This short and easy trek got its name as the “Royal Trek” because Prince Charles of Great Britain walked through this route with an entourage of 90 guests, camping followers and staff in 1980′s. This is the best trek for those who want to experience the village life and striking mountain views in a relatively short period of time. Nevertheless, there are no lodge accommodations along this trekking route.
This short trek commencing from Pokhara after driving to Bijaypur Khola, takes on a 4-day loop through the Himalayan foothills ending up at Begnas Lake, offering panoramic views of the Annapurna massif, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu Himal and other surrounding peaks.
Grade : Easy
Average walking per day : 4 hrs
Maximum altitude : 2,000 m
Best seasons : Feb-May, Sep-Dec
Type of Trek : Camping
Starting Point : Pokhara
Ending Point : Pokhara
Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m)
Upon arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport, meet our airport representative who will be displaying our company’s placard just outside the airport terminal. Then, get transferred to the respective hotel in a private tourist vehicle. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu
Pre-trip Meeting; Kathmandu Valley sightseeing
After breakfast, at around 07:30 AM, pre-trip meeting is hosted in your hotel in Kathmandu in order to introduce the trek leader/guide. It is recommended to seek this opportunity to ask any question relevant to the trek. Please remember to bring the passport, 3 copies of passport-size photos, and a copy of the travel insurance policy. In any case that you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting, please inform in advance.
Drive to Pokhara (827 m)
After early breakfast, leave for Pokhara, situated around 200 km west from Kathmandu. Pokhara is a beautiful valley with Phewa Lake in the west and stunning view of the Annapurna mountain range at the north. Overnight at hotel, Pokhara
Drive to Bijaypur (1,249 m) & trek to Kalikasthan (1,370 m)
After breakfast, drive for around half an hour to Bijaypur; then start trekking uphill for about 3-4 hrs through Brahmin & Chhetri villages to Kalikasthan. Overnight at tented camp, Kalikasthan
Trek to Shaklung (1,730 m)
After breakfast, trek along the forested ridge top through Thulokot to Mati Thana, then a fair climb to Naudanda (not to be confused with the Naudanda west of Pokhara), continuing along the ridge to a school at Lipini Village; make a steep but short climb through the forest to the Gurung village of Shaklung. Overnight at tented camp, Shaklung
Trek to Chisopani (2,000 m)
After breakfast, trek down from the south side of the hill to a large tree, tea-shops and a police check post. From the trail junction there, climb Chisopani winding around the back of the hill to the village. From the Chisopani Danda, splendid mountain views can be seen. Overnight at tented camp, Chisopani
Trek to Begnas Bazar & drive to Pokhara
After breakfast, descend along the field for an hour or so, and then descend steeply on the stone staircase into a small valley near Rupa Lake. Continue for a short distance through the rice field, making a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake. From the ridge, walk down to the Begnas Bazar and drive for around half an hour to Pokhara. Overnight at hotel, Pokhara
Drive back to Kathmandu
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel, Kathmandu
After breakfast, free till check out time; get transferred to Kathmandu International Airport for your final departure.