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Royal Trek

Duration
10 Days

Posted By
Dennis Tedder
Once again, another incredible trip supported by Ace Holiday Treks and Narayn Bhatta. In March, 2017, my nephew joined me in Kathmandu where I now live; 90% of my decision to live in Kathmandu is as a result of Narayan Bhatta. My nephew and I trekked to Everest Base Camp... Read More
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There are some adventure seekers who do not want extremely strenuous trek and still want to explore and enjoy the natural beauty. For such trekkers and also for normal adventure seekers, the Royal Trek is perhaps the best possible option to explore the natural beauty of Nepal in a relatively short period of time. Trek Royal is one of the shortest trekking routes in Nepal that follow a trail along the foothills of the Annapurna Mountain Range, to the North of the Pokhara Valley. The saga behind how this trekking route its name is also quite interesting. RoyalTrek derives its name from an incident that happened somewhere in early eighties. United Kingdom Prince Charles and his entourage of almost 90 people had explored this trekking route in the early 1980’’s. And hence, the route was named the Royal Trekking for it was explored by an international Royal family. Besides the chances of exploring the natural splendor, the Royal Treks also provides the opportunities for cultural exchanges with the diverse mix of people of various caste, creed and cultures that inhabit this region.
 
The journey of Royal Trek begins from the beautiful city of Pokhara and passes through even more beautiful Gurung hamlets and clustered villages. During the course of the trek, we are able to enjoy stunning views of the terrace farming on the hills, the magnificent Annapurna Mountain Range, Mount Machhapuchhre [Fishtail] and the Langtang Mountain. The trek finally ends on the banks of scenic Begnas Lake located about 30 km West of Pokhara Valley.

Royal trekking trip is recommended basically for beginners who have just started trekking and for those who are restricted by time to trek for longer period of time. Royal trek presents a true picture of the unique villages in rural Nepal, allowing us a chance to capture the traditional lifestyles of the tribal people whose have inhabited the region for hundreds of years. Furthermore, compared to other trekking areas in the Annapurna region, the Royal Trek is much less crowded, further confirming all the more chances to get close to nature while also retaining a little bit of privacy.


Itinerary outline
Day 01:Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu (welcome dinner)
Day 02:Drive to Pokhara (910m)
Day 03: Trek to Kalikasthan (1370m)
Day 04: Trek to Syaklung (1730m)
Day 05: Trek to Chisapani (1550m)
Day 06: Back to Pokhara
Day 07: Back to Kathmandu
Day 08: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and overnight stay in Nagarkot
Day 09: Back to Kathmandu
Day 10: Departure to TIA ‘Farewell!’
Day 01: Arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu
You will be welcomed by our team members at the Airport and will be then ushered to the Hotel. Our travel representatives will explain briefly about the travel itinerary upon Airport arrival. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 02: Drive to Pokhara (910m) 6 hrs
On the second day, you will be traveling to Pokhara (around 200km) via Prithivi Highway. The bus will depart at 7 AM in the morning. It will be a 6-hr drive with beautiful scenery all along the way. You will arrive at Pokhara in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel, inclusive of full board meals

Day 03: Trek to Kalikasthan (1370m) 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs trek
After taking breakfast in Pokhara, we drive to Bijayapur River to kickstart our trek. Initially we walk for about an hour through the green paddy fields and past the few rivers. Then we slowly ascend to Kalikasthan. Lunch will be taken midway between the trek. After arriving at Kalikasthan, we take rest for some time and then explore the surrounding regions and villages. Overnight stay at a local guesthouse.

Day 04: Trek to Syaklung (1730m) 6 hrs
The fourth morning, we will be taking breakfast at Kalikasthan and resume our trek. We then continue out trek through through the villages and past the mountain ridges. While on our way, we can behold beautiful views of Annapurna Mountain Range and Lamjung Himal. Upon reaching Syaklung, we can explore the local villages, interact with locals and then return back to a local guesthouse for the overnight stay.

Day 05: Trek to Chisapani (1550m) 5hrs
Walking through the traditional Gurung villages gives us an opportunity to observe and learn about the lifestyle of the local people.We come across Rhododendron and Sal forests on the way. Trek to Chisapani is quite mild with occasional ascent and descent. Chisapani is also the best possible place on this trekking route which offers the panoramic view of the mountain ranges including Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Overnight stay at a guesthouse.

