Royal Horse Riding Trek

Trip Duration 08 nights/09 days
Trip Code NAP- HRS – 003
Trip Grade Riding an easy trail
Trip Cost USD 1045 per passenger
Best Time Aug-Nov and Feb-May

Overview

Royal horse riding trek design for those who are unable to walk on foot but still wish to do treks adventure in the Himalayan? Royal horse ride trekking trail will be good for those trekkers who like to go in less tourist area of Annapurna region. This horse riding trek can be a lifetime experience for those who dream the Nepal Himalaya trekking. This short trek commences from Pokhara, the valley of lakes offering panoramic views of the Annapurna massif as also of the Lamjung and Manaslu Himal. This horse riding route was first used by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales Prince Charles was in 1980. 

Royal horse riding trek starts after a 20 minute drive from Pokhara and leads up in to a ridge-line through Brahmin and Chettri villages. It has to be climbed gently up to Kalikasthan then ride through top of the green hills, can see mountain ranges of Annapurna, Manasulu and Dhaulagiri including through charming villages inhabited by the Gurungs, Magars dense rhododendron forests full of birds and deep sub-tropical valleys. 

The Royal horse riding adventure trip can be combine also an alternative day Helicopter tour programs for a people who have limit time and are not able to trek due to the physical conditions.

Highlights

* Rim of the the Kathmandu valley
* One of the best views from Poon Hill
* Unforgettable short journey with horse
* A great photographic site showing whole Annapurna, Dhaulagiri ranges
* Excellent views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna South, Mahhapurche
* Lake valley of Pokhara

 

Trip Summary

Trip Grade Riding an easy trail
Trip Duration 08 nights/09 days
Trip code NAP- HRS – 003
Trip Start/Ends Kathmandu-Pokhara/Pokhara
Maximum Altitude Syaklung (1730m)
Trip Cost USD 1045 per passenger
Group Size Minimum 2 upto 16 passengers
Accessibillity Kathmandu drive to Pokhara and Bijayapur and after trekking return to Kathmandu
The Route Easy trail, maximum altitude (1370m), about 5-6-hrs average riding per day, in easy trail.
Season Aug-Nov and Feb-May
Trip Valid This offer is valid on reservations made from September through December 31, 2018.
Trip Facilities Standard hotel/Resort

Itinerary

 Upon arrival at Tribhuwan international airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. A pre trip meeting and briefing will held all together with you at hotel about the daily program activities by company representative and your trip Leader/Guide where you can discuss your final questions all together.

After breakfast the day will start with a guided tour of Kathmandu's historical and spiritual key attractions; including the historic Kathmndu Durbar Square, the famous 'Monkey Temple' (Swayambunath) and then finally visit to Patan Durbar square which is situated the heart of the city constitutes the focus of visitor's attraction. In the evening there will be pre-trip discussion where you can meet your group leader/guide then you can ask any questions you may have.

Our guide pick you up from your hotel and transfer to the tourist bus station and drive approximately 6/7 hours to Pokhara (200km) through the beautiful river view & Nepalese countryside to reach the Pokhara. You will be arriving late afternoon at Pokhara approximately 2:00 O’clock and transfer to the hotel and rest of the time explores the surrounding lakeside areas. From the Pokhara valley you can see one of the most beautiful Himalayan panoramas in the world. The Annapurna and famous "Fishtail" mountain peak of Machhapuchhare tower over the tropical setting of Pokhara and you spend there will be the scenic highlight of your trip. You can also fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara which takes about 25 minutes.

We horse ride trail starts through rice fields near the Army camp, and then ascends through Rakhi Gaon to a Chautara, a resting place under a large Pipal tree. En-route, you can enjoy the views in panorama. From here the horse ride trails climb gently along a ridge top through the Brahmin and Chhetris villages towards Kalikasthan at (1370m). At the end, you should climb a short distance to the campsite which is situated above the village with panoramic view of mountain, Begnas Tal and Pokhara city.

After breakfast the horse ride trails follow along the forested ridge top walking through the villages. We ride along the ridge of the mountain with good views of Annapurna and Lamjung Himal. This day we can explore many villages and the rhododendron forests. At the end, you could descend gently towards Syaklung. From here, you can see panoramic views of Machhapuchhre, Annapurna ranges, Lamjung Himal and Manasalu.

We ride through the Gurung village, rhododendron and Sal forest. Half way through the ride there is a 400m descent, then a 600m ascent to arrive at Chisapani. This is the best view point at which to see the Himalayan Panorama. You will see Dhaulagiri to the west of Annapurna.

 From Chisopani Danda, you descend along the ridge for an hour or so and descend steeply along the stone steps, into a small valley and stream that feeds Rupa Taal. Continue horse ride for a short distance through rice fields, and then make a final ascent to the ridge that separates Begnas Tal and Rupa Tal. This ridge is called Sundari Danda (720m) means pretty Hills. From these hills, your horse ride trek continues climb gently and descends into Begnas Tal Bazaar. Now you can take a vehicle to get back to Pokhara.

