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Royal Trekking - Short & Scenic Trek in Annapurna

Hike through the beautiful villages and farmlands enjoying mesmerizing views and hospitality of friendly locals on the Royal trekking

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08 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • Max. Altitude: 1730 meters
  • Group Size: Min. 1 / Max. 12
  • Best Time: Feb to Jun, Sep to Dec
  • Daily walking Hour: Approx. 4-6
  • Accommodation: Local lodge

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate

Moderate trekking involves 4 to 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 3 to 10 days trekking trip.

Royal trekking is a short yet legendary trek which doesn’t demand many trekking days but still rewards us with spectacular views of the beautiful Himalayas in the Annapurna region. Like many other treks, the Royal trekking begins from the beautiful city of Pokhara. You will get a chance to trek through the beautiful villages and know the local people and their culture better. Through the trek, we will accommodate you at basic lodges and guest houses. Whereas, if you would like to experience something that is wholly different then, we can also make room for you at the homes of the welcoming and warm locals. A mother community in this area formed to develop its economy and a good system in the village will welcome us to our camp or guest house with a typical Nepali cultural show. Dance and enjoy along with the locals and if you would want, you can feel free to donate to the community.

As mentioned earlier, the Royal trek starts from Pokhara, a beautiful and mesmerizing lake city where we will be spending a few nights to rest and relax. You can also make some day hike trips to the surrounding hills in Pokhara, a peaceful and fascinating city. Royal Annapurna trek is an altitude free trek and you need not worry about bringing along children or elderly people. If you happen to be wondering where the Royal trekking got its name from, it is after Prince Charles and his team trekked in this area that it became highly popularized as, “The Royal Trek”. Get ready to be mesmerized by the stunning view points to watch the sunrise/sunset and Annapurna ranges.   

Royal trekking short itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
Day 02: Drive or fly to Pokhara (825m), 6-7 hrs drive or 35 minute flight.
Day 03: Drive and trek Pokhara to Kalikasthan (1370m) 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs walking.
Day 04: Trek from Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1730m), 5-6 hrs walking.
Day 05: Trek from Syaklung to Chisapani (1550m), 5-6 hrs walking.
Day 06: Trek from Chisapani Begnas Lake and drive to Pokhara.
Day 07: Fly or Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Day 08: Final Departure.

Trip cost:Please contact us and let us know how many of you are there in your group to do this trek so that we can send you a quote and other information according to your group size.

Note: If above itinerary couldn't meet your needs, we can design a tailor-made itinerary to suit your needs. It is also possible to combine with some other activities such as Tibet tours, Bhutan tours, and Jungle safari in Nepal.

Royal trekking – itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m).
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, one of our trek leaders greets you and transfer to hotel. Rest and relax till evening. We will take you for a welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant, enjoy the meal with a local drink and culture show having short brief about Royal Trek. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Drive or fly to Pokhara (825m), 6-7 hrs drive or 35 minute flight.
If we are driving, we will leave hotel early in the morning at 6:30 and if we are flying we will leave hotel after breakfast. Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara is 200km which takes about 6 hours to reach Pokhara. This is a scenic drive through the villages, rivers, green hills and beautiful lowlands. Pokhara is a fascinating city which provides a breathtaking view of Annapurna ranges including Annapurna I and Fist tail.  The city is famous for its Lake and caves. Upon reaching Pokhara, we check in to the hotel. Rest and relax on your own. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Drive and trek Pokhara to Kalikasthan (1370m) 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs walking.
After breakfast at hotel in Pokhara, we leave on a private coach to Bijayapur Khola from where our pleasant trek really begins.  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 then explore the surrounding areas. We spend overnight at a local guesthouse or tented camp.

Day 04: Trek from Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1730m), 5-6 hrs walking.
After breakfast at guest house or at camp, we start our 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 guesthouse or tented camp.

Day 05: Trek from Syaklung to Chisapani (1550m), 5-6 hrs walking.
After breakfast, we start our walking through the Gurung village which gives us an opportunity to observe the local lifestyle. We move ahead playing a 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 for us to arrive at Chisapani. This is the best view point to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna ranges. Overnight in a local guest house or tented camp.

Day 06: Trek from Chisapani Begnas Lake and drive 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 Lake and enjoy an hour of boating. Transfer to Pokhara, check in at the hotel and take rest or explore the Lake side. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 07: Fly or Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
After breakfast, transfer to tourist bus park and drive to Kathmandu, 6 hours. Enjoy the countryside. If we are flying, we can fly around the late afternoon so that we can more time to explore city. Evening will be at a typical Nepali restaurant to celebrate your great trek. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 08: Final Departure.
After breakfast, we will transfer you to international airport for your flight back to home. We wish you have a safe and sound flight and see you again in the future.

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • The entire airport picks up and drops
  • Standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast
  • Necessary flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, return trips or one way.
  • Annapurna Conservation fee with trekking permit
  • Tims card (trekking information management system card)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trekking period
  • Accommodation (Teahouse or tented camp) during the trekking period
  • English speaking guide and highly experienced staffs
  • Staffs food, clothing, salary and their insurance
  • All necessary grounded transportation
  • Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Welcome and fare well dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Our service charges with VAT and Local / Government Taxes

Service Excludes

  • Sightseeing or any extra activities except the above program
  • Personal nature expenses
  • Bar bill and all kind of drinks
  • Rescue & Evacuation
  • Gratitude (tip) for staff

Trek FAQ

Some essential questions and answers for Royal trekking:

How can I book Royal trekking?
Once you confirmed trip, we need photo copy of your passport and 20% down payment of the total price for advance flight tickets and hotel booking and permit process.

