Royal Trek-09 Days



Trip overview
Primary Activity: walking along the mountain village trail used by Prince Charles in eighties
Duration : 09 Days Trip Code : HNART09
Trip Grade : Soft Max-Altitude : 1730 m/5675 ft.
Meals : All meals during trek Accomodation : Hotel/Mountain lodge
Group Size : Min:2, Max: 10+ Transportation Tourist Bus
Trip Start : Kathmandu Trip End : Kathmandu
Route : Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kalikasthan-Begnas-Pokhara-Kathmandu
Departure Dates
Best Season : Spring(March/April/May/early June) and Autumn(September-October-November-early December)
Trip Notes / Guideline on Itinerary: The given itinerary is just an outline itinerary and could be customize on request.

Description


Royal Trek is a soft Trek in the middle hills with the awesome backdrop of Annapurna Range.

The Royal trek is one of the short and soft trek in the shrub like path on the foothills of Annapurna. During the early eighties, Prince Charles had explored this route along with his 90 entourage person. Since then, this route is so-named as The Royal Trek. This trek provides an opportunity to explore diverse culture and people living in this region.  This trek just begins in the beautiful lakeside city Pokhara and enter to the beautiful Hamlets of Gurungs. Encounters the stunning views of the traditionally built barley terraces, even more beautified by the magnificent views including Annapurna range, Macchapuchhre and the Langtang range. This trek allow to capture the traditional lifestyles of the tribes that are still remained unchanged and continuation from thousands of years. With less crowd, experience rich culture, tradition and picturesque landscape.

In addition, if you want to enjoy natural beauties, enhance cultural experiences; you could join our Khopra Valley Trek- 14 Days or Sikles Trek-12 Days. You could also join our challenging trekking route to Annapurna Region by joining our Round Annapurna Trek-19 Days or Tilicho Lake and Annapurna Circuit Trek-15 Days.

If you are not satisfied with this itinerary or if you want to customize this package in your timeline or budget, then you could contact us, or email to info@hikingnepal.com

  • Day 01 Arrival day in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)
  • Day 02 Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhu Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square) (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)
  • Day 03 Drive to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel. (Altitude: 890 m/2849 ft.; Drive: 5/6 hrs. Meal: B)
  • Day 04 Drive to Bijayapur and trek to Kalikasthan (Altitude: 1370 m/4496 ft.; Drive: 1 hour; Trek: around 5 hours; Meal: BLD)
  • Day 05 Trek to Syaklung (Altitude: 1730 m/5675 ft.; Trek: 5 - 6 Hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 06 Trek to Chisapani (Altitude: 1550 m/5084 ft.; Trek: 5-6 Hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 07 Trek to Begnas Lake and drive to Pokhara (Altitude: 890 m/2849 ft.; Trek: 5-6 Hrs. Meal: BLD)
  • Day 08 Drive to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast/Dinner)
  • Day 09 Depart Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)

Trip Photos and Videos


Day 01 Arrival day in Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)

On your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, one of our representative will pick up you and escort you to the hotel as well as help you to check-in at hotel. After your refreshment, you will be briefed about the next day trip. In the evening, we, the Hiking Nepal will offer you a welcome dinner introducing Nepalese cuisine and culture.


Day 02 Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu (Pashupatinath temple, Swyambhu Stupa and Kathmandu Durbar Square) (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Dinner)

After your delightful breakfast, you will be introduced with guide and takes you to UNESCO Heritages sites of the valley where you will observe living heritage of Medieval Nepal - Witness the biggest Hindu temple of Nepal, Pashupatinath and capture the sacred moments of Hindu death ritual at Aryaghat in Pashupatinath. Stroll the lively streets of Kathmandu Old Market Asan to Kathmandu Durbar Square and visit the home of The Living Goddess Kumari, Nepalese style of Architecture as well as astonishing wooden carving. A short drive from Kathmandu Durbar Square will take you to a hill top stupa called as “Swyambhu” meaning “self -emerge” and belief that the hill emerged impulsively from the great lake that once covered Kathmandu valley.


Day 03 Drive to Pokhara, transfer to Hotel. (Altitude: 890 m/2849 ft.; Drive: 5/6 hrs. Meal: B)

Early morning, after breakfast, catch Tourist bus or we can also organize a private vehicle for you. Viewing countryside villages, farm, shops and river, you will reach at Pokhara. A beautiful place with tremendous views of mountains and lakes. You can also go for Boating at Fewa Lake. Overnight at Hotel.


