Royal Trek

Trip Overview
  • Duration 9 Days
  • Difficulty Level Easy or Grade A (*)
  • DestinationNepal
  • Meals & AccommodationBreakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Trip Start & EndKathmandu-Kathmandu
  • Trip TypeTrek
  • Major AttractionAnnapurna Range, culture, tradition, and daily lifestyle of the locals
  • Best TimeApril-May-June, September-Octuber-November

Highlights

  • Explore beautiful Fewa, Rupa, and Begnas lake
  • Following the footsteps of Prince Charles and Mick Jagger, the vocalist of The Rolling Stones
  • Get to see breathtaking scenery.
  • Experience the rich culture, tradition, and daily lifestyle of the locals
  • Get to see stunning views of Annapurna Range, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Lamjung, and many other mountains

Royal Trek is one of the shortest and easiest treks in the Annapurna region. This trek is perfect for anyone, regardless of their age. Moreover, it is also one of the recommended trekking trails in the Annapurna region for older people. In the 1980s, Prince Charles trekked on the same route, named this trekking route. Besides Prince Charles, Mick Jagger, the vocalist of The Rolling Stones, has also gone on this trek. The trail is easy, with occasional ascends and descends. During the Royal Trekking, you will trek through beautiful rhododendron forests and enjoy fantastic views of the Himalayan mountains. Royal Trek is the best trekking package at a low altitude that will present you with equally beautiful sights and experiences.

During the Royal Trek, you will get to see beautiful views of Annapurna Range (8,091 m), Mt. Machhapuchhre (6,993 m), Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Mt. Langtang (7,246 m), Mt. Nilgiri (7,061 m), Mt. Lamjung (6,983 m), and many other mountains. Along with gorgeous scenery, you will experience the locals' culture, tradition, and daily lifestyle. As you will stay overnight in different villages, you will have an excellent chance to interact with locals and get to know them closely. If you are someone with limited time on their hands and want to see the beauty of the Annapurna region in a short time, the Royal Trek is an ideal option for you. 

Royal Trek begins with a long scenic drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, you will drive to Bijayapur Khola, the starting point of the trek. The trail goes through flat paddy fields and crosses a river ascending towards Kalikasthan. The course then goes through small villages and the ridge of a mountain. On the way, you will get to see stunning views of Mt. Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Finally, passing by the lovely rhododendron forest, you will reach Syaklung for the night's stay. Further, you will descend to Chisapani and drive back to Pokhara.

Only a handful of travelers go on this trek every year. Therefore the trail is less crowded than other treks in the Annapurna region. If you are looking for solitary, go on Royal Trek. We, Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition, have carefully designed our Royal Trek itinerary. Be part of this fantastic journey with us, and we will make sure you will enjoy every moment of the trek. For further information regarding Royal Trek costs or other queries, don't hesitate to contact us anytime.

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Itinerary

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You will arrive at the Tribhuvan International Airport and do all the necessary entries. One Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition member will welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel. In the evening, you will stroll on the lively streets of Thamel and end your day with a delicious welcome dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1,300 m/4264 ft

Today, you will go on a sightseeing tour with your guide. You will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhnath Stupa, Swayambhunath, Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Patan Durbar Square. You will get to see the price art and architecture and get to know the ancient history of Nepal during the tour. In the evening, you will prepare for the trip with your guide.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After having a delicious breakfast, you will drive to Pokhara, the lake city. The drive will be long and scenic. You will observe superb views of lush green hills, rivers, terraced fields, dense forests, and scattered settlements on the way. Upon reaching Pokhara, you will move to the hotel. Rest for the day, and in the evening, you will go boating on tranquil Fewa Lake and witness the beautiful sunset.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6-7 hrs drive
  • 823m/2,700ft

You will drive to Bijayapur Khola, the starting point of the trek. From here, you will trek through flat paddy fields and cross a river. The trail then ascends and takes you to Kalikasthan, where you will spend the night.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs tre
  • 1,370m/4,496ft

Leaving Kalikasthan behind, you will begin trekking through small villages. Further, the trail goes along the ridge of a mountain. On the way, you will get to see stunning views of Mt. Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Finally, passing by the lovely rhododendron forest, you will reach Syaklung for the night's stay.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5-6 hrs
  • [1,730m/5,675ft

After having breakfast, you will trek through beautiful Gurung villages, where you will get to see the daily lifestyle of the locals. The trail passes by the forests of rhododendron and sal. Further, you will drop down and reach Chisapani, which will welcome you with amazing views of snow-capped mountains.

