Mountain Travel Nepal designed this trek for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales in the winter of 1991. This was the second trek that we had organised for the Prince, the first being in 1980.
Unfortunately, the original ‘Royal Trek’ now has a road running along much of the route. The price of progress!
The route lies along the high ridges to the south of the Phewa Tal (lake) and for the first three days is generally at altitudes of around 5 7,000ft/1,500 2,100m. We recommend it from mid October all the way through the season until May. The Pokhara valley itself gets quite hot in the late spring but temperatures on much of this route should remain pleasant and the birdlife and spring flowers in bloom, rhododendron and white michelia will add to the interest. The views north to Dhauligiri and the Annapurnas, and east to Manaslu and Himalchuli are exceptionally good but will be affected by spring haze from about mid March onwards.
‘The New Royal Trek’ may be short in duration but it is physically demanding. By Himalayan trekking standard it is ‘easy’ but there are still many ups and downs! The trek begins and ends in Pokhara.
For those who wish to extend their stay in Nepal, this trek is linked to weekly departures by raft with our sister company, Himalayan River Exploration, down to the Chitwan National Park. Here we can arrange for you to stay at the internationally renowned Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge. Indeed, The Royal Trek forms part of our special ‘Mountains, Rivers, Jungles’ combination package. Please contact us for a dossier.
Price per person 2 pax: 1361.00 USD
Price per person 4 pax: 998.00 USD
All airport transfer as mentioned above itinerary in private vehicle.
Two nights in Kathmandu and one night in Pokhara in three star hotel twin sharing bed and breakfast basis.
3 nights / 4 days New Royal trek full support camping trek inclusive of all meal, all trekking equipment
such as sleeping bags with liners, Sleeping, dinning , kitchen and toilet tents,toilet seat, shower tent, foam
mattress. Chairs, table
English speaking Guide
Guide and porters insurance
Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
On arrival meet assist y by Mountain Travel representative and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel
Fly to Pokhara. Pokhara - beyond Bhumdi / forest camp - (5000'/1525m) On arrival meet by Mountain Travel Sherpa crew and driven to the start of the New Royal Trek at Thare Khola (stream), approximately 20 minutes south from Pokhara along the Tansen road. First of all the route climbs up the west bank before traversing left through the Chettri/Bahun village of Kalibang, then on up through the mixed farming country of Bhumdi (5000'/1525m). The ridgeline offers fine views north to Machhapuchhare and the Annapurnas and east to the Manaslu Himal. We camp just beyond Bhumdi. (Approx – 3 hours walk).
The panoramic views from this ridge are in many ways better than those obtained from the areas nearer the mountains as they offer an amazingly wide vista. The trail leads on up the ridge, leaving behind the scattered dwellings and then climbs through mixed vegetation before entering thick deciduous forest which is full of bird life, tree orchids, and in springtime abundant flowers including rhododendrons and white michelia. The trail stays on the shady north facing slopes which are moist and dark leading to prolific plant growth. The trail traverses on west towards Panchese Lekh (8225'/2508m) before climbing up on to the ridgeline which leads to a chautara (resting-place). Near this spot, on the south facing slopes, we reach a fine lunch spot in the form of a "Roman Fort" on deserted farming terraces. The afternoon starts with a half an hour walk to a distinctive bhanjyang (ridge crossing point). Climb away west to the President's Camp set high on hills immediately below Panchese Lekh. (Approx – 5 hours walk).
There is a shrine near the summit and a small lake on the west side of the hill. The summit has incredible views not only north to the Himalayas but also across the board sweep of the foothills in all directions. After lunch the route follows down through the forest to TASHI'S CAMP located above the village of Bhadhaure. (Approx - 5/6 hours.)
The day begins with a descent to the village of BHADAURE, followed by a steepish climb for an hour and half to the ridgeline. Gradually contour along the ridge with panoramic views of Pokhara Valley and the Phewa Tal (lake). After three hours stop for lunch above the village of Khare, overlooking the Pokhara to Baglung road and the entire Naudanda ridge. After lunch descend to Khare where there will be vehicles to meet you and transfer you to theHotel.Overnight at Hotel.
Fly Pokhara / Kathmandu. On arrival meet assist and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Hotel.