Most people probably associate Nepal with trekking and not so much with family holidays. But in fact, Nepal has an incredible amount of activities to offer for the whole family. If you are dreaming of a holiday packed with cultural experiences and physical activity, Nepal is actually worth considering. My Everest Trip is a specialist in customizing travel experiences, and we can put together a holiday according to the family’s wishes.
All trips to Nepal start and end in Kathmandu as the only international airport is located here. Kathmandu is a large and vibrant city and can seem a bit overwhelming on arrival. But in the heart of Kathmandu, one finds Thamel bearing the bazaar. Here are nice hotels, shops, and restaurants. The streets in the center are blocked for traffic, making it easier to move around here. As Kathmandu houses many historical attractions, we recommend spending a few days here so there is plenty of time to see it all. Among the sights to see in Kathmandu we can mention Boudhanath stupa and Swayambhunat (also known as monkey temple) these large white dome-shaped buildings with Budha’s eyes that look out over the city are a fantastic experience. The Pashupatinath temple complex by the river where the Hindus in Kathmandu burn their dead and send them out on their last journey is a fantastic experience, especially towards dusk there is a very special atmosphere here.
In addition to this, there are the three royal squares, Durbar square, Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur packed with historic buildings and shrines where you can be lucky to meet Kumari, the living goddess, and enjoy a good lunch in tranquil surroundings.
There are also a number of day trips you can take from Kathmandu, such as a day trip to the Namobuddha Monastery, where you can experience the daily life of the Buddhist monks.
Trekking in Nepal
If you want to experience the feeling of trekking, there are a number of treks that are particularly suitable for children. These treks are of shorter duration than the major classic treks, have lighter routes, and move at heights without the risk of altitude sickness. Taking the family on the trek provides a good opportunity for high-quality time with the family. You get a guide and porters who take care of everything, so you can just enjoy the trip, the beautiful surroundings, and each other. Of course, some physical shape is an advantage and the children should not be too small, but the routes are organized so that most can join without great effort.
If you have bigger children and want a little more speed over the field and dabble in the experiences, there are a number of activities that should satisfy everyone. Paragliding, River rafting, and Bungee jump are a few examples of this.
Chitwan / Bardia
On a day trip from Kathmandu to the south of Nepal, you will find these serene areas characterized by jungle and warmer skies. Here you have the opportunity to go jungle safari or canoeing and experience a great variety of birds, monkeys, rhinos, crocodiles, and if you are very lucky maybe a tiger. These areas are very suitable for smaller children. The towns are characterized by quiet village life and the accommodation will be at a resort where the children can play in the garden and you can walk to the river and eat ice cream and drink a cup of coffee.
Despite the fact that Pokhara has grown significantly over the past few years, the town at the bank of Phewa lake still bears the mark of serene days. Many of the small easy treks, including the popular Ghorepani Poonhill Trek, starts from Pokhara. The town is centered on the main lakeside street that runs along the beautiful lake. Here are good restaurants and shopping opportunities and along the whole lake, there are boat rentals so there is ample opportunity for a boat trip on the lake.
Pokhara is also the paraglider’s paradise, the weather conditions are good and the surroundings with the Annapurna Range in the background are incredibly beautiful.
On the opposite side of the lake, you can visit the World Peace Pagoda from which the views of the lake, the city, and the Himalayan mountain peaks are indescribably beautiful.
The Nepalese cuisine
The national dish in Nepal is Dal Bhat which the vast majority of locals eat at least twice a day. At the restaurants, however, you will find a wide selection of food inspired by the surrounding countries such as Tibet, India, and China as well as Western-inspired food such as pizza, burgers, etc. So you do not have to worry that you cannot find something the children like on the dining card.
Transport in Nepal can be a bit of a challenge, but you should definitely take it as an experience. A bus trip between Kathmandu and Pokhara is probably set to approx. 7 hours but can easily take 9, so spend a day and enjoy the experiences it provides. If you are too impatient or pushed by a tight schedule, you can choose to fly domestically. Alternatively, you can rent a car with a driver so you can decide where and when to take breaks.
We customize your journey
By far the few travel agencies have ready-made package holidays tailored to family holidays in Nepal. This is where My Everest Trip comes into play. We tailor your holiday according to the family composition, the age of the children, how long you have available, your special wishes, and your budget.