There's no need to put off trekking in the Himalayas until the kids have graduated from high school. Aside from the breathtaking scenery, cultural experiences, and wildlife encounters in store for you, here are some more compelling reasons to visit Nepal with your family.
Highlights of the Trek
- Employ porters to transport young infants.
- The wildlife in Nepal will fascinate children.
- Nepalis love children and will treat them well.
- Horseback riding may alleviate the strain on the legs while also adding a new layer of pleasure.
You'd never contemplate paying someone to carry your child on a trek anywhere else, but it's doable in Nepal. Horseback riding is also available in some regions. Furthermore, Nepalis are highly accommodating of children. Your children will most likely recall the pleasant people as well as the beautiful environment.
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Caption: Trekking with family in Nepal
Trekking in Nepal with children necessitates careful preparation, as some routes are far from highways and medical services. While some hard-core hikers have lamented the expansion of roads into the highlands, it also means that many sites are more linked — physically and in terms of emergency communication — than they were previously.
Enjoy Great Hikes With Family
Day hikes are ideal if you are short on time, have little children, or are unsure how older children would like a multi-day walk. Staying in Pokhara or Kathmandu allows you to visit sites near the city that offer beautiful views and fresh air while being able to return to the comfort of a hotel at night.
Here are a few excellent ideas to consider:
Shivapuri National Park
There are day-hiking paths to the north of Kathmandu, a monastery to visit, vistas of the city, and plenty of fresh air. Despite some high stone stairs, many of the routes in the park are calm and serene. The cheeky monkeys lounging about the monastery will keep the kids entertained.
Sanga-Panauti Community Hike
This new ten-kilometre easy trek winds through Tamang communities and concludes in Panauti. A welcome Community Homestay Initiative, providing home comforts for solitary or family travellers, can be found in this lovely ancient town.
The Shanti Stupa above Pokhara is the most straightforward short trek in the area. Begin the journey by taking a boat across the lake and then walking up through the trees.
Hike up to Sarangkot, where the paragliders take off for a higher vantage point. The views are spectacular in both directions, with views of the lake and city on one side and the Annapurna Himalaya on the other.
Trekking with your family in the Annapurna Region
The Poon Hill Trek (3-5 days) (maximum height 3210 meters) is one of Nepal's most famous treks due to its spectacular vistas and easy access from Pokhara, as well as adequate infrastructure along the way. Although there are some steep steps, this is not a strenuous hike. There are excellent (albeit simple) lodges along the path, and teahouses provide a variety of cuisines. The walk itself is enjoyable, bringing you past small communities and rhododendron woodland.
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Caption: Trekking with kids in the Annapurna Region
The Annapurna Community Homestay trip culminates in Mohare Danda, is a comparable but less popular option (3320 meters). It offers nearly identical vistas, geography, and culture, but without the people. Homey amenities are provided via a network of homestays and community lodges. The walk is not physically demanding and can be completed in five days.
The Royal Trek (famously named because Prince Charles hiked this path in the 1980s) is a lower-altitude option (1700 meters). The three- to four-day trip begins north of Pokhara Valley and travels through Gurung communities. Views of the Annapurnas may be seen along the way, and the climb concludes at Begnas Lake, a tranquil alternative to Pokhara's more developed lakeshore.
Trekking with your family in the Everest region
There are more lodging alternatives in the Everest area than in many other places of Nepal. If you wish for a higher degree of comfort for your family, premium lodges such as Everest Summit Lodges and Yeti Mountain Home are available.
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Caption: Parents trekking with their kids in their backs
Although the complete Everest Base Camp journey is difficult, other shorter routes allow you to hike through the Sagarmatha National Park, learn about Sherpa culture, and marvel at the world's tallest mountains. The walk from Namche Bazaar to Thame, for example, takes five days, whereas the trek to Tengboche takes seven. Both walks keep below 4,000 meters in elevation.
Consider a horse journey to keep small legs from becoming tired.
Mustang is an excellent destination for horseback riding. Because the location is in the Himalayan rain shadow, the soil is barren and arid, and Tibetan culture. Fly from Pokhara to Jomsom, the entry point to the Lower Mustang region. Horse journeys of roughly 17 days are expected from here. The aim is to reach Lo Manthang, an old walled city in Upper Mustang's restricted territory.
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Caption: Trekking with family riding a horse
Hundreds of horses were traditionally herded to and from Lo Manthang each year before the arrival of winter. The four-legged animals make the steep, rocky terrain more approachable. Lo Manthang is 3,780 meters above sea level.
Consider the Langtang region, which is closer to Kathmandu, for a shorter, lower-altitude horse journey. While the mountains in this area are not as high as those in other regions of the nation (about 6,000 and 7,000 meters), they are nevertheless magnificent, especially when the Langtang Valley opens up. Children will have a great time spotting yaks.
Best tips for trekking with children
Hire a tour guide. Even if you're a fiercely independent tourist, trekking without a guide is often not worth the danger. Furthermore, guides are pretty inexpensive compared to the entire cost of your vacation.
Choose the appropriate journey. Children under the age of four may be readily carried, and older children may be able to walk considerable distances (maybe quicker than you! ), but those from four to eight may struggle the most. They're too big to carry but too tiny to walk far. (In such instances, consider a horseback ride.)
Think about your abilities. Will you be too exhausted to enjoy yourself if you plan to carry your child? You may do this by hiring a porter.
Bring additional materials with you. When travelling with children, it's usually a good idea to bring extra food, plenty of water (camel packs are ideal), and other items such as sunscreen. Card games, travel games, pens, pencils and paper for evenings in the lodges are also enjoyable to have. Remember, there are no televisions in these locations! (Which is the point anyway).
Equipment. Make sure your child's boots are entirely worn in to avoid blisters.