Royal Trek – 10 Days

Trip Facts

• Total Days: 10
• Trekking Days: 4
• Type of trip: Trekking
• Hotel in Kathmandu: 3 Nights
• Hotel in Pokhara: 3 Nights
• Highlights: Culture / Landscape / Mountain view
• Best Time: Spring / Autumn / Winter

For those who are seeking short and well known but secluded trekking route, The Royal Trek will be reasonable proposition. It is one of the well known and admired short trekking destinations in Annapurna region that have been categorized as a cultural trekking route. The trek goes through several traditional villages inhabited by Gurung people; one of the major ethnic groups in Nepal. The trek follow the foothills of the Annapurna range which offers panoramic view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

The Royal trek begins from Bijayapur, after a short drive from Lake City, Pokhara and ends at another popular Lake, Begnas Tal which is about an hour drive from Pokhara. It is so close to the city yet it seems to have separated from the beaten paths so it remains reasonably secluded so it is a great route for the privacy seekers.

The Royal Trek is named after The Prince Charles of United Kingdom who explored this region in 1980’s with his huge entourage. The trek provides different experience letting you stay with traditional Nepali families in their home which is a great opportunity to experience local customs, lifestyles and religion that have remained unchanged for hundreds of years.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath & Patan
Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara
Day 04: Drive Pokhara to Bijayapur & trek to Kalikasthan
Day 05: Trek Kalikasthan to Syaklung
Day 06: Trek Syaklung to Chisapani
Day 07: Trek Chisapani to Begnas Tal & drive to Pokhara
Day 08: Visit Devi’s fall, Gupteshwori Cave & World Peace Stupa
Day 09: Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 10: Departure

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu: you will be transferred to the Hotel by one of our representatives. Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu with folk music and dances.
Overnight: Hotel
Elevation: 1334m

Day 02: Visit Swoyambunath and Patan: start our tour visiting a magnificent Buddhist stupa, Swoyambunath which is 10 minutes drive from Thamel followed by a visit of Patan to witness its incredible architecture from medieval period.

Swoyambunath is one of the oldest stupa of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on one of the highest hills in the valley. It watches over the Valley from the top of a hillock on its western side just three kilometers west of the city center. The stupa is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Nepal and its establishment is linked to the creation of the Kathmandu Valley out of a primordial lake. Swayambhu is also known as Samhengu and is recognized as a World Heritage Site. It is also one of the oldest and most glorious Buddhist shrines in the world which is said to be two thousand years. The four sides of the stupa are painted with the eyes of Lord Buddha.
Patan- the second largest town in the valley is situated to the south of Kathmandu. Patan's great building boom took place under the Mallas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Numerous temples of widely diverse styles, as well as many Buddhist monasteries, are scattered around the fascinating town. Patan is famous for its crafts and metal works which are wonderful souvenirs. We visit Patan Museum as well.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 03: Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m): a scenic drive for about 7 hours to Pokhara by a private vehicle.
Overnight: Hotel
Drive Time: 6 - 7 hours (200Km)
Difference in Elevation: - 514m.

Day 04: Drive Pokhara to Bijayapur and trek to Kalikasthan (1370m): start our adventure with a short drive to Bijayapur then we begin our trek to Kalikasthan. It is fairly easy start through the paddy fields. Once we cross a small stream / river, the trail ascend all the way to Kalikasthan. We explore Kalikasthan and surroundings in the afternoon / evening.
Overnight: Lodge / Local House
Walking Time: 5 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 550m.

