Royal Trek is one of the best introductory treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal. It is an easy and short trek. The walking trail does not ascend to high elevation; it passes through the rice terraced fields, bamboo forests and steams on the way. Each night you will stay at teahouse/ lodges run by the local people. Meals are also served at teahouse/ lodges at the affordable cost. The name of the trek ‘Royal trek’ has been dubbed just because Prince Charles of Wales walked through this small hill in early eighties along with his entourage of ninety fellow trekkers. Since then, this trek has become so popular and many trekkers choose Royal Trek in their wish list.
This trek is much suitable recommended for family with younger children, newly-wedded couples, nature lovers and for those who are visiting Nepal for the first time for trekking. While on trek ,you will enjoy spectacular views of Mount Annapurna, Mount Dhaulagiri, Mount Manaslu and many other Himalayan peaks. The beautiful mountain scenery, the traditional lifestyles and unique culture of Gurung, one of the ethnic groups of Nepal and easy accessibility to this area make Royal Trek one of the best.
This trekking is not recommended for the raining season ( July to mid-September). October and November are the best months to do Royal Trek in Nepal as the monsoon has stopped, the sky is becoming clearer, the climate is getting colder and the Mountain views are eye-catching. When we compare to other treks in the Annapurna region, Royal trekking route is less touristy.
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It is an easy low altitude trek just around the Pokhara valley suitable for family and / or with children. The trail has been aptly named the ‘Royal Trek’ just because Prince Charles of Britain before marriage trekked through this trail in 1981. Walking through the villages set against the cultivated fields and meeting with the local people is quite unforgettable experience. This trek could be the perfect option for those with limited time to spend in the Himalayas or first time trekkers looking for easier walking conditions and good facilities
Arrive at the Tribhuwan international airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your Pre-booked hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll enjoy a welcome drinks with your guide and introduce each other. Overnight in Kathmandu
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu. You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati
River. Continue drive to Patan Durbar Square to see the ancient Nepalese architecture and endyour tour after lunch. After that you will view ancient Nepalese art in the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu
After breakfast we drive to Pokhara which takes about 6 to 7 hours. As soon as you reach Pokhara you will be transferred to Hotel. Pokhara is situated in the mid-western Nepal. It is linked by the main highway of 200 km driving distance from Kathmandu, and by air approximately 20 to 30 minutes flight with a sweeping panoramic view of the mid- western Himalaya. Mother Nature has certainly blessed this fertile valley with outstanding scenery of the landscapes, snow capped mountains, moderate tropical climate, and beautiful pristine lakes of Begnas, Rupa and Phewa. The most stunning of Pokhara’s sights is the magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range which forms its backdrop. Annapurna massif includes Annapurna I to IV and Annapurna South. Among these high peaks it is the towering majestic Mt. Machhapuchare (Fish Tail) which dominates all others in this range Pokhara with its natural beauty is also a starting point of trekking, mountaineering expeditions and it’s an ideal spot for all types of holiday makers.
After breakfast we drive to Bijayapur Khola ( Bijayapur Army Camp) and begin the trek from there. We walk about an hour through the flat rice fields and cross the river. If you are doing this trek in the summer, the river may get difficult to cross if it is flooded. After crossing the river the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan. Lunch will be served at the middle of the climb. Arrive in Kalikasthan and camp at the top of the grassy land. Overnight in Kalikasthan at tented Camp
After breakfast we start walking through the villages. We walk along the ridge of the mountain with good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Today we can explore many villages and the rhododendron forests. Overnight at Syaklung
Today we walk through the Gurung village, rhododendron and Sal forest. Half way we make a 400m descent, then a 600m ascent to arrive at Chisapani. This is the best view point at which we can see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna.
The trail goes down through the villages with the panoramic views of the mountains Including Dhaulagiri (8167m). After an hour’s walking,we reach the Begnas lake . From there we have the road connected to Pokhara. While in Begnas we visit a fish farm and then spend a couple of
hours boating in Begnas lake. In the same day we drive back to Kathmandu.