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. The Royal Trek is so-named because Prince Charles and his 90 person entourage had explored this route in the early eighties. This trek provides the opportunities for 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, one is able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, 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 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.
A typical day on the trail…
At first light of the day, your guide will offer you a cup of warm tea. After freshening up, pack your bags and assemble in the dining hall for a hearty breakfast before setting off on the day`s trek. After approximately 2-3 hours of trekking, take a break for lunch somewhere during the trail, thereafter you trek another 2-3 hours or even more. Throughout the day, you will take frequent rest breaks and time to admire the fascinating mountains views. You can take plenty of pictures of yourself with incredibly panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, monasteries, etc. Once you arrive at your teahouse, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack with tea or coffee. If you wish, you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighbourhood. After checking into your room you have time to read or chat with fellow trekkers. Following a warm dinner in the dining hall, your trek leader will brief you on the next day`s itinerary. You place your order for breakfast which allows your guide to have everything ready for you for the next morning. Extra time can be spent reading, enjoying some drinks or playing cards. Finally, it`s off to bed for a well earned night`s rest before starting all over again the next day.
Upon your arrival in the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by Climb High Himalaya representative. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc), look for our representative with a Climb High Himalaya display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to a Hotel.
After breakfast, take a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where you can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can shop around the city if you need any gears for the trek during the evening time. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early morning, we take a tourist bus to Pokhara. If you are lucky and get the right side of the bus, you can take pleasure in amazing 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 has numerous lakes, known as 'Tal' in Nepali which offer fishing, boating and swimming. Strolling around the Lakeside city and exploring it in the evening is enjoyable. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
After breakfast, drive to Bijayapur Khola to begin the trek. Initially start the walk for about an hour through flat paddy fields and cross the river, thereafter the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan. After reaching Kalikasthan, rest for some time then visit the surrounding areas. Overnight at a local guesthouse.
After breakfast, start walking through the villages. Walk along the ridge of the mountain which offers good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Explore many villages, its locals and the rhododendron forests. Overnight at Syaklung in local guesthouse.
Walking through the ‘Gurung’ village gives an insight into the local lifestyle. Midway through the walk, there is a 400m descent, then a 600m ascent to reach Chisapani. This is the best viewpoint to see the Himalayan Panorama. One can see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. Overnight in guesthouse.
Walk down the hill to Rupatal and climb about 200 meters to Sundare Danda. Walk another 15 minutes down to Begnas Tal and enjoy an hour of boating. Transfer to Pokhara, check in at a hotel and take rest or visit the lake side. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning, take a tourist bus to get back to Kathmandu. Watching scenic countryside en route makes the long bus journey interesting. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure or perhaps catching up with some last minute shopping or visiting places you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Your trip comes to an end today! If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Climb High Himalaya will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight.
We can organise this trek on a private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Depending on your previous trekking experience, you may want a Climb High leader or have no ‘leader’ but sill use the help of one of our guides and/or porters. Costs for this option are available on demand but are often not a huge amount greater than joining one of our ‘fixed departures’. Please contact us with your referred dates and itinerary and we’ll give you a quote.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of the trek or your suitability for it, please contact us by telephone:
00 (977) 1-470-1398
Alternatively, you can contact us by email at: email@example.com
To book a place on this trek, please complete the booking enquiry on our ‘Reservations’ page.
As we are a Nepali company, you will need to send your deposit by bank transfer to our bank account in Kathmandu. This is a completely safe process and may be done at any UK, European, Aus/NZ or US bank in a few minutes. Some banking websites even allow this to be done online.
Details will be sent to you once you have decided to proceed with your booking.
Trekkers need to provide their own personal clothing and equipment. It is recommended that you use tried and tested kit on the trip rather than relying on brand new kit you’re not sure of.
A complete kit list is to be found on this website.
Climb High is a local Nepali company and as such we treat our own people with the respect and good conditions you would expect. Many team members are from our own families and you can be assured that the treatment they receive is second to none. All insurances and porter conditions are met, and more.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is adventure travel in a remote mountain region, please take the itinerary as a statement of intent rather than an absolute. Travel in Nepal can be dangerous, delayed and highly changeable. Weather conditions, availability of porters and the health of team members can all contribute to changes. The guides and their Sherpa assistants will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if necessary.
|1 person||US$ 700|
|2 to 3 persons||US$ 600 per person|
|4 to 6 persons||US$ 480 per person|
|7 and above||US$ 330 per person|