Nepal offers families with children fun educational, environmentally friendly, outdoor experiences.
Nepal offers families with children a fantastic experience on many levels. While the capital city is often congested taking an environmentally friendly rickshaw puts a smile on every child’s face while avoiding busy streets on foot. The capital city has a host of child friendly garden courtyard style restaurants away from the busy streets. Most restaurants are very accommodating to children and it’s worthwhile asking them to make subtle changes to menu items such as reducing spices.
Hotels in Kathmandu are also accommodating to families with children. The vast majority will have triple rooms or even rooms with four beds. It’s also possible to request an extra mattress in your room or in higher budget hotels a cot. Many hotels have closed in gardens that children can play in or rooftop gardens. Though it is important to inspect these facilities for your own requirements.
Swayambunath is favoured among many children visiting Kathmandu city. This iconic stupa overlooking the whole city offers up a variety of sights. Known affectionately as the “Monkey Temple” due to a large number of Rhesus Macaque monkeys living there, these primates offer a good distraction for children. But, it’s important to remember not to feed the monkeys and to keep your possessions away from them!
For a quieter, more peaceful stay with younger children you might want to consider staying in the World Heritage city of Bhaktapur which is a short taxi ride from Kathmandu city. Bhaktapur offers a quiet environment set in a traditional Newar city. The streets here are pedestrian friendly and filled with hidden treasures from potters spinning clay to Thangka painters working on large colourful artworks.
The hotels in Bhaktapur offer homely stays with many of the owners delighted to have young families staying with them. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Nepalese family life. Don’t be surprised if you get an offer to join them for a meal or tea more than once!
The resort town of Pokhara is another great place for families with children visiting Nepal. Lake Phewa offers safe boating overlooking still waters. A hike up to the World Peace Stupa overlooking lakeside is a great day out for children. After a short boat ride across the lake you hike for about 1 hour before reaching a glistening stupa with panoramic views of the lake and Annapurna mountains. Descending down the other side offers visits to underground caves, Devis waterfalls and even a robotic Buddha museum.
Again, guest houses in Pokhara’s Lakeside offer family friendly rooms and restaurants with closed in gardens or courtyards to put your mind at rest. Meanwhile walks or pony rides around the lake make for great morning or afternoon activities. High above the paragliders and micro lights offer an amazing experience for young adults to fly close to the mountains. Do check with the flight company regarding age restrictions for younger children.
When in Pokhara one can’t help but mention the vast number of treks many children enjoy. Depending on the age of your child you could pick short 3-4 days treks to Poon Hill or Dhampus. Older children who enjoy trekking could also participate in longer treks like the Annapurnna Circuit. Do get advice from your medical advisor back home about treks at altitude. For parents with younger children it’s possible to hire a porter with a wooden doko basket for a fun way to carry your child on a trek.
Jungle activities in Chitwan National Park offer yet more incredible things for children to enjoy while visiting Nepal. Half-day or full-day jungle treks are popular as the real possibility of seeing a wild rhino, elephant, deer or even a tiger becomes a reality. Again, it’s possible to hire a porter to help carry small children.
Whether you are looking for things to do with children that are educational, environmentally friendly, outdoor or family oriented Nepal offers a dazzling array of fun activities for children of all ages.
Though Trekking is usually phrased as walking through a well developed trail, sudden elevations and unexpected surprises might make it a little difficult. However, now no need to be uncertain about trekking with your family in Nepal and here are the reasons why:
If you choose the right trails like the Kali Gandaki Valley, Poon Hill Trek, Mardi Himal Trek, etc, the trekking becomes pretty much safe, with easy access to rescue, easy trails, with lesser risk of altitude sickness, friendly villagers and a list of things to do.
Check out this wonderful video from Wild Travel Story (www.wildtravelstory.com) outlining how wonderful and safe travelling with children can be in Nepal as you follow the adventures of Maya, Cathy and David.
Child – Friendly Trails, People and Everything Else
Nepali people, trails, villages, etc is very child friendly. The people, the guides, the porters are all very friendly towards children and they have a blast. It is actually more easier and friendlier for children than for adults.
The portal writes ,”Children somehow love the Nepali fare of Dal Bhaat (rice and lentils, thats usually accompanied with a selection of vegetables). Perhaps its the choice, and of course Nepali trails always have an odd pizza here, some macaroni there, all done in a quaint Nepali way, which is super fantastic after a walk.”
Apart from that, bonding with a nepali family over cooking will be an incredible experience to get to know Nepal.
“Trekking in Nepal – the contact with nature, the geology, the landscapes, complimented by the contact with the people, offers a vast amount of learning, making it very stimulating for children. This is a good reason in itself to come,” the portal writes.
Apart from that the children will even learn about plants, resilience, Nepali lifestyle and will truly understand the phrase “Simple living, High thinking.”
“This is the added bonus. Not many children can boast that they have trekked in Nepal. This sense of achievement of having done a multi day trek in the mother lode of trekking destinations, is something that will stay with your child forever.Give them this boost in confidence that will live with them throughout their lives. This is one of the best investments you can make in their young lives,” the travel portal writes.