Nepal Family Fun Tour: Explore Culture, Trekking, Jungle Safari- 12 Days

Nepal Family Fun Tour is an action packed trip that combines city tours, trekking and jungle safari  all into one fun filled trip. It is suitable for families as it is neither very strenuous, nor does it go to a very high altitude. Everyone will enjoy this amazing package.   

Kathmandu City Tour: Kathmandu Valley was once a lake. According to legend, a Buddhist saint named Manjushree slashed a passage through the hills at Chobar, which drained the water. Over the millenniums, the civilization which emerged was based on a unique fusion of Hinduism and Buddhism.

Wood carvings, crafts, statues and architecture crafted by Newar artisans during the Malla dynasty portray the affluence of their kingdoms and the skill of the ancient artisans. Until the 1800s the Kathmandu Valley was separated into three royal kingdoms with palace complexes called ‘Darbar Squares’- Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur.  Each kingdom had ancient palaces enclosing great temples where devotees still pay homage. 

Kathmandu Durbar Square teems with vendors, tourists and local devotees visiting the temple of the Living Goddess, the Kumariand paying homage to deities such as the ferocious Kal Bhairab, Hanuman, Shiva and Parbati. Patan Darbar Square is interesting in that the architecture of the shrines and temples tell the story of the Historical merging of Hinduism into the beliefs of the Newari population who had been  Buddhist. Bhaktapur Darbar has been made into a museum.

The 5th century Swayambunath temple is thought to be the oldest Buddhist shrine. Pilgrims climb up the 365 steps to the temple but there is an easier route by road around to the back, followed by a shorter climb. The all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha are painted on four sides of the base and keep a protective watch over Kathmandu Valley. Swayambhunath is located on the west side of Kathmandu city, so looking east, one can see the entire Kathmandu valley. Swayambhunath is often called the "monkey temple" as a large population of monkeys lives on the premises.

Boudhanath, on the east side of Kathmandu, standing on a huge octagonal base is one of the biggest stupas in the country. Like Swayambhunath, the stupa is also inset with prayer wheels and the all-seeing eyes of Lord Buddha looking out in four directions. Worshippers are constantly circling the stupa and spinning the sacred prayer wheels. Boudha is the focal point for Buddhists from all over the country to celebrate Buddhist festivals and take part in the sacred rituals.

Pashupatinath, located in the north-east of Kathmandu, is the holiest of all Hindu shrines in Nepal and is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the destroyer and is the abode of lord Pashupatinath. The Pashupatinath temple is a large double-roofed pagoda plated with gold and brass with silver plated gates. It contains the sacred lingam of Pashupatinath. Along the wide but shallow Bagmati river are cremation ghats. The annual festival of Shivaratri (February/March) attracts thousands of devotees, including a large number of pilgrims from India.

The Ghorepani- Poon Hill Trek – This short but amazing trek is a favorite in the Annapurna Region.  Besides the fantastic scenery on the trail, it leads to the favorit viewpoints for the Annapurna Range. The view from Poon Hill is a wide Himalayan panorama that stretches from Dhaulagiri, 8167m, (the world's 7th highest peak), to Manaslu 8156m (the world's 8th highest peak) in the east, with the mighty Annapurna range in between them.

The trek starts at Nayapul, about a one hour drive from Pokhara. The trail follow the Modi Khola for 15 minutes to Birethanti Village, 1015 meters, and then starts climbing  along the bank of the Bhudhigandaki Khola through terraced fields and waterfalls and rhododendron and bamboo forests alive with birds and butterflies. We stay overnight at the village of Hile, 1495m. The next day is a steep climb up flagstone stairs to Ulleri, and then becomes more gradual up to Ghorepani, 2940m.

