers a rare thrill into the unknown. This journey provides an unmatched sense of achievement, as you navigate paths that few have walked before. Hidden Lake Trek offers an escape from the crowds and an immersion into the heart of pristine nature, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a unique and rewarding trekking experience. The trek’s major attractions include the spectacular views of Annapurna South, Fishtail, and Hiuchuli, and the opportunity to witness the hidden lake, an experience that few have had the privilege to see.
Let’s dive into the details of the Hidden Lake Trek, exploring its highlights, challenges, history, and the best times to embark on this extraordinary journey.

An Overview of the Hidden Lake Trek

Location and Starting Point
The Hidden Lake Trek is located in the Annapurna Region of Nepal, a hotspot for trekkers from around the world. The trek begins in the village of Ghandruk, accessible by a scenic jeep ride from Pokhara, one of Nepal’s most popular tourist destinations. Ghandruk serves as the gateway to this lesser-known path that leads adventurers through traditional villages, vibrant forests, and eventually to the serene Hidden Lake, also known as Tridevi Tal.

Trail Length and Duration
The trek covers approximately 35 kilometers and typically takes five days to complete. It is a moderate to strenuous trek, requiring a good level of fitness and some prior trekking experience. The journey is well worth the effort, offering unparalleled views of the Annapurna massif and a chance to experience the unspoiled beauty of the region.

Highlights of the Hidden Lake Trek

Spectacular Mountain Views
One of the major attractions of the Hidden Lake Trek is the spectacular views of the Annapurna range. Trekkers are treated to breathtaking panoramas of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and Machapuchare, among other peaks. The Muldei Viewpoint offers a particularly stunning view of over 30 snow-capped mountains, making it a highlight of the trek.

Traditional Gurung Villages
The trek passes through several traditional Gurung villages, including Ghandruk, Tadapani, and Chhomrong. These villages offer a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the Gurung people, known for their hospitality and unique customs. Trekkers can interact with the locals, visit traditional homes, and experience the local way of life.

Vibrant Rhododendron Forests
The trek passes through vibrant rhododendron forests, which are particularly beautiful during the spring season. The forests are home to a variety of flora and fauna, making the trek a delight for nature lovers. The colorful rhododendron blooms add a touch of magic to the trail, enhancing the overall trekking experience.

The Allure of Hidden Lake
The Hidden Lake, also known as Tridevi Tal, is the major highlight of the trek. This pristine lake, situated at an altitude of 4,280 meters, is a surreal sight. Its unique feature of being its water source, without any external input, adds to its allure. The lake holds religious significance, with locals worshipping at the Baraha Devi temple and offering sacrifices during the Janaipurnima festival.

Remote and Unexplored Paths
The Hidden Lake Trek takes trekkers through remote and unexplored paths, away from the crowds. This sense of adventure and exploration adds to the trek’s appeal, offering a unique experience for seasoned trekkers. The trail passes through untouched wilderness, providing a sense of tranquility and solitude.
Challenges of the Hidden Lake Trek

Strenuous Terrain
The Hidden Lake Trek is considered moderately strenuous, with steep ascents and descents. The rocky sections, walking along the ridge and steep and up and down hill can be challenging, particularly for beginners. A good level of fitness and some prior trekking experience are recommended to tackle the terrain effectively.

Altitude
The trek reaches an altitude of 4,308 meters at Hidden Lake. Trekkers need to be aware of the risks of altitude sickness and take necessary precautions, such as proper acclimatization and staying hydrated.

Remote Areas
The trek passes through remote areas with limited facilities. Tea houses and accommodations are not readily available, so trekkers need to plan their journey carefully. Carrying essential supplies and being prepared for basic conditions are important for a comfortable trekking experience.

Ideal Seasons for the Hidden Lake Trek

Spring (March to May)
Spring is one of the best seasons for the Hidden Lake Trek. The weather is generally clear, with minimal rainfall and mild temperatures. The rhododendron forests are in full bloom, adding vibrant colors to the landscape. Daytime temperatures range between 3-9 degrees Celsius, dipping to -6 degrees Celsius at night. This season is ideal for experienced but laid-back trekkers, offering breathtaking mountain views and a enthralling trekking experience.