Day 04 Drive to Bijayapur and trek to Kalikasthan (Altitude: 1370 m/4496 ft.; Drive: 1 hour; Trek: around 5 hours; Meal: BLD)

After Breakfast at Hotel, you will have an hour drive to Bijayapur River, which is the initial point to starts trek. Walk for an around in a flat paddy field and crossing a river, trail ascend through the village of Rakhigaun and Chautara. Here, you can rest for a while and proceed your journey towards Kalikasthan. You can either camp or accommodate in local lodge.


Day 05 Trek to Syaklung (Altitude: 1730 m/5675 ft.; Trek: 5 - 6 Hrs. Meal: BLD)

Today, you will follow the trail that passes several villages and takes you to the forested ridge top. It offers a manifesting views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Lamjung. Continue the ridge trail till Lipini, from where you will make a steep climb to a beautiful Gurung village of Syaklung. Overnight at Local lodge.

 


Day 06 Trek to Chisapani (Altitude: 1550 m/5084 ft.; Trek: 5-6 Hrs. Meal: BLD)

From Syaklung, walking through the Gurung village having tiny tea shops, you will reach to a forest of Rhododendron and Sal. Passing forest trail, you will walk down trail and then ascend leading to an easy path towards Chisapani. It is a perfect site to grasp the spectacular view of mountains. Overnight at local lodge.


Day 07 Trek to Begnas Lake and drive to Pokhara (Altitude: 890 m/2849 ft.; Trek: 5-6 Hrs. Meal: BLD)

After breakfast, continue walking on a downhill trail till Rupa Lake and then make a final ascent to the ridge top that separates Rupa Lake and Begnas Lake. From ridge, descend to the Begnas Bazzar to pick up vehicle for drive back to Hotel at Pokhara. Overnight at Hotel.


Day 08 Drive to Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast/Dinner)

After Breakfast, catch a vehicle to drive back to Kathmandu. On the way, you can enjoy the landscape, scattered villages and highway shops. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will be directly transferred to Hotel. Take rest and spend time as you like. Give your Evening time, we invite you for farewell dinner at authentic restaurant. You can share your experience, feedback us and give us a chance to make your evening a wonderful time. 


Day 09 Depart Kathmandu (Altitude: 1350/4428 ft. Meal: Breakfast)

If you are departing for homeland, one of our team member will help you to check-out at hotel and transfer you to airport. Do you have any further planning, you can let us to organize.

Price Based on Twin/Double Sharing Basis
1 Traveler 2 - 3 Travelers 4 - 6 Travelers 7 - 9 Travelers
$ 0.00 Per Person $ 0.00 Per Person $ 0.00 Per Person $ 0.00 Per Person
What is included
  • Airport transfer by Hiking Nepal office representative in a private vehicle
  • Welcome Dinner at Typical Nepalese Restaurant with cultural dance show
  • Farewell Dinner at finest restaurant in Thamel Kathmandu
  • Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu by English speaking local guide 
  • 3 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Blue Horizon in Kathmandu with breakfast on twin sharing basis
  • 3 nights’ accommodation  at well and comfortable Mountain Lodge available en-route during trek (Few nights’ at during trek with attached bathroom/toilets)
  • 2 night’s accommodation at Hotel Landmark in Pokhara with breakfast on twin sharing basis
  • Full board meal during trek (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, tea & coffee, seasonal fruits, chocolate/s & biscuits)
  • English speaking, First Aid and Eco-trained local trekking guide, Assistance guide as per the group size, porters (2:1)
  • All the expenses for guide and porters along with Insurance
  • Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu transfer in a Tourist Bus
  • Trek transfers in a private vehicle
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) fee
  • Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) Card fee
  • Exclusive medical kit bag, Duffle Bag, Trekking T-shirt, Trekking Maps, Adventure Certificate
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket during Trek
  • All government and local taxes as applicable
What is not included
    • Nepal Visa - (Cost- US$- 25 for 15 days & $- 40 for 30 days)
    • Lunch & evening meals while in Kathmandu and Pokhara (Except welcome/farewell dinner)
    • Monuments’ entry fees
    • Travel insurance 
    • Cost of personal nature expenses, Beverages (Mineral water or coca cola), cost of extra meals, snacks, phones bills, Internet, WiFi, laundry etc.
    • Cost incurred during emergency, evacuations
    • Tips for Guide and porters

We have prepared the trip departure dates in small groups departure for group fun and enjoyment trekking. Our group size start from 2 peoples (Even for solo travelers, we organize single trip on supplement cost of US$- 200 additional) and maximum group size will be 8-10 travelers. But in general, our every date will have small groups of 4- 6 peoples, which is good group size for safe and flexible & comfortable trekking. We have listed our group departure dates based on every season as below.

