15 Day Family Tour of Nepal - Kathmandu, Batase Village and Pokhara

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Your family will be met at the airport by a “Himalayan Community Trekking Party” staff member and taken to your accommodation in Kathmandu. After some rest time (dependent upon arrival time), you will be taken for a traditional Nepalese dinner and provided with orientation for your stay in Nepal.

Day 2: Seeing the City

In the morning you will be taken to two UNESCO world heritage sites, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashiputinath. After lunch and a rest period you will visit the world’s largest Buddhist Stupa, Boudhanath. You will be accompanied by a professional guide and if required a female support person who will assist with the logistics of seeing the sights with children.

[Breakfast included.]

Day 3: Trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani

Time to hit the road, so put on your walking boots. The day will start early with a 7am breakfast at your hotel, after which a car/mini bus will take you on a one hour drive to Sundarijal on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Your walk to Chisopani will begin in Sundarijal. The trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani takes about six hours. The unpaved road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail enters through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement you will come across is Mulkharka, with Tamang inhabitants. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m).

This will be a long day, taking in some truly stunning scenery, and should provide you with some great memories. The pace will be slow, so you don't need to be super-fit to enjoy the experience.

[Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.]

Day 4: Walk to Batase Village

You will be woken up early to enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayan mountain range. We strongly encourage everyone to wake up to this unforgettable experience. After breakfast, we will commence our downhill walk to Patybanjyang, where you will experience some great views of the Himalayas. There will be a short stop in Patybanjyang, before walking uphill towards Batase Village.

The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, encompassing a vast valley filled with rice fields, small villages, and people going about their daily lives in rural Nepal. This section of the walk will take you along the ridge of a mountain that overlooks surrounding mountains. Many travellers have commented on it being a humbling experience. Upon arriving in Batase village at approximately 1pm, you will meet Som's family and enjoy your first meal in the village.

After lunch, you will be settled into your rooms and will have the opportunity to freshen up and to have a short rest before being introduced to the children who live in the hostel. These children are either orphaned or from disadvantaged backgrounds. You will be given a short tour of the surrounding area before enjoying dinner.

In the evening, you will have the option of free time or of offering tuition and support to the children living in the hostel. After the long walks of the previous two days, that sleeping bag is sure to look inviting.

[Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.]

Day 5: Meeting the Villagers

You will be awoken in time to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the Langtang Himalayan ranges, after which you will be served a Nepali morning tea. Once breakfast is concluded you will be taken to the local school and introduced to the teachers and students. You are welcome to volunteer your skills at the school or you can spend the rest of the day exploring the traditional Tamang village. Your children will be welcomed into the classrooms to interact with the village children.

[Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.]

Day 6: Working Alongside the Villagers

In the morning, you will be have a guided village tour where you will witness the traditional life of the ethnic Tamang people. You will meet villagers and see their farming practices and daily routines. From this, you are sure to gain an understanding of the difficulties and the joys of living in remote Nepal.

In the afternoon, you will be encouraged to assist the villagers with their daily chores (cutting grass, preparing meals etc.).

[Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.]

Day 7: Buddhist Monastery and Thakani Village

You will be guided through lush forest with spectacular mountain views to visit the local Buddhist Monastery. On the way, you will pass through Thakani village and arrive back in Batase village for lunch.

Your afternoon option is to rest or to spend more time at the village school.

[Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.]

Day 8: 4WD Trip to Kathmandu

On your final morning you will say your farewells to the villagers and to the students and teachers at the school. You will enjoy breakfast before commencing an adventurous four wheel drive journey back down to Kathmandu. You will depart Batase village at approximately 10am and will stop in a small town for a local style lunch at approx 1pm. The 4WD trip in an incredible experience in itself. You will pass through small villages with spectacular mountain views.

You will arrive in Kathmandu at approx 3pm, where you will dropped off at your hotel.

[Breakfast and lunch included.]

Day 9: R&R in the City

Rest day in Kathmandu. (sightseeing is optional).

[Breakfast included.]

Day 10: Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, you will be driven to Pokhara by car. After checking into your hotel and having some rest time, you will be taken on a lakeside tour and you will be shown around peaceful Pokhara.

[Breakfast included.]

Day 11: Views from Sarangkot

You and your family will be driven by car, with your guide, to Sarangkot to enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the snow capped Himalayan Range. You will spend the rest of the day exploring the sights of Pokhara.

[Breakfast included.]

Day 12: Lake Fewa & the Peace Pagoda

After breakfast, you will take a boat across Lake Fewa to the magnificent Peace Pagoda (an important Buddhist site). The boat will then take you back to Pokhara where you will spend the afternoon at your leisure, shopping or enjoying some rest time.

[Breakfast included.]

Day 13: Slow Trip back to Kathmandu

You will be driven back to Kathmandu by private car. The journey will take approximately 6 hours, and will take in rivers, many small villages, and rugged countryside.

[Breakfast included.]

Day 14: Cultural City of Patan

On your final day in Kathmandu you will spend the morning at Patan, a UNESCO world heritage site. Patan is one of 3 Royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal and is a centre of fine art and Buddhist and Hindu culture.

In the afternoon, you will be provided with the opportunity to enjoy free time for shopping/resting or you will have the option to visit Swayambhunath, an ancient Buddhist complex atop a hill in the Kathmandu Valley.

In the evening you will enjoy a farewell traditional Nepalese Dinner with your guide.

[Breakfast and dinner included.]

Day 15: Departure

Final farewells! A company representative will travel with you to the airport. We hope that you will have fond memories of your “Nepal Family Tour” trip and we look forward to seeing you in Nepal again.

[Breakfast included.]