Family Adventures

Annapurna Foothills and River Float

Country: Nepal Region: Annapurna, Chitwan, Seti River

Annapurna Foothills and River Float

£1495

10
DAYS

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Overview

  • Three days gentle trekking through at low altitude
  • Best available and comfortable mountain lodges with full board to your family
  • Exciting Seti River rafting and camping
  • Enjoy Chitwan jungle activities including riding elephant, searching for rhino

There are many things to fall in love with in Nepal, and there is something here for all the family. Whether it is visiting a local school, riding on the back of an elephant, or taking a short walk in the foothills of Annapurna, there are plenty of activities for the whole family. And imagine how impressed they will be when they meet someone who has been to the summit of Everest.

Your adventure will start in Kathmandu where you will embark on a three-day trek through the Annapurna Foothills. The trek itinerary was designed with little legs in mind. There is only two-three hours of walking on average ever day at low altitudes so this will be manageable for even small children. Your children will also have the opportunity to meet local children and learn all about village life in this part of the world. The lodges that you will be staying in are incredibly cosy and will offer you the utmost in comfort. All rooms are unsuited so you can enjoy a hot shower at the end of every day.

The next step in your trip of a lifetime is a two-day cruise on the River Seti, which embarks from Pokhara. Your overnight stay is at the Seti River Camp and the only way to reach this camp is by river. You will be sleeping in comfortable safari tents; our chef will prepare the tasty Nepalese meals for your family.

The following night will be spent at the one of our carefully chooses resort, which during the day is the ideal place to explore the Chitwan National Park. Here you will be given a guided tour of the park that takes place partly on foot, but parts of it are also conducted as you ride on the back of an elephant.

You will spend the next morning in the park, looking for game before a flight will return you to Kathmandu. An afternoon of sightseeing wait before your trip finishes with a delicious dinner with speaking from someone who has actually been to the summit of Everest.

Suitable for children from 10 years old.

Itinerary

DAY

1

Arrive Kathmandu

Upon your arrival a representative from FrozenGround will be waiting outside the airport to take you to the hotel. Depending on time of arrival, plans will be made for a briefing meeting once you have settled in.

Accommodation: Hotel

DAY

2

Full day Kathmandu sightseeing

After breakfast we start exploring the city including the 2,000 years old Buddhist shrine of Swyambhunath known as “Monkey Temple” because there’s a ton of monkeys around there; the colourful Durbar Squar; Patan city – which is the most iconic place in the Buddhist history.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY

3

Fly to Pokhara

After the short flight our trek begins to Australian Camp. Overnight at Birethanti.

Accommodation: Mountain lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 2-3 hours

DAY

4

Trek around Gurung Villages

You can have insight into the life of local people in these beatiful villages. Overnight at Dhapus or Maygoung.

Accommodation: Mountain lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Walk: 3 hours

 

DAY

5

Trek back to Pokhara

After arriving, you can explore the surrounding area of the town in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Walk: 2 hours

DAY

6

Rafting on Seti River

Seti River gentle raft and water fun begins. Overnight at river bank.

Accommodation: Tent

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

7

Chitwan safari

On your arrival at Chitwan Park you will be offered refreshment & be given a briefing at the camp and its facilities. After lunch, village tour to a nearby ethnic Tharu Village where you will learn more about the life and lifestyle of the Tharus. In the evening, Tharu cultural dance presentation – in which you will also be invited to participate – by the local ethnic villagers.

Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas is Chitwan National Park; a World Heritage-listed reserve and one of the premiere destinations in Nepal. This beautiful park is particularly rich in both fauna and flora and was created in 1973 to protect over 900 sq. km of marshland, forest, and grassland, and the large wildlife populations that live within.

The name Chitwan means ‘Heart of the Jungle’ and with a reputation as one of the best wildlife viewing national parks in all of Asia, it is easy to see why. It’s common to see monkeys, deer, rhinos, and over 500 species of birds. But that’s not all—if you are lucky, you’ll also get a chance to see sloth bears, wild elephants, leopards, and (if you’re REALLY lucky) Bengal tigers.

Chitwan is the last surviving example of the natural ecosystem of the area and covers subtropical lowland that is situated between two river valleys at the base of the Outer Himalayas. Its spectacular landscape, filled with lush vegetation and the Himalayan backdrop, makes this park an area of exceptional natural beauty. In fact, it is one of the most attractive parts of the lowlands of Nepal. It is for these reasons that Chitwan is a must-see on any family holiday in the region.

Accommodation: Jungle lodge/resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY

8

All day jungle activities

Canoe ride along the Rapti River; a great opportunity for bird watching and for seeing crocodiles. Jungle walk to the Elephant Birth Centre; chances also to explore the jungle fauna and flora.

After lunch elephant ride; looking for monkeys, wild boar, rhinoceros, leopard and – if you are fortunate you will see the Royal Bengal Tiger.

Accommodation: Jungle lodge/resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY

9

Drive back to Kathmandu

After arriving back to the hotel, the rest of the day is at leiusre.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

 

DAY

10

Fly back home, taking with you the memory of a lifetime

Meals: Breakfast

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in Kathmandu for recovery from your flight or after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.

