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Beyond the Annapurnas - Family Nepal Trek

Nepal
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Available Departures: Apr, Oct

13 days from

US$2,455

Adult

US$1,245

Child
without flights
Multi Activity
Family
MODERATE MODERATE

Family holiday in Nepal including a short trek and the cultural flavours of Kathmandu and Pokhara

Trip Code: FNT
Minimum child age: 10
Child discount up to and including age: 11
Holiday Grades

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To show the relative difficulty of our holidays, each trip is graded on a scale of 1 to 12, with 12 being the most challenging. Although we have tried to make our grading system as clear as possible, it cannot take into account your personal interests, abilities or experience. If you have any questions about the nature of a particular trip or its suitability for you, please read the 'Is this holiday for you?' section or contact us.

 1 - 3 LEISURELY
1 - 3 LEISURELY

Suitable for most people in good health, holidays at this grade include only limited amounts of activity.

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4 - 6 MODERATE
4 - 6 MODERATE

Suitable for reasonably fit individuals, such as weekend walkers and cyclists. There can be the occasional more difficult day.

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7 - 9 CHALLENGING
7 - 9 CHALLENGING

Physically challenging holidays, where you need to be prepared before you go.

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10 - 12 TOUGH
10 - 12 TOUGH

Our toughest holidays, involving many long days, often in isolated areas. A high level of fitness and previous wilderness and mountain experience is essential.

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Beyond the Annapurnas - Family Nepal Trek

10+

Age

Family Bike Rides

Cooking

Highlights
  • Stunning 6 day trek suitable for families to Mohare Danda (3300m) with views of the Annapurnas
  • Glorious sunrise over the snow-capped 8000m peaks of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna
  • Visit and learn about the colourful Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas in Kathmandu
  • Options for a Nepalese cooking session and cycling in Pokhara

At a Glance
  • Group Size 4 to 12
  • Sightseeing
  • 6 days trekking
  • Join In Kathmandu

Accommodation & Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 nights Hotel with swimming pool
  • 1 nights Homestay
  • 1 nights Hotel
  • 4 nights Lodge
Overview

Nepal is the classic destination for trekking and we have put together a perfect itinerary for you and your family to incorporate a short trek and see many cultural aspects of this fascinating country. And you don’t have to camp, or get worried about altitude – just walk and enjoy the spectacular views of those famous, and stunning, 8000m snow-capped peaks such as Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. We start with a couple of days in Kathmandu soaking in the atmosphere and learning about Hinduism and Buddhism by visiting the enormous Boudhanath stupa and Pashupatinath Temple. Our trek starts with a transfer from Pokhara to a village on the Jomsom road. From here we ascend through terraced foothills on the outskirts of the Annapurna Conservation Area and over the next few days up onto the southern section of the Khopra Danda ridge. This is a less walked route, so we can truly experience rural Nepal and its welcoming people. Our highest point is the stupendous viewpoint at Mohare Danda (3300m). Here we watch the sunrise over these immense peaks for a truly humbling and memorable experience. We descend past the popular Poon Hill and along the main Annapurna Circuit track. We have a night in the lake side town of Pokhara before a day in Kathmandu where we have the option of a ‘cooking like a local’ session. Our trek is especially designed for families to take it easy on the altitude without any compromise on the trekking quality and those Himalayan views.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children aged 10yrs+ There are 6 days of trekking during the 2 week holiday. The trekking days are between 3 - 6 hours each. They are on well-maintained paths following well established routes, but still away from the main crowds. The first couple of days are mainly ascent (3 – 4 hrs per day), and the last couple of days are mostly descent (4 – 5 hrs per day) – we are in the Hi …

Suitable for children aged 10yrs+ There are 6 days of trekking during the 2 week holiday. The trekking days are between 3 - 6 hours each. They are on well-maintained paths following well established routes, but still away from the main crowds. The first couple of days are mainly ascent (3 – 4 hrs per day), and the last couple of days are mostly descent (4 – 5 hrs per day) – we are in the Himalayas after all! There can be numerous stone steps on the path. The pace is not fast, so with some enthusiasm and appreciation for the beauty of these incredible mountains and beautiful people, families with a reasonable level of fitness will be able to thoroughly enjoy this holiday. The maximum altitude is 3300 metres for 1 night. There is no camping as we stay in tea houses, community lodges and 1 night in a homestay. These are simple accommodations with a range of rooming from twin rooms to family rooms. Usually the toilet facilities are separate (not en suite). Whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara we stay in comfortable hotels with swimming pools.

