This trek compacts the thrills of the circuit trek into a manageable 14 days for visitors who are short on time. This is known as one of the most diverse and scenic treks in the…
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Family trek in the Annapurna Himalaya
By Himalayan standards (highest altitude is 3250 m), this is a low altitude trek. This hike on the Annapurna foothills is designed exclusively for families. On our Nepal family trekking holiday, we include time in traditional Hindu villages, where the local children regard the Himalayas as their playground.
Our fully supported lodge-to-lodge program allows us to enjoy the comfort of staying in teahouses. We can join our delightful crew playing board or card games or even volleyball and cricket in each place we stop. There is also time to visit the local schools and markets, where cultural horizons are so different from your own. In all, there are many opportunities and learning experiences to keep both you and your children occupied while getting enthralled.
We hike through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests during this introductory graded trek as we ascend to alpine meadows that provide spectacular views of the Annapurna Range. We travel towards Chitwan National Park, where everyone feels youthful again as you ride atop elephants searching for rhino and the rare royal Bengal tiger after completing our trek.
For added comfort, convenience, and safety, we are one of the few operators to provide the best meals on your trek. Who wants to search for a hygienic and hearty dinner after a hard day’s trekking? Our trained chefs cater to your family’s dietary requirements and ensure a high level of hygiene, along with the most varied and healthiest meals in the Himalayas.
Your children will see lots of local children on the trails, their homes. We can even go to visit a school or two to make it interesting for your kids. They might be able to interact or maybe even play together. Do bring some games such as “toss the pigs,” UNO, etc.; this will keep your children entertained or can be a way to invite local children to join in the fun.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in gourmet trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, interesting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety at all times while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitude for our gourmet trekking adventures.
Arrive in Kathmandu. Our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Your trek leader will brief you on the next day’s program and take you on an orientation walk around Thamel.
You will be taken on a walking tour of Ason, the old bazaar, visit Patan Durbar Square, a world heritage site, and Boudhanath Stupa. You can make some last-minute purchases of gear you need for the trek.
Your trek leader will brief you for the next day’s program.
Fly to Pokhara and trek to Banthanti. 2300 meters. 3 hours. We go to the domestic terminal after breakfast to fly to Pokhara. We take a 30-minute flight to Pokhara. We have a drive of two hours to the starting point of our trek. We have a steep ascent of two hours to the village of Ulleri, where we stop for lunch. We continue climbing (on a less steep gradient) to our stop Banthanti for the night. We stay in a lodge run by an amiable family. Most people do not stop at this village. 2300 meters.
We start our hike to Ghorepani after breakfast. The trail takes us through thick Oak and Rhododendron forests with cascading streams along the way. We will be climbing at different gradients all the way to Ghorepani. This is a lovely settlement at the top of a ridge. Wonderful panorama can be enjoyed when the weather is clear. If the weather is clear, you can hike up to Poonhill for sunset over Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Barahi Shikhar, Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, Machapuchare, and numerous other peaks to the east. You can avoid the crowds who usually come for sunrise.
We will have an early-morning excursion up to Poon Hill (3210m) for amazing sunrise and panorama of the high Himalayan peaks. It takes about 45 minutes to walk up the 400 meters. We return to the lodge for breakfast; then, we trek to Tadapani (2540m).
If you want to avoid the crowd at Poonhill, you can trek towards Tadapani and enjoy the sunrise in solitude from a high point on the trail. This will also make your trek shorter for the day. You can discuss this option with your trek leader the day before.
We will have breakfast with the Panorama of the Annapurna range at Tadapani. We start our hike by walking through a lovely Rhododendron and Oak forest on a broad trail. We will pass through a couple of settlements and some lodges on the way. We will come to n opening in the forest with views of Annapurna South and Mount Hiunchuli.
We will be taking stairs for the final part of our hike to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is the largest village on the trek. It is a lovely village with traditional architecture and new Lodges and Hotels for trekkers to stay comfortably.
We will start our morning by having breakfast with Annapurna South and Hiunchuli looming above us. We will be walking downhill through the remaining to Ghandruk Village. We will be outside this large village in about 40 minutes and walk on a broad path on a gentle descent for about one hour. We will be passing mule caravans carrying goods to Ghandurk on the way. We will descend quite steeply from the village of Kyumi. We will stop for lunch on the way, depending on how much ground we have covered.
We will walk on the fairweather road for about half-hour before taking the trail to Syauli Bazaar, our stop for the night. Syauli Bazaar used to be a stop for trekkers before the road was built. There are a few lodges here; we can enjoy the solitude. You can go to the Modi River nearby during the afternoon.
We have an easy downhill and level walk on the fairweather road. We will be hiking parallel to the Modi River, passing by small hamlets all the way to Nayapul. We will board our waiting vehicle at Nayapul and be driven back to Pokhara. We will bid farewell to our support team either at Nayapul or at Pokhara.
We will check in to our hotel, and you have options of resting at the hotel or taking a walk by the many shops and cafes at Lakeside.
You have the option of going for a tandem paragliding session in the morning. We book you with the company that is owned by the National Geographic Adventurer of the 2012’s. He and his partner climbed Everest and paraglided from the Summit, and kayaked all the way to the Bay of Bengal.
In the afternoon you have a choice of doing a sightseeing tour of Devi’s fall, the Tibetan refugee camp, and the mountain museum or relax or go shopping.
We fly back to Kathmandu either in the morning or afternoon, and we give you the liberty to choose your preference.
You have the option of visiting Bhaktapur Durbar Square in the afternoon if you choose to fly back to Kathmandu in the morning. Bhaktapur is a world heritage site, and it is also called a living museum.
We can bring you to the Kathmandu Zoo so your children can have fun watching the animals and even go for an elephant ride in the morning. If they are not too tired, you can walk to the Patan Durbar Square – another World Heritage site. You can watch the artisans at work at Patan.
You will be brought to the airport three hours before your international flight time.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges during trekking on a twin sharing basis
- Responsible Adventures expert trek leader or Trek with Raj
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Insurance for crew and porters
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- Domestic airfare (where applicable)
- Boutique hotel in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis
- All transportation
- Complimentary T-shirt
- One assistant guide between four trekkers
- One porter between two trekkers
- Food for porters and crew members (We are one of less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility.)
- All permits
- All meals on the trek. The healthiest and most varied food on trekking holidays.
- International airport taxes
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Tips (suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only; leader’s tips at your discretion)
What’s included in the Nepal family holiday?
Twelve breakfasts, nine lunches, and nine dinners, flight Kathmandu/Pokhara, airport transfers, expert bilingual guide, group, boutique-quality accommodation in Kathmandu, two nights accommodation at a lovely resort in Chitwan, trek pack including trek kit bag, a complimentary T-shirt, private transportation, all park entrance fees, and trekking permits, porters to carry all personal and group equipment, porter’s insurance, sightseeing in Kathmandu, and all entry fees.
From 3 years old to some in their 70s, most of our clients have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
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