The Royal Trek was named after a trip Britain’s Prince Charles made to Nepal in 1980 when he along with his 90 person entourage explored the lower hills and villages of the Annapurna region. This is a perfect introduction into trekking in Nepal. At these low elevations, there is virtually no risk of altitude sickness and the trails are easy and manageable for anyone who is physically active on a regular basis. It’s an easy trek on quiet trails with magnificent views of Fishtail (Machhapuchhre), the Annapurna range, Langtang, Dhaulagiri, 8167 m, the world’s 7th highest mountain, Lamjung Himal.
It’s also a great trek if you are used to more physically challenging trails but just want something less strenuous where you can enjoy the lower hills of the Himalaya and perhaps interact with some of the friendly local people of the region.
This trek follows the original route Prince Charles made visiting village hamlets passing by rice fields ending around the beautiful and tranquil Begnas Lake.
The Royal Trek can be made anytime between February to March, and September through December.
This trek can be customized to add additional days in Pokhara where you can enjoy the many activities around Nepal’s second largest city and its biggest lake, Phewa. It’s a pleasure for us to organize this trek on short notice if you have already arrived in Nepal. If you would prefer to save time we are also happy to arrange flights for you between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Ask us about current prices for flights. As well we can book accommodations in Kathmandu along with other excursions including city and cultural tours, and safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Park in Southern Nepal. Please feel free to inquire about these options. Please also see our more comprehensive Royal Trek Trek package that includes hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and a deluxe cultural tour of the city and it’s extraordinary sites.
Bus to Pokhara 823m/2,700ft: 6-7 hrs
We will meet at a designated place in Thamel-Kathmandu where we will head for the bus station for our trip to Pokhara
Pokhara to Kalikasthan 1,370m/4,496ft: 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs trek
After breakfast we’ll drive for one hour to the Bijayapur river where we start the trek. Descending down we finally reach Kalikasthan. It’s here where we’ll rest, further explore the area and stay the night. Let’s sample some of the delicious food of the region including dal bhat, the national dish of Nepal-you’ll always get offered extra helpings so order this dish if you’re especially hungry. You can also try momos are whatever international choices are on the menu. This is a relaxing easy trek so feel free to have a beer or glass of wine if you choose.
Kalikasthan to Syaklung 1,730m/5,675ft: 5-6 hrs
Today we follow a ridge trail while admiring views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna. There’s many ethnic Gurung villages to visit and observe everyday life. It’s perfectly alright to take pictures of villagers. Just ask your guide if it’s OK first. Take advantage of your guide as an interpreter and ask them as many questions as you like about the local people. It gives your guide a great deal of pleasure to explain the culture and village life to you. We’ll also pass through rhododendron forests before finally arriving in Syaklung.
Syaklung to Chisapani 1550m/5,084ft: 5-6 hrs
After a full hearty breakfast which could be anything from Gurung bread and hot oatmeal to toast and eggs with hashbrowns we’ll start our trekking. Today we’ll pass through more villages along with more rhododendron and pine forests. After a 400m descent and 600m ascent, we’ll arrive in Chisapani where we can enjoy more breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Tonight you can try some different local dishes or Western fare for dinner if you choose and maybe even some of the local Nepali “moonshine”, raksi!
Chisapani to Pokhara
Today is our last day of The Royal Trek. After breakfast we’ll start making our way towards two beautiful lakes. Although Bengas Tal and Rupa Tal are close to Pokhara they are rarely visited by foreigners. We’ll have plenty of time to enjoy their serenity before we return to Pokhara. Tonight you can choose from a wide choice of restaurants around Lakeside from Japanese to Indian, Italian or Nepali.
Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu 6-7 hours
Today after breakfast we’re transferred to the bus station where we’ll start our journey back to Kathmandu.
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