The Annapurna Skyline Trek, also known as the Royal Trek,
is perhaps the most famous short trek in Nepal for
beginning trekkers and families interested in enjoying the
out of doors and learning something about Nepal’s culture.
The trek gets its name from Prince Charles, who along with
his 90-person entourage explored this route in the early
1980s. It is highly recommended for families that want to
explore nature in Nepal.
Please note that this is a camping tour. The Royal Trek
route does not have any traditional Nepalese tea houses,
and instead everyone that treks this scenic area must stay
in camping tents. This provides an accurate portrayal of
the uniqueness of Nepal and allows you to see the
traditional lifestyles of the people whose religious beliefs
and customs have remained relatively unchanged for the
past thousand years. The trekking paths in this part of the
Annapurna region are less crowded than is typical in Nepal,
allowing you to get closer to nature and Nepalese culture.
A camping trek does not mean that it is a rough-and-tumble
experience - we do everything practical to make the
experience comfortable and it will be enjoyable. In return,
you get the experience of a lifetime during the trek as you
enjoy magnificent views of the hillside rice terraces and the
magnificent Annapurna range, including Machapuchhre
(fishtail) and the Lamjung Mountain.
Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival, Check-in at Hotel, Orientation - We will welcome you at Kathmandu Airport upon your arrival.
We then transfer you to the hotel for the overnight stay.
Day 2: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara - After breakfast, we will drive to Pokhara in a private car, or private bus
depending on how many are in the tour. This is a long trip, about 6-7 hours, but you do get to see some interesting sights.
As an alternative, we can arrange for you to fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which requires only 30-40 minutes. Please
let us know if you would like this option. We will stay overnight at a guesthouse in Pokhara.
Day 3: Drive from Pokhara to Bijaypur, and Trek to Kalikasthan (1370m) - From Pokhara, we drive 30 minutes via private
auto to Bijaypur, which is where our trek actually begins. We pass through beautiful rice fields as our trail ascends to
Rakhigaon. From Rakhigaon, we have a gentle climb along the ridge top that eventually takes us to the village of
Kalikasthan where we will stay overnight at our tented accommodation.
Day 4: Trek from Kalikasthan to Shaklung (1730m) - We continue our trek along the forested ridge to Mati Thana. We have
a moderate climb to Naudanda and then continue along the ridge to Lipini. We make a short steep climb through the
forest to reach the village of Shaklung, home of a significant Gurung population. We stay overnight at a tented camp.
Day 5: Trek from Shaklung to Chisopani - From Shaklung, we descend steeply down the hill, until we reach the Chautara.
We eventually climb up to Chisopani Village which provides some incredible views of the mountains. We stay overnight
at a tented camp.
Day 6: Trek from Chisopani to Begnas Lake and Drive to Pokhara - From Chisopani, we descend for about an hour into a
small valley near Rupa Tal. We continue through interesting rice terraces and then make the final ascent to the ridge that
at Begnas Lake, and finally descend to Begnas Bazaar. From there we travel by private transportation to Pokhara where
we stay overnight in a guesthouse.
Day 7: Pokara to Kathmandu - We get an early start and drive to Kathmandu via private transportation. There we say our
goodbyes If you wish, we can arrange your accommodations for the night.
We will actually trek four days, and can customize this tour to begin and end in Kathmandu as shown below (total
7 days), or begin and end in Pokhara (total 4 days). Additional options include flying from Kathmandu to Pokhara
instead of using private transportation. Please contact us and let us know your wishes.
1 Arrival in Kathmandu - meet for Orientation [1300 m/4264 ft]
2 Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara
3 Pokhara to Kalikasthan - Drive from Pokhara to Bijaypur, and Trek to Kalikasthan (1370m) - 5 Hours
4 Trek from Kalikasthan to Shaklung [1,730m/5,675ft]:5-6 hrs
5 Trek from Shaklung to Chisapani [1550m/5,084ft]: 5-6 hrs
6 Trek from Chisapani to Begnas Bazaar, and drive to Pokhara
7 Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu