Nepal family holiday

“This family friendly 12 day tailor made itinerary includes seeing the Himalayas, exploring Kathmandu tiger tracking in Chitwan National Park. ”

Highlights

Kathmandu | Kathmandu Valley | Nuwakot | Annapurnas | Pokhara | Sarankot | Chitwan National Park | Optional activities in Chitwan National Park include: canoe rides, tiger tracking, a visit to an elephant breeding centre, bird watching and jeep safaris |

Description of Nepal family holiday

This 12 day family holiday in Nepal can be tailored to suit your clan with a variety of activities to be experienced around Kathmandu, the Annapurna mountain range and the Chitwan National Park.

A family holiday in Nepal also represents a cultural and, sometimes, spiritual experience with time spent in Kathmandu unlocking fascinating stories and curious questions as you find yourselves in the realm of holy men, living goddesses and incense cloaked Buddhist temples.

Moving on from the delights of Durbar Square you'll find Pokhara and its lake in the shadow of the Annapurnas offering all manner of opportunities to immerse yourself in Nepalese life with boat rides, cave exploration, Tibetan traders and sunrise views of the Himalaya range.

For animal lovers there's nowhere better in Nepal than Chitwan National Park from where to track tigers, rhinos and elephants in the jungle. Jeep rides provide a perfect perspective for watching wildlife in their natural habitat.

Accommodation on this holiday is often in smaller farmsteads and within rural villages which gives kids a chance to experience life without mod-cons as well as encouraging them to cook, take on chores and simply enjoy the feel of playing outdoors, away from the trappings of the modern world.

At the end of the day, local people in Nepal simply love kids and no matter whether your family are exploring in the jungle or trekking in the mountains you'll find an authentically friendly welcome, guaranteed to last a lifetime and inspire future travels for your next generation.
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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Environment

Most travellers visit Nepal in order to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery, often on a trek. Unfortunately many of the trekking areas are now very over-developed and tourism has had a negative effect on the environment. For example you can find toilet paper littering some routes as well as discarded plastic bottles and other detritus from trekkers. We arrange all of our trips in conjunction with a local partner in Kathmandu that we have selected partly because of their strong responsible travel commitment. Together we provide detailed advice to trekkers on how to behave responsibly when on a trek, for example giving simple suggestions such as taking a supply of small plastic bags (nappy bags are ideal) in which to bag up toilet tissue so that it can be taken back to the camp at the end of the day and burnt. We also advise trekkers in remote areas that they must be careful not to use soaps or detergents in or near water courses in order to minimise the effect on both the aquatic life within the river but also to prevent problems with people living downstream.

Community

As mentioned above, we have selected our partners in Nepal partly due to their responsible travel ethos. This extends to social as well as environmental concerns and our partners have been instrumental in trying to pioneer a 'better' way of trekking in the Himalayas. Essentially many of the main trekking routes have become very busy which does not provide a great experience for travellers and also means that tourist revenue is concentrated in a couple of specific villages, leaving surrounding areas very poor. Our partners have assisted in the development of a number of tea houses in more remote villages thereby helping to 'spread the wealth' whilst also having the great knock on benefit of providing a unique experience for trekkers.
All of our treks are guided by an experienced local mountain guide who will provide travellers with an insight into local village life and also give advice on appropriate behaviour such as taking shoes off when entering local houses.
When porters are used we have strict restrictions on the amount that each porter can carry, in accordance with advice issued by the International Porter Protection Group.

3 Reviews of Nepal family holiday

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Reviewed on 06 Jan 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole trip was amazing, with so many fantastic experiences. We really enjoyed the Annapurna trek, in particular the sunrise at Poon Hill. The trekking
guide, Yubraj, and porters were good company for our 2 sons (13 and 14), really adding to their enjoyment of the trip. The boys also enjoyed playing cricket with
local boys (we took our own plastic bat) at the Barauli Community Homestay, and for me experiencing the sights and sounds of the jungle from the peacefulness of a rowing boat in the Chitwan National Park was a highlight. Watching the desert sunset at the 1000 Nights Camp in Wahiba Sands, Oman was also very special. We felt that we had marvellous hospitality and friendliness from everyone we met in Nepal, and felt very well looked after throughout the
whole trip, by the local travel companies, and all hotel staff, guides and drivers.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We took plenty of warm gear including high quality sleeping bags, and did not suffer from the cold at all, although other travellers did. In fact travelling to Nepal in December, outside the main tourist trekking season, was a big advantage as the trekking routes and tea houses were delightfully quiet. We found Kathmandu very polluted and busy, and felt that one day sightseeing was plenty for us before moving on. We would recommend having a free day or so in
Pokhara - we were very glad to have changed our itinerary just before going to include this, and the boys and my husband had a fantastic paragliding
experience but this will only be possible before Pokhara International Airport opens in 2021. We all really enjoyed the relaxing vibe of Pokhara and choice of restaurants. In retrospect spending Christmas in Pokhara would have been preferable to spending Xmas Day rafting and travelling to Chitwan. We had a wonderful time at the Barauli Community Homestay at Chitwan, but it is also worth considering adding a night at the spectacular Tiger Tops Elephant Camp (as we did) which is a 5 minute drive away, in order to experience walking safaris with elephants, and other elephant activities. We would definitely recommend the internal flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara, and Chitwan to Kathmandu, which we took, in place of long road transfers. We each had a 75ml Water-to-Go bottle which took away any worries about drinking water throughout the trip. We chose to fly with Oman Air and found Muscat International Airport (opened 2018) a pleasure to travel through. However the 2 day stopover in Oman on the way home, whilst very interesting, and gave us an amazing desert experience, was a stark contrast to Nepal in terms of charm.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We saw at the Barauli Community Homestay at first hand how this project brought income to the village, which is so important when many Nepalese are
required to work overseas to earn enough to support their families.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a fantastic holiday, creating so many magical family memories.

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenic flight in the Himalaya's was a highlight. The Jungle Lodge in Chitwan was fantastic and the kids loved it.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The pollution and smoke haze in April is unfortunately quite thick and spoils the views of beautiful landscapes. The Haze wasn't just in Kathmandu Valley but also in the hills and in Chitwan. Most locals suggest year end (Nov, Dec, Jan) is a clearer time to be in Nepal. We visited many wonderful places however we couldn't see beyond about 10 kilometers due to air pollution on most days. The overall hiking experience was negatively impacted as a result of the haze.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


At all the hotels, we were served by locals and didn't notice any foreign staff. The Chitwan Jungle Lodge in particular has many examples of local community engagement and support and used fresh local products in their kitchen.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic break - lots of fun and very interesting. Were disappointed by the Haze/pollution and hope to return during a clearer time of year.

Reviewed on 10 Jan 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Staying with our 3 young (9, 8 & 3) children in a village community homestay. The villagers and local guides were all fantastic!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't hesitate, just do it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, especially in Chitwan where we stayed for 3 days in a Tharu village homestay.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We spent 8 days there over Christmas (including Christmas day itself in Kathmandu). It will certainly be a Christmas that we and the children will always remember as one of the most exciting.

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