Annapurna Royal Trek

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 10days

This short trek follows a trail 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. Starting from Kalikastan ridge, about 25 km from scenic Pokhara, the trek passes through beautiful Gurung villages. This four days trek commences from Pokhara, the valley of lakes offering panoramic views of the Annapurna massif as also of the M....

TRIP OVERVIEW:

This short trek follows a trail 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. Starting from Kalikastan ridge, about 25 km from scenic Pokhara, the trek passes through beautiful Gurung villages. This four days trek commences from Pokhara, the valley of lakes offering panoramic views of the Annapurna massif as also of the Manaslu Himal. This is the best trek for those who want to experience village life and striking mountain views in a relatively short period of time. 
 

An amazing trek that has no issues of altitude sickness can be the best trekking holiday in Nepal for those lacking time and good shape of health. Himalayan Glory Travel urges to try this soft trek because Prince Charles someday treaded it. It is because, the trek has so many things to offer like incredible sunrise view from Thulakot and Syaklung Kot, the view of layers of green hills until the horizon, mountains for sure and most importantly the rural culture of tribes like Gurungs and Brahmins.

Duration
10days
Destination
Nepal
Activity
Treks
Region
Annapurna Trekking Region
Package nature
Annapurna Trekking
Season
October to December & February to May
Trip start from
KATHMANDU
Trip ends at
KATHMANDU
Possibility
Tea House & Camping
Grade
Moderate
Max altitude
1730m

SERVICES INCLUDED / SERVICES EXCLUDED

Price Includes

  • 1.  Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on B/B as per the program
    2.  Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary (included tour guide, entrance fees and transportation)
    3.  All accommodation along the trekking route
    4.  Monument and national park entrance fees
    5.  All ground transportation within Nepal including to and from airport
    6.  An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), porters (generally 1 porter for 2 person)
    7.  Trek as per the program
    8.  Nepalese staff insurance
    9. Trekking information management system (Tims)
    10.Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment & Surface Transfer to destination from Kathmandu for Nepali staffs
    11.Office & Tourist service charges

  • Price Excludes

  • 1.  International airfare to and from Nepal
    2.  Travel insurance and domestic airfare if not listed in trekking schedule
    3.  Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
    4.  Breakfast, Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the program other than breakfast
    5.  All items of personal nature (personal clothing, hot shower, hot water, cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, telephone and laundry etc.)
    6.  Special permit fees for restricted areas
    7. Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest, and emergencies.
    8.  Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
    9.  Tips for guide, porters & driver
     

  • Trip Note Details


    Annapurna Royal Trek

    This short trek follows a trail 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. Starting from Kalikastan ridge, about 25 km from scenic Pokhara, the trek passes through beautiful Gurung villages. This four days trek commences from Pokhara, the valley of lakes offering panoramic views of the Annapurna massif as also of the Manaslu Himal. This is the best trek for those who want to experience village life and striking mountain views in a relatively short period of time. 
     

    An amazing trek that has no issues of altitude sickness can be the best trekking holiday in Nepal for those lacking time and good shape of health. Himalayan Glory Travel urges to try this soft trek because Prince Charles someday treaded it. It is because, the trek has so many things to offer like incredible sunrise view from Thulakot and Syaklung Kot, the view of layers of green hills until the horizon, mountains for sure and most importantly the rural culture of tribes like Gurungs and Brahmins.

    Trip Facts

    Duration: 10days
    Destination: Nepal
    Activity: Treks
    Region: Annapurna Trekking Region
    Package nature: Annapurna Trekking
    Season: October to December & February to May
    Trip start from: KATHMANDU
    Trip ends at: KATHMANDU
    Possibility: Tea House & Camping
    Grade: Moderate
    Max altitude: 1730m

    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

    Day 01: Pickup from airport and transfer you to hotel
    Our representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, after introductory meeting transport you to hotel in Kathmandu. Our guide will explain about the program in briefly along the way to hotel. Rest of the day varies upon your arrival time; we can organize some activities if you arrived by midday or early afternoon but late afternoon and evening arrivals have a free day for individual activities.

