If you are a beginner who has minimal time but wants to experience the real beauty of Nepal, one of the options for you is Royal Trek.
Royal trek is one of the easiest and enticing trekking trail within the Annapurna Region.
Name of the trek is after His Highness Prince Charles who along with 90 entourage discovered this path of Annapurna back in the 80’s. Moreover, Nepal’s royal family also has used this route. Thus, you will be following the footsteps of the Royal Highness, which makes this trek more interesting.
Our journey starts from the beauteous lakeside city of Pokhara. But we will begin our trekking from Bijaypur, about 25 km drive from Pokhara.
This trek goes through beautiful Gurung settlements, terraced farms, lush green vegetation, and magnificent forests. The way is culturally and naturally rich along with multiple species of flora and fauna. You will witness various birds and butterflies. Thus, this trek is an excellent opportunity for keen botanists and researchers.
With an astonishing view of the sun rising over the Himalayas, you will surely realize the serenity and calmness of the trek. Compared to other trekking areas in the same region, Royal trek sees fewer crowds. So, you will get closer to nature, culture, and lifestyle.
You can witness the spectacular vista of snow clad Himalayas like Annapurna, Manaslu, and the distinct Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). Others are Annapurna South, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu, and Annapurna II, III, IV.
Here, the thing is more than ‘just mountains.’ Variation of communities from Gurung, Magar, Brahmin, to Kamis, Chhetri, Vaishya, Shudras, etc. reside here. They all represent a true picture of unique traditions and cultural practices that haven’t changed for years!
Also, you will encounter few Hindu temples and Buddhist Stupas which signifies the mix of regional inhabitants. The local people with the golden heart will welcome with their hospitable nature and adorable smile.
In this trek, the days are comparatively short and easy paced with maximum 5 hours walk. As the final point is not at that high altitude (i.e. 1780m), there are no issues of acclimatization on this trip. So, the trip demands only a basic level of fitness.
Unlike other treks, due to its moderate altitude, Royal Trek is possible throughout the year. However, spring and autumn are two all-time favorable times for the visit.
The trip is of easy grade and is a perfect destination for the novice trekkers. Since there are fewer tea houses in the region, we can also do a camping trek. In some places, there is a facility of homestay, but camping will add an adventure to your journey.
If you want to add more touch, you also get to do adventures like paragliding, canoeing, zip-flying, and many more. Altogether, the whole journey will indulge you in the wilderness at its extreme.
Highlights of Royal Trek
- Perfect opportunity to explore the authentic villages in a short time
- Close view of Rural Nepalese lifestyle and traditional farming system
- No worry about altitude sickness as the trek covers an average altitude of 1500m
- Follow the footsteps of His Highness Prince Charles and Nepal’s Royal Family
- Unique Nepali Culture and great scenery with the traditional taste of Nepal village
- Capture the true picture of uniqueness and the traditional lifestyles
- Witness the view of high mountains like Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Himchuli, Langtang, and Annapurna massifs
- Visit Pokhara and add other adventurous activities to the journey
|Day 01||Arrival in Kathmandu||1338m||-|
|Day 02||Sightseeing in Kathmandu||1338m|
|Day 03||Drive to Pokhara then drive to Bijayapur and trek to Kalikasthan||1370m||6-7 hours of drive, 4-5 hrs (Trekking Time)|
|Day 04||Trek to Syaklung||1730m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 05||Trek to Chisapani||1550m||5-6 hrs|
|Day 06||Trek to Begnas and drive back to Pokhara||840m||4-5 hrs|
|Day 07||Drive to Kathmandu and farewell dinner in the evening||1338m||-|
|Day 08||Final Departure||-||-|
Max Elevation: 1338m, Kathmandu
Our representatives will pick you up from the Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to the hotel. There, we will briefly explain to you about our trekking package along with pre-plans and preps.
After a short rest, we take you to the Thamel tour, a famous tourist hub. There you can shop, and exchange cash, and spend some time shopping for the trek. You will spend the comforting night at the hotel. If you wish you can roam around your surroundings and visit typical restaurants, pubs, and clubs.
Max Elevation: 1338m, Kathmandu
On this day of the trek, you will visit the temples and Durbar Squares in Kathmandu valley. After breakfast, you will have a day-long tour around Kathmandu Valley.
As Kathmandu solely inhabits 7 UNESCO’s world heritage sites, there are too much to explore and experience. Every site has its own unique culture, ancient history, and religion that will fascinate you a lot. Within these remarkable temples, and monuments, you will find self-satisfaction away from the hectic world.
