Royal Trek Nepal was first trekked once by royal Prince of Wales - Charles in 1980 and hence since then this short trekking is popularized by the name of Royal Trekking in Nepal. An easy 4 days royal trekking is an ideal trek for everyone who may have short time and want get an experience of trekking in Nepal. This short trekking holidays is recommended for beginners, and can be done at staying in local home stay style, enjoying the traditional lifestyles of the tribes. Their culture, traditions and ancient religious have remained unchanged for years now. So let’s become the royal prince by doing this short royal trekking in Nepal.
The scenically splendid royal trekking is on the foothills of the Annapurna, extended from Bijayapur to Begnastal through pretty villages, farmland and shading forest to the north of Pokhara. Throughout the 4 day royal trek, there are wonderful views of the snow capped summits of Manaslu, the Annapurna and the distinctive Fishtail Peak, called Machhapuchhare by locals.
This is the easiest trekking holidays in Nepal with just a few days of hiking on villagers walking trails throughout with good underfoot condition and the days are relatively short and easy pace with a maximum of only 5 hours trekking on any day. The altitudes reached are not high and there is no issue of acclimatization on Annapurna Royal trekking. This is an easy grade trek, a perfect introduction to trekking in Nepal. Just a basic level of fitness is needed to join on the Royal Himalayan trekking.
There is basic guest house or home stay facilities on the trail. We trek to Annapurna royal all around the year, but the best is Sept to December and February to June. If you would like to trek in luxury way, a tented camping trekking is nice. For an idea, below is Annapurna Royal trek itinerary. If any suggestion you are always most welcomed.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport, receive and transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu. Short briefing will follow concerning the necessary formalities and your trekking itinerary. Depending upon your arrival time you may spend free time visiting nearby sanctuaries or resting.
Day 2: Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
Half day sightseeing around UNESCO sites of Kathmandu where your guide will escort you on a tour of Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions. There is time to explore the city’s many places of interest on your own or take a rest while trekking permits are finalized. In the evening sample a delicious traditional Nepali dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Fly or drive to Pokhara, from where you will depart on your trek. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake. Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhare (shape of fish tail) in the north, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect starting point for our trek. Overnight in Pokhara.
Day 4: Drive to Bijayapur - 30 mins. Trek to Kalikasthan (1,370m ,4 hrs)
The journey starts in the morning at 8am with a 30-minute road drive that takes you to the Bajayapur after which you trek uphill for about 3-4 hours through Brahman and Chettri villages. Skyline camp will be set up around the Kalikasthan area. Overnight at tented camps.
Day 5: Trek to Shaklung (1,730m, 4 hrs)
Today we pick up the trail, which runs along a forested ridge through Thulokot to Mati Thana, where there are opportunities to be refreshed with a cup of chai before embarking on the short climb to Naudanda. Continuing along the ridge, you will see a school house in the village of Lipini before the trail becomes a little steeper and requires you to climb through some lovely forests to the Gurung village of Shaklung (1750m), for the overnight camp.
Day 6: Trek to Chisopani (, 4 hrs)
This is the point on the trek where you will see the splendors of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Himalchuli at closer quarters. On leaving Shaklung, the path falls fairly steeply down the south side of the hill to a resting place with another large tree, chautara, checkpoint and tea shops. Climbing back up again, you will take a winding path around the back of the hill which takes you to Chisopani (‘cold water’) village. Our stopping point is on a high knoll above this community, Chisopani Danda, where there is a small temple. Again our camp site offers some fantastic mountain views.
Day7: Trek to Begnas Lake. Drive to Pokhara (850m, 30 mins)
The trail descends along the field for an hour or so, and then descends steeply on the stone step into a small valley near Rupa Tal. Continue for a short distance through the rice field. Then make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal, on a wide path you will share with many local people. From the ridge, descend into the Begnas Bajar and 30 minutes drive to Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 8: Pokhara City tour
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9am after breakfast. Places we visit are Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Devi’s water fall, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. You will have a relaxing afternoon. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 9: Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345m) and farewell dinner
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, and scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 10: Kathmandu Airport.
The trip concludes today. Our Airport Representative will drop you to Kathmandu airport for your flight back to home.