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Nepal is a South Asian nation famous for adventure sports, hiking and trekking. Having some of the world’s top mountains like Mt Everest and Mt Annapurna, countless hills and mountains, and natural flora and fauna makes Nepal, a compulsion for all people who aim to be a trekker and a mountaineer.
Nepal is very suitable for trekking. Its extensive range of mountains and hills ranges from the minimum to maximum altitude has made it viable for both solitary and group trekking.
Trekking in Nepal is fun because it encompasses children of 9 to the elderly of 50s-60s and more.
Nepal is a very suitable place for family trekking. Due to its wide range of mountains and hills, there are countless places suitable for family hiking.
The family trek can provide your children with different experiences. When they come to Nepal, they will have a unique experience and learn how to deal with different people and the parts of the world that they do not know. They learn to understand different cultures and traditions, lives and views that are different from theirs. In Nepal, children learn about acceptance, cultural tolerance and how people with different faces and cultures live in harmony.
A family trek leads to closeness to your children and other members of your family. A family trek leads to your special bonding with your family members which may be difficult in your busy lives. They allow you to have a new understanding of the people around you.
In a family trek, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, nature, cuisine and others with your families. You also create unforgettable memories that will last for your whole life. Nepal is a nation well known for its natural beauty. It is a home of countless rare and endangered species. Here, along with beauty, they will also learn to protect and understand the nature around them.
Due to the high amount of mountaineers and trekkers, Nepal has many highly experienced guides. Here, you can find a guide who is familiar with your language and culture to give you a comfortable family trek.
If you were to consider the best time for a family trek in Nepal it is preferable to choose the month of March-October. March-October is the trekking season in Nepal. These months can provide trekkers with the best scenery, weather and facilities of Nepal.
Since you are choosing a family trek, it is not necessary to have super physical fitness. Family trek does not have as high a requirement as a solo or group trek.
What should you consider if you want to go on a family trek?
Here is the list of the major things that you have to consider if you want to go on a family trek:
Altitude and distance is something that is far more important than others if you want to go on a family trek. You need to consider whether your family can handle the altitude and distance that you are planning for them.
Nepal has many types of treks. But, it is too ambitious to choose an altitude and distance that a healthy adult can take due to the different capabilities of your family members.
If you consider going on a family trek in Nepal, you should focus on the Mid-Hilly region in Nepal. Since, the mid-hills range for the elevation of 3000m-4000m, it is a great accomplishment to complete them. The Himalayan region may be suitable for some families but not all families complete family treks in this region.
If you want to go on a family trek, Health is one of the major things that you have to consider. While you may be healthy, young children to the old may not have the immunities and health to fight health risks like frostbite, hypothermia and more. Also, for unexpected health emergencies, the nearest hospitals, health posts and pharmacies should also be considered for a family trek.
Family Trek may also depend on the type of trek that you want to go. If you want your family to consider the rough trek that most adult trekkers are used to or the luxury trek where all the facilities are upscale changes the equipment, gear and other preparation for the trek.
Age is a major consideration of a family trek. Age can also be the main factor that may lead to a change in trekking. If you plan only with your family or also with the elderly changes many places, itineraries or others. They also impact your preparations for health, accommodation, transport and more.
Budget is one of the major concerns for a family trek. Sometimes, the budget you have may change the location, accommodation and other facilities that you want or may have.
If you were to trek in Annapurna Trek region with your family, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is one of your best choices. Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is an easy trek that an adult can finish within two to three days. In addition, you can find many guesthouses, hotels and restaurants in between the Ghorepani Poonhill trekking route.
This makes Ghorepani Poon Hill one of the best treks suitable for families.
Nagarkot is one of the famous places in Kathmandu which is well known for its sunrise/sunset and spectacular mountain view. In Nagarkot, you can see many mountains like Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Jugal, Rolwaling, Everest and more.
Since there are also many hotels and restaurants in Nagarkot along with many other faclilities like cycling, monasteries, lookout tour, camping and more makes Nagarkot an ideal family trek location.
In addition, its nearness to Kathmandu makes the facilities like hospitals, food and others much better than remote locations and makes it easier to cope during emergencies.
Langtang Trek is one of the best options for the family trek if you want to be in the mountain views not far away from modern facilities. This trek is only eight to nine hours for adults and is a well know easy trek. Therefore, it is also very suitable for family treks.
In Langtang, you see the beautiful snowcapped mountains, mountain villages, unique Tamang culture, food, cuisine and more. All within a short distance of Kathmandu. This also makes it flexible for many changes of itinerary according to your need.
Everest Base Camp is suitable for a family trek if your children are more than 12 years old. At Everest Base Camp, you can do hikes, cycling, trekking, biking and more. Here you can find simple and clean hotels to expensive ones.
Everest Base Camp also takes you to introduce the Sherpa Culture, Picturesque Khumbu Region, Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, Kalopatthar, glaciers, mountains, lakes and more.
Manaslu Trek takes you on a 17,000-foot (5,100 m) high classic trek in Nepal. Mt Manaslu is the eighth-highest mountain in Nepal with an elevation of 8,163 meters (26,781 ft). It is less crowded and does not need any extra domestic flights. Here you meet the famous Budi Gandaki River where you can also rafting, Kayaking, Rafting and more.
You can also see the unique Gurung and Tibetan cultures and traditions and also Larkya Pass above 5100m.
There are many difficulties of Family Trek. Some of them are mentioned below:
Altitude Sickness is one of the major problems/difficulties in a family trek. Young children and the elderly may be prone to altitude sickness due to health problems, physical fitness and more. Therefore, proper precaution is necessary for altitude sickness on the trek.
Trekking in elevation may lead to extreme cold. The extreme cold may be an inability to bear those people with low immunity and health. Medicines, Health Posts, Pharmacy should be noted on the family trek.
Children and the elderly may take a long time to get over the Jet Lag. So, having a proper rest before the trek is necessary for trekking.
In case of cold, health and contact with many plants and animals there may be chances of allergies, rabies, infection and more.
You may go to remote places while on your family trek. In such places, you may not have better hospitals, clinics, police stations etc. While Nepal does not have any gang crimes or gun safety problems unexpected problems may occur.
It is best if you go with a travel and trek agency since they can handle all the emergencies.
Other places that you may consider for a family trek
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