Travel Duration: 5-6 hours drive (Pokhara)
Trek hour: 4-5 hours
Max Altitude: 1370m, Kalikasthan
We will take an early morning drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara along the loom of Himalayas. After reaching Pokhara, we will drive to Bijaypur, which is the starting point of the trek.
The way to Pokhara will welcome you with the breathtaking views of the Himalayas along the Trishuli river, green valley, rice terraces, rhododendron thickets, and local villages.
After reaching Bijayapur, initially, we will walk through paddy fields and cross the river passing through the Brahmin, Chhetri, and Gurung villages. You will also encounter few bouncy suspension bridges adding a thrill.
You will also get a great mountain view including Annapurna, Machhapuchhare, and other mountains of the Annapurna range. Then, the trail will take us to the site in Kalikasthan.
Overnight in a simple lodge or hotel.
You can even camp wherever you wish. Either before reaching Kalikasthan or after reaching there. Both campsites are on ridge tops with good mountain views of Fishtail and Annapurna ranges.
Max Altitude- 1730m, Syanklung
Trek hour- 5-6 hours
Good morning beautiful mountains! After the breakfast at your lodge/hotel, the 2nd day of our trekking starts. Leaving Kalikasthan behind, we will come across few Tamang villages and Rhododendron forests to reach our site in Syanlung.
The elegant picturesque views of Annapurna region will also entice you. Today, you will have a beautiful walk along the forested ridge, passing the top hill of Thulkhanet Mathi Than. Thulkhanet is also a great place for a tea break.
After a short climb and walk along the villages, the trek gradually ascends followed by a section of forest. Then, you reach Syaklung village where we end our walk and rest. Syanglung is a bit farther from the crest, full of serenity and marvelous views. Overnight at the hotel after the break.
Max Altitude: 1550m
Trek hour: 5-6 hours
Best point for Himalayan Panorama!
After Syanlung, the trail continues through Gurung villages and forest of Sal and Rhododendron. After climbing several heights, with a 400m descent followed by a 600m ascent, we will reach our final destination for the day: Chisapani.
Chisapani is the splendid spot offering the magnificent view of Dhaulagiri on the west and Annapurna massif like Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, and Manaslu. The vantage point for the Himalayan panorama, our site is at the altitude of 1550m.
Chisapani is a sophisticated place with open Chautari, large trees, and also shop facilities. Besides the panoramic mountain views, the temple located above the village is something not to be missed. At Chisapani, you also have the option to stay in a local homestay or in a small lodge.
Max Altitude: 823m
Trek hour: 4-5 hours
To be back to Pokhara, there are assorted routes, but we will walk down to Begnas Lake. This day of trekking is the day of descending from Chisapani along the ridges for about an hour. Then after some stone steps, we will reach a small valley where we will cross a bridge crossing the Rupa Lake.
The ups and downs through the trails and terrains, we will ascend the hill for about 200 meters to make it to Sundare Danda. Before reaching there, we will also pass Rupa Tal. After walking for 15 minutes downhill, you will reach Begnas Lakes.
Along the way, you will have interactions with local people and get to know about their lifestyle and culture. Some facts about them would really be interesting and unique. This trail also passes rice fields and green hills until you reach your final ascent point at the ridge of Begnas and Rupa Lake.
If you wish we will boat and hang out there sometimes. Then we will catch a ridge back to Pokhara.
Further activity fully is up to you. Shopping, massage, kayaking, or club hangouts; the choice is all yours!
Early in the morning, after breakfast, we will take a drive back to Kathmandu. After reaching here, you are totally free to do anything. You can buy the typical stuff like cashmere pashmina, local handicrafts, Thanka paintings in the tourist hub, Thamel.
Also, you may enjoy the traditional cuisines and visit the places you haven’t been before. This is the day full of enjoyment, better utilize it well!
While in the evening we will meet at the dinner table organized by our team. Along with the warm meal, you will also get a chance to share your trekking experiences with our team.
Now comes the day of leaving, the sad day indeed! Collecting the lifetime memories you will be heading back to your hometown. You will be transferred to Tribhuvan International Airport at your flight time.
If you want to extend your journey period, we will be more than happy to customize the itinerary. Also, if you wish you to do any other types of trek feel free to contact us.
