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The Royal Trek – 3 n 4 d trek
 

Trip Introduction

The Royal Trek is one of the short trek follows a shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara valley. The Royal Trek is so-named because Prince Charles and his 90 person entourage had explored this route in the early eighties. This Royal Trek provides the opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences with the diverse mix of peoples and cultures that inhabit this region. The journey of Royal trek begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets.  In during the trek, we are able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, and 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 basically recommended for beginners or those who have very limited time, because they have an opportunity to experience the unforgettable trekking holidays in the Himalaya. This Royal trek presents a true picture of uniqueness and allowing us the chance to capture the traditional lifestyles of the tribes whose ancient religious practices and traditions have remained unchanged for thousands of years.

Important Note and Optional Activities
Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Glimpses of Nepal Treks and Expedition P. Ltd.. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Day to Day Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1300m.)
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. At the evening you’ll transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant with the cultural & musical programs in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu
After breakfast at the hotel you will be leave for full day sightseeing tour to the world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. Today you will visit pilgrimage sites of the Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrines of Shiva. Here you can see the cremating system of the Hindus most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. After that visit Nepal’s largest stupa Bouddhanath a pilgrimage centre for Buddhist. After finishing your lunch at Bouddhanath visit another Buddhist centre, Swoyambhunath stupa(monkey temple); covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring this spot transfer to Kathmandu Durbar Square the old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, Nepali traditional architectures and another attraction of this place is the Kumari (the living goddess). After finished your sightseeing trip you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03: Kathmandu – Pokhara valley (823m/2,700ft), [7-8 hrs drive]
With a morning wake up guide will pick up you and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive (approximately six hours with breaks) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara lakeside and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explore the surrounding lakeside areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Pokhara – Kalikasthan (1,370m/4,496ft)
Today, after breakfast drive to Bijayapur Khola(trek starting point) and begin our trek. Initially we start our walk for about an hour through flat paddy fields and cross the river. 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 and after that explore the surrounding areas and overnight at teahouse.

Day 05: Kalikasthan – Syaklung (1,730m/5,675ft)
After breakfast we start walking through the villages. We walk along the ridge of the mountain with good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Today we can explore many villages and the rhododendron forests. Overnight at Syaklung.

Day 06: Syaklung – Chisapani (1550m/5,084ft)
Walk through the Gurung village, rhododendron and Sal forest. Half way through the walk there is a 400m descent, then a 600m ascent to arrive at Chisapani. This is the best view point at which to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna.

Day 07: Chisapani – Pokhara
Today we walk half way down the hill to Rupatal and climb about 200 meters to arrive at Sundare Danda. Walk 15 minutes down to Begnas Tal for an hour boating to catch the transfer to Pokhara and on arrival at hotel check in and rest of the time explore the lake side and overnight at hotel.

Day 08: Pokhara to Kathmand [7-8 hrs drive]
Morning we’ll drive back through the scenic countryside and en route will stop for breakfast & lunch. It takes 7 hours back to Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu guide will transfer to the hotel and rest of the day relax or explore the surrounding areas and overnight at hotel.

Day 09: Departure
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you’ll be transferred to the International airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Trip Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop by private vehicle.
  • Accommodation at Kathmandu
  • All ground transportation by comfortable vehicles
  • All accommodations and all meals in during the treks
  • Welcome & farewell dinner
  • All porterages costs
  • All cost for a trekking leader(First Aid and Eco trained English Speaking) and sherpa, a sherpa assistance leader(s) and assistance Trek leader help each individuals while on trek
  • All necessary paper works and permits.
  • All government and local taxes if necessary.

Trip Cost Does Not Include

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)/ International airfare to & from home city/
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch & evening meals in Kathmandu.
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Evacuation in case of emergency
  • Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters
  • Tips for guides and porters.
  • Optional trips and sightseeing if extend
  • Health & Experience Required
  • Other Expenses which are not included in above Trip Cost Includes

The Royal Trek is very easy walk & relax!; and required 4 hours of walking everyday; walking up to 2000m/6562ft will be higher altitudes on your trek. You should be prepared max 10 Km of walking a day and you do not need any level of experience on this trek.

Acclimatization
Royal Trek is consider as a easy trek for all levels, children, youth and adults and not required any altitudes prevention actually. You are going up to 2000m which is your maximum altitudes on your trek; and offers the majestic panoramic view of Dhaulagiri, Annapurna & Manaslu Mountain.

Best Season
Trekking & Climbing Seasons
The best months are September, October & November during the Autumn season March, April & May during the spring season are consider as the best seasons for attempting this walk. The good months are December, January February and okay are June, July, August; and Trekking can be done round the year.

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