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.
Nepal Family Travel
Nepal isn’t just open to rugged trekkers and mountain bikers on solo adventures around the Himalaya—the country is perfect for a family vacation, too. There are plenty of cultural highlights in the capital of Kathmandu, like ancient hindu temples and Buddhist stupas that kids and adults alike will love. Or, take the brood on a kid-friendly hike like the Ghandruk Trek, which can be completed in a brisk six/seven days, doesn’t ascend too high in altitude, and visits fascinating indigenous villages.
And for a bit of bonding between parents and their adult children, there’s nothing better than heading off the beaten path on something like the Manaslu Circuit, which offers highlights like suspension-bridge crossings, panoramic Himalayan views, and a high-altitude mountain pass at 17,000 feet (5,100 meters).
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Family Adventure in Nepal: Trekking in the Annapurna Foothills and exploring Chitwan with a young child
Families with young children may wonder if Nepal is a travel destination they should even consider, since it's not your typical kid friendly "Disney Land". At kimkim we've put together several treks and mixed adventures for families with children, and by sharing their experiences we hope we can help you decide if Nepal is right for your family. First up, a family from the United States, who traveled with a 2 year old child. They did a 5 day trek and then explored Chitwan National Park for a few days.
Hiking is a shared passion for kimkim traveler Esther Yoon and her recently retired dad, so Nepal - a trekker's paradise - seemed like the perfect choice for a father-daughter adventure. Interested in the culture and beauty of Nepal without the crowds, they chose the Manaslu Circuit: a beautiful 15-day trek circling the eighth-highest peak in the Himalayas.
Kimkim traveler Clare Immens likes to instill a sense of adventure in her three children—so taking her young daughter Elsie on a multi-day trek in Nepal was a no-brainer. From card games in tea houses to making friends with baby animals along the way, read on to learn about their experience hiking through the Annapurna foothills on the Ghandruk Trek.
Experience the beauty of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan. This tour takes you past small farming villages where you'll get the opportunity to experience local daily life, beautiful scenery of lush green forests, ancient temples, and rich terraced fields. Featuring a short easy trek, this itinerary is ideal for those short on time or new to trekking who want to explore the Pokhara Valley.