There’s no reason to put off trekking in the Himalaya until the kids have left home. Aside from the amazing landscapes, cultural and wildlife encounters awaiting you, here are some other great reasons why visiting Nepal with your family is a good idea.

Want to get a feel for what to expect? Watch this family share their story about their Nepal trekking adventure in December 2017:


  • Hire porters to carry small children
  • Kids will love the animals in Nepal
  • Nepalis are fond of children and will treat them kindly
  • Horse treks can lighten the burden to the legs, and provide an extra dimension of fun


It’s unlikely that you’d consider hiring someone to carry your child while trekking anywhere else, but this is entirely possible in Nepal. Horse treks are also an option in certain areas. Plus, Nepalis are very welcoming of children. Your kids will likely remember the friendly people as much as the scenery.

Trekking in Nepal with children certainly requires some special planning, as some routes are far from roads and medical facilities. But while some hard-core trekkers have mourned the spread of roads into the mountains, this means many places are better connected — physically and in terms of emergency communication — than they once were.

Great day hikes for families

If you’re short on time, have very young children, or are unsure how older children will enjoy a multi-day trek, it’s best to opt for day hikes. Basing yourself in Pokhara or Kathmandu will allow you to explore places close to the city that have great views and fresh air, but still allow you to return to the comfort of a hotel at night.

Here are a few great options to choose from:

Shivapuri National Park

Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park
Views from Shivapuri National Park, near Kathmandu

To the north of Kathmandu, has day-hiking trails, a monastery to drop in on, views over the city and lots of fresh air. Although there are some steep stone steps, many of the paths in the park are gentle and very peaceful. The cheeky monkeys hanging around the monastery will amuse the children.

Sanga to Panauti Community Hike

This new easy, ten-kilometer trail passes through Tamang villages and ends at Panauti. In this pretty historic town you can find a welcoming Community Homestay Initiative, providing home comforts for solo or family travellers.

Shanti Stupa

The easiest short hike around Pokhara is up to the Shanti Stupa above the town. Start the hike by boating across the lake, and then walk up through the woods.


For a higher lookout point, hike all the way up to Sarangkot, where the paragliders take off from. The views stretch both ways, over the lake and city as well as the Annapurna Himalaya on the other side.

Family treks in the Annapurna Region

The Poon Hill Trek (3-5 days) (max. elevation 3210 meters) is one of the most popular treks in Nepal because of its incredible views and accessibility from Pokhara, with good infrastructure along the way. Although there are some steep steps, it is not an incredibly demanding trek. There are comfortable (though basic) lodges the whole way, with a variety of meals to choose from in the teahouses. The trek itself is pleasant, taking you through local villages and rhododendron forest.

A similar, less touristed route is the Annapurna Community Homestay trek, which peaks at Mohare Danda (3320 meters). It has almost the same views, landscape and culture, but without the crowds. A network of homestays and community lodges ensure homely comforts. The trek is not too physically challenging, and can be done in around five days.

The Royal Trek (so named because Prince Charles walked this route in the 1980s) is an alternative that doesn’t climb so high (1700 meters). The three-four day trek starts to the north of the Pokhara Valley, and passes through Gurung villages. There are views of the Annapurnas en route, and the trek ends at Begnas Lake, a peaceful alternative to Pokhara’s more developed lakeside.

To learn about the experience of a family trekking with a young child in the Annapurnas, read this recent article on Kimkim.

Family treks in the Everest region

There is a wider range of accommodation options in the Everest region than in many other parts of Nepal. If you want a higher level of comfort for your family, this is available here, with luxury lodges such as Yeti Mountain Home or Everest Summit Lodges.

Although the full Everest Base Camp trek is challenging, other shorter options still enable you to trek in the Sagarmatha National Park, learn about Sherpa culture and marvel at the highest mountains in the world. For example, the Namche Bazaar to Thame trek takes five days, and the trek to Tengboche takes seven. Both treks stay below 4000 meters.

