Trekking Code: STE/AR/02
Accommodations: Tourist Class Hotel/Tented camp
Maximum Altitude: 1730m
Transportation: Private Transfer/Flight
Starts & Ends in: Kathmandu
Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]
The Annapurna Royal Trek is one of those typical treks you’d like to do in the gentle wild. This short compact venture could be your first introduction into the wilderness of the middle-hills in this region so well known as nature’s paradise. If you are a greenhorn on the trekking circuit, then this adventure would be ideal to set you up for the bigger challenges to come. All you’re hiking is done in the overwhelming backdrops of the Annapurna Range of mountains; you’d love it down here…
The trails meander through a flowering shrub like path along the base of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara valley. The ‘Royal’ Trek gets its name from Prince Charles of England and his large entourage that had discovered this route in the early eighties. The prince later made a statement to the media that ‘this was the loveliest walk he had ever done in his life’’. The trip commences from Kalikasthan ridge, approx 25 km from pretty Pokhara, as we hike by striking Gurung hamlets and across terraced farmlands with constant delightful views of the outstanding Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre [fishtail peak] and the Langtang Mountains beckoning in the horizons; this is sublime beauty at its best. Our venture concludes at the attractive Begnas Lake which is about 30 km west of Pokhara City.
If you’ve never done a trek before, then as a beginner, this is a perfect starter to gear you up for big time adventure in amazing Nepal. The actual trek is just 4 days in the wild with occasional fluctuating elevations that you’d need to negotiate along the ridges with no worries of altitude and acclimatization because you don’t go above 1730m which is at Syaglung. Since this is a brief trip, you have options to extend it with some thrilling activities in Pokhara or a go-wild jungle safari in Chitwan by combining this trek to enjoy Nepal’s diverse ecological exquisiteness.
Arrival in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan International Airport
Free at your own leisure
Drive to Bijaypur. Then trek to Kalikasthan
Trek to Patle
Trek to Syaglung Danda at 1730m
Trek concludes today and drive back to Pokhara
Guided city tour of Pokhara and fly back to Pokhara
Day 1: Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport
Arrival Kathmandu at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will find our representative awaiting your arrival with our office vehicle to pick you up and drop you to your designated hotel. Your first overnight in the valley of temples.
Day 2: Free at your own leisure
After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about what to do in your next free day.
The choice is yours: either you can stroll around the nearby market on your own or you can opt for a half/full day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest. The cost for this extra tour is not added in the trek cost and you have to pay extra depending on the places you choose to visit. This extra tour gives you deep insights into Nepal’s iconic monuments that have been recognized by UNESCO as world heritage sites. Sansui Treks will give you an orientation on your program & you will also get the opportunity to ask us any questions you may have regarding our upcoming adventure. When this is done, you might find time to shop around the city in the evening time if you need any gears for the trek. Overnight at your hotel
Day 3: Drive to Bijaypur. Then trek to Kalikasthan
After breakfast, we drive down to the domestic section of the airport for our 35 minutes thrilling flight to Pokhara. On touchdown at Pokhara, a vehicle will drive us down to Bijaypur, which is approx for 6 hours. We then do a short trek to Kalikasthan and this is where our venture begins in homestay/lodge for an overnight.
Day 4: Trek to Patle
Our Trek to Patle begins on a level plain before we descend down through tranquil green forest to the village of Mastan Saurani, we then ascend to the village of Sundergaun to head straight down to the village of Patle for our dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Trek to Syaglung
Today we trek to Syaglung Danda at 1730m which goes through a sprawling green forest on the right. On the way the path takes an undulating descent to the village of Ozangaun. We haul up for a brief rest at a school in Ramche, and then steeply descend to the village of Lipyani, where we stop for a breather and lunch. Hereabouts we find a few shops where we can buy some cold drinks or mineral water. After lunch, we start ascending the typical stone steps to Syaglung danda through a charming rhododendron forest. The trail down here is so peaceful that you only hear the sound of your trek boots as we make a beeline for the village of Syaglung inhabited by ethnic Gurungs. From the village we get upfront views of Lamjung Himal – an astounding sight to behold! Overnight in homestay/lodge.
