Family Tour and Trek - 12 Days
- Duration 12 Days
- Difficulty Level Moderate
- Destination Nepal
- Trip Type Hotel & Lodge Based Tour & Trek
- Best Season Spring (March - May) & Autumn (Sept - Nov)
- Group Size 16
- Maximum Altitude 3,210 m
- Cultural sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
- Embark Pokhara valley with mountain views
- Boating in Fewa lake and visiting Tal Bahari Temple
- Fabulous four-day trek
- Sunrise over the mountains from Poonhill
- Jungle safari in Chitwan National Park
This Twelve Day family Tour is a great introduction to the heritage, beauty and wildlife of Nepal. Discover the culture of the Kathmandu Valley, with its long history dating back to ancient medieval times. A short twenty-minute flight takes you to the beautiful lake town of Pokhara. Time for you to relax around the lake, and marvel at the ice-clad peaks towering above you.
We leave our base in Pokhara to embark on a wonderful four-day trek into the foothills of the Annapurna Region to Ghorepani Poon Hill. The Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is an ideal family trek, set on a wonderful trail, through lush sub-tropical forests rich with wildlife, pretty villages and neatly terraced hillsides. It is popular for its spectacular Himalayan panoramas, especially the sunrise over the Himalayas at Pun Hill. It is an easy trek, ideal for families and a great introduction to trekking and mountain culture. On your return to Pokhara, the next day there is a guided sightseeing and cultural tour around Pokhara, including a hike to The Peace Pagoda, and visiting caves and Mountain View spots.
From Pokhara, we take an early morning scenic drive to the jungles of Chitwan National Park. We spend two nights on Safari participating in a full range of jungle activities. Elephant walks, canoe trips, and bird watching with a lot of cultures added to the mix. Finally, on return to Kathmandu, a farewell meal and cultural show are arranged.
Before The Tour:
Nepal Gateway Trekking itineraries include two nights in Kathmandu, before the beginning of a trek. This allows time to sort out permits, and also go through the tour with you in more detail. You will be introduced to your trek leader, he will answer any questions you may have regarding your tour. There is a whole day of sightseeing with this tour on day two, you will visit some of the most important sites in and around Kathmandu. These two days also provide you with an opportunity to adjust and settle into Nepal. A visit to Nepal’s bazaars and the many vibrant colourful markets is recommended. Also, time for you to purchase any items you may need for the trek to come. There is a whole range of shops selling trekking gear, with branded name shops such as North Face, and Mountain Hardware among others. There are also many other shops selling a whole variety of trekking gear, and many of these offer very acceptable quality, at much lower prices.
Welcome to The Kathmandu Valley (1350m). Upon your arrival a member of our Nepal Gateway team will meet you and assist you from airport to your hotel.You will meet your guide where you have a chance to ask any questions and go over the itinerary in more detail.The rest of the day is free to discover the bustling Bazaars and cafes.
Today we embark on a full day sightseeing visiting the major historical sites around Kathmandu valley. We explore three culturally diverse and visually stunning temples around Kathmandu We begin. High on a hilltop above Kathmandu at the magnificent Swayambutinath (“Monkey Temple”), used by both Hindus and Buddhists, and known for its many holy monkeys! Along the banks of the Bagmati River lies Pashupatinath, a temple devoted to Lord Shiva. It is the most important Hindu site in Nepal and pilgrims from all over the world come to show their faith. Away from the city centre is the peaceful and impressive Bodhnath Stupa. Every day thousands of people descend daily to show their devotion and respect.
Today we fly from Kathmandu to Pokhara in the early morning, then drive to Nayapul and then trek to Tikhedhunga.
We start our trek from Tikhedhunga all the way to Ghorepani.The trail is a long but steady incline through lovely Rhododendrun forest passing small waterfalls and streams along the way to the village of Ghorepani. It is harder going than yesterday as we have to climb 3300 steps.The rewards for our effort is well worth it though, from Ghorepani we have some stunning views of snow capped Annapurna South Dhualagiri and Macchapucchare. Overnight Lodge
Today visit Poon Hill then trek to to Tadapani 7 hours. Early in the morning we hike up to PoonHill. We make the walk up before dawn to this unparalleled viewpoint before the first light of dawn. Sunrise over the Himalayas from here is an unforgettable experience. Watch the first rays of the sun illuminate Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak with a beautiful pink glow. The walk takes around 45 minutes. After enjoying the view, we trek back to Ghorepani for breakfast, before setting off on the trail to Tadapani. We start with a short early morning climb to the Deurali pass for a spectacular panorama over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. The trail then descends steeply down a small river through the dense moss-covered forest rich in bird life before up to Tadapani which also provides a lovely close-up sunset view.
