Kathmandu to Chitwan Family Nepal Holiday

Scenic 4-day mini trekking and village homestay








From $1,940 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Enjoy a fun Nepalese cooking session in Kathmandu
  • Views of the Nepal Himalaya from Sirauchuli Peak
  • Jungle activity, including elephant ride at Chitwan National Park
  • See Kathmandu\'s highlights including the Monkey Temple

Home to both high mountains and lowland jungle, the suprising diversity of Nepal makes it perfect for a family adventure holiday. We have designed this short family holiday to offer a taste of Nepal's finest elements, conscious that it should work within half term holidays as well as Christmas and Easter breaks. Our journey begins in Kathmandu, the vibrant Nepalese capital. After orientation, we visit a local market to buy the ingredients for a cookery lesson where we will learn how to make dhal and chappatis or other traditional Nepalese fare. The next day we drive west to begin our short trek through a part of the ‘Middle Hills' of the Himalaya, home to the Chepang people. From Hugdi, on the banks of the Trisuli River, we trek to the villages of Hattibang and Upardhangadhi where we will spend a total of 3 nights as the guests of villagers in their homes. Rising early, we can walk to the summit of Sirauchuli (1900m) for sunrise views of the distant Himalaya to the north and the Indian Gangetic plane to the south. Shifting our focus to nearby Chitwan and its famous national park, we enjoy elephant rides and keep our eyes peeled for tigers! Returning to Kathmandu by plane, there's a last chance for souvenir hunting before saying a final Namaste! With a variety of activities and a wonderful insight into the life of the villages of rural Nepal, this is a family holiday which will provide lasting memories.

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 6 yrs old

This is a family adventure holiday combining cultural encounters, wildlife safaris and easy trekking. Comfortable hotel accommodation is provided in Kathmandu and at Chitwan. The accommodation during the homestays will be basic but welcoming. The 4-day trek through the middle hills of Nepal is not particularly tough and the route has been designed with little legs in mind. However, all members of the family should be comfortable with walking for up to 4 or 5 hours at an easy pace but on mixed terrain including some steep sections of path. With its up-close and personal look at village life, as well as wildlife viewing and intoxicating Kathmandu, this holiday should appeal to anyone who is curious about the world.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu.Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Market visit to buy ingredients for cooking class. Kathmandu Monkey Temple visit.
  • Drive west to Himalayan foothill village of Hugdi. Afternoon walk to Hattibang village.
  • Experience local life in the rural village. Optional walk to Sirauchuli Peak (1990m).
  • Continuing trekking through forest to the village of Upardhangadhi.
  • Walk out to Shaktikhor and transfer to Chitwan National Park.
  • Day of activities, including elephant breeding centre, canoeing or a jungle walk.
  • Morning at Chitwan. Fly to Kathmandu.
  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers are provided.
Sat 24 Oct - Sun 01 Nov Code FDN /05/15/ Adult$1,940 Child$1,140 Status Available Book now
Sun 20 Dec - Mon 28 Dec Code FDN /06/15/ Adult$1,940 Child$1,140 Status Available Book now
Sun 27 Dec - Mon 04 Jan Code FDN /07/15/ Adult$1,940 Child$1,140 Status Available Book now
Sat 13 Feb - Sun 21 Feb Code FDN /01/16/ Adult$2,100 Child$1,295 Status Available Book now
Sat 26 Mar - Sun 03 Apr Code FDN /02/16/ Adult$2,100 Child$1,295 Status Available Book now
Sat 02 Apr - Sun 10 Apr Code FDN /03/16/ Adult$2,100 Child$1,295 Status Available Book now
Sat 22 Oct - Sun 30 Oct Code FDN /04/16/ Adult$2,100 Child$1,295 Status Available Book now
Thu 22 Dec - Fri 30 Dec Code FDN /05/16/ Adult$2,100 Child$1,295 Status Available Book now
Sat 24 Dec - Mon 02 Jan Code FDN /06/16/ Adult$2,100 Child$1,295 Status Available Book now
Sat 11 Feb - Sun 19 Feb Code FDN /01/17/ Adult$2,100 Child$1,295 Status Available Book now
Sat 08 Apr - Sun 16 Apr Code FDN /02/17/ Adult$2,100 Child$1,295 Status Available Book now
Sat 15 Apr - Sun 23 Apr Code FDN /03/17/ Adult$2,100 Child$1,295 Status Available Book now
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Kathmandu on the dates shown above. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Kathmandu Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements and transfers' section in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and this trip is showing the 'Guaranteed to Run or Limited' symbol. If your trip is still showing 'Spaces', we will contact you as soon as it has reached the guaranteed status.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu.Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Arriving in Kathmandu we will be met by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with a holiday briefing from your tour leader. Depending on flight times there may be an opportunity for you to get acquainted with the tourist area of the city known as Thamel before we go out together for the evening meal at a traditional restaurant.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Market visit to buy ingredients for cooking class. Kathmandu Monkey Temple visit.