    Day 02: Fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
    Early in the morning we take bus/ private vehicle heading toward Pokharapassing through the natural beauty or scenery of hills, rivers, local regions and so on. It takes about 5/6 hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Once you climb up of the Kathmandu valley, then quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. Pokhara is the starting point for some of the most famoustreks in Nepal, and there are also plenty of short walks and day trips, that can be made around the valley. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 35 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel.

    Day 03: Pokhara to Bijaypur - Kalikasthan
    After having breakfast we will drive to Bijaypur Khola to start the trek. We walk about an hour through the plane rice fields and across the river. If you are trekking in the summer the river may be hard to cross if it is heavily flooded. After crossing the river the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan. Lunch will be served at the middle of the trekking. After arriving at Kalikasthan, we will rest and set up camp for overnight.

    Day 04: Kalikastan - Shaklung
    After the night spent in Kalikasthan, this morning we head towards Shaklung after having breakfast. The trail continues along the forested ridge top through Thulokot to Mati Thana, where there are a few tea shops. After short climb from there the trek reached Naudanda. We will continue our walking along the ridge to a school at Lipini village; there we make a steep but short climb through forest to the Gurung village. Overnight we will stay at tented camp in Shaklung.
    Day 05: Shaklung Chisopani
    This morning after having breakfast we start walking through Gurung Village with a small but lovely marketplace which gives direction to rhododendron and Sal forests. Halfway through the trek there we need to make about a 400 meter climbing down and 600 meter climbing up on an easy path before arriving at Chisopani which is the best point to see the Himalayan Panorama. From here, you can enjoy the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west of Annapurna. We set up camp at a short distance from this village, near a ridge-top temple.

    Day 06: Chisopani - Begnas Lake to Pokhara
    After the night spent on gorgeous place Chisopani, this morning after having breakfast we make our trek back to pokhara through Begnas Lake. The trail descends along the field for an hour, and then descends steeply on the stone step into a small valley near Rupa Lake. We then continue for a short distance through the rice field. Then we will make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal. From the ridge, we descend into the Begnas Bazaar. We will have some rest at Begnas bazaar and after that we will drive back to pokhara which takes about 30 minutes to reach. Overnight stay at Pokhara hotel.

    Day 07: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
    Early in the morning, we take bus/private vehicle for about 200 kilometres drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 5/6 hours drive or alternatively there are domestic flights which take 35 minutes to Kathmandu. While your journey you better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely. Stay overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

    Day 08: Sightseeing & shopping
    After breakfast, we will ride toward Kathmandu Durbar Square, popularly known as the Hanuman Dhoka Palace - the Gateway of Hanuman which is listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO and a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. Swoyambhunath, one of the most glorious Buddhist Charitys probably the oldest temple of Nepal, famous for its nickname as Monkey Temple which has been registered in UNICECO heritage site. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side from where we can get excellent view. We will head toward the historic place Patan Durbar Square, full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines between the 12th and 18the centuries. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Nepali Travel staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

    Day 09: Depart Kathmandu: farewell friends
    According to your flight schedule, it is varies on your departure time rest of day is at leisure for independent activities of your interest until we pick you up at the hotel or we could plan some activities upon your choice if it is late hour flight and then transfer to airport for your further destination.
     

    SERVICE INCLUDE

    1.  Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara on B/B as per the program
    2.  Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary (included tour guide, entrance fees and transportation)
    3.  All accommodation along the trekking route
    4.  Monument and national park entrance fees
    5.  All ground transportation within Nepal including to and from airport
    6.  An experience Guide (trained by Ministry of tourism), porters (generally 1 porter for 2 person)
    7.  Trek as per the program
    8.  Nepalese staff insurance
    9. Trekking information management system (Tims)
    10.Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment & Surface Transfer to destination from Kathmandu for Nepali staffs
    11.Office & Tourist service charges

    SERVICE EXLUDE

    1.  International airfare to and from Nepal
    2.  Travel insurance and domestic airfare if not listed in trekking schedule
    3.  Nepal Tourist Visa fee US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 15 days, US$ 40 or equivalent foreign currency with multiple entries for 30 days. You may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport - Kathmandu.
    4.  Breakfast, Lunch and dinner not mentioned in the program other than breakfast
    5.  All items of personal nature (personal clothing, hot shower, hot water, cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, telephone and laundry etc.)
    6.  Special permit fees for restricted areas
    7. Charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, civil unrest, and emergencies.
    8.  Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
    9.  Tips for guide, porters & driver
     

    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

    Day 01: Pickup from airport and transfer you to hotel
    Our representative will welcome you at Tribhuvan International Airport, after introductory meeting transport you to hotel in Kathmandu. Our guide will explain about the program in briefly along the way to hotel. Rest of the day varies upon your arrival time; we can organize some activities if you arrived by midday or early afternoon but late afternoon and evening arrivals have a free day for individual activities.