Why KE?

This family trekking trip is unique to KE and takes a low altitude, and less trekked route to see rural life and completely stunning views. We also have time in Kathmandu and Pokhara to relax and do fun stuff such as cooking and painting a Nepali mask - it’s a winner!

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Itinerary

Your holiday starts at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Airport transfers to the group hotel are provided. Depending on arrival times, you will be able to have a swim in the hotel pool, a rest and freshen up before meeting with guide in the late afternoon. We drive to Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple) and from here watch our first Nepali sunset over the Kathmandu Valley. This is one of the oldest stupas in Nepal and is now an important centre for Buddhism. Adorned with prayer flags and painted gold it is beautiful and peaceful. We then have dinner at a traditional local restaurant where they serve classic Nepali food. It is a great start and introduction to our holiday in Nepal.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

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This morning we learn about the two main religions of Nepal: Hinduism and Buddhism. We visit the two most important heritage sites of Kathmandu, the Pashupatinath Temple, which is famous amongst Hindus and the Boudhanath stupa, famous amongst Buddhists. It is a very interesting morning and gives us a deeper understanding about the people of Nepal. This afternoon we have a briefing about our trek, as well as some free time when we can relax in the peaceful gardens of our hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Today we set off early on the road to Pokhara. This journey along the Prithvi Highway normally takes around 7 hours. It is a spectacular road through the Himalayan foothills, forested valleys and passing many small settlements. On clear days we get glimpses of the mighty snow-capped peaks. We have comfort breaks and a lunch stop at a roadside restaurant. Depending on our arrival time we'll be able to relax on arrival, and a swim in the pool if it's a warm day. We have dinner at the hotel. Tonight we will organise our luggage so as not to take extra surplus items on trek. These can be left safely at the hotel.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

After breakfast we set off into the mountains. This scenic journey to Galeshwor is approximately a 4-5 hours drive. The road takes us around the edge of the Annapurna Conservation Area with its impressive and stunning 8000m peaks. We start to see true rural Nepali life in this area. The start of our linear trek is in the small village of Galeshwor on the Jomsom Road. This village lies on the banks of the mighty Kali Gandaki River and is surrounded by the foothills of the mountain giants, which are covered in forest or terraced for the village farmers. We arrive for a late lunch and have the rest of the afternoon to explore and relax.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B

Our first day trekking is an exciting moment and there is usually some commotion before every one is ready and off we go. Often the porters will walk at a different speed to the group, and they usually arrive at the night's stop before us. We only have a short walk today but it's mostly uphill as we ascend into the mountains. The route is well marked and maintained, and will be a combination of steps and rocky paths. We have plenty of time so can stop for photos and breaks. Depending on the group we have lunch either along the way or when we arrive at the village of Banskharka. This is our first overnight stop. This section of our trek is away from the main tourist routes, which makes it delightfully rural and remote. We stay with a family in a homestay which is fun and exciting. There will be lots of people and family members to meet and greet, and we will experience a lot of smiles and generosity from these beautiful and humble people. These are truly special moments to share with your family, opening our children's eyes to the world and how people live in these remote communities.

Accommodation

Homestay

Ascent

700 M

Descent

80 M

Time

3 - 4 hrs trekking

Distance

4 KM

We continue our trek eastwards. Again this section of trail is off the beaten track so we usually only share the trail with the locals going about their daily lives. It is normal to see porters carrying large bulky loads on their heads up to the villages. Planks for house building, cable for bridges, doors, alongside hay for the animals from the fields, are all normal items seen taken along the trails. Our walk today is up hill again as we slowly gain a little more altitude. We take our time to enjoy the walk and the scenery as it changes to a different beauty as we go higher. The small community at the village of Nagi will give us a warm welcome. Tonight we stay at the community lodge belonging to the village as there are not enough tourists to have private tea houses (such as along the main routes). Views from Nagi are outstanding - and you will really feel like you are immersed in the Himalayas now with views of distant snow-capped mountains. We have time to explore the village of Nagi and meet some of the local people.

