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The Royal Trek

Easier trekking - Low altitude- Panoramic Himalayan views - Lakeside Pokhara - Traditional hill villages

All meals on trek included

Duration

6 Days

Grade

Easy / Moderate

Max Altitude

1260m

Walking Days

3 Days

Accommodation

3 Nts Hotels - 2 Nts Fully Supported Camping

Trip Overview

A short and sweet low level skyline trek.

Trekking in the Himalayan foothills, one of the easier treks in Nepal and all at low altitude too, The Royal Trek is so named as it was undertaken by HRH Prince Charles when he visited Nepal. Although short, this trek is full of pleasant surprises. Once ascended, the trail follows an open ridge line of the Annapurna foothills and affords excellent panoramic views from Manaslu to Annapurna, including the iconic Fishtail. Not only that, it pretty much feels like you're walking off the beaten track (no trekking lodges being evidence of this) and will visit several traditional hill villages and gain an insight into rural Nepali life. If you're short on time, but still want to enjoy magnificent Himalayan views this is often described as a Himalayan trek for softies, which is a little harsh as really there is no such thing as an easy Himalayan trek.  You may want to spend extra nights in Pokhara & Kathmandu, or even at the scenic, peaceful Begnas Lake to extend this shorter Nepal walking trip.

Sleeping bags (3-4 season) will be required for nights spent camping. A full trek service is provided (tents, cook, dining table, chairs, cutlery etc & porterage) We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

A short and sweet low level skyline trek.

  • Trekking in the Himalayan foothills, one of the easier treks in Nepal and all at low altitude too, The Royal Trek is so named as it was undertaken by HRH Prince Charles when he visited Nepal. Although short, this trek is full of pleasant surprises. Once ascended, the trail follows an open ridge line of the Annapurna foothills and affords excellent panoramic views from Manaslu to Annapurna, including the iconic Fishtail. Not only that, it pretty much feels like you're walking off the beaten track (no trekking lodges being evidence of this) and will visit several traditional hill villages and gain an insight into rural Nepali life. If you're short on time, but still want to enjoy magnificent Himalayan views this is often described as a Himalayan trek for softies, which is a little harsh as really there is no such thing as an easy Himalayan trek.  You may want to spend extra nights in Pokhara & Kathmandu, or even at the scenic, peaceful Begnas Lake to extend this shorter Nepal walking trip.

    Sleeping bags (3-4 season) will be required for nights spent camping. A full trek service is provided (tents, cook, dining table, chairs, cutlery etc & porterage) We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

Example Itinerary

    • Day 1
      Arrive Kathmandu
    • Day 2
      Fly to Pokhara & Trek to Chisapani
    • Day 3
      Trek to Lipiyani
    • Day 4
      Trek to Begnas and transfer to Pokhara
    • Day 5
      Fly to Kathmandu
    • Day 6
      Depart Nepal
  • DAY
    1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY 1

    Arrive Kathmandu

    Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel - Kathmandu
    Included Meals: None

    DAY
    2

    Fly to Pokhara & Trek to Chisapani

    A private transfer to the airport for the 25min flight to Nepals premier resort-Pokhara. It's around a 30+minute private vehicle transfer to Begnas Lake and to the trail head, where you'll meet your porters and camp crew. The hiking trail heads steeply up into the foothills of the Annapurna Range. Already one has a real sense of space and clear air and soon you'll attain heights which offer views down to Rupal Lake, up to Machhapuchare (Fishtail) and the entire Annapurna range. Overnight is by the charming village of Chisapani with its tiny Buddhist Monastery. The campsite at approx. 1260m is surrounded by trees and a short 2 minute hike up the hill brings you to a ridge from where the full vista of the Annapurna's presents itself. Walking time approx 4-5hrs with approx. 700m ascent. You can of course add a stay in Pokhara or Begnas before you go hiking.

    Accommodation: Camp, Chisapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Full Support Camping

    DAY 2

    Fly to Pokhara & Trek to Chisapani

    A private transfer to the airport for the 25min flight to Nepals premier resort-Pokhara. It's around a 30+minute private vehicle transfer to Begnas Lake and to the trail head, where you'll meet your porters and camp crew. The hiking trail heads steeply up into the foothills of the Annapurna Range. Already one has a real sense of space and clear air and soon you'll attain heights which offer views down to Rupal Lake, up to Machhapuchare (Fishtail) and the entire Annapurna range. Overnight is by the charming village of Chisapani with its tiny Buddhist Monastery. The campsite at approx. 1260m is surrounded by trees and a short 2 minute hike up the hill brings you to a ridge from where the full vista of the Annapurna's presents itself. Walking time approx 4-5hrs with approx. 700m ascent. You can of course add a stay in Pokhara or Begnas before you go hiking.