  • Lodge
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 5-6 hrs
  • 1550m/5,084ft

After having breakfast, you will descend to Rupatal. From here, the trail ascends to Sundare Danda. Furter, 15 minutes walk down to take you to Begna Tal where you can do boating. You will then hop on a bus and drive to your hotel for the night's stay.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

After having breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu, following the same route. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will move to the hotel. You can explore around in the evening and go shopping. Later, you will join the farewell dinner organized by the company.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • 6-7 hrs drive

After having breakfast, one of our team members will take you to the airport for your flight back to your home.

  • Hotel
  • Breakfast

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

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Cost Details

Includes

  • Airport Pick up and drop-off service by Private Coach.
  • Two nights' accommodation with breakfast at the deluxe hotel in Kathmandu.
  • 2-night accommodation with breakfast at the deluxe Hotel in Pokhara.
  • There is three-time food in a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) while trekking.
  • Tea House accommodation during the trek.
  • We provide a Professional English-speaking trekking guide (trained by the Ministry of tourism) with his food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, etc.
  • Deluxe Tourist Bus Ticket to Pokhara, then Pokhara to Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna conservation permits & TIMS Permits.
  • Tourist service charge, Vat.

Excludes

  • International airfare and Nepal Visa Fees.
  • Nepal Travel insurance.
  • Food in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel/Medical insurance and Emergency evacuation cost if needed.
  • Personal expenses include phone calls, drinks, donations, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events, i.e., road wrecks, flight delays, etc.
  • Tips for guide, porter (expected).

Essential Info

1.TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our main priority is the safety of our visitors. So we suggest. If you consider an Annapurna Trek, you should consider purchasing travel insurance to cover any unexpected costs due to health difficulties, injuries, or accidents (including air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). It will help if you take travel insurance and medical and accidental insurance. 

Your insurance coverage should also cover any additional activities you plan to participate in while in Nepal. There's a thin line between adventure and outright danger. What distinguishes them is their level of preparedness for a specific task. Leaving the comforts of home and entering the embrace of nature is an adventure; failing to ensure that you are adequately covered is a danger.

 

2. Food and Accommodation

I)Food

As for food, the Annapurna region has many hotels and tea houses that facilitate you with the best food items. 

Our package will offer you full-time food with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and tea and coffee. We will give the food as per the menu of the hotel or tea house. We prioritize Nepali food mainly. Therefore, they will serve Nepali food items, but if you wish to have a western food item, they will also prepare it upon your request.

II)Accommodation

For accommodation in the Annapurna region, you can find hotels, lodges, and restaurants. From mid-range to expensive resorts can be seen. While trekking, you may need to stop at local villages where you cannot find such facilities. The lodge costs a bit high than other options like the hotel. However, We will arrange your accommodation in tourist comfort hotels, motels, or resorts. The hotel will provide the room with a twin bed which demands you to share your room. In your demand, we can also arrange a triple bed or a single bed which cost a bit expensive compared to others.  

 

3. Heath /Fitness And Experience Requirments 

Because some portions of the climb are very strenuous and some days need 8-9 hours of constant walking, trekking throughout Annapurna Region requires exceptional stamina, tenacity, and good health. As a result, we recommend that you get medical counsel, medicine, and authorization before embarking on this adventure. Also, consult your local General Practitioner for professional advice on the essential Guide walks before embarking on the Annapurna Trek in Nepal. However, if you don't have access to a doctor, travel clinics can provide you with the most excellent guidance.

 

4. Travel Tips (ATM, ELECTRICITY, INTERNET, LUGGAGE, PERSONAL EXPENSES)

As mentioned earlier, we can find all types of hotels and lodges starting from mid-range to very standard. But if we are moving to the local community, we might not find clubs and hotels with all kinds of facilities. 