Accommodation

Lodge

Ascent

1100 M

Descent

450 M

Time

4 - 5 hrs trekking

Distance

9 KM

The path out of Nagi is fantastic, and mainly because of the awesome views of the 8000m peaks behind the layers of foothills. We gain some altitude today, and this is our longest walking day taking around 5-6 hours, but our legs should be suitably accustomed to hiking by now. We have views of the deep valley carved by the Kali Gandaki River from where we came. We head up to the Hampal Pass (3008m) where we meet the ridge which we follow along to Mohare Danda. The ridge is simply stunning, and we walk through rhododendron forests which are at their most magnificent in the Spring, and across flower filled alpine meadows. We finally arrive at our destination and a truly spectacular viewpoint - Mohare Danda. At 3300m this is our highest point of the trip. We overnight here in the community lodge which is perched on the very top of Mohare Danda where we can sit at the window and enjoy the mighty Himalayan vista of the Annapurnas, Machhapuchhre (fishtail mountain), Dhaulagiri, Tukche and many more. We can also sometimes see right down to Phewa Lake next to Pokhara. We are close to the famous Poon Hill from here, which is also in sight. But at Mohare Danda we are slightly higher, and there are not the hundreds of people that are found at Poon Hill for sunrise. It is stunning. We overnight here in the lodge and the meals are served from the productive vegetable garden tended by our hosts.

Accommodation

Lodge

Ascent

1100 M

Descent

200 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

9 KM

Climbing out of our sleeping bags we can watch the sunrise from the lodge, or outside at the viewpoint here at Mohare Danda. Being much quieter here, the experience feels more exclusive and all the more special! Having taken some memorable pictures, and soaked up this magical and tranquil atmosphere, we go back into the lodge for some breakfast and pack up for our walk today. We walk along the ridge, which is the southern section of the Khopra Danda ridge trail. This walk can offer breath taking views, with wisps of clouds swirling around and we might see some gigantic vultures and eagles circling. All along the ridge we have Dhaulagiri in the line of sight as we descend onto Poon Hill (3210m) where we enjoy the famous views before descending down to the small town/village of Ghorepani (2874m). We overnight in Ghorepani, which is on the main Annapurna trekking routes, meaning that is much busier than we have been used to. However there are benefits, and one is the many colourful knits that the locals are selling including hats, belts, gloves, cardigans and blankets etc. It is also fun to be with other trekkers and hear their stories and tales of their adventures.

Accommodation

Lodge

Ascent

150 M

Descent

500 M

Time

3 - 4 hrs trekking

Distance

6 KM

It's pretty much all downhill from here. The path is wide and well-built as we descend and there are some areas with many stone steps to go down. Rhododendron forests are also a feature in this area. They are enormous and exceptionally beautiful with pinks and reds, when in flower in the spring. We pass by numerous small villages and houses as we make our way down. It gets a little warmer as well. We overnight in the village of Tirkhedhunga just before Hile. It is a joyful walk as we are still feeling excited about our achievements of our trek up on the Mohare Danda ridge.

Accommodation

Lodge

Ascent

130 M

Descent

1500 M

Time

5 - 6 hrs trekking

Distance

11 KM

Our last day of trekking takes us out to the road head at Nayapul. The walking is either flat or downhill and the path turns into a dirt track road sometime before the main town. When we arrive in Nayapul it is suddenly odd to see cars driving along the roads because we've not seen any for a whole week. Here we say goodbye to our trekking team who have looked after us over the past week and board our vehicle back to Pokhara. Our drive is 1-2 hrs back to Pokhara and it gives us time to reflect on the wonderful walk that we have completed and the memories we have taken with us. In Pokhara we check into our hotel for a well-deserved shower, possibly a swim in the pool and dinner before rolling into bed.