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NEPAL VISA & GETTING IN TO NEPAL
All the foreign nationals (except Indian nationals) are required to display Visa while entering Nepal. Nepalese Visa can be obtained either at Nepalese Embassy of respective country or can be obtained during your arrival at the International Airport in Kathmandu or from the Nepal’s border entry point. However, certain nationals are requested to arrange Visa prior to arrival in Nepal. The listed countries are- Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Liberia and cannot secure Nepalese Visa on arrival.

Requirements: Traveler should have a valid passport for at least six months, recent digital photos (size: 1.5" x 1.5") and Visa fees (either US$ or equivalent) mentioned as below:
 

   Visa Facility               

   Duration           

   Fee

  Multiple entry

   15 days

   US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency

  Multiple entry

   30 days

   US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency

  Multiple entry

   90 days

   US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency                

You can also download VISA form and fill up. Please go through the link as below:
http://www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa

GROUP SIZE
For group, we normally run with minimum 2 person to maximum 10 in our published group departure program. However, there is no barrier for a private trip. We can run a trip for single person and even more than 10 in a group. Normally for a group, we provide 1 main guide, 1 assistance guide along with 1 porter for every 2 trekkers. Moreover, for every additional 2 trekkers, 1 more assistance and a porter will be provided making a team combination as follows:

Minimum to 2 PAX: 1 Guide and 1 porter
4-6 PAX: 1 guide, 1 assistance guide and 3 porter
7-10 PAX: 1 guide, 2 assistance guide and 4/5 Porter

TRANSPORTATION
On your arrival in Kathmandu and during city tour, we, Hiking Nepal, will provide you a private vehicle depending on your group size. However, for a drive outside Kathmandu valley, you will be driving by public tourist standard vehicle. If you are uncomfortable in such driving, we shall arrange a private vehicle for you with additional surcharges. Please suggest us in advance.

TRIP SAFETY; OUR GUIDE AND SUPPORTING TEAM
During your trip, it is very essential that you are accompanied with very experienced and qualified tour guide for the safety and successful of the trip. Our guides are trained and licensed from Nepal Government and fluent in any language as per your need. Our guides are especially for the tour so that they have very good knowledge about the historical places with its entire history and many more. We assure you that your trip is at the right and professional hands.

BEST SEASON 
For Tour in Nepal, you can travel whole year and every season display different scenarios.  However, it is wise to know about climatic season. Normally, 2 season are considered best: Spring and autumn and season is categories in 4 different climatic seasons: 
Spring (March, April, May):
During this time, temperature is mildly warm in low lands while moderate in higher altitudes with plenty of opportunities to have astonishing views of the mountains and landscape. At this time, the blossom flowers especially national flower of Nepal – rhododendron decorate the ascending altitudes with its generous color and beauty. Even the High altitude lodges get opened and get occupied with the mountain lovers.
Summer (June, July, and August):
This is also the monsoon season in Nepal. At this time, the weather is hot and wet at times. It rains almost every day with occasional thunderstorms in the evening. The rain spreads the pleasantness around with lush green vegetation. If you are planning to trek in this season, we suggest to choose rain shaded areas of Nepal. Even, if you do not mind rain, and wants to trek in this season, you should compulsorily bring umbrella, pancho, proper waterproof hiking boots, wind proof jackets, baggage wrap, and raincoat as well as required insect repellent. Likewise, the reward of this month is the view of lush green valley captured by small flowers. It is a wonderful time to observe monsoon cycle of agriculture and the traditional life of Nepalese people.
Autumn (September, October and November):
This time is considered to be the best tourist season in Nepal with the end of summer and the winter to set in. The weather is highly pleasant so are the mountain views. The trekking routes get beautified with the presence of trekkers and expedition groups. Meantime, most of the festivals of Nepalese societies are enthusiastically celebrated at this time.
Winter (December, January and February): 
During this time, the weather is cool and the sky is clear with occasional snowfalls at higher elevations. At this time, trekking in lower elevation is fine however, at the high altitude, most of the lodges get closed and it will be a bit difficult to cross high altitude passes. This season is good for trekking in lower elevations. The morning and night get extreme cold sometime reaching temperature at (-) minus but the days are warm and pleasant.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
While travelling to Nepal, you are requested to have a travel insurance that should cover any comprehensive expenses possible to acquire due to medical issues or accidents. Especially, your travel insurance must protect air ambulance, treatment charges, rescue and evacuation, product cancellation and refundable charges, flight delay and cancellations. We suggest you to bring your travel insurance certificate or send us scan copy and it must be issued from your home land. We do not arrange or sell insurance.

