The Royal Trek is one of the most relaxed, shortest, and pleasant treks that follow a shrub-like path along the foothills of Annapurna. The Royal Trek is named so because, during the early eighties, Prince Charles and his 90 followers had explored the route. As the trail goes through numerous stunning villages, it provides opportunities for travelers to experience a unique and diverse culture of different ethnic background people who are inhabited in the region. Not only customs but traditional religious practices have remained unchanged in these areas for centuries, which makes it even more enjoyable. And, you can also get close to the people and lifestyle of the local people as there are not many travelers in the region and you will have most of the locals. More importantly, the people of Nepal are said to be very friendly, helpful, and lovely.
Furthermore, the trek is also naturally decorated with hill-side rice terrace, lush forest, and beautiful lakes. Adding to the beauty is the mesmerizing view of the Himalayas, including Annapurna I, II and III, Langtang, Fishtail, Dhaulagiri, Lumjung, and Nilgiri mountains. You will be surrounded by the natural beauties along with the view of the glorious mountains, and none of it hides from your eyes for long. That makes the trek even more memorable.
In addition to the view of the trek, it is an easy trek that takes the traveler to low altitudes compared to Everest Base Camp trek and other popular treks. So, travelers of almost any age group, fitness level, and trekking skill can efficiently complete the trek. As discussed before, the trails of the trek are not much crowded, which makes it suitable for travelers who are seeking for trekking experience with some privacy. The Royal Trek of Nepal is especially appropriate for those travelers who are short in time but still want to experience what trekking in Nepal has to offer.
The trek is a short 9 – day trek, which starts with a sight-seeing tour to UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu on the second day. After that, on the third day, we will drive to Pokhara, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, because of its geography, beautiful lakes, and vibrant nightlife. Then, we will start our actual walking trek from the scenic Begnas Lake of Pokhara. On the fifth day of the trek, we will get to Syakling (1,730 m), the highest point of the trek. From Shyaklung, we will get down to Chisa Pani, the viewpoint for the trek to see the Himalayas. Then, we will trek further down to get to Pokhara, which marks the end of our walking trek. You can explore the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. The next day, we will drive back to Kathmandu, concluding our overall trek
Hike through the path Prince Charles explored in the eighties
A short and straightforward trek which can be completed by trekker of any age group, skills level or fitness
Visit few UNESCO listed Cultural Heritage sites in Kathmandu
Enjoy the view of the Himalayas including Annapurna Range and other towering mountains
Blend in with the unique cultures of the locals
Explore the beautiful city of Pokhara
- All the airport and hotel transfers (to and from)
- 3-star hotels in Pokhara and Kathmandu with Bed and Breakfast are provided on twin sharing basis
- Welcome dinner with excellent Nepali cuisine and cultural program
- All the accommodation and breakfast during the trek are provided on twin sharing basis
- A full day sight-seeing tour of Kathmandu valley's main attraction with a tour guide and entrance fees
- An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), an experienced assistant trek leader ( 1 assistant guide for every four trekkers) and reliable Sherpa porters to carry luggage (1 porter for every two trekkers) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food, and lodging
- Down jacket, Sleeping bag, Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map are provided to the trekkers. (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after the completion of the trip
- All necessary paperwork and permits to the trekkers (ACAP, TIMS )
- A comprehensive medical kit in case of emergency
- All government and local taxes
- Porter (during check-out)
- Lunch and dinner to the trekkers in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Nepal Visa fee ( 25$ USD cash and two passport photographs )
- International airfare tickets to and from Kathmandu
- Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu) (if you wish to get to Pokhara by flight)
- Extra night accommodation management in Kathmandu and Pokhara due to early arrival, late departure, and early return from the hills or trekking destination (due to any reason whether it's within or outside our control) than the scheduled itinerary
- Lunch and evening meals in both Kathmandu and Pokhara (if we happen to return early from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
- Rescue and Travel insurance fees
- Personal expenses of the travelers (Beverages, bar bills, phone calls, battery recharge, laundry, extra porters, shower, bottle or boiled water, etc.)
- Single supplement fee of USD 150
- Tips for porter and guides
Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m) - about 30 minutes drive
On the first day, you will arrive in Kathmandu. Just outside the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), you will be welcomed by our member who will take you to your hotel room in a private vehicle. After checking in, you can take some rest or go for a stroll to the bustling streets of Thamel, a beautiful tourist hub in Kathmandu for shopping local and branded goods. It is even more beautiful during the night.
In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner where you will be served with exquisite local Nepalese cuisine, which is a great way to introduce you to the country's local food. We will stay the night in Kathmandu.