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

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Ascent

250 M

Descent

700 M

Time

3 - 4 hrs trekking

Distance

9 KM

No rush today as we have a free day for you to relax and 'do your own thing'. The hotel has a swimming pool, bar and restaurant - so time can be spent here, or you can explore the laid-back town of Pokhara. It has many nice cafés, restaurants and optional activities that we can do if we have some energy. We can arrange hire bikes or a boat trip on the Phewa lake (which we saw up from the Mohare Danda).

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Leaving Pokhara we drive back to Kathmandu. Enjoying the views and happily satisfied from our trek it'll feel like a lifetime that we arrived on this road just a week ago. We should arrive back at our familiar Kathmandu hotel with time for a swim in the pool. Or we may wish to explore Kathmandu. This evening we enjoy a farewell celebratory dinner

Accommodation

Hotel with swimming pool

Meals

B L D

Your holiday ends after breakfast. Depending on our flight times we might be able to take part in the optional 'cooking like a local' experience. This is a morning session which finishes after lunch, so flights should not be booked before 1600 if you wish to take part. This is payable locally. Our specialist guide takes us to the bazaar in Kathmandu to source fresh ingredients, which we then take use to cook a classic Nepali dishes such as Mo Mo, Dal Bhat or Allo Paratha, which we then eat all up for lunch! Airport transfers are included on this day.

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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • Professional and qualified (Nepalese) tour leaders (Kathmandu guide and trekking guide)
  • Airport transfers for all flights on Day 1 and Day 13
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • All transfers required by the itinerary
  • All activities/excursions mentioned except where specified as 'optional'
  • All permits and entrance fees

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Any additional activities/excursions indicated as optional
  • Tips for guides and porters/trekking crew
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure - drinks and souvenirs etc

The group will meet at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Airport transfers are provided for all clients to the group hotel.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Meals on trek are not included. The tea houses and lodges in the mountains offer many different options of food for all meals. It is better for you to be able to choose your dish, rather than being restricted by a set menu after a day trekking. You should budget $20 per person per day for meals whilst on trek.

It is not recommended to drink untreated water from the taps. If you are on a trekking or cycling holiday, water is supplied to fill up your individual bottles. This will be boiled, filtered or provided in large jerry cans or 5 litre bottles. Additionally you should take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water when in towns or where water is not supplied. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles.

The food served when at the homestays, community lodges and tea houses will be a mix of traditional Nepali and international cuisine (pizza, chips, apple pie) using locally sourced ingredients and cooked for us by our hosts. Breakfast will include options of porridge, eggs, bread and hot drinks, lunch can be a simple meal with a hot drink, and dinners can be 3 courses consisting of soup, main meal and a simple pudding. Most of the lodges and tea-houses along the main trail sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and beer. In Kathmandu & Pokhara, there is a very wide variety of restaurants to choose from serving both traditional and international dishes. Here it is possible to order anything from steak and chips, to Hungarian goulash, and from cheeseburgers to pizzas.

 

Boiled water is the most effective method of purification, and this is provided at the homestays and lodges for a small charge. You should take hard plastic or metal water bottles for this purpose (2 x 1 litre bottles). Additionally you can bring along your own water purification tablets.

In Kathmandu we have 3 nights (2 at the start, and 1 at the end) in a well located hotel with peaceful gardens and swimming pool. In Pokhara we have 3 nights in a hotel with swimming pool and bar. The swimming pools can sometimes be a little too cold to enjoy fully during October to March. At the start of the trek we have 1 night in a simple hotel in small town of Galeshwar. As a general rule in the hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with 2 extra beds for a family of 4. Children over 12yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation.

The homestay experience at the rural village of Banskharka is very welcoming; your family will stay with a local host family, in rooms with either twin or triple beds. The rooming configurations available can vary in different homes. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' and the 'community lodges' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. Mostly these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. They also have rooms which are twin and sometimes a triple. Accommodation is basic in unheated rooms with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag.

Toilets at the homestay (1 night) are squat toilets (kept very clean), the majority of the others are standard sit-on style. Washing facilities are simple during the first few days during the more remote section, but further along the lodges and tea houses have shared washing and toilet facilities with some having solar powered showers (charged at $2 - $3 per shower).

