About Royal trek

The Royal Trek is one of the shortest treks of 9 days and 8 nights that follows a shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara valley. The Royal Trek is so-named because Prince Charles and his 90 person entourage had explored this route in the early eighties.

The journey of Royal trek begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets. During the trek, you are able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, the magnificent Annapurna range, Machapuchhre (fishtail) and the Langtang Mountain views. The trip finally ends at the scenic Begnas Lake which is about 30 km west of Pokhara City.

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. Compared to other trekking areas in Annapurna region, Royal trekking route is less crowded, so you can get more close to nature, culture and lifestyle.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit to Pashupatinath Temple which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit to Boudhanath Temple to witness the age-old Buddhist culture.
  • Visit to the center of fine art and Buddhist and Hindu culture in Patan.
  • Wonderful view of the magnificent Fewa, Rupa and Begnas lake.
  • Magnificent views of Annapurna range and mount Fishtail.
  • Enjoy the delicious Nepali Dal Bhat during trekking trails.
  • The footsteps of Prince Charles.
  • Geological wonders.
  • Visit to Lakeside and attractions of old bazar in Pokhara.
  • Return to Kathmandu for  some last-minute shopping.

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350 m/4264 ft)

Upon our arrival in the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, you will be greeted by a representative from TOP OF THE WORLD ADVENTURE who will drop you off at your hotel. After checking in, you take a rest or visit TOP OF THE WORLD ADVENTURE’s office. You may also stroll in the streets of Thamel, a tourist hub in Kathmandu for some souvenir shopping. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by TOP OF THE WORLD ADVENTURE where you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the country's food culture. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350

Today after breakfast, you start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where you can meet our trek leader and other team members. TOP OF THE WORLD ADVENTURE briefs you regarding our trek as well as provides you opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. You might shop around the city if you need any gears for the trek during the evening time. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350

Early morning, you take a tourist bus to Pokhara. If you are lucky and get the right side of the bus, you can take pleasure in amazing views of green mountains and villages. Upon reaching the enchanting city of Pokhara which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others, you check in to the hotel. Pokhara has numerous lakes, known as 'Tal' in Nepali which offer fishing, boating and swimming. Strolling around the Lakeside city and exploring it in the evening is enjoyable. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.

  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 823

Today, after breakfast you drive to Bijayapur Khola to begin your trek. Initially you start your walk for about an hour through flat paddy fields and cross the river. After crossing the river the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan. Lunch will be served midway through the climb. After arriving at Kalikasthan, you rest for some time then explore the surrounding areas. You spend overnight at a local guesthouse.

  • Place: Kalikasthan
  • Altitude: 1370

After breakfast, you start walking through the villages. You walk along the ridge of the mountain which offers good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Today, you can explore many villages, its locals and the rhododendron forests. Overnight at Syaklung in local guesthouse.

  • Place: Syaklung
  • Altitude: 1730

Walking through the Gurung village gives an opportunity to observe the local lifestyle. You move ahead playing a game of hide and seek with the rhododendron and Sal trees. Half way through the walk there is a 400m descent, then a 600m ascent for us to arrive at Chisapani. This is the best view point to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. Overnight in guesthouse.

  • Place: Chisapani
  • Altitude: 1550

Today you walk half way down the hill to Rupatal and climb about 200 meters to arrive at Sundare Danda. Walk 15 minutes down to Begnas Tal and enjoy an hour of boating. Transfer to Pokhara, check in at a hotel and take rest or explore the Lake side. Overnight at hotel

  • Place: Pokhara
  • Altitude: 823

Early morning, you take a tourist bus to get back to Kathmandu. Watching scenic countryside en route makes our long bus journey interesting. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure or perhaps catching up with some last minute shopping or exploring any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Overnight in Kathmandu.

  • Place: Kathmandu
  • Altitude: 1350

Your trip comes to an end today! If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from TOP OF THE WORLD ADVENTURE will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • Arrival and departure by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu and Pokhara hotel with Breakfast
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu by Tourist bus
  • Pokhara-Bijayapur khola - by private taxi
  • Chisapani-Pokhara by taxi
  • All Necessary Permits
  • Trekking guide (Food, accommodation, salary, insurance)
  • Teahouse Accomodation in Mountain
  • All meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during trekking
  • First aid tool box

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar bills
  • Entrance fee for Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Visa fee
  • International flight fare
  • Travels insurance
  • Trekking equipment 
  • Tips
  • Lunch and Dinner except trekking time