Royal Trek (3-5 Days)

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Royal Trek is a pleasant trek which starts outside of Pokhara at Begnas Lake. The Royal Trek is one of the shortest treks that follows a shrub-like a path along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara valley. The trail takes us to a Gurung village and then to fabulous views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Lamjung. The trek generally takes 3 to 5 days.

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All about the Royal Trek (3-5 Days).

Royal Trek is a pleasant trek which starts outside of Pokhara at Begnas Lake. 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. The trail takes us to a Gurung village and then to fabulous views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Lamjung. The trek generally takes 4 to 5 days. It is extremely enjoyable and requires no technical knowledge making it an excellent trek for beginners and elderly people. The journey leads through ethnic villages with extremely rich and diverse culture. It also offers panoramic views of the Pokhara valley, the northern Annapurna range and Mt. Fishtail while walking through forests of magnolia and rhododendron. If you like physical activity in the outdoors, the “Royal Trek” can be a flavorful, challenging experience. 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. 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. The trek begins from Bijayapur Khola 5km east of Pokhara valley and ends at Chisapani. This is only 5 days easy and short trek, but the views are definitely not compromised. You can view three monster Himalayan peaks over 8000m Annapurna I, mighty Dhaulagiri visible to the west and the massif of Manaslu to the east. In fact, the entire Annapurna ranges stretch out before us, including the iconic fishtail Machhapuchhre. We can customize and easily extend the trip to enjoy more of the magic of Nepal. During the trek, we are able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, the magnificent Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre (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 tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Following items are covered within the package price:

  • 3-star hotels in Pokhara with B.B  on the twin sharing basis
  • Welcome dinner with cultural program
  • All accommodation and breakfast during the trek on twin sharing basis
  • 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
  • Sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paperwork and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu tourist coach
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Extra nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Cold drinks; coke, mineral water, beer, Fanta etc.
  • Personal Expenses (shower, boiled water, telephone, laundry service etc).
  • Tips for guide and porters.

 

  1. Day 1 Drive to Pokhara (820 m/2,700ft) – 6 hrs drive.

    Early in the morning, we drive to Pokhara. On the way, wefeel pleasure with the amazing views of green mountains and villages. Upon reaching the enchanting city of Pokhara which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, five peaks of Annapurna and others, we check in to the hotel. Strolling around the Lakeside city and exploring it in the evening is enjoyable. Overnight stay in hotel of Pokhara.

  2. Day 2 Drive Pokhara to Bijayapur (1 hr drive) and trek to Kalikasthan (1,370m/4,496ft) – 4 to 5 hrs walk.

    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. The path is wide and the terrain is easy. 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 Kalikasthan.

  3. Day 3 Trek Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1,730m/5,675ft) – 5 to6 hrs.

    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 locals and the rhododendron forests. Overnight at Syaklung.

  4. Day 4 Trek Syaklung to Chisapani (1550m/5,084ft) – 5 to 6 hrs.

    Walking through the Gurung village gives us an opportunity to observe the local lifestyle. We move ahead through the way 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. We will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. Overnight at Chisapani.

  5. Day 5 Trek Chisapani to Pokhara.

    Today we walk half way down the hill to Rupa Tal 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 rest or explore the Lake side. Overnight at hotel.

Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Royal Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views but the nights are cold and can fall to freezing. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Royal Trek, only colder (obviously). The trekking routes are crowded during spring and autumn but during winter the routes are not packed and you could enjoy rather best of nature.

Experience is not necessary for taking part in this trek, anyone fit and healthy enough to walk for 4-6 hours a day can manage well. Also, since this trek takes us to only low altitude on a generally good weather with easy access to local amenities even kids and elderly can take part. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is however a good idea as it enhances your strength and stability.

