Exploring the Himalayas with Kid: The best family treks in Nepal

The best family treks in Nepal

Nepal offers some of the most gorgeous landscapes in the world, and trekking and hiking is the best way to experience it. You can enjoy the snow-capped mountain peaks, lush forests, terraced farmlands, and typical Nepali and mountain villages. All of these elements will give you a real taste of the local culture of Nepal. Here are many types of trekking routes – for individuals, and groups, and some of those routes are considered the best family treks in Nepal.

It’s also a great way to spend quality time together as a family, away from the distractions of modern life. While trekking with your family, normally you will be away from the internet and other forms of modern technology. So that trekking together with allow you to focus on spending quality time with each other.

Trekking and hiking in Nepal’s Himalayas can also be a great way to upgrade physical and mental well-being. It is a countryside venture which can improve our overall health and fitness. The beautiful and peaceful environment of the Mountains also provides an opportunity to relax and rejuvenate.

Moreover, trekking with a guide and porter can provide an opportunity for children to learn and exchange the culture, traditions, and history of Nepal. And also provide an opportunity to importance of being environmentally and socially conscious. 

The guide will also be able to provide the right information about the local culture, tradition, religion, places, flora, and fauna. As well as give the kids a good time to learn about the culture and the lifestyle of the local people. 

Nepal is a beautiful country with a wide variety of trekking options for families. These are some popular trekking routes for families in Nepal or the best family treks in Nepal.

Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

This trek is also known as the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. It is a great option for families with their children, as it is relatively easy and provides spectacular views of the Annapurna and other mountain ranges. The Annapurna Base Camp trek will take trekkers through beautiful mountain landscapes, lush forests, and traditional Himalayan villages

The trek typically takes 7 to 14 days to complete, depending on the itinerary and the pace of the trekkers. However, if you are doing this trek with family then it might take more days. The highest elevation during this trek is around 4130 meters at the Annapurna Base Camp

A typical itinerary for the Annapurna Base Camp trek might look like this:

Day 1: Drive to Nayapul and trek to Ullery (1950m)

Day 2: Trek from Ullery to Ghorepani (2874m)

Day 3: Hike to Poon Hill (3210m) and trek to Tadapani (2630m)

Day 4: Trek to Chomrong (2170m)

Day 5: Trek to Dovan (2505m)

Day 6: Trek from to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) 

Day 7: Trek to Bamboo(2280m)

Day 8: Trek to Jhinu Danda

Day 9: Trek to Siwi and drive to Pokhara

Day 10: Drive back to Kathmandu

This is the basic itinerary of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtang Valley Trek is another perfect option for families with their children. The trek takes you through beautiful forests, typical mountain villages, and stunning mountain vistas. Langtang trek can be completed in approximately 7 -10 days, and the highest altitude during this trek is around 4,500 meters.

The Langtang Valley Trek takes you through the Langtang National Park, which is home the home for various types of flora and fauna, including the elusive red panda. The trek offers stunning views of the Langtang Lirung, the highest mountain in the Langtang Himalayan Range.

As well as a glimpse into the unique culture, tradition and daily lifestyle of the Tamang community, who live in this region. With these all factors considered Langtang Valley Trek is one of the great family treks in Nepal,s Himalayas.

A typical itinerary for the Langtang Valley Trek might include the following:

Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (1,460m/4,790ft)

Day 2: Trek from Syabrubesi to Lama Hotel (2,380m/7,830ft)

Day 3: Trek from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village (3,430m/11,250ft)

Day 4: Trek from Langtang Village to Kyanjin Gompa (3,870m/12,700ft)

Day 5: Day 6: Rest day in Kyanjin Gompa

Day 6: Trek from Kyanjin Gompa to Lama Hotel

Day 7: Trek from Lama Hotel to Syabrubesi

Day 8: Drive back to Kathmandu

Poon Hill Trek – One of the best family treks in Nepal for younger children.

The Poon Hill Trek is a shorter trek and this is one of the best family treks in Nepal. The trek can do in just 4 to 5 days, and the highest elevation is around 3,210 meters. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek offers great scenery of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountain ranges and is a great introduction to trekking in Nepal. Poon Hill Trek is a very popular short trek in Nepal that offers astonishing views of the Annapurna Mountain range. 

