The Royal Trek

9 Days

Have you heard about the Royal trek in Nepal? It is one of the enthralling treks that is gaining lots of popularity lately. Spend the phenomenal 9 days on an incredible journey that will upgrade your trekking experience to another level.

The royal trek is considered as an interesting short trek of the flourishing Annapurna region in Nepal. Since it is a low altitude trek, trekkers of all age and physical fitness are attracted to it. It is an easy trek that is best for exploring green nature, unique geography, diverse culture, and people.

There is a consideration behind the name of this trek. It is said that Prince Charles of Wales embarked into this trek during the eighties. Since then it is called the Royal trek and has been ventured by thousands of trekkers. The main attraction of this trek is the landscape view of tranquil villages, Gurung settlement, large rice terrace, and the panoramic view of series of mountains such as Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, and many more.

The trekking trail of the royal trek offers a spectacular view of high peaks throughout the trek. During the best time of the year, you can have a clear and stunning view of snow-
capped mountains with a closer glimpse. The best time to go for the royal trek is considered to be during the months of March-May and September-December. During Spring, the trek treats with the magnificent.

The view of the Himalayas and the serene landscape of the villages at the foot of those snow-clad mountains. During autumn, the weather is suitable for trekking, piercing the dense rhododendron forests. The mountain vistas will welcome you with a phenomenal view and ambiance.

The royal trek in Nepal is best suited for beginner trekkers. It means trekkers who are intending to start their trekking skills can choose this trek. It is easily achievable without much toil. This low altitude trek offers the satisfaction equivalent to long treks in the Annapurna region. The features of the royal trek compared to other incredible treks in Nepal is equally enthralling and rewarding.

Those trekkers who are short for time are also recommended this trek. This trek is suitable if you want to complete the trekking in Nepal in a limited time. It can be completed within 9 days without exhaustion. The royal trek doesn’t demand a high level of physical and mental stamina. Train yourself a few days before the trek and it is enough.

This trek is favorable for those who prefer isolation from the craziness of cities. The trekking trails are less crowded with a limited number of trekkers passing by. This package is designed in such a way that you will experience nature without much disturbance. You would love the tranquility and the sounds of nature. Hiring a professional guide is recommended who will be guiding you throughout to some mesmerizing areas of the Annapurna region.

The trek kicks off from Pokhara, which is also known as the city of lakes. Check out the various features of Pokhara while at Pokhara such as the Fewa Lake, Begnas Lake, Rupa Lake, Mahendra cave, Bat cave, Gupteswor Mahadev cave, Davis Fall, Brindabasini temple, and many more. Pokhara is a heavenly place for tourists who wants to explore the blessing of nature in one place. From Pokhara, we will pass Bijayapur Khola and reach Kalikasthan.

We will explore several small villages in between the route and reach Syaklung. Syaklung is the highest altitude that we will be attained in this trek. Afterward, we will descend down to Chisapani. We will explore Begnas lake onwards and then end this trek by reaching Pokhara. Altitude sickness will not be a problem as the maximum altitude attained is just 1,760m.

While in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, exploring various historic places and heritages is recommended. These places and structures hold historic significance from the ancient period, which helps you to widen your horizon towards Nepal. Take time to explore iconic places of Kathmandu such as Pashupatinath, Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath, and Kathmandu durbar square. Below is a feasible itinerary for the royal trek to grasp the ultimate experience within 9 days.