How can I enter in Nepal?
Nepal is a popular tourist destination in south Asia. Several airlines have direct and none-stop flights from Middle East and Asia to Kathmandu, Capital of Nepal.
There are direct flights from London, Paris, Frankfurt, Doha, Osaka, Shanghi, Mascow, Bangkok, Singapore, Hongkong, Karachi, Bombay, Delhi, Calcutta, Paro, Dhaka, Lhasa, and Varanasi.

Can I do Royal trekking?
This trek is suitable for any walker looking for something little more basic and local things with stunning views of Annapurna Himalayas. It does not require that you have any previous trekking or mountaineering experience. Although, daily jugging or walking exercise is useful and you need to be in good physical condition and able to walk for 5-6 hours daily.

When should I come for Royal Trekking?
This trek is good for all seasons so any months from Jan to Dec are the best time to do this trek. Although, Feb, March, April,  May and September, October, November and also December are the very best months to do a trek in this area.

Do I need to stay in Katmandu and Pokhara?
Kathmandu valley, one of the historical cities as well as the capital of Nepal, and Pokhara, is a beautiful city with lakes and caves,  at least, you need to spend two nights in Kathmandu and two nights in Pokhara before and after your trip. In our program we are providing you the standard accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis.

Can I join with group?
Yes, you can join with group, we guarantees a series of fixed group departures dates for Royal trekking. We can arrange small group trekking trip to suit your requirements. Please contact us for group departure dates.

Do I need to join with group?
It is not necessary that you need to follow our fixed group departures dates, because private trip departs every day upon your request which are best suited to couples, families and small groups of friends. We are happy to organize your holiday according by your selecting starting date.

Do you also offer Tailor-made Departures?
Yes, we do offer Tailor-made Departures, if our holiday packages are not perfect or the group departure dates are not convenient as per your travel plan.

What kind of equipment do I need to bring with me?
Royal trekking is an exciting and easy trip. We trek up to 1730m walking through villages, rivers and green hills, so you need to have right equipments with you. Click here to have more info

What kind of meals I can have during the trip?
All Meals on full board basis will be provided during trekking. Freshly cooked food is served at all times (western, continental and Nepali meals are available in all places). Three meals a day will be provided.

Do I have pre-departure meeting?
Yes, at first, our staff will receive you at the airport and transfer to the hotel and our tour leader will brief regarding about the trip. The briefing will cover the itinerary and introduced your trek Leader.

Can I charge camera batteries along the trek?
Yes, Most of the places, you can charge batteries along the trek (per hour USD 2-3 for charging)

Is someone going to meet me at the airport? Are transfers included?
Definitely, our Airport Representative will come to the airport to pick you up. We will be displaying a play card of company with your name on it. Airport transfer is included.

Travel Insurances

Travelling is an investment and we believe that an insurance makes your investment secure. It is a condition of joining any of our adventure trips that be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medial issues or accidents (to include helicopter rescue, air ambulance, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we do not arrange or sell insurance.

A relaxed trip is not possible without good travel insurance. In the event of any sickness or injury, the cost of emergency treatment and evacuation is shocking. Therefore, travel insurance is strongly recommended for everyone who signs up with us. We strongly recommend that you be careful while choosing a policy as some makes special exceptions for adventure travel. Before buying your insurance make sure your insurer is aware of our adventure itinerary that you are going to undertake and is agreeable to cover all activities being undertaken in the trip. Such as if you are planning trekking or climbing/expedition in Himalayas your insurance must cover emergency air ambulance/helicopter rescue including medical expenses. For a group tours in urban areas, your insurance coverage of ambulance or helicopter rescue is not mandatory, however better to have with them too. Again, in Tibet trips there is no possibility of helicopter rescue, so no need to buy the air ambulance coverage in Tibet trips. Also, check your insurance policy firmly to even include trip cancellation, as all deposits paid are non-refundable.

Please kindly provide us your copy of insurance policy (e.g. your insurance certificate) or carry it with you while you come on the trip.


Acclimatization

Alpine Eco Trek is professionals at operating at high-altitude. Each trip we run has a realistic acclimatization programme. Our entire adventure trips are designed to allow gradual height gain, spread over a number of days. High altitude is not predictable sickness, so there is no way of predicting who will suffer from altitude but, for the vast majority of people, a slow ascent to height will produce minimal effects. We can provide 'Gamow Bag' as a precautionary measure as per your request on renting basis. Acclimatizing takes time and there are no safe shortcuts. All trips to altitudes in excess of 3,000 meters carry medicines essential to the treatment of altitude sickness, and our leaders, guides and staffs are well trained to administer them and to know the symptoms.

Check out "Altitude illness" by Dr Jim Duff

http://www.treksafe.com.au/medical/altitude_illness.htm


Food during the trip

Food on full board basis will be provided during the spent on trekking. Three meals (Sherpa, Nepalese and Tibetan, Continental, Italian and Indian dishes) a day will be served from the guesthouse/lodge menus or at camp cooked our master cook. Every day dinner and breakfast are used to take in the same guesthouse/lodge or camp we spend the night. Lunch will be taken on the way to destination. Reception, farewell dinner with culture show will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu.


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Equipments & Packing List for Royal trekking

Gears are pretty much essential for your great trip. Please click here for the comprehensive packing list for this trip.

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Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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