Famous as the home of the world’s highest mountain, Mount Everest (8848m) Nepal is well known as a trekker’s paradise, but the variety on offer also makes it an excellent option for families looking for adventure. Whether you want to hike through the Annapurna foothills or try your luck at spotting rhino in Chitwan National Park there is something to appeal to all ages.
Kathmandu is a bustling mix of Buddhist and Hindu culture. From soaking up the atmosphere of Durbar Square in the heart of the city to counting the monkeys hanging round in the gardens of the Monkey Temple of Swayambunath, perched high on a hilltop overlooking the valley, there is plenty to keep the children interested.
Most visitors leave the city after a few days and head towards the main trekking regions. The Annapurna region offers a great variety from gentle hiking in the foothills to tougher treks into the Annapurna Sanctuary. The great bulk of the Annapurna range including Machhapuchhre, the fishtail mountain, is ever present offering wonderful views as you walk. The Everest Region is a land of high passes, rocky barren landscapes and the highest mountain on earth.
Whilst the altitude makes the trekking a little tougher here there are plenty of inspirational views for motivation. Whichever region you choose there will be plenty of ‘Nepali flat’ each day – a little up, a little down! Younger legs can often feel a little tired but there is plenty of support on hand from the friendly trekking crew, a helping lift along the way or just a cool drink and a rest in a local teahouse.
Wildlife lovers should head for Chitwan National Park. Located in the terai the land is as flat as a pancake and in direct contrast to the trekking regions. One of the best ways to view the wildlife is by taking an elephant safari through the forest. Look out for the rare Asian one-horned rhino, sloth bear and gharial (gangetic crocodile) as well as parakeets, hornbills and paradise flycatchers.
After spotting wildlife in the morning it’s time to help the elephants cool off with a nice river bath in the afternoon. Both children and parents will get a soaking as the elephants enjoy their down time!