The Royal Trek

The Royal Trek – 04 Days

The Royal Trek – 04 Days

The Royal Trek is one of the popular trekking from Pokhara and trail passes through the stunning view of mountains. You will have an opportunity to explore the culture and village life of people. The Royal Trek is a short and easy walk in the low altitudes of the Annapurna Region. It is a less crowded trail among the other route in Annapurna region, so this trek is suitable for people who love being around mountains but do not have time for long and strenuous hikes. The Royal Trek is named so because Britain’s Prince Charles had once hiked along this route during his visit to Nepal in 1980.The royal trek is also one of the short and best trekking trails along the Annapurna region in Nepal.

The journey of Royal trek begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets.  During the trek, we are 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.

The Royal Trek
The Royal Trek

Best Season for Royal Trek 
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and Spring(March to May) are the best seasons for the Royal Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Royal Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Outline Itinerary of Royal Trek
Day 01: Pokhara to Kalikasthan [1,370m/4,496ft]: 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs trek
Day 02: Kalikasthan to Syaklung [1,730m/5,675ft]:5-6 hrs
Day 03: Syaklung to Chisapani [1550m/5,084ft]: 5-6 hrs
Day 04: Chisapani to Pokhara

Detailed Itinerary of Royal Trek

Day 01: Pokhara to Kalikasthan [1,370m/4,496ft]: 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs trek

Village of Kalikasthan
Village of Kalikasthan

Today, after breakfast we drive to Bijayapur Khola to begin our trek. 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.

Day 02: Kalikasthan to Syaklung [1,730m/5,675ft]:5-6 hrs

Mountain view from Syaklung
Mountain view from Syaklung

After breakfast, we start 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.

Day 03: Syaklung to Chisapani [1550m/5,084ft]: 5-6 hrs

Breakfast at Syaklung with Annapurna South in the background
Breakfast at Syaklung with Annapurna South in the background

We start our trek early in the morning through the ethnic Gurung community village which provide an opportunity to explore the local lifestyle. We walk ahead with the bio diversity of that area including rhododendron and pine trees. After walk a 400m descend and 600m ascend, we arrive Chisapani, from where we can see the views of Himalaya such as Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. And overnight at Lodge with full board of meal.

Day 04: Chisapani to Pokhara

Breakfast at Chisapani Campsite
Breakfast at Chisapani Campsite

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 Tal and enjoy an hour of boating. Transfer to Pokhara, check in at a hotel and take rest or explore the Lake side. Overnight at hotel.

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