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Nepal Family Adventure 15 Days - $2990

This tour is specifically suited for families and includes Kathmandu, Batase Village and Pokhara.

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Overview

Nepal family tours, planned and hosted by a family, who know this country intimately. That’s what our Nepal Family Adventure tour delivers. Our founder, Som Tamang, was born in Nepal. He is now the father of three young children and loves bringing them here to showcase his culture and country. This is the tour Som and his wife Susan have carefully prepared, to enable other families to enjoy all that Nepal has to offer. Nepal is a wonderful destination for families. The people here love children, the country is safe, and the experience we offer is guaranteed to provide a host of long lasting family memories. The Nepal Family Adventure tour starts and ends in Kathmandu. It includes visits to a remote village, some spectacular mountain sightseeing and cultural highlights. The 15-day Nepal Family Adventure price includes most meals (as detailed in the itinerary), accommodation, domestic transport, welcome and farewell dinners.

Highlights

  • Kathmandu
  • Batase Village
  • Himalayan Mountains
  • Spectacular Scenery
  • Rural Villages & Farms
  • Time at a local School
  • Pokhara
  • Lake Fewa
  • Buddhist Temples
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)
  • Day 2: Seeing the City
  • Day 3: Trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani
  • Day 4: Walk to Batase Village
  • Day 5: Meeting the Villagers
  • Day 6: Working Alongside the Villagers
  • Day 7: Buddhist Monastery and Thakani Village
  • Day 8: 4WD Trip to Kathmandu
  • Day 9: R&R in the City
  • Day 10: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 11: Views from Sarangkot
  • Day 12: Lake Fewa & the Peace Pagoda
  • Day 13: Slow Trip back to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Cultural City of Patan
  • Day 15: Departure
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)
  • Day 2: Seeing the City
  • Day 3: Trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani
  • Day 4: Walk to Batase Village
  • Day 5: Meeting the Villagers
  • Day 6: Working Alongside the Villagers
  • Day 7: Buddhist Monastery and Thakani Village
  • Day 8: 4WD Trip to Kathmandu
  • Day 9: R&R in the City
  • Day 10: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 11: Views from Sarangkot
  • Day 12: Lake Fewa & the Peace Pagoda
  • Day 13: Slow Trip back to Kathmandu
  • Day 14: Cultural City of Patan
  • Day 15: Departure

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)

Your family will be met at the airport by a friendly Take on Nepal staff member, who will take you 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

Day 2: Seeing the City

The exploration begins. In the morning, you’ll be taken to two UNESCO world heritage sites, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Pashiputinath. After lunch and a rest period, you’ll 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

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

Day 4: Walk to Batase Village

Wake 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’ll 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 a ridge which 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, settle into your rooms. Plenty of time to freshen up and 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

Day 5: Meeting the Villagers

Enjoy a spectacular sunrise over the Langtang Himalayan ranges, after which you will be served a Nepali morning tea. Once breakfast is concluded, you’ll 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, something they will all enjoy. [Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.]

Day 6: Working Alongside the Villagers

Day 6: Working Alongside the Villagers

In the morning, there’s a guided village tour, allowing you to see the traditional life of the ethnic Tamang people. Meet villagers and see their farming practices and daily routines. From this, you are sure to gain an understanding of the difficulties and 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

Day 7: Buddhist Monastery and Thakani Village

Walk through lush forest with spectacular mountain views, on your way to visit the local Buddhist Monastery. On the way, you’ll 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

Day 8: 4WD Trip to Kathmandu

On your final morning you will say your farewells to the villagers, students and teachers at the school. 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

Day 9: R&R in the City

Rest day in Kathmandu. (Sightseeing is optional). [Breakfast included.]

Day 10: Drive to Pokhara

Day 10: Drive to Pokhara

After breakfast, you’ll 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

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 Himalayan Range. Spend the rest of the day exploring the sights of Pokhara. [Breakfast included.]