If you do not rush home we can recommend adding extension trip to Chitwan National Park, Pokhara or Nagarkot at the end of your journey.

Tour Facts

Trip Cost Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in cities with breakfast as per itinerary
  • Jungle lodge in Chitwan with full board
  • Accommodation in mountain lodge with full board on trek
  • Guided jungle activities
  • Guide and porter on trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • All transfers using private vehicle as per group size
  • All sightseeing tours accompanied by local guide
  • Necessary entrance fees
  • Guided rafting at Seti River with full board
  • Camping and rafting gears
  • Kathmandu-Pokhara flight with airport tax

Trip Cost Doesn't Include

  • International flight
  • Nepal visa fee
  • Beverage and expenses of personal nature
  • Any optional sightseeing tours and extension of tours
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tips to guide, porters, drivers
  • Personal Insurance

Meals

9 Breakfast; 5 Lunch; 7 Dinner including welcome and farewell dinners

We provide plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks. As we do camping, our trained cook set the menu and prepare meals himself so that you will not have to cook on any of our tours. Continental breakfast in the cities.

As we do camping, our trained cook set the menu and prepare meals himself so that you will not have to cook on any of our tours.

Accommodation

4 nights hotel / 2 nights jungle lodge / 2 nights mountain lodge / 1 night tent

One of the most essential components of a great holiday is accommodation. At FrozenGround, we make it a top priority to use quality and character accommodation whenever it is possible. Accommodation can vary by destination and the types of holidays.

Hotel

No matter what areas we travel in, we always do our best to ensure accommodation that best reflects those specific areas. When hotels are involved, we always aim for requirements such as cleanliness, safety, location, and, of course, comfort. We have a wide range of hotels in Kathmandu from 2 stars to 5 stars. For hotel upgrade and holiday extension please contact us.

Mountain Lodge

We are using the same family run teahouses for years which are very atmospheric and friendly. Since these are rather far away from the nearest road, it’s not all that surprising that teahouses only offer basic, but clean necessities and amenities, especially since things can only be carried up by porters or even animals. These kinds of lodges also contain dining areas that are heated and attractively decorated. The bedrooms of these lodges contain wooden beds with foam mattresses and are unheated, so you will need a sleeping bag. The lodges also contain shared bathroom and washing facilities, which are sometimes located near the main lodge in a separate building. It’s also important to further note that some of these lodges use continental-style toilets, which will require self-flushing by using water buckets. For additional charges, you may also opt to use a lodge with battery charging facilities and heated showers. While staying at these lodges is a good way to meet fellow hikers and campers, keep in mind that they are still located in a remote enough area to cause facilities to be very basic.

Jungle lodge

Our resort lies on the edge of the Community Forest Reserve, overlooking the tall green mansions of the jungle’s tropical trees. Constructed on the lines of a tribal village, it blends in and ‘disappears’ into the natural backdrop of Nepal’s southern Terai Belt.

Tent

This trip includes accommodation in tent, for which we will provide the necessary equipment’s, such as two-person tents with mat. However, you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.

Single supplement

Our holidays are operated on a twin-share basis. That means that cost is based on either sharing the accommodation with other member of the group of same sex or people who book together. However single supplement and private trip are available. Please note that in some remote areas single supplement is not available. Please contact us for further details.

Date and Price

Available Tour Dates

If these dates don’t suit you get in touch and we arrange your own departure.

General Info

Equipment

The following is fairly exhaustive list of what you should pack for the trip: trekking trousers, waterproof and windproof over trousers/rain pants, thermal base layer shirts, casual shirt and/or T-shirts, fleece jacket, waterproof and windproof jacket, warm jacket (down), sunhat, warm hat, sunglasses, warm gloves or mittens, head torch with spare batteries, sun protector, toiletries, antibacterial hand wash, small towel, shampoo.

Along with our high quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, and first aid kit. We also provide two-persons tent with mat and all necessary camping equipment.

You will need sleeping bag which is available to hire in Kathmandu as well as trekking and climbing equipment.

What you Carry

Please bring with you shorts and a T-shirt or swimwear for on the river, suitable footwear for wearing in the raft, warm clothing for the evenings, a towel. A flashlight is also useful.

 

While you are trekking you only have to carry a backpack with water, snacks, extra socks, waterproof light jacket and your camera. It is possible to store you travel luggage at the hotel in Kathmandu and transfer all you need for trekking into a specially made FrozenGround travel bag. This must be maximum 15 kg which will be moved by our porter team.

What you need to tell us

Please tell us if you are a non-swimmer, or not very confident in the water. Also it is essential that you inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your well-being on the trip.

First Aid

A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should include the following: broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, Diamox (altitude), diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralyte).

Visa and Vaccination

You can get a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You must fill in an application form and provide a passport photograph at the customs. Nepal entry Visa fee US$ 40 for 30 days and US$ 25 for 15 days.

