Royal Trek

Duration: 8 Days

1730m/5676ft

Annapurna

Autumn and Spring

Min 2 pax

Easy

OVERVIEW

This trek is one of the most famous but easiest treks in the Annapurna Area. The name, the "Royal Trek" depicts the trekking of this route by Prince Charles of Britain, who was the first to chart this trek route in 1980s. It is regarded as an excellent trek as it offers a lot to see within short walking days. Trek commences after a short drive of about 20 min., from Pokhara, and the route gradually climbs up through the villages and forest of fir, magnolia and Rhododendron. This trek offers a panoramic view of Pokhara valley and the beautiful Fishtail Summit (Macchapucchare) as well as Annapurna Range to the north and magnificent lakes surrounded by mountains in the Southeast, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Himchuli in the east. Although, a short trek, it is not necessarily a very easy one and people do need to be reasonably fit. It is best as a three or four days trek and does not extend well beyond that unless you prefer to spend an extra rest day at one of the campsites.

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.

    Upon arrival in the Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, meet, assist and transfer to the hotel. 

    Eve: Pre departure trip briefing. 

    Dinner and Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 02: Fly to Pokhara.

    Am: After breakfast, transfer to the domestic airport to board 25 minutes scenic flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival meet, assist and transfer to the hotel for refreshment and rest.

    Pm: Proceed for a sightseeing tour of Pokhara City. 

    Eve: Sunset boat ride at the Phewa Lake.

    Overnight at the hotel.

  • Day 03: Drive to Vijaypur Khola and start trek to Thulokot (1400m) - 4 hours.

    After an early breakfast, drive out to the trek starting point at Vijaypur Khola, which is approximately 20 minutes away, and start a 3-day Royal Trek, accompanied by our well-versed English speaking trek guide and a team of trained and trusted Sherpa, porters and the kitchen team. 

    The first day is a pleasant uphill start. We pass through colorful Chettri and Brahmin Villages and after approximately 2 hours trek, we shall stop for a hearty lunch at a scenic spot. After lunch we shall continue trekking for another one hour to our skyline campsite at Thulokot, where our Sherpa team will have our complete camp arranged. After a refreshing beverage, we can wash and relax to view a magnificent sunset, while the Sherpa team will prepare a hot and sumptuous dinner around the campfire. The mountain views from Thulokot stretches from Dhaulagiri in the west to Manaslu Range in the east.

    The rest of the evening will be very relaxing, while we enjoy singing and dancing around the campfire.

    Dinner and overnight at camp in Thulokot.

  • Day 04: Trek to Shyaglung (1730m) – 6 hours.

    This morning, we shall wake up to view a magnificent and breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas while tea or coffee is served. After breakfast, we shall start out with a pleasant morning walk by following the ridgeline eastwards as we pass through colorful villages, terraced rice fields and farming countryside. The trail is both uphill and downhill and after approximately 3 hours of trekking, we shall stop at a scenic wayside ridge for an appetizing lunch.

    We shall continue downhill for a while after passing through a small village, there is a rather surprising climb uphill which eventually leads us through the backyards of a small Gurung village to a scenic hilltop campsite at Shyaglung. The view from our campsite at Shyaglung is just enchanting, especially during sunrise and sunset, when the visually impressive effects of the sunlight against the majestic Annapurna Range, leaves you deeply astounded with its grandeur.

    After a refreshing wash-up, our Sherpa team will prepare and serve yet another hot and savory dinner around the campfire.

    Dinner and overnight at camp in Shyaglung.

  • Day 05: Trek to Chisapani (1520m) – 5 hours.

    This is short day trek following the excursions of day Two. It allows time to explore the main Gurung villages of Syaglung and Chisapani. Start with a visit to Syaglung immediately below the climbing and winding round the back of the hill towards Chisapani. This part of the route offers mountain and foothill views of Nepal far to the East. Chisapani is reached in time for lunch after a leisurely three hours walks or so. The afternoon is free to rest and wander round this very attractive farming village.

    Dinner and overnight at camp in Chisapani.

  • Day 06: Trek to Begnas (890m) – 4 hours and drive to Pokhara – 1 hour.

    This morning we shall wake up to view one of the most magnificent sunrise, on this trekking course, while we have our morning tea or coffee. After breakfast, we shall start our last day of trekking.

    We shall descend through the Gurung village before a knee wobbling descent leads us through the forests to the valley floor. Crossing streams that feed the Lake Rupa at the southern end of the valley, the route cuts through paddy fields and then climbs onto the ridge that separates the Lake Rupa and Lake Begnas.

    We shall stop for our last trek lunch at a scenic spot from where we can view the Begnas Lake in the foreground and Mount Macchapucchare in the background. The path widens as we pass through a busy village market area to the road-head settlement at Begnas, where we end our trek and bid farewell to our Sherpa team. The waiting vehicle will pick us up for one hour drive back to Pokhara.

    Upon arrival check in at hotel for refreshment and rest.

    Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 07: Drive or Fly to Kathmandu.

    Am: After breakfast drive or fly to Kathmandu.

    Dinner and Overnight at hotel.

  • Day 08: Final departure

cost includes

    • All arrival/departure transfers, drives in a private vehicle with a/c accompanied by an English speaking tour representative/escort from Himalayan Holidays.
    • Two night’s stay at hotel in Kathmandu on twin / double room sharing basis with bed, breakfast and all applicable taxes.
    • Three night’s stay at hotel in Pokhara on triple room sharing basis with bed, breakfast and all applicable taxes.
    • Trekking  logistic Arrangement as per Itinerary inclusive of all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), accommodation in best available Teahouses/Trekkers Lodges.
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee.
    • Trekking Information Management Service (TIMS) fees.
    • All meals as listed on the above Itinerary.
cost excludes

    • International airfares and airport departure taxes.
    • Nepal entry visa fees.
    • Items of a personal nature such as bar bills, mineral water, telephone calls, laundry, mineral water, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.
    • Airfare for sector Pokhara / Kathmandu (Quoted Separately)
    • Additional expenses due to illness, hospitalization, travel medicines, loss of valuables, thefts, change of Itinerary, flight and tour cancellation.
    • Any kind of insurance.
    • Emergency Helicopter Charter for Evacuation.
    • Items not specified in the above “Costs include column”
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