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5 Best Family Treks in Nepal

Family treks in Nepal are getting popular over the years because of the diverse experiences and the affectionate hospitality offered in the mountains of Nepal.

Sambandha Malla
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best family treks in Nepal

Family treks in Nepal are getting popular over the years because of the diverse experiences and the affectionate hospitality offered in the mountains of Nepal. There are various trekking areas in Nepal that best accommodate a family and are not so strenuous but offer an amazing adventure. The hospitality and warmth of the local hospitality along with the wonderful mountain atmosphere is the best part of trekking with the family in Nepal. 

The family treks in Nepal are the best ways to spend time with family in an ever-busy and entangled lifestyle. In these years, family treks are getting more popular because of the wholesome experiences a family gets. This is also a wonderful way to strengthen the family bond together and it provides a good opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones. 

Trekking with the family requires additional measures to maintain a healthy standard. The trekking becomes a little more tender especially when the children are involved. So, enquiring a trusted company to arrange the trip is important more specifically if you are in a foreign land. However, the Nepalese people and their hospitality, their compassion towards the families and their friendliness make the experience worthwhile. Still, having a good guide and porter ensures your trip to be a wonderful venture that will be filled with only good memories.

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    Family Treks in Nepal

    List of the Best Family Treks in Nepal

    1. Annapurna Circuit Trek

    1. Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

    1. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

    1. Langtang Valley Trek

    1. Everest Base Camp Trek

    Family treks in Nepal offer an impeccable opportunity for kids to learn about different cultures and traditions and a diverse range of geography. These types of trips are not only fruitful for kids, but it also becomes a perfect time to spend quality time with family while gathering the memories together. 

    The northern part of Nepal boasts a wonderful Himalayan landscape. The high mountain vistas, valleys and Himalayan culture and traditions are best explored during the trekking activities. It also caters for trekkers with the best experiences while gaining elevations and exploring the remote mountain villages. 

    Some of the best suitable family treks in Nepal are Ghorepani Poonhill trek, Khopra Ridge Trek, Mohare danda community lodge trek, Ghandruk trek, Naudanda trek, Annapurna circuit trek, Annapurna Sanctuary trek, Annapurna Base Camp trek etc. in the Annapurna region. In the Everest region, the Everest Base Camp Trek and Gokyo Lakes Trek are the best family treks in Nepal. The Langtang Gosaikunda trek is a popular trek in the Langtang region. Also, there are various trekking trails in the western and eastern part of Nepal. Here, we’ll be providing brief information about the most revered and convenient trekking routes for families in Nepal.

    Annapurna Circuit Trek

    Annapurna Circuit Trek is a classical trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal. The mind-blowing landscapes including the highest Thorangla Pass at 5416 meters and the arid beauty of Mustang district are the major attractions of the trek. 

    Apart from the diverse range of geography, the Annapurna circuit trek is proven to be the most fascinating trekking route offering the jaw-dropping vistas of Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Manaslu, Gangapurna, Tilicho Peak, Tukuche Peak, Nilgiri and  Pisang Peak.

    Trekking Area

    Annapurna Conservation Area Project

    Duration

    10-15 Days

    Difficulty

    Moderate

    Maximum elevation

    5416 m. at Thorong La Pass

    Trek Type

    Teahouse

    Walking hours

    6-7 hours per day

    Trek starting point

    Dharapani

    Trek ending point

    Muktinath

    Permits

    ACAP and TIMS

    Best Time to Trek

    Spring Season (March, April, May)

    Autumn Season (Sept, Oct, Nov)

    This trekking area lies in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project and is truly an incredible trek for families. Strolling around the rural mountain villages while exploring the very pristine and best-preserved culture and lifestyle provides a mindblowing opportunity to witness distinct culture and traditions and the mountains. 

    It is a wonderful learning experience for the kids as well. Not so difficult and doable trekking trails and well-maintained accommodation facilities throughout the trail makes it convenient and easy in comparison to other off the beaten path treks in Nepal. 

    Annapurna Circuit Trek Itinerary

    Day 1

    Drive to Dharapani

    Day 2

    Trek to Koto

    Day 3

    Trek to Upper Pisang

    Day 4

    Trek to Manang

    Day 5

    Acclimatization in Manang

    Day 6

    Trek to Yak Kharka

    Day 7

    Trek to Thorong Phedi

    Day 8

    Trek to Muktinath via Thorong La Pass

    Day 9

    Trek to Jomsom

    Day 10

    Fly to Pokhara, Drive to Kathmandu

    The trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar and Dharapani. Dharapani is the trek starting point of the Annapurna Circuit trek. From Dharapani, you will trek to Koto passing through the beautiful villages and lush greenery at 2650 m. 

