Trekking in Nepal

Royal Trek

Royal Trek
  • Total Duration

    09 days
  • Trek Grade

    Moderate
  • Trek Duration

    04 days
  • Max Elevation

    1730m at Syaklung
  • Mode of Trek

    Teahouse
  • Trek Starts

    Bijayapur
  • Trek Ends

    Begnas Lake
“Rural life and ecstatic mountain sceneries within the shortest possible time”

Overview

This is a soft trek that starts near Pokhara and offers beautiful mountain views complimented by a panorama of lush, green terraced hills where the viewing by itself is extremely good for overall health. It gained its name ‘Royal trek’ because Prince Charles of the United Kingdom hiked this trail and made a famous statement that went on record by saying ”this was the best and most healthy walk he ever did in his life”, along with an entourage of 90 guests, camp followers and staff in 1980. This is not a heavily trekked trail which allows the beauty of this secluded area to be fully appreciated. This trek is designed for those people who have time constraints and are interested in seeing Nepalese rural life and ecstatic mountain sceneries within the shortest possible time. Make sure you go on this venture with loads of reels for your camera.

Departures

Every Fridays

January to May
August to December

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive at Kathmandu (1300m) and transfer to hotel
On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be greeted by our staff, who will escort you to the hotel, where our Sherpa guide or the office staff will give you a brief orientation about the hotel, Kathmandu itself, trekking, and the do's and don’ts of the area. They will also review any additional information that you might require while in Nepal, including an overview of the next day's sightseeing tour. In the evening, you will enjoy a complimentary welcome dinner at one of the finest traditional Nepalese restaurants in Kathmandu, with the necessary transfer to and from the hotel by taxi, bus. Overnight in hotel
Day 02: Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley
After your breakfast, you will precede to Kathmandu Durbar Square, where you will tour the ancient palace, the temple of Kumari, hailed as the living goddess of Nepal, Hanuman Dhoka and Kasthamandav Temple with a guide knowledgeable about Nepalese history, architecture, and religion. From there, you will proceed by taxi, bus to the Buddhist site, Swoyambhunath Stupa, also known as the "Monkey Temple" because of its lively troops of resident monkeys. You will then visit Pashupatinath Temple, the holiest shrine for Hindus, situated on the banks of the holy Bagmati River, a popular cremation site. Before returning to the hotel, you will visit Boudhnath Stupa, a Buddhist pilgrimage center and home to many colorful gompas, or monasteries. Once back at the hotel, you will receive a briefing about the trek and have a chance to meet your guides and ask any last minute questions before tomorrow morning's departure. Overnight in hotel
Day 03: Drive to Pokhara (820m) 06 Hrs
After an early breakfast, you will then travel by a Tourist Coach towards the scenic Pokhara highway. This is an interesting drive through the foothills of the Himalaya. The road has been greatly improved in recent years. The drive continues with several stops on route before Pokhara. On reaching Pokhara transfer to the Hotel with enough time in the afternoon for a stroll around the beautiful Phewa Lake side. Overnight in Hotel
Day 04: Drive to Bijayapur (800m) and trek to Kalikasthan (1170m) 05 Hrs
Today after breakfast, you will drive for half an hour to Bijayapur Khola, trek starting point. Initially you will 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, you will rest for some time and after that explore the surrounding areas. This offers exquisite views of mountains and Pokhara city. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 05: Trek to Syaklung (1730m) 06 Hrs
After breakfast, you’ll start walking along a forested ridge, passing Thulokot and then onto Mati Thana. You can stopover for a lunch in this village as there are few teashops. Then the trail starts to gradually ascend to Naudanda, and continues until we reach the Gurung village of Shanklung where you will be spending a night. During the trek you will be walking on the ridge of the mountain which offers a decent view of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Similarly we’ll be exploring many villages, its locals and the rhododendron forests. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 06: Trek to Chisapani (1260m) 06 Hrs
The Himalayan skyline changes as the route taken will be shrouded by mountains like Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manasulu and Himalchuli. The trail descends steeply to the south side of the hill passing by an ancient tree with a chautara (stone platform), several tea shops and a police check post. From there, you’ll proceed on, following the Royal Trek route and ascend to Chisopani (coldwater) where you’ll be spending the night. There is a temple located on a high knoll above the village. The place offers splendid views of the mountains in the vicinity. Overnight at Teahouse
Day 07: Trek to Begnas Lake (650m) 02 hrs and drive to Pokhara 04 Hrs
You will start off by descending down a ridge and stone steps which leads you into a small valley. Continuing along the Royal trek stream, you will pass through a rice field and then make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas and Rupa Lake. The route to the Begnas Bazaar is wide path that is frequently used by local people. You’ll spend some hours boating in Begnas Lake and then will drive onto Pokhara. On arrival you’ll check into hotel and rest of the time will at relax. Overnight in Hotel
Day 08: Drive back to Kathmandu
After a wonderful time in the mountains, Pokhara is certainly great spot to relax after the trek and swap stories with fellow trekkers. After breakfast, you will board the bus for about 06 hour’s scenic journey back to Kathmandu. Overnight in Hotel
Day 09: Final Departure
Keep the departure time of international flight in mind, and make sure to keep your confirmed air ticket and passport handy! Our staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from beautiful Nepal.