We get up before dawn and climb almost an hour to the top of Poon Hill, 3200 m for the magnificent sunrise. The path can be slippery in places. Back down to Ghorepani, for breakfast. The trail to Tadapani, 2610m, passes through Rhododendron forest with several ups & downs. The next leg of the journey is short and mostly downhill to Ghandruk, 1940m,  extra lovely views of the mountains along the way. Ghandruk is a traditional Gurung village. Many men from this village have served as brave Gorkha soldiers for Britian and India. It’s an easy downhill to Nayapul, where we started our trek. 

Chitwan Jungle Safari – What better way to see the wildlife of Chitwan National Park than sitting on the back of an elephant and pushing through jungles and dense grass called Elephant grass that grows up to 8 meters high ? The guide will help you to spot rhino, antelope or even the Royal Bengal Tiger.  A gentle glide down the Rapti River in a dug-out canoe is another great way to see the native crocodile or ‘gharial’ as well as wildlife that come to drink. There are said to be over 450 species of birds in the park. Most people enjoy joining the Elephants in their river bath when visiting the Elephant breeding centre.

In the evening we will watch a cultural performance by the indigenous Tharu tribe including the Tharu stick dance. The beating of drums and clashing of sticks was a traditional way of keeping the rhinos and other wild animals away. The Tharu tribe lived in harmony with nature for centuries and in fact are ‘nature-worshippers’ from ancient times.

Private Tours are avialble to start instantly. Group departs when we have minimum 1 participant for any of our Tours. 


Trip Highlights


  •   Perfect Family Fun Holiday in Nepal 
  •   Insight sightseeing of Nepal’s capital city: Kathmandu 
  •   Easy and most rewarding trek to Ghorepani, PoonHill 
  •   Explore Jungle safari  at Chitwan
  •   Enjoy lake side at Pokhara


Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu, 1300m

Day 2 : Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing Tour

Day 3 : Kathmandu to Pokhara by Tourist Bus

Day 4 : Drive to Nayapul, 1010m, and trek 3 hrs to Hile, 1400m

Day 5 : Trek 7 hrs to Ghorepani, 2855m

Day 6 : Trek 5 hrs to Tadapani, 2610m

Day 7 : Trek 4 hrs to Ghandruk, 2012m

Day 8 : Trek 3hrs to Nayapul, 1010m, and drive to Pokhara

Day 9 : Drive to Chitwan National Park by Tourist Bus

Day 10 : Spend the day in Chitwan National Park and enjoy a Jungle Safari

Day 11 : Drive back to Kathmandu 6hrs by Tourist Bus

Day 12 : Happy Departure

Start Date End Date Cost Status Booking
10 February, 2020 21 February, 2020 US $920 per person Guaranteed
20 February, 2020 02 March, 2020 US $920 per person Guaranteed
05 March, 2020 16 March, 2020 US $920 per person Guaranteed
10 April, 2020 21 April, 2020 US $920 per person Guaranteed
15 May, 2020 26 May, 2020 US $920 per person Guaranteed

Cost Include(s)

•           Transfers from airport and hotel by Private vehicles
•           Welcome and Farewell Dinner 
•           Hotel in Kathmandu 3 Nights B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Hotel Holy Himalaya or Hotel Jampa 
•           Hotel in Pokhara 2 Nights B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Hotel Penninsula or Hotel White Pearl 
•           Hotel in Chitwan 2 Nights with Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) Hotel Parkland 
•           Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing Tour
•           All Entrance fees in Heritage Sites
•            Professional and Licensed Tour Guides for City Tours
•           Nature Guide for Chitwan Jungle Safari
•           Knowledgeable and qualified English speaking Trekking Guide for Trekking
•           Accommodation during Trek; local lodges 4 nights (Full board meals with twin-share rooms)
•           Ground Transportation from Kathmandu -Pokhara – Chitwan- Kathmandu by Tourist Bus
•           Porters: One porter for 2 person’s basis, from Pokhara – whole Trek
•           Annapurna Conservation Fee, TIMS permits & any required permits or Official Documentation
•           Personal insurance, Salary, Food, Transportation, Accommodation for Nepalese staff
•           Annapurna Foothill’s T-shirt.
•           Local Transportation Pokhara – Nayapul : Car, Van, Hi-ace and Tourist bus for drop
•           All government taxes, VAT and Agency Service Charges.


