Nepal Holidays

Nepal combines epic mountain scenery, little known endangered wildlife and some of the world's best treks and walks

Diminutive compared to its neighbours, within Nepal’s tiny confines you’ll find achingly beautiful epic mountain scenery and remote lowlands refuge to endangered wildlife.

Nepal first opened its doors to foreign visitors in the 1950s when mountaineers arrived to conquer the world’s highest peaks and explorers came in search of the yeti. It continues to be the trekking and climbing mecca of the world, but Nepal’s wilderness, wildlife and the cultural traditions interwoven with the mountains offer plenty of alternatives well below the summits - though the snow-capped peaks are rarely far from view.

In the Annapurna and Everest regions our private treks along ancient paths are sometimes considered 'easy' in trekking terms but the views are still nothing short of spectacular. They’re ideal for active families too. If you’re looking for something more immersive we offer fully supported ‘tea house’ treks or nights under canvas in the remotest valleys, perfect for those with a true spirit of adventure.

Though relatively unknown, Nepal is home to a fascinating variety of animal and plant life including some of the region’s most endangered large mammals, the greater one-horned rhinoceros and Asian elephant as well as red panda. Bird life includes sought after species such as Bengal Florican and Ibisbill. In Bardia National Park we trek in the company of elephants tracking tiger in the sal forests of the Terai lowlands.

THE LESS-IS-MORE FORMULA NATURAL HIGH ADVOCATES MAKES COMPLETE SENSE. LUXURY LIES IN EXPOSING THE SENSORY, INSTINCTIVE SELF TO THE SCENTS AND SOUNDS OF THE WILD”

- THE DAILY BEAST

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NEPAL IS PERFECT FOR ADVENTUROUS FAMILIES

For families who want to give their children an authentic cultural experience among spectacular mountain scenery, Nepal offers the ideal adventure.

Colossal mountains, a diverse mix of outdoor activities and a fascinating mix of cultures in Nepal add up to make an unforgettable family holiday. There are plenty of chances to get stuck in, discover a life that’s as far removed from home it can be, broaden your horizons and spend quality time together as a family.  

For lovers of nature, mountains and the outdoors we offer a choice of treks and shorter hikes tailored to suit families, mountain biking, exciting white water rafting and gentle river floats. Family  activities range from riding (and washing) elephants in search of tigers and wildlife safaris to vibrant ceremonies and festivals in the Kathmandu Valley, not to mention Kathmandu’s bazaars, which are a tantalising assault on younger senses. The diminutive size of Nepal means that it’s realistic for your family to pack the highlights into a two week holiday. 

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OUR TOP EXPERIENCES IN NEPAL

Track Tiger on foot with elephants

A journey into the heart of the jungle book tracking the Bengal Tiger

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OUR TOP EXPERIENCES IN NEPAL

FAMILY ADVENTURES IN NEPAL

Elephants & rhino, white water rafting and a mini-trek from Kathmandu to the Himalayas

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When to go to Nepal

The two best times to visit Nepal, particularly for trekking, are immediately pre and post the monsoon

The peak season for visiting Nepal, particularly for trekking, is from late September to mid December. Following the monsoon rains the foothills are newly clothed in green, the air is fresh and trekking is beneath cloudless skies with crystal clear views of the Himalayas. The best time for each trek depends on the elevations traversed.

From the end of February to mid-April it is warm and dry, the Terai’s long grass has been cut, improving wildlife sightings in Chitwan and Bardia national parks and rhododendrons slowly begin flower. This season brings a second wave of visitors, including trekkers, though it’s not such a popular time as autumn you will have many trails to yourself. 

Haze gradually obscures the mountains from lower elevations towards the end of April, with cloud cover and heat building until the monsoon rains finally fall from June to August or September.

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Where to stay in Nepal

Although lacking in any truly luxurious places to stay Nepal is home to handful of stylish camps and lodges that strive to have only a positive impact on their local community and environment. Our favourites manage this with aplomb.

On foot in the Himalayas, we favour using small cosy lodges where they exist; with a hot shower at the end of the walking day, a freshly cooked meal and a good night’s sleep in a comfortable bed, well-rested we think you’re more likely to relish your next day’s hike and reach your goal. On trails in the Annapurna region the lodges are usually located on the fringe of small hill villages and built in traditional Nepali style with views of the mountains. Often called ‘luxury’ lodges, they are actually relatively simple, but with their high standards of maintenance and service, en-suite bathrooms and drinks around the evening camp fire they are certainly luxurious in this remote part of the world.  

On some treks we use tea houses, each a combination of guest house, restaurant, and social den where you stay at the end of each trekking day. The rooms are very basic with a bed and pillow - you need to bring your own sleeping bag – and bathrooms are generally shared. However, tea houses are an important source of income for local people who have few employment options in the mountains and many of them are run by women. In the remotest regions where there is an unreliable supply of tea houses we offer fully supported camping treks using small lightweight tents.

On safari, Karnali Lodge in Bardia has been designed in local Tharu style using mud brick and thatch that fits perfectly with its environment and with its commitment to sustainable tourism is run to have minimum impact on it. Its high standard of naturalists is aspired to by others right across the sub-continent.

Natural High shines rays of adventurous light into some of the least explored, most exciting corners of the wider world”

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Nepal's top wilderness areas

NEPAL'S HIMALAYA

SOME OF THE BEST TREKKING IN THE WORLD AMID UNBEATABLE MOUNTAIN SCENERY

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Nepal's top wilderness areas

CHITWAN & BARDIA

OFF THE BEATEN TRACK INTO UNDISTURBED WILDERNESS

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Vanessa Janion
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Andrea Hulme
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All of us at Natural High have over 20 years’ experience in the countries we offer. We’ve lived there, worked there and arranged countless one-off journeys for clients. We live to travel – and love to share our tips on what’s really worth doing. For expert advice (and a traveller’s tale or two), speak to one of our team. They’ll be happy to let you in on their travel secrets, and help you plan a tailor-made trip that’s truly unforgettable.

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