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Nepal with Children

Challenges of traveling to Nepal with kids.

Culture Shock:
If you’re taking your kids to a developing country for the first time, they might experience culture shock. Kathmandu, in particular, can be overwhelming due to the sensory overload, but it’s also an exciting adventure once they feel secure.

Different Food:
There are no McDonald’s or Hungry Jacks in Nepal since cows are sacred animals and rarely consumed. Nevertheless, the restaurants in Kathmandu offer numerous familiar foods such as pizza, chips, pasta, and more. However, we highly recommend encouraging your children to try the local dishes like Dahl Baht, Tibetan Thukpa Stew, and MoMo’s. There are plenty of food choices available, but it’s important to inquire about the spice level when ordering.

Water:
In Kathmandu, it’s crucial to use bottled water at all times because the tap water is contaminated and may cause illness. When my kids were younger, I found it challenging to ensure they didn’t open their mouths while showering. Outside of Kathmandu, it’s recommended to purchase bottled water or use aquatabs or a steripen to purify your water.

The best part about traveling in Nepal with children.

The People
Wow, the people of Nepal are incredibly friendly and absolutely adore children! Your little ones will receive lots of warm smiles and handshakes, and if they’re still very young, they might even get picked up and cuddled. The locals are very accepting and won’t judge you or your kids for having a tantrum or being loud. If you venture into the villages, your children will have a chance to play with other kids and see what life is like for those who don’t have all the luxuries of toys and electronics. It’s a beautiful way for them to learn about the importance of community and connection. Meeting the locals is definitely one of the best parts of visiting Nepal.

Nature
Our family loves hiking, even if the kids complain at first. Once we hit the trails, it’s all about storytelling and singing together. Nature is the perfect place to have deep conversations and bond with your children. A trekking adventure in Nepal is a great opportunity to spend quality time together, share stories, and have some fun. In the evenings, you can relax in teahouses, play card games, and make memories with your kids. Our guides and porters also enjoy spending time with children, so everyone will have a blast!

Perspective
Visiting Nepal can offer children a whole new perspective on life and the world. They’ll see how different cultures live and gain an understanding of how privileged our lives are in the Western world. Experiencing a country rich in tradition and spirituality can truly impact a child’s outlook on life. Nepal may be a developing country, but its people are kind, happy, and loving. They value friendship and family over material wealth, and your children will be able to see this firsthand. They’ll witness the reality of poverty, but also learn that happiness comes from the connections we make with others.

Touring
We absolutely adore bringing our children to Pokhara – a picturesque lakeside town nestled beneath the breathtaking Annapurna Mountain Range. It’s an idyllic spot to unwind and appreciate the scenery. From here, you can also embark on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek or the shorter Poon Hill trek.
If time permits, a visit to Chitwan is an absolute must. Your family will be forever grateful for the opportunity to witness animals such as rhinoceroses, leopards, and elephants roaming in the wild. If you’re fortunate enough, you might even catch a glimpse of a tiger. Chitwan is the perfect location to enjoy a jungle safari in Nepal’s southern lowlands.

Add Nepal to your list of family holiday destinations. It may not be a breeze, but it’s an opportunity to bond and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. Nepal will expose your children to a stunning part of the world, and the relationships they establish will be enduring. A family trip to Nepal is an experience not to be missed!

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