The Royal Trek Highlights:

  •  The city of lakes, Pokhara
  • Fewa lake, Rupa lake, and Begnas lake
  • Mahendra cave, Bat cave, Gupteswor Mahadev cave, Davis fall, Bridabasini
    temple in Pokhara
  •  Landscape of Syanklung village
  •  Piercing through Rhododendron forest
  •  Glimpse of Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri,
    Lamjung, Gandharva, Ganesh, and Langtang Mountains
  •  Explore the culture and life in Gurung village

<p>Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by one of our representatives from TIA. </p><p>After a small greeting session, you will be shifted to a nice hotel in Kathmandu where you can unpack your luggage and relax for a while. Freshen up yourself and energize yourself with some delicious Nepali food. Your energizing meal will be followed by a briefing session. Then, get ready for the next day.</p>

<p>Our second day will be well spent on touring the fascinating places of Kathmandu. We will be touring Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swoyambhunath, Bouddhanath, and Pashupatinath. These places have unique architecture and have been cited as UNESCO world heritage.</p><p>Kathmandu Durbar Square: One of the most iconic and busiest place in Kathmandu has to be Basantapur. Basantapur is a basic hangout place for children, youths, adults, and old people. You would love the ambiance of this place. </p><p>Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as‘Hanuman dhoka’ is a historical palace of royal families before King Birendra shifted to Narayanhiti Palace. The white palace is artistic and huge, which was renovated after the damage caused by the devastating earthquake of 2015.</p><p>The Kathmandu Durbar Square arena includes the sacred temple of Hindus, Taleju temple. This temple opens only during the Dashain festival for pilgrims but foreigners are not allowed inside the temple but can take pictures from outside. The huge Hanuman Statue, Kal Bhairav Statue, and Kumari Ghar are also the major attraction of this place. </p><p>Take a closer glimpse of living goddess ‘Kumari’ at Kumari Ghar but taking pictures is prohibited. Visit the museum, stroll around for a while, and buy some interesting stuff being sold on the street.</p><p>Swoyambhunat:</p><p>Swoyambhunath, popularly known as the Monkey temple, is an ideal historical temple for Buddhist pilgrims as well as Hindu pilgrims. The temple is located at the top of the hill so you have to walk on long stairs to reach there. </p><p>The 365 steps long stair is one of the major attractions of the Swoyambhunath. The 365 staircase ends where there is a huge Vajra and behind the Vajra is a gigantic white stupa. There is a number of shrines, artistic structures, and monasteries dedicated to Lord Buddha in Swoyambhu.</p><p>The devotees of Lord Buddha visit Swoyambhu especially during ‘Buddha Jayanti’. A huge crowd can be seen at Swoyambhu during ‘Buddha Jayanti’, which is an occasion to celebrate the birth of Lord Buddha. Monks pay homage in their unique way to Gautam Buddha on this day. You can observe the rituals of monks at the monastery in Swoyambhu. Due to its unique position in the top of hills, the dazzling view of the whole Kathmandu valley can be perceived from Swoyambhunath. The foundation of Swoyambhunath was laid during the 13th century.</p><p> The architecture of Swoyambhunath is that old but has been preserved as World heritage without destroying its significant originality.</p><p>Pashupatinath</p><p>Pashupatinath, the most sacred temple for the devotees of Lord Shiva, is conveniently located at Gaushala. The old Hindu temple of Pashupatinath is said to date back to 400 BC during the Lichhavi dynasty. The iconic Pashupatinath is a World Heritage site and is preserved by UNESCO.</p><p>The large premise of Pashupatinath includes a number of statues of god and religious structures. The huge temple of Pashupatinath has Pagoda architecture like most Hindu temples. </p><p>At the entrance of Pashupatinath, there is a huge statue of a bull facing the Lord Shiva temple. The gate of the artistic temple that houses the ‘Shiva Linga’ opens at a certain time every day and closes at a certain time. The four gates of the temple have a different time of opening.</p><p>At the back of the Pashupatinath complex lies the holy Bagmati river. The cremation process is carried out at the bank of the Bagmati river as per Hindu ritual. Though you can’t enter the Pashupatinath premise, you can observe the complex from the bank of the Bagmati river. Across the Pashupatinath lies a dense forest called ‘Shleshmantak Ban’ where you may encounter deer sometimes.</p><p>Bouddhanath</p><p>Bouddhanath is another world heritage site dedicated to Buddhism. Inhale the serenity of Bouddhanath and calm yourself. You would love the peaceful ambiance here. The towering white stupa of 36 meters at Bouddhanath sits rigidly at the center and the pilgrims revolve around the stupa with prayers in their heart and prayer wheels in their hand. </p><p>The two magnetic eyes of the stupa are the eyes of Lord Buddha, which signifies peace. Stroll around and try some amazing Tibetan food at Bouddha that will leave you speechless. Bouddha is one of the favorite places of Nepalese local people to hang out with their friends and family. After exploring a number of places in Kathmandu, it’s time to prepare for the trekking. Relax for the night and the next day, we’ll head for our next destination.</p>