Horse trekking

To prevent little legs from getting worn out, consider a horse trek.

Mustang is a popular place to go horse trekking. The region lies in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, so the land is barren and dry, and the culture Tibetan. Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, the gateway to Lower Mustang. From here, horse treks of around 17 days are standard. The goal is to reach Lo Manthang, an ancient walled city in the restricted area of Upper Mustang.

Traditionally, packs of several hundred horses were taken to and from Lo Manthang every year before the onset of winter. The steep, rocky terrain is more manageable with the four-legged creatures. Lo Manthang is at an altitude of 3780 meters.

For a shorter, lower-altitude horse trek, consider the Langtang area instead, which is closer to Kathmandu. While the mountains here are not as high as in some parts of the country (around the 6000 and 7000 meter mark) they are still impressive, especially as the Langtang Valley opens up. Children will enjoy spotting yaks.

Best advice for trekking with children

Hire a guide. Even if you’re a proudly independent traveller, it’s generally not worth the risk of trekking without a guide. On top of that, guides are very affordable compared to the overall cost of your trip.

Choose the right trek. Children under four may be easily carried, and older children may be able to walk long distances (perhaps faster than you!), but those between four and eight may have the hardest time. They are too big to be carried, but too small to walk far. (Consider a horse trek in such cases.)

Consider your own abilities. If you plan to carry your child, will this leave you too exhausted to enjoy yourself? You can hire a porter to do this.

Bring extra supplies. When trekking with kids, it’s always a good idea to bring extra snacks, lots of water (camel packs are great), and other things such as sun protection. Cards, travel games and pens and paper for evenings in the lodges are fun to bring, as well. Remember, there are no TVs in these places! (Which is kind of the point anyway).

Equipment. Make sure your child’s boots are well worn in so they don’t develop blisters.

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Trip to nepal, Nepal - Nov 24 - Dec 7, 2018

Traveler: Neil M. - Local specialist: Prajwol Shrestha

We had an AMAZING trip to Nepal!
Me, my wife and two daughters (aged 8 and 7) spent an incredible two weeks in Nepal on a trip arranged through Kimkim. We were met and looked after by the wonderful Tashi in Kathmandu at the beginning and the end of our trip. We completed a jaw-dropping 5 day trek in the Annapurna region with our first-class Sherpa guides Pemba and Cherring (these guys feel like family now - they were SO good with our kids!) followed by a few days in Pokhara and Chitwan... read more

We had an AMAZING trip to Nepal!
Me, my wife and two daughters (aged 8 and 7) spent an incredible two weeks in Nepal on a trip arranged through Kimkim. We were met and looked after by the wonderful Tashi in Kathmandu at the beginning and the end of our trip. We completed a jaw-dropping 5 day trek in the Annapurna region with our first-class Sherpa guides Pemba and Cherring (these guys feel like family now - they were SO good with our kids!) followed by a few days in Pokhara and Chitwan national park. It was the trip of a lifetime and the service and care that we received from everyone in Nepal was the best I've ever experienced. Prajwol and Tashi had thought of everything and we were incredibly well looked after every step of the way.
Nepal is an amazing country due to the cultures, food, landscape, wildlife and most importantly the people. Prajwol had arranged everything for us before we left Scotland so all we had to do was enjoy ourselves and have our minds blown by a truly unforgettable two weeks.
I can thank or praise the guys enough. Thank you Kimkim!


Trekking with your family in nepal, Nepal - Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2018

Traveler: Jon C. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

My family and I had a great time on the Panchese trek. Kripa was able to adjust our trip to ad 1 more day. This made it easier for the 2 kids ( 3 and 6). The first two days were a little long for the 6 year old but she made it and did an excellent job. Chhepaul was and outstanding guide who showed patience and bonded with the kids. He was able to customize a basket to carry the 3 year old. The porter ( Mime? ) was awesome with the kids especially the 3 year old. There was a language barrier but I thing they both enjoyed each other’s company
Thanks 🙏