Day 12: Lake Fewa & the Peace Pagoda

Day 12: Lake Fewa & the Peace Pagoda

Boat ride 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

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

Day 14: Cultural City of Patan

On your final day in Kathmandu, your family will spend the morning at Patan, a UNESCO world heritage site. Patan is one of 3 Royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley in Nepal; it’s 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

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 and we look forward to seeing you in Nepal again. [Breakfast included.]

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Inclusions

What's Included

  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • All transportation within Nepal during the 15 Day Tour. (4 wheel drive vehicles and private cars.)
  • All accommodation
  • Meals: All breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, all meals in Batase village and Chitwan. See detailed itinerary for notes.
  • Child Support Person (babysitter) during time in Kathmandu (if required).
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • A professional English speaking tour guide

What's Not Included

  • Cost of extra porters if required to carry children to village (max $20 per porter per day).
  • Cost of additional hotel room if required, other than family room to accommodate four people.
  • Nepalese visa fee
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance
  • Deserts and entrees
  • Additional hot drinks
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Access
  • Phone Calls
  • Charging of your devices
  • Bottled or boiled water
  • Laundry
  • Bar Bills
  • Tips for guides and porters

Checklists

Clothing and Equipment

The mistake many people make, is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The below list outlines the standard clothing we recommend you take for trekking in the mountains.

Clothing

  • Clothes* – You will (most likely) be hand washing and line drying your clothes, so don’t bring heavy clothing.
  • Shoes – You will be walking a lot on unpaved roads. Joggers are perfect for your walk to the village, bring a spare pair of sandals or canvas shoes.
  • Hat/cap (can be purchased in Kathmandu).

For a comprehensive list, please see our FAQs.

Equipment and Other

  • Day backpack.
  • A towel (travel towels are brilliant)
  • Sleeping Bag. Depending on season you should think about the minimum degree.
  • Head torch. Petzl or Black Diamond are recommended. This is a must have in Nepal!
  • Toiletries. You can buy most things in Kathmandu such as shampoo, soap, razors, etc.
  • Soap to wash your clothes in the village
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Baby wipes. Just a good all-purpose way to clean up spills and dirt.
  • Toilet paper. You can buy TP at the grocery stores in Kathmandu, please bring enough for 10 days in the village.
  • Painkillers (cold and flu nurofen, panadol). This should be purchased in Australia.
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Copies of passport and other important documents
  • Passport Photos. You will need at least 4.
  • Women should bring tampons as they are difficult to find in Nepal.
  • Money. Bring some cash with you that you can exchange for rupees to last you for a few days. You need to pay for your visa in Australian or US dollars at the airport when you arrive in Nepal. Bring a couple of ways to get cash. Ex: ATM card, credit card, travelers cheques.

Not Essential, but Nice to Have

  • Phone. You can buy a pretty cheap SIM card and minutes to use while you are here.
  • USB drive. Nice to keep your files and transfer between internet cafes.
  • A good book to read
  • Marshmallows to enjoy around the campfire in the evenings!
  • A Nepali language book, they can be bought in Kathmandu
  • A few pictures of your family and friends to show around.
  • Light rain jacket and/or small umbrella to use for sun/rain cover
  • Binoculars to view Himalayas and wildlife.
  • Items that may be useful in the village school such as pens, pencils and books.

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

FAQ's

Practicalities

What should I wear on my feet while trekking?

Make sure you wear an old, trusted pair of reliable and comfortable trekking boots or shoes. If purchasing a new pair, do so a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure, to allow time to break them in properly. It is so important to avoid the possibility of getting blisters, something as simple as that could negatively impact on your trek. We recommend you wear woolen socks when trekking, as they keep your feet warm and dry.

How much money do you recommend I bring with me for my trek?