At some tea houses/lodges have battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour).

If you are planning on extending your holiday additional nights at the group hotel are available on request.

The group will be led by professional and qualified Nepalese tour leaders. We have a city tour leader in Kathmandu, and when in the mountains we have a specialist trek leader. We also have porters to carry our baggage during our trek.

This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude.  During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres.  Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at high altitude.  You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

Approximately £500 (or equivalent in US dollars or Euros) per family of four should be allowed for tips, soft drinks, snacks and miscellaneous expenses. You should budget $20 per person per day for meals whilst on trek. You should take the majority of this money in Nepalese rupees. Alcoholic drinks, souvenirs and optional activities are additional so you may wish to budget for these.

It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Nepalese rupees) outside the country. You can choose to take your money in pounds sterling, dollars or euros. Please note: Scottish and Northern Ireland bank notes are not accepted in Nepal. There will be the opportunity to change money into local currency on arrival at the airport and your local leader will advise the best places to change money en-route. Additionally, you will be able to get currency from bank ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Credit cards are useful and it is a good idea to carry one in case of emergency.

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY COSTS:

Please note that these prices are correct at time of writing, but are subject to change without warning. All prices are in USD. Optional activities taken outside the KE holiday are at your own risk.

  • Cycling in Pokhara, with guide and good bike: USD $65 per day per person
  • Boating on Lake Phewa: approximately $8 per person
  • Cooking like a local: Voluntary donation - Pay on what you think its worth! (we recommend approximately $10-20 per person).

You do not need to pre-book any of these activities before arrival in Nepal. When in Nepal you can discuss the options with your guide and then book them.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying thank you for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your trek leader will give you help and advice on this. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend the contribution to these tips is £30-40 (in rupees) per family member. You should also consider tipping your leader who accompanies you in Kathmandu.

Our holidays are normally designed with minimal 'down time' at the start of the trip, but having a day or two at the beginning will have the additional benefit of allowing you time to get over the stress of a long journey or travelling across time zones, leaving you refreshed and ready for your holiday. We can easily arrange for you to have additional nights and airport transfers.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage, which should be a soft and sturdy duffel bag, and a day pack.  Your bag on trek will be carried by porters and should not weigh more than 15kg. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required at the group hotel. For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa process is partly automated and the fee is $30 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, $125 for 90 days. The visa is FREE for children under 10 years. The visa allows multiple re-entry. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted.

Part of this on-arrival visa process involves filling in a ‘Tourist Visa Application Form’ and you can simplify the procedure at Kathmandu Airport by filling this form in online (within 15 days of travelling) at this link. This generates a receipt which you present (hard copy or saved on your phone) on arrival. This should allow you to go straight to the cashier to pay for your visa and has the potential to save you time in the visa queue.

Whilst these are not now needed for the visa process, we recommend that you travel with at least 2 spare passport photographs.



If you are travelling via India (Delhi or Calcutta) to your destination you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey, you will not need an India Visa. Please download the detailed information document: Visa PDF India.

For this holiday we require a scanned copy of the main pages of your passport and a passport sized photo. You should also take these photos (2 per person) with you on your trip for the permits. Please email this to the office when your holiday is guaranteed to run.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid.

Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary.

On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee.

Getting some additional exercise before coming on an active holiday makes a lot of sense. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. You should be comfortable with walking 3 to 6 hours for consecutive days. Even the youngsters will benefit from some kind fun activity ahead of your holiday. Running, cycling and swimming will all help.

The best time to visit Nepal is from late September through to early May, outside of the Summer monsoon. For trekking in the middle hills, the most agreeable climate is usually found between End October and April when daytime temperatures at lower elevations are not too hot. For the rhododendron blooms, March to early May is the best time for a trek in the foothills. At the timings of this holiday you will encounter daytime highs of around 25ºC (a few degrees higher in early October and late April trips) and around 15ºC at higher elevations. At night temperatures will drop and evenings can be chilly, especially from December to February. Extended periods of rain or snow are very unlikely outside of the monsoon period but short-lived storms can and do occur.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

We welcome all family dynamics and we will try to accommodate you in the roomings of your choice. The only stipulation for joining a family group holiday is that 1 party member is 17yrs or under, and they are accompanied by an adult. An average group size is around 10 members in total. Further general information and FAQ's are available here: KE Family Adventure Holidays general information.

