Trek the Royal Trail around Pokhara

Discover mud-house hamlets and mountain views in a gentle trek along the foothills of Annapurna. 4 days.

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Trek the Royal Trail around Pokhara

Discover mud-house hamlets and mountain views in a gentle trek along the foothills of Annapurna. 4 days.

The Royal Trek is a four-day adventure that starts in Pokhara and continues along the foothills of Annapurna, through Gurung hamlets, before finishing at the scenic Begnas Lake. Fun fact - this trek was named the ‘Royal Trek’ because Prince Charles and his 90-person entourage explored this route back in the early eighties. The Royal Trek will allow you to experience the cultures of the local people who live in this region while hiking through areas of phenomenal beauty. Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 4 days of trekking
  • 3 nights of accommodation (on a twin-sharing basis)
  • Local, professional English-speaking guide
  • Assistant leader on 4:1 basis
  • Porter on 2:1 basis
  • All meals during the trek
  • Permits and entrance fees where applicable
  • Transfer from Pokhara to Bijayapur via private vehicle
  • Transfer from Begnas to Pokhara via private vehicle

Perfect for: Adventurous souls who only have a short amount of time to play with but are keen to explore village life and be surrounded by striking mountain views. This is an easy-going trek.

What to Expect

Day 1: Pokhara to Bijayapur to Kalikastan

Following breakfast, drive East from Pokhara to Bijayapur where the hike will begin. The trail takes you through rice fields and Brahim villages before reaching Kalikastan where you will spend the night. At 1370m, Kalikastan offers not only fantastic views of the mountains but also back over Pokhara, so it’s the perfect place to sit and enjoy a peaceful dinner.

45 minutes of driving, 3 hours of hiking

Day 2: Kalikasthan to Syaglung

Your second day starts with a trek through the villages of Thulokot before reaching Mati Thana, where you will stop for lunch in a teashop. Continuing along the forested ridge of the mountains, your afternoon will be filled with magnificent views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal before you’ll ascend to a tea house in Syaglung where you will spend the night.

4 hours of hiking

Day 3: Syaglung to Chisapani

Today, you will have the opportunity to visit a marketplace on your trek, where you’ll be able to sample the Nepali spices foods before heading into the Sal Forests. The forests are best known for their exquisite rhododendron trees and picturesque hiking trails, but save some camera memory because your stop off point Chisapni (2194m) has one of the best viewpoints of the Himalayan Panorama.

You’ll set up camp not too far from this village, where you’ll be able to visit the ridge-top temple.

5 hours of hiking

Day 4: Chisapani to Begnas Tal, drive to Pokhara

Your last day will finish with a slightly shorter hike as you walk downhill to Rupa Tal before traversing to Begnas Tal where a boat will be waiting to take you along the river, before catching your ride back to Pokhara.

3 hours of hiking, 1 hour of driving

Accommodation

Generally, most adventures to Nepal are based in remote areas where the accommodation will be basic. There are different star hotels available in the city area but during the trek we will be staying at tea houses. They have dorm rooms, shared toilets and common areas. There’s no heating, so you need a sleeping bag. WiFi is often available for a small cost, and many places offer hot showers.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

1 Night Accommodation in Pokhara Payable Before Departure
1 Night Accommodation in Pokhara £30.00
Transfer Kathmandu - Pokhara Payable Before Departure
Flight ( 35min, incredibly scenic) £100.00
Private Vehicle (offers most flexibility) £55.00

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Location

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Pokhara is a gateway for many trekkers and mountaineers to the Annapurna range. Not only does it offer spectacular scenery along the tranquil river, but a plethora of adventure activities, cultural trips and amazing restaurants!

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Pokhara, where your guide will pick you up early on the first day, so you should plan to stay the night before. Your host can help you arrange the accommodation.

Finish point?
Your trip ends on the lakeside at Pokhara from where you can either take a transfer back to Kathmandu or you keep exploring the Annapurna region.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Book whichever flight suits you best.

From Kathmandu, you’ll need to make your way to Pokhara. Your host can assist you to make one of the following arrangements:

Fly: There are several daily flights to Pokhara from KTM. Flights only take 25 minutes and are by far the easiest option. Besides saving time, the flight allows you to witness the spectacular views over the Himalayas from above. Priced from GBP 100 one way.

Bus: A daily tourist bus for Pokhara departs from Kantipath in Kathmandu. The trip takes around 7 hours and costs GBP 7–10 each way. This is the cheapest option.

Private car: You can hire a private car to take you from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive time is a little shorter than the bus, and you can do some sightseeing along the way. This option gives you the most freedom.

Your host will contact before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • International airport tax
  • Meals, drinks and snacks
  • Visa fee
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
  • Late check out on hotels

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 8.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Nepal has a huge variety in different foods. Your guide will help you experience the vast array of foods available but ultimately you can pick what you like at a variety of prices. We recommend trying the Dal Bhat - a spiced mixture of lentils and rice - as it is the traditional Nepali day-to-day dish (not to mention it’s extremely healthy and affordable!).

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

Since the trek is designed keeping in mind beginner-level trekkers, the walk will be easy. And if you feel tired, we have an easy access to vehicles to ensure that it takes you to Pokhara easily. This trek is fine for all ages and levels of fitness.

This trek is open to any fitness level! You will be trekking on average for 4 hours a day, reaching a maximum height of 2517m.

When you trek in the mountains, there always the risk of getting altitude sickness, regardless of how old, young, fit or unfit you are. The symptoms can vary from one person to the next – from a headache to breathing heavily or numbness in your fingers – and if you find any of these symptoms, you must descend the mountain. Your guide will always be around to help and instruct you to avoid any danger, however, it is rather unlikely that you will face any difficulties at this altitude.

Yes, of course. Just send any enquiries to the host and they will create a bespoke itinerary that suits your needs. Alternatively, have a look at our shorter itineraries.

Your host recommends you pack the following:

  • 1 Small daypack (20-30l)
  • 1 water bottle (1 ltr
  • 1 pair Hiking Shoes
  • Long sleeve cotton or polypropylene shirts
  • Hiking shorts
  • Warm Jacket
  • Medium sized towel
  • Sunhat / warm hat
  • Sunblock / lotions
  • Hiking Socks
  • Sunglasses
  • Inner sleeping sheet
  • Four-season Sleeping bag (comfortable to -15c)
  • Money belt
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Torch/Flashlight
  • Personal medication / First aid kit
  • Water purifying tablets / UV Water Purifier

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Pokhara, where your guide will pick you up early on the first day, so you should plan to stay the night before. Your host can help you arrange the accommodation.

Finish point?
Your trip ends on the lakeside at Pokhara from where you can either take a transfer back to Kathmandu or you keep exploring the Annapurna region.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Book whichever flight suits you best.

From Kathmandu, you’ll need to make your way to Pokhara. Your host can assist you to make one of the following arrangements:

Fly: There are several daily flights to Pokhara from KTM. Flights only take 25 minutes and are by far the easiest option. Besides saving time, the flight allows you to witness the spectacular views over the Himalayas from above. Priced from GBP 100 one way.

Bus: A daily tourist bus for Pokhara departs from Kantipath in Kathmandu. The trip takes around 7 hours and costs GBP 7–10 each way. This is the cheapest option.

Private car: You can hire a private car to take you from Kathmandu to Pokhara. The drive time is a little shorter than the bus, and you can do some sightseeing along the way. This option gives you the most freedom.

Your host will contact before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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