Royal trek is one of short and relaxing treks Nepal has to offer. Royal Trek provides some wonderful up close views of both Machapuchere (Fishtail) and Annapurna South. It has been named after Prince of Wales who first trekked in this region. It is also called the Annapurna Skyline trek.
Royal trekking is the best trek for those who want to experience village life and striking mountain views in a relatively short period of time, and will be good for those trekkers who like to go in less tourist area of Annapurna region.
Pokhara valley serves as the starting and ending point of the Royal trek. The trekking trail follows a semi-circle route to the north-west direction of Pokhara, no higher than 1500m and is recommended as the winter trip for families with children.
Day 01: The drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) takes about seven hours . Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp) takes about 40 minutes and trek from Bijaypur Khola to Kalikasthan (1370m.) takes about three hours. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 03: Trek from Kalimantan (1370m.) to Lipeyani (990m.) takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 04: Trek from Lipeyani to Chisopani (1260m.) takes approximately six hours. Stay overnight in camp.
Day 05: Trek from Chisopani (1260m.) to Begnas Tal Bazaar (850m.) takes about five and half hours. Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.
Day 06: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about seven hours.
Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.) which takes about six hours.
You depart early morning at 7 o’clock for the six hour drive by deluxe tourist bus to Pokhara (915m,), 200 kilometers west of Kathmandu. As you climb out of the Kathmandu valley, only to quickly descend again to the Trisuli River, you follow upstream to its junction with the Marsyangdi River. You follow the Marsyandi gently up through heavily terraced fields and small hill towns to the Seti River that takes you directly into Pokhara. Having pleasant weather, Pokhara is tourist's paradise full of natural, as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, Buddhist and Hindu temples and with amazing mountain vistas. You can observe views to the north across the hills and Phewa Tal (lake) to the white peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The drive will take most of the morning, leaving much of the afternoon to fall in love with the beauty of Pokhara. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.
Day 02: Drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp) which takes about 40 minutes and trek from Bijaypur Khola to Kalikasthan (1370m.) and it takes about three hours.
A broad trail starts through rice fields near the Army Camp, and then ascends through Rakhigaon to a Chautara, a resting place under a large pipal tree. En route, you enjoy the panoramic views. Now the trail climbs gently along a ridge top through the Brahmin and Chhetris villages towards Kalikasthan (1370m.). At the end, you climb a short distance to the campsite which is situated above the village with panoramic views of the mountain, Begnas Tal and Pokhara city.
Day 03: Trek from Kalikasthan (1370m.) to Lipeyani (990m.) and takes about five and half hours.
The trail follows along the forested ridge top along a rough driveble road passing through Thulokot and Majhthana (1220m.). Your trail then begins to climb gently for some distance and proceeds through Naudanda. At the end, you descend gently towards Lipeyani. From here, you can see panoramic views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal and Manasalu.
Day 04: Trek from Lipeyani to Chisopani (1260m.) which takes approximately six hours.
The trail follows along the drivable road for some distance and then starts to climb gently for a short time. You then begin on a level trek to Shaklung village (1250m.), a Gurung village. Your trek then follows along the broad drivable road passing through forests until reaching Ramkot (1030m.), then descends steeply to cross a road named Sarka Bhanjyang (870m.). Your trail then climbs steeply on a stone staircase through chestnut forests to the Mohariya Bhanjyang (1130m.). Still you continue to climb gently towards Chisopani village, a home of the Gurung community. Your campsite is about 50 meters above the village. From here, you can enjoy the beautiful views of different mountains as well as green hills and terraces.
Day 05: Trek from Chisopani (1260m.) to Begnas Tal Bazaar (850m.) which takes about five and half hours.
From Chisopani Danda, you descend along the ridge for an hour or so and then descend steeply along the stone steps, into a small valley and stream that feeds Rupa Taal. Continue for a short distance through rice fields, and then make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Taal and Rupa Taal. This ridge is called Sundari Danda (720m.) and means pretty hills. From these hills, your trek continues to climb gently before descending into Begnas Taal Bazaar. You can then take a vehicle to get back to Pokhara.
Day 06: Drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus which takes seven hours.
While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, you head up to Damauli,, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where Nepal's first Cable car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. En route, you can enjoy mountain views, green sceneries, rice terrace fields, vegetable fields and people being engaged in their daily life activities. From Naubishe, you climb up to Thankot, the gateway to the capital city. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.
Note: There are different categories of Hotels in Kathmandu ranging from budget to 5 star hotels. We are happy to arrange your hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per your interest and budget. Please inform us in advance about the type or category or price range of hotel that you would like to stay in.
I just finished the Royal/Skyline trek set up by this agency. Everything went according to plan and there were no problems with the agency
I did a 3 days trek in Annapurna Region with the trekking guide, Bhimsen, together with the other people from Singapore.
Every thing is perfect: Guide, carrier(good person). I have a particular preference for Galaxy Hotel at Naldum (Kavre) where meals are good and where we have a beautiful views from the top of the mountain. I recommend to all of you to go trekking with Environmental Organisation.
See every body soon again!