All foreigners except Indian nationals must have a valid visa to enter into Nepal. Visa is available on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport upon entry in Kathmandu, Nepal and at nepal borders of India and Tibet. Visa can be easily extended at the central immigration office. www.immigration.gov.np; Visa application requires a passport with at least 6 months until expiration and one passport -size photo. The current cost of visa for 30 days is US$40(to be paid in cash) for 30 days that is required to make in cash. Other currencies are also accepted although rates may differ.  Other nationalities should check entry requirements. visitors are requested to specify return flight tickets, time intended stay in Nepal. We recommended you schedule at least 1-2 day extra at the end of the trip just incase there is a delay. If no delay occurs we can arrange additional activity for your time in Nepal.To help calculate the exact dates of these crossings we have found the website www.timeanddate.com to be very useful. The children under the age of 10 will get free visa. Please be advised to check the current regulation. Visa regulation can change without prior notice. Citizens of china as well as citizens of south Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) get free visa. countries not entitled to get a visa upon arrival are Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, and Afghanistan If you are a citizen of one of these countries, please contact your local Nepalese embassy.

Nepali Rupees (NPR/Rs) is the local currency.
(1 USD = ~ Rs.100 NPR).
We can exchange most of the foreign currencies through local banks and legitimate money exchanges in Kathmandu and all over Thamel. Small amounts of cash can also be exchanged at the hotel.
The ongoing rate of exchange is visibly displayed. The government of Nepal has banned the import, export and use of 500 and 1000 Indian Rupee note in Nepal. You should ensure that you are not carrying these notes on arrival in Nepal as they will be confiscated and you may also be fined.
Despite having security advantage of traveller’scheque, we prefer cash exchange to avoid hassles like a lengthy process and high rate of commission at the banks. You can withdraw cash (in Rupees only) from one of the many ATMs in Kathmandu and Thamel itself. There are quite several ATMs that are open around the clock. The maximum withdrawal amount is 35,000 Rupees for a 500 Rupees processing fee if you are using your foreign card. If you use the money exchange facility at banks and financial institutions the service fee charge imposed is about four percent or more depending upon the bank.  Please note that most of the established banks in Asia will not accept foreign currency notes that are old, torn or faded. Please ensure that you have new, clean notes

Depending on the season you wish to go trekking you may have to make adjustments to clothing and equipments however these are the necessities list we prepared keeping keeping your comfort and utility in mind.
We never recommend our clients to bring over equipments which are not necessary for the trek.
Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Winter hat or insulating hat or Wide brimmed hat
  • Headlight with extra batteries

Face

  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglass with UV protection
  • Face/body wipes

Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavy weight winter gloves

Body

  • Hiking shirts
  • Long sleeved shirt made of synthetic fibre
  • Hooded rain jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Lightweight cotton pants
  • T- shirts ( bring Light weight wool)
  • Polypropylene underwear
  • down jacket ( available in rent in Kathmandu)
  • Sweater
  • Water proof jacket and pants

Footwear

  • Hiking Boots that been worn in
  • Thick wool socks (Take a extra pairs of thick light socks)

Essential gear

  • Backpack or daypack (Size depends on whether you take porter or not).
  • Thermal bottle
  • Water purification
  • Trekking pole
  • Sleeping bag (-15 bag is best in the high altitude trek)
  • Toiletries (toilet papers,  tooth paste, tooth brush, )

Toiletries

  • Medium size drying towel
  • Tooth brush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant/ floss
  • Bio degradable bar soap
  • Nail clippers
  • Small mirror

Personal accessories

  • Money
  • Watch
  • Cell phone
  • Camera
  • Extra items
  • First aid kit
  • Extra passport photos and photocopies of passport
  • Notebook and pen
  • Binocular

The most importantly, tipping is at travelers discretion and should be relied on good service that does not form the part of wages for your Guides, porters and crew although they are very much appreciated. In Nepalese culture, tip is the accepted and honored way to saying thank you (Dhanyabada) for good service. Normally the tips are offered at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Most groups will give the trips in farewell dinner on the last evening or last day of the trek, to mark the end of the trip. The amount of the trip is entirely a personal preference that may be more or less depending upon your perception of service quality, length of trip, budget and appreciation of their work. It is important to Discovery World Trekking crews who professionally take care of you all the time during the trekking, inspire excellent service and offer enriching journey- trip of once in a lifetime experience. We ensure that all of our crews including guides and porters are paid well and treated fairly with respect.

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