The Royal Trek from Pokhara

  • Duration 8
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Meals Tea House
  • Accommodation
  • Max. Altitude 1700m
  • Activity Trekking,hikking and climbing
  • Group Type Private
  • Group Size 1+
  • Best Season spring, Autumn and winter
Highlights
  • Easy Access:
  • Convenient trek starting near Pokhara, suitable for all fitness levels.
    Panoramic Views:
  • Breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
    Cultural Insight:
  • Interaction with local communities, providing a glimpse into traditional Nepali village life.
    Off-the-Beaten-Path:
  • A less crowded trail, offering a peaceful and serene trekking experience.
    Short Duration:
  • Perfect for those with limited time, typically completed in 4-5 days.
    Diverse Landscapes:
  • Varied landscapes, including terraced fields, lush forests, and charming villages.
    Scenic Lakes:
  • Visit beautiful lakes like Begnas and Rupa, enhancing the trek’s natural beauty.
    Cultural Heritage:
  • Explore ancient temples and experience the rich cultural heritage of the region.

The Royal Trek from Pokhara Overview

The Royal Trek is an easy graded classical trekking trail beginning from Pokhara passing through wild nature, traditional villages, farming lands and landing at Begnas Lake residing at the border of the city. The name royal trek is given to this trekking trail after the Prince of Wales in late 1980 travel through this trekking trail. This trekking trail starting from Fewa Lake passes through all nearby lakes of Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake which lies on the border of the Pokhara city. The tourists travel through traditional villages, farming land, lush forests and hills residing beside these lakes. The Fewa Lake lies in the city while Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake lies in the bordering villages of the Pokhara city making diverse situation and surrounding during trekking adventure. The Royal Trek is a delightful and easy trekking trip for enjoying the pristine nature, beautiful villages, beautiful lakes, attractive lush hills encompassed by Himalayas of Annapurna I, II, III, IV, Mt Fishtail, Dhaulagiri Massif, Mt Manaslu etc.

The Royal Trek is for all types of travelers who have no experience in trekking and have general health condition. This trekking trail is best for those who hadn’t seen the rural Nepal and Himalayas and can’t travel to higher regions like base camp. The royal trekking trail is always rewarded with views of encompassing Mt. Fishtail, Mt. Mardi and Annapurna Massif traversing through beautiful farming lands, rhododendron forests, beautiful lakes, lovely traditional villages, lush green valley etc. The trekking trail passing through Rupa lake and Begnas Lake finally ends at village near Begnas Lake from where tourists take vehicle ride to Pokhara city.

 

Day to Day Itinerary
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The snow-capped mountain peaks welcome you at first as you enter Kathmandu. The mind blowing panoramic view lets you know you are above Kathmandu valley. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities.

Kathmandu Valley is one of the richest city of Nepal, both historically and culturally. It has always been a popular destination for tourists. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Western Influence because Kathmandu used to be hippies favorite place in the world during hippie era. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significances. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century Palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath.

From Kathmandu we take a half an hour flight to Pokhara and drive to Bijaypur. Else, we can also drive along the Prithivi Highway to Bijaypur for about 8 hrs. We will then make a short trek up to Kalikastan. We climb through the terraced cultivated fields of Kandane, following the steep stone steps, and eventually reaching a level path under the shade of evergreen trees. The path is steep but the background view is incredible, vast stretches of flat farmland covers the valley. We will take a short rest in the shade of a huge Banyan tree, close to the scenic village of Archale. Now we head to Kalikastan. The view from Kalikastan is incredible, as the peaks of the Annapurna and the Machhapuchhre (fish tail) are clearly visible from here.

We start on a level path and after a short while descend through the tranquil evergreen forest of Okhare to the village of Mastan Saurani. From here, the path ascends, winding up to the village of Sundergaon, and then goes straight down to reach the village of Patle.

The route follows through a vast green forest on the right. On the way the path takes a swelling descent to the village of Ozangaun. We stop for a brief rest at the school at Ramche, and then steeply descend to the village of Lipyani, where we stop for lunch. Here, there are few shops where we can buy cold drinks or mineral water. After lunch, we start ascending the typical stone steps to Syaglung danda through an enchanting rhododendron forest. The trail is so peaceful that you can only hear the sound of your own footsteps. After a hard climb, we eventually enter the village of Syaglung, a typical Gurung settlement. From the village we can glimpse the entire Lumjung Himal – a breathtaking sight!

Today we retrace our way back to Lipyani. The path is steep, descending on stone steps, with the Doban Khola on the right and contoured rice and wheat fields on the left. We come to a wooden bridge over Doban Khola, and then climb up the hill through a forest and arrive at the Lapsi danda. Here, we take a short rest. Now the path becomes easier as we enter the village of Lapsidanda. We make a short descent to the motor road and follow the track to the village of Begnas, where we stop for lunch in an open field. After lunch, we make a short trek along the dirt road, to our bus pick-up point at Begnas where we finally end our trek. We reach Pokhara after a short bus ride and stay overnight in a hotel.

Fly back to Kathmandu. Depending on your flight schedule, you will be taken for a half-day sightseeing tour around Pokhara.

After checking out of the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Altitude Chart

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

Cost Includes
  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private car or van. It is depend of the group.
  • Two nights standard accommodation in 2/3 star category hotel in Kathmandu located tourist center, or up to you.
  • Meals on full board (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the in trekking
  • Local fresh fruits like orange, apple, banana and grape etc.
  • All accommodations during the trek.
  • Everest trekking map.
  • Both ways domestic flight from Kathmandu/ Lukla/ Kathmandu with airport tax.
  • An experienced Government licensed holder guide and porter to carry your luggage during the trek.
  • Food, drinks, accommodation, insurance, salary, equipments, transportation, local tax for Guide and porter
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit will be available).
  • If you need we will provide you sleeping bag, down jackets, Duffle bag and, if necessary etc.
  • All necessary Government paper works and national park entry permits and TIMS Card etc.
  • Travel & Rescue arrangement.
  • All government taxes and Vat.
Cost Excludes
  • Meals your self Kathmandu (L+D).
  • Your Travel insurance.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa ( You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Nepal’s Airport in Kathmandu).
  • All kind drinks (Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal shopping and laundry etc.
  • Personal trekking Equipments.
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory)
  • If do any tour and sightseeing and other activities etc.
Departure Dates
  • We have daily departures for this trip from March to May and from mid-September to mid-December. You can type in the number of passengers to book a reservation and select a date that is convenient for you. Due to group size, we never cancel a trip once you’ve made a reservation. If you would rather join the group, we will add more travelers on the selected date. You can let us know once you make a reservation or earlier.
Useful Info
  • Jeans or slacks
  • Towel and toilet kit
  • Underwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fibrefill (or you can rent one in Kathmandu)
  • Parka, down or fibre fill; a ski jacket is ok
  • Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket
  • Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry)
  • Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry
  • Water bottle 1 liter or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak
  • Flashlight
  • Walking Boot
FAQs
  • The Royal Trek is a short trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal, named after Prince Charles and his 90-person entourage who trekked here in the early 1980s.

  • The Royal Trek typically takes about 4 to 5 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and pace of the trek.

  • The Royal Trek is considered an easy trek, suitable for beginners and families. The maximum altitude reached is around 1,700 meters, and the trek involves walking for around 4-5 hours a day on average.

  • The best time to do the Royal Trek is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is clear, and the views are spectacular. These months offer the best conditions for trekking in the region.

  • You will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a Trekker’s Information Management System (TIMS) card to do the Royal Trek. These permits can be obtained in Pokhara

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