After breakfast you will have some free time until the time to leave the international airport for your final departure.

Cost Included

•  Documents:  All necessary paper work and permits (Conservation/National Park entrance permits and TIM’s card).
Activities: Sightseeing and riding and trekking trip as per itinerary.
Accommodation: 3 night’s hotel in Kathmandu, 2 night hotel in Pokhara on twin sharing bedroommand 3 nights home-stay/lodges on twin or multi shared bedroom on mountain.
Food: Full board on teahouse [Breakfast, lunch and dinner] during the trekking, 5 breakfasts in city.
Staffs: Leader/Guide and supporters and their daily wage, food, and accommodation
Transportation: Arrival/Departure transfer and surface road-head transportation.
Company & Government’s service charge: All applicable Government taxes and official service charandes. And Crew’s, daily wages/salary, food, equipment, air and road-head transportation

Cost Excluded

• Kathmandu to Pokhara and return flight
• Travel/medical insurance coverage personal accidents, medical and emergency Helicopter rescue
• Personal travel and trekking equipments
• Lunch and dinner while in city
• Items of a personal nature such as normal drinks, hot shower, dessert, laundry, internet and phone call.
• Tips/Gratuities for your trekking crews
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.
• Temple and Monastery entrance fee while sightseeing in city
• Optional activities
• And unforeseen expenses which are out of control by Nepal Adventure Point

Trip Notes

Arrival Information: We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, as soon as possible please contact us at nap@wlink.com.np or call us at +977985105037 as emergency contact. Our airport representative will be waiting with your Name or Nepal Adventure Point sign on it. Please check carefully once you exit the baggage hall as there seem to be hundreds of people waiting outside in the arrival gate and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes , we recommend that you make your own way to the hotel and we will pay you back taxi cost if this occurs.

Pre-meeting and trip briefing: On this tour, we give a short brief about the Royal Horse Riding trip at hotel on the same day of your arrival and introduce by your group leader and team members. At the mean time, we will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about your trip. Pre-trip meeting covers the information regarding the personal equipment, acclimatization among others. We believe that pre-trip meeting is very important in order to better preparation of the trip.

Service Level: Royal horse riding trip is leveled as a standard which means standard hotel rooms are provided with breakfast, sightseeing tours and guest houses and lodges with private room with share bathroom.

Group Size and group joining: The minimum group size is 4 and the maximum is 16. However, if you'd like to make a group booking for more than that, we will be happy to arrange this for you. Our entire trip is a group joining basis unless any one does not request the private or the personal trip.

Important Stuffs: National park entrance permit and TIMS card required for Royal Horse Riding trip so we suggest you to post us 8 passport-size photos, copies of your passport & visa (If you already taken the visa from your homeland), insurance policy. You should also have contact numbers of next to kin, Bank and insurance company and your travel agent/ flight booking office.

Accommodation: During the horse riding trip, you will be sleeping and eating on tents. Camping trek team includes a team of leader/guide, cook, Sherpa, kitchen staffs and porters. We provide standard hotels in Kathmandu like hotel Manang/Marshyangdi or similar category with breakfast.

Single supplement: All accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, you must pay a single supplement fee, which is listed to the trip itinerary. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, you are required to pay a "forced" single supplement fee, which is usually half of the regular price supplement. On some trips, and/or some places, single accommodations are not available.

Food and Drink: The meals are includes on this trip, mostly the buffet style breakfast will be provided in the hotel in city. We provide plenty of hygienic, tasty and nutritious meals three times a day which could be in form of a variety of local and western dishes. Breakfast consists of a choice of porridge, muesli and cereal followed by omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. After a long day on the trail, dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a plain dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate are also provided with all meals. Nepal Adventure Point always encourages using locally produced grains and vegetables to make sure they are fresh enough. Our experienced staffs always make sure to feed you with hygienic and well cooked food of remarkably high standards as they know good health is vital to an enjoyable and successful trek and climb. The vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate/iodine and you are always served with boiled water. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing.

Staffs: For most trips are accompanied by one of our local group leaders, one assistant guide will provide above 8 trekkers. This arrangement ensures that should anybody in the group fall sick, the trip can still go ahead as planned. Our local leader prides themselves on a thorough knowledge of the mountains, the people and villagers who live there, the flora, the fauna, and historical, cultural, religious and social aspects of the region in which you will be travelling.

Believing that the porters are important and impossible to complete the trip so besides your leader and assistants guide the camping trek will be accompanied by a cook and kitchen crew to keep you well fed with delicious and nutritious meals and the several porters or pack animals to transport all the gear from camp to camp. We do not allow porters to carry exceeding 30kgs weight during the camping treks. It is because of human being respect, their rights and against any exploitation on its operation. We provide good health insurance, good equipments, working training and of course good pay with lots of encouragements. You can leave the rest of your luggage at the hotel where you were staying before the start of the trek, or at our local agent's office.

