The Royal Trek is one of the shortest treks that follow a shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara valley and offers good mountain views. The Royal Trek gained its name because Prince Charles and his guests, camp followers and staff trekked here. This trek provides the opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences with the diverse mix of people and cultures that inhabit this region.
The journey of Royal trek begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets. During the trek, we enjoy stunning views of the hillside rice terraces, the magnificent Annapurna range and the Manaslu mountain views. The trek finally ends at the scenic Begnas Lake.
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, this route is less crowded.
Duration: 9 days
Type of the Trek: Tea House, Camping
Activities: Trekking, Culture Tours
Best Months: September to December and March to May
Maximum Altitude: 1500m
*A short easy trek with good mountain views.
*Walk through many villages, most of the time along the ridge line.
*Magnificent views of Annapurna range and Manaslu.
*Experience different culture, Hindu and Buddhist and Nepali village life.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350m)
Our representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. He or She will brief you on the immediate arrangements and escort you to your hotel. The trip leader will hold a short briefing in the hotel regarding trek arrangements and general orientation to Kathmandu.
Day 2: Sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley
Today, we visit the most historical and Spiritual attractions in Kathmandu which are also listed in world heritage sites. We visit Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Bouddhanath, which is one of the largest Stupa in the world and the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupatinath.
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara (823m / 30 min)
After breakfast, we transfer you to airport to board flight for Pokhara. It is 30 minutes very exiting flight. During the flight you will get opportunity to see many mountains. Upon arrival at Pokhara airport our guide will pick up you and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon our guide will take you around Lakeside and other popular places of Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive to Kalikasthan (1294m / 1 hr 30 min), Trek to Thulokot (1500m / 30-40 min)
This morning we will start slowly because it is very short drive to Kalikasthan. We drive back by Pokhara – Kathmandu highway to Bijayapur or Kalika Chok and then drive up through beautiful villages to Kalikasthan. During our drive we can see fantastic views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machhapuchhre, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. There are many good points to see mountain views and the Pokhara valley. We can stop on the way to take pictures and enjoy. If you are interesting to walk we can walk through nice villages. Kalikasthan is a small market there are some local guesthouses, local health post and a school. From here, we walk up to the Thulokot which is located on top of the ridge and the best point to see Sun rise view. Here are also some local hotels and home stay. We have really best panoramic views of the Annapurna, tip of Dhaulagiri and Manaslu range from here. The Sun rise and set view is fantastic. We can see also whole Pokhara valley, the largest Gurung village Siklish and many green rolling hills. In the afternoon we can explore around the local villages.
Day 5: Trek to Libeni (1016m / 5-6 hrs) / Syaklung
Leaving Thulokot the trail follows along the forested ridge top and descends down to Majh Thana (Okhle / 1256m), where there are some tea shop and school. From here we walk along the dusty road, gently descend to Saurya Bazaar (1066m / 40-50 min from Okhley), there is small village on the way where we take short cut path for a while before Saurya. Saurya is small market area there are some shops and local hotels. From here 3 different small roads separate for 3 different destinations, the main left side road goes down towards Madi Khola, right side road goes towards Begnas Danda and the middle rough road leads to Majh Thana village and Libeni. This is the place where we can have some foods and buy something.
From Majh Thana, we gentle ascend to beautiful Chautara (rest place). The road is very small and looks like wide path. We have nice views of the mountains. We walk through lovely village of Majh Thana here are many local Nepali typical houses. We can see real local village life in this village. We follow the left side road, continues to walk through middle of the village and gradually ascend and descend to lower Deurali (1146m / 1 hr), here is a local tea shop and nice Chautara. After rest place we climb little bit to small temple and then follow the old path all the way to top of upper Deurali (15 min / last part is steep up). Here we join with small rough road again, follow the road and walk along the ridge line passing small village, nice forest. It is nice flat, gradual ascend and then descend to Ramche village (1121m / 1 hr). We can avoid the road in some places. Ramche is small beautiful village, here is a school and small temple on top of the village. From school, the trail gradually ascends for a while to small top then gently descends through nice forest to small village (20 min). Here we join with rough road and then walk along the road to Libeni (20-25 min). It is very easy and nice walk. Libeni is very nice place situated on hill crest (ridge line). Here are several local hotels, shops, government school, camping grounds and some home stay. We have wonderful mountain views from here. To go Syaklung hill it takes 1 hr. It is very steep climb. But mostly tourists spend night in Libeni and take straight way to Chisopani.
