Wildlife & Nature
Himalayan Teenage Adventure
A carefully designed trip suitable for families with children of all ages which allows you to experience the very best of Nepal. You’ll have ample time to see the sights of Kathmandu; medieval market squares, busy market stalls and scores of ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples. Then, after flying to Pokhara, you’ll embark on a fantastic trek into the foothills of the Himalayas. Here you’ll walk through remote hill villages against a backdrop of 8000m summits whose icy peaks pierce the blue skies. After a night in a traditional Newari home converted into a guesthouse, you travel to one of Asia’s greatest wildlife reserves, Chitwan, and spend a couple of days on jungle safari. Travelling by canoe and on foot, you’ll be looking out for exotic birdlife and the famous Indian one-horned rhino!
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1.
You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until a group meeting this evening.This gives you time to relax or explore this bustling city.
Kathmandu is a mixture of ancient architecture and modern development and, with its rich artistic and cultural heritage, it remains the legendary destination it has been for decades. Crowded markets and bazaars are the centre of Nepali life and the narrow streets are home to holy men, monks, bicycles, incense, goats and sacred cows.
Hotel Manaslu (AAAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool
After breakfast we'll visit the Swoyambhunath (a.k.a The Monkey Temple), perched on a pedestal high on the hilltop, it is acclaimed to be the oldest stupa in the world and is influenced by both Nepalese and Tibetan forms of Buddhism.
In the afternoon we'll drive to the secluded rural village of Nuwakot (approx 4 hours) for a delightful stay in a converted farmhouse. This is a charming and ideally located farm where we will have a Nepalese dining experience.
At Nuwakot we can spend a few hours in the late afternoon exploring the village and surrounding area on foot including the Nuwakot Bazaar, a centre-piece of the Nepalese story, embellished by the rich history behind the 16th century fortress and royal palace.
The Famous Farm Guesthouse (AA) - 1 night (B,L,D)
Bandipur Village Stay
TThis morning we set off west for the four-hour journey to the small village of Bandipur.
Continuing on through the foothills of the Himalayas, as we approach Bandipur, keep an eye out for views of the high peaks. We arrive in Dumre, turn south off the main highway, and continue to a ridge set at an altitude of 1050 m, where lies the village of Bandipur.
Winding its way up and down hills, Bandipur's main street is lined with three or four storey brick buildings with carved wooden windows. The small temples in the town add to the atmosphere in what is a traditional Nepali hill village, still relatively untouched by modern tourism; few foreigners find their way up here. Sit and relax, or stretch your legs with a walk through the village and out into the surrounding countryside for superb views up the Marsyangdi River valley, to the Himalaya beyond. Many of the range's giants can be seen - Langtang, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, and the distant Annapurnas.
Tonight we stay in a restored traditional house where we can play chess on a giant board and play local games in the late afternoon with the local kids on the traffic free street of Bandipur bazaar
The Old Inn Guesthouse (AA) - 1 night (B,L,D)
This morning we drive to the lovely lake-side town of Pokhara. We have free time to explore here and will take to the lake for a boat trip. In the evening we have a movie-night and our accommodation for tonight has great grounds and a swimming pool to relax or play in.
Hotel Barahi (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (BLD)
Strap on those walking shoes and get ready to experience a full day of trekking in the incredible Annapurna Mountain Range. Navigate rural trails used to link remote farming communities and meet the villagers of these isolated communities. Spend the night camping high in the Himalayas and witness a spectacular sunset over the snowcapped peaks. Continue the trek, stopping off at picturesque tea-houses and saying ‘Namaste’ to smiling farmers along the way. In the afternoon, arrive in Pokhara – a hippy haven with a laid back atmosphere and some seriously cool sites to explore.
Camp (CS) – 1 night (Bx1, Lx1, Dx1)
This morning after breakfast we drive to the start of our 2 day rafting Adventure on the Seti River. This is a great family exercise as you need to work together as a team to navigate through the chutes and channels. Its not just a rafting experience as the river lies in an isolated gorge surrounded by jungle. We pitch the tent at the end of the day by the river on the white sandy beach to spend the night.
Seti River Camping - 1 night - (B,L,D)
The following morning our rafting concludes around lunch time. We say goodbye to the rafting crew and drive down to the lowlands and Chitwan National Park. We will stay here for 2 nights and we will enjoy a game drive, a float down the river in a dugout canoe and the opportunity to take birdwatching walks before settling down at night in our country villa. There will also be some great opportunity for cultural interaction here.
Machen Country Villa - 2 nights - ( B,L,D)
We have the morning free to explore the jungle a little more before taking a short transfer followed by a flight to Kathmandu. If you wish, we can take you for a wander through the backstreets and vibrant local markets to Kathmandu Durbar Square. There are plenty of bargains to be had, but haggling is essential.
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Hotel Manaslu - 1 night (Bx2)
Check what’s included!
Make sure you check what’s included when choosing your family trip to Nepal. Our trip includes a charter vehicle and walking tour with a local guide of some of the best landmarks in the Kathmandu Valley. You will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, Pasupatinath and the medieval town of Bhaktapur. Including your trip to the steamy jungle in Chitwan National Park, you’ll visit 6 of the 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Nepal. You’ll have a fully supported fun overnight camping trek which is suitable for children aged 11 years and above. You’ll stay in beautiful rural corners of Nepal – Bandipur and Nuwakot, where you’ll stay in restored traditional village houses. The curious local children will almost certainly challenge the kids to a game of football or cricket. After your visit to the steamy jungle in Chitwan National Park, we include a scenic flight back to Kathmandu. We also include plenty of delicious meals on the trip - 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners.We know that a network of local trek staff can be a great support on any trek. You’ll have an experienced trip leader, we also employ an assistant guide for every three passengers, two porters for every one passenger and a team of kitchen staff too, all to ensure you have a hearty team full of friendly and knowledgeable faces to assist you along the way.
Raft the Seti River
Take to the water and Raft the Seti River. The beauty of the Seti extends beyond its warm, sparkling waters. The Seti lies in an isolated gorge surrounded by beautiful jungle. Wildlife can be spotted along the riverbanks, including monkeys, deer and a wide array of birds and butterflies. Pitch the tent by the river on the white sandy beach to spend the night away.
Venturing to Begnas, you’ll get your first glimpse of the snow-capped peaks of the mighty Himalaya from your lakeside resort. Porters will carry your luggage (perhaps the kids too, for a price!) as you walk into the foothills. During the trek you’ll gain a fascinating insight into the lives of the friendly Nepalese. Parents and kids alike will love the contact with local villagers.
You'll head to the rural village of Nuwakot for a delightful stay in a converted farm house. Explore the village and surroundings, then move on to Bandipur, another forgotten gem. Bandipur's excellent Himalayan views and distinct Newari architecture make this a wonderful place to visit.
Our Himalayan Adventure trip is just one of our many Asia Family tours. To find out more visit our Asia holidays page.
Transport - Minibus, domestic flight, on foot, dugout canoe.
Accommodation - Hotels (6nts), camping (2nts), lodge (1nt), farm (1nt).
Meals - 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 6 dinners.