The Royal Trek – Teahouses
The Royal Trek – Teahouses
The Royal Trek is one of the shortest treks that follows a shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara valley. This Trek is so-named because Prince Charles and his party famously explored this route in the early eighties. Also, this Royal Trek provides opportunities for meaningful cultural interactions with the Gurung people.
- Views of the Annapurna range and Machhapuchhre
- Comfortable stay in Teahouses
What to Expect?
This is one of the best short treks that takes in the most stunning views of the Annapurna range. The trail on this trek passes through rice fields, forested ridge tops, lakes and temples.
The Royal trek gives us an opportunity to experience the traditional lifestyles of the tribes whose ancient religious practices and traditions have remained unchanged for centuries. If you like physical activity in the outdoors, the “Royal Trek” can be a flavorful, challenging experience and while staying in teahouses you are sure to have a comfortable experience.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon your arrival at Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Kathmandu Adventures. After completing your custom formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Kathmandu Adventures display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to your hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Preparation for the Trek
Today after breakfast we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. The day will also be for finalizing official procedure and other necessary arrangements. You will be also briefed on the nature of the trek, equipments and team composition. Some of landmarks we visit include the World Heritage Sites of Kathmandu Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous ‘Monkey Temple’ (Swayambhu Nath) and Buddhists shrine (Bouddha Nath). In the afternoon, there will be a pretrip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. You can also make your last minute buying of personal items as you will be flying to the Himalayas tomorrow. Included meals: B
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara drive (884m) Driving duration: (Bus 8 hours) (Jeep 6 hours) Flying duration: 40 min
You will have the option of either flying to Pokhara or take the bus. Flying to Pokhara gives you magnificent views of the Himalayas. However, the mountain scenery along the drive will also be amazing and the scenes of passing villages are astonishing. You will spend the night in Pokhara – a tourist destination which is popular for its ambient lakeside and fine views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. There are a large variety of shops, hotels and restaurants which caters to different tastes and preferences. Pokhara challenges all of your five senses.
Day 4: Pokhara to Kalikasthan Driving duration: 1 to 2 hours & Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
After lunch our journey starts with a short drive to the village of Vijayapur, our starting point. The trail starts off through flat rice fields to Rakhigaon and Chautara where we gradually ascend along a ridge top to Brahmin villages until we reach Kalikasthan where we will be spending the night. The place offers exquisite views of mountains and Pokhara city.
Day 5: Kalikathan to Syanklung (1730m) Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
Today we start trekking along a forested ridge, passing Thulokot and then onto Mati Thana. You can stop over for lunch in this village as there are few teashops open. Then the trail starts to gradually ascend to Naudanda and continues until we reach the Gurung village of Shanklung where you will be spending the night. During the trek we will be walking on the ridge of the mountain which offers great views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal.
Day 6: Syanklung to Chisopani (2300m) Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
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 will proceed following the Royal Trek route and ascend to Chisopani where you will 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.
Day 7: Chisopani to Pokhara (884m) Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
We will start our trek by descending down a ridge and stone steps which lead 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 Tal and Rupa Tal. The route to the Begnas Bazaar and onto Pokhara is a wide path that is frequently used by local people. Spending another night in Pokhara will give you an opportunity to explore around.
Day 8: Pokhara to Kathmandu Fight duration: 40min Driving duration: 6 hours
You have the choice of a flight, early bus or taxi back to Kathmandu. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, in the evening, there will be dinner and Cultural show hosted by Kathmandu Adventures. Included meals: B,D
Day 9: Farewell Friend
We are saying good bye to the mountains as journey in Nepal comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organise the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. Approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight a representative from Kathmandu Adventures will take you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. Included meals: B
Important Note : Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Kathmandu Adventures. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
• All accommodation in 3 star (by Nepalese Standard) hotels in cities- twin sharing rooms
• Domestic flights
• All Ground transportation
• All accommodation w/breakfast during the trek.
• Govt. trained guide and necessary no. of porters with their insurance, salary and meals
• One cultural show and dinner
• National park entry fees and TIMS permit card
• International Flight, Airport tax and Nepal Visa fee
• Major meals in Cities
• All personal expenses such as bar bills, water, extra tea / coffee, snacks, shower, battery re-charge, laundry charge etc.
• Personal clothing and gear, sleeping bag and Down jacket for trek
• Tips to guide and porter
• Cost raised by flight cancelation, emergency rescue charges , landslide, weather, political unrest, illness, re-routing etc which are not under our control
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