    Today we will learn the art of Nepalese cooking. Similar to, but distinct from Indian cuisine, the Nepalese have their own recipes and spice combinations which we will learn all about from a Nepalese chef. First of all we will all go together to the market to buy the necessary ingredients for a traditional array of dishes. We will then be shown how to cook these and finally we can enjoy the fruits of our labours with a delicious home cooked lunch. After lunch, we will have a sightseeing visit to one of the Kathmandu’s highlights, such as Swayambhunath – the ‘Monkey Temple’. We have our second night in Kathmandu.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Drive west to Himalayan foothill village of Hugdi. Afternoon walk to Hattibang village.

    After an early breakfast, we board our minibus and soon we are leaving the city behind as we climb out of the Kathmandu Valley and drive through a fabulous landscape of terraced hills and distant snow-capped mountains. We drive for approximately 3 hours through the foothills of the Himalaya to reach the village of Hugdi. Here we meet our trek crew and while the porters sort out their loads we set off walking through the farmland and villages of rural Nepal. There is plenty of time to stop and take photos or pass the time with the village children who will be very curious about us. After 4 or 5 hours we will arrive at the picturesque village of Hattibang, where we meet our hosts for the next 2 nights homestay.

    • Accommodation Homestay

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    • Time 4 hours

  • Experience local life in the rural village. Optional walk to Sirauchuli Peak (1990m).

    Today we will experience local village life in Nepal. We are free to explore the area or we can choose to participate in the various household tasks with the local family. There is also an option to make an early start and walk to the top of Sirauchuli Peak (1990m), the highest peak in the district, for views extending to the main Himalayan chain. We take our lunch and dinner with our hosts. The idea behind the homestay is a relaxed and informal cultural exchange between a local family and us. They will want to learn all about our lives too and it is a good idea to bring along photographs of home to give them an insight into our lives. We spend our second night in the homestay at Hattibang.

    • Accommodation Homestay

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  • Continuing trekking through forest to the village of Upardhangadhi.

    Today we say goodbye to our hosts and continue the trek, passing through a lovely forested area that has the reputation of being home to more species of birds than anywhere in Nepal. We take our lunch in the village of Chepang and then continue to the fortress of Upardhangadhi which was once used as a customs house. Ten minutes below the fort we come to the village of Upardhangadhi, where we have another homestay. We take dinner with our new hosts and stay overnight in their home.

    • Accommodation Homestay

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    • Time 4 hours

  • Walk out to Shaktikhor and transfer to Chitwan National Park.

    Leaving Upardhangadhi we trek mostly downhill as we head south and out of the Himalayan foothills. Coming to a river, the trail follows its twists and turns with occasional bridge crossings, until we reach the roadhead and our waiting vehicles at Shaktikhor. We are now on the plains which stretch all the way into India. We take our lunch in Shaktikhor and then drive to our resort in the Chitwan National Park. After settling in we can choose to explore the local area by bicycle. Dinner and overnight at the resort.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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    • Time 3 hours

  • Day of activities, including elephant breeding centre, canoeing or a jungle walk.

    Set up as a national park in 1973, Chitwan gained World Heritage status in 1984. The park encompasses 932 sq km of sal forest, water marshes and grassland and is one of the last refuges of the endangered one-horned Indian rhino. Within the park there are also sizable populations of tigers, leopards and the rare Gangetic dolphin. We begin a day of jungle activity with an early morning elephant-back safari. There is also the chance to visit the elephant breeding centre, do some canoeing and/or to take a jungle walk with a knowledgeable naturalist guide. After a day of activity we have dinner and spend our second night at the resort.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • Morning at Chitwan. Fly to Kathmandu.

    It is well worth the effort of getting up early to cycle out to the area of the ’20,000 lakes’ for some wildlife spotting. After breakfast we will visit a model Tharu village where there is a museum of Tharu culture and where we can see traditional handicrafts being made. After lunch at the resort, we drive to the airport and take the short approx 45mins flight over the terraced foothills to the Kathmandu Valley. Arriving in Kathmandu we check in at the group hotel and this evening we will go out for a celebratory meal in one of the city’s famous restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Departure day. Kathmandu Airport transfers are provided.

    The end of the holiday, but we will leave with many memories of this remarkable country and its very special people. KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Complimentary airport transfers from the group hotel are provided.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local KE leader
  • Airport transfers and all transfers within the itinerary
  • The internal flight from Chitwan to Kathmandu
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals throughout the holiday
  • A 4-day trek with a local support crew
  • A cookery course and guided sightseeing in Kathmandu

  • Travel insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for porters and other trek staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

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.