    After reaching Koto, the next day of the trek will be to Upper Pisang. From Upper Pisang, you will trek to the largest village of Annapurna region, Manang and stay an extra night there and explore the surrounding areas. 

    The further trail passes through Yak Kharka and Thorong Phedi to reach Muktinath after crossing Thorong La Pass. From Muktinath, you will trek to Jomsom to take a flight to Pokhara valley. A drive from Pokhara will take you back to the Kathmandu valley. 

    Ghorepani Poon hill Trek

    Ghorepani Poon hill Trek is a short and mini trekking trail of Nepal. Situated at an elevation of 3210 m, Poonhill is the best place to witness the high Himalayan ranges, sunrise views and wonderful atmosphere. It is also popular as Annapurna Sunrise Trek because of the best views of sunrise and the Himalayan panorama it offers. 

    Poonhill is the highest elevation and the major attraction of the trek. From Poonhill, you can witness the Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machapuchare (6,993 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Tukuche peak (6,920 m), Dhampus peak (6,012 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gurja Himal (7,193 m), Nilgiri Himal (7,061 m) etc. 

    Trekking Area

    Annapurna Conservation Area Project

    Duration

    6 Days

    Difficulty

    Moderate

    Maximum elevation

    3210 m at Poonhill

    Trek Type

    Teahouse

    Walking hours

    5-7 hours per day

    Trek starting point

    Ulleri

    Trek ending point

    Ghandruk

    Permits

    ACAP and TIMS

    Best Time to Trek

    Spring Season (March, April, May)

    Autumn Season (Sept, Oct, Nov)

    Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is an easy and convenient trekking trail in the Annapurna region. Not only is it easy, but also pleases the visitors with its fascinating cultural experience and wonderful Himalayan vistas. 

    The best version of sunrise and sunset views are explored from the Poonhill and for that reason Poonhill is getting popularity among photographers and Yoga enthusiasts. It is a perfect short family trip that can be completed in as less as 4 days and the trip can be extended to more days to explore the beautiful villages and mountain settlements. 

    Ghorepani Poonhill Trek Itinerary

    Day 1

    Drive to Pokhara

    Day 2

    Drive to Ulleri, Trek to Ghorepani

    Day 3

    Hike to Poonhill, Trek to Tadapani

    Day 4

    Trek to Ghandruk

    Day 5

    Drive to Pokhara

    Day 6

    Drive to Kathmandu

    A drive from Kathmandu commences the Ghorepani Poonhill trek that will take you to the beautiful village of Ulleri. One night stay can be arranged in Pokhara to explore the vibrant beauty of the lakes and nightlife. From Ulleri, you will trek to Ghorepani. It is a small beautiful cultural village that offers a wonderful cultural experience for the locals. 

    Furthermore, throughout the trail, the never-ending Himalayan range is very astounding and a diverse range of flora and fauna are the major attractions of the trek. From Ghorepani, about an hour Hike will take you up to the Poonhill where you will explore the Himalayan ranges, Sunrise views and the lush greenery. From Poonhill, you will trek to Tadapani and Ghandruk. From Ghandruk, you will have a drive to Pokhara and Kathmandu valley.

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is one of the brief and wonderful family treks in Nepal. It offers a wide range of experiences in the Annapurna region while facilitating trekkers with the teahouse accommodation facilities. This trek is not so strenuous and is doable with kids and toddlers. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is rewarding in terms of the cultural experiences, authentic traditions and remote villages and Himalayan vistas. 

    Trekking Area

    Annapurna Conservation Area Project

    Duration

    05 Days

    Difficulty

    Easy

    Maximum elevation

    3210 m at Poonhill

    Trek Type

    Teahouse

    Walking hours

    5-7 hours per day

    Trek starting point

    Nayapul

    Trek ending point

    Ulleri

    Permits

    ACAP and TIMS

    Best Time to Trek

    Spring Season (March, April, May)

    Autumn Season (Sept, Oct, Nov)

    Our brief Annapurna sanctuary trek can be completed in as less as 5 days. However, it can be extended to several other villages in the Annapurna region of Nepal. While trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary, you can explore the mind blowing views of several Himalayas such as Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Annapurna I (8,091 m), Annapurna South (7,219 m), Machapuchare (6,993 m), Annapurna II (7,937 m), Annapurna III (7,555 m), Gangapurna (7,455 m), Tukuche peak (6,920 m), Dhampus Peak (6,012 m), Hiunchuli (6,441 m), Gurja Himal (7,193 m), Nilgiri Himal (7,061 m) and other neighbouring peaks. This is also a perfect opportunity to witness the Gurung culture and tradition in the Annapurna region.