Cost Exclude(s)


  • Nepal Entry Visa Fee (Please bring 2 passport size photos.)
  • Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
  • Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips for the Guide, Porter & Driver.
  • Beverages( Coke, Juice, Beer, Boiled, Mineral Water)  
  • Anything not mentioned in the above included items

Clothing for Ghorepani PoonHill Trek 

It is important to be equipped to cope with the extremes in temperature as well as unexpected bad weather.  At high altitudes it can be very hot when hiking in the sun and very cold when you stop in the shade and when the temperatures dip at night.  What is mentioned on the list is the minimum you should bring.  A couple extra T-shirts is a good idea.  You may get a chance to wash clothes, socks and underwear on rest days but that is not always dependable.


Upper Body

  •        2-Light weight thermal tops- long sleeved 
  •       3-T shirts or cool-max trekking shirts
  •       1- pull over or jacket (Merino, polartec power-stretch, soft shell, 100 weight fleece)
  •       1-200 weight fleece jacket or prima loft jacket
  •       1-Waterproof shell jacket with hood (lightweight, breathable)


Lower Body

  •        2-Thermal bottoms (merino or polartec powerdry)
  •        1-Fleece or polartech powerstretch pants
  •       1-Light weight hiking trouser
  •       1-Hiking shorts (optional)
  •       *Under Garments



  •       4- Warm Trekking socks (wool)
  •       2-Thick wool socks to wear at night in lodges
  •       *Gore-tex waterproof hiking boots- (you should buy at home and break them in before you come)



  • 1-Lightweight gloves-Polypro



  •        Warm beanie hat
  •        Tubular Headwear (buff)
  •        Sun hat or cap (cap and buff all fit under your hood)
  •        Polarised Sunglasses with UV protection




  • 1-Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 40 - 50 Liters 
  • 2-Water bottle or camel bag, 1-liter (one with an insulated cover is recommended)
  • large duffle bag (and a lock as the porters will carry this)
  • Stuff sacks, dry bags, garbage bags etc (to organize and waterproof your things inside the duffle bag)
  • Trekking pole set
  • Sleeping bag 
  • Head lamp and spare batteries

Personal First Aid kit (we suggest the following items)

  •         Personal medication
  •         Broad spectrum antibiotics (e.g. Ciprofloxacin)
  •        Diarrhea stopper (e.g. Immodium)
  •        Rehydration salt sachets
  •        Medication for giardiasis (e.g. Tinidazole)
  •        *Blister kit (tiny roll of 3M medical tape/breathable surgical tape)
  •        Antiseptic (iodine or alcohol wipes for cleaning wounds)
  •       *Sterile non-stick absorbent dressing/gauze (for more serious wounds)
  •        *Antibiotic cream (sample size)
  •       10 ibuprofen tablets (anti-inflammatory; pain relief)
  •       4 antihistamine tablets (for bites, allergic reactions; e.g. Benadryl)
  •        throat lozenges
  •        Small Swiss Army knife (which has knife, scissors and tweezers)
  •        Small whistle
  •        Diamox (consult your doctor about this)



  • Toothbrush & *paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper
  • Light weight towel and *soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • *Face and body moisturizer (the low humidity at high altitude dries the skin)
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • *Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  •  Wet wipes/ baby wipes (in case there is no warm water for a wash)
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Sunscreen (with a high UV factor needed for high altitude )
  • Sun block lip balm (kept in a pocket and regularly applied)


Private Transportation Upgrade Options:

Kathmandu to Pokhara:

  • Private Car – 120 USD
  • Private Jeep- 160 USD
  • Private Hiace/Van- 220 USD
  • Kathmandu Pokhara Flight Airfare – 125 USD per person

Pokhara to Chitwan:

