Nepal Family Trek
- Trip Code: N-FT-10
- Destination: Nepal
- Season: From Sept to May
- Max Altitude: 3210 meters/ 10531 feet
- Trip Starts/Ends: Kathmandu/Kathmandu
- Transportation: Private Car and Tourist Coach
- Accomodation: Standard hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara & Tea-house in Trekking
- Trip Grade: Moderate
- Trip Attraction: Culture, Himalayas & Wildlife, Wieieieieieies
Nepal Family Trek is a hiking vacation for the family with children. Any family with kids who are used to doing short hill walking can join this fascinating journey. In Nepal, there are lots of trekking trails but here the suggested program is trekking to Poon Hill in Annapurna. Poonhill is renown as a low elevation fantastic route for a majestic view of the Himalayas with distinctive villages, rhododendron forest, mountain streams and local’s warm hospitality.
Nepal Family trek includes a short comfortable walk for 4 to 6 hours each day. The gateway of this trekking is Pokhara. It is 200 km west of Kathmandu and reachable by drive or flight. From Pokhara after 1 hour of drive to Nayapul, the trekking starts along the bank of Modi Khola (stream).
After arriving at Birethanti village the trail climbs steadily up the side and reaches another village called Tikhe Dhunga. Then, the ascent continues getting to villages of Banthanti and Ghorepani through forests of pine and rhododendrons. In the season of blooming rhododendron trees, these forests actually turn into gardens of luminously beautiful flowers mostly in red color. You stop for night halts in Tikhe Dhunga, Banthanti, and Ghorepani.
Early in the morning from Ghorepani, you hike to Poonhill, one of the best viewpoints for sunrise over the Himalayas. From here you can see the beautiful Himalayan range of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and Lamjung. Leaving Ghorepani, the trail again follows the pine and rhododendron forest and passes few other villages called Tadapani and Ghandruk. In Ghandruk it’s really rewarding to visit of Gurung Museum.
With dazzling views of Mt. Fish Tail, Mt. Annapurna South and Mt. Himchuli from Ghandruk the trail follows downhill all the way to Birethanti then to Nayapul. Finally, the trekking ends at Naya Pul. After that, you drive to Pokhara and then to Kathmandu. The sightseeing in Pokhara and Kathmandu provides extra relish to this family trip.
About Package Price of Nepal Family Trek
Excellent Himalaya Trek and Expedition always offer the best and competitive price for the trip of Everest Family Trek. The package price of the family holiday will be different for parents and children. The cost of the child will be according to their age. For the price, you simply send us an inquiry with a number of children and their age. We hear back to you with the price including the list of service within 24 hours.
About Trip Date of Nepal Family Trek
The best time of Nepal Family Trek is from Mid Sept to Mid Dec and from Mid Feb to end of May. During this period day time is sunny and warm with outstanding views. In this trip, you go for hiking in Annapurna mountain zone. Trekking to Annapurna in winter (Dec, Jan, and Feb) is also possible but temperature during winter could be harsh for most people. Trekking in the summer season (June, July, and Aug) will be affected by rain/monsoon but the summer trek could be an advantage for a keen botanist. The trip date of Nepal Family Trek will be on any date which you feel comfortable. We organize this trekking tour as your private trip.
About Optional Activities for Nepal Family Trek
Nepal Family Trek 12 days is a magnificent family hiking trip in Nepal. You can make it further exciting by joining in extra activities/ side trips. As the interest of people is different from each other, we have put these extra activities as optional tours. They are not included in your package cost. On your request, we offer you. The list of optional activities is displayed in right column.
Besides Annapurna, we also organize family trekking in Everest, Langtang and other regions of Nepal. For any further information and queries about family trip in Nepal, please feel free to contact us.
You will be met our Tour officer and he will escort you to the hotel. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
Distance 205 km. Driving 5 to 6 hours. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.
Driving 1 hour 30 minutes. Walking 3 hour 30 minutes. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Walking 3 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Walking 3 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Walking 6 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Walking 4 hours. O/n at Mountain Lodge.
Walking 4 hours. Driving 1 hour 30 minutes. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.
Visit of David Fall, Mahadev Cave, Seti River Gorge, International Mountain Museum and Fewa Lake. O/n at hotel in Pokhara.
Distance: 205 km. Driving: 5 to 6 hours. Rest of day at leisure. O/n at hotel in Kathmandu.
Visit of World Heritage Places in Kathmandu (Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath & Boudhanath). Evening farewell dinner with Nepali Cultural show. O/n Hotel in Kathmandu.
Our tour officer will drop you at international airport and see you off. End of Service. Or You may take optional side tours.