Autumn (September to November)
Autumn is another perfect season for the trek. The weather is stable, with warm days and cool nights. The post-monsoon clarity offers pristine trekking conditions, with little to no rainfall. Daytime temperatures hover around 5-10 degrees Celsius, while nights can bring temperatures as low as -6 degrees Celsius. This season is ideal for skilled hikers seeking a hassle-free trekking experience.

Summer (June to August)
Summer brings rainy days, with daily precipitation turning the paths muddy and riddled with leeches. However, the valleys are adorned with greenery, wildflowers, herbs, and medicinal plants, offering a unique landscape. Although most trekkers avoid summer, those who undertake the trek during this season are rewarded with stunning landscapes. Daytime temperatures range from 8-15 degrees Celsius, dropping to 0 degrees Celsius at night.

Winter (December to February)
Winter presents cold, dry days with little to no rainfall, making the trek more challenging. The extreme cold and snowfall increase the difficulty level, and certain sections of the route may be blocked by snow. An experienced guide is essential during this season. The inherent risks come with great rewards, such as glistening snow-draped peaks and the opportunity to embrace the Himalayas’ winter wonderland. Average daytime temperatures range between 2-6 degrees Celsius, dropping to -6 to -10 degrees Celsius at night.

Historical and Religious Significance

Discovery and Worship
Hidden Lake, or Tridevi Tal, is situated directly below Annapurna South. The lake was discovered by yak herders many years ago, who continue to worship here. Yak herders hold a special place in the history and cultural fabric of the region.

Religious Importance
Hidden Lake holds significant religious importance in the local community. Known as Tridevi Tal, it is associated with the Baraha Devi temple, where locals ask for wishes to be fulfilled. When their wishes are granted, they offer sacrifices during the Janaipurnima festival, a major Hindu celebration in autumn. Remarkably, it is said that the blood of the worshipped sheep flows upwards towards the lake instead of downwards, adding to the lake’s mystical allure.

Rich Flora and Medicinal Herbs
The trail leading to Hidden Lake is rich with over 500 species of herbs, including medicinal varieties such as Narmasi, Panchaaule, Banlasun, Marmal, and Kutki. These herbs are used by local communities for various medicinal purposes, including treating high blood pressure and diabetes. The presence of such diverse flora enhances the trekking experience, providing an opportunity to learn about the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

Preparing for the Hidden Lake Trek

Physical Preparation
Given the trek’s moderate to strenuous nature, physical preparation is essential. Trekkers should engage in regular cardiovascular exercises, such as running, cycling, or swimming, to build stamina. Strength training, particularly for the legs, is also recommended to prepare for the steep ascents and descents.

Permits and Regulations
Trekkers need to obtain the necessary permits before embarking on the Hidden Lake Trek. This includes the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and the Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card. These permits can be obtained in Kathmandu or Pokhara, and it is advisable to carry multiple copies for checkpoints along the trail.

Hiring a Guide
While experienced trekkers might opt to go solo, hiring a guide is highly recommended, especially for those unfamiliar with the region. A local guide can provide valuable insights into the culture, history, and natural features of the area, as well as ensure safety on the remote and challenging sections of the trek.

Conclusion

The Hidden Lake Trek in the Annapurna Region of Nepal offers an unparalleled adventure into one of the most beautiful and remote parts of the Himalayas. With its stunning mountain views, vibrant rhododendron forests, traditional Gurung villages, and the mystical Hidden Lake, this trek promises an experience of a lifetime. While the trek is moderately strenuous and involves challenges such as steep terrain and high altitudes, the rewards are immense for those who embark on this journey. By preparing adequately and choosing the right season, trekkers can fully enjoy the natural and cultural riches of the Hidden Lake Trek. Whether you are a seasoned trekker or an adventurous spirit seeking a unique path, the Hidden Lake Trek is an opportunity to explore the uncharted and immerse yourself in the pristine beauty of the Annapurna Region.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • 4 Nights’ accommodation in the city and 4 nights in the Mountain
  • An English speaking guide and porters
  • 1 main course meals 3 times a day while on trekking with a cup of tea or coffee
  • Trekking Permits, Sleeping Bag and Duffle bag

