Royal Trek – 10 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3233
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 10 Days
- Trip Level: ModeratePaths can be rough, steep and have many ups and downs with some exposure to altitude. Early in the season expect snow patches at higher altitudes. Good health conditions and level of fitness are essential. Generally we attain the altitude between 900m to 3,000m.
- Max Altitude: 1,730 m /5674.4 ft
- Activity: Sightseeing and Trekking
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu - Pokhara - Shaklung - Begnas Lake - Pokhara - Kathmandu
- Best Season: January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December
- City tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Stunning and spectacular views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machapuchre, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri and other surrounding peaks
Known as the “Royal Trek” because this route was traversed by Prince Charles of England and luminaries like Mick Jagger. It’s a small trek in the Annapurna region starting from Pokhara after driving to Bijaypur Khola, taking you on a four-day loop through the Himalayan foothills ending up at Begnas where we catch a boat across the lake then drive back to Pokhara.
This is a very enjoyable short trek, especially for those who don’t have time for a longer trek or an expedition. The beauty of this trek is that it still offers spectacular views of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Machapuchre, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri and other surrounding peaks providing an insight to the simple way of village life.
There are no facilities, hotels or lodges, so groups and their staff must be fully self-sufficient, this trek is only possible as a camping trek.
- Day 01 – Arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (1,345 m). Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 02 – Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing around the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 03 – Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus – 7 hrs. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 04 – Drive to Bijayapur – 30 mins. Trek to Kalikathan (1,370 m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
- Day 05 – Trek to Shaklung (1,730 m) – 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
- Day 06 – Trek to Chisopani – 4 hrs. Overnight at tented camps.
- Day 07 – Trek to Begnas Lake. Drive to Pokhara – 30 mins. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 08 – Pokhara City tour. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 09 – Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345 m) and farewell dinner. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 10 – Transfer to international airport for your final departure
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 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 Hotel. No meals included
Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your trek leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trek. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, three copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45 am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty-five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.
The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel area near your hotel.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 03 - Drive to Pokhara (900 m) by tourist bus - 7 hrs
Our trekking staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the 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, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, 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 - 30 mins. Trek to Kalikathan (1,370m) - 4 hrs
The journey starts in the morning at 8:00 am with a 30-minute road drive that takes you to the Bajayapur after which you trek uphill for about 3-4 hours through Brahman and Chettri villages. Skyline camp will be set up around the Kalikasthan area.
Overnight at tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Day 05 - Trek to Shaklung (1,730 m) - 4 hrs
The trail continues along the forested ridge top through Thulokot to Mati Thana, where there are a few tea shop, then a moderate climb to Naudanda (not to be confused with the Naudanda west of Pokhara). 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 tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Day 06 - Trek to Chisopani - 4 hrs
The trail drops steeply down the south side of the hill to a large tree, a chautaara several tea shops and a police check post. This is a trail junction, trails lead from here west to Begnas Tal and east to the Madi Khola. 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 tented camps. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Day 07 - Trek to Begnas Lake. Drive to Pokhara - 30 mins
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. Continue for a short distance through the rice field. Then make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal, on a wide path you will share with many local people. From the ridge, descend into the Begnas Bajar and 30 minutes drive to Pokhara.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Day 08 - Pokhara City tour
Your sightseeing trip will start at 9:00 am after breakfast. Places we visit are Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Devi’s waterfall, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. You will have a relaxing afternoon.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 09 - Drive back to Kathmandu (1,345 m) and farewell dinner
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting adventure, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, mountain biking and other activities. In the evening we will have a farewell dinner in a traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances. (Your guide(s) and an office staff will accompany you).
Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included
Day 10 - Transfer to 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.
We do not have fixed departure date for Royal Trek. This trip can only be organized for minimum of two people upon your request. We have price discounts according to the group size and number of pax. The bigger your group, the bigger your group discounts. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip to one person. If your group is much larger please contact us to discuss about the price. There is also the option of private and tailor made journey best suited for you, your family and friends. The trip price according to the number of pax is well illustrated below:
Group Size Price Per Person Remark 1 Pax $1550 Single room provided in Kathmandu 2 Pax to 4 Pax $1240 5 Pax to 7 Pax $1100 8 Pax to 10 Pax $1000 10 Pax + $920 Complementary trip for one person
- We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
- You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included.
Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle.
All your standard Meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners).
