Royal Treks / Annapurna Skyline Treks
The Royal Trek is one of the short trek follows a shrub like path along the foothills of Annapurna, north of the Pokhara valley. The Royal Trek is so-named because Prince Charles and his 90 person entourage had explored this route in 1980. This Royal Trek provides the opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences with the diverse mix of peoples and cultures that inhabit this region. The journey of Royal trek begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets. During the trek, we are able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, and the magnificent Annapurna range, Machapuchhre [fishtail] and the Manaslu Mountain views.
This Royal trek presents a true picture of uniqueness and allowing us the chance to capture the traditional lifestyles of the tribes whose ancient religious practices and traditions have remained unchanged for thousands of years. Compared to other trekking areas in Annapurna region, Royal trekking route is less crowded, so you can get more close to nature, culture and lifestyle.
Royal Trekking Itinerary :-
Day 01: Kalikasthan (Thulakot, about 1480 Meter)
Drive 30 minute from airport / Lakeside to the starting point Kashari. Walk 20 minute flat river ways than gentle up for one and half hours up to the Chitepani through the Bramin village called Sunpadalii. Then you will get view of Prince Charles Hill, the best place to enjoy with nature from where virgin mountain Machhapuchhre and Annapurna Mass if can be seen only 20 miles far from your eye . Again from that place while you are watching the view of Pokhara valley, you will fill as if you are watching the earth from the heaven. Moreover, this place is famous for not only nature beauty but also historical place. Prince Charles from UK trekked here and camped overnight on this hill. From Chitepani trek another 1 hour to Thulakot through Deumadi village. Thulakot is higher than Charles Hill and this Kot is very famous for the views of Annapurna and Manaslu range. From here you can see 7 lakes of Pokhara valleys. The view from this hill is 360 degree. Not only is the natural attraction from here a historical importance also another point of interest. There are still remains of ancient Kings Fort. Over night at Local Tea House
Day 02: Lipyani Bhanjyang (about 1200 meter)
The trail follows the ridge line eastward and the morning is very pleasant walk with scattered Chhetri, Brahamin and Gurung village as well as farming country. While continue walking, the view of Himalaya to your left and the lake Begnas to your right make you spellbound. After walking 5hrs, you will get Lipini Bhajying, the lap of the Syanglung hill. You will be in front of Lamjung and Manaslu Himal. This day would be best day for those who don’t like many ups and downs but all the way views through the village. Over night at Local Tea House
Day 03: Chisapani Danda ( About 1540 meter )
After breakfast 2 hours flat and gradual uphill to Ramkot school and 30 minutes down and flat walk to Lunch Place. After lunch, there is rather surprising climb which can be hot and hard work but leads eventually to a fine place called Lakuri Bhanjyang and then flat and gentle walk to Chisapani. This is the highest point en-route. From this area recruited the local Gurung tribesman for enrolment of Gorkha forces serving with both British and Indian armies. So,the area has benefited not only from farming and trading but also generations of pay and pensions being sent home by the soldier. From Chisapani Danda, the Himalayan range of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna, Lamjung and Manaslu can be seen. Again the view of Rupe-Tal (lake) and surrounding village are worth seeing. This day will be little hard work for trekkers but great views from the hill top. Hope trekkers will forget there tiredness watching the Himalayan Panorama and beautiful countryside. Over night at Local Tea House
Day 04: Pokhara (about 930 meter)
This is the last day and last wonderful place. So get up with the sunrise in the Himalaya. In the morning your face will be red from the red sun reflecting from Himalayan. Enjoy breakfast with great views. After making some pictures descend step down toward west. After walking 2hrs, Tal-Besi, the plain rice field, reached. Then 1 and half hour walk to Sundari Danda (Lunch Place), from where the lake Rupa will be your left hand side and Begnas Lake will be your right hand side. After walking 45 min, the trial will be linked with Motor able road at Begnas Busstop, from where we can take vehicle, drive 45 min and back to the Pokhara valley.
Highlight of this treks:-
1) Different landscape.
2) Mountain View in closed distance- Full ranges of Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
3) Variation of culture-Brahman, Chhetri, Gurung etc.
4) Different local village with local culture and religions.
5) Natural view as well as view of Pokhara, Leknath valley as well as many lakes.
6) Non tourist area previously known as Annapurna sky line Treks and After trek by British Princess Charles on 1980 called Royal Treks.