VACCINATION
It is better to follow the precaution given by World Health Organization and other international health related institutions that recommend having vaccines before travelling Nepal to prevent from certain fatal illness. If possible, we suggest you to bring your medical certificate however, it is not required to show but for safety. The recommended vaccines are polio, Diphtheria, Tetanus, typhoid, yellow fever, hepatitis A/B, Influenza (Flu), Japanese encephalitis, and Tuberculosis. Meantime, it is better to consult your professional doctor about your travel and he might recommend you properly. You can also take suggestion of local travelers who have travelled Nepal before and know more about the required precautions. Please note that the protection that can be gained from vaccines varies from 50% to almost 100%. So remember that even if you have taken a vaccine you might still get the disease, although you will have greatly reduced your chances of getting ill.

HIKING NEPAL RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
Hiking Nepal is opened with a commitment to provide ecofriendly service to the guest and benefit to the host. It is our responsibility to minimize the negative impact in the society with an appropriate improvements and participation of locals. To upgrade the standard of living of the locals, Hiking Nepal inspired the local to involve in providing services. All our guides porters and staff are from different community who are given equal priority and no space is left to satisfy them. To upgrade the service quality, they are sent for various training and seminars.  Even all our guides and porters are insured in regards to their safety, health.

BOOKING AND PAYMENT
If you are satisfied with the proposal, we request you to fill up an online booking form along with 20% payment of total trip cost. Your booking form should be attached with a scan passport copy and a head shot photograph. One member of a team can fill up a booking form however; all other member should be familiar with the terms and condition before confirmation.

The trip cost is always quoted in US$ unless otherwise stated. Booking deposit can be made by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card (Visa or Master Card). 20% of your deposit is the non-refundable amount and compulsory to deposit by every member. You can pay your remaining amount once you arrive in Kathmandu. Meantime, the conditions applied only for Nepal Trip or your travel to other destination- Tibet, Bhutan, India via Kathmandu. Be informed that your deposit by credit card or debit card will deduct extra 4% as Bank service charge.

In case of Tailor Made trips, you may require a higher deposit or full payment during booking, which may differ from deposit rate referred in this clause. In such cases, you will be timely advised on mail by Hiking Nepal for the amount to be paid.

PAYMENT:
Payment is done once you are agreed with the terms and conditions of Hiking Nepal and fill up a Booking form. Then, you should pay 20% of total trip cost and in a group, each member should deposit the mentioned amount. For the payment, you can either Bank transfer or pay by Credit Cards (Visa/MasterCard/AMEX).

Please have a look at http://www.hikingnepal.com/information/bank-details for details about the Bank deposit and Credit Card.

Don’t forget to Email the Bank Reference Number or remittance slip on deposit. It can track and claim the fund easier if provided with asked details (reference #/remittance slip or sender credential) and incase Bank misplaces the transfer. 

CANCELLATION POLICY
If cancellation is made 30 days prior to trip, 20% of your deposit is non- refundable. In case of deposit of full amount of more than 20%, we alter it for your next trip.
If you leave your trip after starts on whatever the reason be, no refund will be given for any unused portion of the trip.
If company in case failed to provide the trip due to unexpected circumstances like flight cancellation by airlines, heavy snow, landslides and any other disasters that are out of control; choice for tour of similar nature would be provided. Alternatively, your trip could also be postponed for the next time. However, any extra expenses incurred due to such cancellation, would be your own liability.

Likewise, any extra expenses incurred by you due to delay or cancellation of flight or any additional cost should bring upon yourself.

Cancellation Charges are expressed hereafter as a percentage of the total trip cost.
Cancellation 60 days or more before departure: 100% of Total Deposit.
Cancellation 59-21 days before departure: 50% of Total Trip Cost.
Cancellation less than 21 days before departure: 100% of Total Trip Cost.

The Client is strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking.

While travelling to a destination, there might occurs a series of questions, such as what should I bring, level of fitness, insurance, security, right time, visa procedure etc. Hence, to solve with such queries, here is prepared list with feasible answers.

