Nepal family acitivities? Meeting other families?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Mar 18, 2013 5:31 AM Last Post By: saopedro
Mar 15, 2013 12:22 AM
Nepal family acitivities? Meeting other families?We are on a trip around the world, entering month three out of seven months, and our next big stop is Nepal from late March to mid-April. Our kids are almost 9 (boy) and 11 (girl). We are from California.
If anyone has any ideas of things that might appeal to kids, let me know. We also interested in any good day trips or one night excursions away from Kathmandu and/or Pokhara. Aside from the usual sightseeing and walking excursions, we are also planning on a couple cooking classes, an orphanage visit, a rafting trip etc.
This is our rough plan:
- Kathmandu from 25-28 March
- Pokhara from 28 March to 1 April
- Poon Hill - Ghorepani trek from 1 April to approx 6 April, adding a day or two to the typical length
- Pokhara area, from approx 6 April for a few days to rest and recovery
- Seti River rafting trip during the second week of April
- Back to Kathmandu area from 13-15 April; will visit or stay in nearby areas like Baktipur
We've been lucky to occasionally meet up with other families and were wondering if anyone with kids around the same ages might be in Nepal when we are there? Let me know!
Mar 15, 2013 2:12 AM
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Mar 15, 2013 12:44 PM
Mar 16, 2013 3:53 PM
4The Poon Hill trek you have chosen is really ideal for your kids. I did it in January with my 9 year old daughter. We did it in 4 nights/5 days which I though was just fine. To make things a bit easier, we walked a little further on the first day- going all the way to Ulleri which made the second day a little easier for us. I would recommend hiring a porter unless your kids are used to carrying heavy weight.
Another nice trip we did was a walk from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan. It took just over 4 hours and from Changu Narayan we took a bus back to Kathmandu.
Mar 17, 2013 12:31 AM
Thanks for the ideas. I have thought about Chitwan, but have read mixed things. Just not sure what to do (looks like a different trip that it might have been as I think that you can no longer stay within the park).
The zipline sounds fun and I think the kids would love it, if they can do it. I'll check it out.
So glad to hear from another person who took a similarly ages kid on the Poon Hill hike. My kids are both giving me grief about the hike. My 11 year old in particular is bitterly complaining about going. But I'm hoping once we get started, they will come to enjoy it and will feel a great sense of accomplishment once we are done. Do you have any other tips for the hike? How long were you and your daughter hiking each day? What other things did you all do in Nepal? What did she enjoy? Thank you for any additional tips!
Mar 17, 2013 2:41 PM
6Chitwan is great as you don't need to stay in the park
park is for animals and plants
villages and hotels outside for people
do park activities in the day
often pass families like yours on trails
make sure shoes are well worn in
have a guide/porter/assistant with you to help carry something or to give a hand on rough/steep paths
Mar 18, 2013 4:44 AM
As per your desire its not that tough to arrange your plan. but i would like to suggest you to focus more in children activities rather than adult activities. The Visit to Central zoo of nepal is worth as red panda has been introduced recently in the zoo. The visit to Pokhara is an good idea. furthemore visit to Lumbini help your kids to learn more. Elephant riding, elephant bath, sunset and jungle safari of chitwan can be more interesting. Its better for you to have a hiking near kathmandu rather then trek to ghorepani as its tough for the small kids.
Never the less, its a great idea of yours to visit Nepal. Please dont miss the chance to come here and show your kids a completely different world.
Edited by: naresh_paudyal2002
Mar 18, 2013 5:31 AM
8My daughter complained bitterly on the first hour of the hike and I thought "Oh no, what have I got myself in for" but then she stopped. I just think that first hour was actually quite hot and there was no shade. The trick is to let the kids set the pace, and then pretend to be struggling to keep up. They will be so proud to be faster and fitter than mum!
We probably walked for about 6 hours a day on average, slowly. I think you should hire porters. Take an ipad or other device to keep the kids entertained in the evening (yes, there is electricity where you can charge it).
What my daughter enjoyed- she didn't enjoy the crowded market areas of Kathmandu as I think she felt a bit overwhelmed. She didn't mind the historic part of Bhaktapur as it was less crowded. She did enjoy seeing the "Kumari" house in Dubar square, Kathmandu. the Kumari is a living goddess- a girl of about 9 or 10 who only appears at the window for 30 seconds a day. My daughter was fascinated to see a real girl of her age who was considered a goddess. She loved the Pashupatinath temple where they burn the bodies as that satisfied her morbid curiosity. She liked monkey temple and didn't mind Boudinath. She enjoyed the walk from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan as it was mainly downhill. we also walked up the the Peach Pagoda in Pokhara - up the steep way and then down the long, winding back way. Getting a henna tattoo was also a highlight. Horseridding in POkhara wasn't so good as the horses were mangy with uncomfortable saddles. We didn't do the zipline, paragliding or smiliar beacuse we thought they were expensive.
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