In Nepal Family Trekking, you trek to Poonhill, one of the most popular trekking trails in Annapurna Himalayan region. The best season and most favored time of Annapurna is during autumn (From mid-September till mid-December) and in spring (from the beginning of March to until mid-May). During this period day time is sunny and warm with outstanding views. At this time the temperature in the day is between 10 C to 30 C. The nights are often cold with a temperature between 5 C to 0 C. In winter (Dec, Jan, Feb) Poon Hill Trekking is also possible but temperature during winter could be harsh for most people. Trekking in the summer season (June, July, Aug) will be affected by rain/monsoon but the Summer trek could be an advantage for a keen botanist.
All foreign nationals except Indian Nationals are required to arrange a visa in order to enter Nepal. A Nepalese Visa can be obtained either prior to your arrival at a Nepalese embassy abroad or on arrival time in Kathmandu at the airport. But nationals from Afghanistan, Iraq, Cameroon, Ghana, Somalia, Swaziland, Palestine, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Liberia cannot secure the Nepalese Visa upon arrival. The Visa can be also taken at entry points at Nepalese borders. For Nepalese Visa it requires your passport with at least six months validity, recent digital photo (size: 1.5″ x 1.5″) and the following fees either in USD dollars cash or the equivalent local currency:
|Multiple entry||15 days||US$ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||30 days||US$ 40 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
|Multiple entry||90 days||US$ 100 or equivalent Nepalese currency|
We would offer you the meeting and greeting service in Kathmandu International Airport on your arrival time. For this, you need to pass us your International flight details at least 2 days before your arrival date in Kathmandu. After you get down from the aircraft you just pass on the Customs and come out of the Terminal building where you will see our tour officer standing with your name board. He will greet and welcome you with auspicious Garland and escort you to the hotel.
Poon Hill Trekking does not require tremendous logistics in terms of accommodation as you will find plenty of clean and friendly lodges along the trail. Lodges typically offer a room with a wooden bed with a simple mattress or foam pad, a cotton pillow, and a blanket or quilt. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge. We will accommodate you and your group in local lodge available each day. We send a porter ahead of us to book the required rooms for you (here rooms cannot be booked in advance).
In the case of Kathmandu and Pokhara, we offer you tourist standard hotel under 3-star categories unless it is mentioned otherwise or clients have a special choice.
In the trail of Poon Hill Trekking, it’s commonly available for Authentic Nepali meal: Dal Bhat (rice with lentils soup and seasonable vegetables), noodles, pasta, chapatis, eggs, French fries, porridge, and muesli. The restaurant of lodges also serves Tibetan foods like momo, thukpa, chowmein, along with pizza, spring rolls, pancake and another continental as well as Indian foods.
Tea and hot lemon are traditionally the main drinks on the trail though coffee is found everywhere. Bottled soft drinks, bottled water, and even beer are common along the route but the price of each bottle rises each day when you move upward.
The trekking team who will go with you is the most significant thing that makes your Poon Hill Trekking successful, enjoyable and memorable. We would provide you skilled, experienced, courteous, knowledgeable and helpful trekking guide and porters. The trekking guide leads you on the trail and brief you all the about this route and porters carry your luggage. Our all trekking guides are carefully selected in terms of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and their knowledge about local culture, ecosystem, geography, flora and fauna, and history. With aim of sustaining local communities, we only employ local people as trekking guide and porter. Our all trekking guides are certified by Nepal Government, Ministry of Tourism. We manage trekking team such a way that one trekking guide in each group and porters like one porter for two trekkers.
During the trek, your main luggage will be carried by porters or pack animals (usually yaks or cross breeds). You simply carry a day pack with water bottle, camera, sunscreen, spare jacket, etc. – a small load that allows full enjoyment of the trek. A trek bag is ideal for your main luggage, plus a small lockable bag for travel clothes or anything that you do not need during trek which you can leave at hotel’s locker room in Kathmandu for free of charge.
Every morning, first of all, packing your bags and then have a hearty breakfast at the lodge restaurant. Then set off on the day’s walk. After walking for 3-4 hours you all stop for lunch in local restaurant. Then continue walking to your destination. After lunch, it’s the only couple of hours walking. You usually arrive at your destination in the time of afternoon tea. Check in at the lodge. The rest of the day is at leisure. At the free time, you may explore surrounding village, be doing a bit of washing or simply relax by reading books and writing the diary. On some days you will arrive at your destination by lunch time and entire after noon will be free. Most people also spend free time by playing cards and other games reliving the day’s adventures. Then in the evening have a dinner and you will be briefed by your trekking guide about your next day’s walking and then go to your bed for well-earned sleep.
Poon Hill Trekking is an easy trek suitable for any passionate walkers who able to walk 4 to 5 hours a day with a light day pack. Walking in higher altitudes is more physically demanding than walking in lower altitudes; however, if you are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have a positive attitude, self-confidence, and strong determination, you can do this trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior to the trip is a good idea to enhance your strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but not compulsorily required for this trip. It is vital for participants with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood diseases to consult their doctor before taking the trip.
