Royal Trek

Trip Overview

Royal Trek is among the shortest treks in the Annapurna Region. This trek follows the pathway to the north of Pokhara. This trek is an amazing trek, replete with quaint village lifestyle, at varying altitudes, Himalayas ranges including  Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Machhapuchre, Nilgiri, Langtang, and Lamjung. This trek has a lot to offer you, making you blissful. If you want to enjoy wandering the beautiful land of Nepal, Royal Trek awaits your assignment and arrival. The greenish terrace fields and beautiful flowing water along the trails of this trek is the wonderful sight that will let you bound to spare more time to peek at it continuously. You might commit to the beautiness by clicking the photo for a lifetime memory.


The trek begins shortly after your arrival in Kathmandu. With a visit to UNESCO world heritage site, and trek preparation we will drive to Pokhara, and our trek begins from the lakeside of Pokhara. Pokhara is the most beautiful tourist hub of Nepal. The city is a paradise in itself that has captivated thousands of soul. Rambling in Pokhara and passing through Gurung hamlet will offer you the picturesque rice terrace and Annapurna range that will immerse you into the depth of what we call paradise city, Pokhara. The majestic vista of Fishtail and Langtang is another perk of this trek. The trek ends at the scenic Begnas Lake to the west of Pokhara City.

Royal trekking is rewarded as less crowded trekking route in the Annapurna region of Nepal. If you have comparatively less time to travel but seek for amazing traveling experience, then Royan trek is an ideal choice for you.

Best Season: The best season for the Royal Trek in Nepal is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). During these months, the weather is generally clear and dry, and the temperatures are mild, making it perfect for trekking.

Rules and Permits:

As for permits and regulations, the Royal Trek falls under the Annapurna Conservation Area, and trekkers are required to obtain a permit to enter the conservation area. You can obtain the permit at the conservation area’s entry checkpoint in Pokhara or Kathmandu.

It is essential to follow the conservation area’s regulations, which include rules on waste disposal, camping, and other activities. It is recommended that you hire a licensed trekking guide or porter to help you navigate the area and ensure that you comply with all regulations.


Outline Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley

Day 03 – Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours

Day 04 – Drive to Bijayapur and Trek to Kalikathan (1,370 m) – 4.5 hours

Day 05 – Trek to Shaklung (1,730 m) – 4 hours

Day 06 – Trek to Chisopani – 4 hours

Day 07 – Trek to Begnas and Drive to Pokhara

Day 08 – Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara

Day 09 – Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus

Day 10 – Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure


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Detail Itinerary

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 – Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley
After a hearty breakfast, at 8.30 am your sightseeing trip will start. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Today we will visit some heritages listed below:

Pashupatinath Temple:
Pashupatinath Temple is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River. Though you are not allowed to go inside the temple as it is strictly for Hindus only, you can clearly see the temple and the activities from the eastern bank of the Bagmati River. It is a square two-tiered pagoda temple built on a single-tier plinth which is famous all over the world.

Boudhanath Stupa:
Boudhananath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. It was built in the 5th century with four pairs of eyes of Lord Buddha in four cardinal directions keeping an eternal watch over the people and their doings. You will find Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet going round the stupa spinning the prayer wheels.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square:
Visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area for trekking essentials.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 03 – Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in a Tourist Bus – 7 hours
Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the tourist bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west and 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 at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 04 – Drive to Bijayapur and Trek to Kalikathan (1,370 m) – 4.5 hours
The journey starts in the morning at 8:00 am with a 30-minute road drive that takes us to Bajayapur after which we trek uphill for about 3 to 4 hours through Brahman and Chettri villages. Skyline camp will be set up around the Kalikasthan area.

Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 05 – Trek to Shaklung (1,730 m) – 4 hours
The trail continues along the forested ridge top through Thulokot to Mati Thana, where there are a few tea shops and then a moderate climb to Naudanda. Continuing along the ridge to a school at Lipini village, we make a steep but short climb through the forest to the Gurung village of Shuanmklung.

Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 06 – Trek to Chisopani – 4 hours
The trail drops steeply down the south side of the hill to a large tree, several tea shops and a police check post. This is a trail junction. The Royal Trek route climbs Chisopani winding around back of the hill to the village. A short distance above Chisopani village is a high knoll where there is a small temple. This is the Chisopani Danda or the Chisapani ridge-top. The camp here has splendid mountain views.

Overnight at a tented camp. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 07 – Trek to Begnas and Drive to Pokhara
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. We continue for a short distance through the rice field. Then we make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal. From the ridge, we descend into the Begnas Bajar and take a 30 minutes drive to Pokhara.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 08 – Guided Sightseeing in Pokhara
After breakfast, a full day sightseeing tour of Pokhara city begins. There will be a professional city guide and a private tourist vehicle at your disposal. You will visit the following sites:

Bindhabasini Temple:
The temple lies in the center of the religious old bazaar. It is dedicated to Goddess Bhagwati, another manifestation of Shakti. The park grounds offer a fine picnic and relaxing area.

Davis Fall:
Locally known as Patale Chhango and located in the southern flank of the Pokhara valley, it is where the stream flowing from Fewa Lake collapses and surges down the rock into a deep gorge, leaping through several potholes. This is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike.

Gupteshwor Cave:
The revered Gupteshwor Cave is situated 2 km from the Pokhara airport. The entrance is right across from Davis fall and the cave is almost 3 km long. It has some big hall-sized rooms and some passages where you have to crawl on all four. This cave holds special value to Hindus since a phallic symbol of Lord Shiva is preserved here in the condition it was discovered.

