Introduction to Royal Trek
The Royal Trek is a pleasant trek that starts at Lake Begnas outside Pokhara. This trek is one of the shortest and easiest treks located in the Annapurna area, north of the Pokhara Valley. Royal Trekking Trail is also a famous trekking trail and the best possible short hiking destination for the Himalayan scenery. The trail takes us to Gurung Village and then takes in magnificent views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, and Lamjung.
This trip is extremely enjoyable and does not require any technical knowledge. So it is a great trek for beginners and older people. Although Annapurna Royal Trekking is ideal for all age groups and those who are looking for short and normal elevation levels hiking. The journey goes through ethnic villages with very rich and diverse cultures. It also offers panoramic views of the Pokhara Valley and the northern Annapurna range.
This trekking provides an opportunity to gather meaningful experiences with a diverse mix of people and cultures in the region. You can see three Himalayans peaks above 8,000 meters high, such as Annapurna I, Dhaulagiri to the west, and Manaslu to the east.
The Trail is traditionally inhabited by the popular Gurkhas family, and after this, the Prince of Wales himself walked. Being the homeland of popular Gurkha soldiers, the traditional culture and lifestyle add a unique experience to your trek.
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A place visited by the royal group
In 1980 Prince Charles (British) of the United Kingdom visited the area to know how the Gurkhas have traditionally lived in the mountains. After the royal group visited, the whole trail was named “Royal Trek” and since then it has attracted many trekkers. This hiking trail is especially popular for short camping trips for students and family groups.
The uniqueness of tribes is their unchanging religious practices, cultures, traditions, and lifestyles of thousands of years that cannot be experienced anywhere on earth. This trekking route is less crowded compared to other trekking areas in the Annapurna area, so you can get closer to nature, culture, and lifestyle.
The best seasons for the Royal Trek are autumn (mid-September to mid-December) and spring (March to May). Winter (December, January, February) is also good for the Royal trek and can be done. Hiking routes are crowded in spring and autumn. But during the winter the routes are not packed and you can enjoy the best of nature. If you have a time limit and are looking for an easy and fun trip, this trekking can be a choice.
Drive Kathmandu to Pokhara (8207m) – 7 to 8 hours.
Drive Pokhara to Bijayapur (1 hour) and trek to Kalikasthan (1,370m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1,730m) – 5 to 6 hours walk.
Syaklung to Chisapani (1,550m) – 5 to 6 hours.
Chisapani to Begnas (3 to 4 hours walk) and drive to Pokhara (1 hour).
Drive Pokhara to Kathmandu – 7 to 8 hours.
Frequently asked questions about this trip
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