Nepal has been home to adventure freaks and travel enthusiasts from all around the world. But, are the snow-capped peaks and myths of Nepal all about thrill and challenge? What about an easy and calm family holiday in Nepal? Can we trek to Nepal with family for a fun vacation?
Well, now is the time for your family to uncover all the fuss about trekking in Nepal. Despite being a paradise for adventure lovers, Nepal is also about a short trek, cultural insight, luxurious stay, and peaceful nature. The absolutely beautiful Himalayas make a great family holiday in Nepal. From a quick visit to Kathmandu and seven wonderful lakes in Pokhara to the steamy jungle of Chitwan, the Nepal tour with the family will invigorate the spirit. In a short day, you make the memories and photographs that remain for a lifetime.
Why family holiday in Nepal?
- Leisure and adventurous exploration of Nepal with a safe environment at an extremely affordable price (Nepal’s among the cheapest destination to visit)
- Witness the beauty of the cascading waterfall, panoramic mountains, perennial rivers, pristine lakes, and adventurous caves; all within a small area
- Live with the incredible hospitable Nepalese people during your stay in the teahouses or Eco-Village
- The short treks around Kathmandu and Pokhara for a wholesome experience of cultural insight and natural delight without hurting your shanks
- Enjoy the stunning panoramic views even without trekking to the high-altitude regions. Therefore, you get to avoid the risk of altitude sickness and yet enjoy the beauty of Nepal.
- Explore the rural farming communities and engage in volunteering activities
- Witness the century-old Nepalese culture that reflects utmost love and respect for the family and society; thus, mending your family relationship to be stronger than ever
- Basically, family trekking in Nepal means luxury, adventure, knowledge, and nature all at a time. But it’s important that you select the right family trekking places in Nepal to live such experiences. Here are the six best family trekking in Nepal.
Best family trekking in Nepal:
Everest Base Camp
The classic trail to the Everest Base Camp might sound very hard. But actually, it’s achievable by anyone with sound physical and mental health. Since you will be walking only five to six hours every day (covering ten to fifteen kilometers) each day, it’s quite achievable even for kids (above 10 years) and parents (up to 70 years).
During the trek, the awesome view of many worlds’ tallest mountain peaks will keep you delighted. Along with the heavenly nature, it’s also the place to witness the ancient Sherpa people. As your family accommodates in the classic tea houses, you get to live with the locals and observe their lives from a close distance. The highest altitude at Kala Patthar, 5,643 meters has the most stunning views.
Annapurna base camp tour
A shorter, easier, and achievable replacement for the Everest tour is trekking in the Annapurna region. The trail of Annapurna base camp has many luxury lodges for a comfortable stay. Your family can explore the base camp at 4,130 meters in less than two weeks from Pokhara.
Along with the Panoramic views of the mountains, the beauty of perennial rivers and waterfalls on the trail will be pleasing. Also, the sub-tropical vegetation inside the Annapurna Conservation Area is a natural playground for many Himalayans flora and fauna. The culture of the Gurung and Magar people makes a completely different cultural experience.
Langtang Valley trek
Along with the proximity to Kathmandu, the beautiful landscape and mountain vista makes Langtang valley Nepal’s best trekking destination. You get to the remote valley after a day’s drive from Kathmandu. Since the maximum elevation during the Langtang tour is only about 3,870 meters, it’s quite easily achievable.
Langtang National Park is the best place to explore the unique Himalayan wildlife. The nearby views of peaks like Yala and Naya kanga look unbelievable. Also, a couple of days of trekking on the mostly leveled path is very easy for your family members.
Poonhill – Ghandruk trek
This is in fact the easiest and most rewarding trekking in Nepal with family. The easy trail of Poon Hill- Ghandruk is a week-long trek with a maximum altitude of 3,210 meters. Thus, along with the stunning views, the safety of your family is also guaranteed. The easy trekking route is mostly made with stone steps.
The hike is from Pokhara as we drive into the Nayapul in the Annapurna region. In Spring, the dense Rhododendron Forest will make the entire path colorful. You get to explore the local villages and comfortably trek with all luxury. The trail between Ghorepani and Ghandruk is probably one of the best trekking routes in Nepal. As you reach Ghandruk, you get to have the true Home-stay experience. The close views of mountains along with local museums, temples, and monasteries will make an awesome trek.
Beyond the mountains of Nepal, their lies and very pleasing destination of Mustang. The trip beings after you fly to Jomsom from Pokhara with your family. The classic town of Jomsom reflects a totally different landscape with colorful rocks, orange trees, and mountains all around.
While witnessing the Annapurna massif, we get to trek to Muktinath. This holy temple of Hindu and Buddhist people blesses you with health and prosperity, taking away your sins. The forts and Monasteries of Kagbeni is a wonderful place for a family visit in Nepal. Similarly, there’s a Dhumba lake and many other places to visit around Jomsom.
Note: You can drive to Lo-Manthang, Upper Mustang for the actual insight into Tibetan Buddhist culture. This restricted region of Nepal saves the century-old Nepalese culture in the rawest form.
Mohare Danda is a recently opened eco-tourism lodge hike. This week-long community lodge trek bestows the authentic culture of people in the local houses. Here, the people welcome you in their village with the traditional dance song. You stay in local houses and enjoy the organic foods grown on nearby farms. You can skip the crowd of major trekking trails and head for a rather peaceful and calm experience.