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. However, our recommended vaccinations are the following: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria is a risk factor in Nepal. There is yearlong risk in the Terrai region bordering India, including the Royal Chitwan National Park. No risk exists in Kathmandu or typical highland treks. Malaria prevention options should be discussed with a travel medicine specialist prior to departure.

Altitude

Many trips to Himalaya go to high altitudes – this one doesn`t – where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed for good acclimatisation as we are following the “climb high, sleep low” rule. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the signs and symptoms of altitude sickness and that you report any illness to your guide immediately. However, you don’t need to scare of travelling to high altitudes if you are following the simple rules and procedure of preventing altitude sickness.

If you would like to find out more about the effects of altitude and the best preventative measures, then please visit:

http://www .altitude.org/altitude_sickness.php

Weather

In Nepal, the monsoon rains begin to dissipate in early September so our trekking season lasts from the middle of September to May. The weather, from mid-October to December, is usually stable with clear views, mild to warm days, and cold nights. In October, and in low altitudes, daytime temperatures have been known to reach 30 degrees Celsius. Nights, on the other hand, may drop to less than 0 degrees Celsius at the higher altitudes.

When you go trekking in Nepal, from December to February, you can expect cool to mild days with clear skies, and very cold nights. At low altitudes, daytime temperatures are typically mild i.e. about 20 degrees Celsius. At nights this temperature can fall to -10 degrees Celsius, especially at the higher altitudes. Also, it is important to note that, sometimes winter storms can bring snow to depths as low as 2500 meters.

The dry winter season starts to transition into spring time conditions in March. During this time, you can expect clear mornings with afternoon showers every now and again. The daytime temperature increase in March happens quickly, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius. You can expect mild nights at the lower altitudes. The increased rainfall on the hills is outshined by the amazing displays of a wild variety of wildflowers during this time of year.

In May, conditions are typically hot at the low elevations and rainstorms during the afternoon are common. This period generally has clear weather at the higher altitudes and is the perfect time for mountaineering expeditions to begin their ascents.

The rainy season in Nepal lasts from the middle of June to the middle of September. Thus, it’s not suitable to go trekking in the Nepal Himalaya during this time. But, there are a few remote valleys that are exempt from this rule.

If you go on a lower altitude trek in Nepal, it’s important to note that the weather patterns aren’t always predictable. In other words, there’s no guarantee that conditions will be optimal for a trek. But, there are well established patterns that make it highly likely that you will experience great weather. In this way, you can fully experience the village culture, forests, and excellent mountain views on your journey. You are expected to experience mild weather conditions through the trek season.

If you go on a moderate altitude trek in Nepal, similarly, to lower altitude treks, the weather patterns here are not always predictable. Generally, you can expect to experience mostly mild weather but the high camps may face harsh weather and snowfalls, especially in the winter.

Our climbing expeditions are held during the pre and post monsoon periods. This is because the snow conditions, temperatures, and weather during these times are more stable. This stability promises optimal conditions for a safe and successful trek.

After the Monsoon

The rains of the monsoon begin to dissipate during the first weeks of September. From mid-October to mid-December the weather is generally stable with mild to warm days, clear views, and cold nights. You can expect daytime temperatures to reach anywhere from 30 degrees Celsius at the lower altitudes but this will decrease as you move into the higher areas.

When you reach heights over 3000 meters, the daytime temperatures can reach 20 degrees Celsius. The temperature is dependent on whether the days are windy, sunny, etc. During the night, the temperatures don’t typically dip that much in the lower altitudes. But, as you approach November, the days get shorter and colder. In the higher altitudes, the temperatures can dip sharply at night, even as cold as 15 degrees when you camp on the snow or ice.

Before the Monsoon

In March, the dry winter begins to make way for wetter and warmer conditions. You can expect to wake up to clear mornings but there will also be the occasional cloud build up that signals the coming of an afternoon rainstorm. Also, sometimes in the middle of the day and the afternoon, it can be hard to see the mountains clearly.

Daytime temperatures increase rapidly in March and you can expect to see temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius and mild nights. At the higher altitudes, the conditions are similar to those during the post-monsoon period, with the exception of there being more snow. You can also expect to see beautiful displays of wildflowers during this time of the year. During the months of April and May, temperatures are usually hot at the lower altitudes, but daily afternoon rainstorms are common.

Tour Leaders

All our tours are escorted by well trained, knowledgeable and English spoken trekking guides who are certified by Tourism Council of Nepal. All our rafting guides are licensed, with many years of experience on the rivers of Nepal and European countries. All are trained in CPR, First Aid and advanced river rescue techniques.

Group size

This holiday is guaranteed to run with minimum of 2 persons. The maximum group size is restricted to just 8 travellers which means clients not only get personalised service and support but also the opportunity to make some great new friends. Smaller group size also mean we minimise the impact on the environment we are exploring.

Additional Nights and Extensions

We can tailor-make your holiday.

If you wish to add extra days in Kathmandu for recovery from your flight or after a long trek, please feel free to contact us.

If you do not rush home we can recommend adding extension trip to Chitwan National Park, Pokhara or Nagarkot at the end of your journey.