Family Trekking in the Himalayas

Kathmandu – Pokhara – Modi River Valley – Ghandruk – Majgaun – Dhampus  Pokhara 

This eight-day trek in the Himalayas is an incredible family trip. The walk can be challenging at times – the paths are well maintained but rocky and steep in parts – but this family-friendly mountain adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Family Trekking in the Himalayas

 

Itinerary

This holiday traditionally starts and ends in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu. This itinerary can be shortened or lengthened according to your family’s requirements. See sample itinerary below:

Day 1: Kathmandu – Pokhara
Plane: 30 mins
Overnight: Overnight stay at hotel in Pokhara.
 

Day 2: Pokhara – Modi River Valley (1150m / 3750ft)
Trek time: 3 – 4 hrs.
Overnight: Lodge in Modi River Valley

Day 3: Modi River Valley – Ghandruk (2012m / 6000 ft.)
Trek time: 5 – 6 hrs.
Overnight: Lodge in Ghandruk

Day 4: Ghandruk
Rest day.
Overnight: Lodge in Ghandruk

Day 5: Ghandruk – Modi River Valley
Trek time: 5 – 6 hrs.
Overnight: Lodge in Modi River Valley

Day 6: Modi River Valley – Majgaun (1400m / 4260ft)
Trek time: 2 – 3 hrs.
Overnight: Lodge in Majgaun

Day 7: Majgaun – Dhampus (1525m / 5000ft)
Trek time: 4 – 5 hrs.
Overnight: Lodge in Dhampus

Day 8: Dhampus – Pokhara
Trek time: 1.5 hrs.
Overnight: Hotel in Pokhara or Kathmandu

About This Holiday

This eight-day trek in the Himalayas is an incredible family trip. The walk can be challenging at times – the paths are well maintained but rocky and steep in parts – but this family-friendly mountain adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On this lodge-to-lodge trek you will walk trails with local porters, pass rural hamlets, make way for the donkey and mule trains carrying supplies up the mountains and witness some absolutely magnificent mountain scenery. A local expert will guide you along the way and porters are on hand to carry your belongings as well as any small or weary children.

This eight-day trek is an example itinerary and can shortened or lengthened to suit your family’s requirements.

This itinerary is based on the following route:

Kathmandu – Pokhara – Modi River Valley – Ghandruk – Majgaun – Dhampus  Pokhara 

  • Visit the Boudhanath in Kathmandu, one of the holiest sites in the capital and its all-seeing eyes one of the country’s most prominent symbols. Join the pilgrims as they walk counter clockwise around the Buddhist stupa or sit in one of the surrounding cafés and watch the world go by.
  • Wander the streets of Thamel in Kathmandu, a mecca for hippies, backpackers and travellers. The narrow streets are lined with shops selling everything from handicrafts and souvenirs to DVDs and trekking gear.
  • Spend a morning roaming the narrow lanes of Bhaktapur, the ancient capital of Nepal home to some beautiful traditional art, architecture and temples.
  • Go for a paddle on Pokhara’s Phewa Lake, Nepal’s second largest lake. Brightly coloured boats are available for hire and you can either row yourself or get someone else to do the hard work for you.
  • Take to the skies on a tandem paragliding trip for breath-taking views over Pokhara and the surrounding mountains.
  • Go trekking under the shadow of the majestic Himalayan Mountains. The terrain is steep in parts but the views from the top are phenomenal and the experience is incredibly rewarding for children of all ages.
  • Marvel at the spectacular views from each of your four lodges including the holy mountain of Macchapuchare (Fishtail Mountain), Annapurna South and Annapurna Four.
  • Visit the privately owned Old Gurung Museum in Ghandruk and learn about traditional life in the mountains. The museum showcases local utensils and instruments including porter’s baskets and kitchen equipment.
  • Gaze at the stars; on a clear night the mountain night skies are truly sublime.
  • Visit Hari Maya Gurung in Ghandruk and either dress up in traditional clothing or simply try on the dozens of accessories on offer. Either way, it’s a comical way to spend an hour or two!
  • Say hello to the kids at the Ghandruk village school and maybe even challenge them to a game of football.

Kids

This is a wonderful trek for children of all ages although some kids make better trekking companions than others. Infants and babies are surprisingly easy to bring with you, as they are generally happy to be carried for longer periods of time. Toddlers make more challenging walking partners as they can’t walk terribly far and don’t always like to be carried for hours on end. However, the trekking is leisurely and you can structure your day how you like and take longer breaks where necessary. For big kids and teens this is the adventure of a lifetime.

 

Personal Experience:

Katja Gaskell (co-founder of globetotting) experienced this trek with her children (aged 5 & 2 years at the time) and her parents. You can read her review here My Family Adventure: Trekking in Nepal With Kids

 

The Family Trekking in the Himalayas holiday is offered by our partner agent Ravi, who is based in India. Ravi has been organising holidays in India and the Indian subcontinent for 20 years and is very experienced at creating family-friendly itineraries. Ravi and his team are headquartered in Delhi and have representatives in over 30 cities in India.

A recent testimonial from a globetotting family who booked a holiday in India through Ravi:

“I just wanted to repeat what we said when we met in Delhi, and to let you know that our trip to India was the most memorable and best organised holiday we have ever had. We are truly grateful to you and your fantastic team for making us feel so welcome, and for doing everything they possibly could to look after us. We enjoyed every moment, and you recommended some really fantastic places to stay and visit.

Ramathra Fort and Samode Palace were particularly memorable, as was Sher Bagh. It was great to stay in such varied places, all of which had something very special about them. Dera Amer was a fantastic place to visit, the Taj Mahal was really moving, and the rickshaw ride around Old Delhi was amazing. You paced everything very well – with the right mix of sightseeing and leisure. Special thanks in particular to Ajeet, who drove us so carefully, and to all the guides, who were so knowledgable. We would love to come back to India – and we will certainly be in touch with you when we do.”

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Testimonials

The following feedback is from families who experienced this trek:

From: Hannah (Australian)
Group: 2 adults, 2 children (9 & 7 years)
Month: March
Most memorable part: Views are spectacular, and it was great spending quality time together away from civilization.
Feedback for tour operator: Great operator. Lodges are very well run and worth the money.  Food is family friendly, and staff go out of their way to help in any way required.
Overall rating 1-5 (5 = the best): 5

Nepal Family Trekking Holiday

Hannah with her family on the trek

 

 

From: Elizabeth Owen (UK)

Lizzie nepal photo

Via Twitter: “2 v tired children after a fantastic trek in #Annapurna valley thankQ @globetotting”

 

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