Royal Trek


The Royal Trek is one of the shortest and easy treks that follow 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 the early eighties. This trek provides the opportunities for meaningful cultural experiences with the diverse mix of people and cultures that inhabit this region. 

The journey of Royal trek begins in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and passes through beautiful Gurung hamlets. During the trek, we are able to enjoy stunning views of the eloquently built hillside rice terraces, the magnificent Annapurna range, Machapuchhre [fishtail] and the Langtang Mountain views. The trip finally ends at the scenic Begnas Lake which is about 30 km west of Pokhara City.

The Royal trekking trip is basically recommended for beginners who are restricted by time to trek longer. This Royal trek presents a true picture of the uniqueness and allowing us the chance to capture 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.

Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 
Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Day 03: Drive Pokhara 
Day 04: Pokhara to Kalikasthan 
Day 05: Kalikasthan to Syaklung 
Day 06: Syaklung to Chisapani 
Day 07: Chisapani to Pokhara
Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu
Day 09: Farewell Friend


Detailed Itinerary
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1300 m)
Upon your arrival at the Kathmandu airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Black Diamond Expedition. After completing your immigration formalities (Visa, etc) pick up your luggage and look for our representative with a Black Diamond Expedition display board at the arrival gate. You will be then transferred to a Hotel. After checking in, you can take rest stroll around the city, visit our office; it all depends upon your interests and conditions. In the evening, we will organize a Welcome Dinner at an excellent traditional Nepalese Restaurant where you will enjoy a Nepalese cultural program with a fine meal.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Dinner 

Day 02: Kathmandu: Sightseeing and Trek Preparation
Today after breakfast, we start a guided tour to several of the most historical and spiritual attractions in Kathmandu. Some of these landmarks are considered World Heritage Sites including the historic Durbar Square, the sacred Hindu temple of Pashupati Nath, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambhunath) and Buddhists shrine (Buddha Nath) which is one of the largest Stupas in the world. In the afternoon, there will be a pre-trip discussion where we can meet our trek leader and other team members. Black Diamond Expedition gives briefing regarding the trek as well as provides the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding  upcoming adventure. You might shop around the city if you need any gears for the trek during the evening time. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast

Day 03: Drive Pokhara (823m): 6-7 hrs drive
Early morning, we take a tourist bus to Pokhara. If you are lucky and get the right side of the bus, you can take pleasure in amazing views of green mountains and villages. Upon reaching the enchanting city of Pokhara which offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, five peaks of Annapurna and others, we check in to the hotel. Pokhara has numerous lakes, known as 'Tal' in Nepali which offer fishing, boating and swimming. Strolling around the Lakeside city and exploring it in the evening is enjoyable. Overnight in a hotel in Pokhara.
Hotel Middle Path
Breakfast

Day 04: Pokhara to Kalikasthan (1,370m): 1 hr drive, 4-5 hrs trek
Today, after breakfast we drive to Bijayapur Khola to begin our trek. Initially, we start our walk for about an hour through flat paddy fields and cross the river. After crossing the river, the trail starts to ascend to Kalikasthan. Lunch will be served midway through the climb. After arriving at Kalikasthan, we rest for some time then explore the surrounding areas. We spend overnight at a local guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05: Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1,730m): 5-6 hrs
After breakfast, we start walking through the villages. We walk along the ridge of the mountain which offers good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. Today, we can explore many villages, its tradition and the rhododendron forests. Overnight at Syaklung in the local guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06: Syaklung to Chisapani (1550m): 5-6 hrs
Walking through the Gurung village gives an opportunity to observe the local lifestyle. We move ahead playing a game of hide and seek with the rhododendron and Sal trees. Half way through the walk there is a 400m descent, then a 600m ascent for us to arrive at Chisapani. This is the best view point to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. Overnight in guesthouse.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 07: Chisapani to Pokhara
Today we walk half way down the hill to Rupatal and climb about 200 meters to arrive at Sundare Danda. Walk 15 minutes down to Begnas Tal and enjoy an hour of boating. Transfer to Pokhara, check in at a hotel and take a rest or explore the Lake side. Overnight at hotel.
Hotel Middle Path
Breakfast and Lunch

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 6-7 hrs drive
Early morning, we take a tourist bus to get back to Kathmandu. Watching scenic countryside en route makes our long bus journey interesting. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, your guide will transfer you to your hotel. Rest of the day can be spent at leisure or perhaps catching up with some last minute shopping or exploring any sights you missed during your first day in Kathmandu. Stay overnight in Kathmandu.
Hotel Encounter Nepal
Breakfast

Day 09: Farewell Friend
Your trip comes to an end today! There is nothing to do but trade emails with travel companions and organize the photos. If you have more time you can do some shopping or sightseeing. A representative from Himalayan Glacier Trekking will take you to the airport approximately 3 hours before the scheduled flight. On your way home you'll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal.
Breakfast

Fixed Departure Date:
2015
Jan- 3, 11, 17, 25
Feb- 1, 7, 15, 21, 28
Mar- 8, 14, 22, 28
Apr- 4, 12, 18, 26
May- 2, 10, 16, 24, 30
Jun- 6, 14, 20, 28
Sep- 5, 13, 19, 27
Oct- 4, 10, 18, 24, 31
Nov- 1, 7, 15, 22, 28
Dec- 6, 12, 20, 26

Please do contact us for other dates.

