Royal Trek - 6 Days

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Royal trek got its name when Prince Charles and his 90 person’s entourage explored this route in the early eighties. This is one of the short and easy treks available near Pokhara passing through the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayas. The trek then ends at the beautiful Begnas Lake.

This scenic lake lies about 15km west of Pokhara city. The Royal trek doesn’t need a camp crew and local homes are available for food and lodging throughout the trek. Staying with local family allows us to enjoy the traditional lifestyles of the Gurungs and Brahmins of that area.

It is an amazing fact that their ancient religious practices and traditions have remained unchanged for thousands of years. Trekking through the Royal trail provides an opportunity to catch the diverse cultures of local communities of the region.

Brief Itinerary:

DayRouteAltitudeDuration
01Drive/fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara884m/2,900ftDrive: 6-7 hours
Fly: 30 minutes
02Short drive to Bijayapur Khola and trek to Kalikasthan1,370m/4,494ftTrek: 4-5 hours
03Trek Kalikasthan to Syaklung1,730m/5,676ftTrek: 4-5 hours
04Trek Syaklung to Chisapani1,630m/5,348ftTrek: 4-5 hours
05Trek to Begnas Lake and drive back to Pokhara884m/2,900ftTrek: 3-4 hours
06Drive/fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu1,350m/4,430ftDrive: 6-7 hours
Fly: 30 minutes

The Royal trek also offers spectacular mountain views complimented by a panorama of hillside terraces and the magnificent Annapurna Himalayan Range. Mount Fishtail is the prominent peak that mesmerizes the trekkers throughout the journey.

As we ascend on the famed Royal trail, it then enters through the enchanting villages, beautiful landscapes, lush green hills, glacial lakes and ancient temples. Although the elevation of the trek is not high enough, it offers the glorious mountain vistas and makes spellbound.

The Royal trek initially begins from the stunning lake city of Pokhara and goes through the Annapurna Skyline concluding at the next amazing lake called Begnas. This trek is suitable for time constraint trekkers & parents travelling with kids and searching for short hikes around Pokhara.

So, the trip is ideally designed for easy going vacationers who will definitely have an unforgettable trekking holiday. Poonhill Ghorepani trek is a similar alternative to this trek suitable for another short holiday near Pokhara with family and children.

  • Opportunity to follow Prince Charles foot steps
  • The spectacular views of Fishtail and Annapurna Himal
  • Home staying with local family
  • Rhododendron forest
  • Various species of flora and fauna
  • Mixed indigenous lifestyles
  • The great countrysides, terrace farming, landscapes and mountains

Day 1
Drive/fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara (884m/2,900ft).

Today we have a 200km (124 miles) drive (6-7 hours by bus or car) from Kathmandu to Pokhara. We take a tourist bus that leaves at 7am from Kantipath, near Thamel. This is a scenic drive along the bank of the Trishuli River with great country side. Alternatively one can also fly between Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Day 2
Drive Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola and trek to Kalikasthan (1,370m/4,494ft).

We drive to Bijayapur Khola and start the trek near the army camp on the Prithvi Highway. We walk on the flat area of rice fields before climbing the ridge to the village of Kalikasthan. Home stay facility is available at Kalikasthan. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

Day 3
Trek Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1,730m/5,676ft).

Today we follow the trail through the forested ridge via the villages of Thulokot to Mati Thana and ascend to Naudanda, Lipini and finally reach Syaklung with great views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Home Stay accommodation is available at Syaklung. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

Day 4
Trek Syaklung to Chisopani/Chisapani (1,630m/5,348ft).

Today we descend to the valley floor then ascend to reach to the attractive Gurung village of Chisopani. Chisopani offers great panoramic views of Annapurna Himalayas. Home stay accommodation is available at Chisopani or Chisapani which literally means 'Cold water'. Trekking time 4-5 hours.

Day 5
Trek Chisapani to Begnas Lake and drive to Pokhara.

Today's trek involves a leisurely stroll along the ridge that separates Rupa Tal (Lake) and Begnas Tal (Lake). We finally reach on the valley floor at Begnas Bazaar where we board our transport to Pokhara, Nepal’s biggest tourist town. It has all the facilities and places of interest that one could possibly want and it is situated on the eastern shore of the gorgeous Phewa Tal (Fewa Lake) and the skyline is dominated by the perfect pyramid of Mount Machhapuchhare (6,997m/22,957ft). Trekking time 3-4 hours.

Day 6
Drive/fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

We are more relaxed in Pokhara with the beautiful morning and later we drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Regular tourist buses leave at 7am.

Option available for extending your trip with Jungle Safari adventure, white water rafting or a trip of your choice.

Cost Includes:

  • All kind of trekking permits
  • A City Hotel in Pokhara for two nights
  • Three meals (B/L/D) a day on trekking available at Village Kitchens
  • Accommodations at Village Homes (Home Stay) in the mountains
  • An English speaking Trekking Guide
  • A porter shared between two trekkers
  • Staff insurance, salary, food, accommodation and their transportation
  • Land transportation before and after the trek in Pokhara by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu overland transfers by Tourist bus
  • First aid kit box
  • A farewell Nepali dinner with live culture program

Cost Excludes:

  • Bar and beverages bills, bottled water
  • Nature of personal expenses
  • Personal cloths and equipment such as sleeping bag, jacket, boots etc.
  • Insurance for accidental, medical and evacuation
  • Tips to the staff
  • International Airfare and Taxes

  • Kathmandu City Cultural Tour
  • Mt. Everest Flight
  • Jungle Safari in Chitwan or Bardia National Park
  • Bird Watching in Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve
  • White Water Rafting in Nepal
  • Bungy Jumping / Canyoning / Paragliding / Ultralight Flight
  • Shopping Tours

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