Nepal Family Itinerary
This short program allows travellers with families to experience the best that Nepal has to offer including ancient cities, trekking, river float and riding elephants.
Day 1:Kathmandu (4265' / 1300m) (B)
Day 2:Trek to Sanctuary Lodge (3750' / 1150m) (B,L,D)
Day 3:Trek to Gurung Lodge, Majgaun (4620' / 1400m) (B,L,D)
Day 4: Trek to Pokhara (3300' / 1000m) (B)
Day 5:3 Mountain Lodge (3316 / 1011m) (B,L,D)
Day 6:Seti River Camp (7120' / 2170m) (B,L,D)
Day 7:Kasara Jungle Resort (B,L,D)
Day 8:Kathmandu (4265' / 1300m) (B,L)
Day 9:Depart Nepal (B)
Day 1: Kathmandu (4265' / 1300m) (B)
Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by a Ker & Downey representative and transferred to the Gokarna Forest Resort. Gokarna Forest Resort which is located inside the serene temperate Gokarna Forest used to be the former Royal hunting grounds of the Kings of Nepal. A winding road climbs through the forest, up to the main complex, consisting of a number of Rana period lodges, and sanctuaries harmoniously blending with nature. A quiet peaceful haven set between ancient towering trees with glimpses of the second fairway in the valley below make the perfect getaway for golf, enchanting forest walks, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Spa, as well as time close to nature.
Overnight at the Gokarna Forest Resort
Day 2: Trek to Sanctuary Lodge, Birethanti (3750 ft / 1150 m)
After an optional early morning flight to Mount Everest, we fly to Pokhara (3300 ft /1000 m). The flight to Pokhara is a magnificent flight that includes all the western mountain ranges. Be sure to sit on the right hand side of the plane (which will have open seating). Your trek guide will meet you at the Pokhara airport and transfer you to the Ker & Downey office for a trek briefing (10 minute transfer time). You can store any belongings not needed on trek at the office. After the briefing, we transfer by road with our guide & porters to our trek start point. Transfer time is about 1 hour and 15 minutes. We will stop along the way to photograph the breath-taking panoramas of the Annapurnas. Upon arrival at the village of Gumaune Taun situated at an altitude of 1500m, we begin our 2-hour walk to the Sanctuary Lodge. We start off on a little used jeep track. This track ends after about 20 minutes and we are on a traditional walking path, traversing through small farming hamlets. After about an hour, we arrive at Bee Village. This is a typical Gurung Village where almost every household farms their own bees for honey cultivation. The villagers usually welcome you with a cup of tea or a taste of their honey. From the Bee Village, the trail descends relatively steeply to the valley floor, along a stone stair -case. Upon arrival at the Modi River, you’ll traverse a strong metal suspension bridge before arriving on the main trail. It’s about a 10-minute walk along this trail to reach the Sanctuary Lodge. In the afternoon, you may want to take an optional guided trek to the village of Birethanti, and the nearby waterfall. Or, relax by the river. Enjoy a sunset view of the magnificent and unclimbed Machhapuchhare or Fishtail Mountain. Dinner will be at the lodge after happy hour around the fire.
O/N Ker and Downey Sanctuary lodge. BLD
Day 3: Trek to Gurung Lodge, Majgaun (4620 ft / 1400 m)
Following a leisurely breakfast, we leave the Sanctuary lodge & trek to Ker & Downey's Gurung Lodge. We cross the bridge nearby the lodge and start heading up banks of the Modi River. This is a little used trail that starts off on a rocky path and then meanders though a forested area. We then reach a long, winding stone staircase, which we start to trek up. After about 30 minutes, we reach the level ground at a small farming hamlet. We then trek along this ridge to the village of Waday. From Waday there are far reaching views of the whole valley. Our trek then descends for a while to another bridge. After crossing this bridge, we have one more uphill push, passing though small villages of Patlekhet and Majgaun before arriving at the Gurung Lodge. Trek time about 4 hours. After lunch, you may chose to do a hike to the nearby village of Tanchok, where there is a traditional house now made into a museum. The contents of the house illustrate how the local people live, together with the tools and implements of day-to-day traditional village life. You may also choose to visit the local school. Trek time 1-2 hours.
O/N Ker and Downey Gurung lodge. BLD.