    Accommodation: Camp, Chisapani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    Find out more about Full Support Camping

    DAY
    3

    Trek to Lipiyani

    You're within sight of the same mountains, yet the views constantly change. The mighty Annapurna II, Manaslu and Lamjung loom large and a love affair with Machhupuchare continues. Today's walk makes for relatively easy  hiking by Himalayan standards as you follow an open ridge line with 'ups & downs' but not particularly sustained  Overnight campsite close to the small village of Lipiyani (1100m) Walking time approx. 4 hrs with around 500m ascent and descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Lipiyani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY 3

    Trek to Lipiyani

    You're within sight of the same mountains, yet the views constantly change. The mighty Annapurna II, Manaslu and Lamjung loom large and a love affair with Machhupuchare continues. Today's walk makes for relatively easy  hiking by Himalayan standards as you follow an open ridge line with 'ups & downs' but not particularly sustained  Overnight campsite close to the small village of Lipiyani (1100m) Walking time approx. 4 hrs with around 500m ascent and descent.

    Accommodation: Camp, Lipiyani
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    DAY
    4

    Trek to Begnas and transfer to Pokhara

    It's virtually all downhill as your final day of walking completes this mini-horsehoe circuit of the Annapurna foothills. Waking to 'bed tea' again, it's a good idea to rise early and (hopefully) enjoy a magnificent panoramic Himalayan sunrise as the peaks of the Annapurna range turn from pink to gold. After breakfast the trail descends towards the lakes of Begnas and Rupal and the walking becomes more level. There's no hurry at all today and you'll stop for a relaxing lunch along the way. At the end of the trail a private vehicle will whisk you back to Pokhara. Walking time approx 4hrs, approx 700m descent.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 4

    Trek to Begnas and transfer to Pokhara

    It's virtually all downhill as your final day of walking completes this mini-horsehoe circuit of the Annapurna foothills. Waking to 'bed tea' again, it's a good idea to rise early and (hopefully) enjoy a magnificent panoramic Himalayan sunrise as the peaks of the Annapurna range turn from pink to gold. After breakfast the trail descends towards the lakes of Begnas and Rupal and the walking becomes more level. There's no hurry at all today and you'll stop for a relaxing lunch along the way. At the end of the trail a private vehicle will whisk you back to Pokhara. Walking time approx 4hrs, approx 700m descent.

    Accommodation: Hotel Karuna - Pokhara
    Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY
    5

    Fly to Kathmandu

    A private transfer to Pokhara airport for the return flight to Kathmandu. You'll receive a private vehicle transfer to your hotel in downtown Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for internal flights, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 5

    Fly to Kathmandu

    A private transfer to Pokhara airport for the return flight to Kathmandu. You'll receive a private vehicle transfer to your hotel in downtown Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. However, you may wish to consider some additional contingency for this trek, whether it be for any delays/cancellations that can and do occur for internal flights, or any difficulties that may arise on the trek.

    Accommodation: KGH Hotel, Kathmandu
    Included Meals: Breakfast

    DAY
    6

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    DAY 6

    Depart Nepal

    A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.

    IMPORTANT

    This is an EXAMPLE ITINERARY and can be customised for you accordingly.

    Please consider whether you want your customisable, private trip itinerary to also include CONTINGENCY.

    See our ABOUT CONTINGENCY Information

    Please CONTACT US to discuss CONTINGENCY and ADDITIONAL ACCLIMATISATION, as well as other CUSTOMISATION POSSIBILITES for your PRIVATE CUSTOM TREK

Price Guide

Price based on a private party of 4 persons, twin share rooms, low season.
  • £ GBP 684
  • $ US 890
  • € EUR 786

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT OUR PRICE GUIDES

What's included

The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers, internal flights in the itinerary (all meals on trek), porterage on trek, all camping equipment (except sleeping bags), full camp service, permits, National Park fees & Snow Cat Travel Trekking Guide. All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.

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