Travel to Nepal on a family tour of the Himalayas.

For centuries, Nepal has been luring travellers with its snow-capped peaks and the tales of adventure that come from ‘the roof of the world’. Now, your family can see what all the fuss is about on their very own Himalayan Adventure – an action packed tour of Nepal’s most captivating towns, cities and scenery. Forget Hillary and Norgay, there’s no better feeling than reaching the end of an Annapurna trek as a family, taking home memories and photographs to last a lifetime. From quirky Kathmandu, across the Himalayas and into the steamy jungles of Chitwan, this adventure tour through Nepal will broaden the mind and invigorate the sprit.

Start
Kathmandu, Nepal
Finish
Kathmandu, Nepal
Countries
Nepal
Themes
Family, Walking & Trekking
Code
HNFP
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 11
Group size
Min 2 Max 16
Carbon offset
298kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Get caught up in the crazy city of Kathmandu
  • Stay in a converted farmhouse in Nuwakot
  • Explore the quiet streets of Bandipur on foot
  • Catch a glimpse of the Himalayas on the horizon
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Begnas
  • Trek into the incredible Annapurna Range
  • Sip chai in mountain tea-houses
  • Soak up the chilled out vibes of Pokhara
  • Head deep into the jungles of Chitwan NP
  • Spot long nosed crocodiles on a canoe ride

Itinerary

Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1.

You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until a group meeting this evening.This gives you time to relax or explore this bustling city.
Kathmandu is a mixture of ancient architecture and modern development and, with its rich artistic and cultural heritage, it remains the legendary destination it has been for decades. Crowded markets and bazaars are the centre of Nepali life and the narrow streets are home to holy men, monks, bicycles, incense, goats and sacred cows.
After breakfast we'll visit the Swoyambhunath (a.k.a The Monkey Temple), perched on a pedestal high on the hilltop, it is acclaimed to be the oldest stupa in the world and is influenced by both Nepalese and Tibetan forms of Buddhism.
In the afternoon we'll drive to the secluded rural village of Nuwakot (approx 4 hours) for a delightful stay in a converted farmhouse. This is a charming and ideally located farm where we will have a Nepalese dining experience.
At Nuwakot we can spend a few hours in the late afternoon exploring the village and surrounding area on foot including the Nuwakot Bazaar, a centre-piece of the Nepalese story, embellished by the rich history behind the 16th century fortress and royal palace.
This morning we set off west for the four-hour journey to the small village of Bandipur.
Continuing on through the foothills of the Himalayas, as we approach Bandipur, keep an eye out for views of the high peaks. We arrive in Dumre, turn south off the main highway, and continue to a ridge set at an altitude of 1050 m, where lies the village of Bandipur.
Winding its way up and down hills, Bandipur's main street is lined with three or four storey brick buildings with carved wooden windows. The small temples in the town add to the atmosphere in what is a traditional Nepali hill village, still relatively untouched by modern tourism; few foreigners find their way up here. Sit and relax, or stretch your legs with a walk through the village and out into the surrounding countryside for superb views up the Marsyangdi River valley, to the Himalaya beyond. Many of the range's giants can be seen - Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and the distant Annapurnas.
Tonight we stay in a restored traditional house where we can play chess on a giant board and play local games in the late afternoon with the local kids on the traffic free street of Bandipur bazaar
This morning we drive to the lovely lake-side town of Pokhara. We have free time to explore here and will take to the lake for a boat trip. In the evening we have a movie-night and our accommodation for tonight has great grounds and a swimming pool to relax or play in.
Trekking in Nepal is one of the most rewarding parts of a visit to this mountainous kingdom. Some visitors are put off by the thought that all trekking requires the skills of a mountaineer, and specialist equipment to match. This is not true for the majority of routes, including the one we'll walk but it is important to remember that all trekking is more difficult than just a ramble and that there is little, if any, flat ground in Nepal's hills. On this trek however we do not reach very high altitudes. We walk on well-graded paths that link small farming communities. Steep stone staircases and occasional suspension bridges dot the route. Most people, including children, will find the pace, distance and duration of each day's walk within their capability as long as they are realistic about their fitness and abilities.

Few nationalities provide a camping experience as well as the Nepalese; their hospitality and organisational skills are legendary, as will become clear on the trek. Tents and mattresses are provided, camp staff cook your meals, providing tasty and nutritious food, whilst porters carry your main bags, leaving you with only your day pack to carry.

A drive to Begnas Lake (40mins approx) signals the start of the trek. The first day's walk will take you to the village of Chisapani ('cold water' in Nepali). Walking at a leisurely pace, we first pass through rice fields before climbing through villages offering superb panoramic views along the way. We head into the renowned Annapurna Region and after approximately four hours' trekking, we arrive at the small village of Chisapani where we camp for the night at an altitude of around 1260 m.

Today we continue to walk for approximately 3.5 hours/7 km. En route we can pause to admire the views, take photos or have a drink in one of the many wayside village teahouses. All around these villages the terraced fields are a testament to the ingenuity of the Nepalese people who have turned the steep hills into productive fields, growing rice, wheat and maize. People you pass are incredibly friendly, and kids will often walk alongside, practising their English. In the village centres, old men sit beneath banyan trees on stone benches, smoking and gossiping. Women and children come up from the fields carrying huge loads effortlessly.

On arrival our vehicle will be waiting to take us to Pokhara. In the evening we will visit Pokhara Base Camp, which will be set up for an end of trek party with trekkers and staff alike.
The following afternoon is free for you to relax or explore as you please. Perhaps visit the World Peace Pagoda, Devi's Falls and Mahendra Cave. Or make time for a visit to a nearby Tibetan village settlement, where superb carpets and other handicrafts can be haggled over.
This morning after breakfast we drive to the start of our 2 day rafting Adventure on the Seti River. This is a great family exercise as you need to work together as a team to navigate through the chutes and channels. Its not just a rafting experience as the river lies in an isolated gorge surrounded by jungle. We pitch the tent at the end of the day by the river on the white sandy beach to spend the night.
This morning our rafting concludes around lunch time. We say goodbye to the rafting crew and drive down to the lowlands and Chitwan National Park. We will stay here for 2 nights
Today is ours to enjoy Chitwan National Park. we will enjoy a game drive, a float down the river in a dugout canoe and the opportunity to take birdwatching walks before settling down at night in our country villa. There will also be some great opportunity for cultural interaction here.
We have the morning free to explore the jungle a little more before taking a short transfer followed by a flight to Kathmandu. If you wish, we can take you for a wander through the backstreets and vibrant local markets to Kathmandu Durbar Square. There are plenty of bargains to be had, but haggling is essential.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
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Inclusions

Meals
10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners
Transport
Boat, Minibus, Plane
Accommodation
Camping (with facilities) (2 nights), Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (6 nights)
Included activities
  • Kathmandu - Swayambhunath Temple
  • Nuwakot - Village Walk
  • Overnight trek in the Annapurnas
  • Chitwan - Canoe safari, Bird Watching walk or Jeep safari
  • Chitwan - Jeep safari

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Important notes

A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 14 years and under at time of travel.
Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 11 years old.

Trip notes

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