Price Excludes

  • Flights To/From Nepal, Tourist Visa and Travel insurance
  • Meals in the Cities
  • Personal expenses: Boiled and bottled water, hot shower, battery charging, Wi-Fi, snacks, drinks etc.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances and Tips for your trekking staffs

Complementaries

  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Company T-Shirt
  • Certificate of Achievement and Medal
What to Expect

The Hidden Lake Trek is a recently opened route in the Annapurna Region of Nepal, offering an adventure into an unexplored area of pristine nature, away from the usual crowds. The Hidden Lake Trek promises an adventurous journey filled with natural beauty, cultural richness, and a sense of accomplishment as you explore one of Nepal’s less-known trekking routes.

  • Scenic Views and Natural Beauty:Expect breathtaking views of prominent peaks like Annapurna South, Fishtail (Machhapuchhre), and Hiuchuli. From Mulde Peak, you'll see over 30 snow-capped mountains, offering a panoramic feast for the eyes. Hidden Lake (Tridevi Tal) itself is a serene, self-contained water body with no external water source. The lake is a unique natural phenomenon surrounded by stunning landscapes.
  • Traditional Villages and Cultural Experiences:The trek passes through traditional Gurung villages like Ghandruk, Tadapani, and Chhomrong. Here, you can experience local culture, traditions, and hospitality. Engage with local villagers and yak herders, learning about their way of life and ancient customs.
  • Wildlife and Flora:The trek offers chances to spot various wildlife, including domesticated yaks, birds, and potentially other Himalayan fauna. The trails are rich with over 500 species of herbs, including medicinal plants like Narmasi, Panchaaule, Banlasun, Marmal, and Kutki, which are used locally for various health benefits.
  • Trekking Experience:The trek is moderately challenging with steep ascents and descents. It's suitable for experienced trekkers but may be strenuous for beginners. The paths are less traveled, offering a sense of adventure and exploration into areas untouched by mass tourism. Limited tea houses mean you need to plan your stops carefully. Accommodation is basic but offers an authentic experience of local living.
  • Religious and Historical Significance:The lake holds religious importance with locals worshipping at the Baraha Devi temple. During the Janaipurnima festival, rituals and sacrifices are performed, adding a spiritual dimension to your trek. Historically, yak herders discovered and worshipped at the Hidden Lake. This tradition continues, and you may encounter cultural rituals and stories along the way.
  • Practical Considerations:Proper acclimatization is essential to prevent altitude sickness. Plan your trek with enough time to adjust to the elevation. Bring layers of clothing, sturdy trekking boots, a good quality sleeping bag, and necessary trekking gear. Carry snacks, water purification tablets, and a first-aid kit. Hiring experienced guides and porters is recommended for safety and to enhance your trekking experience.
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Itinerary
This itinerary offers a mix of adventure, natural beauty, and cultural immersion, making the Hidden Lake Trek a unique and rewarding experience in the Annapurna region. This hidden lake trek can combine with Poon Hill trek and Annapurna base camp trek, as you want itinerary can be customized for longer days of the trek.

Day 1Arrival In Kathmandu (1350m)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you’ll be warmly greeted and transferred to your hotel. Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, is rich in cultural heritage and offers a vibrant atmosphere to kick off your adventure. Take some time to rest from your journey and explore the lively streets of Thamel, known for its colorful shops and busy markets.

Day 2Kathmandu to pokhara (850) by drive or fly

In the morning, you’ll either take a scenic but long drive or a short flight to Pokhara, a picturesque city beside Phewa Lake. Pokhara is the gateway to the Annapurna region and offers stunning views of the Himalayas. Spend the rest of the day exploring the charming streets.

Day 3Pokhara to Ghandruk to Tadapani (2630m)

The journey begins with a jeep ride from Pokhara to Ghandruk, a picturesque Gurung village. The drive takes around 2.5 hours, passing through scenic landscapes, including views of the Modi River and traditional villages such as Birethanti, Kilu, and Syulibazar. Upon reaching Ghandruk, trekkers can explore the village and enjoy the breathtaking scenery before starting the trek to Tadapani.

