Royal Trekking Route
This trek was made famous by Prince Charles of England who also trekked in this route. It is a relatively easy, short trek that offers good mountain views, ridge walking, forests, paddy fields and beautiful villages. If you are doing this trek in the summer the river may be difficult to cross due to flood. After crossing the river the trail ascends to Kalikastan, a walk on the ridges of the mountain with spectacular views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal, through the Gurung village, Rhododendron and Pine forest.
1,730 m /5674.4 ft
Day 1: Pokhara to Kalikasthan
Day 2: Kalikasthan to Syanglung (1730m)
Day 3: Syanglung to Chisapani (1629m)
Day 4: Chisapani to Pokhara
Day 5: Pokhara – River rafting – Chitwan
Day 6: Exploration of Chitwan National Park.
Day 7: Fly back to Pokhara
Pokhara to Kalikasthan
Starting our trek from east of Bijapur River, we will cross the rice fields and river before we arrive at Kalikasthan, situated at the altitude of 1370m. In the monsoon, crossing the river might be more challenging sometimes due to flood. At Kalikasthan you will find camping site and fine views of grassy lands.
Kalikasthan to Syanglung (1730m)
The trail to Syanglung follows the forested ridge leading to villages and onto the mountain offering the view of Annapurna and Lamjung.
Syanglung to Chisapani (1629m)
We will first descend towards the Rhododendron and Pine Forest. After 400m of descent and 600m of ascent you will arrive at Chisapani where you will be able to see the Himalayan Panorama including Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna. You can rest for the day once you arrive at the camp site.
Chisapani to Pokhara
The way back to Pokhara is a leisurely stroll along a path that separates Rupa Lake followed by 200m climb to Sundare danda and another 15min hike down to Begnas Lake for an hour of boating. Then you can go back to Blue Planet.
Pokhara – River rafting – Chitwan After breakfast drive to rafting site (Trisuli River for White water Rafting). It takes approx. 2 and half hrs drive from Pokhara This River is popular as access to the Prithivi Highway makes “breaking off” the journey easy. Trisuli River is also an ideal beginner’s River. After lunch, drive to Chitwan National Park. There will be a short briefing on the program and our facilities. An exciting elephant ride (Jungle Safari) offered for guest to explore the jungle and wildlife at the evening. You will be able to see the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger.
Exploration of Chitwan National Park. After tea or coffee, a nature walk on foot to encounter with the environment will introduce the main features of eastern Chitwan; Sal forest, open grassland and reverie jungle. Our guides will help you identify some species of birds, plants and other wildlife. Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stable. (For the brave ones there is even a crash course in riding and leading the elephants). After lunch, traditional dug-out canoe takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds and the animals of the river banks. At the evening, farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.
Chitwan National Park drive or fly back to Kathmandu Early at morning, after tea, you can have bird watching or another elephant ride. On safari in the jungle you will be accompanied by expert naturalists who will advise on safety procedures and we request you to respect their judgment at all times. If you wish to stroll in the forest alone, a guide will have to accompany you for your safety.
Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) has been implemented jointly by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) to ensure safety and security of trekkers and to control illegal trekking operations. Trekking companies will be asked to furnish personal information of trekkers like their passport numbers, nationality and their contact address and their itinerary. The data will be uploaded in visitors’ database which can be accessed in case of accidents and/or natural calamities in order to inform the concerned institutions about the number of trekkers inside a certain trekking area. TIMS cards should be collected by both Free Individual Trekkers (FITs) and trekkers taking the service of government authorized trekking agencies. Past experiences have revealed that difficulties were seen while carrying out rescue operations during times of accidents and natural calamities. Due to the lack of proper record system of trekkers, rescue and search missions used to face difficulties in spotting the missing trekkers. Based on the data collected through TIMS cards, however, it will be possible to know the position of a trekker in case a rescue operation is needed. The provision of Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) came into effect on January 1, 2008. Since then, the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) started recording trekkers’ details and began issuing TIMS Card to trekkers. As per the recent MoU signed by NTB and TAAN, TIMS card is applicable in all trekking areas of the country including restricted areas. Group trekkers will have to pay Blue TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 1,000 per person, while FITs have to get Green TIMS cards by paying a fee of Rs 2,000. Similarly, group trekkers from SAARC countries have to pay Rs 300 for TIMS cards, while FITs from the SAARC region have to pay Rs 600 each.