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Royal Trek

Key Points

  • Destination: Nepal
  • Duration: 09 Days
  • Max Altitude: 1730 m
  • Fitness Level: Moderate
  • Activity: Trekking
  • Group -Size: 2-15 pax
Trip Overview

British royal Prince Charles trekked north of Pokhara valley in the early eighties what is now named as Royal Trek. Even today this short trek has been using by other dignitaries who want to explore and enjoy the rural life with splendid view of the Himalayan peaks that includes Annapurna, Fishtail (Machapuchhre), Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri and others. Diverse cultural experience in the rural setting, terraced farms, Gurung hamlets, and view of Himalayas with natural beauty are attractions of the trek.

This short trek of four days showcases Nepal’s mountain treasure perfectly. Trekking starts from the plain of Pokhara valley in the paddy field and gradually ascends to the hills from where you can enjoy superb views. The trekking is characterized with frequent uphill and downhill – a common in Nepal Mountain.  You can witness three lakes of Pokhara valley during the trek and ideal for any physical capability and interest.

Itenerary

On arrival you will be greeted by our friendly representative at arrival terminal of Tribhuvan International Airport. And, then you will be transferred to your hotel. Check-in at your Hotel booked for you and then after a short rest you can go to explore market area of Thamel – where you can eat your supper, change money, buy some stuffs from supermarket, or buy trekking gears – if you need to do. Later you are invited to our office in Thamel for the trip briefing. Overnight at your hotel. Delay of any kind will postpone the events for next day according to feasibility.
beautiful valley and city of Nepal with the most impressive mountain views, lakes, and fresh air. It is about twenty-five minutes flight along the central Himalaya range in which you can witness the view of Langtang range, Ganesh Himal range, Gorkha Himal massif with Manaslu, Lanjung Himal, and finally Annapurna along with Fishtail or Machhapuchre. You can alternatively take driving option to Pokhara through the scenic snake-bend highway of the midhill Nepal. The driving is long yet adventurous and enjoying. We recommend you to drive one way and fly the other way in this trip to enjoy the beauty of Nepal. Once you arrive Pokhara, check in to your Hotel. In the later evening you can stroll around the beautiful lake – Fewa Lake – and around the lakeside shops. Overnight in the Hotel.
You enjoy palatable breakfast at the Hotel before your trek in the mountain. Your trek to foothills of the Himalayas begins with a short drive to Bijayapur Khola. You start walking through beautiful paddy field and splendid in the autumn season. After crossing few suspension bridges you ascend to Kalikasthan. Enjoy the first day in the village and mountain of Nepal. Overnight stay in the local lodge.
Appreciate your morning breakfast cooked freshly at your lodge and start the day. You will be walking past various small dotted settlements and experience the rural agrarian life. You walk through rhododendron forest which offers refreshing walk in April-May with colorful blooms. Your walk is mostly in the ridge and marvelous view of the Annapurnas, and Lamjung Himal rejuvenates throughout the day. Arrive your lodge in Syaklung and stay overnight.
You day begins with delicious breakfast. Today you walk uphill and downhill in alternate for good five-six hours to reach Chisapani – literally means cold water. The walk offers some of the best panoramic view of the central Himalayan range of Nepal including Dhaulagiri in the west and Annapurna, Lamjung Himal to the east. Rhododendron and Sal forest with occasional Gurung – an indigenous ethnic community of the region – villages dominates today’s trail. Arrive Chisapani and overnight stay in the local lodge.
Here comes the last day of walk in the mountain. After breakfast walk downhill to the Rupa Lake – small lake beyond the Begnas Lake. Pokhara valley is well known for the Lakes where seven large and small lakes are scattered. From Rupa lake you ascend to the Sundari Danda (pretty hill) before descend down to the Begnas Lake. We sail the lake by ferry and catch vehicle waiting for you to drive back to your Hotel. Celebrate your evening in Pokhara and you may enjoy night life here. Overnight stay in the Hotel.
You drive back to Kathmandu at around 7.00 am – some 206 kms and takes seven hours. You drive through narrow mountain highway yet beautiful which stretches along the river and passes through stunning landscape. Once in Kathmandu we will transfer you to your respective hotel and you will be given free time to wander around. Overnight will be spent in hotel.
After palatable breakfast at your Hotel, start tour of mysterious Kathmandu city. This historical, cultural and spiritual city unveils the social and historical mysteries to visitors. You walk through narrow lanes of the ancient Kathmandu – the center of power – that includes markets of Ason, Glass beads market at Indrachowk, oldest supermarket at New Road, Kilagal, and Hidden Stupas inside the family courtyard. Visit of Kathmandu Durbar Square – the administrative quarter of Malla Kings (fourteenth to eighteenth century), and Shah Kings who ruled Nepal from 1768 until 2008. The most unique experience in the square is the visit to the temple of the living goddess “Kumari”. After the tour return back to your Hotel. If you are staying in Thamel, you can hang around this bustling tourist market and enjoy shopping. Overnight in Hotel.
As per your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the international airport of Kathmandu three hours prior to the flight time and your tour ends here.

What is Included?

    • Airport Pick up and Drop with friendly representative
    • 3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Kathmandu
    • 3 star standard hotels with breakfast in Pokhara (Nepal’s 3 star hotel can be bit different than other international standard)
    • Tea house (Lodge) accommodation during the trekking in twin sharing basis
    • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the trekking
    • Tea Coffee (3 times a day)
    • A professional trekking guide, Porter (Helper) and assistant guide above 5 pax.
    • Air ticket (Kathmandu-Pokhara).
    • All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, medical equipment, all transport for Trekking Staff.
    • All private transfers in the trek
    • Transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu
    • Kathmandu Cultural and Historical sightseeing with a Tour guide, Private transportation, and entrance fee.
    • Trekking Permit (TIMS).
    • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
    • Down Jacket, a sleeping bag, Fleece liner, and a duffel bag.
    • All government taxes

What is Excluded?

    • Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, or cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal insurance, and any kind of unforeseen expenses
    • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Tips for Guide, Porter, and Driver (tips not mandatory but highly expected.)
    • Travel insurance that should cover emergency evacuation in case of need
    • Anything that is not mentioned in Inclusion

Equipment Checklist

This list outlines the required things to bring during the trekking tours. There are various selections and brands that you can choose as per your interest. All required trekking equipments can be bought or even hired easily at a reasonable price in Kathmandu.

General

  1. Four seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  2. Duffel or Rucksack bag  & suitcase (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  3. Daypack
  4. Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

  1. Sun hat
  2. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  3. Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind
  4. Headlamp
  5. Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
  6. A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand

  1. Gloves( not too warm and not light )

Core Body

  1. T-shirts
  2. Shirts
  3. Fleece jacket or pullover.
  4. Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
  5. Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
  6. Women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs- Feet

1. Nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton!

2. Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).

3. Lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.

4. Soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.

5. Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..

6. Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).

7. All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

9. Two pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.

10. Two pairs light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.

11. light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.

12. A pair of light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.

13. A pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well)

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
  3. Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
  5. One small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
  2. Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to change the date of your).
  3. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
  4. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
  5. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its' effectiveness over time.
  6. Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
  7. Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
  8. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
  9. Two bandanas.

Optional

  1. One pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees, ankles, etc, especially when going downhill
  2. Favorite snack foods
  3. Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge. Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember, keep these items light weight
  4. Binoculars
  5. One light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use
  6. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  7. A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip
  8. One small stainless steel thermos

All garments should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

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