Annapurna Skyline Trek (The Royal Trek) 9 Days

$935 USD
- 9 Days
- Easy
2-10 Pax

Trekking, Sightseeing

September to December and March to May

Private Car and Tourist Bus

Hotel & Home Stay

Home Stay

2,629m/5,344ft

Breakfast in the city and Full board meals during the trek

Kathmandu- Pokhara-Kalikasthan-Chisopani-Pokhara-Kathmandu

Annapurna Skyline Trek (The Royal Trek) Overview

Annapurna Skyline Trek known as The Royal Trek (The trail walked by British Prince Charles in 1980) near Pokhara,in the Annapurna region of Nepal,is the best introductory trek for people with limited time and zero trekking experience. Along with the marvelous view of the Annapurna Massif, Machhapuchhre, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and other peaks of the Annapurna region, Annapurna Royal trek presents an authentic village experience to trekkers in a short time. Begnas and Rupa Lake are the additional attractions of this trek. 9 days Annapurna Skyline Trek (Royal Trek) itinerary by Beyond Himalaya also includes a sightseeing tour of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu and some major attractions of Pokhara.

Royal Annapurna Skyline Hike is a short trek, very popular among family trekkers with small children and elderly people. Anyone with average physical fitness level can plan The Royal Trek. However, this isn’t a lodge trekking as there are no proper hotels/lodges/guest houses (except for small tea houses) along the route. Camping and Home-stays are the only available accommodation options. Beyond Himalaya offers Home Stay trek therefore, trekkers need to carry sleeping bags and light snacks. September to  May is the best time to plan this trek. However, Beyond Himalaya can help you plan your trek to the Annapurna Skyline anytime of the year.

We can custom design Annapurna Skyline Royal Treks packages to meet trekkers’ needs, requirements and budget. The package price includes full board during the trek and bed & breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Special group discount is offered on all bespoke packages guaranteeing 100% departure date. You can also enjoy a complimentary map offered by our company.

Starting with a bus ride to Bijaypur, this off the main trekking route of Annapurna region, conquering the height of 1,730m,  finishes 5 kms away from Pokhara. Annapurna Skyline Royal trekking route passes through forests, terraced farmlands, amazing turquoise lakes and the beautiful settlement of Brahmin, Chhetri, Gurung, and Magar community offering the experience of their mixed culture and lifestyle that has remained unchanged for years. Begnas Lake is the ending point of the Royal trek.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 02: Kathmandu Valley sightseeing and trek preparation (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)

Day 04: Drive from Pokhara to Bijaypur and trek to Kalikasthan (1,370m/4,494ft)

Day 05: Trek from Kalikasthan to Syaklung (1,730m/5,675ft)

Day 06: Trek from Syaklung village to Chisopani (2,629m/5,344ft)

Day 07: Trek from Chisopani to Begnas Lake and drive to Pokhara (820m/2,690ft)

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)

Day 09: Departure day

Annapurna Skyline Trek (The Royal Trek) Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), we will greet you and transfer you to your hotel in Kathmandu. If possible, we also schedule a meeting at our office for the briefing regarding the trek followed by an introduction session with other team members (especially Sherpas and guides). Tonight, we also arrange a welcome dinner in one of the most popular local restaurants, where you can enjoy the ethnic dance and cultural music along with great Nepali food. If your flight arrives late, both the meeting and the dinner can be scheduled for the following day.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour and trek preparation

The capital, Kathmandu valley itself, is a big storehouse of exclusive natural, cultural and historical sites. Today, we take you on a few hour tours to the major attractions of Kathmandu valley. We then meet again for a few hours to finalize your clothing and trekking gears (down jacket, trekking boots, sleeping bags etc.) required during the trek. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Today, in the morning our guides will come to pick you up at your hotel and escort you to the bus station to catch an early morning, comfortable tourist bus to Pokhara. The bus will head towards the west of Kathmandu Valley and continue the journey towards the western part of Nepal following the Prithvi Highway along the Trishuli river. The bus will stop twice – breakfast and lunch and then continue until we reach Pokhara. The evening can be utilized to explore the lake area. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 04: Trek from Pokhara to Kalikasthan

From the beautiful city of Pokhara, we drive to Bijaypur, following the Prithvi Highway. On reaching Bijaypur, we cross the bridge across the Bijaypur River to reach the starting point of the trek. Initially, the broad trail goes through flat paddy fields up till the river. On crossing the river, the trail gradually ascends  along a ridge top to Kalikasthan crossing Brahmin and Chhetri villages. The remaining day will be spent exploring the area. Home-stay at a basic tea house.

Day 05: Trek from Kalikasthan to Syaklung

Today’s walk is a beautiful walk along the forested ridge top through Thulakhet to Mathi Thana. A short climb from this point will take us to Naudanda. The walk continues along the ridge up to Lipeyani village. A short steep ascend from this village will finally take us to the Gurung village of Syaklung. Home-stay at Syaklung.

