Royal Trek

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. It is a less crowded trail among the other route in the Annapurna region, so this trek is suitable for people who love being around mountains but do not have time for long and strenuous hikes. The Royal Trek is so-named because Britain’s Prince Charles had once hiked along this route during his visit to Nepal in 1980. This trek provides opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences with a 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 an ideal trek for people who have a short time but want to explore more of the Himalayas. 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.
Trip Code: RT53
Starts: Bijyapur
Finishes: Chisapani
Duration: 9 Days
Difficulty: Easy
Group Size: 2 - 14
Age: Minimum 18
Seasons: Feb-May,Sep-Nov
Elevation: 1760m/ 5774.3ft
Trip Views: 941
Activities: Trekking
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Breakfast: 8
Lunch: 5
Dinner: 4
Car
Hotel: 5 Night(s)
Teahouse: 3 Night(s)
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Trip Facts

  • Britain’s Prince Charles had once hiked along this route during his visit to Nepal in 1980 later giving it the name of Royal Trek.
  • This trail takes you the village of the Gurung and exploring the tranquil lakes of the Pokhara valley with the Himalayas as the backdrop.
  • Stunning views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machapuchare, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri, and other surrounding peaks.
  • Wonderful view of the magnificent Fewa Lake, Rupa Lake, and Begnas lake.
  • The trekking trail of The Royal Trek seems to have permanence silence, so it is less crowded.

Why this Trip

  • This trip explores Annapurna’s Royal visited the trail. Wonderful view of the magnificent Fewa, Rupa and Begnas lake and dramatic views of the snow-capped Annapurna peaks, Machapuchhre, Lamjung Himal and Dhaulagiri. Tribal Groups of People, Culture and Lifestyle and much more.

speaker_notes Trip Notes

  • • We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
  • • What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible

Location

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Brief Itinerary

  • placeDAY 1 : ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
    Representatives from Swotah Travel will receive you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and take you to the hotel where you will be briefly explained about your trekking package. You can spend the comforting night at the hotel or enjoy a night at Thamel, Kingsway especially famous for clubs and bars.

    Meal:

    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Airport Pick Up Services
    • Thamel Tour
  • placeDAY 2 : KATHMANDU SIGHTSEEING
    Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. We will spend this day exploring some of the World heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. We will visit Nepal’s most highlighted historical and cultural spots and holy pilgrimage shrines in Kathmandu that include Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath, Durbar Squares of Basantapur, Patan and Bhaktapur.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Kathmandu Sightseeing
    • Delicious Momo
    • Private transportation
    • Entrance fee
    • Food and Wine tour (Optional)
  • placeDAY 3 : DRIVE TO POKHARA
    After breakfast, we take a drive along the Prithvi Highway from Kathmandu to reach the beautiful lake city of Pokhara. It might take approximately 6 hrs to reach Pokhara. We will visit almost all the beautiful places in Pokhara like Davis fall (if we reached in the early), Phewa Lake etc. We will stay at a hotel in Pokhara for the night.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transfer to Pokhara
    • Pokhara Sightseeing
    • Boating in Fewa Lake
  • placeDAY 4 : POKHARA TO KALIKASTHAN,6 HRS TREK
    After breakfast, we take an hour drive to Bijayapur khola which is the starting point of Royal Trek. After crossing the river the trek begins to descend to reach Kalikasthan. Then we take some rest after arrived Kalikasthan and we explore the surroundings areas. We will stay Overnight

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

    • Drive to Bijyapur
  • placeDAY 5 : KALIKASTHAN TO SYANGLUNG TREK
    The journey for the day begins by traveling through the villages. We have to follow the trail along the ridge of the mountain which offers massive views of Lamjung Himal and Annapurna. While on the trail we can explore the local life, villages and the beautiful rhododendron forests. And overnight at Syaklung.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 6 : TREK FROM SYANGLUNG TO CHISAPANI, 6 HRS TREK
    We start our trek early in the morning through the ethnic Gurung community village which provide an opportunity to explore the local lifestyle. The trail then prolongs through rhododendron and Sal forest to Chisapani. After walk a 400m descend and 600m ascend, we arrive Chisapani, from where we can see the views of Himalaya such as Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Overnight stay at Chisapani.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner

    Accommodation:

    • Teahouse

    Activities:

  • placeDAY 7 : CHISAPANI TO POKHARA
    In the last day of the trekking after breakfast, we start trek to the downhill and reached Rupa Lake. Our next destination would be Begnas where our trekking concludes. And this day we will stay at Begnas Lake for boating and explore the natural beauty of the Begnas area.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Pokhara
  • placeDAY 8 : DRIVE BACK FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU,6-7 HRS DRIVE
    After breakfast, we will come back to Kathmandu. The whole journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes 6 hours of drive through Prithvi Highway along the bank of Trishuli River. We will have together welfare dinner in the evening at the hotel in Kathmandu.