Day 06: Back to Pokhara from Chisapani
On the sixth day, we walk half-way down the hill to reach at Rupatal. Sundare Danda is located at 200 meters distance from Rupatal. A 15 minutes walk from Sundare Danda brings us to wonderful Begnas Lake. The Lake is quite beautiful and it is not as crowded as Phewa Lake as Begnas happens to fall on the outskirts of the Pokhara Valley. We can enjoy an hour’s boat ride at Begnas and then return to Pokhara in the evening. Overnight stay at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 07: Drive back to Kathmandu
On the seventh day, we will drive back to the capital city of Kathmandu while enjoying the ride along the Prithvi Highway with glimpses of Trishuli River and the great scenery. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 08: Sightseeing in Kathmandu and visit Nagarkot
The next day, you will be sightseeing around the Capital city of Kathmandu. Several world heritage sites including Basantapur Durbar square, Swayambhunath Temple, Bouddha Stupa, Pasupatinath Temple, Patan Durbar Square, among others, are located in Kathmandu that will keep the tourists enchanted. And in the evening, you will also travel to Nagarkot, a beautiful tourist destination located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Located just 30 kms from Bhaktapur, Nagarkot is also quite popular for sunrise viewing. Overnight stay at a guesthouse in Nagarkot.

Day 09: Back to Kathmandu and shopping
After eating breakfast, you will return to Kathmandu from Nagarkot. The rest of the day, you will be shopping around Kathmandu buying souvenir to your loved ones back home. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 10: Departure to TIA “Farewell!"
On the 15th day of the tour package, you will return to your country via the international Airport in Kathmandu.
 
Cost Included:
  • Arrival & Departure Transport By private Car/Van/Bus.
  • Three meals a day during the Trekking (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Accommodation in Tea House during the Trekking.
  • Trekking Guide with Insurance
  • Trekking Porters if needed with Insurance
  • Two nights' Accommodation in Kathmandu 2 Star level hotel with bed- and- breakfast basis, (If you like to have a standard Hotel accommodations please do let us know).
  • Kathmandu city and trekking maps.
  • Trekking permit (Conservation fee).
  • Tims card (Trekking information management system) as like a permit.
  • Free use Company's duffel bag.
  • Emergence of helicopter rescue (pay by your insurance)
  • Day sightseeing around Kathmandu Valley, car/van/bus and tour guide
  • All needed Government fee.

Cost Excluded:
  • International Airfare.
  • Food in Kathmandu lunch and dinner.
  • Your travel insurance.
  • Nepal Visa fee (US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days you should get visa open your arrival)
  • Any kind of drinks.
  • Tips for Guide and Porters
  • Donation
  • Items of personal expenses like hot shower, battery charge, telephone etc.
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 on mind is that one 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 wind proof 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.

General
  • For 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.)

Daypack
  • Down Jacket (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 is place. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears.
  • Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety.
  • Glacier glasses-100% UV protection with side shields and a hard-sided storage case (i.e. Julbo or Cebe). This is to protect your eyes from the stronger rays of the sun due to the thinner atmosphere which can cause a painful condition known as snow blindness. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. If you wear prescription glasses, speak to your doctor about prescription glacier glasses, perhaps with transitional lenses.
  • 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 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).
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it (optional).

Hand
  •     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 (heavier fleece or wool).
  •     1 pair shell gloves or mitts; Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

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).

Core Body
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops.
  • 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 hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best. Should zip from the top and bottom - this makes it easier to put on over boots without getting undressed should the weather change once you are underway for the day.
  • 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
 All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.

Feet
  • 4 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or capilene.
  • 3 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks.
  • 1 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 then 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 KTM 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.

Optional
  • 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 drinking tube and tube insulator (Optional).
  • A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for 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.

Trip Facts

Duration: 10 Days
Accomodation: Tea house
Seasons : All Season
Type: Normal
Activities : Trekking and walking
No. of Pax : Min 2
Starts From : Kathmandu
Ends at : kathmandu
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