Day 06: Trek from Syaklung village to Chisopani

From Syaklung, a steep descent  (about 400m) towards the  south side of the hill, through the Gurung village, rhododendron and sal forest, will first take us to the valley floor, which is a popular resting point. This place will greet you with a large tree, chautara, a several teashops, a police checkpoint as well as a trail junction. The trail on the left will lead us to Begnas Lake and that on the east will take us to Marshyangdi River. From this point,  about 600m ascend, through the winding path around the back of the hill will take us to Chisopani villages. On reaching the village, we also hike  up to the Chisopani Danda - a high knoll, to visit a temple located on the top of the hill. Home-stay at Chisopani.

Day 7: Trek from Chisopani to Begnas Lake and drive to Pokhara

Today is the last day of the trek and our destination is Pokhara via Begnas Lake. Initially from Chisopani, the trail descends along the ridge for about an hour. Then, a steep descend following the stone steps will bring us to a small valley, where we cross a bridge across feeds the Rupa Lake. We further continue through the rice field for some time and finally ascend the ridge separating Begnas and Rupa Lake. From the ridge, the trail descends to the Pokhara Valley and joins the Begnas Tal Bazaar. We spend  some time exploring the Lake area and then a short drive (12km) from Begnas in a private vehicle  to Pokhara. The evening will be spent exploring the lake area in Pokhara. Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.

Day 08: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Today, from Pokhara we catch a tourist standard bus to Kathmandu. Leaving Pokhara, we head east toward the capital city, Kathmandu. After 7 hours drive via Prithvi Highway, we reach Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu you will be transfered to your hotel, where you can freshen up and rest for some time. This evening, the company representatives conduct a short meeting to discuss the trip, your experience and the feedback. Farewell dinner will be provided. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 09: Departure day

Today is the last day of your trip with us. If your flight is scheduled early morning, then one of our company representatives will take you to the airport as per your flight departure time. If you are planning to spend some extra days in Nepal, we can assist you with your travel plans.

Annapurna Skyline Trek (The Royal Trek) Cost :- US$845

Include

-Airport pick up and drop by private vehicle
-3 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu at tourist standard hotel with breakfast
-2 Nights twin sharing accommodation in Pokhara
-One full day guided city tour by private vehicle
-Welcome dinner and farewell dinner at one of the best Nepalese restaurant with traditional ethnic music and dance
-Bus transportation to Pokhara and return from Pokhara by standard Tourist Bus ( Car or air transport is possible with extra charges)
-All meals during the trek (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
-Gov. licensed and well trained English speaking guide and his entire expenses
-A porter (One porter for each 2 members) and his entire expenses
-Insurance of Guide and Porter
-All required local tax and Gov tax
-Down jackets and sleeping bags
-Trekking route Map
-Official T-shirt
 

Exclude

-Nepal arrival visa
-Meals in the city except breakfast and above mentioned special dinner
-Monument entrance fees
-Your personal nature expenses eg. Mineral water, Beer, Coke and entire beverage etc
-Travel insurance that covers trip cancelation and Helicopter evacuation
-Tips and any other extending trips and accommodation.

Annapurna Skyline Trek (The Royal Trek) Information

Travel Insurance
 
Please get a travel insurance that covers all the added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with air ambulance, helicopter rescue and other treatment cost). Also, make sure that your insurance policy covers all extra activities that you are planning to accomplish, throughout your stay in Nepal. In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. In short, all clients must take the responsibility regarding the entire unforeseen expenses during the trip.

Health, fitness and experience requirements:

The Annapurna Skyline (Royal) trek, in the Annapurna region of Nepal is considered easy,  and anyone with average physical fitness level and sound health can plan this trek.  This trek is suitable for both children and elderly.

However, it is highly suggested to seek advice, medications and permission from your doctor before scheduling your trek.  It is also recommended to take expert guidance from your local General Practitioner regarding necessary guide walks prior to this trek.

No technical skill is required to plan your trek or any other exploratory trips in Nepal. Nevertheless, your prior hiking or camping experience is an advantage. Also, a few weeks of regular exercise and jogging is recommended before the trip, to build up the required stamina.

Note:

We kindly request you to inform us regarding your present health condition, medical situation, preceding illnesses and the medications you are taking. We expect you to be honest regarding these issues, so that we can prepare for emergencies.

Food and Accommodation:

We always make sure that our customers get the right value for their money. We always attempt to make some of the best arrangements regarding accommodation. To ensure a comfortable stay, we book tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara before and after your trek. Normally, the rooms are twin share. However, this totally depends on the size of your group and the availability of rooms in the hotel. On request, triple share can also be arranged. However, if you are looking for a single supplement room, extra charge will apply.

