Spending time with family and friend is one of the most powerful things that can even heal the stress we are having from our daily busy schedule. We "Above the Himalaya” is here to provide you the best family time and ensure you the memorable trip with your family members.
Family tour in Nepal is designed to explore the mysterious culture and tradition of Nepal which is appropriate to travel with family. This Family Tour is specially designed for fun and relaxation with the family. As we know, Nepal is a magnificent, diverse country regarded as home to some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and friendly people. Nepal is synonymous with its mighty Himalaya ranges, ever smiling hospitable and friendly people, rich flora and fauna, unique culture and tradition. Nepal tour with family is one of the most memorable and delightful experience. While traveling kids and parents get the knowledge of Nepal and its historical development, art and culture, economy and education, nature and adventure and many unknown facts of Nepal.
Due to the diversity in Nepal’s nature and exotic culture the country is known to be ideal for tour and travel activities with family and friends. You will get the chance to visit the Heritage sites of Kathmandu valley including Buddhist Stupas, Hindu Temples, and Old Durbar Squares or Royal Palaces. No any difficult climbing or ascents to high altitude are included in this Family tour. You are likely to find this tour as a cultural tour as this tour explore many more ancient temples, beautiful monasteries, Phewa Lake, springs with the stunning great Himalayas in Land of Dream city Pokhara. Pokhara is taken as the second most popular destination in Nepal, offering lakeside leisure with stupendous views of the majestic Himalayas. An exciting sightseeing tour will let you experience some of its secrets.
Mainly the Nepal Family tour lets you experience the beautiful lakes, springs, brightly colored; experience White Water River rafting activities and Jungle safari for wildlife attractions. This tour passes through beautiful Rhododendron forests and fascinating traditional village which opens up a great opportunity to witness the culture and tradition of the Nepalese people who live in this area.
The walk starts from Birethanti and ends at Phedi. From the Ghandruk the beautiful village of Gurung and Magar’s, you will get the chance to see breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Annapurna III, Machhapuchhare, and Hiunchuli. The trail continues to a natural hot spring at Jhinu Danda.This tour makes you enjoy an exciting river rafting adventure on the Trisuli River in a high rapid zone where the surrounding region is photogenic. On your way to the Chitwan National Park, famous for their diverse natural environment and a wide variety of animals and birds, you will have an action packed jungle adventure; including an elephant back safari and bird-watching tour. A day-long jungle safari on an elephant's back concludes superbly with a cultural program performed by local Tharu villages, followed by a hearty dinner. This can give the family a fun and interactive insight into life in Chitwan. Back again to Kathmandu, very morning mountain flight provides outstanding views of Mt Everest towering high above the other high Himalayas. There is no doubt that family trekking in Nepal provides a wonderful opportunity for engaging with local people and family. So have a very full fun loving and exciting tour with your family in Nepal making your every moment most amazing with happiness and experience long remembered by the whole family!
Day 01: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
Day 02: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
Day 03: Flight or Drive to Pokhara
Day 04: Pokhara trekking to Ghandruk (1940m)
Day 05: Ghandruk Trekking to Jhinu Hot Spring (1750m)
Day 06: Jhinu Hot Spring Trek to Pothana (1990m)
Day 07: Pothana trekking to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara
Day 08: Pokhara - River Rafting – Chitwan
Day 09: Exploration of Chitwan National Park.
Day 10: Chitwan Drive or Fly back to Kathmandu
Day 11: Final Departure
Day 1: Greetings at Kathmandu Airport
We will meet you at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer to your hotel. When you have had your time to settle in and freshen up after your long fight, you will be invited to visit our office for a briefing about your program. You will have meeting with your trekking guide and discuss about the equipment needed for the trekking and we will process for the trekking permits. During this visit we will help you check your equipment and facilitate the processing of other necessary items such as National Park Permits, special permits etc. If you arrive at night we will have same discussion in next day morning after your breakfast.
Day 2: A full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the capital valley
The very next morning, after breakfast you will leave for a full day sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. You can visit sacred Pashupatinath Temple and Swyambhunath ( Monkey temple), very ancient and essentially enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage sites. The biggest Buddhist Stupa at Boudhnath and the prehistoric architecture of Kathmandu Durbar Square reflecting the ancient Nepalese culture are highlighted on our guided tour. The sightseeing tour continues to Patan City, famous for its fine arts and historical architecture. On return to your hotel you will have time to explore the local area, have dinner and perhaps take a leisurely stroll through the popular streets.
