The Royal trek offers terrific view of the 50 km long Annapurna Range and the dramatic Fish tail of Machhapuchhare to the north of the city of Pokhara, 200 km west of Kathmandu. This is a trek that takes you away from the standard Annapurna routes tramped by some 10,000 people each year. This is a camping trek as the villages have not been spoiled by tourism and so have not built Tea Houses.
This Skyline trek is also called the Royal Trek as Britain’s Prince Charles walked through this route in 1980 whilst on a visit to meet the Ghurkha soldiers who had been serving in the Indian army. The region is populated by the Gurung people who are famed for the men who have served in the Ghurkha regiments. They are farmers, but many, along the tourist routes, have become skilled business men and fine hoteliers.
The advantage is a quiet, easy route, on wide paths, just east of Pokhara that almost anyone can enjoy. The first day takes you through charming rice fields and before climbing a ridge to the village of Kalikasthan and its scenic campsite for the night. The second day offers ridge walking t through fine forests and several villages to the beautiful Gurung village of Shaklung. The third descends through fertile farmlands to cross the river before rising to Chisopani and the fourth along a ridge between the Rupa and Begnas Tals (Lakes). From the roadside village of Begnas Bazaar we will return to Pokhara by bus.
- Day 01 Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 02 Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
- Day 03 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft), 5-6 hrs drive
- Day 04 Bijayapur – Kalikasthan (1370m/4494ft), 5-6 hrs trek
- Day 05 Kalikasthan – Shaklung (1730m/5675ft), 5-6 hrs
- Day 06 Shaklung – Chisopani (2629m/5344ft), 5-6 hrs
- Day 07 Chisopani – Begnas Bazaar (1000m/3280ft) - Pokhara (910m /2696ft), 5-6 hrs trek, 1 hr drive
- Day 08 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu 5 – 6 hrs
- Day 09 Final departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination.
Royal Trekking Detail Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)
Meet MMT (Mountain Mart Treks) airport representative at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your choice of Hotel /Resort /Guest house. Free afternoon. Involve, Welcome dinner held by MMT management, introduce guide, trip briefing and check trip necessities.
Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing & trek preparation (1,300m/4,264 ft)
After breakfast, the day will start with our guided trip (tour) to cultural World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu valley such as (including), pilgrimage sites of Hindus temples at Pashupatinath, the world’s biggest Stupa Bouddhanath, visit Swayambhunath Stupa also known as the Monkey Temple. After exploring the surrounding areas, visit the historical Patan Durbar Square & Kathmandu’s Durbar Square (Freak Street) with temples, unique ancient art, architectures, museum and Kumari (living goddess). Evening pre-trip counseling and ensure once again trekking gears, medical kid and trek legalization needs. (Evening pre-trip discussion: a trekking gear and medical kit check, visa and legalization requirements.)
Leisure and rest day for your own interests.
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (910m/2,986ft),
5-6 hrs drive
morning 07:00 AM drive by tourist bus to Pokhara through the beautiful
countryside and following down steam of Trishuli River. ( famous river rafting
for traveling with family & beginners) Arrive Pokhara about 02:00 PM and
transfer to your choice of Hotel / Resort / Guest House overnight in Lakeside
next to Fewa Lake..
Day 04: Bijayapur – Kalikasthan (1370m/4494ft), 5-6 hrs trek
A broad trail starting from rice field near the army camp,
then ascends through Rakhigaun to a chautara, a a resting place under large Bodhi tree. The trail climbs gently
along a ridge top through Brahman and chhetri village toward Kalikasthan
(1370m/4494ft) Depending on the tine that you start walking you can camp either
before or after Kalikasthan. Both
campsites are on ridge top with good mountain view, including of Machhapuchhre
and Annapurna South. Overnight stay in camp.
Day 05: Kalikasthan – Shaklung (1730m/5675ft), 5-6 hrs trek
The trail follows along the forested ridge top through
Thulakhet Mathi Thana, where there are few tea-shops. There is short climb,
then the trail reaches Naudanda. Continue along the ridge to a school at Lipini
village, then make a steep but short climb to forest to the Guring Village
Shaklung overnight at camp.
Day 06: Kalikasthan – Chisopani (2629m/5344ft), 5-6 hrs.
The Himalaya skyline continues to change as the route comes
abreast Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu and Hiuchuli. From Shaklung the
trail drops steeply down the south ridge of the hill to a large tree, several
tea-shop and a police check- point This is a trail junction, trail leads to
west is Begnas lake and east to the Marshyangdi khola. The skyline trek climbs toward
Chisopani winding around the back of the hill to the village short distance
above Chisopani is a high knoll where there is a small temple. This is
Chisopani Danda.Overnight stay in tent.
Day 07: Chisopani – Begnas Bazar (1000m/3280ft), 5-6 hrs
trek and drive to Pokhara (990m /
From chisopani Danda descend along the ridge for an hour or
so, then descends steeply on the stone steps into a small valley and a stream
that feeds Rupa Tal. Continue for a short distance through the rice field ,
then make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Lake and Rupa Lake,
on a wide path that you will share with many local people. From the ridge
descend to the Pokhara valley, joins the road at the crowed, dirty and noisy
Begnas Bazar. Take a transport 12 KM back to Pokhara.
Day 08: Pokhara - Kathmandu(1,300m /4,264ft)
Morning at 0730 drive back to Kathmandu 5- 6 hrs through the countryside
beautiful landscape. Arrive Kathmandu about 1430 and transfer to your Hotel.
All flights Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu also offered.
Day 09: Final departure
Transfer to international airport and fly to onward destination
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Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.