    Meal:

    • Breakfast

    Accommodation:

    • Hotel

    Activities:

    • Private transportation to Kathmandu
  • placeDAY 9 : DEPARTURE
    Today is the last day in Kathmandu. You can ease your muscles after a long and arduous trek for that Swotah arranges you wonderful Trekkers' Massage. Later in an afternoon, We will assist in your last moment preparation and drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home .

    Meal:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    Accommodation:

    Activities:

    • Trekkers' Massage
    • Souvenir
    • Airport drop
    • Shopping arrangements
  • Detail Inclusions
    • Airport picks up and drops as well as all transportation per itinerary.
    • Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara as clients request category hotel.
    • Meal on full board during the trek.
    • Trekking guide and necessary crew on the requirement.
    • Round Kathmandu to Pokhara transfer by private transportation.
    • All applicable government tax.
    • Medical kit (carried by your trek leader).
  • Complimentary
    • Get-to-know (welcome) and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
    • Occasional hot Shower during the trek
    • Souvenir from Nepal
    • Map of the trekking region
    • Sim card service(zero balance)
    • Photos and Videos of the trip(if requested)
    • Certificate of appreciation(if requested)
  • Exclusions
    • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara Hotel
    • Travel insurance (we would greatly be happy to assist it)
    • International flights; Nepal Tourist Visa fee
    • Items and expenses of personal nature
    • Any other costs that are not mentioned in the cost included
    • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain due to any reason other than the scheduled itinerary
    • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower, etc.)
    • Tips for guide(s), porter(s) and driver(s)


FAQS

  • 1. Will somebody come to pick me up at the airport upon arrival ?
    Yes, our representative will be there to greet you at the airport. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a private car/jeep.
  • 2. Is there an Orientation program ?
    Yes, there is going to be a small orientation/briefing program before we embark on our adventure by the tour manager, leader/guide.
  • 3. What is the overnight accommodation like ?
    For nights in cities, we use standard/superior standard/deluxe rooms whereas, during the trek we use lodges/tea houses/guesthouses/home stay for our clients, and whatever is available and accessible. We also arrange sleeping bags for our clients, on their request.
  • 4. How big are the groups ?
    We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their will so we try to keep group as small as group of 14 but it can be increased with the special request of the clients.
  • 5. Can I do solo trek ?
    Nepal is a safe country for anyone who wants to explore on their own although professional guidance is highly recommended by our team for the safety.
  • 6. Is Travelling in Royal Trek safe for women ?
    Yes, Nepal can proudly boast as one of the safest countries in South Asia for women, you will find people very friendly and respectful especially towards women. Royal trek is one of the most visited trekking areas in Nepal and in the world. In general, locals are very respectful and welcoming.
  • 7. What about security during trekking ?
    We make sure to take security measures during trek to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings.
  • 8. What sort of food can I expect in trekking ?
    This region provides few western meals like Pasta, noodles, bread, soup etc. Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentils and Vegetables) are great way to gain energy for the strenuous trek.
  • 9. Is the drinking water safe in trekking region ?
    There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trekking. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
  • 10. What mode of transportation do you use ?
    We use private car for sightseeing inside the Kathmandu Valley and transfer to Pokhara can be arranged either on a car or jeep or in deluxe bus with A/C depending on the size of the group. We also arrange the drop off and pick up from the starting and ending point of the trek on private a car or a jeep.
  • 11. What is the best season for trekking ?
    Royal trek can be trekked all year around excluding monsoon season. February, March, April, May, October, November and December are the best time to do this trek. During the winter season also you can do this trek.
  • 12. Will I be taken care of during emergency ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure that you are covered by insurance policy for the altitude of 5500 meters. In the case of an emergency like any medical conditions ask your tour leader/guide to contact us as soon as possible so that we can manage/arrange vehicle for the rescue. Then you will be transferred to hospital for the treatment.
  • 13. What is appropriate dress for trekking ?
    Trekking is a tiresome activity that requires a lot of physical movement so pack your active wears and trekking pants for at lower altitudes. Weather at high altitude is unpredictable so carry a light weight waterproof jacket along with thick down jacket, pant and thermal inner wear to escape severe cold. Needless to say that, Good shoes are very important for trekking in rough terrain, so invest on good quality shoes or rent it from us in a minimum price. As you are trekking in remote village try to wear modest clothes to quickly get up with the local people without hesitation.
  • 14. Is it possible to alternate or change the day trips ?
    We customize the trip according to your preference but if you need to change plan during the trek consult the guide.
  • 15. Are we sure to get room while trekking ?
    We contact the lodge/guesthouse owner for reservation of the room before trekking on a particular day.
  • 16. Are your guides reliable and certified ?
    All our Guides are trekking experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the trekking route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
  • 17. How can I charge my electronics during the trip ?
    While trekking you need to pay for charging the electronics upon request to the owner. The best idea always is to bring your power bank with you. It is easier and cheaper.
  • 18. Is there any communication while we are on trekking ?
    While trekking, you can make local and international calls from telephone provided by the guesthouse owner after paying the price directly.
  • 19. Can I add extra days to my trekking trip ?
    If you need extra day to complete the trekking, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trekking can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide's schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all, so we really don't recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency cases. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
  • 20. What immunizations will I need ?
    Before coming to Nepal make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trekking without any complication.
  • 21. How many hours do I have to trek each day ?
    Usually, we have to walk about 6-9 hours a day. But it shouldn't be taken as certain thing. Because, number of hours of walk really depend on client's speed. So it is really relative.
  • 22. How will my booking be processed ?
    To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.
  • 23. Can we use the credit card during the trek ?
    No, you cannot use the credit card during the trekking. You have to exchange the money in Nepali Rupees before you start the trip. You can use credit card only in Kathmandu.
  • 24. Do we need to carry our bags by our self or you will provide porters ?
    As this trek is easy so you have to carry your bag by yourself if you need porters then you have to inform before we start trek. The weight limit for porters is 15 KG.