The trek from Ghandruk to Tadapani takes about 4-5 hours, passing through dense forests of rhododendron and oak. Along the way, trekkers can enjoy the panoramic views of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and Machapuchare (Fishtail). Tadapani, situated at an altitude of 2,630 meters, serves as the first overnight stop.

Day 4Tadapani to Dobato (3420m) to Muldei Viewpoint (3640m)

The second day involves a trek from Tadapani to Dobato, with a stop at the Muldei Viewpoint. This part of the trail is known for its vibrant rhododendron forests, which are particularly stunning during the spring season. The trek takes around 5-6 hours, with gradual ascents and descents.

Dobato is a small settlement at an altitude of 3,420 meters, offering spectacular views of the Annapurna range. The Muldei Viewpoint, located nearby, provides a panoramic view of over 30 snow-capped peaks, including Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and Machapuchare.

Day 5Dobato to Pode Kharka (3650m)

On the third day, after a morning hike to Muldei viewpoint for panoramic views of the Himalayas, trekkers back to the Guest house and after breakfast begin the trek towards Pode Kharka. This section of the trek is less frequented, providing a sense of adventure and exploration. The trail passes through dense forests and open meadows, with opportunities to spot wildlife such as Himalayan Thar and various bird species.

Pode Kharka, located at an altitude of 3,650 meters, offers close-up views of Annapurna South, Hiuchuli, and Machapuchare. It is a serene and remote area, perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of more popular trekking routes.

Day 6Pode Kharka to Hidden Lake (4308m) and Tribung (3,410 m)

The fourth day is the highlight of the trek, as it takes trekkers to the Hidden Lake (Tridevi Tal). The trek from Pode Kharka to Hidden Lake involves a steep ascent, but the effort is rewarded with the sight of the pristine lake nestled below the magnificent Annapurna South.

Hidden Lake, at an altitude of 4,308 meters, is a unique natural wonder. It has no external water source, with the lake itself being its water source. The lake holds religious significance, with locals worshipping at the Baraha Devi temple situated nearby. The trek continues to Tribung for an overnight stay.

Day 7Tribung to Chhomrong/Jhinu Danda (1750m) and Return to Pokhara (850m)

The final day involves trekking from Tribung Dada to Chhomrong or Jhinu Danda. This part of the trek includes a steep descent, passing through forests and terraced fields. Chhomrong, at an altitude of 2,170 meters, is a beautiful village with stunning views of the Annapurna range.

From Chhomrong, trekkers can either continue to Jhinu Danda, known for its hot springs, or take a jeep back to Pokhara. The trek concludes with a return to Pokhara, where trekkers can relax and reflect on their adventure.

Day 8Pokhara To kathmandu By drive or flight.

 Traveling from Pokhara to Kathmandu, everyone has the option of either taking a scenic but long bumpy drive or a short flight, both offering unique perspectives of Nepal’s diverse landscapes.

Day 9Trek Ends

Transfer to the airport or Extend your stay!

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FAQ

How difficult is the Hidden Lake Trek?

The Hidden Lake Trek is considered a moderate to strenuous trek, It involves walking for several hours each day over varied terrain and at high altitudes. While no technical climbing is required, trekkers should be prepared for steep ascents, rocky trails, and changes in weather conditions.

What is the best time of year to trek to Hidden Lake?

The best time for Hidden Lake Trek is during the pre-monsoon (spring) season from March to May and the post-monsoon (autumn) season from September to December. These periods offer stable weather, clear skies, and favorable trekking conditions.

What should I pack for the Hidden Lake Trek?

Essential items to pack include sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, a good-quality sleeping bag, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It’s important to pack light but ensure you have all necessary gear for the trek.

Do I Need To Be Physically Fit To Trek To Hidden Lake?

While a good level of fitness is recommended, trekkers of varying fitness levels can undertake the Hidden Lake Trek. Regular cardio exercise and hiking preparation are advisable to ensure physical fitness for the demands of the trek.

How Do I Prepare For Altitude Sickness During The Hidden Lake Trek?

Sufficient acclimatization is crucial to prevent altitude sickness. Trekkers should ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and recognize the symptoms of altitude sickness. It’s recommended to include rest days in the itinerary for acclimatization and to descend if symptoms become severe.

What Kind Of Food And Accommodation Is Available During The Hidden Lake Trek?