Day 3: Flight or Drive to Pokhara
After having your breakfast, we will drive you to the Domestic Airport to take a 25 minutes flight to Pokhara. Or if you wish you can take a Tourist bus to Pokhara about 6-7 hour drive exploring & enjoying with scenic beauty all the way around. During the short flight to Pokhara you will have majestic views of the glorious Manaslu peaks and the snow-capped Annapurna mountain range, as well as the Langtang Himalayan range.transfer to hotel from your bus station or from the airport if you take flight, late afternoon you will be free, you can have rest or can looking around the lake side street, can boating in the Phewa lake also.
Day 4: Pokhara trekking to Ghandruk (1940m)
A car drive for about 1 and half hour through large village Lumle brings you to Nayapul. The trek starts dropping at first on a staircase and then traversing high above the river on a wide stone-paved trail to a large and prosperous town Birethanti (1065m). The trail follows the main street winding through the bamboo forests and past waterfalls with plunge pools inviting you for a refreshing swim. Beyond a pasture used by pony caravans, the trail reaches a small village Sudami, where you can have your lunch. We walk along the terraced fields beneath the splendid panorama of awe-inspiring glaciated Himalayan mountain ranges. After passing a flatland, forest, cultivated lands and a suspension bridge over Khumnu Khola, we arrive at the beautiful village of Ghandruk after 3-4 hrs walking. An ideal vantage point in this pristine village offers breathtaking views of Annapurna, Gangapurna, Machhapuchhre, and Hiuchhuli. There will be time to explore, rest, and enjoy some lunch, before settling into your accommodation for the night.
Day 5: Ghandruk Trekking to Jhinu Hot Spring (1750m)
Hiking through a flat level for an hour passing through terraces, streams and the green sceneries, we will work down to a bridge over Kyuri Khola at 2010m. The trail starts ascending to Kumrong Danda. Very almighty rhododendron forests and fine terraces went passing through our trail to the Chhomrong village. Above the village is the mighty peak of Annapurna South, with the Mt. Fishtail facing it across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village with lots of Lodges providing good faciities. From here you can also trek down about 1 hour to Jhinu. A Natural hot spring at Jhinu is an inviting place to spend time splashing in the small pool beside the natural hot spring.
Day 6: Jhinu Hot Spring trek to Pothana (1990m)
After breakfast next morning, the trail continues on to Landruk, a beautiful Gurung village which provides an excellent view of the surrounding mountain ranges. The trail emerges in the main Modi Khola valley and reaches Tolkha and continues towards Pothana. The view of Machhapuchhare (6997m) is excellent from here, except that from this angle it looks more like Matterhorn than a fish tail.
Day 7: Pothana trekking to Phedi and drive back to Pokhara
Today we will walk along a paved stone trail through Rhododendron forests arriving at Dhampus (1750m). This village is inhabited by a mix of people from different Nepalese cultures, Gurung, Brahman, and Magar communities. After a rest here we will walk mostly downhill through fields to the forest and on to the Phedi. A 30 min drive from Phedi brings you to Pokhara. We spend a beautiful night in beautiful Pokhara city.
Day 8: Pokhara - River rafting – Chitwan
After breakfast drive to rafting site (Trisuli River for White water Rafting). It takes approx. 2 and half hrs drive from Pokhara to our point of departure for our rafting adventure, at Charaundi Village, on the bank of the Trisuli River. This River is popular as access to the Prithivi Highway makes "breaking off" the journey easy. Trisuli River is also an ideal beginner's River. The trip leader will inform you about river safety, paddling techniques and what to do if you find yourself in a situation where you fall overboard. We begin rafting in a languid pleasurable fashion to get the feel of the motion on a raft. The scenic passage past the river banks and the life taking place along the way is interesting and intriguing, an added bonus to the rafting experience itself.
After lunch, drive to Chitwan National Park. We will have short meeting to highlights on the program and the facilities to be offered. At evening you will offered an exciting elephant ride (Jungle Safari) and explore the jungle with the views of wildlife and vegetation. This provides chance to have a glance of the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and the Royal Bengal tiger too.
Day 09: Exploration of Chitwan National Park.
After having morning tea or coffee, you'll have a bare foot nature walk to cherish with the environment. Get introduce to the features as vegetation, Sal forest, open grassland and thick jungle. You will be helped by our guides to know about species of birds, plants and other wildlife. Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stable. (For the brave ones there is even a crash course in riding and leading the elephants). After lunch, traditional dug-out canoe is waiting for you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to enjoy and view aquatic birds and the animals of the river banks. At the evening, farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.
