Royal Trek | Annapurna Royal Trek - 9 Days [2021 Updated]

Trek Route Summary

Easy to Moderate
Gentle to Moderate
Maximum elevation:
Region :
Annapurna Conservation Area
Trek Start :
Trek Finish :
Group Size:
min 2 and max 10

Trip Highlight

  • An epic journey explored by Prince Charles
  • Perfect views of mighty Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhre (Fish Tail) peaks.
  • Cultural flavor of Gurung, Magar and Aryan communities
  • 360-panoramic views of the landscapes, topographies and mountain peaks from Chisapani 1,520m.
  • Festivals, cultures, arts, architectures, traditional performances of Nepal and Nepalese people

Trip Overview

Considered as an easy short trek from Pokhara, Royal Trek is suitable for all people regardless of fitness level and age groups. It was named Royal Trek after Prince Charles and his 90 person associates explored this route in the early eighties.

 Lying in an Annapurna region, the trekking trail passes via rhododendron forests, river valleys, magnificent topographies, diverse landscapes, and the beautiful Himalayan vistas. Passing through the different quaint villages trekkers get immense opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences of the different ethnic communities. Interacting with the folks, you will explore traditional practices, customs, and the way of living of the people around.

An easy trek around Pokhara valley need not any technical skills where excursionists are eligible to enjoy stunning views of the expressively built hillside rice fields, the magnificent Annapurna range, Mt. Fishtail, and the Langtang Mountain views and forests of magnolia, cherries, and rhododendron. 

As the journey commences and finishes in the lower elevated lands, you need not worry about altitude sickness at all.

The appetizing journey begins starts after the sightseeing of UNESCO Heritage shrines of Kathmandu valley. A scenic drive via Prithivi highway takes you to the heavenly site of Pokhara. After a short drive from Pokhara the next day, trekkers reach the beginning point of the trek- Bijayapur and start their journey towards Kalikastan.

Continuing the walk passing the terraced farmlands, meadows, uphill, and downhill, they conclude the journey at the dazzling Begnas Lake. Along with the scenic views of the panoramic mountains, trekkers are warmly welcomed by the deep rhododendron and other numerous flora and fauna. Nature and cultures are vividly explored throughout this short trek. 

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlight Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 2 Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation Kathmandu
Day 3 Drive to Pokhara Pokhara
Day 4 Drive to Bijayapur and trek to Kalikasthan
Day 5 Trek Kalikasthan to Syaklung Syaklung
Day 6 Trek Syaklung to Chisapani Chisapani
Day 7 Trek Chisapani to Pokhara Pokhara
Day 8 Drive Back to Kathmandu Kathmandu
Day 9 Farewell

Detailed Itinerary

Open All Days

As we land at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, one of the representatives from Holy Mountain Treks will greet us offering colorful garlands. After a short briefing, he/she will shift us to our hotel using a private vehicle. 

Rest of the time, we can stroll there around exploring Nepalese lifestyles. 

Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel
Overnight at:Kathmandu

After breakfast, we head to the guided sightseeing tour of most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu that are enlisted in World Heritage Sites. Centuries of antique art, architectures of Durbar square, the religious significance of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments, and cultural values of different shrines can be explored within a day. 

Exploring those sites, we back to our hotel in the late afternoon. After some refreshments, we will visit the office of Holy Mountain Treks. They will a pre-discussion about our upcoming journey. According to the suggestion of our trekking guide and company members, we can buy some trekking gears needed for the adventure ahead

Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel
Overnight at:Kathmandu

Early in the morning, we head towards Pokhara. The total distance between Kathmandu to Pokhara is 200km and it approximately takes 6 hours to reach there. The journey passes via Prithivi highway passing green hills, diverse terraced fields, magnificent views of snow-capped peaks, and lustrous woodlands.

Upon arrival at the heavenly sites of Pokhara, we will be welcomed by the magnificent views of the mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna mountains. Shifting the hotel, we can spend the rest of the time own way either strolling around the lakeside or resting in the hotel and preparing for the trek.

