Annapurna Family Trek

Hike between Himalayan villages with great views of high snowy peaks
Overview

overview

This trek in central Nepal brings you close to the high peaks without reaching into high altitude trekking. Easy to moderate hiking through villages, pastures, and forests gives your family superb opportunities to meet the friendly people of Nepal and appreciate Himalayan life. First, explore the lively city of Kathmandu, which boasts more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Then, during your eight days of hiking, experienced kid-friendly leaders will guide you through the Annapurna region of central Nepal. Your trek includes moderate hiking with frequent stops to visit and interact in local communities and schools. After the trek, you can enjoy jungle elephant safaris and whitewater rafting, or extensions to other destinations in Asia can be easily arranged. You can select your own departure date at any time during the year.

Although previous family hiking experience is helpful, you will not be "roughing it.” Hiking distances are based on slow-paced travel, and all travel is along well-used trails. Porters or pack animals carry most personal gear, food, and equipment. Young children under 50 pounds will have the option of hiking or being carried in specially-designed porter baskets. All meals and logistics are handled by JOURNEYS representatives, and no mountaineering is involved.

itinerary

itinerary

  • Day 1: Kathmandu
    Meet Nepali schoolchildren in Kathmandu while your trekking gear is being readied

    Enjoy your first views of the Himalayas on a spectacular morning flight to Kathmandu. Our staff greets you and helps you settle into your hotel. In Kathmandu, and throughout your trip, we encourage you to interact with local people either through your guide as interpreter, or through participation in the activities that are all around you. While you explore, your staff gets all your food supplies and logistical requirements in order for your trek. Meals are on your own, although your guide will be able to offer suggestions for places to eat. They are also available for shopping and equipment rental advice.

    Meals
    None
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 2: Kathmandu
    Enjoy the antics of the rhesus monkeys at Swayambhunath temple

    Spend the day exploring this beautiful city: visit the colorful temples of Swayambhunath (monkey temple) and Boddhanath and take a walking or rickshaw tour of the Old Bazaar. You will see life going on as it has for hundreds of years against a background of sacred peaks, terraced hillsides, and an exotic culture.

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 3: Pokhara
    Kids have the option of riding in a basket

    Fly to Pokhara, where you will join the staff and some of their family members. Travel by jeep from the airport to the trailhead, staying at a site with a beautiful views of Annapurna range.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 4: Pokhara / Hyangia
    Meet local families and children along your trek

    Today you get an early start on your trek to allow for rest stops and cross-cultural interactions along the way. Hike to A Tibetan refugee camp at Hyangia where you can sample Tibetan food, bargain for curios and learn about the Tibetan culture. Total trekking time is about 2 hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 5: Hyangia / Dhampus
    The trails lead through villages where you'll be warmly welcomed.

    It is an easy hike to Suiket, from where you climb the ridge above the Yangri Khola Valley. You then pass through Hyengiakot and Dhital where the staff will set up camp near Dhampus. Here, the 6,000' elevation ensures you will enjoy incredible mountain views as you relax. Today's total time trekking is about four and a half hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 6: Dhampus / Landruk
    In festival seasons, the local build special swings.

    After climbing to a 7000' pass, descend to the Gurung village of Landruk. Beautifully situated above the Modi Khola river, here you will have the opportunity to visit a school. This is an easy walk, and there will be time in the afternoon for additional exploration. Again, you will have a wonderful mountain panorama before you arrive at your lodge. Today's total time trekking is about six hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 7: Landruk / Ghandruk
    The trekking is sometimes challenging and sometimes easy, always beautiful.

    After crossing the river, a set of stone stairs leads you into the maze of alleyways and terraces of Ghandruk, one of the most beautiful communities in this area. From here, you have an excellent view of Annapurna South. Your lodge is near the village, and you will spend the afternoon meeting local people. While the trail is steep, the actual distance is only a few miles. Today's total time trekking is about five hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 8: Ghandruk / Birethanti
    Rice terraces cover Nepal's

    Follow a well-kept trail wrapping around the Modi Khola valley to Mohariya. Descend through fields and forests to Birethanti, on the banks of the Modi Khola. This is an excellent opportunity to observe Nepali agricultural activities in the terraced fields. Today's total trekking time is about five and a half hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 9: Birethanti / Yarsa
    Pass through villages with great views of the mountain range (photo by Maj)

    Climb to the village of Chandrakot, perched high above the convergence of two gorges. Here, you re-join a major foot route linking central and western Nepal. Religious pilgrims, robust porters carrying every imaginable commodity, and Tibetan pony caravans are all common sights. Follow the ridge to a British-sponsored agricultural station. Your descent will bring you to Yarsa, where you overnight in full view of the Annapurna range from your lodge. Today's total trekking time is about five hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 10: Yarsa / Shiva Temple
    Enjoy the breathtaking panorama

    Continue along the ridge to a temple site with perhaps the most breathtaking panoramic view of your journey. At this point, you are far above the villages, and the meadows invite you to relax, watch soaring eagles, and explore the ridge tops. Today's total trekking time is about six hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 11: Shiva Temple / Phewa Lake
    Take in the panorama from Phewa Lake (photo by Slleong)

    Descend the ridge and follow a little known route down the upper reaches of Phewa Lake. It is a long descent, and after reaching the lakeside, you will take a boat to your waterfront lodge. Total trekking time is about seven hours.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging
    Local guesthouse
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  • Day 12: Pokhara / Kathmandu
    Leave the lakeside for your trek onward

    Take a late morning flight to Kathmandu where you have the rest of the day free at your leisure.

     

     

     

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 13: Kathmandu
    Spend a free day exploring Kathmandu

    Today is a contingency day in case your flight is delayed in Pokhara. Otherwise, it's an open day for shopping and seeing the things that just didn't fit in your schedule on arrival in Nepal.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lodging
    International Guesthouse or similar
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  • Day 14: Kathmandu / Onward

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight, or continue your journey in Asia with one of our unique extensions.

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    Breakfast
    Lodging
    None
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Price and Date Details

Price and Date Details

Dec 22, 2014-Jan 4, 2015
Jun 15-28, 2015
Dec 21, 2015-Jan 3, 2016
Or Privately on Request
Land Cost:
$2,950
- $3,600
Adult $3,600 Child under 16 $3,100 Child under 12 $2,950 Includes flights within Nepal
Single Supplement:
$450
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Need to Know

Need to Know

Duration:
14 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
1
Guesthouses & comfortable Western style hotels
Group Size:
2-16
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Activity Level:
3
Guesthouses & comfortable Western style hotels
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Included in costs: Meals as noted, each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation and check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in JOURNEYS Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: $500 per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $800 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure.  Any applicable permit fees required in advance are non-refundable as well.  Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted by fax, mail, or via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website, and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Air fares: JOURNEYS can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Resources

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Trip Extensions

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