The Royal Trek is one of the short trek 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. This Royal Trek provides the opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences with the diverse mix of peoples and cultures that inhabit this region. The journey of Royal trek begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets. During the trek, we are able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, and 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 the 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.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]
Arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Kumar Adventure. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Kumar adventure display board with your name at the arrival gate.
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
After breakfast, pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek guide.. Kumar Adventure briefs us regarding our trek as well as provides us opportunity to ask any questions we may have regarding our upcoming adventure then we start a historical tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered “World Heritage Sites “including the historic Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddhanath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the evening,. You might shop around the city if you need any gears for the trek during the Sightseeing time.
Day 03: Drive Pokhara [823m/2,700ft]: 6-7 hrs drive
Early morning, we take private transportation to Pokhara. Right side of the vaichel, you can view best 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, we check in to the hotel. Pokhara numerous lakes, known as ‘Tal’ in Nepali, offer fishing, boating and swimming. Hanging around exploring the Lakeside city in the evening is enjoyable. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 04: Pokhara to Kalikasthan (1,370m/4,496ft): 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs trek
Today, after breakfast we drive to Bijayapur Khola to begin our trek. Initially we start our 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, we rest for some time and after that explore the surrounding areas and overnight at a local guesthouse.
Day 05: Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1,730m/5,675ft):5-6 hrs
After breakfast, we start walking through the villages. We walk along the ridge of the mountain which offers good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Today, we can explore many villages, its locals and the rhododendron forests. Overnight at Syaklung in local guest house.
Day 06: Syaklung to Chisapani (1550m/5,084ft): 5-6 hrs
Walking through the Gurung village gives an opportunity to watch the local villagers’ lifestyle. We move ahead playing 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 to arrive at Chisapani. This is the best view point at which to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. Overnight in guest house.
Day 07: Chisapani to Pokhara
Today we 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 for an hour boating to catch the transfer to Pokhara and on arrival at hotel check in and rest of the time explore the lake side and overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6-7 hrs drive
After breakfast, we take private transportation to get back to Kathmandu. Watching scenic countryside en route makes our long bus journey interesting. On arrival at Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure resting or perhaps catching up with on some last minute shopping or exploring any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. In the evening, celebration dinner together. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 09: Departure
Your trip comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Kumar adventure will take you to the airport approximately 2.5 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.
Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Kumar Adventure Trekking. Please note that your trek leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Our every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, however as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, the health of member can all contribute to changes the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary. Your leader will accompany you on all scheduled activities. During your trip you will have free time to pursue you own interests. Your trek leader will assist you with information about your options but please note that any additional activities you undertake are not part of the Kumar Adventure itinerary and Kumar Adventure makes no representation about the safety of the activity. Please use your own good judgment when choosing optional activities in your own free time.
All airport transfers before & after trek
Three nights 3 or 4-star hotel in Kathmandu and 2 night 3-4 star hotel in Pokhara on BB
Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu with a tour guide all world heritage site & entrance fees.
All accommodation and meals during the trek
All ground Transportation: Kathmandu- Pokhara –Kathmandu & Pokhara –Begnas-Pokhara Private Transportation.
English-speaking trekking guide, Sherpa & porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits as per rules Government of Nepal
Annapurna Conservation fee (ACAP)
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS)
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD Cash)
Excess baggage charges
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, Early return from trekking (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from trekking than the scheduled itinerary)
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
Tips for guides, Sherpa and porters
What you need on trekking (Checklist)
Nepal is a mountainous tropical country, which means there are climate extremes. Night and day temperature differences can vary between -10°C on the high treks and 30°C on the lower ones (14°F to 86°F), so you need to bring a variety of clothes. The key to staying comfortable on a trek is layering.
Suggested items to bring …………..
- Boots: the single most important item to pack, are comfortable, sturdy hiking boots which gives a good support to your ankles. Preferable are the higher models with a good profile sole.
- Shoe wax or rainproof spray for shoes
- Gaiters (recommended on tours above 3500 meter)
- Sleeping bag: needed for both camping and teahouse treks as teahouses usually only provide blankets (easy to rent/buy in Nepal)
- Backpack: 60-70 liters with good waist and chest belt for the assistant guide* to carry your belongings
- Hiking sticks (easy to rent/buy in Nepal)
- Lightweight shoes or sandals for changing into at night
- Socks: 3-4 pairs outer socks, 1-2 pair liner socks and 1 pair for night time (depending on trek and season)
- Loose cotton trousers
- T-shirts, long sleeved shirts
- Cozy shirt for the evenings
- Thermal underclothes are a necessity
- Warm lightweight sweater or fleece
- Hat (sun and night), gloves or mittens, scarf
- Lightweight wind jacket (+trousers if tour is above 4000 meters)
- Rain gear: a simple plastic poncho is adequate to protect you from some rainfall
- Rain cover for your backpack and day backpack
- Down jacket: depending on trek and season (easy to rent/buy in Nepal)
- Day pack with good waist and chest belt
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and chap stick
- Quick dry towel
- Flash light for midnight toilet trips and power cuts, spare batteries**
- Moisture cream for your skin and lips (we recommend factor 30-40)
- Water bottle with carry strap
- Water purification: filter or iodine
- First aid kit and medicines
- Camera, spare batteries**, film if needed
- 2 passport photos for ACAP & TIMS (trekking) permit