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Families travelling to Nepal & Bhutan

Family enjoying elephant bathtime, Chitwan, Nepal
Celebrating Shiva day with kids in Nepal
Above: Family enjoying elephant bathtime, Chitwan, Nepal
  • Family enjoying elephant bathtime, Chitwan, Nepal
  • Celebrating Shiva day with kids in Nepal

Bringing your children to Nepal can be an adventure for all the family. There is so much to see, and many different activities to enjoy, that most children get a lot out of a holiday in Nepal. You should bear in mind however, that Nepal is a developing country, and the facilities and services available are not the same as in Western countries. You should be comfortable that your children will be prepared for this before you plan to travel to Nepal.

There are obviously some considerations to make however if you are travelling with children, and we have made some notes below to cover some of these.

Child & Family Discounts:

Most of our tours in Nepal have a minimum age of at least 12 years. We do not therefore offer child discounts as such, but will rather offer a discount to the whole family, based on the number of adults and children travelling.

Joining Group Departures:

Children are welcome to join all of our small-group tours - please see the tour factsheet for details of the minimum ages accepted on each tour. In general, we set a minimum of 12 years on tours that don't have any activities included, or just relatively easy trekking or rafting. For tours with more demanding trekking or rafting, the minimum age may be 14 or 16 years.

For families with children under 12, we would recommend that a private or tailor-made tour departure would be more suitable - please contact us to discuss the suitability of different itineraries and activities for your family.

Private & Tailor-made tours:

We are happy to arrange private tours for families, or groups of families travelling together. Running your tour privately allows your guide to be more flexible with your itinerary during the day, and to spend more/less time at certain sites according to their interest and the ages.

You can stick to exactly the same itinerary as our normal tours, or we can tailor-make an itinerary to fit your personal requirements, the age of your children, and your flights.

If your children have some school coursework, or other excercises to do while in Nepal, we'll be happy to set some time and a suitable location aside during the day for them to work on these.

We will also choose a guide that we know is good with children for these tours.

Special Family Group Tours:

We are starting to run some specific group departures which are only open to families with children. We will adjust the itineraries for these tours slightly to reflect this - this may involve using a slightly easier rafting river, or shortening the amount of time spent walking each day while trekking. We will also include some activities and visits not normally included.

Children on Rafting tours:

There is a certain amount of strength and physical fitness required for white-water rafting. You must all be decent swimmers, and not afraid of falling out of the raft and getting wet. We are happy to welcome children onto our rafting tours, as long as these considerations are made. We have graded the rivers and our tours in Nepal to help you choose which are suitable for your family. Please see the rafting activity guide page on our website, or contact us for more information.

  • Seti River - Grade 3, Class II-III rapids - Min age 12 years (Rivers & Rhinos, Nepal Explorer)
  • Trisuli River - Grade 4, Class III-IV rapids - Min age 14 years
  • Kali Gandaki River - Grade 4, Class IV rapids - Min age 16 years
  • Sun Kosi River - Grade 5, Class IV-V rapids - Min age 18 years
  • Karnali River - Grade 5, Class IV-V rapids - Min age 18 years.

Children on Trekking tours:

We set a minimum age of 12 years on most of our trekking tours, though some of the longer and/or more demanding treks may have higher age limits - please check the tour factsheet for details. You should all be physically fit, and used to walking several days at a time. Please see the trekking activity guide page on our website, or contact us for more information.

Hotels:

As a general rule, hotels in Nepal have limited facilities specially designed for children (eg. play areas & games). Some hotels in Kathmandu do have swimming pools, though these are not guaranteed to be open all year round.

Some hotels are better than others in their suitability, and we will choose appropriate hotels for your family accordingly, particularly if you are doing a private or tailor-made tour.

If you have any special requests for particular hotels, please do not hesitate to ask, and we'll be happy to quote for them.

Please check the Nepal or Bhutan hotel page on our website for details of the hotels that we normally use on our group and private tours. This page includes links to detailed pages for many of the hotels we use with more information and photos.

Travel Insurance:

We do offer travel insurance policies designed for children. Further details can be found on the travel insurance page on our website.

If you have any questions about travelling in Nepal with your family regarding the suitability of any of our group tours, arranging a private or tailor-made tour, or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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