As for the facilities, there is no electricity in all of those locations. Therefore, it is preferable to have a backup plan. We may still use batteries and chargers for backup, but additional expenses will be. There are charging stations in the lodges where you may set your devices. You may have to pay a minimal cost for the service. Bring along additional chargers or a solar charger.

There may not be internet access in all locations, limiting your ability to use data. You may have to pay extra to utilize the internet. The internet connection throughout the walking trail is sporadic at best, and it only worsens as you climb higher.

Having cash on hand for your payments is recommended due to the lack of ATMs. It would help if you had to pay for things like power, internet, and other extras like bakeries and pastries and cash for tipping. Please bring extra cash to spend while trekking because there are no ATMs as we move to higher altitudes. You may need money on the road to buy additional beverages, food, or luxuries like a hot shower, internet, etc. 

In the hotel's locker room, provide free spaces for extra luggage. Each hiker can bring up to ten pounds of trekking tools (carried by porters). There aren't any ATMs, so have plenty of cash! Even in a "main" community like Jomsom, you might not find an ATM in the Annapurna region. Almost no tea houses or commercial enterprise accepts credit cards. 

 

5. Altitude Sickness And Prevention 

While trekking to the Annapurna region, moving to higher elevations will cause altitude sickness. In addition, you will be more likely to face AMS, which might worsen HACE( High Altitude Cerebral Edema) and HAPE(High Altitude Pulmonary Edema).

When people are traveling and rising or being moved to a higher level fast, altitude sickness is prevalent. Because lower the air pressure and oxygen levels are, the higher you climb. Our bodies can handle the change, but it will take time to acclimate. 

 So to prevent AMS, we will take two acclimatization breaks every thousand meters. We will trek at a higher altitude but sleep lower to cure this altitude sickness. If we suffer from acute mountain sickness, we will take rest immediately at the same place. To energize, we will drink more liquid to stay hydrated, like soup and water. If the case starts to get worse, we will have to take rescue by helicopter.

 

6. WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

The following is the list of the things and equipment that we will need to carry with us when you are heading on the journey. 

1. For the upper part of the body

HAT: You'll need a nice, wide-brimmed trekking hat to keep the sun off your face. Lightweight, simple to carry, and neck-covering styles are the best.  While trekking, wearing a hat can protect yourself from the sun on the trail.

HEADLAMP: Along with the hat, it is better to carry a headlamp with you during the trek. Headlamps are lights we can wear on a person's head. Due to their hands-free operation, these gadgets are great for trekking and hiking. It's ideal to have your hands free when hiking so you can deal with anything Mother Nature throws at you or pull your stuff.

 At night, trails can be hard to navigate. These footprints generally incorporate pebbles, tree roots, twigs, and even animals and resemble an uncharted maze. These hazards can be dangerous, and having your hands free allows you to catch yourself, move obstacles, sprint, or fend off an enraged rabbit on the track.

WOOLEN HAT: When you move to higher elevations, you get a high chance of being caught by cold. So, it is essential to carry a woolen hat with you for your protection. Not every hat is equally suitable for trekking, so it is safer to have a woolen hat; it will be available to you if you need it. 

SUN PROTECTING HAT(WITH WIDE BRIM): Day during your trial can be sunny, and the rays directly showered upon you. It will protect UV rays from entering your skin. We must be more careful regarding our heads and protect the scalp from sunburn and skin cancer. 

SUNGLASSES(WITH UV PROTECTION): As we move towards high altitude, the atmospheric layer becomes thinner, which increases exposure to harmful rays because the capacity to filter these rays becomes less. Therefore, we need to carry sunglasses to protect our eyes from harmful rays.

 

2. BODY PART

Waterproof jackets and trousers: Rain on the path is always possible, especially if you intend to hike between June and September (we strongly advise against walking in the region). We recommend bringing rain gear with you as a precaution, preferably a gore-tex membrane hardshell jacket. An inexpensive pair of waterproof pullovers will typically be enough for pants.

T-SHIRT: It is better to wear light clothes to avoid extreme sweating and discomfort during trekking. A t-shirt is best to wear during such trips. 

Clothing: Layering is a significant walk component due to the considerable fluctuation in altitude and temperature. You'll be able to quickly adapt to the climate and be comfortable and safe if you can add and remove layers of clothes while trekking. For example, if you intend on hiking during the cooler winter months of December through February, you'll want to bring some extra layers.

