Royal Trek, The Royal Trek AnnapurnaWhilst you will still pass through many remote villages, these regions are so unspoiled as to have no tea-houses, and you will need to camp. Again, the range of mountains you can view on these treks is superb.
Made famous when Prince Charles of Britain before marriage trekked the same route in 1981, the route has been aptly named the ‘Royal Trek’. Traveling through the villages set among the cultivated fields and meeting the people is quite unforgettable experience. This four days trek commences from Pokhara, the valley of lakes offering panoramic views of the Annapurna massif as also of the Manaslu Himal. This route was first trekked by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1980 and hence is known as the ‘Royal Trek’. This is the best trek for those who want to experience village life and striking mountain views in a relatively short period of time.
|Best time to travel||March to May, October to December|
Day 01: ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU
When you arrive in Kathmandu, you'll be taken to your hotel. While in Kathmandu you will have time fascinating Buddhist and Hindu temples and shrines reflecting ancient local traditions are highlighted on our guided tour. There's time to explore the city's many charms on your own too. O/N in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Sight-Seeing of Kathmandu: Leave for full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley includes the Hindu temple complex at Pashupatinath (a UNISCO world heritage site) & the biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhanath. Also visit Monkey Temple the Shyambhunath (2000 years old temple) and visit Patan city of fine arts. Back to hotel and stay.
Day 3: KATHMANDU - POKHARA
You have breakfast being of the early morning before 7:00 AM. This morning you will be drive to Pokhara (200km), depart 7:00 AM in the morning, approximately 7hrs away by tourist bus. Lunch spot one the way to Pokhara. You will be arrive late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 O’clock. Pokhara lakeside villages sits, "front row center" to one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You're free in Pokhara Valley also called "Magic Land" or Dreamland" of Nepal, to explore the various interesting place as your own like boating in Fewa lake over looking the region of Annapurna range of Himalayas. In the evening you will prepare yourself for your trek to Poon Hill. O/N stay in Pokhara
Day 04: POKHARA - KALIKASTHAN
After breakfast, drive to Vijayapur Khola, start trek from there. We walk about an hour through the flat rice fields and cross the river. If you are doing this trek in the summer the river may be difficult to cross if it is flooded. After crossing the river the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan. Lunch will be served at the middle of the climb. Arrive Kalikasthan and camp at the top of the grassy land. O/N in Camping in Kalikasthan
Day 05: KALIKASTHAN - SYANGLUNG
After breakfast start walking through the villages. We walk on the ridge of the mountain with good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. O/N camping in Syaglung.
Day 06: SYANGLUNG - CHISAPANI
Walk through the Gurung Village, rhododendron and Sal forest. Half way through the walk there is a 400 metre descent and 600 metre ascent to arrive at Chisopani. This is the best point to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. O/N in camping in Chisapani.
Day 07: CHISAPANI - POKHARA
We walk half way down hill to Rupatal and climb about 200 metres to arrive at Sundare danda and walk 15 minutes down to Begnas Tal for an hours boating to catch the transfer to Pokhara. O/N in Pokhara
Day 08: KATHMANDU - RIVER RAFTING - CHITWAN
After breakfast drive to rafting site (Trisuli River for White water Rafting) It takes approximately 2 hrs drive from KATHMANDU. This River is popular as access to the Prithivi Highway makes "breaking off" the journey easy. Trisuli River is also an ideal beginner's River . Lunch we'll be served after 3/4 hrs rafting in the riverside. After lunch, drive to Chitwan National Park upon arrival, rooms assigned and there will be a short briefing on the program and our facilities.
4:00 PM: Elephant-back safari: Guests will ride on an elephant to explore the jungle and wildlife you will be able to see the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. This exciting ride lasts for 2-3 hours.
7:00 PM: Dinner in the central dining hall.
Day 09: ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK
5:30 AM: Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee, then proceed on a Nature Walk. This encounter on foot with the environment will introduce the main features of eastern Chitwan. Sal forest, open grassland and reverie jungle. Our guides will help you identify some species of birds, plants and other wildlife that you may encounter.
8:30 AM: Breakfast
9:30 AM: Elephant briefing program: Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stable. (For the brave ones there is even a crash course in riding and leading the elephants)
1.00 PM: LUNCH. After lunch , Canoeing : A traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti river to view aquatic birds and the animals of the river banks. Back to resort through the Jungle.
7:00 PM: Tharu Stick dance: Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.
8:00 PM: Dinner around the campfire.
Day 10: ROYAL CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK - KATHMANDU
5.30 AM: Bird Watching (or another elephant ride) after early morning tea/coffee.
8.00 AM: Breakfast
9.00 AM: Luggage down and departure at
9.30 AM: to Kathmandu.
The actual program for your stay, will be given to you on arrival at Resort / camp. The activities are adjusted to the season and weather conditions. Naturally, it may not always be possible to follow this schedule to the minute and the circumstances may force us to alter the program at short notice. On safari in the jungle you will be accompanied by expert naturalists who will advise on safety procedures and we request you to respect their judgment at all times. If you wish to stroll in the forest alone, a guide will have to accompany you for your safety. O/N in Kathmandu
Day 11: KATHMANDU, Free day in Kathmandu on your own.
Day 12: DEPARTURE, After breakfast free for you until time to leave the international airport for your final