Besides trekking, there are many other fun activities for Family holidays in Nepal. Here are some of the best alternatives to witness the best of Nepal without actually having to hike for weeks.
Sightseeing tour in Nepal
The best sightseeing tour in Nepal is the city of Pokhara. This paradise has just the perfect blend of nature, culture, and modernization for a fun and comfortable family stay. The other short tours include a trip to Lumbini and Chitwan with your family. A jungle safari with your child in Chitwan Nation Park is the closest you can get to the bio-diversity of Asia. There are many rear wild animals like one-horned Rhino, Musk deer, Bengal Tiger, etc that can be seen in a Jeep tour or elephant ride. On another thought, you can drive to Lumbini, the birth of Gautam Buddha for a rather cultural trip.
Day hikes in Nepal
Unlike the trekking trails mentioned above, these day hikes are very comfortable and easy without any risks. You can hike to Shivapuri National Park, Panauti Community lodge, or Nagarkot viewpoint around Kathmandu valley. If you visit Pokhara, you can head for Sarangkot and Shanti Stupa hike.
Games and Sports
From Rock climbing in Kathmandu to Paragliding in Pokhara, Nepal is a paradise for adventure lovers. For a family holiday in Nepal, you can go for the options like Hot air balloon flight, Cycling, and Boating in Pokhara. The Cable car ride in Manakamana, Chandragiri, or Kalinchowk is also quite fun. If you want something thrilling, rafting can be a good option but it’s not very safe for children.
A cultural tour to Nepal, especially during festivals is the best experience for a family. The celebration and gathering in Nepal show the love and understanding every family must cherish. You can celebrate Dashain, Tihar, Losar, Holi, etc. with your family during the cultural tour. These kinds of tours are best done during September/ October.
Community lodge tour
This is the latest and most fulfilling kind of family vacation in Nepal. Also called a “Home-stay visit”, you get to stay with the local people, try their traditional clothes, and eat their food during the trip. They teach your family about the local culture, language, songs, and dance has become a part of their life.
Working for a common goal to serve man-kind, Volunteering activities with your family in Nepal is a great concept. You enjoy a tour, get to spend time with your family, and at the same time help the poor people in the villages of Nepal.
Things you should know before Family holidays in Nepal
Kid’s age for trekking in Nepal
It’s wise to bring your Kids to Nepal only after they are 7 years old. Before that, they shouldn’t be doing any treks. Kids above 10 years can walk at a quick speed on the steep trail. If your Kid is below 7, only aim for a sightseeing tour and drive.
Family Safety in Nepal
The three challenges while trekking to Nepal with family are altitude, illnesses, and remoteness.
Firstly, choose the lower Elevation trek, walk slowly, and drink enough water to prevent altitude sickness. Do trek on the popular trail listed above to avoid extreme remoteness. However, you need to carry your own personal care amenities and snacks. In the trek, sticking with Nepalese Dal Bhat can serve your family best. Also, looks for the symptoms like diarrhea, cramping, and other gastro illnesses. Do carry anti-biotics and other personal medication.
It’s a very humble request for getting your travel insurance before flying to Nepal. The chances of illness, flight cancellation, and baggage loss cannot be ignored. Sometimes, a high-altitude trail like Everest Base camp might need helicopter rescue. Thus, getting travel insurance for the entire family before you fly to Nepal is important.
Prepare for the trek
Firstly, do maintain good physical fitness for yourself and your family. Make them train with some cardiovascular exercise like running, jogging, summing, etc. prior to the hike. Go for some short hikes around your home county and know what you can expect. Online research, shopping, and the right packing are all very important.
Choose the right season
Trekking with family, especially in Monsoon and winter is very hard. Trekking trails in Nepal are at their best during Autumn and Spring. Autumn (September- November) has clear skies and stable weather. Also, it’s the month for festivals and celebrations, thus a wonderful time for cultural insight. Also, Spring with colorful flowers, new vegetation, and vibrant wildlife is a good time for the trek.
If you travel to Nepal in Monsoon, the rain-shadow region of Mustang and Manang will be the best alternatives. In winter, only aim for lower altitude treks around Kathmandu and Pokhara. Your kid might not be able to bear the freezing winter temperature in the mountains.
How to Organize a family trek to Nepal?
Firstly, the easiest option to trek with a family in Nepal is getting a well-organized package from a travel agency. Or you can go for an independent trek. In such a case, it’s very useful to hire a guide as well as a porter. If you are a large family, an independent trek will be beneficial. But for a smaller family of 2 to 3 people, trekking with a travel agency will be safer and cheaper.
You can book the family tour to Nepal online or after you get to Kathmandu. If you (and your family) have a passport with validity above 6-months, you can get a tourist visa to Nepal on arrival. Since Nepal is one of the cheapest countries to visit, your family expenses will be quite low. Rooms can cost about $5 to $100 and food cost about $4 to $8 per meal.
Nepal’s among the safest and most beautiful countries for a family holiday. From adventurous treks to quiet luxury holidays and sightseeing tours, this country has everything you dream of. Mend your family relationship and create a lifetime of memory by trekking to Nepal with your family.
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