THE ROYAL TREK

THE ROYAL TREK
Country: Nepal
Destination: THE ROYAL TREK
Arrival At: Kathmandu
Departure From: Kathmandu
Duration: 08 Nights / 09 Days
Accommodation: 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; and teahouses during the trek
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.All meals during the trek
Activities: Trekking and Culture
Highest Altitude: 1,730m/5,675ft
Best Months: Autumn (Sept to Nov) and spring (March to May)
Tour Grade: Easy
Transfer By: Private Vehicle
Group Size: 1-12 people

DAY 01: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
DAY 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING AND TREK PREPARATION
DAY 03: DRIVE TO POKHARA
DAY 04: POKHARA TO KALIKASTHAN
DAY 05: KALIKASTHAN TO SYAKLUNG
DAY 06: SYAKLUNG TO CHISAPANI
DAY 07: CHISAPANI TO POKHARA
DAY 08: POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
DAY 09: DEPARTURE

The Royal Trek is one of the shortest treks that follow a shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara valley. The Royal Trek is so-named because Prince Charles and his 90 person entourage had explored this route in the early eighties. This trek provides the opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences with the diverse mix of people and cultures that inhabit this region.

The journey of Royal trek begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets. During the trek, we are able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, the magnificent Annapurna range, Machapuchhre [fishtail] and the Langtang Mountain views. The trip finally ends at the scenic Begnas Lake which is about 30 km west of Pokhara City.

The Royal trekking trip is basically recommended for beginners who are restricted by time to trek longer. This Royal trek presents a true picture of uniqueness and allowing us the chance to capture traditional lifestyles of the tribes whose ancient religious practices and traditions have remained unchanged for thousands of years. Compared to other trekking areas in Annapurna region, Royal trekking route is less crowded, so you can get more close to nature, culture and lifestyle.

DAY 01: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, our representative will meet and assist at airport and transfers to hotel. Rest of the day will be free and in the evening, there will be tour briefing of trek overnight stay in Kathmandu.

DAY 02: KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING AND TREK PREPERATION
After breakfast there will be a guided tour to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu. The sites visited will be Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, Buddhist stupa of Swyambhunath and Bouddhanath, and ancient royal palace complex of Kathmandu Durbar Square. After sightseeing drop back to hotel and overnight stay in Kathmandu.

DAY 03: DRIVE TO POKHARA
After breakfast drive to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara Check in at hotel, rest of the day will be free to explore the lake side and surrounding area, overnight in a hotel at Pokhara.

DAY 04: POKHARA TO KALIKASTHAN
After breakfast drive to Bijayapur Khola starting point of our trek. The trail goes through flat paddy fields until crossing a river; after crossing the river the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan; Lunch will be served midway through the climb. After reaching Kalikasthan, rest for some time then explore the surrounding areas overnight at a local guesthouse.

DAY 05: KALIKASTHAN TO SYAKLUNG
After breakfast, our trial will go through the villages and it offers good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. We will come across Villages, its locals and the rhododendron forests overnight at Syaklung in local guesthouse.

DAY 06: SYAKLUNG TO CHISAPANI
Today on the way we will observe Gurung villages and the lifestyle of them; we will come across the rhododendron and Sal trees. In the mid way of our trek there is a 400m descent, then a 600m ascent before reaching Chisapani. This is the best view point to see the Himalayan Panorama we can see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna, overnight in guesthouse.

DAY 07: CHISAPANI TO POKHARA
After a half way down the hill to Rupatal and climb about 200 meters to arrive at Sundare Danda we walk 15 minutes down to Begnas Tal and enjoy an hour of boating. Transfer to hotel at Pokhara take rest or explore the Lake side, overnight at hotel.

DAY 08: POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
Early morning, drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure or perhaps catching up with some last minute shopping or exploring nearby areas. To celebrate the successful completion of our journey, we will have a farewell dinner in the evening, overnight in Kathmandu.

DAY 09: DEPARTURE
Morning will be comparatively free and closer to the time of your flight; you will be transferred to the airport in time to board your flight for onward journey.
INCLUSIONS
All airport/hotel transfers
3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing basis with breakfast
All accommodation and breakfast during the trek on twin sharing basis
Farewell dinner with cultural program
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
A comprehensive medical kit
All government taxes

EXCLUSIONS
Services other than specified in inclusions
Lunch and dinner
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare
Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (also in the case of early return from the mountain)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason.
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses, Tips for guides and porters
INCLUSIONS
All airport/hotel transfers
3 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on twin sharing basis with breakfast
All accommodation and breakfast during the trek on twin sharing basis
Farewell dinner with cultural program
A full day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley including tour guide and entrance fees
An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
A comprehensive medical kit
All government taxes

EXCLUSIONS
Services other than specified in inclusions
Lunch and dinner
Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
International airfare
Domestic flights (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara (also in the case of early return from the mountain)
Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain due to any reason.
Travel and rescue insurance
Personal expenses, Tips for guides and porters