All families travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

During this holiday the group will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a comfortable, centrally-located hotel with swimming pool. There are 3 nights in homestays where the accommodation may be quite simple with shared washing facilities and toilets. We also have 2 nights at a comfortable 'jungle lodge resort' in the Chitwan National Park.

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 12 yrs 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.

Additional hotel nights are available pre and post the holiday. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The food served during the homestay will be traditional Nepali fare, using locally sourced ingredients and cooked for us by our hosts. Your hosts will know how to cater for westerners and especially kids and it should be possible to take into account most peoples tastes. In Kathmandu, 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. All meals including those taken at restaurants are included in the trip price.

All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 9, are included in the holiday price.

Approximately £300 - £400 per family (based on 2 adults and 2 children) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including approximately. £20 - £30 per family member for tips to local staff. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepalese rupees) prior to departure. It is also possible to withdraw cash from ATM’s in Kathmandu.and changing money is easy. If you are bringing your travel money with you we recommend that you carry this as cash rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. Sterling, Euros and US Dollars are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal.

Internal Flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in a recent independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2013. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk.

The group will be accompanied by an experienced, English-speaking local KE leader throughout the holiday. During the trek the group will be supported by a trek crew, including baggage porters. During our stay at Chitwan the group will be accompanied by local naturalist guides and elephant handlers.

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. We recommend that you give tips from the group as a whole rather than individually and decide the level of tipping as a group. Tips for the trek crew should be given at the end of the trek. You may also want to tip your Kathmandu and Chitwan guides and your tour leader can advise you on the level of tips. As a guide, we recommend that each family contributes around £20 - 30 (in rupees) to a tipping pool.

During the 4-day trek your luggage will be carried by porters and on this section of the holiday the packed weight of each family members’ trek bag should be no more than 15 kgs, including sleeping bag. It is possible to leave items not required on trek at the group hotel in Kathmandu. There will also be a luggage limit set by your international carrier.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

All nationalities need a valid passport and a current Nepalese Visa for entry into Nepal. The easiest way to get your Nepal visa is on arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa fees must be paid in cash. The most convenient currency to purchase Nepalese visas is US dollars, but GB pounds and Euros are also accepted. The charges for the visa depend on your length of stay (please see fee information below). Two passport photos are also needed. Photographs can be obtained at the airport but this may be time-consuming.

Nepal visa fees (Multiple Entry). 15 days: US$25, 30 days: US$40, 90 days: US$100

Note that visa fees can change without warning and we advise that you bring extra cash as a contingency.

Please note that if you are travelling to Nepal via Delhi 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 (into Delhi and from Delhi to Kathmandu), you will not need an India Visa. Please note that the responsibility for ensuring you have the necessary visas, travel permits etc, for your chosen route of travel to the joining point, lies entirely with you. We are always happy to give advice on these requirements if you contact us.

Note that if you book a UK flight-inclusive package with KE using Jet Airways or Air India via Delhi, you will not require an India visa.

Important Notes:

For all regions of Nepal you are now required to have a permit to trek / bike. To apply for this we must have your full passport details before your departure. We recommend you also take 4 passport photographs with you to Nepal.

We require additional items for following trips:

Annapurna trips (ANS, ASL, ACL, APL, AEL, ANL, ANC, UAT), Dhaulagiri via the French Pass (DLG), and Royal Trek and Chitwan (RTC).

1 passport photograph to be sent / emailed to the KE office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

1 passport photograph plus 1 copy of the information page of your passport to be sent / emailed to the KE office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. The packed weight of your trek bag while trekking should be no more than 15 kgs./33 lbs.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof overtrousers / rainpants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts
  • Casual shirt and/or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper/sweater
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • 2 – 3 season sleeping bag
  • Headtorch/Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre (1 Quart) x2
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small towel
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Daypack 25 –3 0 litres
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, Imodium, painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles
  • Training shoes /Sneakers or similar
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Scarf or buff
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Nailbrush
  • Wet wipes
  • Swimwear
  • Travel clothes
  • Camera, memory cards, batteries
  • Penknife (remember to pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Toys / games / music/ books etc.
  • Photographs of home to show local people

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Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. 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 FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a walking holiday getting some additional exercise. Even the youngsters will benefit from some kind fun activity ahead of your holiday. You should be comfortable with walking at an easy pace for around 5 hours in a day on a variety of terrain including some steep paths. Running and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

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 November 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.

Your Child’s Health Abroad. Matthew Ellis and Jane Wilson-Howarth, (Bradt publications). Travel With Children. Maureen Wheeler (Lonely Planet). Nepal. Lonely Planet guidebook. The Trekkers Handbook. Tom Gilchrist.

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