Day 05: Trek Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1730m): as we continue our trek, we follow a ridge enjoying the magnificent view of the Annapurna mountain range. It is about 6 hours trek goes though several small settlements and rhododendron forest.
Overnight: Lodge / Local House
Walking time: 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: + 360m

Day 06: Trek Syaklung to Chisapani (1550m): continuing our trek, we go through the Gurung (one of the major ethnic groups) villages and rhododendron forests. We descend few hundred meters through the forest and field followed by a climb all the way to Chisapani. The reward of the day will be panoramic view of the Himalayas including Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
Overnight: Lodge / Local House
Walking time: 5 - 6 hours
Difference in Elevation: - 180m

Day 07: Trek Chisapani to Begnas Tal and drive to Pokhara (820m): on our final day of the trek, we walk down to Rupa Tal followed by a climb to Sundare danda and short descend to Begnas Tal. We explore Begnas Tal and surroundings then drive back to Pokhara.
Overnight: Hotel
Walking Time: 4 hours
Driving Time: 1 ½ hour
Difference in Elevation: - 730m

Day 08: Visit Devi’s Fall, Gupteshwori Cave and World Peace Stupa: we start our day visiting a water fall that goes into a narrow canal followed by a visit of a natural cave then drive for about 20 minutes and short hike takes us to World Peace stupa which offers a great view of Pokhara and Fewa Lake.
Overnight: Hotel

Day 09: Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu: a panoramic flight for about 25 minutes brings us back to Kathmandu.
Overnight: Hotel
Flight Time: 25 minutes
Difference in Elevation: +514m

Day 10: Transfer to the airport for departure.

THE TOUR COST INCLUDES:

  • Transfers airport / hotel / airport.
  • Accommodations in Kathmandu & Pokhara on twin sharing BB Basis
  • Welcome dinner at one of the traditional Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu
  • Transport, guided visits and entry of the monuments
  • Private vehicle Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Private vehicle Pokhara – Bijayapur / Begnas Tal – Pokhara
  • Flight Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Private vehicle during sightseeing
  • English Speaking Tour / Trekking Guide and a porter
  • Trekking permits: TIMS, and Annapurna conservation area entry fee.
  • Meals (Full board) during trek (BLD)
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee only / with breakfast)
  • Accommodation in Lodge / home stay during the trek.
  • All necessary documents and government tax.
  • Insurance for all staff (including guide, porter)

THE TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • International Flights
  • Lunches and Dinners in Kathmandu / Pokhara
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory and we strongly advise you to take out to cover accident / repatriation helicopter / medical care)
  • Alternative / additional transportation (flights / vehicles), Food and Accommodation in case of bad weather, flood, landslide, heavy rain, strike, road blockade, flight cancellation etc.
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, cold drinks, mineral water, alcoholic drinks, telephone etc.
  • Tips for tour staff or car/van/bus driver.


WEATHER REPORT

Climate:
From the eternal snow of the high peaks to the extensive tropical lowlands, Nepal has a wide variety of climates.

Spring: March to late May: In this season, Kathmandu is in full bloom, lots of different types of flowers can be seen at this time of the year.  Temperature is mild, end of the cold winter and approaching warm and hot summer.  Temperatures vary between 10 ° C to 28 ° C but can rise up to 30 ° C.  Between 2000 and 3000m, temperature rarely drop below 0 ° C. However, few frosts or snowfalls are possible in March above 4000 m.

The summer/monsoon period - It interrupts the majority of trekking from late June to late August. Some of the trekking regions "trans-Himalayan", Dolpo and Mustang, however, remain protected from monsoon prevailing rest of the country. They are the only channels available in Nepal in the summer.

Autumn: mid September – mid December - Perfect temperature and weather for trekking. Brings cooler days, but clear skies. Above 3000 m altitude, temperatures can drop to -10 ° C at night.

In winter: mid-December - mid-February - Nights are generally cold, dry climate, Above 3000m, temperature drop down to 0 ° C to - 15 ° C at night, the days are often sunny.

TREKKING GEAR

  • Day back-pack
  • Gore-Tex Jacket
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Micro Fleece
  • Trekking Trousers
  • Hiking shoes (Boots)
  • Runners (sport shoes)
  • Trekking Socks
  • Rain poncho
  • Sun-glasses
  • Water bottles
  • Thermal underwear(long)
  • T- shirts
  • Sunscreen/lotion
  • Flip flop (sandal)
  • Towel Hat(Baseball cap)
  • Pristine drops (Water purifier)
  • Head light / flash light
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Gloves
  • Wind Proof Trouser(s)
  • Personal medical kid
  • Toiletries

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