Trekking with the family in Nepal- 15 tips for a great adventure

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For a long time now, I have dreamed of trekking in Nepal with my children. Each time someone mentioned the word, “Nepal”, a sting in my stomach twanged and so I opted for Nepal to be the number one tourist destination for me and my family. Nepal has two of the best attractions for tourists: (1) Nepal has Mount Everest that is the highest mountain peak in the world. It is an ideal spot offering mountaineering, other types of adventures, as well as ecotourism; and (2) Nepal has the world heritage Lumbini that is the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, located in southern Nepal, as well as other important religious pilgrimage sites.

My family and I had gone on a number of trekking experiences and all of them were an enjoyable and awesome adventure for all of us. Trekking has not always been easy but it was lots of fun. Actually, I feel that the endeavor was quite difficult but looking at the sights, the sceneries, the people I encountered along the way were so much more than the efforts. Ultimately, the trip served as life experience for everybody.

Here are some worthwhile tips that I am sure will make your life as a traveler a bit easier:

1. Don’t economize hiring porters (they are special helpers that assist in carrying your bags and luggage). Take as many as you need as they make traveling easier for you.

2. If you have a small kid, select a special porter to carry the smallest member of the family. It is also advisable to have on hand a comfortable carrier from home.

3. Devote time to pick the right porter and guide. You can ask the agency to recommend good guides. Choose only the ones that can speak English, with lots of experience guiding families and who already had the experience of guiding families of the same trek you plan to do.

4. Before hiring your porters, be sure to conduct interviews; this is the best way to choose one that meet your standards. You can determine in the interview, the ones that are suitable for your needs.

5. To save a few dollars, if possible- bring your own sleeping bags. If don’t, you will have to rent from some traveling shop. There is a fix price among all the shops and approximately, it will cost about 60 Rs. Per day.

6. It is safer for you and family to bring a high quality filter. Filters sold in the local shops are quite questionable. If you find bringing filters too tedious, you can probably drink boiled water which is safer than the ones processed in the place. Children need water that is 100% pure and buying distilled water might be expensive.

7.  Before you leave for any trip, make sure you have a supply of enough health-snacks. You will find it more difficult to buy good ones along the way and even if they are available, they come with stiff cost. A word of caution, do not throw your empty package, like other tourists. Anywhere in the world, the environment must be kept clean.

8. During snack time, please remember to share with your porters and guide as like you, they also get hungry. It is better to deal with porters who are satisfied and they will be working better along the way.

9. As you are going through a jungle, don’t forget a bug-repellent. They advised that the best insect repellent in traveling in rural or jungle area must contain DEET. This bug repellent is N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide that is a versatile and effective as it contains only around 10% to 30% concentration of DEET.

10.  Thermal shirts are also useful for your children. When you are walking around during the day, it is so hot but as you are standing under the shade or once the sun goes down; it can get cold especially when you are wearing only a wet sweaty shirt.

11. Always keep in your pocket a ready small roll of toilet paper that you can quickly pull out for personal use. Many toilets located in faraway places during your trekking do not offer supply of tissues. 

12.  As you trek across the Himalaya, there will be all kinds of plants and a few plants are dangerous to touch as they are likely to make your skin burn. Ask from your guides to point them out for you at the start of the trek and remind your children to see and remember how they look. Be sure to bring along some ointments that can alleviate itching.

13. Food in traveling is the best part but it can also be the most dangerous to your health. Remember to look at the menu and you will notice that restaurants along the way served versatile food and also include many western dishes. You better order the Nepali dish called Dhal-Bhat. It is a very healthy dish and the only one that you can also get as much re-fills as you like without extra payment.

14. Bring some small games with you. One of the nicest experiences in a trip is an evening sitting at the main hall of the guest house, feeling the warmth of a burning fire and playing together with other trekkers and all your family. This is the best way to enjoy and to make friends along the way.

15. If the trek way is going down: be sure everybody has his own walking sticks. They don’t have to be the real walking stick even a straight wooden branch can work. Use a walking stick to save your knees from getting hurt.

Costs:

In general, the prices increase up as you ascend. At the high altitude points everything is expensive.

Permits and themes:

Themes: $20 per person (above 10Y). If you hire a guide or a porter you will pay $10 per person.

Permits at Anapurna:2000Rs. Everest- 1000 Rs.

One porter: there is no fix price but the lowest price is 1000 Rs per day.

Guide: there is no fix price but the lowest price is 1200 Rs. Per day.

One water bottle: 70-100 Rs. (in comparison to 20 Rs. At the city).

One night accommodation: 200-300Rs for a room.

{ it is customary to pay less for a room as long as you eat at the same guesthouse}

Average dinner for 5 people: 1600-2000 Rs.

Lump sum of one week trekking including gear: $1000 - $1300

Nepal is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Go trekking and feel enriched by its natural resources, cultural diversity, multiethnic and multilingual diversities. The tips I have given will go long way in making your travel to Nepal an unforgettable life experience for you and family.

 

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