Seti River Gorges:
Carved by the Seti Gandaki River, it is one of the natural wonders of Pokhara. K.I. Singh bridge at Bagar, Mahendrapool and Prithivi Highway Bridge near bus park provide a perfect view of the river’s dreadful rush and the deep gorge made by the turbulent flow of white water.

Tibetan Refugee Camps:
The Tibetan village Tashiling in the south and the Tashi Palkhel village in the north of Pokhara are renowned for the production and trade of woolen carpets and other handicrafts. The original Tibetan settlers in this region migrated to Nepal in the ‘50s.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 09 – Drive Back to Kathmandu (1,400 m) in a Tourist Bus
We will be driving back to Kathmandu in the morning.

If you are interested in extending the trip, there are many options such as Chitwan jungle safari, river rafting adventure, Kathmandu shopping tour, 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. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

Day 10 – Transfer to the International Airport for Your Final Departure
The trip concludes today. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included.

Cost Included

  • All the airport transfers.
  • Three nights’ Accommodation in Kathmandu including breakfast as per the above itinerary.
  • Sightseeing tour in Kathmandu as per the itinerary.
  • All accommodations in lodges/tea houses during the trek.
  • Your standard meals during the trek with hot tea/coffee in breakfast.
  • All necessary paper works, Conservation entry permits and  TIMS permit.
  • Two night’s accommodation in Pokhara including breakfast on twin sharing basis:
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu –-Pokhara – Kathmandu by tourist bus.
  • An experienced, helpful and friendly Guide and porters (1 porter for 2 peoples).
  • Salary, Food, Drinks, Accommodation, Transportation and Insurance for the Guide and Porter.
  • Arrangement of Emergency Helicopter service which will be paid by your Travel insurance company.
  • Sleeping bag and down jackets if necessary (returnable after the trek).
  • All government taxes, Vat and service charge.

Cost not Include

  • Nepal entry visa fee (you may easily issue the visa upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport – Kathmandu). You will require 2 passport size photos, more info – Nepal Visa info page.
  • Your Travel insurance (compulsory) and Entrance fees while you visit monuments in Kathmandu.
  • Lunch and Dinner while you are in Kathmandu, Pokhara and traveling days between KTM-POK-KTM.
  • All the alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • Sweet things like chocolate, apple pie etc…
  • International airfare to and from Nepal.
  • Tips for the guide, porter & driver.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on including section.

Before You Go

  1. Physical fitness: The Royal Trek is an easy trek suitable for beginners and requires a moderate level of fitness. However, you should prepare yourself by doing some physical exercises and going on short hikes before the trek.
  2. Permits: You need to obtain a Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card and an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) before starting the trek. Your trekking agency can arrange these permits for you.
  3. Accommodation and food: During the trek, you will be staying in tea houses or guesthouses. The accommodations are basic, with shared rooms and common toilets. The food is also basic, and you will mostly get Nepali and continental dishes such as dal bhat, noodles, and pizza.
  4. Altitude sickness: The Royal Trek is a low-altitude trek, and the highest point is at around 1,730 meters. However, you should still be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness, such as headache, nausea, and dizziness, and take necessary precautions. You should also drink plenty of water and rest adequately.
  5. Weather: The best time to go on the Royal Trek is from September to November and March to May. During these months, the weather is mostly dry and sunny, and the views are spectacular. However, you should also be prepared for unexpected changes in weather, such as rain or snow.
  6. Trekking gear: You should pack appropriate trekking gear such as comfortable hiking shoes, warm clothes, rain gear, a backpack, a sleeping bag, and a first-aid kit. You can also rent or buy some of the gear in Kathmandu.
  7. Local culture: The Royal Trek passes through several villages inhabited by Gurung and Magar people, who have unique cultures and traditions. You should respect their culture, dress modestly, ask for permission before taking photographs, and avoid littering the trail.


  • What is the Royal Trek?

The Royal Trek is a short and easy trekking route in Nepal that follows a path through the foothills of the Annapurna range. The trek is named after Prince Charles, who first trekked the route in 1980.

  • How long is the Royal Trek?

The Royal Trek typically takes around 4-5 days to complete, depending on your itinerary and trekking pace.

  • What is the difficulty level of the Royal Trek?

The Royal Trek is considered an easy trek, suitable for beginners and trekkers with a moderate level of fitness. The trek involves some uphill and downhill walking, but the trails are well-maintained and not too steep.

  • What is the best time to do the Royal Trek?

The best time to do the Royal Trek is during the spring and autumn months, from March to May and from September to November respectively. During these months, the weather is generally clear and dry, and the views of the mountains and the surrounding landscapes are stunning.

  • What permits are required for the Royal Trek?

To trek in the Annapurna region, you will need an Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and a TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) card. These permits can be obtained through a trekking agency or at the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu.

  • What type of accommodation is available on the Royal Trek?

There are several teahouses and lodges along the Royal Trek route that offer basic but comfortable accommodation and meals. It is recommended to book your accommodation in advance during peak trekking season.

  • What should I pack for the Royal Trek?

You should pack warm clothing, a good quality sleeping bag, sturdy trekking shoes, a backpack, a headlamp, a water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a first aid kit. It is also recommended to bring a map and a guidebook.

  • Do I need a guide for the Royal Trek?

While it is possible to trek the Royal route independently, it is recommended to hire a guide for safety and convenience. A guide can help you navigate the route, provide valuable insights about the local culture and lifestyle, and ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable trekking experience.

  • How much does the Royal Trek cost?

The cost of the Royal Trek varies depending on the duration of the trek, the type of accommodation, and the services of a guide or porter.

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