Day 6: Trek to Chisopani (1285m / 5 hrs)
Leaving Libeni we follow the small rough road, it is very easy flat route through small forest and fields. 30-40 min later, arrive in Dharapani, Syaklung village. Here are many traditional houses and fields. After 15-20 minutes, we join with little bigger dusty road where some vehicle runs. We follow this road all the way to Ramkot (1054m / 20-25 min). There are few local tea shops, shops and school on the top. From here we continue towards left side road by side of the school then steeply descend down (900m / 20-25 min). It is very nice walk through forest. Most of the time we take short cut old path. At the bottom there are 2 ruined local shops and the small road.
From the bottom we leave road and climb steeply up through beautiful mixed forest. We join with road several times but all the time we use old trail. There is very good and stone paved path and also a nice rest place on the way. We can see lots of Orchids and birds in this forest. After 50-60 minutes steep climb, we arrive at Mohoria, top of the ridge line (1139m). From here we have wonderful views of many mountains. Here are some shops and nice rest place. We follow the small road for 10-15 minutes, leave the road and gently ascend through beautiful slope ground along the ridge passing rest place and Bali ball ground. There is very nice picnic spot just before water reserve tank. We can see fantastic views of the mountains and the green hills. Beyond this ground we join with road and follow it all the way to Chisopani village (1290m), gently ascend for 10-15 min. Chisopani is beautiful village, here are some home stay and shop. We have very nice views of the mountains also from here. In the afternoon, we can visit around the village.
Day 7: Trek to Begnas Bazaar / Taal (678m / 5 hrs), drive to Pokhara (1 hr)
In the morning we hike up to the top where, there is a small Monastery (10-15 min). From here we have fantastic panorama views of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and some other peaks. From here we descend down along the ridge passing government school, village and fields and then join with road (40-50 min). We don't follow the road and descend steeply on the stone steps through beautiful forest, into a small valley / Taal Besi and a stream that feeds Rupa Tal. We continue passing Tal Besi government school, some tea shops and rice fields and join in dusty road. We follow it for a while, take short cut old path and then finally ascend to the ridge (Sundari Danda / 735m / 40-50 min) that separates Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal. There are some hotels and shops. There is a view tower to see lake and mountain views.
From Sundari Danda, we can descend down to near lake, cross the lake by traditional boat to ending point and walk about 10-15 minutes to Begnas Bus Park. Or can walk along the ridge line. Follow the ridge, walk along the black topped road for 10-15 minutes then climb up little bit through stone stairs. Again walk along the ridge line, descend down to the road and follow the road to Bus Park (50-60 min).
From Begans Bus Park, we drive to Pokhara. It is scenic drive for 1 hr. In the late afternoon we do small sightseeing around Pokhara.
Day 8: Drive to Kathmandu (6-7 hrs) or Fly
From Pokhara, we drive along the Pokhara – Kathmandu (Prithvi) highway to Kathmandu. We drive through many beautiful villages and small towns, follow the Trishuli River. During the journey we have very nice sceneries and interesting drive. There are many good restaurants along the way, we have lunch at one of the best restaurant. We arrive in Kathmandu around 3-4 pm. Or
We can fly to Kathmandu. It is 30 min short flight to Kathmandu.
In the evening we have farewell dinner at typical Nepali restaurant with Nepali cultural dance program.
Day 9: Departure from Nepal
We will escort you to airport for your international flight.