Trekking or hiking with family is one of the most popular outdoor activities in Nepal. Nepal can be the perfect destination for your family vacation. Nepal offers various holiday options for you to spend some quality time with your family.
Here you will get an opportunity to explore the diverse Nepali culture, rich heritages, and remote villages. You can choose among activities such as cultural tours, religious tours, Jungle Safari, Royal Trek, and day tours.
Trekking in the Himalayan region with your family will need special planning.
You will need to select the trek routes very carefully. It is because there is a high risk of altitude sickness while travelling with children. They will not be able to acclimatize in a short period of time.
Also, medical attention is not available easily at higher elevations.
The day tour is one of the best options when travelling with family. If you have young children, you can go for a day tour to explore the local places and traditional temples. In day tours, you can also explore UNESCO listed world heritage sites in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan.
For more adventure, you can try jungle safari, bungee jumping, bird watching, or paragliding.
Royal trekking can be another good option for family trekking as it is a short trek. It will allow you to capture the views of scenic mountains, blend in with the locals and their culture.
This trek takes place at a low altitude. It is easy to access and offers local services. This trek is suitable for all age groups from elders to kids.
In Nepal, family trekking is open during most seasons. But, Autumn (mid-September to mid-December) and Spring (March to May) are still the best seasons for trekking. Generally, by October and November, the monsoon will have stopped. This means the sky becomes clearer and the mountain views are more dramatic.
One Day Family Trekking in Nepal (Hiking)
In today’s busy world, many people prefer short trips to long vacations. In this type of situation, you can choose one-day hiking destinations for trekking. There are different options for day hikes which you and your family can enjoy:
Day Hiking to Shivapuri
Day hiking to Shivapuri is a short, easy and family friendly one day hike. This hike is very adventurous and fun. During the hike, you will get a chance to view mountain peaks such as Ganesh Himal, Rolwaling, Manaslu, Langtang and Jugal Himal.
You will also get familiar with both Buddhist and Hindu cultures.
Day Hiking to Nagarjuna
Nagarjuna is another perfect day hike for families. The hike consists of climbing the slopes of Nagarjuna Hills. At the summit, there is a Buddhist Gompa and a view tower.
The view tower will give you a spectacular view of Kathmandu Valley and snow capped mountains on the northern side. You can hike any time of day as the trail lies under the shade of trees.
Day Hiking to Champadevi
Champadevi lies in the south west of Kathmandu and Lalitpur district. At first, you have to take a short drive to Hattiban Resort. From here, the hike will start until you reach the top of the ridge at 2,285m.
At the end of the hike, you will get a picturesque view of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Mt. Annapurna, Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang range and the Kathmandu Valley.
Day Hiking to Phulchowki
Phulchowki hill is one of the highest hills of Kathmandu Valley. Hiking at Phulchowki starts from Godavari (Botanical Garden). It is surrounded by dense forests, which is home to different flora and fauna.
On the top of the hill lies Phulchowki Mai, also known as the guardian goddess. From the top, you get a clear view of the Valley, small green hills, and typical Nepalese villages
Multi-Day Family Trekking in Nepal
In Nepal, there are various trekking options for the family.Here are some selected trekking routes for family trekking in Nepal, suitable for all age groups.
Everest Panorama Family Trekking
Everest Panorama Trekking is one of the most popular family trekking destinations in the Everest Region. This short trek offers a close-up view of Mt.Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Amadablam, Khongde Himal, Thamserku and Khumbila.
Everest Trekking starts with a flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Phakding is the first stop after Lukla.
Next destination is Namche Bazaar. It is a beautiful Sherpa village where you will get enough time for acclimatization.
You will explore Khumjung village for a day. This village is one of the oldest villages in the Khumbu region.
There are wider options for accommodation in the Everest region. If you want better comfort for your family, you can choose luxury lodges such as Yeti Mountain Home or Everest Summit Lodges.
Jomsom Muktinath Family Trekking
Jomsom Muktinath Family Trekking is one of the most interesting treks for family adventures. The trekking route includes some beautiful locations like Kagbeni, Marpha, Jomsom, and Muktinath.
Jomsom, a beautiful windy Valley lies in the rain shadows of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Jomsom is the district headquarter of Mustang District. Here you can enjoy the hospitality of Thakali people as well.
From Jomsom, you can enjoy the view of Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks. Jomsom Muktinath Trek is also known for pilgrimage trekking trail in Nepal. This pilgrimage site has equal importance for both Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Family Trekking
Ghorepani Poon Hill Family Trekking is another best trekking destinations for family travellers. This treks lies in the Annapurna region of western Nepal. This is an attractive trek for family travellers both naturally and culturally.
This trek offers you an amazing view of mountains, icy waterfalls, and sub-tropical valleys. The trail will lead you through a dense forest of orchids, Rhododendron and Magnolia. Your children will also get an impressive view of different species of birds and animals.
To reach Poon Hill you should cross Tikhedhunga and Ghorepani. Ghorepani is a typical Magar village.
During the trek, you will also visit Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the famous Gurung villages in the county. You will become more familiar with Gurung culture and traditions.
This trekking route is famous as a family trekking route as there is less risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).
Mardi Himal Family Trekking
Mardi Himal Family Trekking is another perfect holiday destination for family trekking.
This trekking trail lies in the Annapurna region. It is one of the shortest trekking routes in Nepal. This is a newly opened trek, so it is less crowded.
The Mardi Himal trekking starts from Kande (1770m) and ends at the Mardi Himal Base Camp (4500m). At the high camp (3900m) you can enjoy the breathtaking views of different snow-capped mountains. During this trek, you will experience both adventure and peace.
Mardi Himal trek is suitable for all kind of trekkers as it is comparatively easy than other routes.
During the trek, you can explore Mt. Fishtail, Rhododendron forests, local villages, and farms.
Mardi Himal is also famous for the yaks and sheep. Your children will definitely enjoy watching these local animals.
Special Tips for Family Trekking in Nepal
- You will need to plan your trip carefully. The trekking route should have easy access to accommodation, food, and medical facilities.
- You are advised not to take young children above 4000m due to high risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). \
- You should only trek in a favorable weather.
- For family trekking, it is better to hire guides or porters. A Guide or porter will help you to take care of your child/ children.
- When travelling with family, it is always smart to carry extra supplies of food and water. Extra items like medicines or sun protection are also preferred.
Travelling with the family is a unique experience in itself. Family Trekking in Nepal is one of the best ways to introduce your family, including children to a completely new cross cultural exchange. Thus, it can give you a wonderful opportunity to explore different cultures, languages, and lifestyles.
epal is emerging as a family trekking destination in Asia. It is due to our wide scope and variability in trekking trails. It is also the most suitable location for beginners and travellers with children.
So, if you are thinking about family trekking, Nepal is definitely your best choice destination. You will get the best of experiences in nature, culture and valuable family time.
Some higher elevation trekking above 4000m is not recommended to small children below 6years. As there will be certain risks like high altitude sickness and which even turn to be fatal.
Considering all these things we have designed some wonderful trips which are short and don’t go too high. Above designed family trekking itinerary can be customized as per family member choice.
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