Walking Hours:
Accomodation:Hotel Mount View
Overnight at:Pokhara

Our journey begins driving towards Bijayapur Khola-beginning point of our journey. Our actual trek starts from this point. Passing some terraced lands, paddy fields, and some ethnic settlements; we reach the river and cross it. Subsequently, the journey ascends towards Kalikastan.

The trail offers picturesque views of the surroundings. In the middle of ascending, we get lunch and get plenty of chances to interact with hospitable locals

Walking Hours: 4- 5
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:B, L, D

The trek resumes after the first meal at our lodge. Walking through the ridges, passing diverse landscapes, mountain vistas, we get the picturesque views of the giant Annapurnas and Lamjung Mountain.

Lustrous rhododendron and cherries blooms can be observed if we trek in the spring months. Different ethnic settlements with unique people and their distinct lifestyles can be explored today. Reaching Syaklung, we check-in one of the local lodges and stay overnight there.

Walking Hours: 5-6
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Syaklung

Our 6th day in Nepal commences with the first sip of tea in our teahouse at Syaklung. After a while, we get breakfast before starting the journey. The excursion continues through the Gurung village observing the local people, their way of living, and the activities they perform.

Descending around 400m we ascend about 600m reaching Chisapani. This is the best vantage point to glimpse panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Walking Hours: 5-6
Accomodation:Local Lodge
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Chisapani

The last day of our entire trek is ahead. Descending halfway down, we reach Rupa Tal (Rupa lake) and spend some minutes to explore around. Walking 200m upwards, we arrive at Sundar Danda. The picturesque views of the valley, woodlands, and entire sceneries are breathtaking.

Descending 20 minutes, we reach Begnas Tal( one of the 7 lakes around Pokhara). We catch a boat and enjoy kayaking it for an hour. We then will be shifted to the hotel and stay overnight there.

Walking Hours:3-4
Accomodation:Hotel Mount View
Meals:B, L, D
Overnight at:Pokhara

We drive back to Kathmandu using the private car. In course, we can see the Trishuli river valley, deep gorges made by the Seti River, and some diverse ethnic settlements.

Spending 6-7 hours on the way, we land in Kathmandu and shift to the hotel. Extra time can be used to buy some handicrafts, souvenirs for our beloved ones. In the evening, we will gather in one of the cultural restaurants for the farewell dinner organized by Holy Mountain Treks. 


Accomodation:Kathmandu Sunny Hotel
Meals:B, D
Overnight at:Kathmandu

One of the representatives from our agent company will shift us to Kathmandu airport 3 hours before our scheduled flight for our final departure.



Price Includes

  • All airport pickup/drops via private vehicle according to itinerary
  • Two nights’ twin sharing accommodation including breakfast in Kathmandu Sunny Hotel or similar hotel in Kathmandu
  • Private Vehicle transfer Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • TIMS and Annapurna Conservation Area Permits (Please bring 2 passport size photos for permit)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) during the trek
  • Teahouse accommodation in possible finest local lodges throughout the trek
  • Trekking crew- One professional English speaking trekking guide and porters (2 trekkers: 1 porter) inclcuding their salary, food, accommodation, equipment, transportation, and insurance
  • Duffle bag, sleeping bag, and down jacket to use throughout the trek
  • Holy Mountain Treks T – shirt, trekking map and certificate to mark the achievement of the trip
  • First aid medical kit
  • All government taxes and office service charge

Price Excludes

  • Nepalese visa fee, International airfares, travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges (domestic flight allows 15 kgs per person and if you have extra luggage, cargo charge is USD 1 per kg)
  • Trekking equipments and clothing for personal use
  • City tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara, additional night/s accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara caused by early arrival, deferred departure, early dropout from the trek
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu or Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from trek than the scheduled itinerary)
  • All kind of beverages (water, alcoholic or non alcoholic hot/cold drinks)
  • Personal expenses including phone calls, internet usage/data, laundry, battery recharge, hot shower, extra porters, etc
  • Tips for guides and porters

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