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek Itinerary

    Day 1

    Drive to Pokhara

    Day 2

    Drive to Nayapul, Trek to Tadapani

    Day 3

    Trek to Ghorepani

    Day 4

    Hike to Poonhill, Trek to Ulleri

    Day 5

    Drive to Pokhara and back to Kathmandu

    Annapurna Sanctuary trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. From Pokhara, a short drive will take you to Nayapul and from there you can start your trek to Tadapani. The further trek from Tadapani will take you to the wonderful Ghorepani. 

    You will stay at Ghorepani and early in the morning, you will hike up to the Poonhill. From Poonhill, you will trek to Ulleri and a short drive will take you back to the Pokhara valley. Another drive from Pokhara will take you back to the Kathmandu valley.

    Langtang Valley Trek

    Langtang Valley Trek is a popular short trek in the Langtang region of Nepal. The Langtang area is popular for its glaciers and is often known as the valley of glaciers. The highest elevation lies in Kyanjin Ri at an altitude of 4733 m. In the Langtang Valley Trek, Syabrubesi is the trek starting and ending point. It lies 122 Km away from Kathmandu and can be reached with a 6-hour drive. 

    The Langtang valley is a popular trekking area after the Annapurna and Everest region in Nepal. Despite being a popular trekking region, it is comparatively remote and has less number of teahouses and lodges. Also, it is one of the most destroyed areas followed by the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015.

    Trekking Area

    Langtang

    Duration

    08 Days

    Difficulty

    Moderate

    Maximum elevation

    4733 m at Kyanjin Ri

    Trek Type

    Teahouse

    Walking hours

    5-7 hours per day

    Trek starting point

    Syabrubesi

    Trek ending point

    Syabrubesi

    Permits

    Langtang National Park and TIMS

    Best Time to Trek

    Spring Season (March, April, May)

    Autumn Season (Sept, Oct, Nov)

    Langtang Valley Trek is one of the best family treks in Nepal that has so many experiences to offer. The trans-Himalayan landscapes and the wonderful Tibetan plateau and the Tibetan influenced culture and traditions are the major attractions of the trek. 

    Furthermore, the trek offers splendid views of Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Dorje Lakpa, Loenpo Gang, Changbu, Yansa Tsenji, Kyungri, Dogpatch, Langshisha Ri, Gangchenpo, Morimoto, Tsogaka, Yala Peak and many other neighbouring peaks and mountains. 

    Langtang Valley Trek Itinerary

    Day 1

    Drive to Syabrubesi

    Day 2

    Trek to Lama Hotel

    Day 3

    Trek to Langtang Village

    Day 4

    Trek to Kyanjin Gompa

    Day 5

    Hike to Kyanjin Ri

    Day 6

    Trek to Lama Hotel

    Day 7

    Trek to Syabrubesi

    Day 8

    Drive to Kathmandu

    The trek starts with a drive from Kathmandu to Syabrubesi. It takes about 6 hours to drive from Kathmandu to reach Syabruesi. From Syabrubesi, you will trek to Lama Hotel and Langtang village. You can explore the lush greenery and astounding mountain vistas while visiting the remote cultural villages. From Langtang village, you will trek to Kyanjin Gompa and Kyanjin Ri. Kyanjin Ri is the turnaround point of the trek route and from there you will trek back to Lama Hotel and Syabrubesi. A drive from Syabrubesi will take you back to the Kathmandu valley.

    Everest Base Camp Trek

    Everest Base Camp Trek takes you to the base of the world’s most revered highest Himalaya Mount Everest. Trekking in this area is a wonderful experience as you can experience the diverse landscape and remote settlements of Sherpas in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The culture and traditions enriched Khumbu region is a perfect place for a family to trek together as it has so much knowledge and experience to offer. 

    The spectacular views of the mighty Himalayan peaks and glaciers alongside the lifestyle of world-renowned Sherpas are the major attractions of the trek. The dramatic landscapes and beautiful lush greenery in the lower elevations are beautiful. During the trek, you can witness the glorious views of Mount Everest, Amadablam, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu and many other neighbouring mountains and peaks. 