  • Private Car – 120 USD
  • Private Jeep- 160 USD
  • Private Hiace/Van- 200 USD

Chitwan to Kathmandu:

  • Private Car – 120 USD
  • Private Jeep- 160 USD
  • Private Hiace/Van- 200 USD
  • Chitwan (Bharatpur) to Kathmandu Flight Cost- 110 USD per person


Difficulty Rating of Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
Any avid walker who is able to hike approximately 5-6 hours a day carrying a lightweight backpack will be fit enough to do this trek. We recommend you bring walking poles, as you will find them helpful especially in the long descents when your legs may feel shaky, and the stone steps are uneven. The altitude is only 3200m, so there is no altitude related risk.

Safe Drinking Water on Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
We suggest that you drink boiled water or bring chlorine tablets to purify the normal water available in the guest houses along the way. There is a small fee charged for the boiled water. Several guesthouses have Euro-guard filters. Although mineral water is available in most places, there is no provision to dispose of the plastic bottles, so we encourage the guests to do what they can to protect the environment.

Re-charging Batteries of Electronic Items on the Trek
You can recharge your digital camera, iPod, batteries etc. with electricity or solar power sources. You may need to buy an adaptor in Kathmandu before the trip since the plugs in Nepal might be different. The lodges charge a small fee per hour for recharging facilities.
Nepal uses 220-240 volts to power your appliances. The sockets fit both round and flat plugs.

Extra Advice for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking
You will see many sweet village children, and you may want to give them something. Remember, many trekkers have felt the same. It is better not to distribute balloons, candy, money or even pens to village children as it encourages them to beg. Many children now ask for Mithai (candy) Paisa (Money) and Boom boom (balloon).
During the trekking, keep your valuable goods safe. Lock your door when you leave your guesthouse room. You are also advised not to leave your laundry hanging outside at night.

Garbage Disposal
Don’t throw anything into the fire in any house, Buddhist or Hindu. In most cultures the household gods live in Kitchen.
Spending Money per Day

Although it depends on your spending habits, you should allocate US$ 7 - 10 per meal in Kathamndu. On the trek, US$9 - 12 a day should be enough to buy chocolates, Coca Cola and a beer.

Travel Insurance for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
It is strongly recommended to be sufficiently protected when you go into remote areas. You need specialized travel insurance that covers emergency evacuation, injury, lost baggage, liability and medical treatment. Make sure the insurance covers all the activities that you will be undertaking during your stay in Nepal. Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. can organize the appropriate medical response based on your policy.

Washing and Toilet facilities for Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking

Most lodges offer hot showers, though sometimes a hot shower means a bucket of hot water. You can ask your trekking guide about the availability. For ecological reasons please try and limit your use of hot water unless the water is solar-heated. Please note that at higher altitude and in colder seasons there is very little chance to have enough hot water for all the trekkers. If the water is frozen then ask your guide to get warm bowl of water. Every lodge will have some kind of hand washing facility but it is good idea to carry a bar of soap with you.

Toilets are usually Asian squat style and vary in how clean they are. Normally toilets are outside the lodge but now some lodges have attached or indoor toilets. The rubbish bin in the toilet is kept for your used toilet paper.

Tea Houses
On the popular trekking routes villagers have built tea house lodges with plenty of character and good food. The simple rooms usually have two narrow beds. When you stay in the tea houses you will have close contact with the Nepalese people and are directly contributing to the local economy.

Trip Facts

Destination : Nepal

Duration : 12 Days

Price : US $920 p/p

Trip Grade : Easy

Single Supplement:USD $150

Group Size:1-7 Persons

Activities:Sightseeing, Trekking, Jungle Safari

Transport:By Tourist Bus

Hotel in Kathmandu:3 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Hotel in Chitwan:2 Nights with Full Board Basis

Hotel in Pokhara:2 Nights B&B plan (Bed & Breakfast)

Accommodation during trek::Local lodges 4 nights

Maximum Height:3210m

Starting / Ending:Kathmandu

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