Best Destinations for Family Trekking in Nepal

As the monsoon settles, fresh and clear days set a perfect weather for trekking in Nepal. The culture of traveling with family is slowly taking shape among the domestic tourists as well. Here is a list of Best Destinations for Family Trekking in Nepal

Gosainkunda Trek

Overview: Lies in the Lantang National Park and is considered religiously important for the Hindus and the Buddhists. Some people might experience difficulty in breathing during this trek but a properly designed trek itinerary with enough time to acclimatize can avoid all types of altitude sickness. Trekkers need to be aware of themselves as the altitude exceeds 3300 meters.

Special festival is organized in the Gosainkunda Lake during Janai Purnima that falls in mid August. Devotees from across the country visit the Lake as a dip in the holy lake is believed to cure all forms of physical pain and sickness.

Best Time:  Other than May-August

Max Elevation: 4450 meters

Trek Difficulty:  Moderate

Brief Itinerary: 8 to 10 days with extension as required.

Days DestinationAltitude Duration
1Drive to Syafrubesi1445m 8 Hours
2Lama Hotel2460m6 Hours
3Thulo Syafru2330m6 Hours
4Shin Gompa3350m5 Hours
5Gosainkunda4450m6 Hours
6Chandanbari3315m5 Hours
7Dunche2000m 6 Hours
8Drive to Kathmandu1360m 6 Hours

Ghorepani Poonhill Trek

Best Destinations for Family Trekking in Nepal
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Overview: Ghorepaani Poonhill trek is particularly known for the beautiful sunrise with a spectacular panoramic view of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range.   The trek is fairly easy with well maintained trails and doable for all age group. If asked to be rated for best destinations for family trek, Ghorepaani Poonhill will probably top the list.

It’s a perfect getaway destination with your family in a picturesque setting, close to the mountains and beautiful villages with culturally rich Gurung and Magar community.

Best Time: Check for weather report and avoid downpours. Besides anytime of the year is good to go.

Max Elevation: 3210 meters

Trek Difficulty: Easy

Brief Itinerary: 5 to 7 Days

Days DestinationAltitude Duration
1Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara810m7 Hours
2Drive to TikheDhunga1580m7 Hours
3Ghorepaani2880m6 Hours
4PoonHill3210m5 Hours
5Ghandruk1960m4 Hours
6Drive to Pokhara810m6 Hours
7Drive to Kathmandu1400m7 Hours

Kalinchowk Trek

Best Destinations for Family Trekking in Nepal
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Overview: Kalinchowk is probably one of the shortest trekking destinations in Nepal. Sitting atop a 3840m high hill, the Kalinchowk temple is one of the most worshiped goddesses for the Hindus. It lies in Dolakha district  and is one of the fastest growing trekking destinations.

Kalinchowk not only holds a religious importance for the Hindus but also offers a beautiful view of the Gausishankar mountain range and Mt. Everest as well.

Best Time: Throughout the Year

Max Elevation: 3840m

Trek Difficulty: Easy

Brief Itinerary: Max 3-4 Days

Day 1: Drive to Charikot (Or Kuri the same day)

Day 2: Hike to Kuri

Day 3: Trek/Hike/Use Cable car to get to the Kalinchowk Temple and Back to Charikot

Day 4: Drive to Kathmandu.


Jomsom Trek

Best Destinations for Family Trekking in Nepal
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Overview: If the plan is to visit the Muktinath Temple and you are running out of time, a direct flight from Pokhara to Jomsom is also available. But as they say, the longer the journey, the better is the destination.

Although it lies in the Annapurna circuit trek, there is also an option to trek straight to Jomsom via Pokhara. Jomsom is considered an easy trek as the altitude is also relatively lower than other trekking destinations.

It’s a sacred place of great significance to the Hindus as well as the Buddhists. Muktinath is considered one of the 108 sacred shrines on the planet where one should visit at least once in their lifetime.

Best Time: Throughout the Year

Max Elevation: 3710 meters

Trek Difficulty: Easy

Brief Itinerary: 5-7 Days

Day 1: Drive from Pokhara to Jomsom(2740m)

Day 2: Ranipauwa(3660m) via Jharkot(3520m)

Day 3: Kagbeni(2830m) via Jhong(3600m).

Day 4: Marpha(2700m)  via Jomsom.

Day 5: To Pokhara


Helambu Trek

Trek from Kathmandu to Helambu
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Overview: For new adventurists, this is considered to be an ideal route because it’s short and runs through a not-so-busy trail. The dense green forests with frequently occurring small and beautiful Tamang and Sherpa villages will get you everything you need to take a break during the trek.

Throughout the trial, you’ll get to see the massif Langtang range surrounding the entire Helambu region. The typical local meals and ethnic customs will be very interesting what adds to the enriching experience of the Hyolmo culture.

Best Time: September-May

Max Elevation: 3653m

Trek Difficulty: Easy

Brief Itinerary: 5-6 Days

Days DestinationAltitude Duration
1Chisapani from Kathmandu (Drive) 2300m / 7546 ft 4 Hours
2Chisapani to Kusumtang 2445m / 8021 ft5 Hours
3Kusumtang to Thadepati 3653m / 11985 ft5 Hours
4Thadepati to Tarkeghyang2746m / 9009 ft5 Hours
5Tarkeghyang to Shermathang 2620m / 8595 ft4 Hours
6(Hike)Shermathang to Melamchi. (Drive) Melamchi to Kathmandu 1300m / 4265 ft4 Hours/3 Hours

Ghandruk Trek

Best Destinations for Family Trekking in Nepal
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Overview:

Ghandruk is ideal for those who wants easy trail and trekking with frequent stops. It lies in Kaski district, North-West of Pokhara. This location is best for a very close view of the mountains like Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre(FishTail), Himchuli, Gangapurna.

Best Time: Aug-Mar

Max Elevation:2012m

Trek Difficulty: Easy

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Pokhara – Ghandruk  (2012m)

Day 2: Ghandruk – Pothana (1900m)

Day 3: Pothana to Pokhara