<p>Wake up with the sun and get freshen up. After a delicious breakfast, we will be leaving for Pokhara from Kathmandu. Pokhara is easy to reach either via flight or jeep. The flight to Pokhara will take around 30 minutes whereas the journey by road takes 6-7 hours.</p><p> If you want to enjoy the journey and save traveling expense then a trip via road is recommended. Road journey enables you to grasp the geographical view and garner wonderful experience with family and friends.</p><p>Upon reaching Pokhara, we will head to a cozy hotel nearby and unload the luggage. Rest for a while and have some refreshing beverage. If you feel like strolling around, you can do that. We’ll rest overnight at Pokhara.</p>

<p>Equip yourself for a fascinating trek to kalikasthan. Get ready for an exciting trek to Kalikasthan. From Pokhara, we will go for a drive to Bijayakhola which will hardly take an hour.</p><p>The trekking trail from Bijayakhola to Kalikasthan encompasses several suspension bridges. We will walk for 4-5 hours while ascending to Kalikasthan through rice fields. The route offers some glimpse of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre mountain. Stay overnight at Kalikasthan.</p>

<p>We will reach the highest altitude of this trekking package on the fifth day. Crossing some of the small villages at Thulokot and Mathi Thana, we will reach Naudanda. Observe the beauty of dense rhododendron forest on the trekking path to Syaklung.</p><p>Around 6-7 hours of walk will be enough to reach Syaklung. From the top of Syaklung (1730m), witness the unmatchable scenery of mountain ranges including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna I, II, III, Gandharva, Ganesh, Manaslu, Machhapuchhr Lamjung, and Langtang. andTrek back to the tea house where we will be staying overnight.</p>

<p>We will traverse through Gurung villages during our trek from Syaklung to Chisapani. We will be passing through a tranquil village of Gurung people living a traditional life. Explore the diverse culture and village life of Gurung people. </p><p>Experience their heartwarming hospitality that will upgrade your trekking experience. Crossing Chautara, we will head towards a perfect spot at Chisapani for photography. You can capture a spectacular view of mountain vistas from Chisapni.</p>

<p>From Chisapani, we will move downhill towards Rupa Lake. Following a scenic visit at Rupa Lake, we will enjoy boating at the Begnas Lake, which is the third-largest lake in Nepal. </p><p>The clear reflection of hills and mountains can be perceived in Begnas Lake while boating. After a fun boat ride in Begnas, it is time to drive back to Pokhara. Stay overnight.</p>

<p>This morning, we will get ready to head back to Kathmandu. We will finish our journey from where we started. A lot of time will be left even after you reach Kathmandu on the eighth day. So you can utilize the remaining time by visiting nearby busy streets of Kathmandu like Ason, Indrachowk, Newroad, and Thamel. You will find a bunch of shops, stalls, and restaurants around. It will be a good idea to buy souvenirs and try new local food here.</p>

<p>On the last day of our royal trek package, you will be given a small farewell before you leave for your hometown. You will be safely driven to the airport.</p><p>Hope this detailed itinerary will help you understand the Royal trek in Nepal. Trekking in Nepal involves a lot of procedures. You would require Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP) and Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) to embark on a trekking journey inside the Annapurna region. To acquire them, you can simply contact us for further details. So feel free to connect with us.We ensure you an incredible journey to the miraculous parts of Nepal.</p>

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