Useful Information

Tea House Trekking

On the more popular treks in Nepal, particularly in the Everest, Langtang and the entire Annapurna regions, enterprising villagers have built teahouse lodges, similar to European style alpine lodges offering simple but comfortable accommodation and food. We offer a selection of single/twin sharing rooms in the best available lodges run to a high level of service. We also supply a four season sleeping bag and cotton liner free of charge on our teahouse treks. Hire of other key items if needed can be arranged in advance. During the trek you’ll have 3 meals a day, with a mixture of European and Asian style dishes and large portions. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included.

Fully Provisioned Camping Style Trekking

This type of trek is staffed by a full Sherpa crew including a Sirdar (head man), cook and assistants. Porters, yaks, horses or mules carry your main baggage. It is the Sherpa crew’s job to perform all the camp work, from setting up to providing freshly made meals,to leaving the site clean on departure. We provide twin share dome or a frame sleeping tents, a kitchen tent, mess tent and toilet tent. We also provide tables, chairs or stools,lanterns/candles, thin sleeping mattresses and all crockery and cutlery as well as a fully equipped kitchen set up. The Sherpa crew will cook, wash up, and provide hot water for washing and tea and coffee at night and for your wake up call. Food is a mixture of Asian and Western dishes, with lots of choice, freshly prepared. As with teahouse trekking you can expect 3 main meals each day. Soft drinks, sweets, mineral water and alcohol are not included. A few of our teahouse treks involve crossing high passes and necessitate camping for a couple of nights. We provide full camping services for these nights including providing four season sleeping bags.

Small Group Travel

Most of our trips, treks and tours are organized on a small group basis, usually with a maximum of 16 persons in a group. On family holidays the maximum number is 20 to allow a number of families to join a group. By keeping numbers small we are able to offer a friendly, personal and high quality service.

Tailor Made Private Charter Adventures

We offer a very competitive complete tailor made service and are happy to design private charter programs for individuals and for groups as well as to tailor any of our packages to more closely meet your requirements. We have a wealth of experience in helping many clients in designing and planning individual adventures, ranging from romantic breaks to personal challenges, fundraising programs,student programs to extreme adventure expeditions, from low budget to no expense spared. We don’t charge a fortune to tailor make a trip for you and we have plenty of ideas, suggestions and experience we’re happy to share. We’ll work closely with you to design your adventure. Our advertised brochure prices will give you an idea of what you can expect to pay but we’ll provide individual quotes based upon your itinerary, requirements,budget and number of people traveling. Let us take care of the research and arrangements for your flights, accommodation,guides,transport,permits,peak fees,equipment requirements,food and all ground handling service for treks, expeditions or tours, using our local knowledge, expertise and contacts. And you can get on with enjoying yourself.

Group and Club Organizers

If you are organizing a trip for a group or a club we will offer one free* additional place for every 10 bookings made. You can use this for your own travel, use it to reduce the overall cost of the trip for everyone or perhaps offer it as a fantastic prize for your group members or for a charity. Contact us for more details and for conditions (*permit fees, national park entry fees, airfares and departure taxes not included).

Grading System

In Nepal, the trails often zigzag with plenty of ascents and descents and it is better to think in terms of hours spent walking rather than miles covered. A typical day’s walking is from five to seven hours with a number of ascents and descents. This includes a one hour lunch stop, a comfortable pace of walking and time to enjoy your surroundings. We use four grades for our treks, intended to give you a general sense of what to expect and to help you choose which adventure will suit you best. Factors such as weather conditions, altitude, fitness level, experience, interests and how you feel on a particular day all contribute to how easy or strenuous you find a trip. If you’re unsure of whether a trek is suitable for you just contact us before making your booking.

Equipment Checklist

A pair of light hiking boots
A pair of sandals
2 pairs of woolen socks and 2 pair of hiking socks
1 medium poly pro shirt
1 pile jacket
1 down jacket
1 woolen hat
A pair of sunglasses
A pair of glove shells with liner or ski gloves (opt.)
A pair of woolen gloves
One Trekking pack 3000 cubic inches capacity
One Sunscreen lotion SPF 10 to 30 and One Sunscreen stick SPF 10 to 30
Two Reading books (Optional)
One Walkman (Opt) and Music tapes (Opt) iPods Digi Camera and its Charger
A one liter water bottle
A pair of trekking poles
One flash light with 4 sets of batteries one -5 to -20 sleeping bag
Two T-shirts and one long sleeve T/city shirt
Two Trekking baggy pants

Toiletry Items

Towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items such as toothbrush, comb, etc.

Miscellaneous Items

Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries, reading/writing materials, postcards of hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with Nepalese people, safety pins, sewing kit, zip lock bags for small items.

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