The Royal Trek – 10 Days
The The Royal Trek, a trek named so after it was explored by Prince Charles of England and his 90-person entourage in the early 1980s. It is one of the shortest treks along the foothills of Annapurna, that starts from Pokhara with a drive to Bijaypur Khola, ideal for those who don’t have time for a longer Himalayan expedition.
Our journey begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, through beautiful Gurung hamlets, stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, and with spectacular views of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Machapuchre, Lamjung, Dhaulagiri and other surrounding peaks . The trip finally ends at the scenic Begnas Lake which is about 30 km west of Pokhara.
The Royal trekking trip is basically recommended for beginners who are restricted by time to trek longer. This Royal trek presents a true picture of uniqueness and allowing us the chance to capture traditional lifestyles of the tribes whose ancient religious practices and traditions have remained unchanged for thousands of years. The Royal is a short enjoyable trek with fewer crowds, and brings you closer to nature, the culture, and lifestyle.
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Royal Trek. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views, although the nights can be cold and can fall to freezing temperatures. You can also embark on this trek during Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) with significantly lesser crowds.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Namaste and welcome to Nepal and the start of our adventure! You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Kathmandu. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Jet Set Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Preparation
We depart in the morning to the Pashupatinath temple, a famous 5th century Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located on the banks of the Bagmati River. We then tour Boudhanath, one of the holiest Buddhist stupas, and the Patan Darbar square that has heritage buildings representing the four kingdoms (Kantipur, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kirtipur) in Nepal. You can do your final preparations for the trek. In the evening, you will be introduced to the rest of the group, get your equipment checked by your climbing leader, and be briefed on the trip by a representative of Jet Set Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive to Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 7 hrs drive
After breakfast we leave for Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal located 200 km west of Kathmandu, close to the Annapurna mountain range. The altitude varies from 827 m in the southern part to 1740 m in the north within 30km. Also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city, it offers spectacular views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Pokhara also has numerous lakes, known as ‘Tal’ in Nepali, which offer fishing, boating and swimming. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Pokhara to Kalikasthan [1,370m/4,496ft]: 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs trek
We drive to Bijayapur Khola to begin our trek. Initially we start our walk for about an hour through beautiful rice fields. We then cross a river, and then the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan. Lunch will be served midway through the climb. After arriving at Kalikasthan, we rest before exploring the area.
Day 5: Kalikasthan to Syaklung [1,730m/5,675ft]:5-6 hrs
We begin walking through villages and then along the forested mountain ridge that offers good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Overnight at Syaklung.
Day 6: Syaklung to Chisapani [1550m/5,084ft]: 5-6 hrs
We walk through the Gurung village along rhododendron and Sal trees. Half way through, we descend 400m, and then ascend 600m to Chisapani. This is the best view point to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. Overnight in Chisapani.
Day 7: Chisapani to Pokhara
We walk down the hill to Rupatal and then climb about 200 meters to Sundare Danda. We then walk downhill for 15 minutes to Begnas Tal and enjoy an hour of boating. We then leave for Pokhara, the second largest city of Nepal located 200 km west of Kathmandu, close to the Annapurna mountain range. The altitude varies from 827 m in the southern part to 1740 m in the north within 30km. Also known as The Lake City owing to the large number of lakes in the city, it offers spectacular views of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri (8,167m/26,794ft), Manaslu (8,156m/26,759ft), Machhapuchhre (6,993m/22,943ft), the five peaks of Annapurna and others. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 8: Sightseeing of Pokhara valley
Early morning wake up call and drive to Sarangkot hilltop where one can observe the panoramic view of the sunrise and Annapurna range as well as Pokhara valley and drive back to Pokhara. After breakfast sightseeing of Pokhara valley which includes Devi’s fall, Gupeshwor cave, International Mountain Museum and overnight at hotel on B&B basis.
Day 9: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 7 hrs drive
After breakfast, we leave Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu on a journey with spectacular views of the crystal clear Trisuli river, the lush green hills and rural Nepalese hilltop villages. In Kathmandu, we rest or do some shopping. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Kathmandu: Departure Day
Our team will drop you to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure.
Namaste & we hope see you again soon!
Cost, Includes and Excludes
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- Twin sharing accommodation in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in trekking lodges/tents during camping as per itinerary. All ground transportation by private vehicles as per the itinerary
- All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
- Services of English speaking, trained, and experienced staff including trekking guide (leader), climbing guide (leader), assistant guides, and porters, including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
- Farewell dinner
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and all meals during the trek
- All necessary paper work including trekking and climbing permits
- Kathmandu to Pokhara return by tourist coach
- Nepalese visa fees
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Travel and rescue insurance
- Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottled or boiled water, shower, heater, etc.)
- Tips for guides and porters