At high elevations, the combination of reduced oxygen and lower atmospheric pressure can produce a variety of unpredictable effects on the body, known collectively as Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is also commonly known as Altitude Sickness. Everyone who treks over 3500 m experiences some mild symptoms of AMS like slowness, dizziness, headache, nausea, loss of appetite, shortness of breath, racing pulse, disturbed sleep and swelling of the hands and feet but serious cases are very rare. The golden rule of prevention from Altitude Sickness doesn’t walk too fast at altitude, drink plenty of liquids, eating well, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding alcohol. If in case you feel any mentioned symptoms the simple cure is to move down (descend) and you shouldn’t ascend further until you start feeling better. To treat AMS there is also available medication Acetazolamide (better known under the brand name Diamox). The dosage is 250 mg every twelve hours. Diamox improves respiration at altitude and can, therefore, accelerate acclimatization. Some doctors recommend a preventive dose (125 mg twice a day) for people trekking at high elevations. At the time of trekking our trekking team always guides you to prevent from Altitude Sickness and they always have Diamox along with first aid kit.
We believe casualty and a serious sickness will not happen on the trip. If it happens we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital. Since all the expenses incurred in evacuation liable to you please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu.
We strongly advise you to take travel insurance before joining a tour which should cover medical expenses, emergency repatriation and helicopter evacuation at high altitude places and loss of your luggage. We would request you to bring your insurance documents when you come to Nepal.
The following list is a guide line to help you pack for your trekking. The weight limit for your luggage is 15 kg or 33 pounds. Remember that your luggage will be carried by our porter. However, you are required to carry a small day- pack with your valuables or anything important. We advise you pack only what is necessary.
Important Items : Airline tickets; Valid passport; 2 extra passport size photos; Photocopy of your passport; Insurance paper; Dollars, Pounds or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying at restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks and to purchase your own drinks and gifts; Credit Card (Visa/ Master Card) for withdrawing cash from cash machines if needs.
For Head: Sun Hat; Bandana or head scarf; Headlamp with extra batteries; Sun Glasses with UV protection.
For Upper Body: Shirts (1 half sleeve and 2 long sleeves); Light weight thermal tops; Fleece Jacket or Wool Sweater; Wind Cheater jacket; Down Jacket
For Lower Body: 1 pair of lightweight thermal bottoms; 1 pair of fleece or woolen trousers; 1 pair of waterproof shell pants and 1 pair of hiking trousers.
For Hands: 1 pair of lightweight wool or fleece gloves and 1 pair of lightweight poly-liner gloves.
For Feet: 2 pairs of thin inner socks; 2 pairs of poly or wool socks; 1 pair of Hiking boots (sturdy soles, water resistant, ankle support); 1 pair of running shoes and/or sandals.
Other Useful Items: 1 sleeping bag (good to -20 degrees C or 28 degrees F); Rucksack and Travel Bags; 1 large duffel bag *; A small daypack/backpack for carrying your valuables; Small padlocks for duffel- bags; 2 large waterproof rucksack covers (optional), Digital camera; 2 water bottles (1 liter each); disposable rubbish sacks; Toiletries: 1 medium-sized quick drying towel; Toothbrush/paste; Multi-purpose soap; Deodorants; Nail clippers; Face and body moisturizer; Tissue /toilet roll; hiking poles, snack food (chocolate/ biscuits); umbrella; reading book or pack of cards (for leisure time during trekking).
Medical: Your daily taking medicine if any; small personal first aid kit; Aspirin, plasters (band-aids); Sunscreen; lip balms; Anti-diarrhea pills; Anti-headache pills; A cough and/or cold medicine; Anti-altitude sickness pills: Diamox or Acetylzolamide; Stomach antibiotic: Ciprofloxacin.
Note: * mark item we will provide you in service. If any items are not available in your home town you can buy in Trekking Store in Kathmandu before you embark for trekking.
The itinerary for each trip should be taken as a guideline only. Depending on the situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of trip ending should always coincide with the original itinerary.
Kindly keep in mind that sometimes unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original.
Naturally Annapurna Region is so beautiful but equally, it is fragile as well. Increasing population density and numbers of trekkers threaten the very beauty of this area. We at Silver Himalaya Adventures are extremely conscious about protecting its beautiful natural environment and preserving the fascinating local culture. We are doing our level best to minimize our impact as much as possible. Our all trekking guides and porters are well trained and motivated to following guide lines of responsible tourism and eco-friendly tourism. In trekking, they also advise you do’s and don’ts to minimize your impact on the local environment.
In addition to your Trekking trip, you can join in various side Trips in Nepal like a cultural tour of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jungle Safari in National Park, White Water Rafting in Himalayan Rivers, Golfing, Adventure activities like Bungee Jumping, Altra Light Flight, Paragliding, Jeep flyer etc. You also can extend your trip to neighboring Himalayan Countries: Bhutan, Tibet, Sikkim (India) which seems more appealing to you. On your request, we will give you the detail of the side trips.