Trekking in Nepal is walking in the Himalayas, on mostly level ground with a few sections of steep hillsides- ups and down. It is not so difficult nor too easy to trek Everest Base camp. Your health and physical fitness is vital. Hence, if you can walk 5 miles a day and in a good aerobic shape, you will definitely complete the trek. And you can trek smoothly if you are used to with some walking habits and even join some gym, aerobics. Also, it is better to build a habits of hiking for 3 to 6 hours once a week and use stairs ups and down to make your knees strong and comfortable to walk in the Rocky Mountains. If you are in a good shape, you can enjoy the overall experience.

Nepal is safe for travelling to anybody who wish to spend their holidays with fun and excitements. If you are travelling solo, involved with authorized company and make sure that you should be guided by licensed holder local guides. Individual Traveler are frequently trekking experiencing a good memories. Also, if you feel uncomfortable to trek alone, you can also join group departure that are published in our web sites.

Both group trek and private trek is organized for trekking in Nepal. In a Group Trek, participant from different nation, gender and ages joined the dates published in our websites. All the dates are guaranteed and you can join any dates that is suitable for you. The itinerary will be fixed with confirm services. Private Trek is organized on the individual request. It is good for those who do not like to join the group and wants some flexibility with itineraries and services.

The group is main thing while trekking in Himalayas. The trip will be full of fun and memorable while trekking in a group. While joining a group dates, we organize a group of minimum 2 people to maximum 8. In case private trip, there is no barrier in group size and could run from single person.

The Himalayas of Nepal is you trek in the remote site. However, most of the trekking destination are facilitated with the available of accommodating ranging from very basic to highly sophisticated. As you go up, the accommodation will be basic but neat and clean beds with comfortable mattress. Beds are quite small and shared bathroom (some lodges also offer attached bathroom). There is chimney heater in the dining hall where tables are set around to sit nearby heater. We provide clean and comfortable room with attached bathroom at the places where it is available. For meals, you will be served sufficient hygienic food. Our service includes a full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Tea/Coffee) based on lodge menu. Normally, for breakfast; porridge, cereals, toast or chapattis, omelets and a range of hot drinks are served. Likewise for Lunch and Dinner; you can taste some Nepalese food (esp. rice, lentils and curry), local food, Indian food, Italian Spaghetti, noodles, potatoes, even Pizza in some areas. It is obvious that you will receive fresh and organic food in the Himalayas of Nepal. Your breakfast and dinner will be served in lodge where you stay and lunch on the way during trek.

For trekking in Nepal, you will be guided by locally trained licensed holder trekking guide who are involved in trekking for many years and used to with the trail, local culture and surrounding. They speak good English and make you feel comfortable while trekking.

While trekking in high altitude, headache and diarrhea is common sickness and our guide will take some prescribed medicine. But for the serious illness and other factor, they are not authorized to take the medicine. But help to take you to the hospital or evacuated back to Kathmandu. Also, you can bring Diamox or other medicine after consulting with your doctor or general physician.

For trekking in Nepal, usually two season are considered best (i.e. Spring: March, April, May and Autumn: September, October, November). During spring time, temperature is mildly warm in low lands while moderate in higher altitudes with plenty of opportunities to have astonishing views of the mountains and landscape. At this time, the blossom flowers especially national flower of Nepal – rhododendron decorate the ascending altitudes with its generous color and beauty. Even the High altitude lodges get opened and get occupied with the mountain lovers. Autumn (September, October and November): This time is considered to be the best tourist season in Nepal with the end of summer and the winter to set in. The weather is highly pleasant so are the mountain views. The trekking routes get beautified with the presence of trekkers and expedition groups. Meantime, most of the festivals of Nepalese societies are enthusiastically celebrated at this time.

For Trek, we will provide you a Hiking Nepal T-shirt, down jacket and sleeping bag and duffel bag. Any other clothing, you should bring yourself. We can provide you the list of clothing and gear.

On your arrival in Kathmandu International Airport, our office representative and a driver will be waiting you outside of terminal gate displaying placard mentioning your name with Hiking Nepal. They will escort you to the Hotel and help you in Check-In at Hotel. Considering your feasible time, we will meet at Hotel or at our office for short briefing about the trip.

Hiking Nepal is run by the experienced tourism entrepreneurs working for 15 to 20 years with an intention to serve authentic services to the guest. For Hiking Nepal, Guest are safety of guest is foremost concern, hence, Hiking Nepal used experienced and trained guide for the trekkers and never compromise on service.

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