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.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu [1330 m/4264 ft]
Day 2: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 3: Drive Pokhara [820m/2,700ft]: 6-7 hrs drive
Day 4: Pokhara to Kalikasthan [1,370m/4,496ft]: 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs trek
Day 5: Kalikasthan to Syaklung [1,730m/5,675ft]:5-6 hrs
Day 6: Syaklung to Chisapani [1550m/5,084ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 7: Chisapani to Pokhara
Day 8: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6-7 hrs drive
Day 9: Farewell Friend