Day 6: Trek concludes today and drive back to Kathmandu
Our trek concludes today as we revert back to Lipyani, descending on stone steps to Doban Khola on the right and rice and wheat fields on the left. We climb a hillock through forest and reach Lapsi danda. We then make a brief descent to a motor road and follow a track to the village of Begnas, where we haul up for lunch in an open field. After lunch it’s a short hike along a roughshod road to a pick up point at Begnas where our vehicle waits to drive us down to Pokhara. And this concludes our trek with an overnight in Pokhara.
Day 7: Guided city tour of Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu
After a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast today, we head out for a guided City tour of Pokhara. We visit David’s fall, Seti Gorge and the interesting Tibetan Refugee camp and also enjoy some boating on the lovely serene Phewa Lake. PM: in the early afternoon, we return to our hotel, pack our things and head off to the tourist coach station for our bus to Kathmandu.
Day 8: Final departure
Final departure for our connecting flight home sweet home. Should you require any extensive activities, please do let us know, we have a vast array of different programs that will even interest the discerning traveler, our ‘No frills’ prices will certainly not hurt your pockets.
A TH [Teahouse Lodge] is a term used for sleeping in teahouse lodges on the trails. These teahouses are pretty basic but provide all the comforts that you would expect when hiking in remote conditions, they are cosy and warm – you’d like the homely environment. We crash out in single rooms wherever available, but often times we sometimes have to adapt to sleeping out in dormitory type rooms for a night. Generally, it’s just a bed with a pillow and blankets. It’s a matter of choice, if you want, you bring your own ‘Air pillow’ and freak out anyways, this is adventure in the wild…the rougher it gets the better. We accommodate our trek groups in local lodges available each day. Our porters hike ahead of us to book the required rooms for the group (rooms cannot be booked in advance). Please note, that some of them are very basic and a spirit of adventure is the call of the day. It is cheaper to stay in lodges rather than organizing a camping trek.
We have a pool of hotels in Kathmandu under 3 Star categories which we provide to clients in connection with this itinerary, unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice. You can check on the description of such hotels through our website. Accommodation is never a problem, the choice exclusively yours.
At ‘Incentive Holidays’ – its zero tolerance on cutting of cost when it comes down to feeding our trekking guests, because we know how tough it is on the trails; we provide three tasty, bountiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and Western dishes. To start the day, breakfast is ‘king size’ [the first meal of the day] consisting of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereals followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads.
After a lengthy gritty day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetables, meat, rice and pasta dishes completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The local trek leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation and also within the group with respect to personal hygiene. This has allowed us to maintain extremely high standards of health over many years of planning treks - and good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can always be catered for. ‘Gluttony is a sin’ but there are no restrictions on the grub we serve to our guests on the mountains; we leave it up to our trekking guests who are the best judge of their own appetites.
Price per person [Min. 2 PAX required]
Budget : $495
Standard : $590
Deluxe : $922
- 3N Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at KTM
- 1N Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis at PKR
- 3N accommodation in a Normal hotel/Lodge/ home stay during trekking
- One English speaking guide
- Porter (1Porter for 2Pax)
- Breakfast at Kathmandu
- 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch & dinner) everyday during Trekking
- National park fees
- Airport pick up and drop
- All ground transfer as per itinerary ( Tourist coach /Micro bus KTM-PKR-KTM)
- International Air Fare
- Domestic Air Fare
- Daily Meals (Lunch & Dinner) during Kathmandu
- Tips to Guide & Driver
- Bar Expense
- Telephone, Laundry and Internet
- Personnel Insurance
- Emergency Evacuation
- All other personal expenses
- Nepal visa fees
- Entrance fees
Note: Private vehicle/ Flight ticket can also be arranged if required.
Popular Sightseeing places in Kathmandu:
• Kathmandu Durbar Square
• Bhaktapur Durbar Square
• Patan Durbar Square
• Pashupatinath Temple
• Boudhanath Stupa
• Swayambhunath Stupa
Half day sightseeing includes visit two of these places and full day sightseeing includes three of these places inside the ring-road of Kathmandu. Besides the above mentioned places, the charges will apply depending on the distance accordingly.
The best time to visit for a trip of this kind would be in the Spring and Autumn. It is wonderful during this time of the year when an overall beauties of the landscapes found in these trips are so distinct & stunning, due to clear weather pattern & sunny blue skies. Our program could be changed to accommodate individual group choices and preferences in order to give you proper holidays that become signature ventures for a lifetime.