Annapurna Siklis/ Royal Trek
Overview Annapurna Siklis/ Royal Trek is a mesmerizing journey that takes you through the enchanting landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This relatively short and moderate trek combines the best elements of the classic Annapurna trekking experience, offering stunning mountain vistas, rich cultural encounters, and an opportunity to immerse in the tranquil beauty of the Himalayas. Starting from the picturesque lakeside city of Pokhara, the trek initially follows the Royal Trek route, which got its name when Prince Charles and his 90-member entourage explored the region in the 1980s. The Royal Trek provides a less crowded and more serene trail…
Annapurna Siklis/ Royal Trek is a mesmerizing journey that takes you through the enchanting landscapes of the Annapurna region in Nepal. This relatively short and moderate trek combines the best elements of the classic Annapurna trekking experience, offering stunning mountain vistas, rich cultural encounters, and an opportunity to immerse in the tranquil beauty of the Himalayas.
Starting from the picturesque lakeside city of Pokhara, the trek initially follows the Royal Trek route, which got its name when Prince Charles and his 90-member entourage explored the region in the 1980s. The Royal Trek provides a less crowded and more serene trail compared to other popular treks in the area, allowing trekkers to enjoy the unspoiled nature and authentic Nepalese villages.
As the journey progresses, trekkers will get treat of breathtaking views of the Annapurna range, including iconic peaks like Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Machapuchare (Fishtail), and Lamjung Himal. The lush green hills, terraced farmlands, and blooming rhododendron forests add a splash of color and vibrancy to the entire trekking route.
The trail also takes you through several Gurung and Magar villages, offering a unique chance to experience the local culture and traditions. The warm hospitality of the villagers and their traditional lifestyle will leave a lasting impression on trekkers.
After completing the Royal Trek section, the route merges with the Siklis Trek, leading towards the charming village of Siklis. Siklis is renowned for its well-preserved Gurung heritage and picturesque views of surrounding mountains.
The trek is relatively gentle, making it accessible to trekkers of various fitness levels and ages. The best times to undertake this journey are during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is generally stable, and the mountain views are at their best.
Conclusion and Summary
In conclusion, the Annapurna Siklis/ Royal Trek is a delightful adventure that encapsulates the essence of the Annapurna region. With its awe-inspiring scenery, cultural encounters, and moderate difficulty level, this trek offers a memorable and soul-refreshing experience for all nature enthusiasts and trekkers alike.
- Massive view of Annapurna Himalaya range including Mt. fishtail
- Greenery landscape and views of Pokhara city.
- Kathmandu UNESCO Heritage tour
- Beautiful and touristic hub of Nepal Pokhara city.
- Boating on Begnas Lake
- Nepali typical homestay/guest house
Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
We take early drive/flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara (914m.). One can view green hills, beautiful valleys and some mountain views on the way. Pokhara is regarded as tourists’ paradise with full of natural as well as cultural heritage sites such as lakes, caves, temples, etc. One can have pleasure to observe views of Phewa Taal (lake), Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Having lunch in the hotel, we drive from Pokhara to Bijayapur Khola (Bijayapur Army Camp)-Kalikasthan (1370m.). The trail takes us through rice fields near the Army Camp, and then ascends through Rakhigaon to Chautara. En route, one can enjoy the majestic views of Himalayas. We finally reach Kalikasthan at (1370 m.) which offers panoramic view of mountains, Begnas Tal and Pokhara city.
We commence our trek from Kalikasthan to LamaKhet (1680m.). Following gentle path, passing through local villages of mixed ethnic groups, rice terraces up to Mardi Khola, we proceed towards Lama Khet. It is a small village where we stay overnight.
Trek from Lama Khet to Siklis (1980 m.).The trail stretches flat along the river bank until you reach Khilan Gaon. En route one passes through Parju village. The trail again climbs till Siklis village, the oldest and the biggest Gurung village.
It is our turn to trek from Siklis to Neuli Kharka or Forest camp (2200m.). En route, we penetrate rhododendron and oak forests following gentle ascent path. Overnight at Neuli Kharka.
We trek from Forest Camp to Ghale Gaon (2000m.). En route, we trek through forests covered with rhododendron and cross the highest pass of this trek. After crossing the pass, we descend steeply to reach Ghale Gaon, a small village which is inhabited by Gurung and Magar community.
From Ghale Gaon to Pokhara. The trek descends gently up to Hyamgja (1070m.). We board our vehicle at Hyamgja and drive to Pokhara. Overnight in hotel.
Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus. After a normal drive of seven hours, we reach Kathmandu. While driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu, we head up to Damauli, Dumre, Muglin and Kurintar where the Nepal’s first Cable Car is operated to reach to Manakamana Temple. One can also fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Final Departure to home.
1. Airport Pick-up and Drop Off,
2. Licensed and trained trekking guides,
3. potters for carrying goods and supplies,
4. Meal on full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea & coffee) basis during the trek
5. 3 Nights Accommodation in the 3/4/5 Star Hotel in Kathmandu with B & B. (Bed
& Breakfast) & Other Destination Based on Trekking Area.
6. All accommodation during the trek.
7. All meals and hot beverages during the trek.
8. Transportation to and from trail head.
9. All necessary documents and permits for trekking (where applicable)
10. National Park/Conservation Area entry Permit, Insurance, and equipment for the staffs.
11. Coordination of quick Rescue service (Costs covered by your Insurance Plan)
12. Trekking staffs wages etc.
13. 1 hr. trekker massage after your trek.
14. Welcome and Fare well dinner in a Nepali Cultural Dance restaurant in Kathmandu.
15. Trekking Duffle Bag
16. Trekking Staff Insurance of $10,000 Per Person.
17. Trekking Map, T-shirt, and Trekking certificate.
18. Exclusive of Medical Kit Bag
19. All Government and local Taxes
20. International Flight ticket re-confirmation.
21. Meals will be Start when your Trek starts.
1. International Airfares,
2. Travel/Trekking Insurance,
3. Excess baggage charges More than 16kg and hand bag more than 5 kg in
4. Visa fees.
5. Airport Departure Taxes.
6. Drinks (Cold and Alcoholic) Rescue charge.
7. Tips for The staffs.
8. Expenses of Personnel nature and Permit and Liaison officer fee (where Applicable.
9. Meals during stay in the Kathmandu and Pokhara.
10. Domestic Ticket Etc.
11. Extra Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Annapurna Royal trek is one of easiest and shortest trek in Annapurna region that maximally follows shrubby paths along with the foothill terrain of mighty Annapurna. This beautiful trek allows you to explore the natural and cultural hub of Annapurna region in short time span. This trip is basically ideal for novices who have been restricted by time to trek long. You can enjoy grazing across the edges and make a close contact with the locals and their cultures on mountain. In early eighties, Prince Charles and his 90 associates made a visit to this route so this trek is named as royal trek in Annapurna region.
Annapurna Royal trek instigates after a scenic flight /drive from Kathmandu (1,360m) to Pokhara (900m). Pokhara, the lake city of Nepal is flourished with enchanting natural and religious beauty. During the trek, you will get to enjoy the captivating beauty of Annapurna range, Machapuchhre (fishtail) and Gangapurna along with the experience of eloquent culture and tradition of tribe that inhabit in the region. Unlike other trekking region, Royal trek is less crowded so you get wilderness and closer experience of nature, culture and way of living.
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