Tented camp accommodation and equipments during the camping trek. (You will be provided water proof two men tents, dining tents, kitchen gears, dining table, chairs, toilet tents, shower tent etc.)
Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.
The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage and camping equipment during the trek.
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
TIMS permit and Trekking permit Fee.
Down Jacket and sleeping bag by Ace the Himalaya (which need to be returned after the trek).
Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu.
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sun hat and T-shirt (yours to keep).
Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show.
All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
Price Does not Include
Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu.
Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)
International airfare and airport departure tax (see the international flights page)
Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu.(Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
Personal trekking Equipment (Click the trekking equipment tab).
Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on 'Price Includes' section.
The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trek. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that you should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.
In a supported trek, heavy items are carried by porters or yaks and personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the trek and is carried by porter/s. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trek. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after the trek.
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
- Down Jacket only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February, November and December (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears ( only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February, November and December)
- Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
- Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
- Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season (optional).
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside other gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if you are traveling in cold season i.e January, February, November and December).
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient (optional).
- T-shirts (2).
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
- 2 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.
- 2 pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Ensure a good fit with layered socks and you have worn them before to get used to it (otherwise you will get lots of blister).
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary (Optional).
- 1 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)
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness. Please discuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
- 1 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, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- 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.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- 1 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 (Optional).
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds (Optional).
- 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 (Optional).
- Binoculars (Optional).
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use (Optional).
- Hydration bladder with the drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for the woman, some swear by them to avoid that chilly late night trip (Optional).
- 1 small stainless steel thermos (Optional).
This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Please Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
This trek is suitable for any kind of person, no previous experience is required. To condition yourself for the trek, some physical fitness programs such as walking, running, swimming, and hiking are recommended before you embark on your journey.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign board outside the airport terminal. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by our tourist vehicle.
We use standard rooms at two or three star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast included. Along the trekking routes, teahouses/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip) but it is a good idea to always have your own sleeping equipment.The lodges in trekking routes usually provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. At times when possible, dining will be around a bonfire. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen which you should not enter without permission. The toilet in tea houses provides essential and basic facilities and are always outside the room.
On Day 4, 5 & 6 the accommodation will be on Tented Camps. During the camping, we provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two person tents with good mattresses. A kitchen, dining, toilet tents, chairs with tables are also provided.
There are whole lot of good restaurents in Kathmandu and Pokhara where you can find any delight of your choice. During your stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara, please note that this package doesnt include any meals.
During the camping our expert cook can prepare specially requested food if you advise. In any case, you will have similar fare to teahouses. You can eat as much as you like. If you have any special dietary requirements please advise us in advance so that we can make the necessary arrangements.
Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation to even piggyback rides on mules and yaks. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to travel comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD, more maneuverable in traveling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are traveling in cooler areas.
We Provide Tourist Bus transfer service form Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu.
Our trekking season extends from mid- September to May. From early September the monsoonal rains decrease. By end of September to December, the weather is usually stable with mild to warm days, cold nights. February, March, April, May, October, November, December are the best time to do this trek.
This trek can be done in winter i.e December, January and February as well.
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult to predict. At night it is generally cooler the days are generally warm. Winter (January and February) will be bit colder but the days can be quite beautiful and warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! The temperature could be as high as 30 deg C to 0 deg C low.
No problem at all because our camping cooks will mostly serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our clients to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning, eating heavy meals and non- vegetarian meals at the high altitude is not really safe for the stomach.
Yes, they have all received a 45-days training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Trekking Guides Profiles and Training Certificates.
Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.
These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring TWO and THREE pin travel adapters!
There are telephones in some villages along the trekking routes from which you can make international calls. All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
In the cities, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash. Please change the currency in local Nepali Rupees before you go to the mountains.
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can allocate USD 10 to USD 15 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 10 to USD 12 per person a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates, pay for the hot shower and a few drinks during the trekking.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide. However, we recommend you to spend minimum 10% of your total trip cost for tipping entire local staffs, the ratio of tipping guide and porter will be given to you at the pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu before starting the trek.
Yes, we provide you shower facilities during your trek. We set up a shower tent and provide you with Buckets of hot water.
Our company insures all our trekking staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse though Company Information pages to view insurance details.
Holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Whilst on the trek, our porter will take care of your luggage. All you need to carry is your small day bag for your personal belongings like camera, water bottle, sun cream etc only.
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go through our trip extension page for more information.
YES, US$ 25 or equivalent foreign currency is required to obtain Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 15 days. Likewise, tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos.
No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.
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