- Airport pick up and drop off service by a private tourists vehicle
- 3-star hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
- Accommodation in tea houses during the days in a trek
- All Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
- Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- Kathmandu half day sightseeing
- Tour-guides for sightseeing
- Airfare from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- Annapurna Conservation Area permits and TIMS card fee
- A professional English speaking guide
- All government taxes, VAT, and service charges
- First aid kit box
- Nepal Entry Visa Fee
- International Airfare
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal gear for trekking
- Extra baggage charges
- Personal Expenses (Soft and alcoholic drinks, snacks, laundry, telephone bills, battery recharge, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
- Gratitudes to the guide and porter
Here is a comprehensive packing list for trekking in the Annapurna region. This packing list equally applies to all trekkers as well as all seasons and routes for the Everest Base Camp trek.
Depending on the number of trekking days, you can adjust the number of items for clothing and equipment respectively. You can use this list as a guideline. Please keep in mind that it is not necessary to have all of it. Also, since packing is subjective use your judgment to decide on what to take.
Moreover, Kathmandu is the great place to buy trekking gear at an affordable price. So, let’s take a look:
- Valid Passport
- Airline Tickets
- Photocopies of Passport and 2 passport photographs
- Travel Insurance
- Enough Cash
- Sun Protection Hat
- Woolen Hat
- Beanie or Headband
- Balaclava or Buff
- Bandana Scarf
- Short Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
- Long Sleeve Shirt, moisture-wicking fabric
- Lightweight Thermal Tops
- Down Vest
- Sports Bra
- Insulated Jacket
- Fleece Jacket
- Wind Jacket
- Waterproof Jacket
- Lightweight Poly-liner Gloves
- Lightweight Wool or Fleece Gloves
- Thermal underwear
- Hiking Shorts
- Hiking Pants
- Fleece Pants
- Lightweight Thermal Bottoms (seasonal)
- Waterproof Shell Pants (Breathable Fabric)
- Hiking Boots (waterproof)
- Camp Sandals
- Hiking Socks
- Thermal Socks
- Sock Liners (prevents blisters)
Rucksack and Travel Bags
- Duffel Bag
- Small Lock for Duffel Bag
- Waterproof Rucksack Covers (optional)
- Stuff Sacks for Dirty Clothes/Shoes
- Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Bag Liner
- Air mattress
- Pillow (small)
- Walking sticks / Trekking Poles
- Flashlight/ Torch
- Water Bottle or Hydration Bladder
Medical and First-Aid Kit
- First-aid kit
- Wound and healing ointment
- Pain relief gel
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Insect repellent spray
- Water purification tablets
Personal Gear and Toiletries
- Trekking Towel
- Pee Bottle or Funnel (optional)
- Small Locks
- Waterproof Ziplock Bags
- Lip balm with sun protection
- Facial moisturizer
- Hand lotion
- Deodorant and Soap
- Dry shampoo
- Wet wipes
- Disinfectant tissues
- Toilet paper
- Hand Sanitizer
- Sleeping mask
- Cotton buds
- Toiletries bag
- Notebook and Pen
- Guidebook/ Trekrout Map
- Travel Games i.e. cards, chess, scrabble etc
- Plug Adapter
- Swim Suit
- Portable Solar Charger
Q1. Can I get Nepal visa on arrival or do I need to apply online?
You have the option of both. You can get on arrival tourist visa at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You can obtain it at the airport. It is also available at the nearest Nepal Embassy.
You will need $25 for 15 days of tourist visa from the date of issue, $40 for 30 days, and $100 for 90 days. You might also need two photos.
You can apply online visa at http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/ .
Q2. Do I need travel insurance for trekking in the Annapurna region?
Of course Yes, you need to purchase travel insurance. Make sure your travel insurance covers trip cancellation, travel delay, loss/damage of baggage, medical emergencies, and medical evacuation as well. In case of any confusion, please contact us.
Q3. What are the extra documents I should carry?
Beside the visa, for trekking here in Nepal you can bring a copy of your insurance, your passport, and copies of photos (passport size) for the permits. Talking about the requirement of permits for trekking in Annapurna region, as this place has no as such restricted region, you will just need a TIMS Card and Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP). We will be dealing with all the process regarding the permits and card. You don’t have to worry at all!
Q4. Is trekking in Annapurna Region safe?
After the devastating earthquake in 2015 April, many tourists and trekkers have this big question in their mind. Though the earthquake heavily affected the trails, now it is completely fine. Despite the news of accidents, freak weather events, and occasions hazards are common.
All in all, Nepal is safe for trekking and so is Annapurna Region.
Q5. Is it economic to trek in Annapurna region?
As Nepal is fully set up well for trekking, there are abundant of affordable lodges and tea houses providing good fooding and lodging. Trekking in Nepal is cheap as they charge lower amount compared to other countries.
