Nepal family adventure

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

We’re planning a family holiday in Nepal. We don’t want to do any significant trekking but feel we should do some walking to see the Himalayas from a closer vantage point. We like the idea of gentle rafting, and elephant and wildlife experiences will be appreciated by the children”

Charlotte and Jim

What we suggested and why

We began with a conversation to find out more about the family and the kind of things they all enjoy doing. They were well-travelled and the clients were keen to ensure that the children had an insight into a new culture while having a fun holiday.

We recommended travelling in the school Easter holidays when the weather in Nepal is warm and sunny with blue skies giving incredible clear mountain views, and making use of the internal flight network to minimise time spent in a car.

A couple of nights in a luxury heritage hotel in Kathmandu, packed with fascinating artefacts and a swimming pool perfect for a splash in between exploring the fascinating capital was our recommended start to the adventure.

We then suggested a short flight to Pokhara for a mini-trek in the Annapurna foothills of the Himalayas. With a private guide you can walk at your own pace. Hiking through classic Himalayan scenery of rice terraces and small pretty villages, on old trails with jaw-dropping views of snow-capped mountains is the stuff of dreams.  We arranged for stops to visit schools, find out about life in the mountains and meet local children who love to practice their English with young visitors. At night we planned overnight stays in small comfortable lodges en-route; each cosy room is en-suite with hot showers - quite a luxury in this area!

On returning to Pokhara for some more familiar food and the chance to meet young Tibetan monks we recommended a day of rafting and a night at river camp before continuing to Chitwan National Park in search of rhinoceros and taking elephants for a bath in the river.

The journey

Arrive Kathmandu and explore the temples and bazaars (2 nights)



In 1952, when the late Dwarika Das Shresta found carpenters sawing a centuries’ old carved decoration off a building to use as...

Drive into the hills to discover caves and silk farms (1 night)



Almost untouched by modernisation, the little hilltop town of Bandipur has sweeping views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi River...

A mini-trek between villages with jaw-dropping views of the Himalayas (2 nights)

Ker & Downey Lodges

In the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayas to the west of Pokhara there are several excellent lodges, around five hours walk...

Visit monks and relax by a lake (1 night)



Lying beneath the snow crested Annapurna Massif the lakeside town of Pokhara is a laid-back place to spend a couple of days...

River based fun and white water rafting (2 nights)

Seti River Camp


The Seti River Camp is set in a remote spot close to the river between Pokhara and Chitwan. The only way to reach the camp is by...

Transfer to the jungle to search for rhino by jeep and elephant-back (2 nights)

Chitwan National Park


Chitwan is the last surviving example of the natural ecosystems of Nepal’s sub-tropical lowland ‘Terai’ region, wedged between two...

Fly back to the capital and end in Kathmandu (1 night)



Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is the country’s only large city, its political, commercial and cultural hub. Like many Asian...

We had a fantastic holiday. We enjoyed the excellent guide's Hindu immersion in Kathmandu, Chitwan was fun (saw rhinos seven times!). It was a well organised itinerary with plenty of variety and interest . . . thanks”

Charlotte and Jim

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