Daily feature of Camping Trek: Normally you will be woken at around 6AM with a cup up hot tea and followed by a small bowl of hot water to wash your face brought to your tent. Before breakfast you pack your gear into your kit bag which is then taken by the porters and will not usually be available to you until camp that afternoon. We are usually on the trail between 7.00AM - 7.30AM. Following a good morning's walk around 3-hrs lunches will service en-route each day at a picturesque sport at around 12/01 PM usually an hour lunch break to allow for the trekker's. After lunch, our tents builder Sherpa will go ahead and set up the camp. The afternoon walk is generally a little shorter and camp is usually reached by around 3PM to 4PM. When you reached at the camp, everything will be ready and afternoon tea will be served. Until dinner there is time to rest, explore the surrounding area and villages or sit and chat with the crew and local people. The dinner is usually served around 7:00 PM to 7:30PM. In the evening afford some of the best memories of your trek, whether it is talking, playing cards, chatting with the crew or joining in some singing and dancing with your trekking crews or with the local people, its always a special time till around 9PM then the time to sleep.

Safety & Security: Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jeweler at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Health & Medical Advice: Horse riders must have the good level of fitness for mountain horse riding, at least walking/riding 7-8 hours each day at high elevation, climbing and high expedition you are requested to have the complete medical improvement from your travel doctor to attend the trip. You should consult with your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before you are travelling. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements although our leader is carrying enough. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities. NAP reserves the right to exclude any traveller from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our leader they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance should provide us up on arrival. Such travel insurance must cover medical, emergency evacuation and full trip cancellation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Packing list: While packing for trekking, warm clothing is important to ensure comfort and safety.Have a suggested packing list to guide you in preparation:

Riding boots and sandals for rest
Wind proof down jacket
Woolen T-shirt/base layer
T-shirts
A thick pullover/fleece
Shorts / skirt for sunny days
Trousers / track suit or long pants
Thermal long underwear
Water bottle
Warm socks (woolen is best)
Swiss army knife
Flashlight with spare batteries
Sunglasses and Sun cream
Personal medical supplies
Towel
Day pack for your valuables (camera, money, Passport etc.) and rucksack or duffel bag for your clothes
Warm woolen hat and Gloves

A Tailor-made itinerary: It is possible to customize your suggested trip itinerary. Perhaps you would like to treat yourself to different hotel or add a few extra days to the itinerary? You can also request a transfer to another destination if you like. Just let us know what you want when you complete the quote request form or call or email us for more help. We will help design the tour to suit your specific requirements and dates.

Itinerary Disclaimer: This information is provided in good faith. However, we have design our entire adventure travel itineraries and holidays with care and experiences that stem from our previous clients, comments and our own research. We must understand that adventure travel goes to the remote part of the mountain where weather, physical conditions of team member and flight delayed or cancel will affect the plan itinerary without prior notice so NAP reserve the right to change itinerary at any time without any pre consultation with clients. Our itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us because of our walking style, physical level and the regions we visit, please understand us travel can be unpredictable. Whatever we have provided in this Trip Details document is a general guide to understand of our travel destinations.

Spending Money: Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping.

Money Exchange: American Dollars are we accepted in Asia and exchange rates fluctuate often. There are many ATM machines in major cities that accept both Visa and MasterCard. Most shops also accept visa and master card but they may charge a 2-4% service charge fee.

Trip Members' Responsibility: Trip members have the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities and interests. We are also happy to discuss the trip with you. Trip members are responsible for preparing for the trip by studying the detailed itinerary and for bringing the appropriate clothing and equipment as advised.

Respect Local Dress: In Nepal the standard dress is more conservative than it is backing home. In predominately while you travel in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlet’s/tank tops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites or local villages.

Transportation: Deluxe private vehicle are provided while on city tour, airport transfers, tourist standard buses to and from your trekking or climbing destination.

Additional trip and hotel: In addition to this tour, we can organize trip extensions both within Nepal and other neighboring countries. You may want to try white water rafting or go on a jungle safari in the deep jungles of Chitwan National Park or take a cultural tour. You may as well take a trip to Tibet, Bhutan or India, whichever appeals more to you.

If you also wish to add extending trips or extra nights hotel accommodation before or after your trip then sent us details via e-mail or fill in our online booking form.

Tipping: It's not compulsory but tipping the porters and guides is customary and always greatly appreciated. A rough guideline is US$ 4-7 per person a day for guide and US$ 3-5 per person a day for the porter, however if you wish to tip more that is always welcome.

Clients Feedback: We are not 100% but we do always committed to providing the best service to make complete satisfaction in order to maintain the best value what you have paid and expect. Your feedbacks are always welcome and appreciated; they provide valuable insight for us for future trips. We are happy to give you the opportunity to communicate openly about your thoughts and experiences with us. Please leave your feedback with us at the end the trip. Both your good and not so good comments will help us to make our service more effective and efficient in the future.

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