Similarly, trekking in Annapurna region is economical. The rough estimation for the normal expenses are as follows:
- For the Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP): USD 20
- For TIMS (Trekkers’ Informational Management System) card: USD 10-20
- For food and accommodation per day: USD 15-20
- Trekking Guide per day cost: USD 25-30
- Porter Charge per cost: USD 15-18
Q6. Do I need a guide to trek this region or can I go on my own?
Both of them are advantageous in their own ways. But hiring guide and porter is more enjoyable as you will have to bear less worries and heavy bags. With them you won’t have risk of getting lost and they will even help you in the case of any emergencies.
Q7. How long can trekking in Annapurna Region be?
This totally depends on the route you want to take, and the level of adventure you want to experience.
Some trek with the Annapurna region are as long as 20+ days whereas the short treks like Ghorepani Poon Hill, Royal trek completes within 3-4 days. Both have their own gig and enjoyment. It will completely depend upon your choice regarding time, finances, fitness, and interests.
As the Annapurna Region is fully functioning, the possibilities are almost endless. Annapurna Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit are two most popular routes with numerous trails around.
Q8. How difficult is it to trek in Annapurna Region?
This is quite difficult to answer exactly as trek in higher altitude can be hard even for physically fit people. But if you are fully prepared both mentally and physically then the journey will get easier.
Also, there are various level of trekking grade here in Annapurna. You have the option of easy treks like Royal trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek to strenuous trek like Annapurna Circuit Trek. So depending on your stamina, confidence, and experience, you can make your choice. This will make your trip more fruitful and enjoyable.
Also to mention, the itinerary you follow will determine the easiness of your trek. Design your trek in such a way that you walk a comfortable distance each day and have enough power to endure next day.
Q9. When should I go trekking in Annapurna Region?
Among 14 highest peaks (> 8000m) in the world, Nepal homes eight of them. And, about half of them lies here in Annapurna region. So, the stunning views of high massifs are for sure.
As Annapurna Region itself have many trekking options, different region lie in various geographical conditions. But as Annapurna region belongs to rain shaded area, most of its trekking options like Annapurna Circuit Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Jomsom Muktinath Trek can be done all over the year.
But if you wish more lush views and want to avoid unnecessary obstacles, spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) are the best season to prefer.
Q10. What is the condition of temperature and weather in the region?
Weather in high mountains is always hard to predict. This totally depends on the location, altitude, and time of year. Generally, the days are warm and nights are a bit cool.
Moreover, due to the Annapurna’s location, weather here is significantly different than other regions. Thus, the trekking region has variable climatic changes.
As the large portion of Annapurna is rain-shadow area, trekking is possible throughout the year.
The region takes you through sub-tropical region to the alpine peak section. Thus, you experience the every level of geographical and climatic zones.
The temperature drops as the altitude increases.
Being the busiest trekking season, the weather is calm and cool. The average day temperature is 14-17 degree Celsius and that of night is above freezing. With the crystal clear view, the chances of rainfall is very low.
The coldest weather period in the region is comparatively less preferable season climatewise. The day temperature is very cold and the nights are totally freezing. In this winter period, the days are even cloudy, dull, and dry.
Rain is not frequent but snowfall or avalanches are highly possible.
As this lies in the spring season, the average temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius and nights are below 1 or 2 degrees.
It could be hot at lower sections and even arid in some regions.
This is the monsoon period characterized by heavy downpours, huge mudslides, and crawling leeches. Though the rain does not really affect the region as most of them are rain-protected. The lower regions may receive 800mm of rain whereas the rate is 50mm at Jomsom and Marpha region.
Q11. What are the possibilities of getting altitude sickness?
The chances of having altitude sickness doesn’t relates with how fit you are. Though the effects of altitude sickness are mostly likely to come on when you’re above 3000 meters. It would be wise if you don’t ascend 300-400 meters per day after that altitude. This means short walk within couple of hours.
Always remember not to ascend too high or too quick. Also, good health, proper care, and drinking plenty of water are the obvious prevention ideas.
Moreover to be familiar with the heights, we have prepared itinerary focusing proper acclimatization. If you get any symptoms on the trail, then we will immediately descend to lower altitude. In the case of emergency, our professionals also provide medical support. Helicopter rescue is also available.
Q12. Where will I stay?
At Kathmandu and Pokhara, we will arrange a three-star hotel with breakfast included. Whilst on the trekking routes, for night stay, there are options of lodges, tea houses, or even camping. Amongst, the tea house is the most popular one. The accommodation will be simple, comfortable, and clean. They generally provide basic facilities with a mattress and a quilt/blanket. The rooms are either single or double bedded.