    Trekking Area

    Khumbu 

    Duration

    10 Days

    Difficulty

    Moderate

    Maximum elevation

    5545 m at Kalapathar

    Trek Type

    Teahouse

    Walking hours

    6-7 hours per day

    Trek starting point

    Lukla

    Trek ending point

    Lukla

    Permits

    Sagarmatha National Park 

    Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality Permit

    Best Time to Trek

    Spring Season (March, April, May)

    Autumn Season (Sept, Oct, Nov)

    Trekking in the Everest region is a rare privilege as it is a little longer and considered difficult. However, for a family to trek, the Everest region is still suitable considering the safety precautions and vital measures to mitigate the effect of altitude sickness. It is one of the best family treks in Nepal as it comprises a wide range of experiences. Every stopping point in the trek has a sort of new adventure awaiting and has a unique beauty to explore. 

    The amusing and majestic landscapes, flora and fauna of Sagarmatha National Park and historic landmarks are the major things to explore in the Everest Base Camp Trek. For families, it is a wonderful adventure to lose and a lifetime experience to collect memories. 

    Everest Base Camp Trek Itinerary

    Day 1

    Flight to Lukla, Trek to Phakding

    Day 2

    Trek to Namche Bazaar

    Day 3

    Trek to Tengboche

    Day 4

    Trek to Dingboche

    Day 5

    Trek to Lobuche

    Day 6

    Trek to EBC, back to Gorak Shep

    Day 7

    Trek to Kalapathar, back to Pheriche

    Day 8

    Trek to Namche

    Day 9

    Trek to Lukla

    Day 10

    Fly to Kathmandu

    Everest Base Camp Trek begins with a scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. Upon reaching Lukla, you will trek to the Phakding reaching Namche Bazaar. The further trek passes through the beautiful water streams, lush greenery, attractive mountains, Sherpa settlements and remote lifestyle. 

    From Namche, you will trek to Tengboche, Dingboche and Lobuche finally reaching Everest Base Camp. After exploring the mind-blowing Everest Base Camp, you will return to the Gorakshep. Trailing further you will reach Kalapathar, Pheriche and Namche Bazaar. The further returning trek will take you to Lukla and a flight will take you to the Kathmandu valley. 

    Things to consider while selecting a Family trek

    Selecting a family trek in Nepal can be arduous. Without the knowledge of altitude, trekking area, difficulty, accommodation and accessibility factor, choosing a trip for family won’t be favorable. So, a good understanding of geography and the wholesome scenario of the trekking area is fruitful to select a family trek. 

    There are a few things that you need to understand while selecting a family trek. Some of the important things to consider to select a family trek in Nepal are provided here. 

    Altitude and Geography

    The altitude and geography of the trekking route are some of the most important things to keep in mind while selecting a family trek in Nepal. The altitude of the trekking route can have a significant impact on the experience you expect while trekking with the family. If you have kids and toddlers, their walkability and health is the major thing to consider. So, the altitude and geography is the most important part to consider while selecting a trek for the family in Nepal. 

    There are various convenient trekking routes in the Annapurna region for the family. The short distance trek and hikes are favourable for trekkers with small kids and toddlers. 

    Age and Health of your Kids

    If you have small kids less than 5 years old, you may have to hire a porter to assist you with carrying the kid while trekking in the mountains. Also, the kids above 5 and less than 10 might not be able to walk for a long time. So, you need to prepare an itinerary that is best suitable for kids. 

    The health condition of your kids should be monitored throughout the trek. Altitude sickness, exposure to cold, headache, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, nausea, tiredness, and disturbed sleep are some of the major problems kids might suffer from while trekking in the mountains. So, you need to undertake the necessary measures to mitigate the child’s safety and health risk. 

    Trekking Distance

    The longer the trek distance, the harder it might be for kids. So, having a good knowledge of the trail and tailoring it according to the favorability of all the age groups is very important. For the best suitable itinerary, you may consult the trekking guides and trek companies. They will assist you to organize the trek. 

    Off the beaten or Luxury Trek

    The off the beaten path treks are comparatively difficult and have less number of accommodation facilities. In some places, you might even need to camp. So, selecting a trek according to the age, health, and fitness of the family members is important. 

    The off the beaten path treks are best suitable for people with good fitness and the age of above 18. And the luxury treks that have better accommodation facilities and easier trails are favourable for families with elderly people and kids. 

    Organized or Independent Trek

    This is also an important part while selecting a family trek. While the independent treks have a sense of freedom and fewer time obligations, they can be difficult and without knowledge and experience, can be life-threatening. 