Your trekking fee covers most of your costs, including all of your meals, accommodation, permits and the flight in and out of Lukla (where this destination is included in your trek). However, the costs of “luxuries” are not covered (such as coffee, sweets, alcohol and other souvenirs you may wish to purchase along the way). We recommend you budget approximately $20 per day, to comfortably cover any additional expenses you may encounter.

What can I expect to happen if the flight in/out of Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

This can happen due to weather conditions. If your flight in or out of Lukla is delayed, you may end up having to wait 1-2 days for another flight. We recommend that you allow an extra couple of days, when booking your flight out of Nepal, to allow for such an occurrence. The additional time spent in Lukla or Kathmandu will be a personal expense to you, but we will be very happy to organise any logistics, such as your accommodation in Lukla or Kathmandu. Another option is to use a privately chartered helicopter. The cost for this is high, but it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you meet any deadlines you may have.

How much weight can my porter carry?

We’re different to most other trekking companies, in that our porters are often female (to empower and provide employment), and we set the limit at 15kg. Many other trekking companies use 1 porter for 2 clients, with an expectation they carry up to 40kg; we do not agree with this and do not want to place such hardships upon our team members. 10kg is plenty for your trek and you would also be carrying your personal daypack, which generally weighs 5kg.

Will I have access to the internet and other telecommunications during my trek?

You will have reliable Internet access in most places. Many lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek have Internet access, but you must purchase usage. On other treks it varies, but overall, coverage in Nepal is reasonable but slow. Our team has access to satellite phones during treks, to call for support in the event of an emergency.

Can you provide me with more information on your terms and conditions and also information on your cancellation policy?

Yes, please famialise yourself with our detailed terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help!

Health & Safety

How do I know if I’m physically strong enough for the trek?

If you’re in doubt about whether or not you would be able to undertake the trek, we recommend that you visit your doctor for a health check. Overall good health and determination, combined with good coordination and balance, will all work in your favour.

How will I be supported if I have an injury, or if I become sick during the trek?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our professional guides are skilled and experienced when responding to emergencies. Take on Nepal have a comprehensive risk management document, that ensures most possibilities have been carefully addressed and plans put in place. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and through their experience and knowledge, know when to call a helicopter for an emergency evacuation. With Take on Nepal, you are in safe hands.

How will I adjust to the change in altitude?

At altitude, sickness can set in at any time. We pace our treks to allow your body to adjust to the change in climate and our team monitoring your wellbeing, throughout the trek. The most common form of altitude sickness is actually called “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). It’s the least dangerous form and symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. In most cases, it is treatable through rest and many people make it to their destination. If your condition worsens, you will be evacuated out of the region by helicopter, to receive medical treatment at a hospital.

I’m a female, is it safe for me to travel alone?

As a female, Nepal is generally very safe. Many of our team members are female and much of our work centres around empowering young women and girls. Most, if not all of our treks, will have a female staff member on board, who will give you strength and inspiration as you trek through the mountains of Nepal.

Trekking In Nepal

What does an average day of trekking in Nepal look like?

You will trek for between 4 and 7 hours every day. Our treks are moderately paced, it is not a race. We want you to enjoy the experience and to learn about your surrounds from your guide.

What kind of accommodation is used?

Most accommodation during your treks will be in trekking lodges; the lodges provide basic sleeping facilities and tasty meals. Local families usually operate the lodges. Your evenings will be spent chatting to your guides, porters and fellow trekkers. Unless you have paid an additional charge for a single room, you will share your room with 1 or 2 other trekkers of the same gender. Couples will share a room of their own. Again, the lodges are basic; do not compare them in your mind to any accommodation you have stayed in in Western countries.

Where and what will we be eating during our trek?

On the more heavily touristed trekking trails, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna treks, you will be able to choose from menus with quite a few choices. You will eat dinner and breakfast at the lodge you are staying in, lunch will be at another lodge along the way. Daal bhaat is guaranteed to be on the menu at every stop off, and you can be sure this will be what you guide and porters will be eating. Daal Bhaat isn’t just the most popular meal in Nepal, for many Nepalis it’s the only meal they ever eat. Twice a day, every day of their lives and they don’t feel they’ve eaten properly without it!

