- Country: Nepal
- Destination: Nepal
- Group size: Min 1
Every year trekkers and adventurers throng the Annapurna massif in order to be blown away by the grandeur gesture of Mother Nature to its fullest. One of the most popularly known treks in Nepal is Royal Trek named because Prince Charles and his entourage had explored this route in 1981. The Royal Trek is north of Pokhara valley and trails along the foothills of Annapurna massif.
It is one of the shortest treks in Nepal. It benefits novice trekkers who do not have sufficient time to travel but are willing to take full advantage of their visit. The Royal Trek follows a highly enjoyable trek along the Himalayan foot hills. One of the highlights of this trek involves panoramic view of Pokhara valley and ridges of Rhododendron forests.
The trekking area of Royal Trek is usually less crowded than other treks of Annapurna region so travelers get closer to the scenery and the nature surrounding them. It also enhances their experience with the culture and lifestyles of the indigenous populace of that region.
The Royal trek begins from the lake city Pokharapassing through beautiful Gurung villages that leads to BijayapurKhola. The trail involves a journey through many villages inhabited by ethnic tribes. These communities present a unique lifestyle and culture that has been passed along and practiced for thousands of years. During the trek we are able to enjoy rice terraces and mountain views before ending at Begnas Lake 30kms west of Pokhara city.
Though there aren't many teahouses one may find resting stops made below fig trees known as Chautaras .These Chautaras were built by stone to provide temporary resting place for porters carrying heavy loads. The Chautaras also offer the traveler unobstructed views of Annapurna South (7195m), Annapurna I(8078m),Machapuchre(6997m), Annapurna III(7195m), Annapurna IV( 7507m), Annapurna II(7937m) from west to east and glimpses of Dhaulagiri(8172m) to the west. There are also LamjungHimal(6985m), Himalchuli(7835m) and Manaslu(8125m) to the east.
Day 1: Trek to Kalikastan
From Pokharaa hour drive is required to reach Bijayapurriver. The road trail starts in the rice fields near the Bijayapur army camp. It ascends through Rakhigaun to a resting place under a larger fig tree callledChautaara. The trail further ascends through villages towards Kalikastan at 1372m. Here views of Machapuchare and Annapurna can be observed.
Day 2: Trek to Syaglung
The trail follows forests through Thulokot to Mathi Thana with teashops along the way. The trail ascends through Naudanda. The trek continues along the ridge to Lipyani village which further ascends to a Gurung village of Syaglung for overnight stay.
Day 3: Trek to Chisopani
The trail leads down south towards another Chautaara.TheChautaara acts as trail junction with several teashops and a police check post. The Royal Trek climbs towards Chisopani with a village at a high hill with a temple. The Chisopani ridge is excellent for mountain views.
Day 4: Trek to Begnas Bazaar
The trail descends through stone steps into a small valley with a stream that leads to Rupalake. We continue through rice fields and ascend a ridge separating Begnas and Rupa Lake. We will descend along the ridge into Begnas Bazaar where a 30 minute drive will lead back to Pokhara.