Optional Activities

Mountain Flight

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Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of an enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

Paragliding

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Flying up above the sky is the dream of most of us. Paragliding, one of the most exciting and mind-blowing activities that take you towards the height and make you feel like a bird. Paragliding in Pokhara presents the splendid views of nature from up above. It is also known as a free-flying and foot-launched aircraft in which Pilot sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, whose shape is formed by the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing. 

Mountain Flight

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Taking a mountain flight is one of the most exhilarating things you can do in Nepal. You can experience the beauty of those gigantic Himalayas within a minute through a mountain fight. Nepal is famous for the presence of an enormous number of mountain ranges and many visitors come to Nepal to conquer those vast mountains.

Bungee Jumping

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Bungee jumping, one of the most amazing and breathtaking adventurous activity, carried out on the suspension bridge over the Bhote Koshi River in Nepal-Tibet border. A three-four hour ride from Kathmandu takes us to experience one of the longest free-falls in the world. This Bungee Jump is done as 500ft (160m) drop into the Bhote Koshi River Gorge. Diving right into nature, Bungee Jumping is really one of the spectacular adventures of Nepal.

Mountain Biking near Kathmandu valley

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Kathmandu is famous for the presence of dense heritage sites reflecting the diverse nature of the ethnic groups of Nepal. In Kathmandu, there are many biking trails made to meet a biker’s fantasy. To explore the beautiful surrounding of Kathmandu valley, the cycling tour is the best option. The trail takes you to observe the spectacular views of the Himalayas and local villages that surround Kathmandu valley.

Cable car

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The cable car is one of the modes of transportation in Nepal which is unique. There are only two cable car stations in Nepal. From the cable car, you can take a glance at the amazing view of Annapurna range, Mt. Manaslu and many other snows capped mountains. Throughout the cable tour, you get to see all those beautiful hills, villages and Trishuli River.

Ultra-light

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Nepal is not only the trekker’s destination but also a destination for an adventure lover. Ultra-light flight is one of the best things you can do in Nepal. Where you can take a peek of magnificent snow-capped Himalayas, Kathmandu and Pokhara city. The choice of Pokhara Valley for ultra-light aircraft is appropriate because Pokhara is known for its extensive beauty. Without a trip to Pokhara, your Nepal tour is incomplete because the beautiful nature, green forest, and lakes are worth to take a glance of.  

Skydiving

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Sky diving is an amazing blend of elegance and excitement that can be performed in Nepal. It is a dive from high above the peak, right into the vast mountains to experience the adventure and thrill. Skydiving is an extreme sport which provides the best thrilling experience.

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