We have an easy trek from Tadapani to Ghandruk. The trekking trail is a lot easier as we descend through rhododendron forests to Baise Kharka. On the way there are troops of monkeys and a wide variety of birds. Ghandruk is a well preserved beautiful village, the second largest Gurung village in Nepal. We arrive there for lunch and have the afternoon to explore the maze-like streets of this thriving old Gurung settlement. There are some splendid mountain views of Annapurna South and Fishtail from Ghandruk. Overnight Lodge
Our final day on the trail 4 hours leads us from Ghandruk back to Nayapul the starting point of our trek and drive back to Pokhara. After Breakfast in Ghandruk it is another easy day to end our trek. The trail passes through small villages along, terraced rice fields and subtropical forests. We head down to the valley floor then we follow the ever-flowing Modi Khola. Its an easy and very pleasant walk to Birethanti and a fitting end to some fabulous days in the mountains.. We have our lunch in Birethanti before continuing our walk to Nayapul to meet our private vehicle for the one hour drive back to Pokhara and the transfer to our hotel.
Today there is a guided Sightseeing and cultural tour around Pokhara. We visit the famous lakes, trek to the Peace Pagoda, visit caves and mountain view spots.
We start early in the morning after breakfast we drive from Pokhara to Charaudi to enjoy an adventurous rafting experience before driving on to our Jungle Safari tour in Chitwan. In the evening a bird watching route is arranged.
There is a full day in Chitwan to enjoy Jungle activities. Elephant Back Safari: Jungle / Nature Walk: Boating / Canoeing Trip / A visit to the elephant Breeding Center. Chitwan is a great destination for bird watching. The birds found here are Cormorants, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Blue Indian Roller, Hornbills, Stor k billed Kingfishers, Grey headed Eagles, Ruby Cheeked Sunbird, Bengal Florican, Largetailed Night jar, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Beaters & Lesser Florican etc. More than 500 species have been recorded dinner and rest overnight. In Lodge.
Today early in the morning after breakfast we drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the evening roaming around the bazaars and shops in Thamel we often arrange a farewell meal.
Time to say goodbye we assist you to international airport for your safe Departure.We hope you have enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to meeting up again sometime.
This is our standard and recommended itinerary. If this itinerary doesn’t suit to you, we can customize your trip as per your interest and time-frame. Click here for Tailor-Made program.
- All grounded transportation as per itinerary
- Three nights’ accommodation in Kathmandu inclusive of breakfast
- Two nights’ accommodation in Pokhara inclusive of breakfast
- One expert tour guide for Kathmandu valley sightseeing inclusive entrance fees
- Boating expenses and entrance fees in Pokhara valley sightseeing
- Three times meals (Breakfast/lunch/dinner) and accommodation for trekking
- One highly experienced government license holder English Speaking trekking guide and required porters (1 porter between 2 people) assigned for your services and their expenses
- Full board meals in Chitwan, necessary permit expenses and jungle activities as per the program
- Annapurna conservation area project permit and TIMS card
- Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking map
- Nepal Gateway Company T-Shirt and achievement certificate
- Local fresh fruit
- First aid kit
- Office service charges
- All necessary government taxes
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Your travel insurance
- Personal nature expenses
- All kinds of drinks in trekking
- Cold drinks and alcoholic beverages in Chitwan
- Tips for the staff (expected but not mandatory)
- Extra accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara which is not mentioned in itinerary
Family trekking tour In Nepal
Kate, Toby, Theo, and I wanted to thank you very much for organizing the Ghorepani Poonhill trekking for us on our holiday. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed every minute! And we were particularly grateful that you were able to make some last-minute changes for us.
We will certainly recommend your company Nepal Gateway Trekking to any of our friends if they inquire.
Julien HoferUnited Kingdom, Travel Date: 29/04/2017
Best of family tour in Nepal
Our decision to travel to Nepal actually was very spontaneous, but we never regretted about this decision. From the very first moment when we step out at Kathmandu airport, Raj made everything possible to make us feel cared about and excited.
We spent altogether 3 weeks traveling under Raj's guidance on the Anapurna trek, then living for few days in a small resort Pokhara, visiting Chitwan national park, enjoying amazing Lumbini, and finally exploring the Kathmandu area.
Raj took the best care of us, resolving unexpected issues in the best way and actually becoming our friend, with whom we still keep contact in 2 years after our trip. We certainly would like to come back to Nepal again and the only person we would trust is Raj.
We would recommend Raj as a trusted, knowledgeable, bright, and friendly person and just a very nice man!
Vladimir RodionovLatvia, Travel Date: 21/05/2013