Here, in seasonal month, you may even have to share your room or sleep in the dining hall. Thus, it is better to carry a sleeping bar fulfilling your own sleeping requirement.
Talking about the latrine service in the teahouse, toilets are always outside the room with basic facilities. Most tea houses have western flushing toilet but in higher region the simple squat toilets are available.
Q13. What will I eat?
We get paradise of food especially in the cities areas especially in Kathmandu valley. We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine in city but during the trek we get to eat from Continental and Nepali menu especially choices like Pasta, Pizza, Mo. Mo, soup items, Potatoes items, Dal Bhat, Hot drinks Tea & Coffee etc.
While there are many options and menus on fooding list too. From basic dal bhat to there are pasta, momo, curries, pizza, pancakes, porridge, eggs, and potatoes.
The foods are freshly cooked in the kitchen. There are different varieties of delicious Nepali and continental dishes. The local, daal bhat (rice and lentils) with some mixed vegetables is the best choice. Also, the garlic soup will help you with acclimatization.
To go vegetarian in the mountains is an excellent idea in every aspect.
Talking about drinks, you will find all common types of drinks like coffee, tea, hot lemon with honey, green tea, ginger tea, soft as well as hard drinks.
Good to veg all over the trek. Choose vegetarian dal bhat for lunch, a combination of rice, dal, and vegetables. They are real worth and healthy from all aspect.
Q14. What about drinking water on the trail of the Annapurna region?
You need to carry the means to purify water like iodine or a fine ceramic filters as the streams could be contaminated. You also have the option of bottled water but the disposal of plastic bottles is the problem.
We recommend the mineral water but boiled water is as always much preferable. That doesn’t make any harm to your digestive system.
Q15. What is the mode of communication while we are trekking?
For communicating, there are telephone in some village along the routes. They can even make international calls. Moreover, our guildes will carry the local mobiles. As the Nepali communication lines like Nepal Telecom and Ncell has good network coverage, you can have national as well as international call directly and easily.
Q16. What is the condition of charging electronic device on the trail?
As Nepal is a developing country, electricity on several trekking cities can be scare. Even in the trekking areas with electricity resource, you may face load shedding. Due to which you may have to pay 100-800 Nrs per hour to charge your gadgets and others. Same is the case in Annapurna Base Camp.
So, it is better to carry extra necessary electronic gadgets like power bank, batteries, torches, solar panels etc with you.
Q17. What to wear while trekking in Annapurna region?
This depends on where and which season you trek as not all treks are of higher altitude. But independent of your location, always remember to carry warm clothes like down jackets, thermals, and warmers. This is the preparation for unseasonable cold and unpredictable weather on your route. The above list on clothing and equipments will surely help you.
Q18. What type of preparation should I do for trekking in Annapurna Region?
Trekking regions are of various range. Trek like Royal trek are short and easy, whereas Annapurna Base Camp is of moderate range and Annapurna Circuit trek is comparatively hard.
Thus, an average people with moderate fitness is able to trek this region. No previous experience is even necessary. Though short hikes and walks are highly recommended. Also, some physical fitness programs targeting cardiovascular and strength training will make your journey more sophisticated.
You can go from normal swimming to stair training, pull ups, sit-ups, crunches, and even light weightlifting. The thing to remember is always listen to your body and don’t train over the limit.
Similarly, for mental conditioning, keep yourself healthy by following healthy habits. Keep yourself properly hydrated, have healthy intake like food rich in vitamins, proteins, and minerals.
Moreover, you can do some yogas and meditations to bring optimism and sooth your mind. It would be also useful to have conversations with trekkers who have already trekked the region. Also, keep on digging informations on your trekking region as much as you can.
Q19. What are the options and preparations regarding safety and security?
The foremost concern while trekking on higher altitude should always be safety and security. From the day of your arrival to the date of your departure, we are always there to help you by all means.
Regarding safety, we have remedial services like first aid kit, oxygen bag, etc. With trained staffs, you also can get remedy for in case physical loss or altitude sickness. Not to worry, we have full planned itinerary focusing on acclimatization to avoid unnecessary obstacles.
Helicopter service for emergency rescue is also available.
Q20. Are there tailor-made trips/program for trekking in Annapurna Region?
Yes, there is! Though we have pre-planned itineraries for all treks in the Annapurna Region, you are free to create your own. If you have any specific ideas on some regions or multiple treks or want to combine trips, we can surely arrange. So, send us your probable plans and we will work out on it.
Just contact us. We will be more than happy to help you in any way!