Royal Trek

Duration: 9 Days

Royal Trek
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Royal Trek Overview

The Royal Trek is one of the easiest, shortest, and culturally rewarding treks situated in the Annapurna region. The name Royal came to be so because Prince Charles and his 90 person escort had explored this route in the early eighties. Since then, the trail has been regarded as one of the best to explore the cultural diversity of the region along with getting some visually pleasing mountain views. Taking you through terraced farmlands, rhododendron forests, and several ethnic settlements all along the journey, you get to relish the panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Mt. Langtang, and Mt. Fishtail. The trek also provides you with a great prospect to get insight into the culture, customs, and way of life of the diverse villages of Nepal. Perfect for travellers with less time in hand, the Royal trek traverses through the tranquil nature and enriching culture of the Annapurna region in a short period. 

The 9 days journey of the Royal trek begins with a scenic drive to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara. From Pokhara, the trek begins following a short drive to Vijayapur and then a hike to Kalikasthan. You'll explore and cross through several villages like; Syanglung and Chisapani during the trek. The trek officially ends at Begnas with peaceful boating around the lake. You'll get to witness and experience the uniqueness of the traditional village lifestyles that have remained unchanged for thousands of years during the trek. Visually, pleasing, and culturally enriching, the Royal trek is a gem of the Annapurna region which remains an off-beaten trail till day as only a few embark their way here. 

Start At Kathmandu Airport
End At Kathmandu Airport
Transportation Plane, Private Car and Tourist bus
Trip Grade Easy

Travellers can expect some light physical activities.

Max Altitude 1800 M
Accommodation 3 Star Hotel and Tea house
Tour Type Small group

Royal Trek Highlights

  • Witness the panoramic view of Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri mountain range.
  • Explore the small ethnic villages along the way.
  • Witness and experience the unique culture and traditions of ethnic communities.
  • Embark on an off-beaten trail of the region.
  • Pass through terrace fields and rhododendron forests during the trek.
Royal Trek Itinerary

This is your arrival day in Nepal. One of our representatives will be at Tribhuvan International airport to greet and welcome you during your arrival time. You'll then be escorted to the hotel in Kathmandu. After completing all the check-in procedures, you are free to take a rest for the rest of the day at the hotel. Overnight stay at Kathmandu. 

Things to look out for:

  • Meet and greet at the airport.

  • Freshen up and rest at the hotel.

It is a day for you to explore Kathmandu city. Today you'll be visiting some famous landmarks of the city which are also listed as UNESCO world heritage sites. All the places you'll be visiting today hold ancient history and showcase the beauty of Nepali arts and culture. You'll visit Kathmandu Durbar square, a famous hangout spot for both tourists and locals. Other sites you'll be visiting are; Pashupatinath Temple, the oldest and biggest Hindu shrine in the country. And, the famous stupa, Swayambhunath. After exploring all the sites, you'll be escorted back to the hotel. There, you'll have a short briefing session about the trek with your guide. Overnight stay at Kathmandu.

Things to look out for:

  • A sacred Hindu temple, Pashupatinath.

  • Visit the famous stupa Swayambhunath.

  • Explore Kathmandu Durbar Square.

Keep in mind:

During the evening briefing session, make sure to ask freely your guides if you've confused and have queries regarding the trek. 

Today, the day starts with an early morning drive to Pokhara. The drive today is very smooth and fun through scenic sights. You can get some amazing views of landscapes, hills, rivers, and scenic settlements during the drive. After the drive of around 7-8 hours, you'll finally arrive at Pokhara. Once you arrive at Pokhara, you are free to choose to rest at the hotel or go around the lakeside to explore and stroll. You can also try boating at the serene Phewa Lake. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

Things to look out for:

  • Long scenic drive to Pokhara.

  • Boating at Phewa Lake.

  • Explore and stroll around Pokhara.

Keep in mind:

Today, you can ask for your guide's help if you have any necessary things left to buy for the trek as it is the final city before you head to the countryside valleys.

Today, you'll first head to Vijayapur through a drive. It is a short drive of around 45 minutes from Pokhara. After the drive, you'll start the hike on foot as you head to Kalikasthan. The walk starts through flat paddy fields alongside the river. Once you cross the river, the uphill walk to Kalikasthan begins. After walking for around 4-5 hours, you'll arrive at Kalikasthan where you'll be spending the night. Overnight stay at Kalikasthan. 

Things to look out for:

  • Short drive to Vijayapur.

  • Walk alongside the river.

The trek continues as you head to Syanglung from Kalikasthan today. During the walk today, you can get some spectacular views of the Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. You'll pass through several small villages and lush rhododendron forests on the way. Finally, after 5-6 hours of walking, you'll arrive at Syanglung. Overnight stay at Syanglung. 

Things to look out for:

  • Scenic views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal.

  • Small villages and rhododendron forests are on the way.

Today, the trail will lead you to a village called Chisapani. The walk starts through Gurung village where you can witness the local culture and lifestyle of the Gurung community. Moving further, the trail takes a turn to a rhododendron forest and finally, after a few more ascents and descent, you'll arrive at Chisapani. From Chisapani you can get a panoramic view of the mountains. Overnight stay at Chisapani. 

Things to look out for:

  • Witness the culture and lifestyle of the Gurung community.

  • Panoramic views of mountains. 

This is the final walking day of your trek as you first head to Begnas from Chisapani. You'll start the walk with a downhill to Rupatal and then ascend to Sundare Danda. Another 15-20 minutes of walk will lead you to Begnas Tal where you can enjoy boating. From Begnas, you'll drive back to the hotel in Pokhara. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

You'll get back to Kathmandu today through a short flight of 30 minutes. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be escorted to the hotel. You're free for the rest of the day to choose if you want to rest or explore and go shopping around the city. In the evening you'll have a farewell dinner with our team as it is your final day in Nepal. Overnight stay at Kathmandu. 

Things to look out for:

  • Short scenic flight back to Kathmandu.

  • Farewell dinner at Kathmandu.

You'll be going back to your home country today. One of our representatives will be there to drop you off at the airport and bid you farewell during your departure time.

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Royal Trek Includes / Excludes
  • All ground transport in a private vehicle, including airport transfers

  • Three nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu

  • Two nights accommodation with breakfast at a 3-star category hotel in Pokhara

  • 3 standard meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek

  • Snacks of seasonal fruits during the trek

  • Best available twin sharing lodge for accommodation during the trek.

  • Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist bus & Airfare from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Himalayan Recreation’s experienced, government licensed, English speaking trekking guide during the trip.

  • Porter services (1 porter = 2 trekkers)

  • All costs of staff which includes food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment’s and medicines.

  • Duffel bag use while trekking, Trekking map and trip achievement certificate

  • Required Mardi Himal Permit fee and TIMS Fee

  • First aid medicine kit

  • Farewell dinner with Cultural show in a fine restaurant on second last day.

  • Government taxes & office service charge

  • Meals not specified in the 'Meal Inclusions' in the above itinerary

  • Personal Travel insurance, which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation.

  • Personal trekking equipment or expenses

  • Alcoholic drinks and beverages

  • Tips for trekking guides, porters and drivers (tipping is expected)

  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the 'Price Includes' section.

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