The Royal is one of the famous and easiest treks in Annapurna region. this is also know as Annapurna sky line trek. the trek has got it’s name after prince Charles and his 90 person entourage had explored this route in the early eighties. The trek is passes through ridges of the mountain with Magnificent Dhaulagiri,Annapurna range , Machapuchchhre ,Lamjung Himal through the Gurung village,sub-tropical Forest .Thulakot ,Syaklung & Chisapani are the best point to see the sunrise , sunset,Pokhara ,Begnas lake & himalyan panorama .The trek also reach in different culture , landscape & vegetation . This short trek is especially suitable for the beginners and elderly people or those who have very limited time but are looking holiday in the Himalayas able to see five lakes & beautiful pokhara valley . The route follows an easy trail exploring the foothills of the Annapurna , north of pokhara valley.
DAY 1: Pokhara to Kalikasthan Driving duration: 1 to 2 hours Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
After lunch, the journey starts with a short drive up to the village of Vijayapur- starting point.The trails starts off through flat rice fields and then climb through Rakhigaon to a Chautara and gradually ascends along a ridge top taking through Brahmin villages until you reach Kalikasthan where you will spending the night. The place offers exquisite views of mountains and Pokhara city.
DAY 2: Kalikathan to Syanklung (1730m) Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
The trail starts along a forested ridge, passing Thulokot and then onto Mati Thana. You can stop over for lunch in this village as there are few teashops open. Then the trail starts to gradually ascend to Naudanda, and continues until you reach the Gurung village of Shanklung where you will be spending the night. During the trek we will be walking on the ridge of the mountain which offers a decent view of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal.
DAY 3: Syanklung to Chisopani (2300m) Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
The Himalayan skyline changes as the route taken will be shrouded by mountains like Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manasulu and Himalchuli. The trail descends steeply to the south side of the hill passing by an ancient tree with a chautara (stone platform), several tea shops and a police check post. From there, you will proceed on, following the Royal Trek route and ascend to Chisopani (coldwater) where you will be spending the night. There is a temple located on a high knoll above the village. The place offers splendid views of the mountains in the vicinity.
DAY 4: Chisopani to Pokhara (884m) Hiking duration: 3 to 4 hours
You will start off by descending down a ridge and stone steps which leads you into a small valley. Continuing along the Royal trek stream, you will pass through a rice field and then make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal. The route to the Begnas Bazaar and onto Pokhara is a wide path that is frequently used by local people. Spending another night in Pokhara will give you an opportunity to explore around.