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

What precautions do I need to take in relation to drinking water?

You will be able to purchase bottled water all along your trekking route. As a general rule, the cost increases the more isolated you are. We highly recommend you take water-purifying tablets with you, or a water-purifying pen. These can also be purchased in Kathmandu. During your trek, it is crucial that you drink plenty of water, if you don’t, the risk of becoming unwell is much higher.

Getting Organised

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. You need to ensure that the travel insurance purchased insures for helicopter evacuation above 5500m.

Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal, for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What do you recommend that I take on my trip with me?

The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The list below outlines the standard clothing we recommend, for trekking 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Your packing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

What items should I NOT take with me for my trek?

Jeans, Jumpers / Sweaters, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes, Dresses or Hair Dryers.

What about entry fees into national parks and trekking permits, do you organize that?

We organise all this for you. All the costs are included in the cost of your trek.

What time of year do you recommend I undertake my trek?

All seasons have their pros and cons, but as a general rule, the best time to trek in Nepal is from February to May, when the temperature has warmed after Winter. September through to December is also a fabulous time to trek, during these months the clouds start lifting after the Monsoon rains of June and July, which often leaves you with spectacular views of the Himalayas.

Essentials

Will I be able to do this?

Yes! If you are physically fit, if you love the outdoors and if you have a positive attitude, you will make it. Altitude sickness or injury can end your trek, but this only affects a small percentage of people who trek. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training, prior to your departure, to ensure it is a positive experience for you.

Do I need to have a guide?

You can go it alone, but we can assure you it would be a vastly different experience. Our guides bring with them knowledge and experience; this becomes a bridge between the two cultures. You are guaranteed to learn so much more about Nepal and the terrain through which you are trekking, when you are guided. You are also providing employment to people who rely on tourism to survive, they are passionate about their work and we are sure your guide will soon become a friend to you.

I understand that my guide and porter may be female. Can you give me more information about this?

In the mountain villages of Nepal, opportunities for women are few. Many young girls have little or no education, and marriage at an early age is still common. Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children Charity have been working to change this, for many years.

As Take on Nepal has grown, we’ve begun hiring young women and girls from Batase, first to work as porters and then as guides, roles that up to now have been seen as exclusively male. For young village girls, early exposure to paid work as porters and the experience of interacting with Western women, is an eye opener. It provides them with a glimpse of other possible futures, futures far different from the lives their mothers lived and to the lives they may have thought they were going to live.

The trekking industry in Nepal is a male dominated environment. Women guides are unheard of, which is surprising when you consider that a huge proportion of Western trekkers visiting Nepal are women. Spend a few nights staying at various lodges on the trails and you will see that 60% of all trekkers are women, many coming from European countries. At Take on Nepal, we’re all about empowering women, giving the village girls the opportunities that their brothers have and opening their eyes to the possibilities of a larger world.

Can I take my children to Everest Base Camp?

It is becoming quite common for families to trek to Everest Base Camp together. Children aged 9 and upwards have trekked comfortably to Everest Base Camp and why not take your parents too! Age should not be a barrier to undertake this experience, as long as family members are fit, healthy and have a positive frame of mind, it is a possibility. We can tailor a trek specifically for the needs of your family, as we do recommend adding a few extra days on to the trek.

Do I need to undertake a training program to complete my trek?

This is highly recommended as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. We offer a helpful training program for you, once you have booked, and we’re always on hand to answer your questions. Our team will support and encourage you throughout your trek. Our treks are paced to allow plenty of time for you to reach your daily destination. However, if you choose to undertake the trek without prior training, you will be fine, as long as you have great willpower and plenty of stamina to get you through the tough times.

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