GLOVES: You will need to carry your gloves with you because gloves will help protect your hands from sweat, extreme weather conditions, and other inconvenient situations that may cause discomfort and injury.

 

LOWER BODY CLOTHING

THERMAL INNERS: Thermal inners are insulators between your body and the surrounding cold air. They trap body heat and prevent heat loss. Use the ones generally made with polyester or give extra comfort and flexibility.

TROUSERS: A full-length pair of trekking trousers provides solid path protection, preventing cuts and scratches from prickly plants, twigs, rocks, and other hazards. Trekking trousers allow you to travel much easier without the sound of rustling plants and enable you to get near to animals without making a nuisance.

DOWN JACKET: One of the most significant purchases you'll make is a down jacket. On a hiking or climbing journey throughout the journey, having the correct warm, insulating layer may make or break your pleasure level. So when you are heading for a trek in the Everest region, we must include a down jacket in your packing list. 

 

3. FOOTWEARS

TREKKING BOOTS: Trekking boots are necessary as they help to protect the foot and ankles during long-distance trekking. They are one of the essential items of trekking as they can determine a trekker's ability to walk long distances without injury.

SOCKS: A trekking sock is essential for avoiding blisters. Unlike a weak, stinking cotton sock, a hiking hose will not continually brush against the back of your foot and will give substantial protection from friction caused by your shoe. The socks maintain a constant temperature for the feet. Socks are incredibly soft and comfortable on foot.

 

4. OTHER TYPES OF EQUIPMENT FOR TREKKING

TREKKING POLES: Trekking poles intersperse your arms and shoulders into the trekking movement, allowing you to use better muscles to force yourself uphill and control your downhill. The result is an expansion in rate without an accumulation in leg soreness.

FIRST-AID KIT: First aid kits are a must-have for every trekker. They help you with necessary treatment during the trial. Thus to minimize the risk of infection or injury severity, we must take it with ourselves. A well-stocked kit contains items that treat burns, injuries, scrapes, and cuts.

SLEEPING BAGS: Though we will be staying in hotels and there will be services, still take no risk and carry a sleeping bag with you. If you want the best night's sleep on the trail, it is best to take your sleeping bags.

PERSONAL BAGS: When going on an outdoor trek, you want to be sure that you'll be comfortable the entire time. Personal bags are vital if you're hiking a long and challenging walk. The type of trekking backpack you use will significantly impact how pleasant your adventure will be. If you're carrying many goods, you'll need a bag that distributes the weight properly, so you don't get tired soon.

 

7. PASSPORT AND VISA

It is relatively simple to acquire a visa for Nepal. You can apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy/Consulate or Mission office in your home country or buy one when you arrive at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport. To apply for a visa, you'll need two passport-sized photos, US dollar visa costs, and a valid passport for at least six months before your travel. Nationals of the SAARC (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, and Afghanistan) and China, on the other hand, do not need a visa to enter Nepal. However, a transit visa is only valid for three days for foreign nationals. As a result, for more extended visits, a permit is necessary.

A passport is very crucial to travel in Nepal. In addition, if you want to do mountain trekking, you will have to get a mountain license. 

 

8. BANKING AND ATM

Our packages usually include meals and lodging, but you may require cash for personal expenses. There is a lower likelihood of finding an ATM or no ATM on the ABC trail. . Before you go on the walk, make sure you have enough cash. As mentioned above, there is no ATM in the Annapurna region everywhere, so It is better not to depend on ATMs for the expenses. The hotels and lodges also mostly accept cash rather than online payments, so it's more convenient to take enough money with you.  

 

9. GUIDES PORTER AND TIPPING SYSTEM IN NEPAL

Solo trekking, group trekking, or a couple of trekking without a guide will be difficult, so it is necessary to take a guide with you whenever you plan to trek. In addition, the trail in the Annapurna region might not be familiar to you if you are traveling for the first time. 

Since you will have to carry many trekking equipments, it will be convenient and helpful if you take a porter. The porter will help you maintain the luggage, and the Guide will help you take the right trail. 

