Royal Trek

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The Royal Trek

Duration 2 nights / 3 days

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was the first to chart this trek route in 1980 and so it is called the Royal Trek. The trek area lies to the east of Pokhara and it offers good trekking particularly during the winter months from November until early March. Although, a short trek, it is not necessarily a very easy one and people do need to be reasonably fit. It is best as a three or four days trek and does not extend well beyond that. However with the construction of the Road till Thulokot, the first days walk is mainly on a dirt track.


1.The Annapurna Range of mountains such as the Fishtail, Annapurna I, II, III, IV and 16 other mountains.

2.Lakes: Begnas, Phewa, Rupa.

3.The town of Pokhara, tiny hamlets on the hills and the flatlands of the valleys.

In summary, the Royal Trek offers a perfect blend of natural beauty, cultural immersion, and a peaceful trekking experience. The relatively short duration, captivating scenery, and authentic cultural interactions make it an attractive choice for anyone seeking a rewarding trekking adventure in the heart of the Annapurna region of Nepal.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic views of the Annapurna and Lamjung Himal ranges.
  • Cultural immersion in Gurung and Magar villages.
  • Trekking through lush forests and terraced farmland.
  • Serene surroundings of Pokhara, the lakeside city.
  • Prince Charles’ historical connection to the route.
  • Easy trek suitable for beginners and families.
  • Panoramic vistas of Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) peak.
  • Traditional Nepali hospitality along the way.
  • Exploration of diverse flora and fauna.
  • Photographic opportunities of rural Nepal.
  • Rupa Lake and its tranquil ambiance.
  • Relaxation in comfortable lodges along the route.
  • Cultural exchange with local communities.
  • Spectacular sunrise and sunset views.
  • Memorable farewell dinner celebration in Pokhara.


Day 01:

Upon arrival at the Pokhara airport met by the Sherpa guide and escorted to the trek starting point at Vijaypur Khola, which is approximately 20 minutes drive, and start a 3-days Royal Trek.

During the first day, which is a pleasant uphill start, we pass through colorful Chettri and Brahmin Villages. After approximately 2 hours trek, we shall stop for a hearty lunch at a scenic spot, where we shall rest for about one hour. The mountain views from Thulokot stretches from Dhaulagiri in the west to Manaslu Range in the east.


Day 02:

This morning, we shall wake up to view a magnificent and breathtaking sunrise over the Himalayas. After breakfast, we shall start out with a pleasant morning walk by following the ridgeline eastwards as we pass through colorful villages, terraced rice fields and farming countryside. The trail is both uphill and downhill and after approximately 3 hours of trekking, we shall stop at a scenic wayside ridge for an appetizing lunch.

We shall continue downhill for a while after passing through a small village, there is a rather surprising climb uphill which eventually leads us through the backyards of a small Gurung village to a scenic hilltop campsite at Shyaglung (6200 ft.). The view from our campsite at Shyaglung is just enchanting, especially during sunrise and sunset, when the visually impressive effects of the sunlight against the Majestic Annapurna Range, leaves you deeply astounded with its grandeur.

After a refreshing wash-up, our Sherpas will prepare and serve yet another hot and savory dinner around the campfire. Overnight at camp.

The total duration of trekking on Day 2 will be approximately 6 hours.

Day 03:

This morning we shall wake up to view one of the most magnificent sunrise, on this trekking course, while we have our morning tea or coffee and after breakfast, we shall start our third day of trekking.

Descend through the Gurung village before a knee wobbling descent leads us through the forests to the valley floor. Crossing streams that feeds the Lake Rupa at the southern end of the valley, the route cuts through paddy fields and then climbs onto the ridge that separates the Lake Rupa and Lake Begnas.

Stop for the last trek lunch at a scenic spot from where one can view the Begnas Lake in the foreground and Mount Macchapucchare in the background. The path widens as we pass through a busy village market area to the road-head settlement at Begnas, where we end our trek and bid farewell to our Sherpa team. The waiting vehicle will pick us up for the 40 minutes drive back to Pokhara

The total duration of trekking on Day 3 will be approximately 4 hours.

Price Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop-off in Kathmandu.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP).
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card.
  • Lodging in teahouses, guesthouses, or lodges along the trekking route.
  • Three meals a day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek.
  • Meals typically include traditional Nepali and international dishes.
  • Transportation from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back (by tourist bus or private vehicle).
  • Transfer from Pokhara to the trek starting point and back.
  • Licensed trekking guide fluent in English or other languages.
  • Seasonal Fruits Everyday after dinner
  • Farewell Dinner at Home or any other Restaurant
  • The guide provides information about the route, culture, and safety.
  • Porter service to carry trekking gear and personal belongings (usually one porter for every two trekkers).
  • Porters carry a maximum weight allowance per trekker.
  • Accommodation and meals for the guide and porter(s) during the trek.

Price Excludes

  • Flights to and from Nepal are not included in the trek package.
  • Domestic flights between Kathmandu and Pokhara are not included.
  • Travel insurance covering medical emergencies, evacuation, and trip cancellation is not included but highly recommended.
  • Expenses for additional meals, snacks, beverages, and souvenirs.
  • Expenses for optional activities such as sightseeing in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
  • Personal trekking gear such as trekking boots, clothing, sleeping bags, and trekking poles.
  • Rental or purchase of trekking gear if needed.
  • Tips for the trekking staff (guide, porter) are not included but appreciated.
  • Additional services not specified in the itinerary, such as hot showers, charging electronic devices, or Wi-Fi access in teahouses (if available).
  • Costs associated with emergency rescue or evacuation in case of altitude sickness or other emergencies are not included.
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu or Pokhara before or after the trek is not included but can be arranged upon request.
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