    If you have kids and elderly people, planning the trek with the trekking company and letting them organize your plan is very convenient and helpful. So, select a preferred choice and plan the trip accordingly.

    How to trek with the Family?

    There are certain things to keep in mind especially when you are trekking with the family. It’s very important to take care of your loved ones and small kids and take every measure to make the trek convenient. Some of the tips for the family trek in Nepal are provided here. 

    • Trek through a Trekking Management Company. They will manage your trip in the efficient and best way possible. 

    • Hire a guide to make the plan accessible and time-efficient. A guide can also help you with the necessary measures. 

    • Choose the best suitable trek. Looking after your toddlers and kids age and fitness, select the favourable trek. 

    • Carry extra supplies. If you are trekking with kids, it's important that you bring additional supplies that you might need during the trek for your kids. 

    • Trekking gears and equipment. Get the good gear for your kids and family to make the walking convenient and have good gears to make the trip convenient. 

    Family Treks in Nepal can be strenuous at times. If you are trekking with kids, it’s very important that you take care of your toddlers and child well. So, always trek responsibly and select the trek that is convenient for your entire family.

    Family Trek Difficulty

    The difficulty level of family trekking routes is not so strenuous. Keeping in mind the various factors such as the age of kids and fitness of elderly people, the trek should be planned. The trek distance, accommodation availability and services you expect should be priorly assessed to venture the trek. 

    Some of the major things to consider while trekking with the family in Nepal are:- 

    • Altitude Illness in children. While trekking, the most common complaints from children can be headache, nausea, tiredness and loss of appetite. These are the common symptoms of altitude mountain sickness. So, consulting a doctor to alleviate the problem is important before going on the trek. In some conditions, children might not be able to express the problem they are going through. So, understanding their problem is important. 

    • Exposure to cold in the mountains is very common. The children are prone to hypothermia in the higher elevations, especially the toddlers that are being carried and not producing heat in the body by walking. Children, less than 4 years of age should be taken care of to avoid medical emergencies. 

    • Children suffer from Jet lag, so taking enough rest after arriving in Nepal is recommended. 

    • Every trekker needs to be hydrated. The kids need to have a constant source of hydration to avoid various mountain sickness related issues. 

    • Children quickly develop affection towards stray animals. Don’t let the kids pet dogs and cats. Considering rabies pre- immunization can be a good help. 

    • Always keep an eye on your kids. Safety around wild animals, reptiles, ticks, and spiders is important.

    Best time to visit Nepal for Family Trek in Nepal

    Visiting Nepal for family trekking is a wonderful adventure. The trekking activities in Nepal are considered best during the Spring and Autumn Season. 

    During the spring season, the sky gets clear and it is also the perfect time with moderate levels of temperature. The months of March, April and May offer the best climate. You can witness the spectacular views of the Himalayas and the greenery around. This is also the time of festivals and the New year. Great festivals such as Shivaratri, Holi, Chaite Dashain, etc. are celebrated in Nepal with great zeal. You may just participate in the festivals besides the trekking to explore the cultural values of Nepalese people. 

    The months of September, October and November are also the best time to trek with family. These autumn months have moderate levels of temperature and favourable weather, making the trip convenient and fruitful. The pleasant weather and climate make it the best time for a family to trek in Nepal. 

    The spring and autumn months in Nepal are neither too hot, nor too cold. So, selecting any months in these seasons can be rewarding in terms of better trekking experiences.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Is Nepal safe to trek with family and kids?

      Yes, Nepal is indeed one of the safest countries to travel to. Nepalese people are known for their hospitality and they provide facilities to the tourists in the best way possible. Further, planning the trek with a trekking company can help you ensure your safety and security to a larger extent.

    • How much does it cost to trek with a family in Nepal?

      Trekking with the kids is a great experience. Trek with the family together is rewarding and helps to create stronger bonds among the family members. The cost of trekking in Nepal is not so high. Cost generally depends on what kind of accommodation you use, which trekking area you visit and what amenities you expect. In most of the trekking areas and National Parks, the permit charges are free for kids below certain years, so, you don’t have to worry about kids being an additional financial burden for the trip.

    • What should I pack while trekking with the family in Nepal?

      The packing checklist is determined according to the time and the number of people you visit. During winter, you need to have winter clothes and gears while in summer, you may just pack some light clothes. But in the mountains, the climate is generally colder all the time. So, having a backpack that has some essentials, clothes and first aid is great. For more information, you can check your trek backpacking suggestions.

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