Increasing numbers of people are travelling with their children in Nepal, and with a bit of planning it can be remarkably hassle-free. Many people trek with older children, but heading out on the trail with smaller children for any length of time or on any higher routes with children of any age is generally not to be advised.
Check out Lonely Planet’s Travel with Children for handy hints and advice about the pros and cons of travelling with kids.
- In the main tourist centres (Kathmandu and Pokhara), most hotels have triple rooms and quite often a suite with four beds, which are ideal for families with young children. Finding a room with a bathtub can be a problem at the bottom end of the market.
- Many Kathmandu hotels have a garden or roof garden, which can be good play areas. Check them thoroughly, however, as some are definitely not safe for young children.
- Walking the crowded, narrow and pavement-less streets of Kathmandu and other towns can be a hassle with young kids unless you can get them up off the ground – a backpack or sling is ideal. A pusher or stroller is more trouble than it’s worth unless you bring one with oversized wheels, suitable for rough pavements.
- Keep mealtimes stress-free by eating breakfast at your hotel, having lunch at a place with a garden (there are plenty of these) and going to restaurants armed with colouring books, stories and other distractions.
- Disposable nappies (diapers) are available in Kathmandu and Pokhara, but for a price – it's better to bring them with you if possible.
- Cots are generally not available in budget or midrange hotels; similarly, nappy-changing facilities and high chairs are a rarity.
- Trekking is possible with children, but it pays to limit the altitude; consider hiring a porter to carry younger children in a doko basket.