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The Royal Trek offers the shortest as well as easy trekking trail. It takes us through the shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna. The Royal Trek got its name after the visit of Prince Charles and his 90 member team explored this route in the early eighties. Trekkers in this route have an opportunity to gain an assorted experience of people and their culture that is found in this region. This experience makes the Royal Trek a culturally meaningful trek.
The Royal trek commences from Pokhara, the beautiful city of lakes passing through eyecatching hamlets of the Gurung community. One of the major attractions of this trek includes views of the terraced farmland with scenic mountain views of the Annapurna range. The Royal Trek also offers the mesmerising views of Mt. Machhapuchhre and Mt. Langtang. The scenic Begnas lake, about 30 Km from Pokhara city, marks the end of this fabulous trek.
The Royal trek is mostly appropriate for those who have no trekking experience and are restricted to walk/hike longer. This trek not only presents a true picture of the uniqueness but also offers us an opportunity to mingle ourselves with the tribal people who follows the religious and orthodoxy tradition prevailed almost thousand years back. Having been a less crowded trekking route, the Royal Trek offers you an opportunity to learn both natural as well as cultural lifestyle of the people in the region.
Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Black Diamond Expedition. After completing your immigration formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Black Diamond Expedition display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to a Hotel. After checking in, you can take rest stroll around the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and conditions. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program with a fine meal.
Meals : Dinner
Today after breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond Expedition gives briefing regarding the trek as well as provides the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding upcoming adventure. You might shop around the city if you need any gears for the trek during the evening time. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Early morning, we take a tourist bus to Pokhara. If you are lucky and get the right side of the bus, you can take pleasure in amazing views of green mountains and villages. Upon reaching the enchanting city of Pokhara which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others, we check in to the hotel. Pokhara has numerous lakes, known as ‘Tal’ in Nepali which offer fishing, boating and swimming. Strolling around the Lakeside city and exploring it in the evening is enjoyable. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
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 teahouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Max Altitude: 1,370m/5577ft
Trek Duration: 4-5 hrs
Flight Duration: 1 hr
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 tradition and the rhododendron forests. Overnight at Syaklung in the local teahouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trek Duration: 1,730m/5675 ft
Walking through the Gurung village gives an opportunity to observe the local lifestyle. We move ahead playing a game of hide and seek with the rhododendron and Sal trees. Half way through the walk there is a 400m descent, then a 600m ascent for us to arrive at Chisapani. This is the best view point to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. Overnight in teahouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 a rest or explore the Lake side. Overnight at hotel.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early morning, we take a tourist bus to get back to Kathmandu. Watching scenic countryside en route makes our long bus journey interesting. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure or perhaps catching up with some last minute shopping or exploring any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Kathmandu:Hotel Encounter Nepal.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Your trip comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
You will be accommodated in Hotel Encounter Nepal or a similar category’s hotel in Kathmandu, and basic tea houses/guest houses during the trek when trekking with Black Diamond Expedition.
On most Royal Treks, the tea houses or lodges serve rooms on a twin-sharing basis with an attached bathroom and hot shower facilities. Single-supplement rooms are served with an extra charge of USD 150. However, it may be difficult to get one in higher points or during the peak season of trekking.
Some of the tea houses in this trekking region in both lower and higher elevations may have shared bathrooms and toilet facilities.
Your meal plan in Kathmandu, Pokhara includes only breakfast while you are on the trek, there are three-course meals will be served during the trekking.
The tea house where we spend an overnight will serve us a balanced diet for breakfast and dinner whereas lunch is taken at one of the tea houses on the way to our next destination. Black Diamonds has also prepared a special Welcome and Farewell dinner for the guests following a cultural performance in Kathmandu.
The best seasons for trekking to the Royal trek are Autumn (Sept to Dec) and Spring (March to May). The weather is sunny and warm making the views outstanding in these seasons. The weather condition is the primary issue during the Winter (Jan to Feb) season for trekking. The region offers a freezing cold during winter. Just opposite to this, the Royal trek gets affected by monsoons during Summer/ rainy season (June to August).
While trekking to the high altitude area, it is essential to pack necessary items wisely. You should be sure not to overpack the stuff because you will be trekking through the rough terrain in high altitude areas and it will be difficult for yourself to carry all the stuff and trek. So you should be careful and clever to pack only the necessary items. Some of the essential items that you should pack includes:
For a detailed list of what to pack, check out our comprehensive Royal Trek packing list.