While traveling, you may face uncertainties. For example, you may suffer from altitude sickness and AMS (Acute mountain sickness), so to help you during such situations, we need to take a guide with us.  

As for the tips for guides and porters will set you back 10% of the total price. Ten percent of the cost is for the Guide and porter. Mountain Rock Treks provide sixty percent to the Guide's tips and 40 percent to the porter.

 

9. BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

We are flexible with bookings. However, you must pay a 25% deposit when you confirm, with the remainder due upon arrival. There are no hidden fees with us.

If you want to join a group, we have different terms and conditions that you may learn about by contacting us.

Mountain Rock Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. handles all of our reservations. Fill out a Booking Form and send it to the firm together with your deposits and insurance payment to book a package (if applicable). You must pay a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the trip charge at booking for all trips. You can pay the remaining payment once you arrive in Kathmandu and before the tour.

 The Company or its Agent should receive the non-refundable deposit. When arranging a custom holiday with the firm,  Mountain Rock Treks will advise you of the needed cost for the Treks. 

You are booking with a bank transfer or a credit card deposit (Visa or MasterCard).

10. LAST-MINUTE BOOKING FOR ANNAPURNA REGION TREKKING

We are flexible with bookings. However, we are not refundable for last-minute cancellations. To ensure your seat on one of our Annapurna region trekking packages at the last minute, you must pay the entire package amount.

We'll try our best to get everything in order before the deadline. So arrive in Kathmandu at least a day ahead of time for the experience. Please get in touch with us directly for further details.

The cancellation of a Client's order must be made in writing and verified by the Company. The date the Company or its Agents receives the cancellation request will determine the cancellation charge. 

You will forfeit the 25% deposit if you decide to cancel at the last minute after you have confirmed it. If you choose to cancel your trip after it has begun for any reason, you will be responsible for the total cost of the trip. Once you've started your journey, we can't give you a refund. Therefore, the Client should obtain cancellation insurance at booking.

 

HOW DIFFICULT IS THE ANNAPURNA REGION TREK?

  • ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREKKING (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREKKING (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA GURUNG HERITAGE TRAIL TREK (MODERATE)
  • ANNAPURNA CIRCUIT TREK WITH TILICHO LAKE (MODERATE)
  • SHORT ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TREK (STRENUOUS)
  • ROYAL TREK (EASY)
  • GHOREPANI SUNRISE TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • KHOPRA DANDA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • BAGLUNG PANI AND GHANPOKHARA TREK (DIFFICULT)
  • TILICHO LAKE WITH MESOKANTO PASS (DIFFICULT)

FAQs

  • Q1. What kind of trek is Royal Trek?

    Royal Trek is a teahouse trek in the lower part of the Annapurna region. Following the footstep of Prince Charles, Mick Jagger, the vocalist of The Rolling Stones, you will explore beautiful villages.

  • No, Royal Trek is not a difficult trek. Moreover, it is one of the shortest and easiest treks in the Annapurna region.

  •  Highlights of Royal Trek:

    • Explore dazzling Fewa, Rupa, and Begnas lake
    • Following the footsteps of Prince Charles and Mick Jagger, the vocalist of The Rolling Stones
    • Get to see breath-taking scenery
    • Experience the rich culture, tradition, and daily lifestyle of the locals
    • Get to see astonishing views of Annapurna Range, Mt. Machhapuchhre, Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Langtang, Mt. Nilgiri, Mt. Lamjung, and many other mountains
  • The highest elevation you will reach during Royal Trek is 1,730 meters/5,675 feet, which is not so high. Therefore, there is no chance of getting altitude sickness in Royal Trek.

  • You can food like dal bhat tarkari, sandwiches, momo, noodles, bread, snacks, bars, tea, coffee, bakery items, etc during Royal Trek. For accommodation, you will stay in the teahouse during the trek. Rooms will be small with common washrooms.

  • Yes, Royal Trek is good for elderly people. In fact, Royal Trek is one of the best treks that are recommended for old age people.

Client Reviews

  • short and easy trek in nepal

    One of the best and easy treks in the Annapurna area. This trek brings you to local people, and you have an excellent chance to see local culture and monuments. We are glad Mr. Dipak recommended the Royal trek.

    K
    KellerAustriaAugust 26, 2019
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