It is a great option for families because it is comparatively very easy and doesn’t require any prior trekking experience. The walking trail is well-marked and easy to navigate, and the altitude gain is gradual. Therefore, this trek is fitting for people of all ages. There are very good lodge/tea houses with normal and western toilets for night stays. If you wish to have a more comfortable and easier trek you can take a porter and guide. They can be very handy in many places. 

The trek also passes through beautiful rhododendron forests and traditional Magar and Gurung villages, which is a super way for families to experience the local culture and natural beauty of Nepal. Overall, the Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is an excellent trek in Nepal for families who want to experience the delight of trekking in the Himalayas of Nepal.

Here is a suggested itinerary for the Poon Hill Trek:

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1,080m) and trek to Ulleri (1950m)

Day 2: Ulleri to Ghorepani (2,850m)

Day 3: Early morning visit to Poon Hill (3,210m) to see the sunrise over the Annapurna Mountain range, and then trek to Tadapani (2,610m)

Day 4: Tadapani to Ghandruk (1,940m) drive back to Pokhara

Mardi Himal Trek 

The Mardi Himal Trek is a relatively short and newly opened trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. Mardi Himal Trek is one of the best family treks in Nepal because it is relatively short, making it less physically demanding than some of the other trekking trails in the Annapurna region. 

Additionally, this trek offers beautiful views of the Himalayas, surrounding landscapes, and rhododendron forests. And give families the opportunity to see a wide range of flora and fauna.

It is also important to note that the trails are well-maintained and the teahouses are good enough and family-friendly. So that Mardi Himal Trek can make for a safer and more enjoyable experience for families.

The standard itinerary for the trek typically takes about 5-6 days and involves a total distance of approximately 40 miles (65 km).

Day 1: Drive to Kande and trek to Australian Camp.

Day 2: Trek from Australian Camp to Forest Camp.

Day 3: Trek from Forest Camp to High Camp.

Day 4: Trek to Mardi Himal Base Camp and back to High Camp.

Day 5: Trek from High Camp to Siding Village.

Day 6: Drive back to Pokhara. 

Upper Mustang Trek with kids

The best family treks in Nepal

The Upper Mustang trek is an amazing and culturally very rich region of Nepal. Mustang region is the home of numerous monasteries, caves, stupas, and other cultural attractions. It is also called the “Last Forbidden Himalayan Kingdom” due to the fact that the Upper part of the Mustang remained forbidden until 1992.

The Mustang Trek offers a breathtaking view of mountain peaks like Annapurna, Nilgiri, and Dhaulagiri as well as many others. Trek to Upper Mustang is a culturally rich, comparatively easy trek in Nepal. So the Upper Mustang Trek is one of the best family treks in Nepal that you can do with your loved one.

The Upper Mustang possesses an exotic beauty that cannot be found anywhere else on earth except perhaps in your dreams! During this trek, your kids will get to explore the local culture and traditions of the Mustang region. As well as visit some of the historical monasteries in different villages.

Trekking is an amazing experience for both parents and kids. So, we have come up with some reasons why this is the best trek for families

Lower altitude makes acclimatization easier for children

The lower elevation of the Upper Mustang allows for easier acclimatization for children. The highest point will be just 4200m above sea level. You will be able to spend more time at higher altitudes,(between 3000m to 4000m) which means the risk of getting sick from the cold and altitude is fewer.

The route has less elevation gain

The route has less elevation gain each day, which means you can take your time and enjoy the views. Upper Mustang Trek is also not as difficult as other treks, so the Mustang Trek is suitable for people of all ages.

The route does not have steep steps which are difficult for small kids to climb especially when they are tired from walking all day long.

In Mustang Region, the walking trails are not very steep up and down in the normal route. And there are villages and accommodation and fooding available in that villages. So that this trekking route is suitable for kids as well.

Click here for the details Upper Mustang Trek Itinerary

The best time to go on a trek here is from May to October making it easier for children who do not want to miss school days

Upper Mustang Trek can do in three different seasons. Spring (March, April, and May) Summer season (June, July, and August), and Autumn season (September, October, and November). Weather is also perfect for trekking during these months and you can enjoy the trek with your entire family outdoors.

In conclusion,

Overall, trekking with your family in Nepal can be a unique, challenging, and rewarding experience that you will treasure forever. Traveling with your family in Nepal can be a great way to bond and create lasting memories together.

As a trekking guide, I guided many families on various trekking trails and gave them the best trekking experience in Nepal with their families.

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