The Royal Trek Annapurna Skyline Trekking is an easy, short trek from Pokhara and offers stunning mountains views. It gained its name because Prince Charles and an entourage of 90 guests took this route to discover the Annapurna region back in the 80’s . Follow the footsteps of His Royal Highness on this short trek from Pokhara! The Annapurna skyline trekking route is not very busy, with only a few other trekkers. This makes the Royal Trek a quiet, peaceful walk along the beautiful views of the Annapurna mountain range.
More than ‘just mountains’…
This trek isn’t known as Royal Skyline Annapurna Trekking for nothing! Besides mountain views and cultural experiences, this routes also takes you along beautiful paddy fields (rice terraces), local vegetable farming, a Rhododendron forest, Sal Tree forest, and many more types of local plants, flowers and vegetation. The Annapurna Skyline trekking is a great opportunity for learning more about plants, flowers and different types of insects, including many native species of butterflies. Due to the forests and lush vegetation, this area is also well-known among various types of birds. Let us know if you’re interested in birdwatching, then we will introduce you to varieties of Nepali bird species during trekking.
Besides the skyline views of the mountains and landscapes of the Annapurna region, you will also learn more about Nepali people, their culture and traditions. Along the walk, we will visit a few Hindu Temples and Buddhist Stupas. Moreover, the Annapurna Skyline trekking route is the perfect opportunity to have an authentic village experience in a short time. You will get to know the Gurung, Brahiman, Magar and Chhetris communities, and see houses of Vaishya and Sudhrahs as well. Experience Nepali culture first hand, where it has remained unchanged for many years.
01: Drive to Pokhara / Sightseeing
02: Drive to Bijayapur Khola and trek to Kalikasthan (1370m/4494ft) – 4-5 hrs walk
03: Kalikathan to Shaklung (1730m/5675ft) – 5-6 hrs
04: Shaklung to Chisopani (1,550m) – 5-6 hrs
05: Chisopani to Begnas, and drive back to Pokhara
06: Back to Kathmandu
|Difficulty||All levels, Beginners|
Drive to Pokhara / Sightseeing
Depending on your arrival time, or if you’re already in Pokhara, you can use the day for sightseeing, for example to Davis Falls, Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) or a boat ride on Fewa Lake.
In the evening you will meet your trekking guide to get to know each other and discuss the details for your Annapurna Skyline Trekking trip and time for departure next morning.
Drive to Bijayapur Khola, trek to Kalikasthan (1370m/4494ft)
Walking time: 4-5 hours
Kalikasthan to Shaklung (1730m/5675ft)
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Shaklung to Chisopani (1,550m)
On this trail, you will enjoy magnificent views of Annapurna II, Lamjung Himal, Manasulu and Himalchuli, and the distance splendid view of Dhaulagiri which is just west of Annapurna. Chisopani will welcome you with a large tree, chautara, and also shop facilities. For the entire trek, this is the best view point for panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range. The temple located above the village is something you shouldn’t miss while walking around. Today you have the option to stay in a local home as homestay or in a small lodge.
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Chisopani to Begnas (1000m/3280ft), drive back to Pokhara
If you like you can spend some time in Begnas’ Lake Bazaar before we take a ride to Pokhara. After that, it is time to say goodbye to your guide and porter. The afternoon activity is up to you, there are many things to do in Pokhara. How about some shopping or a massage for relaxation?
Back to Kathmandu
Annapurna Skyline Trekking: The Royal Trek
Annapurna skyline trekking is one of the famous short trekking routes in Nepal, with stunning views on the Annapurna mountain range. In 1980, the trek was used by British Prince Charles and since then it is also known as Royal Trek. The flat roads make this a very comfortable route, ideal for people without previous trekking experiences. Within short period of time you will have magnificent views of the Annapurna Massif, including Machhapuchhare, Annapurna II, Himalchuli, Lamjung Himal, Mount Manaslu, and Dhaulagiri range. Enjoy the marvelous views of the landscape, local villages, valleys and panoramic views of the mountains.
The right accommodation for everyone!
Nowadays every village offers simple lodges or homestays, so it is not necessary to camp anymore. However, based on your interest, there are many accommodation options on this trek:
- We can organize a homestay for you, which is the best option to get in touch with the local communities and experience the daily village life in Nepal’s mountains first hand
- Tea house lodges are commonly available if you prefer a little more comfort and quietness after a day of walking
- Want to feel a little more like His Royal Highness Prince Charles? Then chose to stay at the luxury lodges along the route, that invite you to stay a little longer and be treated like a prince!
- For the more adventurous among us, we also offer fully catered camping packages. Enjoy a picnic-type breakfast and lunch, prepared my our cooking team, and an evening dinner under open air.
Throughout the whole year
The low altitude of this skyline trekking route through the Annapurna region makes it suitable to trek here all year round. However, July and August may not be the best time, as it’s likely to rain a lot and turn the paths into mud slides. The ideal time for this trek is around mid-September all the way until mid-June. Want to hike in winter? No problem! The low altitude also prevents excessive snowfall in this area.
If you have a little more time, you can extend your trip by, for example, adding a boat ride on the Begnas Lake or Rupa Lake to your itinerary. Another option is to enjoy Pokhara a little longer. There are all kinds of activities here, such as Paragliding, Ultra-light flights, mountain flights, Ziplining, or day hikes to Sarangkot or the World Peace Stupa. You won’t get bored in Pokhara, that’s for sure!
If you are starting this trip from Kathmandu, you should consider extending your stay to stop somewhere along the way, for example in Bandipur or Gorkha Village, for a night, before you start the short trek from Pokhara. What about a couple of days white water rafting on the Trisuli River? There are a few very nice lodges along the river who offer rafting and overnight stays. Nature Trail Travels offers special deals with with the lodges, or the option to camp along the riverside.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Kathmandu or Pokhara|
|JOIN GROUP||1 day before departure from Kathmandu or same day from Pokhara|
|SERVICE DOES NOT INCLUDE||
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