Day 4: Trek to Pokhara (2460 ft / 830 m)
After an early breakfast, we trek for one hour to the road head and transfer by vehicle to Pokhara. Along the way we can stop (upon request) and visit the Tibetan refugee camp, one of the first that was established in Nepal. If you choose to stop, you can visit the monastery where you will meet one of the monks who will show you around and explain the symbols and significances of the Tibetan religion. We leave this visit as an option because in order to reach the monastery, you’ll need to pass through their market, where they sell souvenirs aimed at the tourist trade. Prices are generally inflated and bargaining is the norm. We return to the hotel in time for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore the lakeside with all its Tibetan curio shops. You might want to try one of our favourite restaurants in Pokhara: Jiva Café and Spa (for lunch) and Moondance Restaurant (for dinner).
O/N Temple Tree Resort. B
Day 5: Visit Bandipur; Trek to 3 Mountain Lodge (2000 ft / 606m)
This morning we transfer to Bandipur, a journey of some 2 hours through the countryside. Here we have time to explore this Newari town that has retained much of its traditional architecture and ways. After lunch at a restored traditional home in Bandipur (now converted into a boutique hotel) we set off for the 3-hour trek to our overnight lodge. The trail initially descends along a little used jeep track until reaching a long stretch of flat countryside. The flat section passes through rice paddies and crystal clear mountain streams before ascending again. The uphill section lasts about an hour. It passes through little visited hamlets and unspoilt forests before arriving at the lodge. The 3 Mountain Lodge, which as its name suggests, has amazing views of three of Nepal’s 8000 meter (26,000 ft) Himalayan Peaks as well as the surrounding valley.
Overnight 3 Mountain Lodge. BLD.
Day 6: Trek to Seti River Camp (1000ft / 300m)
After breakfast we begin our two-hour trek through unspoilt countryside to the Seti River Camp. The trail allows us magnificent views from the ridgeline. We also walk through surrounding forests and remote villages where no other travel companies go. We then descend to the riverbank where our safari-style tented camp is located. You might want to take a dip in the river or our spring fed plunge pool before lunch. Lunch is at the camp. The afternoon is free to explore the landscaped gardens, riverbank, have another swim, or just relax in a hammock or tree house. Evenings are spent around an open fire of driftwood, at this unique riverside location.
Overnight Seti River Camp (B, L, D)
Day 7: Raft and Transfer to Kasara Jungle Resort (500 ft / 150 m)
The Morning is spent rafting. There are 5 class 2 rapids. The remainder of the trip is a float. You will be able to observe the plentiful birdlife and riverside villages and people fishing on the riverbanks. Raft time is about 2 ½ hours to the road head. After changing, you will be driven for 2 hours to the edge of the jungle. From here you transfer by jeep to your jungle lodge. After an arrival briefing and settling into your accommodation, there will be an elephant back safari through the jungle to spot Chitwan’s abundant wildlife.
O/N Kasara lodge BLD.
Day 8: Fly to Kathmandu (4265 ft / 1300 m)
After an early morning safari – on foot, elephant or by jeep, you will be transferred to the local airport for your short 25-minute flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be escorted to Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, home to the living Goddess and many fine temples and palaces. After Durbar Square, we will visit Boudhanath, the largest Stupa in Asia and home to some 10,000 Tibetans. The Tibetans run and operate many shops and teahouses around the temple complex. We then return to the hotel where the rest of the day is free.
O/N Gokarna Forest Resort BL.
Day 9. Depart:
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.B
Note:It is possible to include a farewell dinner hosted by a Nepalese climber who has summited Mount Everest. He or she would regale you with their stories. Please inquire about prices if you are interested.
- Price per person on room sharing : US$ 2210
- Price for children under 12 years : US$ 1400 (based on triple occupancy, sharing a room with 2 adults)
- Optional Mount Everest flight: $220 per person
- All accommodation, meals as listed
- All transfers, domestic flights with airport taxes
- guides for each phase, all activities, local taxes, sightseeing
- loan of trek packs including day packs, walking sticks
- happy hour free drinks in Ker and Downey lodges and Camps.
- water bottles, poncho, souvenir sun hat and scarf, welcome drinks at each location
- coffee, tea, and boiled and filtered water in Ker and Downey lodges and camps
- meals not listed above
- expenses of personal nature