    Day 02: Fly or drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
    Early in the morning we take bus/ private vehicle heading toward Pokharapassing through the natural beauty or scenery of hills, rivers, local regions and so on. It takes about 5/6 hours drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is about 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. Once you climb up of the Kathmandu valley, then quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples of Buddhist and Hindus along with mountains. Pokhara is the starting point for some of the most famoustreks in Nepal, and there are also plenty of short walks and day trips, that can be made around the valley. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 35 minutes. Stay overnight at hotel.

    Day 03: Pokhara to Bijaypur - Kalikasthan
    After having breakfast we will drive to Bijaypur Khola to start the trek. We walk about an hour through the plane rice fields and across the river. If you are trekking in the summer the river may be hard to cross if it is heavily flooded. After crossing the river the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan. Lunch will be served at the middle of the trekking. After arriving at Kalikasthan, we will rest and set up camp for overnight.

    Day 04: Kalikastan - Shaklung
    After the night spent in Kalikasthan, this morning we head towards Shaklung after having breakfast. The trail continues along the forested ridge top through Thulokot to Mati Thana, where there are a few tea shops. After short climb from there the trek reached Naudanda. We will continue our walking along the ridge to a school at Lipini village; there we make a steep but short climb through forest to the Gurung village. Overnight we will stay at tented camp in Shaklung.
    Day 05: Shaklung Chisopani
    This morning after having breakfast we start walking through Gurung Village with a small but lovely marketplace which gives direction to rhododendron and Sal forests. Halfway through the trek there we need to make about a 400 meter climbing down and 600 meter climbing up on an easy path before arriving at Chisopani which is the best point to see the Himalayan Panorama. From here, you can enjoy the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri (8167m) to the west of Annapurna. We set up camp at a short distance from this village, near a ridge-top temple.

    Day 06: Chisopani - Begnas Lake to Pokhara
    After the night spent on gorgeous place Chisopani, this morning after having breakfast we make our trek back to pokhara through Begnas Lake. The trail descends along the field for an hour, and then descends steeply on the stone step into a small valley near Rupa Lake. We then continue for a short distance through the rice field. Then we will make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal. From the ridge, we descend into the Begnas Bazaar. We will have some rest at Begnas bazaar and after that we will drive back to pokhara which takes about 30 minutes to reach. Overnight stay at Pokhara hotel.

    Day 07: Fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
    Early in the morning, we take bus/private vehicle for about 200 kilometres drive back to Kathmandu which takes about 5/6 hours drive or alternatively there are domestic flights which take 35 minutes to Kathmandu. While your journey you better to hold on the left pane of the vehicle to enjoy the sceneries through the route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be then transferred to your hotel. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely. Stay overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

    Day 08: Sightseeing & shopping
    After breakfast, we will ride toward Kathmandu Durbar Square, popularly known as the Hanuman Dhoka Palace - the Gateway of Hanuman which is listed as one of the eight Cultural World Heritage site by UNESCO and a cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets that date back to the 12th and 18th centuries. The square is known to be the social, religious and urban focal point of the Capital City. Swoyambhunath, one of the most glorious Buddhist Charitys probably the oldest temple of Nepal, famous for its nickname as Monkey Temple which has been registered in UNICECO heritage site. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and watches over the valley from the top of a hillock on its western side from where we can get excellent view. We will head toward the historic place Patan Durbar Square, full of ancient palaces, temples and shrines between the 12th and 18the centuries. Rest of the time you can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Nepali Travel staffs. Overnight at Kathmandu hotel.

    Day 09: Depart Kathmandu: farewell friends
    According to your flight schedule, it is varies on your departure time rest of day is at leisure for independent activities of your interest until we pick you up at the hotel or we could plan some activities upon your choice if it is late hour flight and then transfer to airport for your further destination.