Kathmandu: Sight-seeing and Trek preparation - about 5 hours sight-seeing
After having some freshly prepared breakfast, we will start a guided tour to some of the most important historical monuments and spiritual places of Kathmandu. Many historical sites are listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of the holiest temples for Hindus is the Pashupatinath temple. Boudhanath Stupa (Buddhists Shrine) is one of the largest Stupas and holy places for Buddhists. Likewise, Swayambhunath Stupa (The Monkey Temple), meaning "self-existent," is also spiritual, especially for Buddhists. Still, it is also popular among tourists as it has several monkeys residing in the area.
After we are done with our sight-seeing, we will discuss the trekking to meet our team leader and other team members. It gives us a chance to bond with other trekkers, which is very necessary for any trek. Furthermore, in the evening time, you might need to stroll around the city to do some shopping if you need some gears for the trek. We will stay another night in Kathmandu.
Drive to Pokhara - 6 – 7-hour drive
Early on the morning of our third day, we will have our freshly prepared breakfast and take a tourist bus to Pokhara. Try to choose the right side on the bus to catch the natural scenery of lush forest, glorious mountains, and stunning villages along the way.
Once we reach the beautiful lake city of Pokhara, we will be awarded the magnificent closer view of the Himalayas, including Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, five peaks of Annapurna Range and few other mountains. Besides those mountain views, Pokhara also has numerous lakes where we can go fishing, swimming, and boating. Likewise, strolling around the beautiful Phewa Lake or the city itself is also a viable option for some relaxation, especially in the evening or night. We will spend the night in Pokhara.
Pokhara to Kalikasthan (1,370 m) - about 1-hour drive and 4 – 5 hours trek
After having our breakfast, we will drive to Bijayapur Khola; the real walking trek starts from here. At first, we will walk for about an hour through the flat paddy fields and then cross the river. After crossing the river, we will start to ascend along with the trails to reach Kaliksthan. We will have our lunch in the mid-way of the climb. Upon arriving in Kalikastan, we will rest for some time and then explore the surrounding areas. We will spend overnight here in a local tea house. You will be able to witness the pleasing hospitality of the locals.
It will be an excellent opportunity to bond with the local people and learn about their culture and lifestyle. They are said to be very welcoming, charming, and helpful. You can have some small-talk with them around a camp-fire.
Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1,730 m) - 5 – 6 hours trek
After having our hot and freshly cooked breakfast in Kalikasthan, we will start walking through the villages to reach Syaklung (1,730 m), the highest point of the trek. We will walk along the ridge of the mountain, enjoying the view of the Annapurna and Lumjung mountains. On this day, we will be exploring numerous villages, meet many local people with different ethnic backgrounds.We will also explore the rhododendron forests.
We will stay the night in Syaklung. It will be another good chance for you to learn about the local culture and tradition.
Syaklung to Chisapani (1,550 m) - 5 – 6 hours trek
On the sixth day, we will have our breakfast and start on our journey. Along the way, we will encounter rhododendron and Sal trees scattered over the path. The half of the trail is 400m descent and then a 600 m ascent till we reach Chisapani, the climax of the trek. It is the viewpoint of the trek to see the Himalayas. We will be able to witness Dhaulagiri and Annapurna.
We will spend the night in Chisapani. It is another fantastic opportunity for us to blend in with the culture of the local people of the Himalayas and enjoy the view.
Chisapani to Pokhara - about 5 hours trek and 1-hour drive
On the seventh day, we will return from Chisapani to Pokhara. First, we will walk downhill to reach Rupatal and then ascend about 200 m to reach Sundare Danda. From Sundare Danda, we will walk down for 15 minutes till we reach Begnas Tal (lake) and enjoy some time boating in the lake. From here, we will get to the hotel, check-in, and take rest for some time. We can also explore the lake area. We will stay the night in Pokhara.
If you have some time, you can also visit some famous landmarks of the city like Shiva Cave, Mahendra Cave, Davis Falls, and Peace Pagoda. Besides this, you can also stroll around the town in the evening. Furthermore, there are various adventurous activities like paragliding, zip-lining, and ultra-light flight.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu - 6 – 7 hours drive
Early in the morning, we will take a tourist bus and start heading back to Kathmandu after having breakfast. The scenic view of the lush jungle one side and picturesque countryside on the other make the long trip more exciting and enjoyable. Once we arrive in Kathmandu, the guide will transfer you to your hotel. You can check-in and have some rest or go to visit the city's popular attractions that we missed on the first day or spend your leisure time any way you like.
In the evening, we recommend you catch up with some last-minute shopping in the famous, beautiful, and vibrant Thamel area. We will stay the night in Kathmandu.
Final Departure - about 30 minutes drive to the airport
It is the day where our combined incredible journey will come to an end. You might still have some time for some shopping or sight-seeing on this day. We can share some photos and maybe, exchange emails.
Our member will drop you to the airport approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. On your way back to your home, you will leave your footprints but take a lot of beautiful memories of the time you spent with us, the locals of the Himalayas, and the trek itself.
You will have plenty of time to think about your next adventure in Nepal again.