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

Please note that a paper copy of your travel insurance is required if you are travelling to Huaraz and the Huayhuash region.

Please try to keep the weight of your baggage to a minimum. See the ‘baggage allowance’ section for further details.

You should bring the following items:

  • Sleeping bag (comfort rated -10°C)
  • Hiking boots (waterproof)
  • Trainers / sandals
  • Walking / trekking socks
  • Underwear
  • Trekking trousers
  • Waterproof jacket and overtrousers
  • Warm jacket (lightweight down)
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Thermal baselayer – leggings & top
  • T-shirt, top and/or casual shirt
  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun protection (including for lips)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (x2) We encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic
  • Water purification tablets
  • Headtorch and spare batteries
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Trek towel
  • Daypack 25-30 litres (depending on how much of the children’s stuff you want to carry)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: painkillers, antiseptic cream/spray, throat lozenges, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite) and diarrhoea treatment (Imodium)

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (recommended)
  • Gaiters
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Shorts
  • Spare laces
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera
  • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Cotswold Outdoor Red PantonMany of the Equipment items listed above are available from Cotswold Outdoor - our 'Official Recommended Outdoor Retailer'. When you book a holiday with KE you will receive 12.5% discount voucher from Cotswold Outdoor and other retailers.
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Extensions

Extension Details

Chitwan Jungle Extension

3 Days

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. During two days of wildlife viewing in the Chitwan National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep by boat and on foot. 



Extension Code: CHTL

Extension Itinerary

KE extension package services begin with a transfer to Kathmandu airport for the flight to Bharatpur. You are met by a Tiger Tops representative and transfer to the lodge. After a welcome briefing, you head off for the first of your jungle activities which may be by jeep, on foot or by boat. We can enjoy an excellent meal from the Tharu kitchen before retiring.

Meals

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After an early wake-up call you will go out with your guide to catch the birds and animals at the watering hole. After breakfast at the lodge you will go out on safari again. As with yesterday your safaris can be by jeep, on foot or by boat. After a full day of wildlife viewing, you spend your final night at Tharu Lodge.

Meals

B L D

You have another opportunity this morning to observe the animals at the watering hole, then after breakfast at the lodge, you transfer to the airport for the flight to Kathmandu where KE extension package services end.

Meals

B
Whats Included
  • Return flights - Kathmandu / Bharatpur / Kathmandu
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Transfers to the lodge on arrival at Bharatpur Airport
  • 2 nights full board accommodation at Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge
  • Jungle activities including jeep rides / boat rides / nature walks and birdwatching
  • Airport departure tax
  • National park buffer zone fee
What's Not Included
  • Any additional hotel nights required in Kathmandu before or after the extension
  • Expenses of a personal nature - drinks and souvenirs etc.

Reviews

5 out of 5 from 1 review

Excellent holiday ★★★★★

Excellent holiday, very well organised. Great guides!

By Rebecca from Truro | 16 April 2024

Traveller Reviews
5 out of 5 from 1 review

Excellent holiday
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Excellent holiday, very well organised. Great guides!

By Rebecca from Truro | 16 April 2024

DATES & PRICES

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2024

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  • Beyond the Annapurnas - Family Nepal Trek
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FNT /03/24/
  • This trip begins on Sun 22 Dec and ends on Fri 3 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
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2025

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  • Beyond the Annapurnas - Family Nepal Trek
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FNT /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 6 Apr and ends on Fri 18 Apr
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
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  • Beyond the Annapurnas - Family Nepal Trek
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FNT /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 19 Oct and ends on Fri 31 Oct
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
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  • Beyond the Annapurnas - Family Nepal Trek
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: FNT /03/25/
  • This trip begins on Sun 21 Dec and ends on Fri 2 Jan
  • This departure is guaranteed. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$425
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Land Only Information

The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining Kathmandau. Airport transfers are included.

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Changes to flights

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