Active Nepal (with a 3-day trek)
From the bustling and chaotic streets of Kathmandu to the peace of a dawn canoe ride along the Rapti River, this 12-day tour includes the highlights of Nepal as well as an introductory 3-day trek in the Annapurna Mountains.
Monkeys at Swayambhunath
Dodging holy cows in Kathmandu
Boat rides on Phewa Lake
Trekking in sublime scenery
The sun setting over the Annapurnas
Searching for the elusive Bengal tiger
12 days from £995 pp
Plus international flights from £450
A 12 day holiday for a family of four in Nepal will cost from £3,980 (excluding international flights).
Nepal is generally a relatively inexpensive destination but costs will vary quite widely depending on the nature of the itinerary. Trekking is comparatively cheap (if you are staying in teahouses) and a two-week trek will therefore cost considerably less than a more standard itinerary where you are staying in hotels every night.
A ‘standard’ 2-week non-trekking holiday for a family of four in Nepal will usually cost around £5,000 (excluding international flights) based on mid-range accommodation. If you want to upgrade to more luxurious hotels, the price will start from £6,500.
A 2-week trekking tour, for example trekking to Everest Base Camp and staying in simple teahouses en route, will usually cost from around £3,300 for a family of four.
All prices exclude international flights. Flights to Kathmandu from the UK start from around £450 per person. There are no direct flights between London and Kathmandu so you will usually need to fly via India. The duration will depend on the route but will be a minimum of 13 hours.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
There are no age limits on any of our tours. If you are considering including some trekking in your itinerary, we will be happy to discuss what will be most suitable for your children.
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with us, as we are members of the Travel Trust Trade . All monies paid to us by you are deposited into a trust account and the funds are only released to Stubborn Mule after you have completed your holiday.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. After a chat to understand more about you, we can produce an itinerary as a starting point and can tweak this until we get it exactly right.
Active Nepal (with a 3-day trek) day-to-day itinerary
Arrive in Kathmandu where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule representative and accompanied to your hotel. Kathmandu is a wonderful city and on arrival you are immediately transported into a completely different world, packed with temples, rickshaws, palaces and the ubiquitous holy cows which amble unhindered around the narrow streets.
Day 2 Kathmandu
A full day to explore Kathmandu with a guide. Your visit will include Swayambhunath, a beautiful Buddhist Temple that sits on top of a hill with lovely views over the city; chief attraction may be the monkeys that ‘guard’ the entrance and who delight in playing tricks on the many visitors. You will also visit the Durbar Square, where kings were traditionally crowned and which is still home to many architectural marvels as well as a living goddess. Lastly you will head for Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most important Hindu Temple and fascinating as it is home to many saddhus (or holy men), distinctive in their white and orange robes, dreadlocks and painted bodies.
Day 3 Kathmandu
A second day to further explore Kathmandu with your guide. You will head to Bhaktapur and Patan. Together with Kathmandu itself these were the ancient royal capitals of Nepal and are full of beautiful medieval architecture and temples. (Alternatively if you would prefer to explore on your own, this can be a free day).
Day 4 Kathmandu – Pokhara
Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Pokhara. You will spend the afternoon exploring the city with its dramatic backdrop of the Annapurnas, including a boat ride on the picturesque Phewa lake. Older children might enjoy a bike ride in the countryside outside town and there are many routes of varying difficulty, all with stunning views. Alternatively perhaps take part in a cookery lesson and learn how to make the perfect ‘momo’, a delicious Tibetan dumpling.
Day 5 Pokhara – Trek
Today starts with a drive to Kimche (which takes around 2.5 hours) from where you start your trek into the Annapurnas. Your route will take you through rhododendron forest and small villages with incredible views over neatly terraced fields to Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain). You will spend the night in the pretty village of Ghandruk. If you have the energy make sure that you explore the old part of the village and wander amongst the rows of slate-roofed houses, bunches of dried corn draped beneath the eaves and pumpkins drying in the courtyards.
The trek usually takes around 2-3 hours and you will spend the night in a teahouse. This is a simple trekking lodge with private rooms, each with a bed but little else. Bathroom facilities are communal and simple. (Note that there may be the chance to upgrade to rooms with private facilities on request).
Read More Day 6 Ghandruk – Tolkha The trek today takes around 4 hours and ends in Tolkha, famous for the spectacular sunset panorama that it offers. Day 7 Tolkha – Dhampus Day 8 Dhampus – Bandipur You will spend the night in a converted traditional Newari Homestead, reached by a steeply climbing road that switchbacks up the mountain for 8km. The views are stunning, stretching over orange orchards to the south and towards the Annapurnas in the north. Day 9 Bandipur – Chitwan In the afternoon transfer to Chitwan, which takes around 3 hours. You will spend the night at a traditional Tharu Lodge right on the edge of Chitwan National Park, in beautiful grounds. Day 10 Chitwan Later take a safari in Chitwan in search of the elusive Bengal tiger as well as wild elephant and rhino. End the day with an elephant back safari around the fringes of the park. Note that although we do not endorse elephant rides in many of our destinations, we believe that the elephant rides here are responsibly run and are a positive force for conservation. Day 11 Chitwan – Kathmandu Day 12 Kathmandu
Continue trekking, along small footpaths that have been used for hundreds of years by local villagers, again with incredible views towards the mountains. You will cross the Modi Khola River and climb through terraced fields and moss-draped rhododendron forest.
Today’s walk is glorious, with truly spectacular views of the Annapurnas. It takes around 4 hours and follows ancient trails through terraced fields of wheat and corn and traditional villages. You end the day in the small village of Dhampus, in a dramatic ridge-top setting with panoramic views towards Machapuchare.
After breakfast you have a short walk to the road head at Phedi where you will meet your vehicle and transfer to Bandipur (around 3 hours).
Spend the morning exploring the small town of Bandipur, a real gem that offers an insight into a more traditional (and less touristy) rural town. Stroll along the quiet streets and visit the bazaar then stop in the shade of a giant piple tree to sip a cup of hot chai and admire the views from the escarpment.
This morning rise early and head to the river for a trip in a dugout canoe through the wetlands surrounding the Rapti River. This area is home to a great variety of birds but the main attraction for the children will be the local crocodiles. Keep your eyes peeled and your fingers inside the dugout!
Transfer to Bharatpur airport for a short flight back to Kathmandu. The rest of the day is free for some last minute shopping where you can use your newly acquired haggling skills to purchase souvenirs… particular popular with children are the elephant-dung notebooks!
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 6 Ghandruk – Tolkha
The trek today takes around 4 hours and ends in Tolkha, famous for the spectacular sunset panorama that it offers.
Day 7 Tolkha – Dhampus
Day 8 Dhampus – Bandipur
You will spend the night in a converted traditional Newari Homestead, reached by a steeply climbing road that switchbacks up the mountain for 8km. The views are stunning, stretching over orange orchards to the south and towards the Annapurnas in the north.
Day 9 Bandipur – Chitwan
In the afternoon transfer to Chitwan, which takes around 3 hours. You will spend the night at a traditional Tharu Lodge right on the edge of Chitwan National Park, in beautiful grounds.
Day 10 Chitwan
Later take a safari in Chitwan in search of the elusive Bengal tiger as well as wild elephant and rhino. End the day with an elephant back safari around the fringes of the park.
Note that although we do not endorse elephant rides in many of our destinations, we believe that the elephant rides here are responsibly run and are a positive force for conservation.
Day 11 Chitwan – Kathmandu
Day 12 Kathmandu
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Nepal in pictures
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