Day 10 : Chitwan National Park Drive back to Kathmandu
Next day early at morning, you can have bird watching tour where you will be accompanied by expert naturalists who will advise on safety procedures and we request you to respect their judgment at all times. after breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu, there is an options to fly also plz let us know in advance booking the trip if you like to take flight instead of drive.
Day 11: Final Departure
If you are leaving Nepal and not continuing your holiday here in Nepal, we will drop you to the International airport to catch your flight back to your home. We will wish you a happy journey in the traditional and cultural way of Nepal and hope to see you again.
Passport and Visas:
First, be sure you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity from return date. You can obtain visas for Nepal from the Nepalese Consulate in your country or up on arrival in Kathmandu Airport. Nepalese visas cost USD 25 for 15 days and USD 40 for 30 days till date.
Get the required visa for Nepal.
You can get Nepal visa prior to arrival from the Nepalese Embassy at your home country. Likewise, you can easily get a up on arrival visa at Kathmandu airport and other different borders from Nepal. This is for those who travel from India and Tibet. You can read more here and can download the visa for here
Bring Official Papers
Some of the required official documents are your valid passport, 4 extra passport sized photographs (for trekking permits), travel insurance, airline tickets and luggage tags. Visas can be obtained upon entry into Nepal. For detail information we request you to visit our visa page.
Money & Credit card Info
We find that most of the credit card, master and visa card is blocked from your card provider. It may be because of a security reason. It, sometimes, may bring you in problematic situation that you can't get money from ATMs and that you find difficult to pay for your treks and tour. To find yourself free from this problem, you can call to your card provider before you travel to Nepal and inform there that you are traveling to Nepal. Ensure them to give the authorization for the payment.
In Nepal you have to pay 3.5 % credit card commission s per Nepal Bank rules, on top of your payable amount for the trek cost. So, please be sure that you bring some cash in USD to pay us. Likewise, be sure you have brought some small amount for your daily expenses as well as for those items which are not included in our cost.
We request you not to change money in the Airport. The exchange rate is very low there. Our office provides you the facility to change your money. Or, you can take help from Money Changers in Thamel
Our clients must have comprehensive travel insurance package. Their insurance must cover against medical, personal accident, emergency evacuation, trip cancellation, lost of gears, natural calamity, theft of or damage to baggage etc.
Load shedding (Electricity crisis) in Nepal
We are sorry to inform you that though Nepal is rich in water resource, there is electricity crisis in Nepal. It is more likely that there is electricity off for some hours in day and night time. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara and other cities are likely to have no battery back up. Air condition may not work and, sometimes, TV and other electric utensils may not run.
Some hotel is likely to run the TV and AC also. However, only few of them are in this category.
So, be prepared for this while you are traveling here. For your ease, we recommend you to bring the flashlight with extra bulbs and batteries.
Vaccination for Nepal
All travelers should consult with their physician or update on vaccination requirements before travel. (Your doctor or health-care provider will determine what you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities)
For traveling to Nepal; we recommend you to take a vaccination of Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies etc, it is not really must but recommended.
How to Book
While you chose which trip you wanted to go with, contact us to our head office Thamel Kathmandu Nepal by mail or phone, email is more easy and clear options, as soon as we get your email or call we will process for your booking.
We need 20% booking amount to confirm your booking, the payment can be made through the Bank transfer, Credit card payment (Master/Visa card) or through online money transfers also Money Gram, Western Unions or others. After we get the 20% amount we will confirm your booking and you will get the official booking and payment receipt. The final balance for the tour will be paid up on arrival in Kathmandu.
For more info for how to booking please read here
Clothing for the Tour:
· In Nepal you will experience a wide range of climates, so take both light and warm clothing in casual and comfortable styles. You can check your traveling time and can bring the clothing accordingly for the tour. Mostly warm clothes do works. If you are going for trekking you need trekking equipment and accessories.
For lower altitude places such as visiting Chitwan, Bardia, Koshi Tappu light cotton clothing are the best one.
· Comfortable walking shoes are recommendable for the tour and if you are doing hiking as in the itinerary, trekking shoes are recommended. A pair of light sandals is recommended. Our advice is to make sure you ‘wear in' your walking boots/shoes for a number of weeks before your trip – you'll be so much more comfortable if you do so. Sandals with the rugged bottom are good for hiking around town and to wear in showers.
· You will need your own toiletries and towels. And you'll also need your own little medical kit, sewing repair kit and a good head lamp with extra bulbs and batteries. Nepal is facing load shedding problem so everyday electricity cut off occurs. It is longer hours in the summer time, most of our chosen hotels have Generator back up but at night it may not run so bring the head lamps for convenient.