During this trek, accommodation is either home-stay, camp or  basic teahouse.

A full board meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and tea &coffee) will be provided from the teahouse menu during the entire trek. Meals include both western and  local Nepali food, which is simply great.

 

Our attempt while you are on a trek:

Our guides are provided by cellular phone so that we can contact your group on a regular basis. In case of urgency/emergency, you can also use this phone to send your message to us, which will further be delivered to your family.

Also, our guides will make every possible attempt to follow the planned itinerary; however, it is kindly requested to be flexible in case of changes in the itinerary caused by extreme weather conditions, unforeseen natural disasters or bad health condition of a group member. Moreover, we can also help you reschedule your international flight (extra charges applicable) if you need any additional days to complete your trek. We will make every possible attempt to make your trek ‘a grand success’.

Why to trek with us?

Your trip itineraries are fully customized in order to meet the individual needs and interests of each traveler. We also partner with local people and Leaders to help you get the maximum out of the trip. Customer service is our top priority.

When should I plan this trek?

Though Annapurna Skyline  trek can be planned any time of the year, spring and autumn are considered the best seasons.

Spring – Mid-March, April and May, are the perfect months to plan the Annapurna Skyline Trek. Warm weather, clear skies, good temperature and the best visibility.

Autumn – Mid September, October and November, are the perfect months to plan the Annapurna Skyline Trek. Great visibility, clear blue skies and excellent trail.

Winter – December, January and February are perfect months to plan the Annapurna Skyline Trek.

Summer – Mid June, July and August are not the best months to plan the Annapurna Skyline Trek due to monsoon season. But the trek can be planned.

What should I bring?

Along with warm clothes you will also need other equipment for the sufficient protection of your body. Below is the list of necessary items that you need to pack before commencing your trek.

Head- Hat (with a wide brim), Sunglasses (with UV protection), Sunscreen lotion and Lip balm

Upper body- T-shirts (2), light and expedition weight thermal tops, Fleece jacket and pullover, Fleece wind-stopper jacket (Optional), waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket, down vest/jacket (included)

Hands - Lightweight gloves, heavy-weight gloves/mittens with a waterproof outer shell

Lower body - Underwear (4), hiking shorts (2), lightweight cotton long pants, light and expedition weight thermal bottoms, Fleece or wool pants, waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

Feet - Thin, light-wear inner socks (4), thick, warm wool hiking socks (4), hiking boots with spare laces, camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals), gaiters.

Accessories  - Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F (included), headlamp with spare bulb and batteries, small padlock or combination lock, basic first aid kit, large plastic bags (for keeping items dry inside trek bag), day pack, water bottles (2), hiking pole/walking sticks, small ear plugs

Toiletries – Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, small wash towel

Extras - Cameras with extra batteries and cards, binoculars, light balaclava or warm fleece hat, reading books, trip map/guide book, journal & pen, iPod & travel games (like cards, chess, and backgammon)

Our legal documents:

Registered under the government of Nepal, Amigo Treks & Expedition is a fully licensed and certified company. Therefore, this company holds complete authority to operate treks, tours, expedition, hiking and many other tourism related services in the Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. We are also a very active member of the following organizations.

Nepal Tourism board (NTB)

Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN)

Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP)

Ministry of Finance, Department of Taxation

Company Registration Office, Pvt. Ltd.

Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Department of Tourism Industry

 

Passport and Visa Information:

It is very easy to obtain Nepal’s visa. You may either apply for a visa at your nearest Nepalese Embassy or Mission offices in your own country or you can buy this upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. To apply for a visa, you need 2 passport size photographs, visa fees in US dollars and your passport that is valid for at least 6 months before the trip. However, nationals of SAARC countries (India, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan) and China do not require any visa to visit Nepal. Transit visa for foreign nationalities is only provided for 3 days. Therefore, visa is required for longer stays. However, for the convenience or foreign nationals, a visa is also provided from the borders listed below:

Tribhuvan International Airport (Kathmandu)

Kakarvitta, Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)

Birgunj, Parsa (Central Nepal)

Kodari, Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border of Nepal)

Belhiya, Bhairahawa (Western Nepal)

Jamuna, Nepalgunj (Mid Western Nepal)

Mohana, Dhangadhi (Far Western Nepal)

Gaddachauki, Mahendranagar (Far Western Nepal)

Tourist Visa Fees:

Transit visa (3 days) – Free of cost

Multiple entry (15 days) – 25 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (30 days) – 40 USD or equivalent convertible currency

Multiple entry (90 days) – 100 USD or equivalent convertible currency

(For more information, please contact the Department of Immigration, Maitighar, Kathmandu.

Tel: 00977-1 4221996/4223590/4222453. You can also download visa form from – www.immi.gov.np)