Accommodation along the trek route ranges from basic tea houses to different meal options.  As the Hidden Lake Trek is a newly open trekking route all the facilities are very basic compared the other popular treks in Nepal.

Can I Trek To Hidden Lake without A Guide Or Porter?

While it’s possible to trek independently, many trekkers opt to hire a guide or porter for added support, safety, and convenience. Guides can provide valuable insights and assistance, while porters can help carry trekking gear and luggage, reducing physical strain.

How much does the Hidden Lake trek cost?

The cost of the Hidden Lake trek can vary depending on factors such as the duration of the trek, accommodation preferences in the city, Mode of transportation, and whether you choose to hire guides or porters. On average, trekkers can expect to budget between $500 to $1,000 for the entire trek, including permits, accommodation, meals, and incidental expenses.

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Mathew S

Solo Traveller

Excellent trip to Hidden Lake Trek

We recently completed the Hidden Lake Trek and had an outstanding experience, thanks to Sali Trekking. From start to finish, everything was beautifully organized and ran smoothly, making it a perfect adventure.

A special mention goes to our exceptional guide, Bipin, and the fantastic team of porters. Bipin’s expertise, knowledge of the trail, and friendly demeanor made the trek both informative and enjoyable. His leadership ensured our safety and comfort throughout the journey, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the breathtaking scenery. The porters were incredibly supportive and hardworking, always ready to assist with a smile, which significantly enhanced our trekking experience.

The logistics and planning by Sali Trekking were impeccable. Every detail was thoughtfully considered, from accommodations to meals, ensuring we had a hassle-free experience. The communication and coordination were seamless, reflecting the professionalism and dedication of the entire team.

We are deeply grateful to Sali Trekking for this unforgettable adventure and their unwavering commitment to providing top-notch service. We look forward to joining you on another trek in the future. Thank you, Bipin and the porters, for your outstanding efforts. We will definitely see you guys again!

June 3, 2024

Rony M

Couple Traveller

Remote and unexplored trek in Nepal

We recently completed the Hidden Lake Trek with Sali Trekking, and it was a truly remarkable experience. From start to finish, the entire journey was beautifully organized, making it an absolutely smooth adventure.

A special thanks to our amazing guide, Niraz, whose expertise and knowledge of the trail made us feel safe and informed throughout the trek. His friendly behavior and willingness to share insights about the local culture and environment greatly enriched our experience. We also want to extend our gratitude to our porter, Samir, whose hard work and dedication were invaluable. His efforts ensured we could fully enjoy the trek without any worries about our gear.

Everything about the trip, from the logistics to the accommodations, was handled with utmost professionalism and care by Sali Trekking. The attention to detail and commitment to providing an exceptional experience were evident at every step.
We highly recommend Sali Trekking to anyone considering an adventure in this region. Thank you once again to Niraz, Samir, and the entire team for an unforgettable journey. We look forward to trekking with you again in the future.

May 24, 2024

Jonathan K

Couple Traveller

Hidden Lake Trek in Annapurna Region

Our recent adventure to the Hidden Lake Trek was an extraordinary experience, one that surpassed all our expectations. From the meticulously organized itinerary to the exceptional services provided by our guide and porters, every aspect of the journey was flawlessly executed. We are incredibly grateful to Sali Trekking for arranging such a memorable trip and for the invaluable contributions of our guide, Sital, and porter, Hem.

The Hidden Lake Trek is renowned for its stunning vistas and diverse landscapes, and experiencing it firsthand was truly awe-inspiring. Each day brought new wonders, from lush forests and cascading waterfalls to rugged mountain paths and serene alpine meadows. The beauty of the Hidden Lake itself, nestled among towering peaks, was a sight that will remain etched in our memories forever.
Reflecting on our adventure, we are filled with gratitude for the incredible team that made it all possible. Sali Trekking’s exceptional organization and the outstanding guidance of Sital and Hem transformed our trek into an unforgettable journey. Their professionalism, dedication, and genuine warmth created an atmosphere of friendship and trust, enhancing our overall experience.

We eagerly look forward to future treks with this exceptional team and highly recommend Sali Trekking to anyone seeking an extraordinary trekking experience. We will see you guys again!

May 2, 2024
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