Price Includes:

  • All transfers, sightseeing, airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist coach
  • Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola (trek starting point) by private vehicle
  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast (Hotel Encounter Nepal- www.encounternepal.com or Hotel Norbu Linka- www.hotelnorbulinka.com) or similar 3-star hotel as per availability.
  • 2 nights accommodation in Pokhara in 3-star hotel with breakfast
  • 3 nights accommodation in lodge/ guesthouse during trek
  • Welcome dinner in Nepalese Restaurant with cultural show
  • All meals during the trek (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • English Speaking Guide and private vehicle for sightseeing in Kathmandu
  • Entrance fees in the monuments
  • An experienced guide and porters (1 porter for 2 people) during the trek
  • Salary, insurance, equipments, transportation, food and lodge for the guide, porter, cook and helpers
  • All necessary paperwork and permits
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes.

Price Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Nepal Visa fee
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • All kind of drinks
  • Extra night accommodation than the scheduled itinerary
  • Tips for guides, porters and driver

The Trekking Group
For this Royal Trek, you will have a trekking group inclusive of a trekking leader, assistant trekking leader (4 trekkers:1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters for carrying the luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter). This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group is sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. We can run the Royal Trek for group of any size, but generally we include maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the optimum size for a successful trip. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.

Health & Experience Required
This trek is a easy level trek suitable for nature loving trekkers who carry the ability to walk at least 4-5 hours a day with a light day pack in order to avoid starvation and for energy to walk long. Best tip to complete the trek will be exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset, but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital that you consult with your doctor before you decide and set up for the Trek. Participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform Black Diamond before booking the trek. 

Travel Insurance
It would be best to you to make a travel insurance before the trips that will be protected against comprehensive expenses potential to incur due to medical issues or accidents (to include air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please be noted that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations
All accommodations for Royal Trek are on twin sharing basis included in the trip cost and are chosen based on standard of hygiene, standard of service and food, location, etc. There are two styles of accommodations during our trekking. You will spend three nights in Kathmandu, 3 nights in Pokhara in a 3-star hotel and during your trekking you will spend 3 nights in standard teahouse/lodge/hotel in which there are unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattresses. We provide attached rooms as much as possible, however teahouses/lodges of some places only have shared washing and toilet facilities. If you are a solo traveler, you will share a room with someone else of same sex of your group. If you prefer a single room, you may indicate your preference and get single rooms on request by paying the single supplement.

Why Us?
Black Diamond is primarily dedicated to satisfying our travelers from around the globe. We give our best in this field because we are committed to providing you with the best services possible from our side. 

Meals
During the Royal Trek, you can enjoy typical Nepali cuisine, different ethnic cuisines as well as all types of international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.) from pizza and Chips to apple pie. You can even enjoy hot chocolates, variety of breads, variety of drinks, and snacks. Breakfast of a day will be provided from the teahouse/lodge menu where you spent your night. Lunch will be served on the way to the destination, dinner and breakfast in the teahouse where you will spend the night. A welcome dinner and breakfasts will be provided during your stay in Kathmandu and breakfast will be provided in Pokhara.

Equipments & Packing List
It is best if you pack the following for your trek:
Head:
- Sun hat or scarf
- Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
- Sunglasses with UV protection

Lower Body:
- Under Garments
- Hiking shorts
- Lightweight cotton long pants
- Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
- Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet:
- Thin, lightweight inner socks
- Thick, warm wool hiking socks
- Hiking boots with spare laces
- Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals) Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp

Upper Body:
- T-shirts
- Light and expedition weight thermal tops
- Fleece jacket or pullover
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
- Down vest and/or jacket *

Hands:
- Lightweight gloves
- Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)

Accessories:
- Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F *
- Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
- Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
- Basic First Aid Kit
- Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
- Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
- Trekking Poles *
- Water bottles
- Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
- Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)

Toiletries
- 1 medium sized quick drying towel
- Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
- Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
- Deodorants
- Nail clippers
- Face and body moisturizer
- Feminine hygiene products
- Small mirror

Personal Hygiene
- Wet wipes (baby wipes)
- Tissue /toilet roll
- Anti bacterial hands wash

Extras/Luxuries
- Binoculars
- Reading book
- Trail Map/Guide book
- Journal & Pen
- Walkman
- Pencils and small notebooks
- Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
- Swimming customs (for Kathmandu & Trek)

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements
To makes your Royal Trek successful, enjoyable and memorable the most important thing you need to realize is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with the ability to operate your duration in the mountain smoothly. Your trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders that we can offer from our side. All of our trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skill and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities, Black Diamond only employs Nepalese staffs who have a fact and up to date knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of Black Diamond are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, English language, etc:
o    Intensive Wilderness First Aid
o    Trekking Guide Training
o    Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet
o    English Language
o    Conservation and Biodiversity
o    Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)

Porter Care
Though often overlooked, it's no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the back of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts carrying supplies, equipment and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. So it's very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, we are firmly committed to porter rights. We ensure all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake we require that all trekkers keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns
The trail of Royal Trek is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. We employ a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. We enforce a number of do's and don'ts, and our experienced staffs can advise you on how to minimize your impact. 

Best Season
Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for the Royal Trek. The weather is sunny and warm, with outstanding views. The nights are cool. Winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) is also good for Royal Trek. 

Additional Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us.

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