You can store the luggage in the hotels so you can also bring the better clothing for looking good while around the city like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Sunglasses are a must. A warm hat, gloves for winter for hiking, swimming customs for rafting and Elephant bathing at Chitwan, good socks and a sun hat are very useful for Jungle safari tour and for warm sightseeing days in town too.
Clothing’s Suggestion for Women Travelers:
Wearing a bikini/revealing bathing suit when rafting/swimming is an offensive mistakes unless it is in your own hotel swimming pool. At swimming pools, women wear bathing suits with skirts around the bottoms. And for rafting and kayaking, we recommend you were surfing type shorts and sport shirts that dry easily. If you want to wear your bathing suit underneath it is fine.
Here are some things you might want to bring from home depending on your planned activities:
• Walking/hiking, trekking, river shoes – broken in.
• Clothes you can layer. Jacket, T-shirts, fleece, windbreaker, shorts, lightweight pants, sport pants, gloves & sun hat (for summer and autumn season, not a lot of clothes).
• A nice shirt/pants for nightlife
• Good camera – this country is a feast for the eyes, and a photographer’s dream!
• Pocket size Flashlight (you can buy it here if need be, but there are always power cuts, so have it handy! (It seems like the lights go off whenever you are in an unfamiliar toilet.)
• A sarong (for girls) and/or a light weight towel.
• Ladies, if you like wearing a little make-up when you go out, bring it. It is hard to find here. Most of the make-up here is really weird, cheap stuff. Just bring a couple things that make you feel happy for the party nights!
Shopping in Nepal:
If you want to buy some new clothes in Kathmandu, you can go for out of Thamel. You can get Western style clothes in Durbar Marg, Asan, Kathmandu Mall and various other new rising shopping centers. You can get designer label clothes for literally a few dollars, custom made jeans, the price is much cheaper here but the quality compromises that never meets the Western Standards.
Having been recommended by a friend in Australia we contacted the MD - Puru - who put together a comprehensive and diverse itinerary including trekking part of the Annapurna circuit, elephant safaris in Chitwan, river rafting in the Trusili river,as well as city tours of Kathmandu and Pokhara. All in a great couple if weeks.The guides were helpful, the porters excellent, the hotels comfortable and the guest houses on the trek excellent. Make sure you ask about western toilet facilities, take some insect spray and stick to the vegetarian diet. Also be wary of hiring sleeping bags from people other than Puru...we needed four for ourselves and our two children and made the mistake if hiring them in Pokhara; a mistake in hindsight. Make sure you take liners. Our children are 10 and 9 and loved it all. Brilliant value for money.
I booked a tour with Mr. Puru for 11 day visit to Nepal. The driver was superb as we drove with him for 11 days. All the arrangement from the beginning to the end of the tour were great and stress free. The guides provided in all 3 cities (Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokhara) were very knowledgeable and specially guide in chitwan was excellent. Mr. Puru took great care as he called and emailed to make sure that our tour was going smooth. He treated with a dinner on our last night in Kathmandu which I thought was very sweet. I can highly recommend this tour company to anyone visiting Nepal.
Tour Duration: 11 days from arrival to Departure
Climate during the tour:
September to Nov: Autumn very pleasant and clear weather, the mountain views are the best. (Maximum 30 Degree Minimum 2 Degree)
March to May (warmest months) the temperatures are mildly warm ((Maximum 33 Degree Minimum 13 Degree)
December to Mid February (Winter) the weather is cold and the sky is clear (Maximum 19 Degree Minimum -6 Degree)
June to August: Summer/ Rainy Season (July/August has more rain) (Maximum 34 Degree Minimum 19 Degree)
Tour Visiting Places:
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Ghandruk, Jhinu, Chitwan.
Transportation: Good Condition Private Car/Van depends on group size for tour with good driver, for long drive Tourist Bus/Flights are available.
Breakfast is available in the hotels in 2 to 5 star hotels offers a buffet breakfast with choice of foods, for lunch our guide will take you to good restaurant with choices of food from Nepali to western menu, you can tell them what sort of food you like and can choose the restaurant accordingly. For Dinner in the city you can go out there are plenty of nice restaurant for out of Kathmandu and Pokhara you can eat at the hotels.
Budget to 5 star hotels are available during the tour, we can choose the hotels as per your interest and budget, all the hotels we choose are located centrally and with unique charm, clean room and friendly staffs.
All our tour guides are professional. They are trained and examined by Government of Nepal and have excellent English and other languages such as French, Japanese, Spanish and German. All our guides have a deep knowledge of local culture, religion, arts and architecture, monuments and temples with their historical and cultural value. They will provide you all needed help during your tour.